It consisted of seven shots and was only a minute-and-a-half long, but the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the biggest videos to hit the web last year. Given that it’s already been seen hundreds of millions of times, you can only imagine what kind of business the next trailer will do, especially if it features a more substantial look at the plot and characters, particularly the returning cast of the original Star Wars trilogy. Well, for your reading and spoiling pleasure below, you can now enjoy what sounds like the new trailer description for the second look at The Force Awakens, as the year that broke nerdom marches on. (more…)
Let’s be honest, Star Wars Episode VII really doesn’t need any advanced hype, the first three screening of the film at every theater are probably going to be sold out when this thing finally opens next December. More then that, I’ll bet there are people at Disney banking in the idea that this thing is going to steal the all-time box office crown from James Cameron’s Avatar. Not that they’ll say that in public, of course, but between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Episode VII, I think there are a lot of Walt Disney Company executives betting on great big bonuses in 2016. So when a member of the original cast of Star Wars implies that Episode VII is going to be better than any Star Wars that’s come before, you better believe everyone’s going to listen. (more…)
A way back when, sometime around the initial release of Return of the Jedi, George Lucas talked about his idea for a trilogy of Star Wars trilogies, and that one of the through-lines for that trilogy would be the presence of the droids C3PO and R2D2. In fact, the story would be, in essence, told through their, uh, eyes. So when production began on Star Wars Episode VII, and rumors of the casting of original trilogy actors began, it seemed indisputable that Threepio and Artoo’s portrayers Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, would be returning to a galaxy far, far away. In a recent interview, Daniels discussed returning to Star Wars, how he responded when director J.J. Abrams called, and why the franchise’s future will provoke feelings in fans not felt since the original trilogy’s release. (more…)
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, all the rumor mongering and guess work has led to this, and on the cusp of the beginning of principal photography on Star Wars Episode VII, we now know who will be joining the film, both new and returning cast members, in one of the most highly anticipated films of the decade. So who made the list? (more…)
Who is the one actor you couldn’t imagine Episode VII happening without? Mark Hamill? Harrison Ford? Carrie Fisher? Nope! There’s already been three movies without ’em, and even though you may have a low opinion of those films, they were successful. That trio isn’t what’s needed to make a Star Wars movie. What’s needed is one gold-plated, prim and proper protocol droid: Anthony Daniels. (more…)
Are there two characters more indicative of the Star Wars saga it’s C-3PO and R2-D2? You may disagree, but they’re the first two main characters you meet in A New Hope, and you spend most of the first 20 minutes of the movie with them, seeing this galaxy, and this story, through their eyes. Plus they’re the only two characters who have appeared in every movie of the series thus far.
So what of it? Could C-3PO and R2-D2 make an appearance in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII? The man to ask is Anthony Daniels, who portrayed Threepio in all six Star Wars movies, and Digital Spy recently did. Here’s Daniels’ response:
“Look, it’s all very early days and I don’t want to wear anybody out by speculating or letting you waste your energy by saying ‘What do you think? I’m certainly not sitting by the phone, but it’s always nice when it rings. Do you know what I mean? It never occurred to me that it would happen. Everybody’s really happy that Disney have taken over the mantle. Kathy Kennedy is so well loved and she is carrying George Lucas’s torch so much further.”