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UPDATED: Star Wars: Episode VII Could Face Delays Because Of Harrison Ford’s Broken Leg

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Han SoloUPDATED: TheForce.Net reached out to a spokesperson from Lucasfilm. They would not comment on delays in production, but did say “There is no change in the release date.”

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Star Wars/Guardians Of The Galaxy Mash-Up Trailer, Plus A Pair Of Magazine Covers

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The Star Wars comparisons started early and often after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced. That seemed like a lofty bar to set for a film that seemed like a batshit-crazy curiosity at first, but the similarities are certainly there. You’ve got a motley crew of unlikely heroes up against a some truly heinous bad guys, all set against a cosmic backdrop full of weird-looking creatures and colorful alien worlds. But the more we saw from Guardians, the more that initial comparison seemed apt. And while the prequels might have made it easy to forget, the original Star Wars trilogy is also pretty damn funny at times. That’s on full display in the video up top, which mashes together Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy to give us something awesome.

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Strong In The Force: Four Directors Who Need To Make Star Wars Films

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SWThere was an understandable amount of concern when it was first announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and would now be producing tons more Star Wars material, following very much in the vein of their Marvel movies. After all, no one was sure what Star Wars would even be without George Lucas at the helm. (Granted, some would argue that by that point Lucas had done a pretty effective job of ruining Star Wars on his own…) While some took the hiring of the controversial J.J. Abrams to direct Episode VII as confirmation of their worst fears, lately Disney has been letting its hiring strategy speak for itself. We’re getting Abrams’ Episode VII, sure, but we’re also getting Star Wars films from some of the hottest up-and-coming directors out there, including Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and Josh Trank (Chronicle), with Looper’s Rian Johnson just announced to be writing and directing Episode VIII.

The future of Star Wars is looking very bright indeed, with Disney inviting an entire generation of filmmakers who grew up loving George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away to come play in his sandbox. Based on the track record of hires we’ve seen so far, we decided to compile a list of other directors who would be perfect for Star Wars. We’re skipping the proven bigger-name folks like Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, or Guillermo del Toro — although we’d love to see their respective takes on Star Wars. On the strength of their earlier, smaller films, several of these directors are getting their first crack at the big leagues with legacy franchises such as Planet of the Apes or Jurassic Park, so Star Wars would be just the thing to rocket them to the big leagues. Hit the link to see our picks, and may the Force be with them, always.

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Star Wars Hires Looper’s Rian Johnson To Write And Direct Episode VIII and Maybe IX

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Rian JohnsonWell this is big news, not to mention exciting. As it turns out, the new Star Wars trilogy won’t all be directed by J.J. Abrams. Lucasfilm is reportedly working on a deal with Looper’s Rian Johnson that will see him write and direct both Star Wars: Episode XIII and Star Wars: Episode IX.

Deadline reports that Johnson, who first caught the public eye in 2005 with Brick, an inventive twist on the noir detective story, will take over the reigns for both the second and third movies in the upcoming trilogy. There is some contradictory information on this front, however, as The Wrap reports that while Johnson will write and direct Episode VIII, he will only write the treatment for Episode IX, though he will not necessarily direct.

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Star Wars Rebels: Jason Isaacs Could Voice The Inquisitor

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Jason IsaacsThere’s been so much talk about Star Wars: Episode VII since it started production—especially now that Harrison Ford’s leg got ripped off on set, or whatever—that we haven’t spent much time discussing the first post-George Lucas addition to the canon, the animated series Star Wars Rebels. When that show premieres this fall, the main villain the heroes will face off against will be The Inquisitor, a nasty piece of Jedi-killing work. We didn’t know much about the character, but now it is rumored that British actor Jason Isaacs may lend his voice to the role.

Isaacs has a long resume, but is best known to general audiences as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter. The Inquisitor was the first character we met from Rebels, which takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Darth Vader tasks him with tracking down and killing the Jedi Knights that remain after Order 66 broke up the band. With all of the recent rumors about potential villains in Episode VII, it seems like he, or at least his methodology, could potentially play a role there. We have heard that Rebels will have a major connection to the continuing saga, though we’ll have to wait to see what that is.

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Even More Reports Surface Refuting Those Star Wars: Episode VII Villain Rumors

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In perhaps the least surprising turn of events today, those rumors about potential villains in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII that made the rounds yesterday are being totally refuted today. Shocker, I know, that unsubstantiated hearsay based on the word of an unnamed source could turn out to be false. Weird. Then again, the rebuttal is also unsubstantiated hearsay based on the word of an unnamed source, so make of this what you will.

Just know that there are potential SPOILERS to follow, maybe, who can even tell at this point, we certainly can’t. But if you’re trying not to hear anything about the new adventure to that far, far away galaxy, you should probably stop reading at this juncture.

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