In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla.
The latest Star Wars film franchise has begun shooting, production company Bad Robot has announced on Twitter. The film company, founded by the movie's director JJ Abrams, tweeted a picture of a branded clapper board with the hashtag "#dayone". A dusting of sand on the picture appears to confirm initial scenes are being shot in Abu Dhabi.
With all the hubbub over Star Wars: Episode VII and the de-canonization of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there’s been plenty to dig into and debate about, but there’s one intriguing possibility that’s just floated back to the top of the rumor mill. When the big news came in October 2012 that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm (and thus Star Wars), once I picked my jaw up off my keyboard, one of the first thoughts I had was, “I wonder if this means they’ll finally re-release the unaltered, un-Special Edition-ed original trilogy?” So far there’s been nothing official on that front, but a credible-sounding rumor suggests that very thing may be on the horizon.
Julia Roberts is definitely a cool mom. The actress proved this point by wearing a Darth Vader-inspired "Star Wars" dress on the HuffPost Live set while promoting the new HBO movie, "The Normal Heart." "I have three children, two of them are boys, and they are 'Star Wars' fans. So since there are no Legos made of me and I am not in the 'Star Wars' movies, I have this fabulous Preen dress," Roberts told host Ricky Camilleri, adding, "and my boys think I'm like a superhero when I do something like this for them."
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. 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.
Following today's announcement of Lucasfilm's new unified storytelling approach, Disney Publishing Worldwide is proud to announce their first step into that larger world, beginning with Del Rey Books. The publishing program will feature new adult fiction novels set in the beloved galaxy far, far away, and will be closely connected to the cinematic entertainment currently in development at Lucasfilm.
For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.
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Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the upcoming global release of four new books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy. The classic saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children's authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and R.J. Palacio. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.
This afternoon, Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" question-and-answer session to promote his new climate change docuseries "Years of Living Dangerously." All of his answers -- on topics ranging from Blade Runner to carpentry to his love of snakes -- are worth reading, but we've collected a few of his best Star Wars-related responses below.
Star Wars has spawned a universe of incredible artwork, both licensed and fan-created. Since 2006 when R2-KT became a reality thanks to the hard work of the R2 Builders organization, the pink droid has become something of her own celebrity. The fan community has embraced a cute pink droid that carries on in the memory of her namesake — my daughter, Katie — and crusades for awareness of pediatric illnesses and fund-raising for worthy charities.
The Hollywood Reporter has been posting a lot of exclusive Star Wars Episode VII stories, and today they're following up on their report that Episode VII will include scenes on Tatooine.
As we move into the next era of Star Wars, easing from the end of The Clone Wars toward Star Wars Rebels and Episode VII, it’s an opportune time to take a look back over two decades to a landmark 1991 release that led us out of The Dark Times. Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn brought us into a decade that produced Star Wars Galaxy Magazine, Star Wars Insider, Shadows of the Empire, the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, and The Phantom Menace. It jumpstarted a publishing program that endures to this day and formalized the Expanded Universe — stories set outside of the canon established by the films and TV shows of George Lucas that make the galaxy deeper and richer.
Lucasfilm and the CBS TV series The Big Bang Theory have partnered to produce a Star Wars-themed episode that will air on May 1 (i.e. as close as possible to May 4, "Star Wars Day").
It looks like CBS won't be the only network celebrating Star Wars Day (May 4) as part of its evening programming. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lucasfilm is also working with ABC to produce a special Star Wars episode for its series The Goldbergs that will air on May 6.
Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force. Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced today the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.
Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios. This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every installment of the Star Wars saga:
On Saturday, March 8, the traveling exhibition Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, developed by the Museum of Science Boston and Lucasfilm, Ltd., reached a significant milestone. Twenty venues and 9 years into the exhibit's's tour (and only two weeks before it will end its tour for good), an unsuspecting family of fans walked through the doors of the Tech Museum of Innovation to be regaled as the exhibition's three millionth visitor. An overjoyed Felipe Carino, who visited with his wife and son, was showered with confetti and rushed by member's of the Tech Museum and the dutifully loyal 501st legion.
Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios. This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every installment of the Star Wars saga.