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  1. More Star Wars Episode VII Casting and Plot Rumors, Now With 75% More Geek Cred!

    TK-421 Why Aren't You At Your Post?

    As you probably are well aware, rumors about Star Wars Episode VII casting continue to swirl furiously... as they have pretty constantly since work started on the next round of Star Wars movies! The new rumors, however, give not just a peek into the casting process but also a look at some new details regarding the plot of Episode VII.  Since the departure of original screenwriter Michael Arndt, apparently the focus of the next installment has changed, requiring a shift in casting plans as well as in the actual script itself.  Rumors and potential spoilers after the jump, so don't read on unless you want to know!

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  2. Star Wars: Episode VII Has a Release Date, Doesn’t Have Saoirse Ronan, Will Have 3D

    May The Force Be With You

    Plus J.J. Abrams had some things to say about why original writer Michael Arndt was replaced by himself and Lawrence Kasdan. What kind of morning is this? We've heard official word on two separate Episode VII rumors, promoting one to the realm of fact and relegating the other to Not Gonna Happenville. At this rate I'm half expecting something really good to come out by the end of the day, like Lucasfilm saying "Screw it, we're making all the rest of the movies about Mara Jade."

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  3. The Star Wars: Episode VII Team Would Like An Extension On Their Homework, Please. To 2016.

    May The Force Be With You

    Just last week we had word Star Wars: Episode VII was switching writers. As you can imagine, that didn't instill many of us with hopeful thoughts about the next installment of the franchise, due in theaters 2015. As it turns out, the folks working on the film seem to be a little concerned as well. So much so they asked for the film to be pushed back a year. But Disney's CEO said no. 

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  4. I Have A Bad Feeling About This: Star Wars: Episode VII Switches Writers

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    My first thought upon reading that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are taking over script duties for Star Wars: Episode VII was: "Wuh-oh. That can't be a good sign. Why change writers unless there's a problem with the script?" Second thought: "Well at least it's not Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman."

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  5. Carrie Fisher Said She’ll Be in the Star Wars Sequels, But Let’s Not Freak Out Quite Yet

    May The Force Be With You

    OK, so, getting the important stuff covered first: Carrie Fisher was asked by the Palm Beach Illustrated whether she'd be in the Star Wars sequels, and she said, and I quote, "Yes." But here's why we should wait before breaking out the cinnamon buns in celebration:

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  6. Here’s What Mark Hamill Knows About Those Star Wars Sequel Casting Rumors

    May The Force Be With You

    We've been hearing a lot lately about the possibility of some combination of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill showing up in the Star Wars sequels. And we're taking those rumors with a massive boulder of salt, since there's been nothing close to an official announcement that any of the Original Trilogy Three will be coming back. There still isn't. But Mark Hamill said a few things to Entertainment Tonight about the possibility of Luke, Leia, and Han showing up in the sequels that made my ears perk up. Darnit, Mark. I'm trying to keep a cool head here.

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  7. Here’s How Kathleen Kennedy, Producer and Studio Exec Extraordinaire, Convinced J.J. Abrams to do Star Wars

    I will make it legal!

    The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth of profile of LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and while the whole thing is worth a read—Kennedy "know[s] the difference between a Colt .45 and a Colt .45 Gold Cup" and started dating her future husband, Raiders of the Lost Ark producer Frank Marshall, behind the back of Kennedy's long-time collaborator Steven Spielberg ("I wanted Kathy to be working with me as my assistant and Frank to be producing the movie, and never the twain shall meet," recalled Spielberg, "But you can't stop love.")—what caught my attention as an inveterate Star Wars nerd was something different. Namely, the story of the secret meetings where Kennedy got J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

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  8. I Have a Good Feeling About This: Star Wars: Episode VII Might Be Getting a Female Protagonist and a New Release Date

    May The Force Be With You

    And with the confirmation that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, the rumor mill begins spinning anew. What's the latest on the first installment in the sequel trilogy? Two things. One, it might be coming out later than 2015. And two: Rumors about a female protagonist just got a little more weight to them. Yay to both things!

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  9. Inquiring Minds Want To Know If J.J. Abrams & Jon Favreau Want In On Star Wars VII

    May The Force Be With You

    For a whole generation of nerds directors, Star Wars is the Holy Grail. They've probably dreamed about it, brainstormed what they'd do if it was handed to them, but never did they think it would become reality. Thanks to Disney buying LucasFilm, now it is. Reporters have been scrambling to get quotes from any number of people but someone finally managed to track down both J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, and more to get their thoughts. 

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  10. It’s Official: LucasFilm Confirms that Michael Arndt Will Write Star Wars: Episode VII

    May The Force Be With You

    In a short update on StarWars.com, LucasFilm has confirmed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshinewill be writing Star Wars: Episode VII, making his hiring the first of the many, many, many Star Wars-related rumors out there to be confirmed.

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