Movies – Director J.J. Abrams Announces Contest and Charity Involvement

Director J.J. Abrams made a special announcement from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII this morning! In a video address, the director revealed that fans have an opportunity to enter a contest to be an extra in the highly awaited Star Wars instalment.

He also announced the launch of a charity called “Star Wars: Force for Change” for which Disney has committed $1 million. To enter the contest, fans can directly donate at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Here are some contest details for the “Star Wars: Force for Change” Grand Prize:

• Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
• Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
• Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
• Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

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Movie Exclusive – Release Date Announced for “Star Wars: Episode VII”

Lucasfilm and Disney have finally settled on a release date for the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy. All of the previous Star Wars films have been released in May, but fans probably will be surprised to hear that is not the case for this next Star Wars adventure.

The companies have decided to release Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18, 2015. Recently, director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan announced that Michael Arndt will no longer be writing the screenplay. Instead, Abrams and Kasdan have decided that they will be co-writing the screenplay.

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Disney studio chief, Alan Horn, addressed rumors that Abrams was worried about the shooting schedule by stating: “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,”

According to Entertainment Weekly, major sets and costumes are already being designed and the film is set to start shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios in the spring. What do you think of this news? Are you a Star Wars fan? Be sure to check back for more production news as work on Star Wars: Episode VII continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – Casting Breakdown for Disney’s “Star Wars” Released

Star Wars fans may be intrigued to hear that casting is officially underway for the first Star Wars film under Disney. Casting directors April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg will be doing casting in the United States and Nina Gold will be in charge of  UK casting.

Not only does this list give us an idea of the characters that will be included in this film, it gives us hints as to the potential storyline behind the film. Michael Arndt is working on the script and JJ Abrams will be directing this next Star Wars film. Abrams recently revealed that production is aimed to start early in 2014.

Here is an exclusive casting breakdown for Star Wars: Episode VII: 

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According to Deadline and Bleeding Cool, these roles have all been confirmed as lead and principal roles. What do you think this breakdown reveals for the story? Do you think JJ Abrams is the right director for the next Star Wars film? As production is still in early stages and actors have not been officially cast in the film, be sure to check back for more casting news and Star Wars coverage!

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Sources: Deadline and Bleeding Cool