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Star Wars: Episode VII Production Announced For UK

Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in the UK, the same location as the previous six films.

“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, said. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost ArkEmpire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, added. “I am delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain. Today’s announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries.”

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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(via StarWars.com)

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John Williams To Score Star Wars Episode VII Says J.J. Abrams

The Star Wars theme is as iconic as Superman’s, but J.J. Abrams won’t be changing it as he said John Williams will be coming back for Episode VII.

Speaking at a Berlin press junket for Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams was asked a few Star Wars questions with the director letting it be known that they will be sticking with John Williams.

For Star Wars, it’s every early days to know, but I believe that going forward, John Williams will be [scoring] that film.

Steven Spielberg recommended John Williams to George Lucas who needed a composer for his 1977 Star Wars film. The Star Wars music score is the highest grossing non-popular music recording of all-time, and has nabbed John Williams many Academy Awards.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Watch Michael Arndt Write Star Wars Episode VII For The First Time (Video)

Check out video with screenwriter Michael Arndt as he trieds to write Star Wars Episode VII for the first time.

We also see a well placed Mickey Mouse doll to remind us Star Wars is now with Disney.

Via Funny or Die.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Harrison Ford Excited For Ender’s Game; Mum On Star Wars Episode VII (Video)

Harrison Ford has a number of new movies in the works including Ender’s Game and hopefully Star Wars: Episode VII.

Speaking with ET, Harrison Ford let’s it be known that he found his character, Colonel Hyrum Graff, in Ender’s Game very interesting and that he thinks it could be great.

Regarding Star Wars Episode VII, Harrison Ford’s lips are zipped.

Check out the video for more.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Ender’s Game comes out November 1, 2013.

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Palpatine Actor Ian McDiarmid Would Be Up For A Star Wars Emperor Spin-Off Movie

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6411:]]Now this would probably make a pretty great Star Wars spin-off movie with the back story on the Emperor.

I don’t believe we actually know how or when Palpatine chose to go over to the Dark Side of The Force (as the books are not canon), but given the opportunity, Ian McDiarmid, who played the Emperor in the Star Wars movies, said he would be all up for it.

“Yes, I’m sort of interested in any future development he might have,” McDiarmid told SciFi Now. “They’ve got lots of exciting ideas for spin-offs about separate characters and so on, and then there is the television series which George has talked about and decided to make into being for a number of years, and that takes place between Episodes III and IV when the Emperor is very much alive. So I think he probably does have a future.”

Ian McDiarmid even goes into a possibility surrounding the Emperor, and much like we saw with Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, could be as much a conflicted man as that, similar to a Shakespearean character, and even Star Wars creator George Lucas may think so.

“As I said to you earlier, I didn’t imagine that that would be true of Palpatine. I thought Sith were just somehow born evil, that’s what they were,” McDiarmid said. “But I’ve… with reference to a few things that George has said, I realized that that’s not true. He might well have a tragic arc too, but I don’t know. And even if he does I’m not sure we’ll ever see it. But obviously, if we did and if it happened it would be something that would be completely fascinating to do and it would be like building a Shakespearean character.”

Regarding a possible appearance for the Palpatine in Star Wars Episode VII, Ian McDiarmid doesn’t seem to think the Emperor has a cosmic chance in hell.

“Unfortunately, as you probably know, he died at the end of Episode VI, Vader sent him to cosmic hell so he’s not going to feature in any of the new Disney ones, I don’t think..” McDiarmid offered.

Actually, a disciple of Palpatine is currently rumored for Star Wars Episode VII.

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J.J. Abrams Talks Turning Down Star Wars Episode VII & Plans

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6293:]]J.J. Abrams recently gave an update on Star Wars Episode VII discussing how at first he turned down the role to direct one of the most up coming anticipated films in addition to plans for the movie.

Empire Magazine’s May issue has a feature on Star Trek Into Darkness, with a gatefold cover revealing the cast and J.J. Abrams in the captain’s chair, and it also has an article on “The Secrets of Star Wars” as well.

Empire Online released some of the interview with J.J. Abrams discussing Star Wars Episode VII.

As we all know, J.J. Abrams early on said he wasn’t doing Star Wars Episode VII when asked. Turns out that seems to be the truth as J.J. Abrams lets it be known he did just that due to his involvement with Star Trek, but then had further conversations with the LucasFilm people and ended up changing his mind.

My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning.

Now with J.J. Abrams officially onboard Star Wars Episode VII, everyone has been wondering what the new movie is about. J.J. Abrams is asked about his approach and how it will compare to Star Trek, as Abrams is a big Star Wars fan and wasn’t so much of the Trek universe. He really provides no details, just that they are working on it.

I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.

How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.

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While J.J. Abrams hasn’t offered up any details on Star Wars Episode VII that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any rumors. There has been rumors about the children of the Skywalker’s and Solo’s for some time with the latest coming from Cosmic Book News.

