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Disney plans expanded 'Star Wars' presence at theme parks

The impending release of Star Wars: Episode VII might have some eager fans looking at Disney’s Star Tours ride and thinking, “what a piece of junk!

But, fear not: The Walt Disney Co. has big theme park plans for its big franchise. “We’re also developing ideas and designs for a far greater Star Wars presence in our parks,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told investors on the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. “We expect to provide details about this sometime next year.”

When asked whether or not Disney has a parks franchise that’s comparable to Harry Potter for Universal, Iger mentioned Cars and the Disney Princesses, and promised that Star Wars, “is going to be just that.”

Iger also offered a small, if unsurprising, nugget about the film itself, which is set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. “Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is on track,” he said, declining, when prompted, to answer any questions about Harrison Ford’s on-set accident. Iger added: “The footage we’ve seen so far is spectacular and certainly worthy of the fan frenzy and excitement this movie is generating around the world.”

Mark Hamill talks his 'contractually obligated' 'Star Wars' beard

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Mark Hamill’s not at Comic-Con this weekend, but he still has some choice quotes for Star Wars fans around the world.

In an interview with the BBC in London on Thursday, Hamill—who played Luke Skywalker in the original series—spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he’s really playing second fiddle to new actors. “It’s really about the new generation of characters,” Hamill said. “We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards.” READ FULL STORY

And now we know that Luke Skywalker has a beard in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' -- PHOTO

What a week for Star Wars news! First Lupita Nyong’o and Brienne of Tarth joined the cast, then J.J. Abrams kinda-confirmed that the Millennium Falcon will be in the movie. Now comes a photo of returning OG trilogy star Mark Hamill, which finally confirms one of the hottest rumors about Episode VII: Yes, Luke Skywalker will have a beard.

In a press photo, Hamill holds a lightsaber alongside new Disney colleague Michael “Micky” Mouse. The beardness of Old Luke strongly implies that the onetime neophyte Jedi will be assuming the role of the Mentor Figure in the new trilogy, just like Obi-Wan in A New Hope and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, except not like that second one.

Here’s the full-sized photo: READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars': Who might Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie play?

After much harrumphing that the new Star Wars film was in danger of not being Title IX compliant, the Force was somewhat balanced yesterday with the announcement that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie had been cast in J.J. Abrams’ space epic. That’s hardly gender parity — with Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley the only other females currently announced — but it’s certainly a substantial and necessary improvement for a traditionally boys-heavy franchise entering the post Hunger Games universe. Thus far, the only significant female Star Wars characters in six episodes have been a princess and a queen — but Abrams has a solid reputation for strong, well-drawn female characters, from Felicity to Alias to Fringe. 

Speculation based on seating order at the recent Star Wars read-through and preconceptions about Han and Leia’s inevitable offspring hinted that Ridley will play their teenaged daughter and perhaps be the keystone to Episode VII‘s story. But what of Nyong’o and Christie? Who might they play? And does the fact that they were not part of the first round of casting announcements indicate that they’re background players and not essential personnel?

Based on the popular profile and pedigree of both actresses, it’s unlikely that either Nyong’o or Christie will be relegated to Lobot or Cantina-dancer status. And though Lucasfilm has announced that the Expanded Universe is no longer gospel — not that it ever technically was — the studio is not against plucking favorite characters and storylines from previous material. “While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded,” Lucasfilm said back in April. “Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe.” With that in mind, here are three hopeful character possibilities for both actresses, based entirely on wishful thinking. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: Episode VII': Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher send first tweets

The Force is strong on Twitter.

Luke and Leia — that’s Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher when we’re not in a galaxy far, far away — took to Twitter to express their excitement over joining J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Maybe too much excitement on Fisher’s part, actually.

On Wednesday, the actress posted this tweet with a link to the official cast announcement:

Fans were aghast that their beloved Princess of Alderaan would screw up Star Wars lingo. She quickly corrected herself in the most Carrie Fisher way possible: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert is not happy with the new 'Star Wars' movie

Yes, already. And no, he is absolutely not overreacting.

