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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

Soulskill posted about 6 months ago | from the starring dept.

Star Wars Prequels 325

eldavojohn writes: "Word was leaking this week of some familiar faces in London hanging out together. Finally today an official cast listing for Star Wars Episode VII was handed down from on high to us mere mortals (Google Cache and Onion AV recap available). From the short release, 'Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.' Let's not bicker and argue about who shot first but instead come to an agreement on expected levels of almost certain disappointment. No, this will not feature the Expanded Universe (EU) — you can now refer to those tales as 'Legends' which are not part of Star Wars canon. Instead prepare yourself for what will likely be the mother of all retcon films."

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Looks like the site has been /.ed (1)

probain (206453) | about 6 months ago | (#46870943)

It's been a while since a site got hit by /. this bad. Site offline atm

Re:Looks like the site has been /.ed (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871063)

aka it was reddited and twitter...'ed? The internet is a lot larger than slashdot these days, it appeared en masse elsewhere first.

True (5, Interesting)

probain (206453) | about 6 months ago | (#46871339)

Maybe it was just me who was hoping that it wasn't a thing of the past.

May the first post be with me (5, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | about 6 months ago | (#46870945)

No?

Re:May the first post be with me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871145)

Almost. More gusto. *fists clenched* Nooooo!!!!!!!!

I Shot First (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46870955)

And got first post

Re:I Shot First (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871321)

And got first post

No Greedo, you did not. ;-)

Certain Disappointment (4, Informative)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 6 months ago | (#46870967)

I am disappointed that they are even making another Star Wars "film."

Re:Certain Disappointment (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46870993)

I just can't get enough of that zany Jar Jar.

Re:Certain Disappointment (3, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | about 6 months ago | (#46871683)

I have to admit, there was one episode of Clone Wars where the writers made good use of Jar Jar (the clone troopers effective used his as a bomb to take out the enemy - sadly, only a metaphorical bomb).

Re:Certain Disappointment (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 months ago | (#46871011)

Then this isn't the thread you are looking for, move along.

Re:Certain Disappointment (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 6 months ago | (#46871093)

Same here. The movie storyline was fairly compactly wrapped up. More movies feels like a money grab. I was interested in the prequels and seeing the Republic in its former glory, but more SW movies feels like a comic movie sequel where they wheel out another villain.

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 6 months ago | (#46871237)

Theoretically, the first three they created told a story from beginning to end too. It's like complaining about LOTR because the Hobbit ended quite thoroughly(books, not movies).

Eh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871861)

It's more like attempting to do a dozen full-length, theatre-released feature films based on the Silmarillion, having already done Lord of the Rings, and butchered The Hobbit into multiple movies because money.

I preemptively grant potential exception to Disney though, because I enjoyed the hell out of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Also, completely unrelated, Frozen.

I have hopes that they could potentially make up for the complete shit that were Lucas' prequels. So this could be a potential "Oh god, we're sorry, what have we done? Oh god. Oh god. Sorry. Can we have some money, if you forgive us?"

Eh, I like charity cases. Damned altruism.

Re:Certain Disappointment (2)

CRCulver (715279) | about 6 months ago | (#46871285)

I was interested in the prequels and seeing the Republic in its former glory, but more SW movies feels like a comic movie sequel where they wheel out another villain.

Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy starting with Heir to the Empire [amazon.com] , the first major post-Return of the Jedi book in the Extended Universe, was "wheeling out another villain". However, it was believable in the context of the overthrow of the Empire, since history has often shown generals refusing to accept the downfall of their employer and fighting on for the old cause.

I'm not worried about wheeling out another villain per se, but rather it being done clumsily and with an eye mainly to tie-in marketing.

Re:Certain Disappointment (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 6 months ago | (#46871223)

You aren't "certain" it's going to be a dissapointment before the movie is made. It's not like the first three were made, perfectly, by God himself. Furthermore, if it's terrible and you call it in advance, congratulations! You get to say "I called it!" to all the zero people who care.

(Pointless cynicism is a pet peeve of mine)

Re:Certain Disappointment (2)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 6 months ago | (#46871371)

Cynicism is never pointless.

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

xevioso (598654) | about 6 months ago | (#46871461)

It is always only entirely pointless.

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 6 months ago | (#46871701)

Its called lowering standards. If you expect bad movies, its easier to actually enjoy them. If you expect great movies, its easy to be disapointed. Most people aren't very good at approaching a given subject with objectivity.

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

lgw (121541) | about 6 months ago | (#46871717)

Does Lucas have any creative input for these? Certain disappointment, if that's the case.

