Star Wars

By Alex Zalben

Because a day can't go by without some small bit of "Star Wars" news, today brings the tiniest news item of them all. NimbleBit, makers of the insanely addictive mobile game Tiny Tower will be releasing a new version called "Star Wars: Tiny Death Star." I've got a bad feeling about this...

...Specifically that the Star Wars themed game will be as fun and time consuming as the original, if not more so. Here's the official blurb from Disney Interactive:

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In many cases, science fiction has paved the way for real-life invention, but the genre has provided even more gadgets that make wonder what the hell all of those sciences are spending their time on. Where is my jet pack? Why haven't any time travelers come back yet? (Or have they already...) But a team of MIT and Harvard physicists may have finally made progress in inventing one science fiction gadget we've been waiting for for a very long time.

In the latest edition of Nature (via Yahoo!), a scientific journal, sciences claim to have made photons bond together in a way that's reminiscent of a lightsaber.

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This is getting a little ridiculous, right "Star Wars" fans? It's been almost a year since Lucasfilm and Disney announced plans for a new trilogy, and what do we have to show for it? A bunch of small news items about who has read for roles. The original cast members haven't been publicly announced as returning. There isn't even a title yet. Hell, when Marvel cast their main villain a year and a half out from the release date, it was just a press release on their website. No leaks, no rumors. They just announced it.

And now in an interview with Sky News, Saoirse Ronan, one of those rumored to have read for an unspecified role, confirmed that she auditioned, but she was far from the only actress to do so. She downplayed the meeting saying that "so has everyone."

Well, we have heard a ton names dropped in connection to "Episode VII," from Ryan Gosling to complete unknowns. It would seem like Ronan is telling the truth, especially considering that two more names have cropped up.

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It was the joke that everyone was making once J.J. Abrams signed onto "Star Wars: Episode VII." "There are going to be so many lens flares on the Millennium Falcon." It was all very clever on everyone's part,* but there are two things you should know about J.J. Abrams.

1) The man obviously loves lens flares.
2) He's pretty self-aware.

In a recent interview with Crave Online (via io9), Abrams revealed that he also noticed the over-use of the aesthetic in "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Read what he had to say after the jump!

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Snoova

By Ryan Rigley

With the rumored return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the highly-anticipated "Star Wars VII," it would seem a fairly safe bet to make that the smuggler's famed Wookie compatriot, Chewbacca, will also be returning in the new trilogy. Last week, Den of Geek found a casting call put out by Walt Disney Pictures that describes attributes similar to that of a Wookie: "Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus."

Although early rumors of original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew being replaced in the new trilogy due to a serious illness have been popping up recently, Mayhew himself has now squashed those rumors stating "I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII." That said, what other notable Wookies might be showing up in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Our vote is for Snoova, the infamous Wookie bounty hunter!

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In the history of film, the "Star Wars" series has been partially defined by its cutting-edge use of technology. The original trilogy used modeling and creature effects in a way that hadn't been seen before, and the prequel trilogy featured some of the earliest full-CGI characters.

So what can we expect from the new trilogy? So many of the elements that made "Star Wars" seem like an enormous spectacle have become old hat at this point, and J.J. Abrams must be aware that part of his job is to restore the franchises sense of scale, the one that places it above competing series.

Well, a new quote, dug up by Ain't It Cool, may be a key to where "Star Wars" is going next.

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One piece of news that made the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm bittersweet was the end of the beloved "Star Wars: Clone Wars" series on Cartoon Network. Diehards of the show followed for seasons as we learned what went down during the intervening years between "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith," but under Disney's redirection, "Clone Wars" came to an end with the promise of more "Star Wars" animation to come.

The promise was fulfilled by the announcement of "Star Wars Rebels," a new animated show taking place between the two trilogies, and now some recognizable names are in talks to voice the characters from that galaxy far, far away.

The Hollywood Reporter just published a story claiming that "The Butler" breakout David Oyelow — who was rumored last week for "Episode VII" — and Freddie Prinze Jr. are among the voice actors joining the project.

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Sharad Hett

By Ryan Rigley

Just because Disney refuses to confirm any of the previous "Star Wars VII" casting rumors, doesn't mean that the rumors will stop. Last week, Latino Review, the site that broke the news of Benedict Cumberbatch appearing in all three of the new "Star Wars" films, made mention of actress Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna," "The Host") reading for a still unknown role in "Star Wars VII."

Obviously, reading for a role and being in final talks for a role is a completely different story altogether. However, we here at MTV News hope that Ronan will land the part whatever that mysterious role may be. On that note, let's take a look at another "Star Wars" Expanded Universe character that could potentially pop up in the new "Star Wars" trilogy: Sharad Hett, the Jedi Knight turned Tusken Raider warlord.

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We have now reached critical mass for "Star Wars" rumors. It was only two days ago that Latino Review posted a story that claimed Saoirse Ronan is in the running for an undisclosed role and that Benedict Cumberbatc — despite numerous denials — is certainly in "Episodes VII, VIII and IX."

Well, Latino Review is back with two more actors to add to the list of individuals who have either read for roles or taken meetings with J.J. Abrams.

According to the site, David Oyelowo of "The Butler" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and Michael B. Jordan from "Fruitvale Station" and "Friday Night Lights" are now being considered for the film.

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It's been a few days since a "Star Wars" rumor, right? So it's probably time for another "Star Wars" rumor.

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Oh, look at that. Latino-Review, as if on command, has delivered another anonymously sourced tidbit from the J.J. Abrams production. This time there are two news pieces of info and an update on an older scoop.

Let's start with the older news first. Latino-Review is doubling down on its claim that Benedict Cumberbatch is making the same jump from "Trek" to "Wars" that his director has. Not only does Latino-Review claim that Cumberbatch will be in "Episode VII," but they go as far as to guarantee expanded roles in "Episodes VIII and IX."

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