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Star Wars: Ep VII Expected To Have $200 Million Budget, Script Still Not Finished

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logoBelieve it or not, production on Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to begin in spring 2014. Although the Star Wars movie has been in pre-production since October 2012, when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, a completed script has yet to materialize, over a full year later. Should Star Wars fans be concerned that a full screenplay has yet to be produced? The chairman of Walt Disney doesn’t think so.

According to /Film, Disney chairman Alan Horn, while speaking at a Variety event Friday morning, said he expects to read a full script for Episode VII in January. The budget for the film also can’t be completed until the script is finished. Horn believes Episode VII should cost upwards of $200 million, but that figure is just an estimation until it’s finished on the page. Variety reporter Marc Graser (@marcgraser) tweeted the following:

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Star Wars: Episode VII Casting Rumors Center On Jack O’Connell

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OConnellAs we get closer to 2014, casting news and production updates on Star Wars: Episode VII should be more abundant. While no actors have been officially cast in the new film, there have been many rumors surrounding who might appear in the latest Star Wars movie. The newest casting rumor centers on an up-and-coming British actor who isn’t a big name in America yet, but if he lands an Episode VII acting gig, you can bet that will change.

According to Bleeding Cool, actor Jack O’Connell took a meeting with J.J. Abrams in London. It’s believed that O’Connell is in the running for one of the leading roles in Episode VII, although the role was not disclosed by the source. There is a possibility that O’Connell might be up for the role of “Thomas,” who is described as “a smart, handsome, athletic 19-23 year old, who also needs to be capable and courageous.” Bleeding Cool writes:

Jack O’Connell, who was excellent in Tower Block, Harry Brown, Skins and many more, is a real contender for a key role in Star Wars: Episode VII. I believe that he’s met with Abrams and the signs I’m getting are that this meeting went very well.

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Michael B. Jordan Comments On Star Wars: Episode VII And Independence Day 2 Rumors

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michael b jordanWhile it’s been quiet on the Star Wars: Episode VII front lately, we expect to hear casting news before the New Year. The new film is expected to go into production in spring 2014, so director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have some time before the cameras start rolling. Everyone and their uncle has been linked to Episode VII, but lets take a look at one of the more persistent rumors, namely Michael B. Jordan.

In an interview with We Got You Covered, Jordan talked about the many rumors surrounding him in big, tent pole blockbusters, a list that includes The Fantastic Four reboot and the Independence Day sequel, in addition to Episode VII. He didn’t divulge whether or not he landed the role, but he did say that he’s still in the mix for Episode VII. Jordan explained:

With ‘Star Wars’ and all these other franchises, Fantastic Four and stuff like that, it’s good to be in the mix of those conversations. You know, it wasn’t like that before, so it’s kind of cool to be in those conversations right now.

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The Millennium Falcon Is Already Finished For Star Wars: Episode VII

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The Falcon!While Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams are on the search to find the new fresh faces for Star Wars: Episode VII, their production crew is busy building new sets to bring the movie to life. Although Harrison Ford’s participation isn’t official, it looks like Han Solo’s spaceship is ready for its close up.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Looks To Add A 40-Something Military Type

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logoWith production on Star Wars: Episode VII set to begin next spring in London, J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are busy trying to cast the new installment in the Star Wars Saga. An open casting call has hit the Internet as Bad Robot and Lucasfilm scour the Earth for the right actors for Episode VII. We’ve heard vague descriptions for the would-be main roles in the film, but now some new details have emerged, which points to another potential new character.

According to THR, Abrams and Kennedy are looking for actors in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Abrams and Kasdan’s new additions to the film’s screenplay suggest that the new film will feature a 40-something military-type male. The character is described as a Matt Damon-type from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. Apparently, the studios are looking for a bald ex-criminal that is dying of cancer, but can totally kick ass in an awesome mechanical exoskeleton.

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J.J. Abrams On Working With Lawrence Kasdan On Star Wars: Episode VII

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Abrams and KasdanA few weeks ago, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII. Screenwriter Michael Arndt had been working on the film’s screenplay since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in October 2012. While the specifics with what exactly happened with the film’s screenplay are not available, long-time fans of the Star Wars saga are happy to see one of the writers behind The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi back in the writer’s room for Episode VII.

In an interview with Total Film, J.J. Abrams talks about what it’s like working with a legend in the Star Wars universe. Considering that Abrams grew up with the Star Wars movies, working with Lawrence Kasdan has to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Abrams says:

‘Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life,’ Abrams says. ‘We’ve had a lot of fun working together. He’s an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer.’

To contextualize the quote a bit further, an employee at Bad Robot Productions (a man named Paul, who works inside of the Bad Robot suit) talked to J.J. Abrams about working with Kasdan. Apparently, Paul tweeted that the collaboration between Abrams and Kasdan has really pushed the 47-year-old geek icon to become a better writer. This comes as good news, considering that Abrams wrote the film Super 8 (a movie that was okay, but strictly by the numbers and formulaic). Here’s the tweet: