April 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm #152526
Director J.J. Abrams
officially announces the cast members for the much anticipated “Star
Wars: Episode VII” shooting soon in London. It includes a mix of
up-and-comers, new faces, veterans, returning favorites, and the big
three — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill
— from the original trilogy. An earlier report says that Ford has a
“gigantic” role in this installment.
Take a tour through a photo gallery
featuring cast members Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Adam Driver (“Girls”), Andy Serkis (“Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit”), Oscar nominee Max von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson (“About Time”), John Boyega (“Attack the Block”), and Daisy Ridley (“Mr. Selfridge”). Also returning from the classic films will be Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca). The movie is slated for a release on December 18, 2015. Deadline.April 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm #152528
Here is a link to a photo with the full cast at their first table read…April 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm #152529
That picture The mere fact Han Solo….I mean Harrison Ford is there……I’m thrilled.April 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm #152530
While I’m not a fan of the franchise, this was a savy way of announcing the long awaited casting news.April 30, 2014 at 12:50 am #152531
So, is a two Billion dollar box office imminent?April 30, 2014 at 9:15 am #152532
Stephen Colbert Thinks J.J. Abrams Is Already ‘Blowing It’ With ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Video)
With Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher returning, Colbert hypothesized the seventh installment of the franchise would be called “Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Hip”
Stephen Colbert directed his faux conservative outrage toward ”Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams on Tuesday, because he thinks the guy in charge of pleasing one of the biggest fan clubs in the galaxy is “blowing it.”
The “Colbert Report” host wagged his finger at Abrams after Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot released the first photo of the new “Star Wars” cast, which includes franchise rookies Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.
“It is so cool to get a glimpse behind the scenes, which is why I’m giving a wag of my finger to J.J. Abrams for blowing it,” Colbert said. “Look at this photo. Everything is wrong. Where’s the creature design? Every single character is humanoid, with two arms and two legs.”
It’s not just the lack of aliens that concerned Colbert, either. The self-described “huge fan” of the epic saga George Lucas spawned 37 years ago has plenty of technical bones to pick with the brief glimpse of Abrams vision.April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am #152533
Maybe it’s crazy to think about this, considering the fact that we haven’t gotten a truly great Star Wars film in 34 years, but I wonder if this might get any Oscar buzz? Let’s weigh the factors.
JJ Abrams hasn’t come close to the ceremony yet (Star Trek I think got four tech noms), but I’d argue Super 8 was more worthy of a nomination in 2011 than most of the BP line up. Producer Kathleen Kennedy is tied with Steven Spielberg as the most Oscar nominated producer ever. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (four time Oscar nominee) wrote the second draft of the script to Michael Ardnt’s (one Oscar win, one nomination) first.
Then the cast. Oscar Isaac will be a nominee and probably a winner very soon. Adam Driver too, maybe? John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, and Daisy Ridley seem like promising newcomers. And then of course you have the legend Max von Sydow (two Oscar noms [no wins?!]) and Andy Serkis who definitely should have won, or at least have been nominated, in 02. Then you have the returning cast members.
And the movie’s being released in December. Honestly, I don’t see any major nominations coming its way. The original Star Wars was a big player in 77, but I don’t think any installments in long running series have ever had much chance with the Academy (see Harry Potter 8 and Bond 23: Skyfall). I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney makes an awards push.
Anyway, it’s fun to speculate. I’m just hoping it’s good, honestly.April 30, 2014 at 10:53 am #152534
Me too. And I really like the new cast. Very happy for up-and-comers like John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and Oscar Issac (excellent in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, worthy of being an A-lister). I haven’t seen Daisy Ridley in anything, but I’ll look into her work. And Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow are both really interesting additions.April 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm #152535
Considering it releases December 18, providing it’s good I think it can snatch up quite a bit of nominations.April 30, 2014 at 7:15 pm #152537
‘What’s the Deal?’ With Jeff Sneider: A Look at the New Cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Video)
Movies | By Wrap Staff on April 30, 2014 @ 7:04 pm
After months of endless speculation, Disney, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams have finally revealed the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” and the good news is, no one has started a Change.org petition… yet
TheWrap’s film reporter Jeff Sneider has never considered himself a Star Wars fan so while he’s not intimately familiar with the sci-fi franchise, he has been following the casting process as close as anyone and gives the ensemble his stamp of approval.
Does Oscar Isaac have what it takes to play a hero in a major studio franchise? Should we expect to see the same Adam Driver we’ve come to know on HBO’s “Girls?” Who is Daisy Ridley? Will Andy Serkis appear in a live-action role, or will his performance be motion-captured?
Sneider dissects all these questions and more, so watch the video to find out what he thinks of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast.May 3, 2014 at 3:04 am #152538
Is A Star Wars Role Still In The Works For Lupita Nyong’o?
May 2, 2014 10:50 PM
So earlier his week, as everyone knows JJ Abrams announced the cast for his upcoming Stars Wars Episode 7 which is scheduled to come out Christmas time next year.
And the two things that everyone immediately noticed is that 1) Lupita Nyong’o, who had a widely reported meeting with Abrams supposedly to talk about joining the film, was not among the cast members announced this week 2) aside from Carrie Fisher, no doubt reprising her role of Princess Leia, only one other actress, Daisy Ridley, has been named in the cast.
However Abrams has been quoted that more cast announcements would be coming next week and there has been speculation that one announcement could be the possibility that of British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers playing the role of the bi-racial descendant of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi.
But since yesterday the buzz all over the internet such as Gawker (HERE) is that, according to insiders involved with the Star Wars movie, that both Zac Efron and Ms. Nyong’o will be joining the film with her playing the role of Asajj Ventress.
I had to look it look it up to find that that Ventress is a “female Dathomirian Dark Jedi and a valuable Dark Acolyte to Count Dooku…and trained as a Jedi Padawan by Jedi Knight Ky Narec. However, after Narec was slain, Ventress gave into her anger and began walking the path of the dark side; taking up the lightsaber of her dead master, she trained herself in the Jar’Kai style of lightsaber combat, before slaying all the warlords on Rattatak and installing herself as its ruler”.
You Star Wars geeks I’m sure will know what that means, but if it’s true that this could be a very interesting role for her.
That is if it happens
Nothing, of course, is for sure, but if these stories are correct then you heard ut here first folks. If not, oh well, I’m been wrong before too many times to count.
We’ll just have to wait and seeMay 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm #152539
Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards has been announced for the 2016 (what is currently called) Untitled Star Wars Stand Alone Film (they should keep that title!)May 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm #152540
Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards has been announced for the 2016 (what is currently called) Untitled Star Wars Stand Alone Film (they should keep that title!)
I’m very intrigued by this. Edwards is a strong director with real vision, and for all the faults I had with ‘Godzilla’, his direction wasn’t one of them.