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Star Wars: Episode VII’s Villain Could Be A Descendent Of An Earlier Enemy

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DookuStar Wars: Episode VII is more than 15 months away, but when has that ever stopped people from talking about Star Wars? Reports, rumors, and set photos have been flying around pretty much since Disney bought out Lucasfilm and announced there would be more movies, and many of these have revolved around potential villains (knowing that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all back gives us at least a face to put on the good guys), and now we’re hearing new details about who those who inhabit the Dark Side of the Force.

As usual, there are SPOILERS beyond this point, read on with caution. And, as always, this report is unsubstantiated and unofficial, so take it with a grain of salt.

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Star Wars: Another Classic Character May Get His Own Standalone Movie

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star warsI hope you’re ready for a serious Star Wars infusion, because like it or not, you’re going to get one. After buying out Lucasfilm, Disney has a definite plan for the franchise, which includes the animated series Star Wars Rebels, films like J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and even a handful of standalone movies that will focus on already existing characters. Fan favorites Boba Fett and Han Solo are supposedly going to be the first up in this last category, but you can add one more name to that list, because the latest reports say that Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to get his own movie as well.

According to the fan site Making Star Wars, they’ve heard from their sources that the venerable Jedi Knight, and mentor to both Luke Skywalker and his father Anakin (that one didn’t go so hot) could be up for his own movie. This is, of course, totally unverified at this point, so who knows if might actually happen, but if this report is true, it’s at least a strong possibility.

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Gotham PD Busts Stormtrooper In Awesome Star Wars-Batman Collision

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star warsIf you’ve been paying attention, there has been a good-natured back and forth flame war between J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII and Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero flick Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both of which are currently filming. The two sides have been shooting mashed up photos of the two properties back and forth for a while, and now we have the latest, and possibly greatest (is this the big gun that ends the war?) salvo.

Snyder took to his Twitter account and blasted out this picture of the Gotham City Police Department arresting a stormtrooper. The white-clad Imperial foot-solider is bound by handcuffs (or possibly one of those industrial strength zip ties the cops use nowadays, you can’t really tell for sure) and the officers are forcibly inserted him into the back of their squad car. The message simply reads “Case closed.”

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Star Wars Rebels TV Spots Take A Stand Against The Empire

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For all of the recent set photos, leaked costume designs, and late in the game casting, we’re still 15 months away from seeing J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, which doesn’t drop until December 18, 2015. But, for those of you who just can’t wait that long, we’re not actually that far from seeing new entries into the Star Wars canon. The animated series Star Wars Rebels hits airwaves early in October, only a few weeks away, and as the first addition to the post-Disney galaxy far, far away, that’s an exciting prospect. In advance of the premiere, Lucasfilm has release three new TV spots for Rebels.

The new series is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, where the Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy, and they’re just now getting to outer rim planets like Lothal. This extended look introduces you to a group of unlikely heroes, drawn together by loss and oppression and the press of circumstances, who are wiling to stand up to the tyranny. This group forms the first seeds of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: J.J. Abrams Casts An Old Friend In His Movie

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greg grunbergAt this point, Star Wars: Episode VII is already deep in production. They’re so deep, in fact, they actually took a two-week hiatus while returning star Harrison Ford recovered from surgery on the leg he broke on set, and are now back filming again, as you can clearly see in all of those set photos that popped up over the last couple days. This far into principal photography you expect most of the cast to be set, but that’s not going to stop J.J. Abrams from finding a spot for an old pal, in this case former Heroes star Greg Grunberg, who has reportedly joined the cast.

Not only has Grunberg worked with Abrams a ton in the past, appearing in the likes of Mission: Impossible III, Alias, even all the way to Felicity (he also had a small role in 2009’s Star Trek, voicing James Kirk’s stepdad), the two go even further back than that. They’re actually childhood friends, and Grunberg even participated in those movies that Abrams made as a kid in the late 1970s and loves to talk about so much.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: This Is What Luke Skywalker Has Been Up To Recently

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star warsOver the last few days it feels like all I’ve written about is Star Wars: Episode VII. Between connections to Star Wars: Rebels, set photos of that one ship, and those even newer set photos of that badass other ship (see, I’m trying to be a good sport and not spoil anything above the jump), there’s been quite a bit to discuss. And that continues, as we’ve heard some possible news about whereabouts one of the returning franchise vets who may be missing in action (if you’ve kept up with the scuttlebutt, you know who I’m talking about).

As per usual, there are possible SPOILERS for Episode VII beyond this point. You’ve been warned, continue with caution. Also, take what you read beyond here with a grain of salt. Nothing is official, and nothing is likely to become official until we actually see the damn movie on December 18, 2015. Keep that in mind.