Episode 7

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Kevin Smith Comments On Jar Jar Abrams; Recommends Wayne Gretzky For Star Wars Episode VII (Video)

In the following video we seen Kevin Smith’s reaction to the announcement that J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars Episode VII.

Smith seems to be under the influence of something – possibly medically related – as he goes into why he wasn’t the best choice for helming Star Wars and gives specific reasons.

It’s quite the humerous video (warning: adult language), but for something more serious from Smith about Star Wars, he previously offered his own ideas which centered around a Boba Fett time travel story for Episode VII that involved a deceased childhood friend of his.

Kevin Smith also offers another choice to direct instead of “Jar Jar Abrams,” with Wayne Gretzky. Smith, a self-confessed hockey fan, also has a six-part episode TV series in the works with Hit Somebody and has been seen playing hockey on his AMC show Comic Book Men.

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Star Wars Episode VII To Begin Filming This Summer In UK With Battle Scenes?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5273:]]J.J. Abrams has just been named the director on the new Star Wars Episode VII movie and already we have a possible shooting location.

The Daily Mail is told from a source that battle scenes are thought to be filmed for Abrams’ Star Wars at a quarry in the UK in Kent this Summer, which is next to where the BBC filmed episodes of Doctor Who.

Apparently the location is suitable for shooting alien planets and such, as that’s what was used for Doctor Who.

Disney has set a 2015 release date for Star Wars, but a recent report indicates that J.J. Abrams might not stick with that date.

There’s another possibility for the quarry location and it could be for Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, as director James Gunn is set to begin filming in London this Summer, which has an August 1, 2014 release date of its own.

By all indications the Guardians of the Galaxy will be set somewhat in space, but just how much remains to be seen.

Regarding Star Wars, it’s rumored that there will be a female Jedi lead – possibly Luke Skywalker’s daughter – with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford returning to pass the reins to a new generation.

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J.J. Abrams May Push Back Star Wars Episode VII Release Date

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5269:]]With J.J. Abrams being announced as the director of the new Star Wars Episode VII movie, which Disney wants out in 2015, it became immediately apparent that the director would have to get moving on the project.

That’s not Abrams only project, though, as he has Star Trek Into Darkness coming out this May as well is attached to a bunch of TV shows.

It’s been previously said that J.J. Abrams is also attached in some capacity on the next Mission Impossible as well as Star Trek 3, so he’s got a lot on his table.

THR reports what we’ve heard, that Abrams will be on as producer on both MI and Star Trek 3, but they also include mention that sources have told them he is not holding to that 2015 release date for Star Wars Episode VII.

Episode VII is set for release in 2015, but sources say Abrams has not committed to that release date, meaning the date could be changed if the development process requires it.

So with that news we can take that J.J. Abrams won’t be rushed into pushing out the next Star Wars movie and can take his time.

Michael Arndt has written the script for Star Wars Episode VII.

No details on the plot are known except for rumors suggesting a female Jedi in the lead role.

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Star Trek: Star Wars Into Darkness Trailer Mash-Up (Video)

With J.J. Abrams being announced as director of the new Star Wars Episode VII movie, we’ve only just begun to see the mash-ups of The Force with Star Trek.

Lots of memes have been hitting the various social networking sites, and now we get a “Star Wars Into Darkness” trailer that is set in the tone of the Star Trek Into Darkness with the music as well.

Regarding Abrams and Star Wars, it will be interesting to see how much information we get before the movie as he likes to run a tight ship. During filming for the latest Star Trek, Abrams erected barriers to keep the paparazzi out.

Current rumors surrounding Episode VII suggest that a female Jedi will take the lead role, with it thought to be the daughter of Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are all said to be returning as well.

Below you can check out both of the trailers.

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J.J. Abrams Not Directing Star Trek 3 Because of Star Wars; On As Producer Only?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5264:]]Moments ago it was officially announced by Disney and LucasFilm that J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars Episode VII which is slated for a 2015 release.

So what does that mean about the Star Trek franchise?

Abrams rebooted the Star Trek universe with the 2009 movie quite successfully and looks to be just as successful this year with Star Trek Into Darkness, but with the new Star Wars movie does it signal the end of Star Trek for the director?

If a reporter for Variety is anything to go by (via JoBlo), it doesn’t spell the end of Star Trek for Abrams, at least not completely.

