Meet the New Cast Members of Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII cast

Since the photo of the new and original cast members doing their first read-through of the Episode VII script yesterday, the seven people below have probably been the most Googled people on Earth.  These people, after all, will join a fraternity of characters that are beloved by an extremely large, extremely rabid fan base.  Though we don’t know anything about their roles yet, here’s a brief rundown on each of the newbies. Continue reading Meet the New Cast Members of Star Wars Episode VII


Star Wars Episode VII cast

We knew it was coming soon, but without ceremony Disney has released the cast of Star Wars Episode VII.  The original cast is returning along with mostly new faces (with the exception of Andy Serkis and Max Von Sydow).  I won’t get in the way of the announcement:

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have announced the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII! Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ 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.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

So what do you think?  Serkis makes me think he’ll be doing some motion capture work and Max Von Sydow  certainly could be a Sith lord.  I’m so happy that so much of the original cast is back.  Another bit of “news” is that Han Solo is rumored to have a huge role in the film (my theory being that his character will die in Episode VII while Luke and Leia may stick around for VIII and IX in reduced roles).  Disney released a photo of the new united cast together and for now all we can do is rampantly speculate.  But we’re Star Wars fans!  That’s what we DO!

Fan Made Poster by Clint Onkun
Fan Made Poster by Clint Onkun

My Favorite Scene: The Amazing Spider-Man (2011) – “Bridge Rescue”

I was not a fan of Marc Webb’s reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man when it released three years ago.  To me, we were just going over a lot of old ground, the Lizard wasn’t a very compelling villain, but I thought the cast was much better.  I gave it another chance recently and found myself really, really liking it.  Maybe it’s because I’d put the Raimi trilogy behind me and just looked at it as the first Spider-Man movie I’d seen. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Amazing Spider-Man (2011) – “Bridge Rescue”

Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

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Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands.  We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today.  We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work.  (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).

Johnny Depp, 21 Jump StreetIf there’s an actor more maddening and frustrating to movie lovers than Johnny Depp, I can’t come up with a name.  Depp is, undeniably, monumentally talented.  He’s preternaturally gifted at physical comedy, drama and every nuance to be found between the two.  From his first film Friday the 13th, to his breakout stardom on TV in 21 Jump Street, Depp moved from teen idol to eclectic indie film star.  He was rather notorious for never doing blockbuster films.  Then, in 2003, a movie based on a ride at Disneyland of all things catapulted him into mega-stardom and, simultaneously, began a chain of events that have laid low his entire career. Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

Justice League to Follow Batman vs. Superman; Zack Snyder Will Direct!

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I have to say, part of me never thought it would happen (inevitable though it has been for the last two years).  DC has announced that Batman vs. Superman will shoot back-to-back with a Justice League movie that will release possibly as soon as 2017.  As far as cast, I think we can assume Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher (or Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg) since they’ve already been cast.  Traditionally JLA rosters have seven members, Green Lantern is a no-brainer.  The Flash is the other constant, but with his TV show likely still going on, will they use the TV Flash or cast and alternate and keep the burgeoning DCU Movie Universe separate from its TV Universe?  The seventh slot rotates depending on the writer’s preference: Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Green Arrow are the most frequently used.  How do you feel about Snyder taking on shooting a Batman/Superman film and a Justice League film back-to-back.  It almost makes adapting Watchmen look easy.