We were told a disciple of Palpatine will attempt to create the armies of old in Star Wars Episode VII with the Skywalker/Solo children at the peek of their own powers battling their inner family demons.

Spin-off standalone movies have also been mentioned with Star Wars characters Boba Fett and Han Solo getting movies of their own, in addition to one rumored for Yoda. Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinberg, are reported to be working on the movies, in addition to helping out J.J. Abrams on Star Wars Episode VII.

Disney has plans for Star Wars Episode VII to have a 2015 release, but it seems as if J.J. Abrams may not be sticking by that date, with the movie to begin filming some time this Summer, possibly in London.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars hub for more even more news.

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Harrison Ford Looking Forward To Star Wars! Thinks It’s Going To Happen (Video)

It’s been rumored for some time that Harrison Ford is returning to Star Wars Episode VII with a casting call recently coming out seemingly confirming the actor’s involvement as well.

Now Harrison Ford is asked about the rumors by WGN (via Star Wars Report) and says he think it will happen.

“I think it’s almost true. I’m looking forward to it. It’s not in the bag yet, but I think it’s happening.”

Check out the video below for more.

Speaking of rumors, we have our own batch up that includes mention of Palpatine’s disciple.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Dwayne Johnson Talks Star Wars & Expendables 3 Isn’t Ready For This Ass Kickin (Video)

Perhaps the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the next generation, WWE Superstar Dwayne Johnson seems to be the go to guy as of late for any action flick requiring some meat and heavy muscle.

Johnson has landed roles in the Fast and Furious movies as well as the soon to be released G.I. Joe Retaliation and the recently announced Hercules movie.

It was also previously said that the actor was eyeing a role in the new J.J. Abrams Star Wars Episode VII movie.

And as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is so into action, he seems like a natural to follow in the footsteps of the WWE’s Stone Cold Steve Austin who had a role in the first Expendables film, with The Expendables 3.

HeyUGuys caught up with Dwayne Johnson at the UK premiere of G.I. Joe Retaliation and asked the pro-wrestler turned actor his thoughts on Star Wars as well as a possibility for The Expendables 3 and appearances as a villain in a James Bond flick.

Johnson says he’s all up for Star Wars and a big fan; he would love to be a villain in any Bond movie as his grandfather actually played one, and regarding “The Expendables 3” offered, “The Expendables 3? They’re not ready. They’re not ready ready for this ass kickin‘.”

Johnson also remarked about his upcoming match at Wrestlemania with John Cena for the WWE Heavyweight championship.

Check out the video below.

G.I. Joe Retaliation opens March 27th with the first The Wolverine trailer attached.

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Exclusive: Star Wars Episode VII Takes Place 30 Years After; Disciple of Palpatine; Plot Info

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6157:]]Our DC Entertainment source who has been providing us information on Man of Steel, the Justice League Movie and Batman reboot, has sent over a batch of Star Wars Episode VII news.

Our source says he had the luxury of talking with someone from Lucasfilm who sent over the following details.

Our source does state to take it as a rumor, though.

• Star Wars Episode VII will be set 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

• It will indeed feature the Skywalker/Solo children coming to the peak of their powers

• The Jedi Order has been rebuilt with Luke Skywalker as Grand Master

• A disciple of Emperor Palpatine aims to rebuild the Sith Armies of the Old Republic and destroy the Jedi where the Skywalker children will be thrust into battle and face their inner demons of their Skywalker lineage.

Again, this is what our source heard and notes to definitely take it as a rumor.

Our source previously provided us information on the first news about the Man of Steel spearingheading a DC shared universe, the first news about the Justice League 2015 film and Batman 2016 reboot as well as some scenes from both the Green Lantern movie and the new Superman movie, and more.

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Harrison Ford Said To Be Officially On Board Star Wars Episode VII; Casting Call Announced

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6111:]]Though Disney has yet to officially announce any of the original members, we get another – perhaps – confirmation regarding the return of Harrison Ford to Star Wars.

And we also get a casting call for the movie as well.

FeatureFilmCasting has a casting call up for Star Wars Episode VII which states that Harrison Ford is “the first actor officially on board.” It’s also said that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been officially cast.

They also state filming will begin this Summer in a quarry overlooking the Bluewater Complex not far from London, with other locations including Los Angeles and New Mexico.

In addition to Episodes VII, VIII and IX, it also mentioned that standalone movies with a young Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda are being developed over the next six years.

While not an official studio outlet, I believe, and all of the above has been mentioned or rumored at one time, Feature Film Casting regularly posts studios casting call announcements, and previously stated Jamie Foxx was confirmed as Electro for Amazing Spider-Man 2 with the working title “London Calling” revealed.

