Fantastic Beasts

Yesterday, J.K. Rowling revealed her plans to spoil us all with a new movie set in the "Harry Potter" universe that she's writing. The films based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will follow the fictional encyclopedia's author, Newt Scamander, seventy years before the events of Rowling's classic series of books.

Since the events of the "Harry Potter" series begin in 1991, that places the timeline for the "Fantastic Beasts" movie somewhere in the 1920s, long before Harry or even his parents were born. So while we won't see the likes of Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley, there are a number of "Harry Potter" characters that could appear as younger versions of themselves.

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Star Wars

It's kind of amazing, what people consider news about "Star Wars: Episode VII" these days. Yesterday, apparently starved for info from that galaxy far, far away, many outlets picked up a Hollywood Reporter story that said Abrams is converting some of his Bad Robot headquarters into production space, complete with green room and sound studio.

When Latino-Review picked up the story, they added that a source from the London set says that the interiors of the Millennium Falcon have already been build there.

Of course there's a set for the Millennium Falcon. Granted, it's early, but an appearance from the series' most iconic ship was guaranteed when Lucasfilm decided to make a sequel trilogy. As long as we're naming things that will definitely be in "Episode VII," here are four more that you can count on seeing.

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Star Wars

By Ryan Rigley

Looks like "Star Wars VII" is finally starting to pick up some steam. Last week, two more actors were revealed to be in the running for key roles in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy: Ksenia Solo and Liam McIntyre. Allegedly, Solo is up for the role of Han and Leia's daughter while McIntyre is in talks to play an as-of-yet unnamed Jedi.

This, of course, means that Ksenia Solo and Rachel Hurd-Wood may or may not be directly competing for the role of Leia's daughter, who has been said to potentially be the main protagonist of the film. While this is all well and good, we can't help but wonder what mysterious Jedi McIntyre will be portraying. After all, there are several key Jedi in the Star Wars Expanded Universe ripe for the picking. Take Kyp Durron for example, a Jedi who was at one point possessed by the spirit of a deceased Sith Lord.

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Salinger

By Amelia Mularz

Because the "50 Shades of Grey" stars were announced this week and sadly you didn't get the part, we've got a few movies to distract you this weekend:

On the Big Screen: "Salinger"
Shane Salerno's new documentary, which opens today, is filled with all the fun facts that your high school English teacher didn't tell you about J.D. Salinger. For example, the "Catcher in the Rye" writer had a thing for young ladies, didn't really enjoy sex, and likely had just one testicle. The movie divulges all kinds of secrets from the life of a guy who made being a recluse cool way before Lauryn Hill and mid-2000s Dave Chappelle.

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Transformers

After several rumors, set photos, this teasing interview with Mark Wahlberg, and a recent interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, it seems that the Dinobots are actually, really, totally going to appear in "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

It makes sense, right? This is a series that is looking to kickstart a new trilogy with a new leading man. Wouldn't it be a good idea to bring in a few fan favorites? The Dinobots have been beloved members of the "Transformers" universe since the mid-1980s, and but are bringing in more characters that the hardcore fans are particularly attached to a good idea for series that hasn't been that concerned with that population from the beginning?

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We have reached what is likely the peak of "Star Wars: Episode VII" rumors. Or at least, we hope that's the case. For the past few weeks, new casting rumors have cropped up every couple days. Just last week, we were talking about Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer (please, no), and there was the Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling talk before that. But finally, we have hit something that sounds both likely and a totally amazing idea.

According to a number of outlets, the latest "Star Wars: Episode VII" casting rumor names Benedict Cumberbatch as a potential cast member.

It makes sense, right? Cumberbatch is a hot ticket right now, partly thanks to his work with J.J. Abrams on "Star Trek Into Darkness." You might not have been a huge fan of Khan showing up in that sequel, but it's pretty hard to argue that Cumberbatch was anything but stellar reprising one of the most iconic characters in all of science fiction.

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By Ryan Rigley

While the rumors of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher reprising their respective roles for the new "Star Wars" trilogy have yet to be confirmed, there have been several other names thrown into the mix as of late. Last week, Latino Review reported that Rachel Hurd-Wood ("Peter Pan") and Alex Pettyfer ("Magic Mike," "I Am Number Four") are both in the running to play key roles in the upcoming "Star Wars VII."

Obviously, neither actor has been officially cast yet. However, according to speculation, Hurd-Wood is up for the part of Princess Leia's daughter (who is said to be the main protagonist of the film) with Pettyfer possibly reading for the offspring of Luke Skywalker himself. That said, we can't help but wonder what other characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be popping up on the silver screen. Take Mara Jade for example, the future wife of Luke Skywalker!

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By Amelia Mularz

Because the shock of Miley Cyrus's twerk fest at the VMA's has just worn off (five days later), we'd like to give you something else to feast your eyes on. Check out movie picks for this weekend:

On the Big Screen: "The Lifeguard"
On the verge of hitting the big 3-0, Leigh (Kristin Bell) ditches her adult life in NYC and heads back to her childhood home in the 'burbs, as well as her old high school lifeguarding job. For those of us who feel a tightening in the gut each time a friend uses the words "hubby," "staycation" or the letters I-R-A, there's something undeniably appealing about regression.

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Star Wars

Yesterday, we got the interesting(?) news that Rachel Hurd-Wood may have read for "Star Wars: Episode VII" for the role of Princess Leia's daughter. The rumor certainly came as shock since we haven't heard much from her since "Peter Pan." Yeah, it's been a while.

Since it's seems that Leia's daughter will be a main player for "Episode VII," there are a few other actresses that we have in mind that should definitely read for J.J. Abrams.

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FROM NEXT MOVIE

For the past week, MTV News has been profiling some of the biggest films of the upcoming season with our Fall Movie Preview, but the folks over at Next Movie have cut right to the chase to tell you which movies you need to be excited for right now.

With Katniss, Thor, and the untouchable duo of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese all lining up at theaters for fall releases, the upcoming slate of films is highly competitive, so you should check out Next Movie's list of the top 25 movies they're looking forward to this fall.

Check out the list over at Next Movie!

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