Surprise! Andy Serkis is once again playing a motion-capture character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today, StarWars.com published a previously unseen photograph of Serkis on set, an outtake from Annie Leibovitz’s Vanity Fair shoot. The picture shows Serkis outfitted with motion-capture gear for his role in the seventh Star Wars film.
Fans who spent years digesting the myriad Star Wars books, comics, and video games set in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi appear confused by the title. Did the rebels get complacent after the fall of the Emperor and Darth Vader?
Oscar Isaac is living the geek dream: Not only does he appear in the new Star Wars movie, but he gets to hang out with Han Solo and Princess Leia. The actor, now appearing in the Patricia Highsmith thriller The Two Faces of January, tells Entertainment Weekly that working with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher on Star Wars: Episode VII is everything he’d hoped it would be. “They’re such funny people,” gushed Isaac.
Late last night, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Twitter feed featured a picture from the first day of principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII. The number “36” at the top of the slate. This is the number Shaquille O’Neal played in his last year in the NBA, on the Celtics. The number “DL 9901EL” on the bottom of the slate: This is Damon Lindelof’s going rate for his infamous, long-running “Calrissian consulting” business: He gets $9,901 for each Lando joke he tells while visiting the set, a gig he’s had since Mission: Impossible III (“Hey Tom, what’s Billy Dee WIlliams’ favorite Genesis song? ‘Lando Confusion’! Get it?”) Though Lindelof didn’t write Episode VII, don’t be surprised if 20-30 of these kind of jokes “accidentally” wind up in Abrams’ final edit.
When we got going on our monster list of most anticipated movies coming out this year , we found ourselves constantly wanting to turn to the next page. 2015 is sizing up to be the most monstrous movie year of all — with mega-franchises like “The Avengers,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Star Wars” poised to break all kinds of box office records. (Thankfully “Avatar 2” is slated for 2016, otherwise our heads would explode!) Forget 2014, here are the year-from-now movies that have us wishing we could travel into the future: 1. “Star Wars: Episode VII” ZOMG.