Exciting developments! And questions: Does this make Artoo the first confirmed cast member of Episode VII? Who are the other two guys? Is Artoo now officially a bad robot? Speak amongst yourselves ;)
Impromptu tweet roundup below the cut!
In the U.S., there’s an open call today in Chicago at the Park West Theatre. Yesterday, Maryellen Aviano of the casting team shared some tips with WGN News. On Sunday, they’ll be in Troy, Michigan, at the Somerset Inn.
U.K. hopefuls: The Manchester auditions have been moved to the Lancashire County Club at Emirates Old Trafford. New venues are also coming for the London and Dublin (both Nov. 23/24) events, and don’t forget that Glasgow has been rescheduled for a later weekend.
Flashback. Our second retro Return of the Jedi teaser trailer – or the first, if you don’t count Revenge of the Jedi.
Episode VII: David Oyelowo addresses the Star Wars rumors with E!. “The breaking news is J.J. Abrams is going to give you that breaking news,” he said. But… “I’d go anywhere to work with J.J. Abrams. I think what he did with Star Trek was so extraordinary… And I think what he’ll do with Star Wars will be just as impressive.”
Podcasts. Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr are the latest on the scene with Fangirls Going Rogue. Their first episode, live now, features The Clone Wars’ Catherine Taber.
Well it certainly seems like the Episode VII open call has been a big hit in at least two ways – massive publicity and the sheer numbers showing up. The two parts have been listed on Backstage and the Glasgow event has been moved back two weeks due to a lack of room at the original venue. And of course, there’s always online.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Burton hits up James Arnold Taylor, Daniel Logan and more for audition advice, and Jedi News talks to a ‘Rachel’ hopeful.
Disney. The Orlando Business Journal’s Jim Carchidi looks into a few ways that Disney will profit from the Star Wars delay. Because people will go see Star Wars at any time?
Podcasts. There’s a new episode of Full of Sith out today, with Bryan and Bobby talking about the week’s developments.
Auditions. Jedi News talked to one of the ‘Thomas’ hopefuls.
The old boss. George Lucas has lots of big-name San Francisco support for his museum, Mashable reports.
This again. With Star Wars in the news again, I’m surprised it took so long before we got another look at Jedi religion, this time from Details.
The U.S. version of the open casting call is now accepting audition videos.
Star Wars Underworld has a source who reports that a three-year deal has been signed with Disney for Episode VII to shoot in New Mexico. A production office will open there in January.
We’ve had a variety of rumors taking New Mexico in and out of the equation for the film. The state was first rumored to be a location by local blog Sindication. They still maintain that it’s happening, so there’s plenty of smoke here… But is there any fire? Stay tuned… If there really is a deal in place, we could conceivably hear something soon.
Some of the first Episode VII open calls happened this weekend – one set in in Bristol and another in St. Louis. The U.K. media is all over the two-day Bristol call – there are reports from The Telegraph, the BBC, The Guardian (plus another video,) The Independent, Metro and The Bristol Post (twice.) A spokesperson told Sky News on Saturday that they saw a thousand people and had 75 callbacks.
It’s a bit early to say how the U.S. is doing so far, but there is at least one report (KMOX) out of St. Louis so far. (And nothing at all for the Bloomington call, which happened on the 7th – just before the news went big on this side of the pond.)
The next U.S. open calls are in Chicago on 14th and Troy, Michigan on the 17th. In the U.K., Manchester will have two-day calls on the 16th and 17th. (UPDATE: Glasgow has been rescheduled.)
Video. Bob Iger talks to Bloomberg TV about choosing Episode VII’s release date and confirms (again) that Disney is developing Star Wars attractions for their parks.
Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams and Neil Gaiman were on BBC Newsnight with author Doug Dorst to talk about their book S, and, eventually, Star Wars and casting. (13:00 mark.)
Cartoon. Disney XD has a site up for Rebels. (via)
Wow. Yeah, The Wrap really did go ask Disney about the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare and Episode VII. Hard hitting.
Countdown. How many days until Episode VII? (via)
…Or Star Wars, in any case. “We would be honored if you would join us,” the franchise’s official Facebook account wrote with a link to opencastingcall2013.com, the American site for the open call first spotted in the U.K.
UPDATE: The original Facebook post seems to be region-locked, but see the comments for a screen shot.