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U.K. Stage Actress Rumored For 'Star Wars 7' Plus Watch Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford Talk Trilogy On 'Today' In 1980

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 10, 2014 9:00 AM
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Just this week we learned from Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn that “Star Wars: Episode VII” has already begun filming and that casting is nearly complete, which means the search for the locked cast has only intensified. Aside from Adam Driver as the closest to a confirmed new role, a torrent of contenders including John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, and Jesse Plemons have lingered still — so why not add a new potential frontrunner to the crowd?

Watch: 15-Minute 'Birth Of The Lightsaber' Mini-Doc Plus The 'Star Wars' Prequels Recapped In 10 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 11:29 AM
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Star Wars: Episode 3 — Revenge Of The Sith
As we await Disney to serve out the next morsel of information about "Star Wars: Episode 7," now is a good time to catch up on the series thus far in preparation for whatever J.J. Abrams and co. have in store. And today are two ways you can take a look back at the franchise.

Watch: George Lucas Talks Writing ‘Star Wars’ Prequels, Reaction To Original Trilogy In Vintage Interview

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 10, 2014 12:41 PM
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After some major deals and a dose of new blood, the “Star Wars” franchise has finally reached the point where scores of new developments can be tracked with nary a mention of George Lucas within. Instead, J.J. Abrams continues to meet with every massive name around for potential roles in “Star Wars: Episode 7," but it wasn’t too long ago when a hint to the direction of the franchise came from one man alone, and today we’ve got a look back at that quaint time.

Original Draft Of 'Empire Strikes Back' Featured A Drunken Dinner With Darth Vader & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 25, 2013 2:58 PM
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The Internet is in a tizzy over Michael Arndt's exit from "Star Wars: Episode VII," to be replaced by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams. But as Mike Ryan points out at The Huffington Post, this isn't the first time in the franchise that a writer was replaced by another writer and the film's director, as he looks at the script for "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back." You know, the one before George Lucas and Kasdan got their hands on it.

Watch: Clip From Newly Discovered 'Black Angel' Short That Played In Front Of 'Empire Strikes Back'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 17, 2013 9:16 AM
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It would appear from the volumes of making-of materials and documentaries on “Star Wars” that Lucasfilm has nearly every piece of film surrounding it stored in the archives. However, less preserved are the outside works of those who worked on the saga, namely “Star Wars” art director Roger Christian: with financial assistance from George Lucas in 1979, he wrote, produced and directed a 25-minute short entitled “Black Angel” that showed in front of “The Empire Strikes Back.” Since its release, it was presumed that copies of the film were lost forever, but with the news back in December that its original negative had been found, we've got our first glimpse of the short, as well as clarification on its latest release.

Watch: Original Teaser Trailer For 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' Featuring Artwork By Ralph McQuarrie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 3:19 PM
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While news on next installment of the "Star Wars" saga remains at the whims of Disney and Lucasfilm, that are instead spending time reminding viewers of the films that got it all started. Last week, the original teaser trailer for the first "Star Wars" arrived, notable for being pretty fairly underwhelming. But it seems for "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back," everyone was so confident the followup to George Lucas' smash hit would be a success, they didn't bother any footage at all.

Joss Whedon Explains Why He Thinks 'The Empire Strikes Back' Is "Not A Movie, It’s An Episode”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 9:05 AM
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If you were anywhere near the Internet last night, you know that the Twittersphere and Facebookverse was dominated by two things: nerds freaking out over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman," and Joss Whedon dissing "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back." But here's the thing about the latter tidbit of news—it's not the first time Whedon has made his feelings known on that film.

Watch: 1978 Screen Test For Boba Fett In 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 11:41 AM
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While the crass commercialism for George Lucas, Lucasfilm and the "Star Wars" series in general can be galling at times, it's often easy to forget how much work went into building the franchise into what it is today. From a little sci-fi oddity to a worldwide blockbuster and instant pop culture sensation, ever since the first film dropped in 1977, Lucas was been involved in pretty much every meticulous step along the way. And while Boba Fett initially seemed like a throwaway character that the public latched on to, this perhaps suggests Lucas knew it would catch on.

Happy Father’s Day: 5 Of The Worst Movie Dads

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 16, 2013 2:15 PM
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Fathers Day feature
Yes, we love our moms and dads, but lets face it, over the years, cinema has amassed a pretty unforgettable batch of wicked and awful parents. And so, it’s become somewhat of a Playlist tradition of late to examine and look at some of the more memorably monstrous ones (you can see our Mother’s Day feature here for example).

Watch: Massive & Detailed 7-Hour Documentary On The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 10:25 AM
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So, you think you know every single thing there is to know about the original "Star Wars" trilogy? Well, certainly, given how well documented those movies have been in the decades since they changed the sci-fi landscape, we're not surprised by your confidence. But we're pretty sure you'll find something new to discover in this massive, seven-hour documentary trilogy covering "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return Of The Jedi."

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