Rumor. The Millennium Falcon is always a safe bet, so naturally there have been some scattered reports that it’s in construction for Episode VII. And Wednesday Scum and Villainy reported that a full-scale set has been built off-site and is ready to move into Pinewood. Making Star Wars is rightly skeptical, but with countless Star Wars films in the future – not to mention possible theme park attractions – it may just be a wise investment.
Gaming. Also a rumor: Kotaku thinks there’s “an open-world Star Wars title,” in the works at EA Canada.
Box office. The Warcraft movie has moved out of the range of Episode VII to March 2016. Is Warcraft even still a thing?
Interviews. The December release date is “an infinitely better situation” and a “huge improvement” J.J. Abrams tells MTV’s Josh Horowitz. When asked if the Artoo casting means C-3P0: “They have different agents.” He also talked about London and Kasdan with Total Film.
Casting. The Hollywood Reporter spun something out about big movies that are casting at the moment. They mention the ‘Rachel’ and ‘Thomas’ roles, but also “a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium.” Comparing the role to Damon is new, but we heard about the part way back in the original June casting breakdown.
Video. Fan-created trailer The Apprentice.
Rumors. A Polish fan site (in English from Star Wars Underworld) reported that details of The Clone Wars bonus content release were revealed at a Warsaw event. In short: The show’s ten remaining episodes, subtitled ‘The Lost Missions,’ will air on Disney XD early next year. Trailers were shown – head to Underworld for the details, but it’s worth noting that Pablo says that 10 seems to be to low a number… But note there’s nothing on StarWars.com, so whatever went on, it’s not yet 100% official. (UPDATE: Pablo also says he recognizes “pieces from upcoming episodes.”)
Fakes. There’s a very fake script rattling around. (No, not the audition pages.) It seems to be this one (via,) which is indeed pretty laughable.
Episode VII. J.J. Abrams says that Lawrence Kasdan “has made him raise his game.”
Open calls. UPDATE: “On Nov. 21, The Collegian reported false information in an article about a student cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” As far as The Collegian’s editors and reporters know, the part has not yet been cast. We apologize for this error. ”
Meanwhile, the London call this weekend has a new venue – Twickenham Stadium, while Dublin will be holding theirs at the Croke Park Stadium. The U.S. call Friday is in Austin.
Gaming. Electronic Arts has a ten-year Lucasfilm deal, and they won’t be producing direct tie-ins the new films, Variety reports.
Mystery. A Star Wars character will appear in the LEGO movie.
The Matt Smith rumors are coming… Could he be the first (former) Time Lord to enter the GFFA? Bleeding Cool reports that the departing Doctor “went in for a role” in Episode VII.
I love Matt Smith and his run on Doctor Who, but would having him show up in Star Wars so soon after his turn as the lead in another iconic sci-fi franchise be a bit too on the nose? In any case, it’s only a report of an audition.
Another name knocking around at the moment – and a bit more solidly than Smith, assuming this isn’t another Funny or Die prank – is Jason Flemyng, who shared some script pages
on Instagram. (Since removed, like that’ll help keep things under wrap.) Last time we heard from him he was saying that Matthew Vaughn was the Episode VII director though, so… Pass the salt.
StarWars.com sheds some light on the photo that Bad Robot tweeted last week. Yes, Artoo is in the movie, and the two guys hanging out with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy at Pinewood are Artoo Builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples.
Nick Gillard, who worked as a stunt coordinator on the prequels and is largely responsible for the trilogy’s lightsaber choreography, said on Twitter today that his return is “very very unlikely.”
StarWars.com. A year and change after the announcement, the official site has added a section for Episode VII. (via)
Actors. It’s not that really a big surprise that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be talking to Samuel L. Jackson or Ewan MacGregor regarding Episode VII, but Mark Hamill? So said Jackson in a recent David Letterman appearance, anyway.
Billy Dee and Rebels? Maybe not so fast on that rumor that Billy Dee Williams will be doing a voice on Rebels. Lightsaber Rattling quotes the full conversation.
Horrors. I originally clicked in this expecting to think ‘I’ve seen worse,’ but io9 may be right: This might really be be the ugliest Star Wars shirt ever.
The open call outside of Detroit – attended by Muppet Troopers! – was covered by The Detroit News, Free Press, The Oakland Press, and WWJ. But it seems like the U.K. Press has cooled a little – the Manchester call only appeared in The Manchester Evening News and Metro.
We’ve got a handful of reports out of yesterday’s open call in Chicago: DNAInfo, NBC Chicago, WBBM, WGN and WTVY.
The next set of calls are in suburban Detroit and Manchester this weekend.