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Perhaps not exactly shocking that R2-D2 will be returning to appear in Star Wars Episode VII…but perhaps more surprising is that he is the first one actually confirmed, after months of rumors of the “big three”.
Let me go out on a limb…C-3PO will be in it as well.
What is a LOT more surprising is who build the droid for the upcoming film(s): Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, two German fans and members of the R2-D2 Builders Club. During Celebration Europe this past summer, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy toured the Builders area and saw all the droids they had built and was amazed. Steeples half-jokingly said that the Builders were available if needed…and it looks like they were…
Well, we now know ONE thing about Star Wars: Episode VII at least…when we’ll see it.
Disney has set December 18th, 2015 is a the release date for J.J. Abrams-directed film, widely expected to have the original stars of the first three movies, albeit aged as they are now, but the full title, plot, etc. are completely unknown.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Michael Arndt is out as sole screenwriter for Star Wars Episode VII, and J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan will be taking over.
In a statement from LucasFilm, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”
Kasdan had already been involved in helping develop some of the future Star Wars films, which was expected to include screenwriting duties for a “non-saga” film to come after Episode VII. Kasdan is also no stranger to LucasFilm properties, having written the original Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-written the next two sequels.
Pre-production work is already well underway for Episode VII, which is expected to begin filming next Spring for a 2015 release.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars may be over, but the story goes on…Star Wars Rebels will begin next Fall, and Dave Filoni is giving us a little taste, courtesy of this video shown at New York Comic-Con. And we get a glimpse of Rebels Big Bad…a Pau’an known only at this point as the Imperial Inquisitor, who is sent by Darth Vader to hunt down the surviving Jedi…which makes me wonder if there were more survivors than just Yoda and Obi-Wan…and whether Ahsoka might make an appearance.
Star Wars Rebels takes place in the interim between Episodes III and IV.
The final full season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now out on Blu-ray and DVD today, plus the Collector’s Edition of the complete series is also out on Blu-ray and DVD, if you haven’t started your collection yet – 14 discs for Blu-ray and 19 for DVD, including over 7 hours of extras!
Unfortunately, no signs of the completed Season 6 segments here either…
Check out this alternate scene (the animation isn’t complete) of the climactic point of the finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and see if you sense how Ahsoka really felt…
P.S. I’m still hearing that they have completed more material for The Clone Wars, but it is still unknown how and when we might see it…
(Note: you need to read the full article to see the video – it automatically plays with an ad to start, and I don’t like auto-play videos when I don’t expect them…)
Actor Peter Mayhew, the giant who played Chewbacca in four the the Star Wars movies, will make a guest appearance on Tuesday’s season finale of Heroes of Cosplay. The world’s most famous Wookie helps Jinyo woo Victoria with a surprise she’ll never forget.
Mayhew, who regularly tours the conventions, is currently recovering from double knee replacement and tendon lengthening surgery in the hopes he will be able to walk unaided again. Of course, he had to wait until someone built a machine that could build replacement knees large enough…
Tune in Tuesday, September 17th at 10/9c on Syfy!
Just announced at Star Wars Celebration Europe – the next Star Wars Celebration (presumably Celebration VII – connection?) will return to California, and take place April 16th-19th, 2015 in Anaheim.
The previous two Celebrations were held in Orlando, Florida. Celebration IV was held in Los Angeles in 2007.
BREAKING: Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Disney’s Lucasfilm division, has announced at Star Wars Celebration Europe that maestro John Williams will return to score Star Wars Episode VII, as he has done for the previous six films…the following interview video was released with the announcement:
Well, at least we know that the long-gestating live-action Robotech feature is still alive…Latino Review is reporting that while Disney’s heating-up casting for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII is going after big game, one prize target they apparently had in mind has already said no.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic) has reportedly said NO to Star Wars, instead wanting to work on a different SF epic – Robotech. A live action version of the 80s anime mashup (it was really three unrelated-beyond-mech-tech anime series edited and dubbed together to produce a three-part story) that has been in development since 2007 with Toby Maguire (Spider-Man) as a producer and then-possible star. It’s passed through some writers but only recently got a director in Nic Mathieu, a newcomer to feature films but a successful dramatic commercial director.
In general I’m looking forward to Robotech hopefully getting made – I think CGI technology is sufficient to pull it off now. But as for Leo, all I can think of is, “Whaddayanutz?”