What it might end is J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Trek 3, as Marc Graser, tweeted the following:

J.J. Abrams to produce a third STAR TREK movie and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, according to Paramount. STAR WARS doesn’t kill his involvement..

So if we go by those words, it seems that J.J. Abrams will be on Star Trek 3 at least in some sort of consulting/producing capacity, perhaps just not as director.

Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D.

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Disney Announces J.J. Abrams Officially Directing Star Wars Episode VII

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Yesterday’s announcement made the internet explode with the news that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars Episode VII.

Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have released the following announcement with Star Wars creator George Lucas saying that Abrams is the ideal choice to direct the Star Wars film and legacy.

Read more:

 

Press Release

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Warsmovie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

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Chloe Moretz Was Matthew Vaughn’s Choice For Star Wars Episode VII Lead

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5241:]]We just learned that Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams has been picked to helm Star Wars Episode VII, but a previous rumor strongly suggested that Matthew Vaughn was to take the gig.

We now learn that apparently was the case as SlashFilm is reporting that Kathleen Kennedy was in talks with Mathew Vaughn, who apparently pitched his Star Wars movie with Chloe Moretz as the lead.

What’s interesting about Vaughn’s pitch is that it seems to corroborate rumors and speculation that the Star Wars Episode VII screenwriter, Michael Arndt, has written a female lead for the movie.

SlashFilm also states that Steven Spielberg was the primary reason getting J.J. Abrams onboard the new Star Wars as he convinced both Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.

Matthew Vaughn is working on the Mark Millar’s Secret Service next.

Chloe Moretz has Kick-Ass 2 coming out and the Carrie remake.

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The Avengers Joss Whedon Wanted Star Wars

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It turns out that the announcement of the Disney acquisition of Star Wars got The Avengers director, Joss Whedon, so excited that he considered directing the next movie, “Episode 7,” due out in 2015.

However, Joss Whedon immediately realized his duties to Marvel Studios with The Avengers 2, the upcoming ABC S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series as well as having to give his two cents to the other Marvel Studios film properties.

Who knows? Maybe Whedon could still get his chance to direct Star Wars as two more are said to be in the works, with Episodes 8 & 9, as well as a bunch of spin-offs.

Whedon told CNN:

I’m as angry as you should be. When I heard that I was like, ‘I wonder… no, I really can’t do that. Oh, I already have a job.’ I wouldn’t clear the Avengers. I’m having so much fun with that sequel right now, just with the script, that I couldn’t imagine not doing it.

We also see that Whedon does, indeed, have his own ideas for Star Wars, so there’s still hope.

Oh I’ve got a lot of things. Where’s my list I’m carrying on me? But you know, I’d like to see a little edge. We all missed the Han [Solo] of it. It got very portentous, which was justified by the story, but I think we’d all like to see a little anarchy in the mix.”

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015..

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Star Trek Director J.J. Abrams Said No To Star Wars

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4845:]]In the latest issue of Empire Magazine we learn that J.J. Abrams, director of the new Star Trek Into Darkness, actually turned down doing the new Star Wars movie for Disney.

We’ve previously heard from Abrams who said he had no intention of directing and now we learn that early on, he told them no.

There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.

January is fast approaching and by all accounts Disney will announce the new Star Wars director then.

Recently, Kathlenn Kennedy, who is overseeing Star Wars for Disney, said that an announcement and update will be coming in January.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Star Wars Episode VII To Feature Luke Building Jedi Academy?

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An article about the Mayan Prophecy may have predicted what is to come next for Star Wars Episode VII as a blurb is mentioned about Luke Skywalker building a Jedi Academy.

Reuters wrote up an article about a Mayan temple located in Guatemala that was used as the location for Yavin 4, the rebel base, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

They mention that most likely Star Wars will not return there, but film instead at a studio.

Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal.

Now Reuters could either be going on speculation – as they do mention “fans” – or perhaps it’s been known for sometime to those in Guatemala that George Lucas was to return to film Episodes 7, 8 and/or 9.

In addition, a Jedi Academy does sound like something for Episode 7 as it’s said the original cast of Star Wars will return to usher in a new generation.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Star Wars Episode VII Pre-Production Starts In Spring; Director Named In January?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4720:]]We get a brief update on the status of the new Star Wars Episode VII movie slated for 2015.

