Who is Oscar Isaac? He’s a graduate of Juilliard, and acted in movies like All About the Benjamins and The Nativity Story. He also appeared, briefly, in The Bourne Legacy. It was his role in Drive that caught people’s attention, leading to a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Inside Llewyn Davis.
He’s been in films like True Grit and has a leading role in the upcoming Unbroken. Based only on this picture, I think his look is reminiscent of the cast of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Until the announcement of the cast of the new Star Wars film, I had never heard of actress Daisy Ridley. One of two new female cast members (the other has yet to be cast), she joins in an unknown role that could potentially be that of Han and Leia’s daughter. This is all speculation at this point, because the entire Expanded Universe has become Star Wars Legends, making it essentially an alternate timeline.
Disney Chief Alan Horn commented that they’ve already begun filming, but casting isn’t complete yet, because it’s been a very difficult film to cast. They’re looking for the right people for the roles, and that can only be a good thing.
“We have a lot of them [in place],” he said about the main actors, whose names have not been disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”
“It’s all about the screenplay,” he said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” Asked if the screenplay was fully where it needed to be, he added: “It actually is now.” The script has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, following an early draft by Michael Arndt.
What we don’t know is this: who have they cast in the film? Well, we do know for sure that R2-D2 is in it. You almost certainly can’t have R2-D2 without C-3PO, but that has yet to be confirmed. The recent press release about the new film, which gave us the setting for the film, mentioned a few familiar faces would be involved.
We can guess that they’ve managed to get Harrison Ford back. Especially considering that Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) recently cancelled a June appearance at a comic book convention, citing filming as the reason. What else could he be filming that would be this important?
Plus, Carrie Fisher has mentioned that she’s going to be filming. Mark Hamill has been quiet, but with Han and Leia potentially coming back, what kind of movie would it be without Luke Skywalker.
Disney and IMAX have announced an expanded relationship, which includes bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to IMAX when it is released on December 18, 2015. This announcement comes only a couple of months after Abrams announced that he wouldn’t be shooting any of the film in IMAX, specifically, saying, “The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera, it’s a very unreliable camera, there’s only so much film that can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow. They break down often.”
That being said, I am very excited about this deal, as only a few Star Wars film have been released in IMAX, including Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
IMAX® AND DISNEY EXPAND RELATIONSHIP WITH MULTI-PICTURE DEAL
Blockbuster Titles, Including Star Wars: Episode VII, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Will Come to Life in The IMAX Experience®
LOS ANGELES – March 20, 2014 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced an agreement to release several of Disney’s upcoming films in IMAX® theatres under an extension of the companies’ long-running relationship.
Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Disney’s release strategy for its most highly-anticipated live-action tentpole films, including Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014), Maleficent (May 2014), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014), and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015), Tomorrowland (May 2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII (December 2015).
“Disney has enjoyed a terrific ongoing collaboration with IMAX, and we are thrilled to extend this relationship with a collection of exciting, highly anticipated cinematic events that are perfect for the immersive IMAX format,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios.
“For the last several years, Disney and IMAX have worked together to deliver extraordinary cinematic experiences to audiences around the world,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond.
“The combination of the great product being created by Disney and the overwhelming enthusiasm of moviegoers to see films in IMAX theatres makes this agreement really exciting.”
“Disney’s and Marvel’s larger-than-life characters and dynamic universes clearly resonate with our core audiences,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are delighted to build upon this longtime association and continue to collaborate to bring many of the most iconic and cutting-edge properties in the world to life in the most immersive way possible.”
The official start of filming on Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. Disney and Lucasfilm announced that principal photography on the film, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studios.
It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.
Star Wars: Episode VII will release in theaters on December 18, 2015.
I’ve never heard of him, nor seen him act. I’m definitely not watching the show that he’s a part of. If this rumor turns out to be true, this will be the first time that I see him act. And, unless he does other wholesome movies or tv shows, it’ll be the last.
Adam Driver is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader. According to Variety no deal is done yet.
Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role. The studio had no comment on the cast. I’ve also heard rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch was also in the running, as well as Gary Oldman. Both of them might actually be involved in the film, though.
While talking to the Daily Telegraph, J.J. Abrams spoke about the secrecy surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII. I love the idea of going into the next new Star Wars movies completely blind, but I also can’t wait to learn more about the sorts of characters and settings that the stories will revolve around. Knowing a little bit about who the characters are, and what they’re going to be like isn’t the same as knowing what’s going to happen, afterall.
“I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.”
And this point about all of the spoilers that are out there, thanks in large part to the internet: “We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”
Before the release of last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams tried to keep secret the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch – something he now regrets. “We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he says.
“Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”
Shooting on Star Wars: Episode VII begins in May. The script, written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, is now ready, and pre-production is in full-swing. “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead, y’know.”
They are taking to many actors to flesh out the cast of the film. While no official announcements have been made, Carrie Fisher has all but confirmed that she’ll be prepping to film in March or April, alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.
“I’d like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair,” she says. “I think that would be funny.”
As the movie gets closer to production, the idea of a new Star Wars is actually beginning to sink in. Though I don’t think it’ll feel real to me until the first teaser is released for it.
The rumors are true, R2-D2 will return in Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s hard to imagine a Star Wars feature film without this little astromech droid, and it’s great to see a familiar friend returning to the big screen in 2015.
From StarWars.com: The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film.
The other two guys pictured are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, Star Wars fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club.
Glad to see the return of a classic character to the big screen for the next installment of Star Wars.