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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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Star Wars Harrison Ford
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.

Disney News: 'Star Wars 7' Takes Place 30 Years After 'Return of the Jedi,' Brad Bird Working On 'Incredibles 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 2:09 PM
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Disney: Star Wars, Pixar, Pirates 5
Today, Walt Disney honcho Bob Iger got on the phone with investors, and gave them updates on the kind of stuff they want to hear about: sequels. Yep, sequels means throwing money after proven success instead of risking it on new territory, and those with a stake in the company got some good news on what's coming down the pike.

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.

Watch: Rediscovered & Deleted 'Jedi' Scene Touches Upon Moral Implications 'Star Wars' Didn't Want To Address

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 6, 2013 3:23 PM
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Return Of The Jedi Behind The Scenes
It's a testament to the enduring legacy of George Lucas' "Star Wars" series that we're still talking about these movies and that they’re still being pored over, some 30-odd years after the the original films dropped. A new trilogy is obviously on the way, sans Lucas, because Disney knows it’s a license to print a ludicrous amount of money, but let’s face it, it was bound to happen anyhow.

Watch: Frank Oz Voicing Yoda & More Rare Footage From 'Return Of The Jedi' LaserDisc

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 2:38 PM
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As rumors continue to swirl about a possible "Star Wars: Episode 7" teaser or announcement around the corner, for now, "Star Wars" fans will have savor the taste of nostalgia. The past few weeks have seen the original teaser trailers for “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return Of The Jedi" all land online, and today is another trip back in time with some behind-the-scenes footage that hasn't been seen in decades.

Watch: Original Teaser Trailer For 'Return Of The Jedi' With Lucas' First 'Revenge' Title Intact

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 24, 2013 9:22 AM
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Return of the jedi
While Lucasfilm, J.J. Abrams and “Star Wars” fans alike try to ride the line of commendable and just plain mediocre in relation to pinning a title on “Star Wars: Episode 7," the marketing team behind George Lucas' brainchild has succeeded in raising interest and a bit of nostalgia for the original trilogy. Two weeks ago, they released the original 1976 teaser trailer for “Star Wars” followed the next week by the one for “The Empire Strikes Back," and now in keeping with ritual and perhaps a countdown, the pre-'Return' trailer for Richard Marquand's 1983 installment has hit the web.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Return Of The Jedi' & How It Could Have Been Much Cooler

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 1:57 PM
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Return of the jedi
This week George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” turns 30. The conclusion to what was then imagined to be the end of the "Star Wars" saga concerned the Rebellion going up against the evil Galactic Empire, which has constructed a second, planet-destroying Death Star that is about to go online. It had a whole bunch of thrills, chills, and fussy robots, but, as we look back on ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and look forward to whatever J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be,) it’s interesting to note what the sequel might have contained under different conditions– and how it could have ended up being much, much cooler (This as the companion piece to that ran earlier today btw.)

How 'Return Of The Jedi' Ruined 'Star Wars' Forever

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 12:00 PM
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Imagine it: you've taken off from school and waited in line all day to see "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," the last installment (ever!) in the "Star Wars" saga. You're wearing your favorite "Star Wars" shirt, have your bucket of popcorn and jumbo-sized soda, and a primo seat in the auditorium, the best possible vantage point from which to watch the end of the trilogy unfold. No more than twenty minutes into the movie the lovable rogue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) dies fighting the evil Galactic Empire, sacrificing himself for the good of the Rebellion. The shockwaves from his death ripple through the audience and a very clear warning is issued from the filmmakers: no one is safe. Co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan fought for this to be a reality. So did Ford, who had grown weary of the character. But series overlord George Lucas said no. As Harrison Ford put it in 2010: "George didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys."

Mark Hamill Pokes Fun At The 'Return Of The Jedi', Says Jar Jar Binks Was Supposed To Be Irritating

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 9, 2013 2:39 PM
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Mark Hamill will be in J.J. Abrams' “Star Wars: Episode VII,” that much we do know. Quite how much, or what Luke Skywalker will be doing when we meet him next is another thing entirely, but Hamill certainly seems excited about the prospect of returning to a galaxy far, far away. The actor was at the CapeTown Film Fest recently and got talking all things "Star Wars" -- from the original trilogy, to the prequels, to the upcoming trilogy.

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