Matthew Vaughn to direct Star Wars Episode VII?


According to Collider in a recent interview at the Premiere of Seven Psychopaths actor Jason Flemyng might have made a slip concerning Matthew Vaughn’s possible duties with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise.  You can see the slip at 1:11.  Click the links in the article to read further into the story, and remember to “follow” to keep updated with the latest Episode VII news.

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Sir Derek Jacobi wants role in Episode VII

According to Denofgeek Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, Gladiator) called his agent as soon as he heard about Episode VII. The following quote from Radio 4’s Front Row

He told the station that “My ears pricked up when it said that Disney was buying Star Wars. Oh, come in Sir Alec Guinness! Yes, on to the agent immediately!”

Continuing, he admitted that “I’d love to do my big franchise movie. Ian’s got his Gandalf, Pat Stewart has his Star Trek, Michael Gambon has got his Dumbledore… They are running out of these old men, you see. I have to be the next!”

He said that “I’m looking for my franchise as we speak!”

 

Actually Patrick Stewart has two if you include X-Men, but an interesting point none the less by Sir Derek Jacobi.

 

 

 

A look at the Writers of Episode VII

Early November Screenrant broke the story that Michael Arndt finished a 40-50 page treatment.  Since then, rumors have spread like wild-fire across the internet.  The only word from Lucasfilm and Disney thus far is a hint that the trilogy will start out further than 40 years after ROTJ (Return of the Jedi) as most rumors suggest.  So while we wait for more solid information let’s take a look at the writers of Episode VII.

Michael Arndt, a graduate of New York University is best known for Little Miss Sunshine which made him the first screen writer ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays.  Here is a complete list of all the accolades received by Little Miss Sunshine.    He went on to write the screenplay for Toy Story 3 with two wins at the Academy Awards and many other accolades it is also the first animated film to ever reach $1 billion world-wide and is currently the 9th highest grossing film of all time.  With the sequel to The Hunger Games : Catching Fire filming and two more movies in production Michael Arndt’s film work looks very impressive.

Lawrence Kasdan is a familiar face in not only the Star Wars universe but with Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones as well.  Not only does he have The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp and Dreamcatcher under his belt among other movies he has also won an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1988 for the Accidental Tourist.  With the latest new of Lawrence Kasdan teaming up with Simon Kinberg for Episode VIII and Episode IX the future of Star Wars is looking very promising.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe JohnstonMatthew Vaughn (possible)

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)   Michael Arndt (confirmed)  

Composer: John Williams (possible)

Cast:

Luke Skywalker…………………Mark Hamill (possible)

Princess Leia……………………Carrie Fisher (possible)

Han Solo…………………………..Harrison Ford (possible)

Lando Calrissian………………Billy Dee Williams (possible)

C-3PO……………………………….Anthony Daniels (possible)

R2-D2………………………………Kenny Baker

Chewbacca……………………….Peter Mayhew (possible)

Darth Vader…………………….. ???? (rumored)

Episode VIII

Writers: Simon Kinberg (confirmed), Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)

Episode IX

Writer: Simon Kinberg (confirmed), Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)

Although director’s remain quite, actors are expressing interest.

First up….. Russell Brand, according to Digitalspy he is “eager to bag a role“.  I personally like the idea of seeing him involved even if it were a small role.

Tom Hiddleston, better known as Loki in the Thor/Avengers Saga was asked by Digital Spy  about the possibly of a role in Star Wars.        “Goodness, I hadn’t thought of that. I mean, yeah, sure. I’m a HUGE fan, especially the first three…so absolutely, yeah. It would depend on the story and the character and things, but maybe people would associate me too closely with Loki. I hope not. Kathleen Kennedy is a filmmaker of such extraordinary experience and wisdom, and is one of the best producers I’ve ever, ever worked for. She just knows her way around the medium, and the art form and the industry. So I’d take it very seriously if they asked me.

Chris Hemsworth another actor from the Thor/Avengers Saga was quoted by STVEntertainment in a recent interview.   “Oh man, I love those films.  That’s the sort of bread and butter of my film experience as a kid. I would love to work on something like that.”