Kathleen Kennedy, who is overseeing Star Wars for Disney, revealed that pre-production for the movie will begin this Spring and that more will be made known in January.

“I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say,” Kennedy informed ABCNewsRadio.

As of yet, no director is attached to the movie, which has a script being written by Michael Arndt.

Among the rumored contenders is Matthew Vaughn, who mysteriously bowed of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Iron Man director John Favreau also said he is pursuing Star Wars.

It’s thought that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will reprise their characters setting up a new generation of Star Wars characters and movies.

It’s also been said that there will be Star Wars spin-off movies, with Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) on board to possibly write them.

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Samuel L. Jackson Wants To Be A One-Armed Jedi In New Star Wars

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4573:]]Ewan McGregor recently said that The Force is still strong with him as he would like to return to Star Wars if asked.

Now we hear from another Star Wars prequel actor with Samuel L. Jackson, currently playing Nick Fury in The Avengers and the Marvel Studios movies.

While last we saw of the character he seemingly lost his arm and died battling Darth Sidious and Anakin Skywalker, but hey, it is The Force and Star Wars so anything is possible.

Jackson seems to share that train of thought as he offers how he could return, and if asked to return would certainly do so.

“I’m not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more Star Wars,” Jackson told EOnline at the Spike TV 2012 Video Game Awards. “It’s like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I’m dead and we’ll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die.”

Jackson continues stating he just wants to be a part of the Star Wars movies and he’s always loved them.

“I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care. I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won’t because I’ve been in three of them. I just always loved it. I always loved the idea of it, that there’s this whole civilization out there somewhere else that’s just as much fun and different and diverse and wild as we are.” 

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Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Ewan McGregor On New Star Wars: “Maybe Obi Wan Comes Back” (Video)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4433:]]Add Ewan McGregor to the list of characters that would come back for Disney’s new Star Wars movies.

McGregor played a young Obi Wan Kenobi in the prequels and when asked about a possible return says he would be all up for it.

Ewan McGregor says he knows nothing about the movies, with the Digital Spy mentioning maybe a “ghost” appearance, to which McGregor responds that maybe Obi Wan comes back.

See the below video for more.

While the storyline is unknown, back in an interview in 1983, Mark Hamill let it be known that the three Star Wars movies following Return of the Jedi would be featured on another place of existence.

Whether that sticks remains to be seen, and as this is The Force, anything could be possible.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Star Wars: Corey Feldman Wants To Be Han Solo’s Son In Episode VII

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4323:]]We know a script for Star Wars Episode VII is in the works and by all indications the movie will see the return of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

Already Robert Pattinson, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth said they would be interested in having a role in the new Star Wars, so how about Corey Feldman?

Feldman not only wants a part of the new Star Wars, but he already has an idea for the movie and is lobbying for the role — of Han Solo’s son!

“More than anything, I want a part in that new Star Wars franchise,” Feldman tells MovieWeb. “I think Harrison Ford’s son is a really great idea, actually. Fans have always said that I would make a great Indiana Jones, a great Young Indiana Jones. We look very similar, we have the same type of bravado. The same character persona with the whole Edgar Frog thing. It is a good fit.”

Not only does Feldman want to become the next galactic smuggler, but he is also vying for a spot in Michael Bay’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, hoping to return as Michelangelo. 

And speaking of returns, Corey Feldman wants to return as Tommy in another Friday the 13th movie — in 3D!

“Let’s get Corey in the new Star Wars movie, lets get Corey back as Donatello in Ninja Turtles with Michael Bay, and lets get Corey back to reprise his role as Tommy Jarvis, to make the fan anticipated sequel, above all, Friday the 13th Part XIII: Jason Vs. Jarvis in 3D,” Feldman offers. That is what I’m pitching.”

Can’t blame the guy for trying, right?

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Matthew Vaughn Confirmed On Star Wars Episode VII By Jason Flemyng? (Video)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4311:]]Actor Jason Flemyng may have inadvertently let it slip during the UK premiere for Seven Psychopaths that Matthew Vaughn is indeed directing Star Wars Episode VII.

Vaughn was first rumored to be directing the new Star Wars after he bowed out from X-Men: Days of Future Past, only for it to come out that the real reason for his departure was to team with Mark Millar on Secret Service.

