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J.J. Abrams on making Star Wars: Episode VII feel real and more casting rumors

09.20.2013

I have some STAR WARS: EPISODE VII news for you, and while it does involve another casting rumor (groan), there are also some comments from director J.J. Abrams about the feel and tone for his upcoming film.

J.J. Abrams recently spoke to EW and they wanted to know which previous STAR WARS film would be the best example of the tone and spirit of his movie:

“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 favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

J.J. Abrams has received a lot of unsought advice from fans and the media for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, and he was asked if there have been any comments he's seen or read that he agrees with:

“It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people. 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.”

One of the biggest complaints about the last trilogy was how it didn't feel the same as the original, and if J.J. Abrams wants his film to feel real then using more practical sets and not filming in digital is a step in the right direction in my opinion. 

Meanwhile, Latino-Review is claiming that two more actors have had meetings for roles in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. The site says THE BUTLER's David Oyelowo went in for an unknown role and Michael B. Jordan (FRUITVALE STATION, CHRONICLE) personally met with J.J. Abrams. As it is with all STAR WARS casting rumors at this point, take this news with a massive grain of salt.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII should be released sometime in 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Michael B. Jordan did a great job voicing Cyborg in the animated movie JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX. Actually, Jordan would make a decent Cyborg in a live action movie as well. Better get on that Warner Bros...
Source: EWLatino-Review

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12:58PM on 09/20/2013
Michael B. Jordan's name seems to be thrown around for quite a few franchises these days. Fantastic Four and now Star Wars. If I were him I'd aim to get in on Star Wars. Not to get into the whole race thing, because I could care less if he actually did play Johnny Storm, I just think the new FF movie will suck and probably ruin his career. Star Wars, good or bad, will help get his career in the right direction. Unless he takes career advice from Mark Hamil while on set..........
Michael B. Jordan's name seems to be thrown around for quite a few franchises these days. Fantastic Four and now Star Wars. If I were him I'd aim to get in on Star Wars. Not to get into the whole race thing, because I could care less if he actually did play Johnny Storm, I just think the new FF movie will suck and probably ruin his career. Star Wars, good or bad, will help get his career in the right direction. Unless he takes career advice from Mark Hamil while on set..........
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3:50PM on 09/20/2013
Mark Hamill has a fine career doing voice work for video games for some years now. He plays the Joker in an animated series, and does a superb job!
Mark Hamill has a fine career doing voice work for video games for some years now. He plays the Joker in an animated series, and does a superb job!
9:01AM on 09/21/2013
Exactly what do you base your reasoning about FF on?
Exactly what do you base your reasoning about FF on?
3:02AM on 09/22/2013
Mark Hamil was in a really bad car accident in between Empire and Jedi that seriously messed up his face, and even though the plastic surgery got him most of the way back in time for Jedi, it significantly limited his range of expression. Needless to say, it's hard to convince a studio that you're a viable leading man when you can't do subtle facial expressions any more.
Mark Hamil was in a really bad car accident in between Empire and Jedi that seriously messed up his face, and even though the plastic surgery got him most of the way back in time for Jedi, it significantly limited his range of expression. Needless to say, it's hard to convince a studio that you're a viable leading man when you can't do subtle facial expressions any more.
12:18PM on 09/20/2013
I'm excited to see what JJ does with Star Wars. I may feel different after seeing Episode VII, but for now I dig it.
I'm excited to see what JJ does with Star Wars. I may feel different after seeing Episode VII, but for now I dig it.
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11:23AM on 09/20/2013
i remember walking out of Episode 1 and thinking that I didnt have the same feeling the original trilogy gave me. I know this isnt something I felt alone, at first thought it was cuz I was older and CGI was more common, then i look at the rest of the trilogy and saw nothing but CG overload, from the ships, background, aliens and even the clone troopers. So its nice to hear that he is going towards a more realistic approach. Im not gonna get excited for this film til i see more concrete
i remember walking out of Episode 1 and thinking that I didnt have the same feeling the original trilogy gave me. I know this isnt something I felt alone, at first thought it was cuz I was older and CGI was more common, then i look at the rest of the trilogy and saw nothing but CG overload, from the ships, background, aliens and even the clone troopers. So its nice to hear that he is going towards a more realistic approach. Im not gonna get excited for this film til i see more concrete information and footage. and I hope the lens flare is toned down, alot
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11:19AM on 09/20/2013

It seems like everyone in Hollywood is rumored to be in this movie

From Gosling to Cumberbatch, the frequency of casting rumors is both exciting and frustrating. I just wish Disney would get on with the casting [link] if they are so adamant about this meeting its 2015 release date.
From Gosling to Cumberbatch, the frequency of casting rumors is both exciting and frustrating. I just wish Disney would get on with the casting [link] if they are so adamant about this meeting its 2015 release date.
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3:06AM on 09/22/2013
I think it's seriously JUST because news about the film is total click bait. Random idiots running up to any damn celebrity they see "are you gonna be in Star Wars??" "Uh...what?" "Do you *want* to be in Star Wars??" "Er...maybe? Who the hell are y-" "Thanks! So-and-so rumored to be interested in playing an undisclosed role in Star Wars VII!!!"
I think it's seriously JUST because news about the film is total click bait. Random idiots running up to any damn celebrity they see "are you gonna be in Star Wars??" "Uh...what?" "Do you *want* to be in Star Wars??" "Er...maybe? Who the hell are y-" "Thanks! So-and-so rumored to be interested in playing an undisclosed role in Star Wars VII!!!"
10:20AM on 09/20/2013
I'm looking forward to it and yes, while there is that feeling of a "conflict of interest" seeing someone who's directed films from a big sci-fi franchise taking on a film from what is perceived as its direct rival, I think he will do a good job. I know there is the concern that Abrams will churn out a shiny-looking retread, recycling scenes we're familiar with and switching up parts - but much as people criticize him, I think he's a good filmmaker and I don't think he's somebody who makes
I'm looking forward to it and yes, while there is that feeling of a "conflict of interest" seeing someone who's directed films from a big sci-fi franchise taking on a film from what is perceived as its direct rival, I think he will do a good job. I know there is the concern that Abrams will churn out a shiny-looking retread, recycling scenes we're familiar with and switching up parts - but much as people criticize him, I think he's a good filmmaker and I don't think he's somebody who makes production-line, soulless drivel. Episode VII's in good hands.
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10:20AM on 09/20/2013
If all of the cast rumors were actually ALL true, I would have no complains. I mean if we had Gosling, Ronan, Cumberbatch, and Jordan all in the same film then that would be one hell of a cast to start off a new Star Wars franchise.

I know Abrams will do a great job, it's just that I wish he would have finished Star Trek.
If all of the cast rumors were actually ALL true, I would have no complains. I mean if we had Gosling, Ronan, Cumberbatch, and Jordan all in the same film then that would be one hell of a cast to start off a new Star Wars franchise.

I know Abrams will do a great job, it's just that I wish he would have finished Star Trek.
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9:54AM on 09/20/2013
Good Lord, I feel like we won't know official casting until we're in our seats opening night . . . Get on with it!
Good Lord, I feel like we won't know official casting until we're in our seats opening night . . . Get on with it!
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9:23AM on 09/20/2013
"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." - I know J.J. Abrams won't let me down.
"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." - I know J.J. Abrams won't let me down.
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9:08AM on 09/20/2013
Lando Jr.!!!!!! :P Just get the casting done already, guys.
Lando Jr.!!!!!! :P Just get the casting done already, guys.
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