And finally Robert Pattinson (Twilight)  in a response on Inquisitr to a recent question was “In Star Wars? Oh, absolutely. In a heartbeat. I actually kind of like Jar Jar. I don’t understand what the big deal is about Jar Jar.”   (shaking my head)  I understand that he was put into the series for children but I have to say his part in the Star Wars universe is over besides he is frozen in carbonite  in the Imperial Occupied area of Kashyyyk.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe JohnstonMatthew Vaughn (possible)

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)   Michael Arndt (confirmed)  

Composer: John Williams (possible)

Cast:

Luke Skywalker…………………Mark Hamill (possible)

Princess Leia……………………Carrie Fisher (possible)

Han Solo…………………………..Harrison Ford (possible)

Lando Calrissian………………Billy Dee Williams (possible)

C-3PO……………………………….Anthony Daniels (possible)

R2-D2………………………………Kenny Baker

Chewbacca……………………….Peter Mayhew (possible)

Darth Vader…………………….. ???? (rumored)

Episode VIII

Writers: Simon Kinberg (confirmed), Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)

Episode IX

Writer: Simon Kinberg (confirmed), Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)

The Return of Darth Vader

What??!!!  Here is where it gets scary for the future of the Star Wars universe.  Darth Vader is dead, we saw both Sebastian Shaw and Hayden Christensen play his Jedi ghost.  According to IGN and just about every other site is suggesting that Vader is being resurrected.

“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible,” one source says. “The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”

Ok, so how? The best guess i can give at this point that is supported by both the Star Wars movie universe and expanded universe is cloning. The did it in Episode II, Resurrection and many other adaptations.   But if that be the case what happens to his Jedi spirit? Another question to ponder is where would they have gotten DNA?  His arm that was cut off in RTOJ was mechanical, his real arm was cut off on Geonosis, but I would assume they recovered it, the rest was burned off on Mustafar.  But with all this being said, this is a rumor that was born on a UK tabloid site called The Express.  Which has a very controversial history.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe JohnstonMatthew Vaughn (possible)

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)   Michael Arndt (confirmed)  Simon Kinberg (confirmed)

Composer: John Williams (possible)

Cast:

Luke Skywalker…………………Mark Hamill (possible)

Princess Leia……………………Carrie Fisher (possible)

Han Solo…………………………..Harrison Ford (possible)

Lando Calrissian………………Billy Dee Williams (possible)

C-3PO……………………………….Anthony Daniels (possible)

R2-D2………………………………Kenny Baker

Chewbacca……………………….Peter Mayhew (possible)

Darth Vader…………………….. ???? (rumored)

Director Rumors

TheForce.Net has an interesting article worth reading that goes into all of the directors who have been mentioned before and even some quotes supporting their non-involvement.  The most interesting name coming up on all of the list is Joss Whedon, yes he is attached to Avenger’s 2 along with overseeing phase 2 of the Avengers saga, but he is also the most quite about it.  According to Comicbook.com he is one of the few rumored directors that have been unusuallu quite.  Given his success with Firefly/Serenity plus taking the helm of the Avengers Saga, I, like others are curious if he is going to somehow contribute to the new Star Wars films.

My personal favorite of the group of directors is Guillermo del Toro.  With titles like Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy series I would be curious what his imagination could bring to the infinite character possibilities of the Star Wars Universe.  Considering his recent involvement with the new Incredible Hulk television show I would not be surprised if he jumped onto a Star Wars project.  Here is an article on ign.com discussing this possibility more.

But these are guesses on both my part and others on the web which leaves my director possibilities the same.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe JohnstonMatthew Vaughn (possible)

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)   Michael Arndt (confirmed)  Simon Kinberg (confirmed)

Composer: John Williams (possible)

Cast:

Luke Skywalker…………………Mark Hamill (possible)

Princess Leia……………………Carrie Fisher (possible)

Han Solo…………………………..Harrison Ford (possible)

Lando Calrissian………………Billy Dee Williams (possible)

C-3PO……………………………….Anthony Daniels (possible)

R2-D2………………………………Kenny Baker

Chewbacca……………………….Peter Mayhew (possible)

Darth Vader…………………….. ???? (rumored)