It should also be noted that Carrie Fisher recently confirmed she was returning only to have her reps retract the statement, with the latest being that Disney CEO Bob Iger said the originals were still in talks and they were waiting for the best time to announce.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Dwayne Johnson Is Ready For Star Wars; “Bring It On J.J.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6100:]]While promoting G.I. Joe Retaliation, rising action star Dwayne Johnson let it be known that he has his sights set on another action figure franchise — Star Wars.

Turns out, as a kid, Johnson really only played with G.I. Joe and Star Wars, so with one down, now he wants the other and he’s going right at it.

“I played with two lines of action figures when I was a kid: G.I. Joe and Star Wars,” the WWE heavy-weight champ told Australia’s News.com. “By the way, because we didn’t have a lot of money, I used to steal them. I’d just rip open the packages and shove ’em in my pockets … like a lot of kids. I got caught a couple of times, got my ass kicked by my parents.”

Dwayne Johnson continued by comparing the call for getting G.I. Joe to getting a call from George Lucas, and then stated he’s going to be in Star Wars with mention he’s going to call director J.J. Abrams.

“I’m gonna call J.J. and you’re gonna help by printing it and I’m gonna be in Star Wars!” Johnson told News.com. “I’m ready for Star Wars. Bring it on, J.J.”

Catch Dwayne Johnson March 28th with the premiere of G. I. Joe: Retaliation and also the recently announced new Hercules movie.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says Star Wars Originals Not Signed; Confirms Talks

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6072:]]Recently, George Lucas came out and said that the original Star Wars actors were practically signed on before the Disney deal went through and that an announcement should be more than likely forthcoming.

There have also been previous rumors about Harrison Ford returning as well as the reps of Carrie Fisher recanting her own confirmation.

Billy Dee Williams has even been reported to have said that he has been asked to return.

Now we hear from Disney CEO Bob Iger who says that no decision has been made as of yet.

“George Lucas was quoted as saying that they would, but we haven’t made an official announcement yet,” Iger told CNBC.

Bob Iger went on to mention that J.J. Abrams was directing with Michael Arndt writing, and that when they were ready they would announce the news.

“When the story is quote/unquote broken, then we’ll make decisions about the cast and we’ll move from there,” Iger said.

Iger also confirms that there have been discussions with the actors when asked.

“Yes, there have been discussions already,” he said.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Billy Dee Williams Confirms In Talks For New Star Wars As Lando Calrissian

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6062:]]We can add a fourth to the list of original returning characters in talks to come back for Star Wars Episode VII.

Joining Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher is Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian.

FilmBuffOnline reports that Billy Dee Williams has stated he has been asked to return, but hasn’t made a decision as of yet.

George Lucas recently came out and stated that the originals were basically cast before the Disney deal and seemed to imply an official announcement would be forthcoming, but Disney was waiting on doing some kind of spectacle surrounding it.

The character of Lando Calrissian first appeared in Empire Strikes Back as a long time friend of Han Solo as Solo; however, due to pressures put on him by the Empire, Calrissian had to betray Solo, giving him up to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Eventually, Lando helps the rebels escape his Cloud City and joins the Rebellion.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Carrie Fisher Retracts Star Wars Episode VII Confirmation

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5986:]]Recently, Carrie Fisher gave the big affirmative to returning as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VII.

When questioned about it, the actress simply responded with a “Yes.”

However, turns out Fisher either jumped the gun about the Star Wars news or shouldn’t have mentioned it.

A rep for Carrie Fisher said it’s not the case and that she was only joking.

“She was joking,” a rep for Carrie Fisher told CNN about her recent comment. “Nothing has been announced.”

In the rep’s defense, Carrie did go on to joke about wearing the hair buns and sportin‘ the bikini, but she did basically flat out confirm the news.

Still, Mark Hamill did mention that all three of the originals are in talks to return, so there is that.

Update: Now George Lucas confirms all three.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Carrie Fisher Confirms She’s Back As Princess Leia In New Star Wars

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5973:]]We finally have at least one confirmation of a returning member to the new Star Wars movie from Disney and J.J. Abrams.

Carrie Fisher let it be known that yes she will be back as Princess Leia for the Star Wars 2015 film.

In an interview with PalmBeachIllustrated she simply replied, “Yes,” when asked.

Disney is going to continue the Star Wars saga, producing movies set to hit theaters starting in 2015. Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia?

Yes.

Fisher goes on to state that she thinks Princess Leia will be the same, but older, and not up for the big battles as she used to be.

Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs].

I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.

She also jokes Leia will be featured in her “big bun” hairdo and bikini.

We previously heard from Mark Hamill that the three originals were in talks and that it may be a while in regards to Harrison Ford signing.

Update: Carrie Fisher’s reps retracted the statement.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Oh, Wait; Now Mark Hamill Says No One Signed On To New Star Wars

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5753:]]Last week a big “scoop” was shot down by a reporter for Entertainment Weekly about Harrison Ford being officially signed on to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII.

