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A Page From Star Wars: Episode VII, The Audition Script Comes Out, And Matt Smith May Be Up For A Part

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Star Wars: Episode VIIHere’s your daily dose of random news as it pertains to J.J. Abrams’ impending Star Wars: Episode VII. Two of these three tidbits revolve around the scripts, and thankfully only one involves casting rumors, but it’s a doozy, and it ties into Doctor Who, which is an added bonus.

English actor Jason Flemyng is apparently up for a part in Episode VII—okay, this in itself is a something of a casting rumor, but not the one I was talking about earlier—and shared a photo of a page of the script with the world. The image has since been taken down from his Instagram account (Bleeding Cool was able to track it down), but as we all know, the Internet is forever and nothing ever truly goes away. The photo shows a red page with black writing, as well as a beer—he was drinking Stella Artois at this particular time.

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It’s Official, R2-D2 Is Back For Episode VII, With A Fan Made Makeover

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r2When Bad Robot tweeted this picture of J.J. Abrams hanging out with R2-D2 last week, most of us took that to mean the diminutive, attitude filled droid was definitely going to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. We already assumed that, but it was nice to get what we thought was confirmation. It seemed like a given, but now Lucasfilm has made it officially official, swearing an unbreakable blood oath that R2 will indeed figure into the grand scheme of Episode VII. But that’s not all. Both the robot in this picture, as well as the one that will appear in the final movie, are fan made.

You probably recognized Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the photo, and if you’re like me, you guessed the other two dudes are random Bad Robot employees that like photobombing their boss and robots. That, however, is not the case. According to the Star Wars blog on StarWars.com, those men you see are Lee Towersy and Oliver Steeples. They belong to the R2-D2 Builders Club, which, as you may have inferred, builds models of astromech droids, models that happened to be fully functioning recreations.

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Samuel L. Jackson Says He And Mark Hamill Still Haven’t Gotten The Star Wars Call From J.J. Abrams

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mace winduAll right, everyone, you can put aside your ever-growing list of actors rumored to be involved with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Instead, you can grab your Bingo cards for former Star Wars actors who may or may not be returning to the franchise. This time, our update comes from Mace Windu himself, Samuel L. Jackson, who recently appeared in an episode of Late Night With David Letterman and shared a few tidbits about who hasn’t gotten the call to arms yet: namely, all the best Jedi.

When Letterman asked the inevitable question about Jackson’s involvement in the Star Wars universe, Jackson drew laughs with the disappointing news that neither he nor Mark Hamill have been contacted by Abrams or Disney about reprising their roles. He’s been filming a movie with Hamill in London, and Jackson said, “I asked Mark if he’d heard from J.J. Abrams and he said, ‘No,’ and then all of a sudden Ewan [McGregor] was there and I spoke to him on the phone, asked him if he was there doing Star Wars. He said, ‘No, they haven’t called me…'” It’s still early going, sure, and they’re still auditioning for new roles, but you’d think the studios would want to lock down the more popular and consistently busy actors before their upcoming schedules get completely filled out.

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First Star Wars: Episode VII Behind The Scenes Image Features R2-D2 And J.J. Abrams

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Here it is! After a little over a year since the announcement that the Walt Disney Company would acquire Lucasfilm with the promise of Star Wars: Episode VII would be released in 2015, we’re finally getting a look at how production is rolling on the first entry in the new sequel trilogy. Today, a tweet from the official Bad Robot Twitter account showed off what J.J. Abrams and his team are working on with Star Wars: Episode VII. The tweet also confirmed the return of a beloved character from the Star Wars Saga.

Bad Robot Productions tweeted the above image of J.J. Abrams with R2-D2 from the Bad Robot/Star Wars workshop. There was no doubt that R2-D2 wouldn’t be in Star Wars: Episode VII, but this image absolutely confirms the droid’s appearance in the new film. If R2-D2 is in Episode VII, then you know C-3PO won’t be far behind. Actor Anthony Daniels let it spill at New York Comic-Con that C-3PO would appear in the droids’ seventh Star Wars film.

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Star Wars Episode VII Now Accepting Online Audition Videos For Two Roles

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star warsAh, another day, another slice of casting news from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, a movie that will probably have its own version of the Internet by the time it gets released. But the latest news doesn’t involve Chiwetel Ejiofor or any other big movie stars. It involves you. (Assuming you’re not a big movie star.) Disney is widening their search for newbie actors to play two young characters and will be accepting online auditions from anyone around the world. Do you have what it takes to continue keeping Hayden Christensen in his place as the worst Star Wars actor out there?

They decided to go the Internet route after an audition in Bristol had to turn away hundreds of people at the door, which led to some highly upset potential Jedi. So now anyone who thinks they have the goods can just go to this website for Cast It Talent and upload a video audition for one of the two roles previously mentioned in reports.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Release Date Explained, Theme Parks Confirmed

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bob-iger-disney-ceo-mickey-mouseThis week, Disney and Lucasfilm made big waves when they announced the release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. Fans finally know to mark their calendars and start waiting for December 18, 2015. In just over two years, we’ll all be sitting in a movie theater watching the beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy. Recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained why this is the release date they ultimately landed on for the much-anticipated new movie. They’re even expanding the brand in unexpected ways, with a new theme park attractions in the works.

In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Iger explained that an end of the year release date for Star Wars: Episode VII was more feasible than the franchise’s traditional Memorial Day Weekend. It all began when the writing duties shifted from Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt to the film’s director J.J. Abrams and its creative consultant Lawrence Kasdan. The change in writers would’ve created a rushed production in order to meet a summer 2015 release, so they went with a holiday season release instead.