Jett Lucas chats about Star Wars Episodes 7, 8 & 9, reveals he knows exactly what’s going to happen and why the new movies will be about a new generation, group of heroes and villains, what he thinks about Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher returning for Star Wars Episode 7, and why the craziest rumours he’s heard so far would be crossing over Star Wars and Star Trek. Jett also chats about new cast rumours such as Saoirse Ronan, Benedict Cumberbatch, and how George Lucas felt about passing on Star Wars to Disney, and what he think about JJ Abrams taking on the new Star Wars trilogy. Jett also chats about starring in Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith & Episode 2 Attack of the Clones as Jedi Padawan Zett Jukassa.
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Star Wars Episode VII
Star Wars Episode VII is the planned seventh live-action theatrical installment in the Star Wars film franchise. Following The Walt Disney Company’s October 30, 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas, Disney announced that “Star Wars Episode VII” is scheduled for a 2015 release, to be followed by Episodes VIII and IX. Lucas will remain involved as a creative consultant on new Star Wars feature films. Screenwriter Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for Star Wars Episode VII, while J.J. Abrams will direct. The film’s story will be completely original and not based on any prior source from the Expanded Universe.
Assembling the team
Reports first announced on January 24, 2013 that J.J. Abrams, known for his work on the television series Lost and the most recent entries in the Star Trek film series, will direct Star Wars Episode VII. StarWars.com confirmed the reports the following day.
Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Ewan McGregor, Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson have all been reported to be interested in returning for the new films, though most actors have yet to be confirmed by Lucasfilm sources.
During a concert with the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, composer John Williams stated that he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the entire new trilogy. Abrams made further statements on this at a Star Trek Into Darkness conference on April 29, stating, “Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film because he was there long before I was.” On July 27, 2013, a video of Williams confirming he would score the new film was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe II.
Mark Hamill commented about the sequels in late February 2013 stating that “they are talking to us” and he is scheduled to meet with writer Michael Arndt and Kathleen Kennedy. Hamill stated that so far nobody has signed a contract though there appears to be interest in the entire cast. Hamill went on to say that George Lucas would like to get Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels back for the new films as well. Mark Hamill feels that he will return to be “an Obi-Wan type role.”
In March 2013, Fisher confirmed she will return as Princess Leia. A day later Lucas confirmed that Hamill, Ford and Fisher were in the final stages of negotiations and that all three were in discussions to return prior to the Disney sale. Lucas stated “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not”.
In May 2013, it was revealed that production of Episode VII would take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six other movies of the Star Wars franchise had been partly produced in the U.K., notably in the Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood studios.
Michael Kaplan, who designed the costumes for Abrams’ Star Trek films has also signed on to costume Episode VII. Daniel Mindel, Abrams’s director of photography, will also return to collaborate with the director, meaning the series will return to shooting on 35mm film.
Star Wars Episode VII information from http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars_Episode_VII
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