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No Lando Calrissian For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Lawrence Kasdan lets it be known Star Wars: The Force Awakens does not feature Lando Calrissian, who was played by Billy Dee Williams in the original Trilogy.

“Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie,” Kasdan told Vanity Fair.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Lando won’t eventually be seen in a future Star Wars movie.

“Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form,” he added.

Worth a mention is that Lando Calrissian and Billy Dee Williams didn’t appear until Empire Strikes Back, the second movie of the original trilogy and written by Kasdan, so perhaps they will follow a similar route and have Lando back for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Billy Dee Williams hasn’t been shy about returning to Star Wars, so it looks likely we’ll eventually see Lando Calrissian in some capacity.

Regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kasdan offers: “And this new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects. One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

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Watch: Star Wars Day Greeting from J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan

Check out a video featuring J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan wishing people a happy Star Wars Day.

Straight from London, Star Wars Episode VII director and writer, J.J. Abrams along with writer Lawrence Kasdan have a quick video message for Star Wars fans this May the 4th.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

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Boba Fett Star Wars Retcon Rumored; George Lucas Out Of The Picture?

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A new rumor surrounding a Boba Fett spinoff movie hits the net today suggest a major major retcon to the character.

Or maybe a rectcon of an earlier retcon?

It’s said that Lawrence Kasdan, writer of Empire Strikes Back, is thinking of including a major twist in the Boba Fett movie which would eliminate the connection to the Star Wars prequel movies that saw Boba Fett as a clone of Jango Fett.

Latino Review has it from a source that Kasdan was never hip with making Boba Fett a clone, and he wants to change things by having someone else don the armor. According to the report, someone else would kill Boba Fett and take the armor and identity early in the character’s history.

While this may sound a tad bit farfetched, two positives that could be looked at include: 1) It would move away from the unpopular prequels, and 2) They could use any actor they want. Obviously if Boba Fett is a clone, the actor would have to resemble in part the original Jango Fett actor, Temuera Morrison.

Perhaps the bigger story, however, is that this report and a previous report that stated Star Wars: Episode VII will move away from the next generation of Star Wars characters in favor of the originals suggests Disney moving away from George Lucas’ vision. The previous report mentioned that George Lucas had reluctantly accepted the new direction.

Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, you can decide for yourself.

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Metalocalypse Director Jon Schnepp Confirms Star Wars Boba Fett Spinoff Movie

Perhaps the second most popular Star Wars character following Darth Vader, a spinoff movie for Boba Fett has been rumored for quite a while.

Now we have an apparent confirmation on a Boba Fett spinoff movie as the director of the TV series Metalocalypse and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Jon Schnepp, confirms a movie in the works for the bounty hunter.

Schnepp participated in an interview with AMC Theaters where he stated (via Yahoo):

One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan wrote Empire Strikes Back which saw the first appearance of Boba Fett as well as co-writing Return of the Jedi with George Lucas.

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J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan Writing Star Wars: Episode VII Script; Shooting Begins In Spring

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Disney and LucasFilm have announced that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are writing the script for Star Wars: Episode VII, which was initially written by Michael Arndt.

It’s also announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will start production in the Spring of 2015.

In addition, LucasFilm also announced the production team.

See below for more.

 

via StarWars.com:

As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, and Lost.

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on Episode VII. A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness), production designers Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar, Forrest Gump) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Fight Club),special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (Skyfall,The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), sound designer Ben Burtt (Lincoln, Wall-E, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Master, There Will Be Blood) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

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Star Wars Spinoffs Will Be Origin Stories Says Disney Chief Financial Officer

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We finally get some news on Disney’s Star Wars plans from a chief financial officer at a recent investor’s meeting.

For sometime it’s been rumored that the Disney Star Wars spinoff movies will feature the early adventures of existing characters with Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda previously mentioned.

Now Jay Rasulo, Disney’s Chief Financial Officer, says that’s the case, the spinoff Star Wars movies will be origin stories.

Variety has it that Rasulo noted one Star Wars trilogy film or origin story film will appear on the schedule each year starting with Episode VII in 2015.

Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan have been confirmed to be developing the spinoff films with the first Star Wars standalone looking to have a 2016 release.

Besides the rumored characters of Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda, which characters would you like to see get their own Star Wars spinoff? How about one for The Emperor?

“Star Wars: Episode VII” has a 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Han Solo and Boba Fett Star Wars Movies In The Works – With Darth Vader

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5509:]]The last couple days saw rumors and news surface of Star Wars spin-off movies with Disney confirming they will be character specific movies.

Now we have an update on those movies, and they are said to possibly feature Han Solo, Boba Fett, Jabba The Hutt and Darth Vader.

EW.com has it that Disney is planning on doing a Han Solo stand alone movie and one for Boba Fett.

They note things could change as it’s in early stages of development.

As they would be set during the prequels or originals, they could pave the way for the return of not only Jabba The Hutt —  but Darth Vader.

Darth Vader was earlier rumored to return.

It’s said that the Han Solo movie will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, would obviously require a new actor and one younger than Star Wars: A New Hope, and focus on the “wisecracking smuggler’s origin story.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5510:]]The Boba Fett movie is said to be either taking place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, or Empire and Return of the Jedi, with the bounty hunter “at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger previously announced that Lawrence Kasdan, writer on Empire and Return, is onboard along with Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes).

The initial rumor about the Star Wars stand alone movies also said that a Yoda movie was planned.

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Star Wars To Follow Similar Route of The Avengers

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4313:]]We know that Disney has signed Michael Arndt to script Star Wars Episode VII, with Empire Strikes Back writer, Lawrence Kasdan, and Sherlock Holmes’ Simon Kinberg on board in some capacity as well.

We get a few more details about Kasdan and Kinberg from THR in that they might not necessarily be writing Episodes VIII and IX, but spinoffs, and that they will be separate projects.

In addition, it’s said that Disney seems to be going The Avengers route in that there will be Star Wars movies every two to three years with the spinoffs filling the gaps.

It’s also noted that Kasdan and Kinberg’s scripts could be made into Star Wars movies that focus on the Skywalker storyline or could be the basis for one of the spinoffs, as mentioned.

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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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