J. J. Abrams

June 12, 2014 | 12:06 p.m.

Harrison Ford injures ankle on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ set

Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming Thursday on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actor, who is reprising his iconic role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, was taken to a local hospital to treat the injury, according to a statement issued by Disney Thursday. Filming reportedly will continue as planned while Ford recuperates. Scheduled for release in Dec. 18 2015, “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Ford as part of the ensemble cast. Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow, will also star in […]
June 04, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams on Millennium Falcon leaks

Portrait of J.J. Abrams
When Han Solo returns to the silver screen in “Star Wars: Episode VII” late next year, it looks as if he’ll still be able to make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. Responding to a series of leaked photos from the set of the next installment in the “Star Wars” series, director J.J. Abrams might have confirmed the appearance of the Millennium Falcon in the 2015 blockbuster. “I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII and making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” tweeted Abrams from the account for his “Bad Robot” film company on Wednesday morning. pic.twitter.com/wQYfaVtwFU — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 4, 2014 Except the note was sitting atop the holo-chess board from the inside of the Falcon. The game board is the site of a near-clash between Chewbacca and R2-D2 in […]
June 04, 2014 | 10:16 a.m.

‘Star Wars': Josh Trank set to direct standalone film

Josh Trank is set to join “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards as a new recruit to the “Star Wars” universe. Trank will direct one of the multiple standalone movies that Disney plans to release that will explore the world created by George Lucas outside of the primary episodes of the franchise. Lucasfilm announced Trank’s selection Wednesday, but revealed no details about the film’s story line. It’s been a busy time in the “Star Wars” universe. Earlier last month, Edwards, who enjoyed a blockbuster success with his big-budget “Godzilla” reboot, was tapped to helm another of the “Star Wars” standalone projects, which will be written by Gary Witta (“The Book of Eli,” Telltale Games’ adaptation of “The Walking Dead”). Also in May, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, officially went into production, with a cast […]
June 02, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie to star

Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” has added two powerful actresses to its ensemble. Lupita Nyong’o, who earned a best supporting actress Academy Award earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” is joining the film’s cast, as is Gwendoline Christie, best known as the towering fighter known as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The highly anticipated effort from director J.J. Abrams, which started production last month, already boasts a number of buzz-worthy actors including Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” as well as John Boyega, known for his work in the film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley.   #dayone pic.twitter.com/18jtSH7xYM — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) May 16, 2014   Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable […]
May 21, 2014 | 5:55 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Win a chance to appear in the movie

Want to appear as a Wookiee in “Star Wars: Episode VII”? Today, “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams announced that a walk-on role for a member of the general public has been created and will be raffled off to benefit the charity UNICEF. Maybe you won’t be Chewbacca’s distant cousin, but you’ll be on camera, guaranteed (mostly… more on that in a moment). In a video shot on the film’s set in Abu Dhabi, Abrams explains how the guest turn will work: “You get to come to London, where we’re shooting the movie mostly at Pinewood Studios… You’ll get to meet the cast, go behind the scenes, and see the whole movie-making process. But more than that, we’ll put you in hair, makeup and wardrobe, and you’ll actually get to be in the movie.” Unless your part ends up on the cutting […]
May 16, 2014 | 9:59 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams film heads into production

“Star Wars: Episode VII” has gone into production, and a photo to celebrate the occasion arrived overnight via Twitter on the Bad Robot account. The highly anticipated film is being directed by J.J. Abrams, with a cast that includes Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” as well as John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley.   #dayone pic.twitter.com/18jtSH7xYM — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) May 16, 2014   Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow are also set to star alongside the principal actors from George Lucas’ original saga — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker — who will […]
May 04, 2014 | 11:32 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan post ‘video selfie’

It’s May the Fourth, and “Star Wars: Episode VII” screenwriters J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have a message for fans. The duo posted a very brief fan greeting from London — a “video selfie” on Sunday for “Star Wars” day — check it out below. Perhaps the most interesting element of the clip? Abrams’ suggesting that casting announcements for “Episode VII” could “continue” as production ramps up. Last week, of course, Abrams finally put to rest the rumors about who would appear in “Episode VII” by announcing the official cast of the film, due to arrive in the multiplex Dec. 18, 2015. Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will star in the new “Star Wars” movie alongside John Boyega, known for his […]
May 04, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

May the Fourth Be With You: ‘Star Wars’ fans celebrate saga in Tunisia

"Star Wars" fans gathered for an international meeting in Tozeur, Tunisia, over the weekend. Here, some fans pose for cameras last week in Tunis.  (Fethi Belaid / AFP/Getty Images)
Finally, after months of conjecture, “Star Wars” fans learned last week precisely which actors will have a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the film that will return George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away to the multiplex Dec. 18, 2015. Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will appear alongside Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow in director J.J. Abrams’ new film. John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley, also will star, and the principal actors from Lucas’ original saga — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker — are set to return […]
April 29, 2014 | 1:08 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ casting news generates Twitter excitement

It’s the biggest “Star Wars” news to emerge for some time — on Tuesday morning, filmmaker J.J. Abrams announced the cast for his upcoming space adventure, confirming some of the names that had been the subject of online speculation for some time. Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will appear alongside Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow. Also in the mix are John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley. Additionally, the principal actors from Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, are set for director J.J. Abrams’ new film, […]
April 29, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Meet the actors starring in J.J. Abrams saga

J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and writer Lawrence Kasdan.  (David James)
The rumors can be put to rest. Word finally arrived Tuesday morning confirming precisely which actors will have a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the film that will return George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away to the multiplex Dec. 18, 2015. Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will appear alongside Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow. Also in the mix are John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley. The principal actors from Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, are also set for director J.J. Abrams’ new film. […]
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