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EXTREME Spoilers From the 2nd Draft of Star Wars Episode VII *BE WARNED*

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I wonder if JJ Abrams is gleefully just feeding false information to Latino Review just for kicks and giggles.  The publication once again has a slew of rumors and these from one who has read the new Abrams/Kasdan script.  There is NO way to discuss any of this without spoiling things so STOP NOW AND GO BACK if your eyes must remain pure. Continue reading EXTREME Spoilers From the 2nd Draft of Star Wars Episode VII *BE WARNED*

Star Wars Episode VII Will Shoot at Pinewood Studios

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Every previous Star Wars film has been shot in the UK and Star Wars Episode VII will be no exception.  After announcing the film would return to the UK earlier this month, Disney and Lucasfilm followed with the announcement that the seventh film will be shot at Pinewood Studios.

“Production is already moving in to Pinewood in preparation for the early 2014 shoot with crew also being assembled. As previously reported, casting is underway.”

Kathleen Kennedy, new head of Lucasfilm, said, “We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

Casting is just beginning with general casting descriptions of the main characters having leaked last week (http://wp.me/p36nPa-No).  JJ Abrams is working with Michael Arndt on polishing the script.  The only other piece of Episode VII news I have to pass along is that George Lucas says he has not talked to JJ Abrams about the film.  That is exactly the level of consultancy that I want to hear from George.  Bravo.  He just got remarried.  Take some time, George.  Go on a cruise.  Buy an island.  Just kick back for the next, oh, 18 months or so.  Thaaaat’s a good Jedi.

Star Wars Episode VII Casting Begins/Character Descriptions Confirmed by Lucasfilm

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All credit on this to Bleeding Cool, who not only correctly called the bunk on Internet rumors on plot last week, but obtained casting call descriptions of characters for Star Wars Episode VII.  Casting has begun in the UK and Lucasfilm today confirmed Bleeding Cool’s story as accurate.  From the descriptions, it does not look like the Solo twins will be making the movie, though Jaina Solo might.  It’s long been bantered about that the protagonist will be a young female (JJ Abrams has certainly succeeded with this kind of character on TV).  Ponder the descriptions below and speculate with glee.  Also, it is comforting to know that we need not be physically fit to journey to a galaxy far, far away.  Bleeding Cool’s scoop below and they are a go-to site for information as it breaks, so keep checking with them.

We’ve got our hands on the first real casting breakdowns of characters from the next Star Wars movie. What’s more, we’ve verified that these are lead characters – though not necessarily to be billed in the order below.

I want to stress Bleeding Cool have 100% confirmed that the following is accurate and that the open casting started today in the UK.

Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.

Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.

A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.

Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.

A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.

Forty something male, fit, military type.

Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.

Are these character details, or dating profiles? GSOH, physically fit…

But seeing as they’re looking for two teenage girls, chances are that rumour about a teenage female lead has something to it…

 

Star Wars Episode VII Trailer

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Oh now don’t be mad. We need something to tide ourselves over for the year or so until we get a real teaser and this genius gave us something to practice geeking out over! Combining footage from mostly The Force Unleashed and Old Republic video games with voice over by Benedict Cumberbatch (little Star Trek XI in there too), it actually sets the bar for whatever that actual trailer will be pretty high, but I’m sure Abrams and Lucas will deliver far beyond.

Star Wars Episode VII Will Begin Shooting in Early 2014

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Fan Made Poster (My favorite so far)

Cameras will roll!  After speculation, rumors, still no real casting, details, plot leaks or anything more sold than we had than we began wildly and rabidly Force-frothing months ago, producer Colin Bunk announced that shooting will begin on Star Wars Episode VII in early 2014.

We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.

JJ Abrams is working on finishing the script with screenwriter Michael Arndt and there have been location scouting teams reported in Scotland and Iceland.  I think that’s huge in and of itself.  The prequels were too CGI (the prequels were a lot of things, but let’s stay on target).  They lost that visceral feel of shooting on location.  In Empire, when they’re shooting on Hoth, they’re literally all freezing to death.  You can’t replicate that in a studio with a green screen.  If they start announcing casting in June or July after the Star Trek Into Darkness fervor has passed, and get rolling in early 2014, they may just be able to meet the summer 2015 target after all.