‘Star Wars Episode 7’ RUMORS: J.J. Abrams Connects ‘The Force Awakens’ to …

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

10 actors who could play the young Han Solo.

There were many hidden clues to the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that three-minute reel of behind-the-scenes footage that debuted at Comic-Con this past weekend, but there were also plenty of random shots, context-free creatures, and unusual situations that merely left fans scratching their heads. On Tuesday the film world was rocked by the news that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the two hit 21 Jump Street films, have been hired to direct a Star Wars spin-off movie centred on a young Han Solo. There were rumors the Shaun of the Dead star would be appearing in the background as a Stormtrooper, but he’s obviously a bulky creature of some sort.

Thanks to Harrison Ford’s great performance, the wisecracking captain of the Millennium Falcon has become one of cinema’s most beloved characters. This week’s news from a galaxy far, far away includes the following: Some details on what happened in the universe after Return of the Jedi have surfaced thanks to a new rundown from MakingStarWars.net. Rumours have been circulating for months that Pratt (pictured above) is all but guaranteed to play Indiana Jones in a planned reboot for the series, so the idea of the actor playing another famous role originated by Harrison Ford seems like a bit of a stretch. What did he have against Han? “He was not so interesting to me,” Ford would explain in one interview, adding in another, “He’s certainly a much less interesting character than Indiana Jones,” before concluding, “He’s dumb as a stump.” Message received!

This candy-apple red crustacean-looking fellow is one of the denizens of the pirate lair run by Maz Kanata (played by Lupita Nyong’o.) At first, he (or she) appears to be humanoid, but in the video, the bottom of that mask opens up into a mouth that emits a distinctly inhuman sound. Harrison Ford had some pretty valuable advice to his new, young Star Wars co-stars, pulled specifically from his own experience after playing Han Solo in the original trilogy. He currently stars in Jurassic World, the top film of the year so far, and broke out in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest grossing film of 2014 in the US.

Analysts are already declaring it a runaway box office hit, despite the fact that it doesn’t open for another five months and has not sold a single ticket. “Force Awakens will hit $1 billion without blinking,” box-office analyst Phil Contrino told The Hollywood Reporter in April. “If it’s really good, it could cross $2 billion.” That’s a good thing, as Disney chairman Alan Horn hinted to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that “Avengers”-style money was spent making it. “These large, tentpole kinds of movies, on the expensive side, are in the neighborhood of $175-200 million,” he said. “We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties.” This is true. Perhaps it’s just an anonymous background figure, but the scarlet visage is striking and mysterious, in the same way Boba Fett once was — before we knew what was beneath the helmet. But despite the “Star Wars” franchise’s reputation for blockbusters, a $200 million investment in the Han Solo movie alone actually comes with some risks. Which is why it was such a surprise yesterday when Ford was the final guest to take the stage at Comic-Con’s big Force Awakens panel, and instead of seeming ill at ease or like he’d rather be anywhere else, Ford spoke movingly about his participation in Star Wars and seemed to have turned a significant corner in his appreciation for it. “It should have felt ridiculous!” Ford barked, when asked about returning to the franchise. “Here I was, doing something I did so long ago.” I could feel the fans around me steeling themselves.

There’s something intimate but creepy about this pose, like the girl in the black-and-white jester outfit is some kind of pet — Salacious Crumb to his Jabba the Hutt. Despite strong performances in a number of films including Red State, The Brass Teapot, Sky High and the upcoming Stanford Prison Experiment, Angarano has yet to hit the big time. It had taken almost four decades, but Harrison Ford has finally made peace with Star Wars! “I never thought it would come back to bless me rather than haunt me,” he continued, even as he acknowledged, “The original Star Wars that I was a part of really was the beginning of my working life.” And while I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t witness it myself, Ford then got choked up. The British star knows a thing or two about working in the blockbuster realm, having starred in Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and Steven Spielberg’s computer-animated The Adventures of Tintin.

