Contrary to what Latino Review reported last week, it seems that Episode VII is unlikely to return to Skellig Michael to shoot further scenes, per the Irish Examiner. “No filming has been scheduled for Skellig Michael in the coming months,” they were told by Louise Ryan of the Irish Film Board. (via)
I seem to recall there was some scuttlebut floating about during the first shoot that it was originally scheduled for the fall, and moved up due to Harrison Ford’s injury, so perhaps that’s where the second date comes in.
Rumor: Miltos Yerolemou has joined the cast of Episode VII, the BBC reports. You may know him from Game of Thrones season 1, where he played swordsman Syrio Forel.
→ There’s a new rumordump from Dave Gonzales at Latino Review addressing some of the rumors floating around: Mainly Sith, Luke’s location, and what the Skelling Michael location will be. Shrug.
→ Star Wars Episode 7 News thinks they have proof the stormtrooper helmet pics are legit. Of course, none of us have any idea if that kind of thing can be faked, so again, shrug. It’s not like that light pattern is super unusual (or not possible indoors, though I’ll let the light-spectrum geeks debate that one.) I wouldn’t go so far as to call it confirmed, but it’s certainly possible.
→ And finally, let’s recall the innate ridiculousness of rumors with Always Star Wars, who looks back at some things we heard before The Phantom Menace. Ben Kenobi owns the Millennium Falcon!
Episode VII resumes filming after a brief hiatus, per some leading tweets from Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, not to mention Entertainment Weekly’s ‘sources.’
Overall, however, this week has basically been a complete news dud, with the only rumor being something particularly flimsy regarding Joseph Gordon Levitt. Meh.
Mark Hamill takes up the call for the ALS ice bucket challenge, and nominates the new cast members of Episode VII, who “need to start pulling their weight.” Two down…
UPDATE: And now, Harrison Ford.
Latino Review came out in the middle of the night to add a new wrinkle to Sith-based rumor packet: That Palpatine will be back, but he won’t be the same, i.e. played by Ian McDiarmid. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard something like this, though previous rumors (including one from Latino Review themselves) mostly pointed towards McDiarmid and a Force Ghost situation.
Cue another round of tedious Dark Empire analogies and angst, but personally I’m just going to give this go the full batshit: Palpatine is Time Lord. He regenerates. Pass it on.
→ Some rumor-based speculation on the Empire in Episode VII from Making Star Wars.
→ The always controversial Devin Faraci on how what he’s heard about Episode VII has made him stop worrying and love Star Wars again. He also had some fairly sound things to say on the EU issue yesterday on Twitter.
→ And finally, Harrison Ford was spotted on a “2,500 foot mega-slide” in Wyoming this week, while actor Brendan Gleeson admitted he didn’t originally get the hype when son Domhnall was cast.
We’ve already seen J.J. Abrams and Mary Franklin (first at the Yoda fountain!) do the challenge, but what’s really interesting here is that it’s pretty much the first official Lucasfilm recognition (Star Wars uploaded the video) that Rian Johnson is on board. No one really doubts it at this point: Johnson’s rep has confirmed, he’s clearly had permission to be out there talking like it’s a done deal, but the lack of an official announcement has been puzzling.
Celebrities are doing the ice bucket challenge to raise money to fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
→ 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!
→ There’s a whole mess of new rumors over at Making Star Wars today, which has an altered timeline for Luke (and the Ewoks,) a very direct connection to a prequel character, more concept art and ‘George Lucas’ vision.’
→ A new set pic from Pinewood at Cinelinx. It’s the outdoor set we’ve seen before, but from a different angle. (And don’t forget we also have something about a new forest location.)
→ And finally, to link back to the Friday rumordump, Billy Donnelly at This Is Infamous debunks a lot of it. I have no idea who this guy or his source is, but hell, you can say the same about most everyone (or their sources) on Friday as well, so. Full of Sith also discussed last week on the new Full of Sith, but note that apparently Pablo only ruled out flashbacks for Rebels at SDCC. Also weighing in on Friday and the other rumors thus far is Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny.