I’ve been mired in snow and work and other non-fun things this week, but Making Star Wars has been keeping busy with The Force Awakens this week, dropping some of the bigger rumors we’ve seen lately. A new source has given Jason a bunch of stuff about some of the main cast. He’s pretty sure of at least some of it, but on the whole I feel it seems a little too close to the few ‘original’ bits of the 4Chan/Reddit rumors of a few months back for me to buy it completely.
For the Episode VII pessimists, Jason has some supposed details from another source, and that everyone involved may not be as gung-ho on the new movie as we’ve been hearing. Gasp!
And finally, there’s also a sign of a classic character having some sort of legacy, which I guess would explain some other stuff going on right now. Meh.
→ Billie Lourd has found herself another acting gig, and the E! article about it has dredged up that old rumor about who exactly she’s playing in The Force Awakens. Inside info, or just something they’ve heard around the internets?
→ MAD Magazine is already spoofing The Force Awakens. Okay, maybe not for the first time.
The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones is in talks for the first spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter (and Variety) says today. There have been some reports that Tatiana Maslany had won the role – and THR named her as a finalist in the original report – but she also has a potential conflict in an indie film that begins shooting in March.
THR’s sources also says that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are being eyed for the male lead.
Maslany has been the internet’s clear favorite for the spin-off, but Jones has a lot of buzz in Hollywood right now – and a Best Actress nomination.
Per Courthouse News Service, Lucasfilm has filed a subpoena request against ImageShack, where user “Darth_Simi” has posted a gallery of leaked photos and supposed concept art.
Interestingly, Simi’s gallery does not seem to be the source of many of the images – they’ve also posted the set shots from TMZ, Greenham Commons aerial shots, the set shot from the Abu Dhabi newspaper plus cast paparazzi and red carpet pics from sources like Getty. (And didn’t the biggest batch of concept leaks actually come from millenniumfalcon.com?)
An image explicitly mentioned in the filing, which was our first look at the broadsaber that we saw in the teaser trailer, actually originates with and is watermarked by Star Wars Underworld, who has since removed it. There are other leaks that they could pursue as well without verifying them, such as the stormtrooper helmets.
However, Simi’s gallery is one of the most complete ones I’ve seen in terms of the various photo leaks, so I can see why Lucasfilm would want it gone, even if it is ‘just’ a collection. It’s practically a (visual) one-stop spoiler shop.
I’m not at all familiar with CNS as a news source, but if there’s any truth to this, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot less leaked art from here on out. Maybe that’s the point of the whole endeavor – not to take out the actual leakers, just to scare them enough that they don’t do it again. Say what you will about a site like Making Star Wars that’s generally only describing stuff, but it would take one a LONG time to go through all of what Jason and company have posted – far longer than an image gallery. (via)
Jason at Making Star Wars has seen a yet-unreleased publicity picture of Han, Leia and Chewbacca. Yes, Leia! It’s a January miracle.
→ In a Disney shareholder meeting, Bob Iger praised Episode VII (why wouldn’t he?) and reiterates that we can expect VIII in 2017, IX in 2019, and hints that there may be more Episodes after this. (Which, to be fair, we’ve known since the start. None of this is really new information, people are just treating it like it is.) /Film unpacks the statement, and while I think they’re reaching at parts (“these characters” to me reads more Star Wars in general than just the new folks) the analysis is pretty sound.
→ Oscar Isaac revealed to HuffPostUK how J.J. Abrams reacted to Harrison Ford’s leg injury, which kind of makes it sound like Ford slipped the guy some of the good drugs, honestly.
→ Latino Review says we’ll see practical versions of a familiar alien, which will likely be reused for the spin-off.
Total Geeks claims that Tatiana Maslany got the role we heard that she (and several other actresses) were testing for last week in the Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars film. They also say that she’s the lead, and noticed that Maslany has recently withdrawn from an off-Broadway play “due to film scheduling conflicts.” (The only upcoming film on her IMDB at the moment has already completed shooting.)
UPDATE: The Mary Sue is backing up the original report with a source of their own – but I don’t expect official word will be quick. UPDATE #2: She’s also been cast in an indie film that begins shooting mid-March, per The Wrap. It’s not necessarily a deal-breaker if the spin-off begins filming in May ala The Force Awakens, as it’s likely the ‘February’ we’re hearing is for crew.
We still know very little about this film, aside from the ongoing scripting choices – and a lot of rumors. Hopefully that changes when filming begins soon, maybe as early as February, but likely not until spring.
Rumor: Who could play Boba Fett? Some random site thinks Michael Fassbender is the “frontrunner to be Boba Fett,” because Boba Fett is the Dread Pirate Roberts now. Yeah… Sure. Okay.
Rumor: Disney wants Chris Pratt for Indiana Jones? Well, if they decide to go the James Bond route with the franchise, Pratt would be better than the previously rumored Bradley Cooper, but it’s hard to imagine anyone stepping into Harrison Ford’s boots. In any case, this isn’t even the craziest recasting rumor floating around today, believe it or not.
Spoilerphobes beware: A salvage ship, maybe. Making Star Wars’ latest concept art description for The Force Awakens.
The Force Awakens rumor masters at Making Star Wars has had a busy couple of days. They’ve explored the code names for some of the sets/settings and debuted a couple new speeder designs. Plus a location, something inspired by Moebius and some extras.
As for the other rumormongers, Latino Review really wants to make that old thing about the first spinoff being a Han/Boba movie happen. Turns out, bringing in Fett is totally the key to making the whole Tatiana Maslany thing way less exciting for me. (Intellectually, I know this does not mean that’s actually the case, but such is the killing power of Fett fanboy-bait for me. And yes, EU fans, I know what you’re thinking too, and I have no desire to go there either. The sooner we get something official on this movie, the better.)
Overall though, we’re really in something of a lull – or at least it feels like a lull. Fingers crossed we get something soon, even if it’s just another trade report.
We’re months away from filming and there have been zero casting rumors regarding Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off, but that changed this evening. The Hollywood Reporter says that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Rooney Mara (David Fincher ‘s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) are among those testing for a role.
Felicity Jones, who’s been hitting the Oscar circuit for The Theory of Everything, is also in the mix. UPDATE: As is Rooney’s sister, Kate Mara, per Variety’s Justin Kroll.
In any case, it’s pretty heartening that the first casting we hear for the spin-off is a woman – and Maslany especially is an exciting option that’s already giving this rumor a lot of buzz. (No matter which way this goes, you should really be watching Orphan Black.)
Making Star Wars has a bit more on the spin-off this evening, including that it may shot partly in Mexico and a few other (potentially spoilerly, though only broadly) bits.