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While LucasFilm finally made a casting announcement today for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ it is being reported that director J.J. Abrams has another substantial role to fill – and it’s a female part. A number of people have been critical about the lack females in the six previous ‘Star Wars’ films and the just-announced new cast. In Tuesday’s long awaited announcement, newcomer Daisy Ridley is the only woman among the crop of actors joining the franchise, which include John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the team behind ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ were on the lookout for a mixed-raced female in her twenties, and a name that was strongly linked to the film was unknown British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers. J.J. Abrams also reportedly met with Oscar-winning ’12 Years a Slave’ actress Lupita Nyong’o, although it is not known for what part. Hopefully we get some more news on this front shortly.
Last night The Paris Theater in Manhattan, New York hosted the premiere of ‘Belle,’ the fantastic movie inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. ‘Belle’ is directed by BAFTA Award winner Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay, and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton and James Norton. ‘Belle’ is set for a May 2nd release in the US and a June 13th bow in the UK.
‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
DreamWorks Animation has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’ The sequel checks in with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon pal, Toothless, five years after he brought humans and dragons together on the island of Berk. An outsider who’s now the village hero, Hiccup is on the verge of adulthood, with his chieftain father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), grooming him for responsibility. But he’d rather embrace what’s left of his carefree childhood.
After recently shooting ‘Macbeth’ together, director Justin Kurzel is reportedly in talks to direct Michael Fassbender in ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ the big-screen take on the popular Ubisoft video game. ‘Macbeth’ is expected to be released at the end of this year and stars Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki, among other, alongside Fassbender’s titular role. Kurzel also directed the acclaimed ‘Snowtown.’
Set for a August 7th, 2015 release, Ubisoft’s Eli Richbourg, Frank Marshall, Michael Fassbender and his partner Connor McCaughan are producing ‘Assassin’s Creed.’ The plot for the film centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors – all of them assassins – and retrieve ancient artifacts.
“Babies On Board” Featurette For ‘Neighbors’ – Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco…
Universal Pictures has released this great new behind-the-scenes featurette for Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) ‘Neighbors.’ The comedy follows a young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Zac Efron plays the head of the frat with whom Rogen and Byrne’s characters quickly form a rivalry. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Jake Johnson, Carla Gallo, Jason Mantzoukas and Carla Gallo also star. ’Neighbors’ is set for May 3rd in the UK and May 9th in the US.
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis & More Officially Cast In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
After almost a year of speculation, LucasFilm send word that John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. The film is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”