Monday, August 11, 2014

Force for Change Winner Announced

After a several month campaign that resulted in raising $4.2 million dollars for UNICEF Innovation Labs along with another $1 million from Disney, a winner has been revealed for a walk-on role in Star Wars: Episode VII. A video is below as DC Barns was surprised with his win in what he thought was just a donor video chat. In addition JJ Abrams tweeted his support with an image of a note held in what may or may not be Luke Skywalker's robot hand.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Abrams' Force for Change Update Reveals New X-Wing

In a new video (below) to promote Force for Change, J.J. Abrams stood by a "new" X-Wing Starfighter however based on the aging done to the prop its actually old within the post-Return of the Jedi world the story is set in. The Force for Change charity is to support UNICEF with a chance to donate for a chance win a set visit in London and be an extra in Star Wars Episode VII. It has a kind of Kickstarter feel to it with different donation levels that also give you a chance to win other Star Wars related prizes. Full details and how to donate is here. After that is an additional video from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to promote the charity drive.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Star Wars Adds Two, Planning Hiatus

Two new cast members have been added to Star Wars Episode VII as the production plans on a two hiatus in August. The two cast members are Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke. Both are literal unknowns as Clarke's first roles are still in post-production while Anderson is known in parkour circles so expect he will be used for ability to perform stunt work while acting. Per usual Abrams' cone of silence rules, no information was released about what characters they would playing but I suspect both will be minor supporting roles. As for the filming break, the cause is related to Harrison Ford's broken leg (or sprained ankle, reports vary) that was caused by a door on the Millennium Falcon set.

"The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the Sunday casting statement.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Star Wars Episodes VIII Gets A Director

Even though Star Wars: Episode VII is only a few weeks into production, Disney has moved ahead with hiring the director of Episode VIII and it is not JJ Abrams. Instead they hired Rian Johnson (Looper). The director will begin work on the script soon. Disney has indicated they hope to get the next trilogy out in an every other year fashion and I guess this move allows them to stick to that schedule as right around the time Ep 7 finishes post-production, chances are Ep 8 almost be complete with its pre-production and on verge of starting filming.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Abrams Posts Response to Set Leaks

While JJ Abrams' desire to keep movie secrets borders on obsession, he does still have his sense of humor. In a letter that he tweet via the Bad Robot twitter account, the Star Wars Episode VII director wrote a letter about the recent set leaks that included a Millennium Falcon set. Probably safe to assume part of the set will be the holographic chessboard that the letter is on. In case can't see the pic it says:
I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII and making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie.

JJ