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July 21, 2014 | 1:17 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams reveals X-wing fighter in new video

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Want to take a spin in a battle-scarred X-wing starfighter? In his new video promoting Star Wars: A Force for Change, the charitable project benefiting UNICEF and offering a lucky fan a chance to appear in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams doesn’t offer the winner a ride in the X-wing, per se, but hey, it can’t hurt to dream big, right? The video, shot from the Pinewood Studios set in London, shows Abrams standing next to the single-passenger spacecraft, coated in planetary dust. Early speculation from fans online initially labeled the needle-nosed fighter as a Z-95 Headhunter, the clone starfighter first mentioned  in the “Star Wars” book “Han Solo at Star’s End” from 1979, but Lucasfilm verified via Twitter that it is indeed an X-wing. @CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.— Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014 Though […]
June 20, 2014 | 12:47 p.m.

‘Star Wars’ shake-up: Rian Johnson to write, direct ‘Episode VIII’

Rian Johnson is set to take the reins of the “Star Wars” franchise. The “Looper” filmmaker will write and direct “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and pen a treatment for “Episode IX,” a representative for Johnson confirmed to Hero Complex. Johnson takes over for J.J. Abrams, who is currently helming “Episode VII” from a script he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. A representative for Disney, which owns Lucasfilm, declined to comment on the news of Johnson’s hiring. Johnson’s previous films include the high-school noir “Brick” and the caper comedy “The Brothers Bloom,” and he’s best known for the mind-bending time-travel thriller “Looper,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. The 2012 movie grossed $176 million at the worldwide box office. Johnson, 40, is the latest genre-savvy young filmmaker to join the “Star Wars” universe: “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards and “Chronicle” director Josh Trank have also been enlisted to direct two “Star Wars” standalone movies. Abrams’ […]
June 19, 2014 | 12:55 p.m.

‘Star Wars': Harrison Ford’s leg was broken in filming mishap

Contrary to the initial reports that he had suffered a broken ankle on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” last week, Harrison Ford actually broke his leg in the accident. “Harrison Ford’s left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work,” Ford’s publicist said in a statement. PHOTOS: Injuries on the set There is no word yet on whether this will affect the initial timetable of the eight weeks Ford was expected to miss from shooting while he recovers. Reprising his role as the dashing antihero Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, Ford was injured in a mishap with the door of the Millennium Falcon, Solo’s iconic spaceship, last week and taken to a local hospital. Filming is to continue […]
June 16, 2014 | 10:29 a.m.

‘Star Wars': Harrison Ford could miss eight weeks with broken ankle

Harrison Ford might as well be frozen in carbonite. The “Star Wars: Episode VII” star is expected to miss up to eight weeks of filming after breaking his ankle on the set of the space opera, according to a report by the Mirror. Ford, who is reprising his role as the swashbuckling antihero Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, was taken to a local hospital last week to treat his injury, which was caused by the door of the Millennium Falcon, Solo’s iconic spaceship. Filming is to continue in Ford’s absence, with a cast that includes fellow “Star Wars” veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. They’re joined by franchise newcomers Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie. PHOTOS: Injuries on the set According to the Mirror, […]
June 04, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

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

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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 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 […]
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