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J.J. Abrams And Disney Are Allegedly Fighting Over Episode VII’s Release Date

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AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be a massive movie on multiple levels. It will no doubt take a huge bite out of the box office, but it’ll also be the test case that will hopefully prove the naysayers wrong and ushers Star Wars into a mighty new resurgence. But with Episode VII slated for a December 18, 2015 release, the next Star Wars films has some serious rough patches thanks to things like writer changes and Harrison Ford’s busted leg. Now a new rumor suggests director J.J. Abrams may be butting heads with his Disney bosses over just when we should get to see Episode VII.

Latino Review has a pretty solid record with rumors, and this latest one seems to track with a lot of the other things that have been happening with the production. LR says that both J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are pushing hard for a release date shift back to May 4, 2016, which would give them more time to deal with the fallout of Harrison Ford’s injury and put Episode VII back in the traditional Star Wars May release window. However Disney head Bob Iger is dead-set on the December 2015 release, in spite of the various factors that might make a delay beneficial. That’s disappointing if true, as this is definitely a situation where “later but better” would be much preferred to “on time and a mess.” Okay, that’s a general truism for any project, but there’s a lot riding on Episode VII, and if it hobbles across the finish line still plagued with problems, that’s bound to affect confidence in Disney’s larger schemes for the Star Wars franchise.

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Star Wars Prequels Get The Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer Treatment

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It may be set in the Marvel universe, but Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be very much in the tradition of the Star Wars movies, especially the first one. It’s a big, crazy, colorful adventure full of wild aliens that pits a group of underdogs against a powerful enemy that outmatches them in just about every obvious way. Moreover, Guardians clearly realizes that the rogue-ish Han Solo was one of the best parts of Lucas’ movies, so it gives us an entire crew of Han-like reluctant heroes and skips the wide-eyed Jedi farmboy entirely. Instead — as the Guardians trailers keep reminding us — we get a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac, all tasked with, well, guarding the galaxy, even if only because it’s the place where they keep all their stuff. But how well would the tone and feel of Guardians line up with those other Star Wars movies? You know, the ones with the pod racing and the Gungans and the speeches about sand?

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French Star Wars Rebels Teaser Confirms Return Of A Legendary Jedi

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There’s been a lot of talk about how the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series will both help launch the new Star Wars Expanded Universe and set up threads that may play a major role in Episode VII. There have been hints that the core group of Rebels’ Rebels may turn up in the forthcoming Star Wars live-action films, and even rumors that Mara Jade, a fan-beloved part of the old, now non-canon EU continuity may be introduced in Rebels before showing up in the new Episodes. Now a new French teaser for Rebels has given us our first look at the appearance of a classic Star Wars figure in the series: the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi.

We reported about Kenobi’s alleged involvement in Rebels — however big or small that involvement may be — last month, after a Rebels tie-in action figure for the character was spotted at a Hasbro sneak preview event. (You can see the toy design below.) Making Star Wars and other sites then confirmed Obi-Wan would be making at least a cameo in the Rebels pilot, where he would be voiced by James Arnold Taylor — who also voiced the role in the Clone Wars animated series.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Villains Could Be Mandalorian Mercenaries

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Boba FettIn the Star Wars universe, Mandalorians are known to generally be badass mercenaries and assassins for hire. Clad in awesome armor, grim, vicious characters like Boba Fett have become fan favorites, and according to the latest scuttlebutt going around the Internet, these ruthless folks could play a key role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lately we’ve heard rumblings that the primary villains in Episode VII could be a trio of what people were initially calling “Jedi Hunters,” though that term has largely been supplanted by the less-specific mercenaries. Franchise newcomers Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) and Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis) are rumored to be two of these characters trying to rid the galaxy of the Jedi, while the identity of the third is a hotly debated topic.

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Tom Cruise Could Have A Cameo In Star Wars: Episode VII?

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Tom CruiseHere is today’s installment of the please-god-don’t-let-it-be-true Star Wars rumors: Tom Cruise could have a cameo in Episode VII. We’ll give you a minute to have a spastic meltdown that will likely frighten any children or pets that happen to be in your general vicinity, but when you calm down, we’ll get into the specifics.

The Mirror reports that the Minority Report star has been in London for a week, which, if you’re keeping tabs, is where Episode VII is currently filming at Pinewood Studios, or not filming, due to Harrison Ford’s broken leg. According to the article, Cruise has already met with members of the production staff, including director and writer J.J. Abrams himself, and the topic of discussion was trying to find a small role to fit Cruise into.

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UPDATED: Star Wars: Episode VII Could Face Delays Because Of Harrison Ford’s Broken Leg

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Han SoloUPDATED: TheForce.Net reached out to a spokesperson from Lucasfilm. They would not comment on delays in production, but did say “There is no change in the release date.”

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