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Star Wars Roundup: Chewie, the Subtitle, and Castings Calls…

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While we do know quite a bit about J.J. Abram's upcoming take on the galaxy far far away, Star Wars: VII is still mostly a mystery.

We’ll do our best to keep you guys updated on the big news as it hits, but we’ll ALSO be doing weekly roundups of the news blurbs so you don’t miss any of the smaller stuff either.  What hit this week?

Chewie

To start with, a photo on the official Star Wars Instagram, posted by Bob Iger, Chairman of Disney. It’s Bob and Chewbacca which prompted rampant speculation of course. Was this Peter Mayhew in the suit? Was this taken in London at Pinewood studios where production is set to start on May 14? While there has been no “official” word from either Disney or the Bad Robot camp, the Daily Dot did report an update stating “Matt Martin, Manager of Digital Content and Community Relations at LucasFilm, has confirmed on Twitter that a tweet from the official U.K. Star Wars account claiming that the selfie shows the official Chewbacca suit was actually ‘speculation’.”

The Subtitle

There are also no less than 3 “working titles” for Star Wars Episode VII. Various sources across the internet reported (without any sources) the official RELEASE title for the film will be “Order Of The Jedi“, but the current working title might also be “A New Dawn”. Yesterday, Bleeding Cool reported a third title, “The Ancient Fear“, which they went on to say might possibly have ties to the villainous character Max Von Sydow will be portraying.

The Rebels

The new Star Wars: Rebels trailer has been released.

Sure, it’s not attached to Episode VII, but it is pretty exciting. Star Wars: Rebels begins five years before A New Hope, and Executive producer David Filoni said “there is a team in place to make sure that the story in Rebels doesn’t conflict with the upcoming Episode VII.”

Female Casting

We’ve previously reported on the initial Star Wars Episode VII cast list of folks who were present at Pinewood for the table read at the beginning of the month. There was a TREMENDOUS backlash from male and female Star Wars fans alike regarding the lack of new female additions to the cast. I urged patience, and the thought process that one strong well rounded female character is better than a handful of poorly written ones. Thankfully, the word is there is AT LEAST one more major role to be cast with an actress, and possibly more in the pipeline. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o continues to be mentioned in connection with the project, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Above is that infamous table read picture with a breakdown of who’s who. The current theory with young British actress Daisy Ridley is that she’ll be playing the daughter of QUEEN Leia (because reportedly Leia is now ‘Queen Regent of the Republic’) and ‘High Commander of the New Republic’ Han Solo.

Casting Call

If you want to be an extra for Star Wars Episode VII, get to London by May 14. This Episode VII casting call went up late last week, and mentions “seeking actors of all ages and types, 16 years and older, to work as fully paid extras and possible featured background actors. There will also be additional casting for smaller speaking roles during the production. There will also be some specific casting needs such as unusual and interesting character faces, sailor and navy types.” So seriously, if you want a chance to be in a Star Wars film, get on that, and tell us how it goes.

May the Fouth

Sunday, May 4 was International Star Wars Day, because it sounds like Admiral Ackbar was wishing the troops a happy “May The 4th Be With You”.  No one seems to agree where the date came from other than this ‘sounds like’ thing, but J.J. Abrams did record and post this greeting for it.

Agent May

While this isn’t directly related to Episode VII, Ming-Na Wen, who is no stranger to Disney owned titles having been the voice of warrior princess Mulan, and currently playing Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. badass Melinda “The Cavalry” Mae on ABC, donned a familiar outfit to celebrate May The 4th.

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I would also like to state for the record Ming-Na is in AMAZING shape, and there is no way she is 50.

Fan Stuff

An influx of AWESOME fanmade posters. This is usually one of my favorite parts of any film franchise with a large and talented fanbase, but I think this NOT REAL VII  piece wins this week.  We’ll do our best with each roundup to post the latest ones.

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And as this poster says, Star Wars Episode VII is set to open worldwide on December 18, 2015.

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