Word first hit via Twitter about Flemyng confirming Vaughn on Star Wars and then video footage surfaced as well.

We mentioned earlier about Matthew Vaughn’s involvement in Star Wars IV When we of course meant Star Wars VII. We’ll blame the cold.

Vaughn and Flemyng have a long relationship together having worked on a total of nine films, so Flemyng could be in the know about the new Star Wars — and perhaps have a part?

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X-Men and Empire Strikes Back & Return of The Jedi Writers Being Sought For Star Wars Sequels

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Disney has hired writer Michael Arndt to pen the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII movie in 2015, and now it’s being said two more writers are being looked at for Episodes VIII and IX.

The original writer of both Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Lawrence Kasdan, is said to be one of the names, with the other being Simon Kinberg.

Kasdan also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with Kinberg known for X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Deadline says Disney is mum on the subject, but wouldn’t be surprised if the two are already signed.

Update: THR is reporting the deal is already done, and that the pair have signed on as producers, “The pair will write either Episode VIII or Episode IX — their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined — and also will come aboard to produce the films. “

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Star Wars Episode VII: Colin Trevorrow Not Directing

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We can scratch Colin Trevorrow off the list of directors to helm Star Wars Episode VII. Trevorrow was previously rumored to be attached to the movie and seemed to confirm the news in an interview back in June.

However, Trevorrow tweeted that he is not doing Star Wars, and that the interview actually referenced another fan-favorite movie that he is trying not to mess up.

To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.

(Note: “3720 to 1” is the same odds that C-3PO gave to Han Solo about navigating the asteroid field in Empire Strikes Back.)

With Colin Trevorrow not directing, only one name is rumored to be attached to Star Wars and that’s Matthew Vaughn.

Vaughn was recently set to direct X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but bowed out right before the Disney Star Wars news surfaced.

It was then rumored that Vaughn was going to direct Episode VII; however, it then came out that the reason for Vaughn leaving X-Men was for another movie, Secret Service, from creator Mark Millar, who went on to highly recommend and support Vaughn for Star Wars.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Colin Trevorrow Confirmed Back In June? (Video)

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One name said to be in contention to direct the new Star Wars Episode VII movie from Disney is Colin Trevorrow.

Trevorrow is an up-and-coming director known for his realistic take on his science-fiction movie, Safety Not Guaranteed.

It’s previously been rumored that Colin Trevorrow met with George Lucas to discuss the new Star Wars project.

Turns out that indeed may be true as someone dug up a video interview with Trevorrow from back in June where Trevorrow seems to suggest his next project is Star Wars — albeit without directing stating so.

I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.

(Via FilmSchoolRejects)

Film School also has it that Trevorrow said he’s a big Star Wars fan and would love to direct Star Wars, from a previous interview.

Hit the 21:45 mark to take a listen.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman Recommends Genndy Tartakovsky To Direct Star Wars

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While many names have been crossed off the list to direct the new Star Wars Episode VII movie in 2015, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman wants to add one.

Kirkman was tweeting earlier about Star Wars – how “obsessed” he is with all the news – and wondered why the director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars wasn’t on anybody’s list.

I’m shocked I haven’t heard Genndy Tartakovsky come up in the director speculation. His Clone Wars cartoons were awesome. He’d be great!

Kirkman is also disappointed to learn about Brad Bird being taking out of contention to direct Star Wars as well, tweeting to Brad Bird:

nnooooooooooooo!!

Tartakovsky will be directing the upcoming new Popeye movie from Sony, which has a September 26, 2014 release date.

Robert Kirkman writes the monthly The Walking Dead comic book, with the TV show airing Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.

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Star Wars Episode VII Will Not Be Directed By Brad Bird

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We can cross another name off the list of potential directors to helm Star Wars Episode VII in 2015.

Brad Bird has been a favorite amongst fans to direct the new Star Wars movie with a viral campaign video even created by a YouTube user.

However, while Bird’s next project will be science-fiction movie, it won’t be Star Wars.

Brad Bird let the information be known through his Twitter account when asked:

Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars.

But the science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool.

I’m just doing “1952”!

That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new STAR WARS

1952 is Brad Bird’s new film that is set to see George Clooney as the lead. It’s said to be in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and sees a middle-aged man in contact with aliens.

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