You can bid on an autographed copy of The Force Awakens table read photo to help raises funds for Arts in the Armed Forces. Donated by Adam Driver, the picture is signed by him, J.J. Abrams and most of the cast. (Including some not in the picture.) The winner also gets a private tour of Lucasfilm and ILM.
Lucasfilm and Entertainment Weekly have paired up to give us character names from The Force Awakens – in trading card form. Daisy Ridley is Rey, John Boyega is Finn and Oscar Isaac plays Poe Dameron. The ball droid is BB-8 (which I’m guessing is pronounced/abbreviated as ‘Bebe,’) and our mysterious villain is Kylo Ren. The card numbers have some significance as well – a mystery to chew on… In addition to Finn and Rey’s last names.
This also puts to bed a popular theory that Gwendoline Christie could be playing the character we now know as Kylo Ren, referring to “his lightsaber.”
→ Jedi News is replicating the Foodles magic to find two more newly registered productions: LUNAK HEAVY INDUSTRIES and SPACE BEAR INDUSTRIES. One is no doubt our first spin-off – is the other spin-off #2 or Episode VIII? Or something else entirely? Speculate away, my pretties!
→ Both Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher are in the press today, and they’re both talking (a bit) about Star Wars. Everyone’s jumping over Isaac’s ‘hundreds of stormtroopers’ line, but I think the other stuff he says is way more interesting. Carrie, of course, is Carrie.
→ J.J. Abrams will receive the Visual Effects Society’s Visionary Award in February.
→ Yearbook photos of Adam Driver prove he looked exactly like you’d expect Adam Driver to look like in high school.
→ Clickhole wins the Episode VII No-Prize today. Spot-on work there.
→ Rick Lawrence posted a few more photos from Greenham Common this weekend, now removed from Facebook, but the rest of the internet is not so easily swayed. The one that created the most fuss: A figure who looks suspiciously like Adam Driver, raising a number of questions. For some less spoilery fare, check out a helicopter shooting the set.
→ But wait! There is another location, and it’s… Endor! People are seriously buying this as something other than a code name, for some reason. UPDATE: Apparently it’s not even a Star Wars set. Well played.
→ And finally, some dumb: Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L Jackson and Daniel Craig are going to cameo in Episode VII. Sure, guys. Okay. I’m sure none of these men have any other reason to be at a storied British film studio. None at all. But, just for the hell of it, let’s say they’re playing a swoop gang. A singing swoop gang.
Entertainment Weekly is acting like they’ve never heard the term ‘Lucasfilm Story Group’ before in an article today where they ‘exclusively’ inform us that things from Episode VII may very well show up in Rebels.
“There are characters, vehicles, imagery that are introduced in the show before we’ve ever seen them in the movies, possibly including VII,” Simon Kinberg tells them.
Of course, he told /Film back at SDCC that “We haven’t really talked about that,” so take it as you will. Playing coy is the name of the game here, I suppose. But consider that season 2 of Rebels is likely to premiere next October, just as we’re likely to see some serious marketing ramp up for Episode VII, and it seems pretty likely that the two are going to tie together with something more significant than some ships and speeders. On that hand, it does seem a bit early to unleash the certain point of viewing, so they really want you to watch Rebels.
In other news/rumors…
→ On that note, could Daisy Ridley’s character name indeed be [redacted]? Well, as always: Maybe?
→ Where in the galaxy is Luke Skywalker? Round, umm, let’s say 5.
→ Mark Ruffalo wants in. Aww, Mark Ruffalo.
In other things floating around…
→ Adam Driver tells the Wall Street Journal that Episode VII is “very human” and “not taking a back seat” to the spectacle.
→ How Simon Pegg’s daughter became the girl who “saved Star Wars.”
→ Daisy Ridley is one of Empire’s 20 stars of the future.
→ J.J. Abrams, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley were at a dinner party (?) with director Edgar Wright. There was some jumping on this as a ‘sign’ of Wright being involved with Star Wars, but I think maybe Slashfilm has the best idea – that J.J. may just want to geek out with someone who can actually keep a damn secret. Or maybe they’re just buds and/or they’re all trolling us again. Who knows! (Random trivia I was unaware of before today: Wright produced Attack the Block, Boyega’s feature debut.)
→ Meanwhile, Adam Driver is officially out of hiding as GQ’s latest cover story. He doesn’t talk much about Star Wars, but it’s got some decent (if very ::sideeye:: guy mag) stuff on his background.
→ Slate has a new Star Wars Rumor Generator. This one does posters!
One of the new Episode VII actors we haven’t heard much from – in the vague way we’re hearing things from actors – is Adam Driver. In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly we do learn that he’s splitting his time between London and New York City, for his Girls gig. Luckily, they put a bit more than that online, though obviously he’s not really dropping any news bombs.
Driver is promoting next month’s This is Where I leave You, with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda, so expect a few more soundbites… If anyone can get anything out of him.
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations this morning with 19 nods, including best drama. Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Diana Rigg all got acting nominations.
Meanwhile, Episode VII’s Adam Driver is up for supporting actor in a comedy series for Girls.
American Horror Story: Coven also cleaned up in the miniseries category, with 17 nominations, including much of the cast.
Latino Review doubles down on Making Star Wars’ villainy rumor from the other day… They have a quibbles with the terminology, but they’re heard similar things about the meat of the report, including the stuff regarding Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o.
FYI, if you haven’t been keeping up with the original post, Eric at TFN says the whole original report is untrue, but it seems that Latino Review aren’t the only ones who’ve heard bits of this independently… Ahh, rumorville.