• Original Chewbacca Returning for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    April 8, 2014 10:07 AM ET
     |  Jon Blistein

    Another cast member from the original Star Wars trilogy is returning to a galaxy far, far away: Peter Mayhew will suit-up once again as Han Solo's trusted number two Wookiee, Chewbacca, for Lucasfilm and Disney's forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sources confirmed Mayhew's turn in the new film, though speculation that the actor might reprise his role began when he canceled an appearance at the Comicpalooza convention in Texas "due to...  | More »

  • What Inspired Chewbacca? 'Star Wars' Instagram Reveals All

    March 21, 2014 9:45 AM ET
     |  Kory Grow

    With Star Wars VII seemingly lost in a galaxy far, far away, the series' producers are holding fans' interest on what may be the final frontier: Instagram. In the months since Darth Vader posted his first selfie, the galactic franchise's account has been posting a steady mix of iconic portraiture and behind-the-scenes glimpses at how all six of the existing movies were made. See Rolling Stone's Suggestions for the Upcoming Wave of 'Star Wars' Spinoffs Among its...  | More »

  • Video: See Bill Hader's Wild Impressions

    January 28, 2014 12:20 PM ET

    Bill Hader made an excellent case as to why J.J. Abrams should tap him for the upcoming Star Wars reboot, showcasing a few of his outrageous intergalactic impressions on Conan last night. The former Saturday Night Live star cracked that he'd already cornered Abrams about a job, telling the director, "I can do whatever you want. I can do anything. I can do Jabba the Hutt dying." After which, Hader proceeded to do just that, joking, "I've been working on that since the third grade." ...  | More »

  • Why Luke Skywalker Prefers His Green Lightsaber

    January 22, 2014 7:00 PM ET
     |  Ryan Reed

    Earlier this evening, Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill took part in a Reddit AMA session to raise awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As expected, the veteran actor fielded questions about a variety of geeky subjects, specifically Star Wars and the animated Batman series for which he voices the Joker. Hamill's responses were sweet-natured (he said "Oh gosh" a lot and at one point feared he might be offending cat people by saying he prefers dogs). But he was also thorough and detailed. ...  | More »

  • Explore Chewbacca's Rare 'Star Wars' Photos

    January 10, 2014 3:45 PM ET
     |  Ryan Reed

    Over the past few days, Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars, has shared a host of behind-the-scenes images from his days on the set of the iconic film franchise. "#nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight," Mayhew tweeted on Wednesday along with a picture of himself, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher "sharing a laugh." This kick-started a captivating Twitter spree that lasted until the early morning hours on Friday. See the 10 Star Wars Spinoffs We...  | More »

  • Did Tupac Really Audition for 'Star Wars'?

    January 7, 2014 6:25 PM ET
     |  Kory Grow

    Sometime before his death, Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned to play Jedi Master Mace Windu in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Rick Clifford, who worked as an engineer at Death Row Records, said in a recent interview for the website 2Pac-Forum that Shakur told him he had gone for a reading with George Lucas but that the part went to Samuel L. Jackson. (Incidentally, Jackson appeared in the 1992 movie Juice alongside the rapper.) Although the period in which S...  | More »

  • Marvel to Publish 'Star Wars' Comics in 2015

    January 3, 2014 3:15 PM ET
     |  Kory Grow

    Comics publisher Marvel will begin putting out Star Wars comic books and graphic novels in 2015. The comics company has taken over the exclusive rights to the sci-fi franchise from rival publisher Dark Horse, which began publishing Star Wars comics in 1991. See Our Suggestions for the Upcoming Wave of 'Star Wars' Spinoffs Previously, Marvel put out the very first Star Wars comic in 1977. The publisher claims that issue went on to sell over a million copies. It continued to release...  | More »

  • See the New 'Star Wars' Instagram Snap

    December 3, 2013 11:15 AM ET
     |  Jon Blistein

    Darth Vader has officially crossed over to the dark side: the sinister Sith lord helped usher the Star Wars franchise onto Instagram yesterday with a menacing, spine-shivering and slightly adorable selfie along with the message, "Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom." See Our Suggestions for the Upcoming Wave of Star Wars Spinoffs Star Wars has posted two other photos so far, including an old behind the scenes production still of Vader and his son Luke Skywalker p...  | More »

  • How TV Influences J.J. Abrams' Movies

    November 21, 2013 1:30 PM ET
     |  Jon Blistein

    J.J. Abrams is the creative mastermind behind Super 8, Star Trek and some of the biggest action epics of the past half decade. But having just received the International Emmy Founders Award, the superstar director told Variety that his television background continues to influence his work on the big screen. See the Top 10 Star Trek Villains to Ever Appear On-Screen "One thing I’ve tried to do with the movies I make is to take a TV production approach to a sequence or a scene," Abrams ...  | More »

  • R2-D2 Cast in 'Star Wars'

    November 19, 2013 5:10 PM ET
     |  Jon Blistein

    Casting rumors for the upcoming Star Wars reboot have been as plentiful as they've been completely unconfirmed, with many expecting members of the original trilogy to return for Episode VII. While Han Solo himself won't spill the beans on that front, Lucasfilm finally let one bomb drop: R2-D2 will be rolling back onto the screen and into your hearts. Everyone's favorite astromech droid was seen in a photo posted on the franchise's website today alongside Episode ...  | More »

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