Catching up with The Force Awakens: Big spoilers and set visits

spoilers-swirl-broadsaberIn today’s very spoiler-heavy report, Making Star Wars discusses the villains, what happens to them, and more evidence of a connection to some of the heroes. They also have some fan-made storyboards based on a previous report, and ‘the village people.’ Jason also has a few words on spoiler etiquette.

The Hollywood Reporter had an article last week about how Star Wars actors rarely become huge stars. Their point about “keeping yourself from any other franchises out there” seems to ignore that Oscar Isaac is going to play a pivotal role in the next X-Men movie, though, so take it as you will.

→ Simon Pegg talks about his Episode VII set visit with Collider, telling a sweet story about his daughter and BB-8.

Disney CFO: Star Wars franchise to follow in Marvel’s footsteps

Vader at Disneyland. Or Disney World? I can't tell. Disney CFO Jay Rasulo said today that the Star Wars franchise will be “mirroring” Marvel by broadening the appeal to women and families. Gotta wonder: Has anyone told merchandising that yet?

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.

Today in Episode VII: Skellig Michael no-nos, Harrison Ford’s leg sighted, Simon Pegg and the wig. Again.

skell→ The Irish Coast Guard have set up a two-mile exclusion zone around Skellig Michael, which means only the authorized are getting in. Too bad, so sad, no more set paparazzi.

Meanwhile, the international culture and heritage agency Unesco has asked for a report on the film shooting at the island, which could disrupt the breeding season of rare birds on the island.

Harrison Ford spotted walking sans cane in Santa Monica yesterday. You can’t tell him what he can’t do, internet.

Karen Gillan is talking about her wig again. This time, we learn that we’ve seen the wig already! At Comic-Con. In 2013. So… It has retractable bangs? I’m so confused.

→ Is Simon Pegg insinuating that he’s in Episode VII… But his face isn’t? Read it how you will. (Maybe he donated a wig?) My call: Protocol droid.

Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis talk Episode VII; Who stole Simon Pegg’s parking space?

A few Episode VII tidbits floating around lately: Oscar Isaac said recently that he starts shooting at the end of May, while Andy Serkis has praised the cast and script:

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful cast, really beautiful director, great atmosphere… Star Wars was my childhood, so it’s fantastic,” he said.

The 50-year-old also said security around the script is “very tight”.

He added: “You can’t wander off with it.”

He also called Daisy Ridley “an amazing choice.” (via)

Meanwhile, at Elsetree, a familiar name has apparently stolen Simon Pegg’s parking space.

Trailer park: Harrison Ford harnesses the minds of children for war, because why not

And it’s the first trailer for the Ender’s Game adaption, which really wants you know that a bunch of these actors have been up for/won Oscars. (Ford was nominated for Witness in 1985, which I can’t blame anyone for forgetting) Book fans may want to check out io9’s spoiler-full screencap study of the trailers.

Below the cut, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost go pubbing, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock get lost in space, and… Alien folksingers, because why not?

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