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In their latest report on the upcoming Star Wars sequel, Latino Reviewthat inexhaustible wellspring of dubious nerd cinema news–has stated that Mandalorians and Sith Witches might show up in Episode 7 to make trouble for the protectors of the “New Republic” (assuming that’s the name the Alliance is gonna go with). (more…)

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One of the complaints about the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and there were many) was how all the computer generated imagery gave the movies a very artificial feel, which was bizarre seeing as how the original Star Wars film popularized the production design concept of the “lived-in” future look. Well J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Episode VII, is keenly aware of that fact, and he’s talking about the issue in a new interview.

“It’s been nice seeing how important [‘Star Wars’] is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people,” Abrams said while talking to EW about his new series Almost Human (via Coming Soon). “We all know that [George Lucas’] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”

Not an easy task, as Abrams himself noted. “It’s going to be an evolving thing,” he adds. “I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

But as Abrams struggles with ensuring the right tone, the internet continues its casting speculation merry-go-round. Today, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo are up for roles according to Latino Review (via /Film), who say that Jordan met with Abrams himself, while Oyelowo “went in” to read for a part. It’s not know what part that is, or even if Jordan and Oyelowo are up for different parts. Maybe they’re even up for the same part given their ethnicity.

What is interesting though is that both young men were in the George Lucas-produced World War II project Red Tails, and both are on the verge of being big stars in their own right. Jordan appeared in the critically-acclaimed summer film Fruitvale Station and is reportedly up for the role of the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four remake, while Oyelowo is currently appearing in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and is part of the sprawling cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film Interstellar.

Again take all casting rumors with a grain of salt because more than likely, they’ll turn out to be completely untrue. But don’t expect us to stop speculating!

More news as it develops.

You’re a film nerd, you spend hours watching all the special features your DVDs and Blurays have to offer. I’m guessing you watched every featurette about the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, amirite? Well, duh, why else would you be here?

This featurette about the motion capture and WETA digitial effects work that went into making The Rise of the Planet of the Apes look so realistic, believable and just damn incredible is a must watch. Fascinating, even.

Andy Serkis is freakin’ fantastic. He’s a terribly under-appreciated actor, and his line of work even more so. All these new, fancy digital effects still require living, breathing actors and artists to make it look so jaw-droppingly incredible. And no one really does it better than Serkis, so yeah, rock on.

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens this Friday, August 5th and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

source: GeekTyrant