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Star Wars 7: Peter Mayhew Hospitalized, Get The Details Here

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ChewbaccaThere was a big to-do made about the broken leg Harrison Ford suffered on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, and the brief production delay it caused. But now another member of the cast, also a returning fan favorite, has had a health scare. Peter Mayhew, who plays Han Solo’s enormous, hairy BFF Chewbacca, has been hospitalized with pneumonia. Fortunately, he’s doing well, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

Rumors about Mayhew’s ill health began circulating on the Internet, and Mayhew’s wife, Angie, took to Reddit to issue a statement confirming the news. The prognosis is positive, and she wrote, “Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements.”

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Did Disney Use Any Of George Lucas’ Star Wars 7 Plans?

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George LucasA while back, George Lucas talked about how, before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion dollars, he had ideas for a shiny new Star Wars trilogy of his very own. He didn’t say what those were, precisely, just that he had them. These ideas were also apparently part of the deal when the House of Mouse took over—when you pony up that much cash, you get everything—and the real question is: how much inspiration did they take from Lucas’ plans? The short answer is none, though there is, of course, a little more to the story than that.

Though had an idea for a new trilogy, Lucas almost got the ball rolling on Episode VII before the sale. He said that he was considering getting the film ready to release in May of 2015 and then sell Lucasfilm—a full trilogy is something like a 10 year commitment—but the Disney offer came down the way, and how do you say no to $4 billion? In a recent interview with our lovely older sibling Cinema Blend, hyping his new animated feature Strange Magic, the subject came up. And while he didn’t reveal any specifics—that’s not really his style—Lucas did note that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nothing like what he wrote.

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Mark Hamill Calls Stepping Onto The Millennium Falcon Again Surreal, And More

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Star WarsFor most of us, December 18, 2015 is going to be a very nostalgic moment as we wait in the darkened theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Regardless of your feelings afterwards, the sensation of sitting down to watch The Phantom Menace for the first time was an experience that’s difficult to put into words. It’s not just fans who have a deep connection to the franchise, but stepping on set the first time had to be a surreal moment for returning cast member as well, and one of them, Mark Hamill, recently talked about that experience.

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Warwick Davis May Have Confirmed This Huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rumor

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star warsSince damn near the very second it was announced, there have been rumors, reports, rampant speculation, and various other potential spoilers for the movie we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney, Lucasfilm, director J.J. Abrams, and the cast have been keeping a lid on things (even with the confluence of spy photos that hit the web a while ago), and we won’t know the legitimacy of most of these until the film opens on December 18. But one of the cast members may have inadvertently confirmed one of the biggest and most unexpected of the rumors we’ve heard.

Be warned, there are potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens beyond this point.

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A New Star Wars 7 Trailer Is Coming Soon, With Han, Luke, And Leia, Details Here

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Star WarsIt’s silly to get too excited about an upcoming trailer, we’re well aware of that, but when it’s the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s hard not to get at least a little bit stoked. (Hell, I paid for a ticket to a movie I didn’t care about just to see the last one on the big screen.) And while the first one is great, it’s conspicuously missing any of the returning characters, primarily Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. But now we know not only when we’ll see the next look at J.J. Abrams’ adventure in that far, far away galaxy, but also that we’ll finally see those familiar faces we’re so pumped about.

This isn’t a huge surprise, but Latino Review confirms that the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, trailer, or whatever you want to call it, will be attached to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron when it drops May 1. That makes sense, using what is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year to hype up what is likely going to be the biggest movie of the year. Especially since Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm. I’m waiting for the cross promotion to get to the point where there’s a just a Wookiee walking around in the background of a Marvel movie somewhere.

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George Lucas Had Very Different Plans For Star Wars 7

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star wars the force awakensGeorge Lucas both created and almost destroyed Star Wars. I know there are those of you who like the prequels, but regardless of personal feelings, the public backlash against them was so severe that it actually turned many people off to the franchise that they loved. (Hence the massive trepidation about the new movies.) A great many fans breathed a sigh of relief when they found out that Lucas has nothing to do with the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have plans for Episode VII, however, and he recently opened up about them a bit.

As far back as 2011 the idea of more Star Wars movies was bouncing around, but it wasn’t until Disney bought Lucasfilm for an outlandish amount of money in October of 2012 that those rumors were confirmed. Talking to USA Today about his upcoming animated film, Strange Magic, Lucas revealed that he seriously toyed with the idea of Episode VII with an eye on a May 2015 release date. In fact, he had plans for a whole new trilogy, though he mentioned that he was considering selling Lucasfilm off after the seventh film.