STAR WARS EPISODE VII
It’s been two days following the announcement of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and a new “Star Wars” chapter, and the online community is still reeling. EW got a hold of Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who revealed that Lucas had told him about the intention to make episodes VII, VIII and IX about a year ago — but Hamill had no idea about the sale to Disney.
“I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else. He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them. He seems to be in a really good place. He’s really happy. And that’s nice because I know that when we were making the movies, he was not a jolly guy on set. [Laughs] I always felt badly for him because he agonizes over details, and I’m sure after imagining it in his head for so many years, to see it realized — he’d look up and just hang his head and groan. Harrison [Ford], Carrie [Fisher], and I were always trying to cheer him up and joke him out of his doom and gloom. I missed his call yesterday, but I spoke to him maybe three weeks ago. But until we know more, it’s hard to make any comment other than congratulations to George.”
Hamill couldn’t say whether plans for the next trilogy would include him returning to the franchise, but he did note that Lucas would not direct.
Also, Disney released this hilarious video of Darth Vader going to Disneyland.
First up, a promo of next week’s episode, “Damaged.”
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with David Ramsey, who plays John Diggle on “Arrow,” about the revelation from last night’s episode. Spoilers follow, so read at your own risk.
“It’s going to challenge his sense of what’s right,” Ramsey told THR of the reveal. “The way we’ve seen Diggle so far is he’s a guy who gets his man and takes his job seriously. But he also seems to be a guy who has a sense of what’s right. When he was working at the club and Oliver asked him to speak candidly and he told him how he really feels about him. We have a sense that Diggle has a very strong sense of what’s right for himself and for the community that he’s in. He’s going to have some questions when he faces Oliver: Does he blow the whistle or does he make a decision to not blow the whistle and perhaps join Oliver. There are some photos where you see Oliver and Diggle training and that raises a lot of questions about their relationship and if it develops. Ultimately, their relationship goes further than just the chauffer/client relationship.”
Finally, EW reports Andrew Dunbar has been cast as the DC Comics villain Firefly and is set to appear in the series’ tenth episode.
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
Fandango has listed the full tracklist of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” soundtrack scored by Howard Shore. Click through for more details.
Warner Bros. Mexico has released this new international trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The sound is in English, but there are subtitles.
In an odd promotional video, Air New Zealand has put together a “The Hobbit”-themed safety briefing. It’s nearly five minutes long and decently entertaining. Keep an eye out for Peter Jackson.
Opens December 14
German website Filmstarts spoke with “Skyfall” star Daniel Craig about the possibility of the 24th Bond film linking directly with “Skyfall.”
“I don’t know where that’s come from. It’s impossible to do a two-parter,” Craig told Filmstarts. “I heard that, that someone was talking about we were doing a two-parter, but it’s the first I’ve heard about it. We can only do them one at a time. They take six months to shoot. You can’t write one movie thinking about the next. All we’re trying to do at the moment is get the next one sorted out and that’ll stand alone and if I’m able, I’ll do another one after that.”
Opens November 9
Mark Millar confirmed on Twitter that Mark Hamill will appear in the film adaptation of “The Secret Service.”
“I am so glad we got [Mark Hamill] to agree to be in Secret Service before he’s whisked away for 6 years to wield a light-sabre again!!” Millar stated on Twitter. However, he was not able to give any other details on when the film would begin shooting.