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.
November 12th, 2013 by Dunc · 3 Comments
November 11th, 2013 by Dunc · 1 Comment
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.
November 11th, 2013 by Dunc · 2 Comments
wow the opening text of episode vii literally just says “chewbacca is dead” and that’s it
— adam (@four_eels) November 7, 2013
Last week was bonkers for Star Wars fans. We got the Episode VII release date, open call auditions and all the attendant gloating, freaking out and Holiday Special jokes. So many Holiday Special jokes
November 11th, 2013 by Dunc · 1 Comment
The U.S. version of the open casting call is now accepting audition videos.
November 10th, 2013 by Dunc · No Comments
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.
November 10th, 2013 by Dunc · 1 Comment
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.)
November 8th, 2013 by Dunc · 3 Comments
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.)
Wow. Yeah, The Wrap really did go ask Disney about the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare and Episode VII. Hard hitting.
November 8th, 2013 by Dunc · 13 Comments
…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.
November 7th, 2013 by Dunc · 16 Comments
Episode VII will be the first actual Star Wars movie not to open in May, StarWars.com announced today. The film will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Disney’s Alan Horn.
Rumors about a non-May release date have been rampant in the last few months.
Well, I can’t say I’m thrilled with a December release, but I am glad we finally have an official date and all the ridiculous fanboy posturing – over that part of the equation, anyway – is over. I’m sure they’ll still have a few things to share with that April at Celebration!
November 7th, 2013 by Dunc · 1 Comment
“It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be,” Deadline reports Abrams said at an Almost Human conference call today. “Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable.”
He also called working with Micheal Arndt “a wonderful experience.”