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One of These Actors Will Be the Star of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’…Probably

Well it's only taken a year, but it seems as though J.J. Abrams is finally getting close to almost making a decision about who will star in the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. Maybe.

We've known for a while that the stars of the original Star Wars trilogy are all lined up, and a few weeks ago we found out Adam Driver will be playing the bad guy. Now, thanks to the folk over at Variety, we have word that, for the role of Head Good Guy Jedi, Abrams has it narrowed down to five actors: Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and two other guys who aren't important because they are theater actors.

Okay fine, the other two are Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

Unfortunately we don't know exactly what the role of "Head Good Guy Jedi" will look like yet. Sources say the original draft of Episode VII by Michael Arndt focused on Han and Leia's kids. However, the new draft cooked up by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan puts the Solo kids on the back burner and instead focuses on some new Jedi hero.

Of course, nothing is final just yet. It's still quite possible that Abrams will pull a fast one on us and casts someone else as the main protagonist. But all the other rumors we've heard recently have panned on, so you'd have to think one of this guys will be on set with Star Wars: Episode VII begins filming some time this summer.

There Is Now an Official ‘Star Wars’ Instagram Account—Because Actually Making the Movie Is Pretty Much Their Last Concern at This Point

How does big shot Hollywood director J.J. Abrams procrastinate when he doesn't want to do actual work? He goes on Instagram, just like you and me!

We know this, now, because on Monday an @starwars account went live on the social media site with a selfie of—who else?—Darth Vader. Caption: "Another day at the office #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom."

Since then we've also been treated to a behind-the-scenes shot of Luke and Darth battling it out in The Empire Strikes Back; a shot of a star destroyer concept model from A New Hope; and, rounding things out, a shot of a bunch of chicks in Princess Leia Return of the Jedi bikinis at Comic Con 2010. Because sex!

Obviously, the folks running the Star Wars franchise over at Disney are hoping to bring it into the 21st century with one of them newfangled viral marketing campaigns. And based on the fact that websites and blogs all over the interwebz are talking about Darth's selfie today, that seems like a pretty smart idea.

Now, if only they'll actually start making the movie. The release date has been set for December 18, 2015, but it would probably help if they would finish the script and hire some actors.


Some Dutch Guy Says ‘Star Wars 7′ Is Coming Out in Late 2015

Lately, almost every bit of news we've received about the next Star Wars flick has suggested that Disney is not getting any closer to actually filming the movie. A few weeks ago we learned Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt was relieved of his script-writing duties for Episode VII and replaced by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. And of course there's been casting rumor after casting rumor, but nothing has been confirmed, just today another open casting call went out in the UK.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Disney is apparently planning to push the release of Star Wars 7 from spring/summer to fall/winter 2015—at least if you believe some Dutch guy named Dennis Barbie.

Barbie, you see, is Disney's Director of Retail for the Netherlands, and yesterday he took to Twitter to spill some beans:

Saw today some awesome first features/plans of new StarWars 7 movie coming end this moment it is planned for end of CY15 but in the entertainment business you will never know.

Of course, later on he tried to take it all back:

OMG didn't think my post would be picked up like this.Was just guessing period I have no real info on StarWars.

But nobody is buying that, because pushing back the release date just makes too much sense at this point.

So congrats, Barbie. You broke the news! Have fun being demoted to the mail room.

Candice Swanepoel Slips Nip at Sao Paulo Fashion Show


Not that the fashion world freaks out to much at the sight of bare boobs, consider the models spend half their time half-dressed and everybody is very adult about the fact that they are walking mannequins.

Still, when the beautiful Candice Swanepoel suffers a wardrobe malfunction and flashes her bare udder on the public stage, me and a few million of my closest ogling gentleman friends are going to notice. Maybe pop some champagne and celebrate even. Just Korbel or something, not that fancy stuff we'd open for full-on nekkidness of this South African uber-sextastic model. Still, I shall never forsake the eyeball glory of Candice Swanepoel and her sweet chestal goodness. It almost makes fashion worth watching. Enjoy.

Michael Arndt Out, Lawrence Kasdan In as Writer for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Who do you want writing the script for Star Wars: Episode VII? The guy who wrote a script about talking a bunch of talking toys, or the guy who wrote the the script for the best Star Wars movie of them all?

Well, if for some reason you answered "the guy who wrote the movie about toys," I've got some bad news for you. That guy is Michael Arndt. He wrote the script for Toy Story 3 and was working on the script for the new Star Wars picture. However, now Arndt is free to pursue other projects, because he's been replaced by the film's director, J.J. Abrams, and that other guy, Lawrence Kasdan.

According to LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy, "Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point." But apparently she didn't think the job he did was quite terrific enough. So now they're going with the guy who wrote the words, "No, I am your father!"

"There are very few people," Kennedy said, "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."

So Star Wars geeks rejoice...but not too much. Keep in mind that Kasdan also wrote Return of the Jedi, and is therefore responsible for the Ewoks. Plus, his last movie was a stinker called Darling Companion about a middle aged couple who learn the true meaning of love from a dog.


Turns Out George Lucas Was Working on a New Star Wars Trilogy a Year Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm

If you're like me, you groaned when you heard last year that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and was going to crank out yet another trilogy of Star Wars films—not because you wouldn't love a new trilogy of Star Wars films, but because you assumed at the time it would probably suck. However, when it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct the next film in the space opera—again, if you're like me—you probably thought, well, okay, it might not be so bad. (Excessive lens flares aside.) And if that is the case, then you're really going to be glad Disney bought Lucasfilm when you hear this next bit of news: according to an inside source, George Lucas was working on a new trilogy up to a year prior to selling the whole thing to Disney.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Gets Eaten by the ‘Star Wars VII’ Rumor Machine

Before it's all over, every notable actor working today will have been rumored as a possibility for Star Wars: Episode VII. This week, it's Daniel Day-Lewis' turn. Next week? Dabney Coleman and big-bootied adult-starlet Alexis Texas will be added to the mix. But for now, we'll stick with Lewis.

Latino Review, which is no stranger to inaccurate casting news, is claiming that Lewis was recently spotted having lunch with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, the current head of Lucasfilm. If the meeting even took place, it's entirely possible that the trio discussed something completely unrelated to Star Wars, like the long awaited Howard the Duck prequel, A Quack of the Clones.

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