It was said that the deal was a long way off.

Now we get further corroboration from a member of the original cast, with Mark Hamill.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Hamill lets it be known that none of the original cast members have signed on and are only in talks, but he does want to make sure that everyone is back for when they do all come on board.

“They’re talking to us,” Hamill said when asked about the status of his involvement. “George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.

“And another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one,” Hamill said.

Hamill went on to say he has no knowlege about the plot, but assumed it will be about their offspring, and likened his character to Sir Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan, which you can read more about via the link above.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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What We Already Knew About Star Wars: 3 Returning Characters & Their Kids

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5705:]]Some recent news(?) to hit the net is that Harrison Ford will be returning to Star Wars and lately it’s also said that the new movie will center on their children.

Well, I think we already knew this.

Previously, it’s been said that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford would be returning (no-brainer), and that the movie would focus on a/some of their kid/s.

This actually came out shortly after the Star Wars deal was announced, albeit I suppose a rumor, but the recent news hasn’t been officially confirmed as well, so I suppose it’s a rumor on top of another.

But we do perhaps get more of an update from ShowBiz411 who says that Star Wars Episode VII movie will feature the children as the new main stars, and that they think R2D2 and C-3PO will be unchanged.

Again not really surprising, but if true, tells us that the original characters may be passing the baton in the movie perhaps rather quickly.

They do note, though, that the big question is not who is returning, but what actors will be playing the younger characters?

Any favorites?

Update: New report says Harrison Ford is not signed on.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

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John Noble Rumored For Star Wars Episode VII Villain

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5511:]]We can add another rumor to the list surrounding the new Star Wars movie and this time it’s that John Noble will play the villain for J.J. Abrams in Episode VII.

Reportedly, an Australian radio host stated the news about the Fringe actor, (via MovieWeb); Fringe was created by Abrams.

(I have) it on very good authority that Aussie actor John Noble will be appearing as the villain.

Lord of the Ring fans will remember John Noble as Denethor, and the actor is also voicing Braniac in the upcoming Superman Unbound animated movie.

Recently, we’ve also heard that a Yoda stand alone Star Wars movie is rumored, with it just coming out that Han Solo and Boba Fett projects are in the works which could see the return of Darth Vader.

For more Star Wars news head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.

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Chris Pine Will Be Disappointed If J.J. Abrams Doesn’t Direct Star Trek 3

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5388:]]With the recent announcement that Disney has chosen Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII the fate of the Star Trek franchise is in question.

Shortly after the Star Wars announcement it came out that J.J. Abrams will be on Star Trek 3 as a producer, though nothing has been confirmed regarding a director.

Now, Captain Kirk Chris Pine, offers his thoughts on J.J. Abrams being chosen for Star Wars as well as Star Trek 3 as he tells the USA Today that he still hopes for Abrams return.

“The only way I’ll be disappointed is if he doesn’t direct our third movie,” Pine said. “I think if that turns out to be the case we’ll have to kidnap him and hold him hostage until he agrees to do a third.”

The USA Today notes all kidding aside, as Chris Pine thinks Abrams will do more than a fine job.

“From my standpoint, J.J. is a science-fiction genius. To have him over in the Star Wars camp is going to be a great thing. I’m sure it’s going to be a great film,” Pine said.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date with a script written by Michael Arndt.

Chris Pine can be seen in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness May 17th and his newest film, Jack Ryan, on December 25th.

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J.J. Abrams On Star Wars: “It’s An Incredible Thing”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5295:]]Saturday at the Guild of America Awards the newly announced director of Star Wars Episode VII, J. J. Abrams, commented on getting chosen for the highly anticipated movie.

Abrams tells EOnline that “it really is an incredible thing” while on the Red Carpet and “it’s wildly surreal.”

Previous to J.J. Abrams coming onboard there have been rumors and mention that the original cast would return with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

Abrams is mum on the subject as he says, “It’s obviously way too early to talk specifics. But I’m excited to actually start it.”

Speaking of specifics, it came out that Matthew Vaughn was in contention to direct Star Wars as well, and that he pitched Chloe Moretz in the lead role as a female Jedi. Though the information has not been confirmed, previous rumors sounded similar, which may give insights as to screenwriter Michael Arndt’s script.

Steven Spielberg is said to have been a major part of the reason why Disney went with J.J. as it’s said he convinced both Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.

A recent report even came out and said that Abrams will begin filming this Summer in the UK with possible battle scenes at a location near where Doctor Who was filmed.

It’s also been stated that Abrams is not holding to the 2015 release that Disney has planned, which would give the director more time with the movie, and regarding Star Trek 3, it looks as if Abrams will be on as producer.

For more Star Wars news head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.

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