Friday, November 7, 2014

Star Wars Episode VII Gets Official Title

In a tweet today, Walt Disney revealed the official title of the next Star Wars films along with a logo. The tweet say: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography. #TheForceAwakens #StarWarsVII"

Probably for the marketing simplicity the film will be referred to as Star Wars: The Force Awakens while the unspoken fan version will be Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. The title pretty much explains why the Extended Universe had to be trash canned. Between the title and story rumors, the 30 years between the end of "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens" was not the Jedi Order returning but really just Luke Skywalker disappearing and the galaxy just moving on after the fall of the Empire.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Star Wars Episode VII Ends Principle Photography

It seems principle photography has ended for Star Wars Episode VII based on a since deleted tweet that included an image of a letter from the producers to the cast and crew. Basically that will allow for nearly a year of post-production work to be done on the film, probably with every minute needed for what will likely be a special effects heavy film. It also means that what little news has leaked about the movie will crawl to zero as director JJ Abrams ability to control leaks becomes nearly absolute since its all in house work from this point onward. Below is the text of the note:
"To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII:

It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express.

From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented.

Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be: we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together.

How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual real tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But, mostly, thank you.

With Love - JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burke

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.