He is also a marvellously physical actor (see his breakout performance as a ballet dancer in Billy Elliot) and devilishly handsome — two traits that whoever plays Solo must possess. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Lawrence Kasdan, Harrison Ford, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.

Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and CEO says, “The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy. At one point in Hall H, Hamill brought up the chemistry between Luke and Leia, which began as an almost-romantic connection before the two discovered they were siblings and Leia ended up with Han. “When you find that the only woman you fell head over heels for is your sister, it tells you something,” laughed Hamill. “That must have been quite the traumatic experience, you know, because we were both after her.” He gestured to Ford, who responded by reaching over and rubbing Hamill’s shoulder as consolation. “How many times do I have to say I’m sorry?” said Ford, bringing the house down.

Some have just begun shooting, some have just entered the development process and some are stalled indefinitely. “Rogue One” is the opening installment in the “Star Wars Anthology” series. But this footage shows detailed shots of Daisy Ridley’s desert scavenger clumsily piloting the Falcon to liftoff — and no one is in the cockpit with her. And while you might have expected the unreformed Ford to hop on a plane immediately at the conclusion of his Comic-Con panel, the newly evangelized Star Wars fan actually stuck around, accompanying his cast to a concert of John Williams music from the franchise a few hours later. Those who saw the original 1977 “Star Wars” will remember the stolen plans for the evil Galactic Empire’s super-weapon, the Death Star, and “Rogue One” tells the story of the rebels who steal them.

Each honoree receives a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Mann emerged as arguably the biggest actor breakout of this year’s Sundance Film Festival thanks to his star-making turn as a film-obsessed loner in the event’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience award winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters. In recent years, could you have imagined the withering glare Ford would have given you if you’d suggested he so much as hold a cheesy toy lightsaber?

Ford used to roll his eyes at Han Solo, but it turns out, they’ve got a lot more in common than he thought: Though they’re both rogues who only seem to be in it for themselves, you can never count out a surprise return in the third act that reveals just how much they really care. A lot of people thought it was a dick move, and Smith himself lamented his position on Twitter: But thankfully, J.J Abrams apologized afterwards at Comic-Con saying, “Oh my god, I’m so sorry, I feel like Darth Vader.” And then according to Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast (via Nerd Bastards), Abrams also sent an e-mail saying, “I’m mortified, I’m fucking like I would never do that to anyone, let alone somebody I adore, like you.” So it sounds like there’s no hard feelings.

He handled it beautifully by penning a first-person essay titled “Why I’m Torching the Colour Line” for Entertainment Weekly, and would probably have to do something similar if he were cast as Solo. Abrams, co-creator of “Lost” and director of the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, is helming “The Force Awakens,” he will not return as director for the these sequels. But he proved he has what it takes to lead a movie in the recent thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost, by not getting blown off the screen by Benecio Del Toro, his chief adversary in the film. And I think J.J. wanted to reconnect with how the original films were made.” The efforts to do this included going back and examining how certain effects and shots were pulled off back in the 1970s when George Lucas had limited resources at his disposal, forcing him to get creative with his filmmaking.

In Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back late last year, Page took on Solo, against Jessica Alba, who was tasked with playing Princess Leia. Eight months later, Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and shortly thereafter put the remaining 3D releases on hold. “Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Episodes II and III in 3D,” the studio said to Entertainment Weekly. “Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. Page earned raves for line delivery, so if Disney and Lucasfilm want to really shake the Star Wars universe up, they could do a lot worse than casting Page, an actress who proved in Juno that she’s a master at droll delivery. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.” A strict interpretation of this statement leads one to believe that the 3D re-releases will resume at some point.

The technology blog Gizmodo, on the other hand, decided not to go in that direction, and instead relayed this news with the colorful headline, “Lucasfilm Kills 3D Star Wars Re-Releases After Realizing It’s Horrible and Everyone Hates It.” When Disney bought Lucasfilm, “Star Wars” wasn’t the only franchise in the pot — there was also Indiana Jones. New details include a lack of split-screen playing on PC and also word that the Y-Wings will not be available to be flown by players like the X-Wings.

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