See, Colbert — the character, at least — has been a huge fan of Star Wars since he was 13, when “Princess Leia’s firm, high buns stirred something in [him].” So naturally, Colbert was overjoyed to learn about the franchise’s next trilogy, especially when he learned that his pal J.J. Abrams would be directing.

Why, then, is Colbert complaining about Episode VII, which hasn’t even started shooting yet? Simple: Tuesday’s first table read photo, which pictured original trilogy stars mingling with new cast members like Adam Driver and Andy Serkis.

“Everything is wrong!” gripes Colbert in the following video. “Where’s the creature design? Every single character is humanoid, with two arms and two legs? And those love seats are clearly not canon!”

We feel your pain, Stephen — since when is there no color in a galaxy far, far away?! What a travesty!

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'Star Wars VII' casting news: Which unknown character is this unknown British actress playing?

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So we know that Star Wars: Episode VII is filming. We think we know that the movie will visit Tatooine; we possibly know that the movie will visit Hoth; we don’t really know anyone in the cast yet, although rumors strongly indicate that there will be actors in this movie, possibly some actors who you will recognize. Not in that category: Maisie Richardson-Sellers, an English actress who The Hollywood Reporter claims is a strong contender for a major role in the hotly anticipated septquel.

Since this is a decidedly unofficial rumor based on anonymous sources discussing a film that exists at the epicenter of the internet echo chamber, this seems like a fine moment to ask the question on everyone’s lips this minute: Who is Maisie Richardson-Sellers playing in Star Wars: Episode VII? The Reporter says that MRS would be up for the part of “a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendant of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi.” Um, HEAD EXPLOSION because did you just use the phrase “Descendant of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi”? READ FULL STORY

Yes, Virginia, R2-D2 will be in 'Star Wars Episode VII'

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At long last, we can confirm a piece of casting news for Star Wars Episode VII. Lucasfilm has officially announced that R2-D2 will be in the 2015 sequel, which is certainly good news for everyone who was desperately praying that the new movie would adhere closely to the franchise’s key tropes rather than taking any bold steps into a new direction loves astromech droids.

Coming one week after the company tweeted an image of the lovable droid flanked by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and champion rebootsman J.J. Abrams, the announcement explains that the R2 in the picture was actually created by über-fans Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples. Both Towersey and Steeples will join the Creature Effects team for Episode VII — so thanks a lot, Mom and Dad, for making me do my homework instead of letting me build a life-size R2-D2 out of LEGOs.

It’s unclear if longtime human-inside-the-droid Kenny Baker will be involved at all. It’s also unclear if R2 will just be there to make an Old Spock-esque cameo, or if he’ll be assuming a lead role once again. Also, the announcement says that there is apparently something called the R2-D2 Builders Club, which builds fully functioning astromech droids. So it’s very unclear why you and I don’t have astromech droids of our very own right now. You know, to navigate our cars and provide witty beep-boop background banter.

'Star Wars': A look back at Year One of the Disney regime

The still un-subtitled Star Wars sevenquel just received an official release date. If all goes as planned, J.J. Abrams will reboot his second straight Star franchise on Dec. 18, 2015. The key line being “if all goes as planned.” First announced just a little over a year ago, the new Star Wars film sits at the uneasy nexus of corporate ambitions: It’s the first step in a larger plan to revitalize one of the most popular franchise in the last half-century of fictional media, with an earnings potential of several billion dollars at stake.

There’s a lot on the line. The film’s first year of gestation was closely monitored and rife with rumor and hearsay and sudden twists. And the story of the development of the next Star Wars movie is also the story of the new regime gradually rebuilding the Star Wars universe (while destroying certain remnants of the old regime.) Forthwith, a look back at Year One of Episode VII. READ FULL STORY

Which 'Star Wars' personality are you? See the characters' Myers-Briggs chart

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Are you a ESTP promoter like Hans Solo or ENTP inventor like R2 D2?

Courtesy of Geek in Heels, take a look at the Star Wars Myers-Briggs chart, and see which character your personality responds to below. READ FULL STORY

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