The Official Cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” Finally Announced!

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(PCM) The official cast for the J.J. Abrams’ directed sequel to 1983′s Return of the Jedi was finally released today and there are quite a few familiar names alongside some new additions to the franchise.

Disney announced plans to continue the Star Wars franchise with a new trilogy about a year and half ago after acquiring George Lucas’ company Lucasfilm for a whooping $4.05 billion.

Star Wars: Episode VII will star John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Blue Season), Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls, Frances Ha), Oscar Isaac (Drive, Inside Llewwyn Davis), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (True Grit, About Time), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, Shutter Island) will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

In a press release, J.J. Abrams said of the casting “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.”

Principal photography for the film will begin in London in May. Star Wars: Episode VII is set to open in theaters starting December 18, 2015.

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Carrie Fisher Confirms Star Wars Return

Carrie-Fisher1(PCM) Star Wars fans are really getting excited with the news that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are all set to appear in the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode VII.

Carrie Fisher recently revealed to TV Guide that she, Hamill, and Ford are all expected to be on set in March or April. The new installment of the famous George Lucas film franchise will be directed by J.J. Abrams and is set for release on December 18th, 2015.

Fisher claims she is very much looking forward to getting back into her famous role as Princess Leia and thinks it would be hilarious to wear her hair in old cinnamon bun style again, expect this time have it be white hair.

Abrams recently revealed that the script for the film has been completed and work is under way on bringing the film to life. Other actors attached to the project so far include Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Adam Driver, and perhaps Jesse Plemons, although no officical word on additional casting has been revealed.

 

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Enders Game Review

(PCM) There are a lot of challenges included in adapting a book onto the silver screen, especially one of this caliber. Many consider the novel a serious philosophical and psychological character study, with deep moral and political undertones, heavily focusing on children. Not to mention takes place in an immersive, well imagined universe. From casting to set design, for many studios this project sounded like a production nightmare with too many risks involved. But director Gavin Hood (X:Men Origins: Wolverine) boldly took on the project, and I think its fair to say the final product is highly successful.endersgame

Although i wouldn’t go as far as to say Enders Game is an oscar quality movie, there is no denying that this film is a fun and enjoyable adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s 1985 science-fiction novel of the same name. The story follows Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, recruited and trained by an International Military who seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack and lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.

As stated earlier, one of the largest challenges with adapting this story was the focus on children and dealing with a primarily younger cast. For many directors this has proven difficult, although there are exceptions. For the most part, I am happy to say Enders Game is one of them. Actually I think many people would agree that the casting is one of the reasons this movie is so enjoyable. Asa Butterfield (Hugo) gives a convincing and memorable performance as the lead role, Ender Wiggin, really pulling you in to the mentality of this slightly disturbed young man and how his environment has effected him.

The rest of the cast, primarily made up of child actors, is pretty well rounded and will surely be likable amongst the younger audience. Some of these characters are one-dimensional cliches, designed solely to keep the plot moving (i.e sprained ankle from bunk-bed fall), but never to point of distraction or bad taste. And then of course there is Harrison Ford, once again on a mission in space…

enders-game-3Ford is actually the glue that holds it all together in my opinion, delivering a great performance, and always left you wanting more. His performance in Enders Game as Colonel Graff, is a well balanced and intriguing character that steals the show in almost every scene. This confirms the theory that given the right role, Ford is still one of the most electrifying actors in the game.

In an adaptation of a book, you can’t expect to fit everything in and still hope to do the book justice, nor can you completely change everything and keep your core audience. Enders Game delivers on both fronts, portraying the themes and primary plots of the book while creating an enjoyable cinematic adaptation. All in all I would give Enders Game a 7/10, and would defiantly recommend it as a movie for the family, although it really is fun for all ages.

 

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