Star Wars round-up: JJ Abrams on the tone, casting latest
JJ Abrams chats about Star Wars, new casting rumours, and a trip to New Mexico in our latest Star Wars: Episode VII round-up...
There's been a chunk of new casting rumours doing the rounds this week for JJ Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Inevitably, none of them are substantiated yet, but sooner or later, the formal announcement will come so we can see just how close everyone got.
Before that, here's something that is substantive: JJ Abrams has been chatting about the film, whilst promoting his new TV show, Almost Human.
Abrams is still playing his cards close to his chest, but when asked if he was looking to get the tone of the film closer to the original films or the prequel trilogy, he told EW that it was "Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favourite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
He added that "I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right".
The full piece at EW is here.
So, those casting rumours. Notwithstanding the fact that the denied Benedict Cumberbatch rumour is showing no signs of going away, Latino Review is linking a further bunch of people with roles in the new film.
According to the site, David Oyelowo (The Butler) has met with LucasFilm about a role (no idea which one), whilst Michael B Jordan (Fruitvale) is said to have met with JJ Abrams too. It also adds that the brilliant Saoirse Ronan - who turned down a big role in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron - has been in discussions about a part in Star Wars.
Finally, whilst the bulk of Star Wars: Episode VII is set to be shot at Pinewood Studios in London, One Headlight Ink is reporting that they'll be some work done in New Mexico, too.
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