It could be that we don’t have much longer to wait until the director for “Star Wars: Episode VII” is announced. There have been few details revealed about the project since it was first announced at the end of October, but now a mini-update could clue us in on when we’ll be finding out a lot more about the highly anticipated film.
“I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say,” Kathleen Kennedy told ABC News Radio during a recent interview.
We’d hope so, since the new Lucasfilm president went on to say that pre-production on the movie will begin in the spring. At this rate, we’ll likely find out everything about the movie all at once instead of having it trickle in at a slow rate. Disney seems to be working on this project very carefully, since fans seem hesitant to get excited about a new “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. One wrong move, and the company could be looking at working back good public opinion instead of building the hype around the project even higher.
While we are interested in learning who the director is going to be, we’re also dying to know how — and if — the original stars of the series are going to be involved. Following the initial news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and was prepping a “Star Wars: Episodes VII,” “VIII” and “IX,” a rumor came out claiming that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will all come back for more. That’s neither been confirmed nor denied, but we know at least Samuel L. Jackson wants to be involved again.
Michael Arndt is writing a script for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” while it’s been reported that Laurence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on “Star Wars” spinoff films. The movie is slated to come out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. Matthew Vaughn seems to be the most likely choice for the man chosen to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all. Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.
1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series
The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes! Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?
2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.
Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.
3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series
The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.
4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man
After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
5. Molly/Sam, Ghost
When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.
When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.
6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black
It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.
Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.
7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings
On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.
Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?
8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood
True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).
In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.
9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series
There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.
Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!
10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.
But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.
While we’re still waiting to find out whether Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will be officially returning for the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, there is a line of actors who played secondary characters in that universe lining up to say that they want another slice of the “Star Wars” universe. Chief among them is Samuel L. Jackson, who recently came forward to say that he absolutely wants to have a role in the forthcoming movies.
Jackson served as the Spike VGAs host during this year’s awards show, and he was asked about his response to the news that Disney bought Lucasfilm and is prepping more “Star Wars” movies while he walked the red carpet. It turns out that Jackson was pretty excited by the news.
“I’m not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more ‘Star Wars,'” Jackson told E! News. “It’s like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I’m dead and we’ll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die.”
When asked if he wanted a role in the upcoming movie, Jackson was totally on board. We aren’t quite sure how the story is going to get around the fact that he wasn’t present in the original trilogy, but he seems to have faith that they’ll find a way.
“I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care. I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won’t because I’ve been in three of them,” he said.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. There have been no directors chosen for any of the movies, though Matthew Vaughn could helm “Episode VII,” and no confirmed actors — new or returning — despite a plethora of rumors. It’s been reported that there could be two spinoff films in the works as well.
Would you want to see Mace Windu return in the new movie? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned from sources close to the “Star Wars” movies that Kasdan and Kinberg are actually writing separate projects within the series’ universe. “Their scripts could turn into official ‘Episodes’ in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters,” the site explains.
This was something Disney CEO Bob Iger had said when the purchase of Lucasfilm was first announced. The plan was to have a new “Star Wars” film come out “every two to three years,” and they wouldn’t necessarily all be within the next trilogy. It seems as though Disney’s plan is to expand, not just continue, the “Star Wars” film series, much like the studio did with Marvel.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. There have been no directors chosen for any of the movies, though Matthew Vaughn could helm “Episode VII,” and no confirmed actors — new or returning — despite a plethora of rumors.
Would you rather see these writers focus on the sequel trilogy or other “Star Wars” films? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.