J. J. Abrams

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. […]
April 29, 2014 | 10:50 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast revealed: Abrams confirms acting roster

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The speculation is finally at an end — John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will star in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actors join the stars of George Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, in director J.J. Abrams’ new film, due in theaters Dec. 18, 2015. In a statement released on StarWars.com, Abrams said, “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.” Abrams wrote the screenplay for the film with Lawrence Kasdan, and he will produce with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and […]
March 03, 2014 | 10:49 a.m.

‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham to pen 4-part series for Archie Comics

Lena Dunham photographed during the "Girls" panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour on Jan. 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
“Girls” creator Lena Dunham is venturing into the world of comics. The outspoken writer-director-actress will pen a four-part Archie Comics story set for release in 2015 that chronicles what happens when a reality show begins filming in Riverdale. Dunham has said that she was an avid Archie Comics collector as a child, and it will be interesting to see how her singular sensibility translates onto the paneled page. In both her feature film directorial debut, 2010’s “Tiny Furniture,” and on the hit HBO comedy about four friends making their way in New York, Dunham has revealed a gift for detailing the oddities of relationships and the uncomfortable, awkward moments that attend maturing into adulthood. Dunham won a Golden Globe for her starring turn on the series as the self-centered struggling writer Hannah Horvath; “Girls” has been nominated for 10 Emmy […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Batfleck: 2013 in review

The year was a gift for fans of genre entertainment.  Click through the images for a detailed look at some of the most memorable moments of 2013. (Photos, clockwise from top left, by BBC; Warner Bros.; Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Lionsgate)
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
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