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Star Wars: Episode VII Gets A Holiday Release And J.J. Abrams Talks Taking Over The Script

star-wars-episode-7First off, the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. Disney will release Star Wars: Episode VII at the end of 2015, on December 18th. This marks the first time a Star Wars movie will be released at the end of the year instead of during summer blockbuster season. Disney should have a big 2015 considering that they’re going to release The Avengers: Age of Ultron that summer and Star Wars: Episode VII that winter. Filming will begin in spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios in England.

A few weeks ago, the production was shaken when it was announced that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would take over writing duties. Screenwriter Michael Arndt’s exit from the project raised questions about the film’s overall quality.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Might Open At The End Of 2015, Possibly With Myserious New Characters

logoA few weeks ago, reports surfaced that Disney CEO Bob Iger and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy didn’t see eye-to-eye when it came to the release of Star Wars: Episode VII. Kennedy reportedly wants more time for the story to come together and would like the film to open in 2016. Iger, on the other hand is adamant about sticking to the original 2015 release date. At the moment, the film is still slated to open sometime in 2015, but tweets from a Dutch Disney executive point to a date in late 2015.

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Star Wars: Episode VII May Cast Chiwetel Ejiofor

The OperativeWe learned this week that Disney and Lucasfilm are having a bit of drama when it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII. Disney wants it in theaters sometime in 2015, while some of people on the creative side of the production want the film pushed to 2016 instead. The best way to get the ball rolling on Episode VII is casting and now it seems that the seventh installment in the Star Wars series might have found a new actor for its cast.

According to Jedi News, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is being considered for the cast of Episode VII. Unsurprisingly, it’s unclear at this point who Ejiofor would play in the movie, but he reportedly met with director J.J. Abrams this week in London.

You can currently watch Chiwetel Ejiofor in his starring role as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. He is also the frontrunner for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, so having a possible Oscar winner in the cast of Episode VII certainly couldn’t hurt. Ejiofor is no stranger to the sci-fi genre; hardcore Joss Whedon fans will know Ejiofor from Serenity in 2005. Ejiofor played The Operative, the cunning intelligence agent of the Alliance. The actor also played a vital role in Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece Children of Men in 2006. Ejiofor was also in About Time director Richard Curtis’ Love Actually in 2003.

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Disney CEO Says Star Wars: Episode VII Must Be In Theaters In 2015

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With Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams taking over writing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII, there has been much speculation about whether the next installment in the Star Wars film series will be released on time in 2015. The exit of screenwriter Michael Arndt only fueled that speculation, and there seems to be some minor drama going on at Disney and Lucasfilm.

According to THR, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and most of the creative team behind Episode VII are looking to push the sci-fi film’s release back to 2016, but Disney CEO Robert Iger is adamant about the film’s release staying in 2015. Considering that there are reports that Kasdan and Abrams are rewriting the new screenplay from page one, there is now a lot of pressure to deliver the film on time, regardless of any story or character issues.

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Harrison Ford Might Sign A Multi-Picture Deal With Lucasfilm

Han JonesWith the recent news that Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams will be taking over screenwriting duties on Star Wars: Episode VII, it is believed that the pair will start the writing process over from page one. If that’s the case, then George Lucas’ original outline and Michael Arndt’s screenplay might be thrown out for something fresh. There are new reports that suggest Harrison Ford’s Han Solo might have an extended role in the sequel trilogy that goes beyond just a cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to Jedi News, Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to sign Harrison Ford for a multi-picture deal that extends past Episode VII into the other films in the sequel trilogy. Apparently, Ford agreed to Han Solo’s new story arc through the new saga with a caveat that he would reprise another character in the Lucasfilm universe, Indiana Jones.

It’s no secret that Ford holds Indy in higher esteem than the space smuggler Han Solo. In fact, Ford is itching to don the fedora again in Indiana Jones 5. If a deal can be reached between Ford and Disney/Lucasfilm, we could expect to see a new Indiana Jones movie by the end of 2016. According to Jedi News:

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Harrison Ford Ducks The Episode VII Question And Makes Benedict Cumberbatch’s Day

Nobody knows anything about Star Wars: Episode VII. Well, okay, that’s not entirely true. We know the basics. We know J.J. Abrams is directing it, and co-writing it with Lawrence Kasdan. We know it’s the first film of a new trilogy, and of a larger Star Wars cross-media push now that George Lucas’ beloved fictional universe is under the banner of the Mouse. Aaaaaaand…well, that’s pretty much it. Everything else is rumor and speculation. Now some rumors border on the inevitable, such as the involvement of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, but no matter how almost certain that possibility may be, until it’s in a Disney press release, it ain’t confirmed.

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