Rumor: Episode VII to shoot on Ireland’s Skellig Michael?

rumors-skellSkellig Michael, the World Heritage island off southwest Ireland is reportedly a shooting location for Episode VII, according to local news site Kerry’s Eye:

The Office of Public Works (OPW) confirmed to Kerry’s Eye this week that “Skellig Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island… this production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board”.

The island is certainly quite picturesque, and there have been rumblings about Ireland before. Head below the cut for a locator map.

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SDCC: Wednesday night at the con of cons

sabine-hera-action-figLast night’s SDCC preview and Hitfix/Rebels party seems to have been big hits – at right, our first look at the Sabine and Hera figures from none other than Dave Filoni himself. Yakface and Jedi Temple Archives have Hasbro booth pics for you toy die-hards.

The Daily Dot has a writeup of the party and TFN collected preview night and party tweets. And for those who want to look beyond Star Wars, /Film has nice roundup of some other things on the floor.

First look at Lucasfilm’s SDCC pavilion

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On StarWars.com this morning, Mary Franklin shares some pictures from the Lucasfilm Pavilion at San Diego Comic-Con. (Though not the one above – that’s from her Twitter.) The con officially begins tonight, with the Rebels panel on Thursday and three book panels on Friday.

Episode VII news is not expected, unless it comes via the grapevine (or Mary’s video wall, but that’s a long shot.) And while the rumor mill is saying we might get an announcement of a Princess Leia comic from Marvel, I’m not sure where that would happen: At the A New Dawn panel, which seems focused on Del Rey? None of Marvel’s own panels seem to fit the bill.

In any case, don’t forget about the Rebels screening and HitFix party!

Rumor: Was Gwendoline Christie’s Episode VII role gender-swapped?

Gwendoline ChristieBadass Digest‘s Devin Faraci has even more on what he’s heard about Episode VII, namely why he believes that Gwendoline Christie’s role was gender-swapped – and may actually be the same role that Benedict Cumberbatch was in talks (or ‘in talks’) for.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard that Christie’s character was gender-swapped, and I’m still not convinced it was due to the casting uproar, or if it was Geena Davis or something else in play. But if there’s any nugget of truth in this, I’m glad – in part because I am so, so sick of hearing about Cumberbatch.

Earlier, on Twitter, Faraci clarified that what he revealed the other day was only the beginning of the film, but “the basic premise/set-up” and “ending at the equivalent of Luke and Ben coming to Mos Eisley.”