With his three books looking behind the scenes of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Lucasfilm editor Will McCrabb has become the master of rare of pictures and details from the classic films.
The latest picture from the set comes to us from McCrabb's Twitter feed (via Badass Digest). The photo above is a look at the wampa from "Empire Strikes Back" as it would have appeared had Lucas decided to keep the creature in.
The shots with a full-body look at the creature were ultimately redone for the Special Editions, but it didn't appear as big as the wampa we see here.
Movie prop auctions are not a rare thing, but it is not often that an item as iconic as the blaster of the galaxy's best smuggler comes on the auction block.
Starting on December 21, you'll be able to bit on Han Solo's DL-44 blaster over at Invaluable.com. The lighter version of the famous weapon will not come cheap, unfortunately. With a starting bid of $200,000, you might have to sell off all of your possessions in order to shoot first with the real deal.
The prop was used in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," notably in the Cloud City sequence when Darth Vader pulls the gun from Solo's hand.
You can only talk about making a new "Star Wars" movie for so long without showing something. People can get kind of unruly otherwise.
J.J. Abrams may have finally learned that lesson with this tweet from the @bad_robot. Here we can see the director of "Episode VII" with R2D2, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
All we have to say about this is "Freaking. Finally." It's taken long enough to get something out of this team, and while it's definitely not earth-shattering news that R2D2 will probably be in "Episode VII," it's nice to see some give back on their end.
After news of an open casting call in London and then in Chicago, fans in those cities (or those willing to travel) were going crazy with the possibility that could be in "Star Wars: Episode VII." But now everybody in the world (if you're the right age) has a chance to travel to a galaxy far, far away.
The open casting call for a male and a female role in "Star Wars: Episode VII" is now accepting video auditions online.
These are for the same roles that we've seen solicited before, both in the London casting call and the one in Chicago. It's unlikely that the character details we see in the descriptions for "Rachel" and "Thomas" actually reflect what we'll see on the big screen in December of 2015.
By Ryan Rigley
While there may not have been any official "Star Wars VII" casting announcements as of yet, we now have a breakdown of the official "Star Wars VII" production crew. Joining J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who are currently in the process of writing the screenplay, are director of photography Dan Mindel, sound designer Ben Burtt, production designers Rick Carter and Darren Gilford, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and, of course, composer John Williams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.
Hopefully, now that this list of crew members is out it won't be long before we get some updates as far as "Star Wars VII" cast members go. Until then, we here at MTV News will just keep speculating as to which Star Wars Expanded Universe characters might be popping up in the new trilogy. Take Ben Skywalker for example, the son of Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker.
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like we've finally gotten our first official cast member of "Star Wars VII." Last weekend, during this year's New York Comic Con, original C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels may or may not have confirmed his role reprisal in the new trilogy. "Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel... Six! Whatever," Daniels teased during a panel in New York.
While this is obviously far from an official announcement, it is entirely possible that Daniels could have let the truth slip out unintentionally. However, until Daniel's casting is made official, we'll just keep speculating as to which Star Wars Expanded Universe characters might appear in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Take Vergere for example, a member of the New Jedi Order and secret student of the Sith!
By Ryan Rigley
Michael B. Jordan is about to be a very busy man. Not only is the "Fruitvale Station" actor in talks to play the Human Torch in Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" and a part in the "Independence Day" sequel, but now Jordan's also confirmed that he has joined the ranks of A-listers auditioning for a role in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy.
"I mean, everybody’s going in on this project," explains Jordan. "They’re trying to figure out what they want. That’s another incredible franchise. It’s pretty crazy! We’ll see how it happens. I don’t know how I can do everything." Unlike Saoirse Ronan, rumor has it that Jordan has auditioned for a role without a lightsaber. So which non-Jedi character could he be up for? Well, how about Jagged Fel, an ace pilot of the Chiss Ascendancy?
The current talk on the internet is that we are weeks, if not days, away from an official "Star Wars" announcement of some kind. It's all very vague, without any named sources, just whispers been bloggers and editors on news sites.
In the meantime, Latino-Review has posted another potential piece of info that could have a big effect on "Episode VII."
According to the site, when George Lucas sold off Lucasfilm to Disney, he included outlines for the new trilogy, which included two working titles for "Episode VII."
Speaking with the Associated Press, Michael B. Jordan followed the lead from Saoirse Ronan and admitted that he had read for a part in "Star Wars: Episode VII," a rumor started by Latino-Review a few weeks ago.
Also like Ronan, Jordan downplayed the reading, saying that pretty much everyone in Hollywood has audition.
"I mean, everybody's going in on this project. They're trying to figure out what they want," he said. "That's another incredible franchise. It's pretty crazy! ... We'll see how it happens. I don't know how I can do everything."
Jordan also mentioned that he didn't audition for a particular role and that his test didn't involve a lightsaber, as Ronan's had.
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like somebody finally let the cat out of the bag. While there have been a number of big name actors rumored to have auditioned for a role in "Star Wars VII," nobody has officially confirmed whether or not they have read for a part. Until now, that is. Last week, Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna," "The Lovely Bones") spoke to Empire Podcast about auditioning for a role in "Star Wars VII" that required using a lightsaber.
"I'd imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs," Ronan muses. "But nobody has a clue what it's about, and nobody's read the script. Even if I don't get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber. That was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!" So which lightsaber-wielding female did Ronan read for? Jedi? Sith? Or perhaps both, as is the case with one Tahiri Veila.