Abrams is a schlocky hack, but you know, these films are supposed to be schlock, so I'm with you in cautious optimism.

Re:Certain Disappointment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871627)

I, for one, am looking forward to this. Okay, 1, 2, and 3 sucked, but I thought JJ Abrams did a kick ass job on the Star Trek reboot they have the original cast coming back. It's not like Harrison Ford needs the money, so I can't imagine he'd sign on if it wasn't a good part (although what Samuel Jackson was thinking, I don't know).

So we have all the basement dwelling slashdot neckbeard starwars purists whining about another episode, but you know that everyone here will be standing in line to see it.

Re:Certain Disappointment (5, Funny)

Wain13001 (1119071) | about 6 months ago | (#46872041)

It's not like Harrison Ford needs the money, so I can't imagine he'd sign on if it wasn't a good part.

Did you watch Kingdom of The Crystal Skull?

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 6 months ago | (#46871675)

Then don't watch it. You are completely free to watch the original trilogy, in their original versions, on laserdisc, over and over again.

JJ Abrams did a good job with the new Star Trek movies. The prequel trilogy was ruined by George Lucas. With him out of the picture, I'm cautiously optimistic.

Re:Certain Disappointment (5, Insightful)

Toshito (452851) | about 6 months ago | (#46871939)

JJ Abrams did a good job with the new Star Trek movies

What? Are you high? He fucking ruined it.

He turned an intelligent show, an universe wich could be used to adress some core questions of humanity and morality, and turned it into boring action films.

Great if you don't like to think for yourself and just want to be entertained.

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

B33rNinj4 (666756) | about 6 months ago | (#46872015)

Amen to this!

Re:Certain Disappointment (0, Troll)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 6 months ago | (#46872027)

How dare movies be entertaining, right?

Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, asked us such through provoking questions about...whales...or something.

Re:Certain Disappointment (1)

B33rNinj4 (666756) | about 6 months ago | (#46871731)

The more time that hack Abrams spends on Star Wars means less time he has to screw up Star Trek even more than he already has.

Han won't move first this time around... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46870969)

Han: "Back in my day, we had to go through asteroid fields all the time! Right, Chewie?"

Chewie: (asleep) "ZZZZZ"

Han: "Now get offa my lawn!"

WTF slashdot (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871001)

Multiple Autoplay ads while unattended and minimized?

I come back into office and my computer is yacking away.

Good bye dickheads

Re:WTF slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871067)

You can see ads? I almost forgot what those were like... Perhaps you shouldn't be using the internet...

Re:WTF slashdot (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | about 6 months ago | (#46871257)

You can see ads? I almost forgot what those were like... Perhaps you shouldn't be using the internet...

Gosh I guess, I've just reinstalled a now Win7 OS (clean) and using the basics, a 455 line HOSTS file from
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/ho... [mvps.org] and no ads (something works better as my old HOSTS file blocks too much).

Re:WTF slashdot (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871107)

AdBlock + NoScript--your best friends for surfing.

Re:WTF slashdot (3, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 6 months ago | (#46871445)

AdBlock + NoScript--your best friends for surfing.

If you block ads on slashdot, do you see anything at all?

Re:WTF slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871259)

In other news, I just got promoted.

Thanks Slashdot!

so? (0, Troll)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | about 6 months ago | (#46871035)

It's a fucking movie. IT's going to violate its previous mythologic narratives? It was MADE UP by writers. IT doesn't matter. It will still be a crap movie.

Re:so? (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about 6 months ago | (#46871139)

It's a fucking movie. IT's going to violate its previous mythologic narratives? It was MADE UP by writers. IT doesn't matter. It will still be a crap movie.

Well thank you very much, Mr. . . . uh . . . Spoilsport.

Re:so? (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 months ago | (#46871173)

OTOH it's a thread about something you claim not to care about, and yet you post here.

BTW +1 for the Fireside reference. :)

Re:so? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871615)

Giving your opinion about something you don't care about and caring about that something are two different things.

Re:so? (3, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#46871249)

The narrative is the entire point. It's a movie.

If you want me to become emotionally invested in your story, you can't just suddenly say "Ignore everything I've been telling you for the past 30 years"

Re:so? (3, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | about 6 months ago | (#46871457)

These aren't the memories you're looking for.

Re:so? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871575)

If you want me to become emotionally invested in your story, you can't just suddenly say "Ignore everything I've been telling you for the past 30 years"

No, he's saying "All those fanfic novels you bought? Don't expect me to honor some random storyline from them."

Example: I do not expect Kyle Katarn to show up in any of these movies, and he was written by LucasArts. I expect there would be some excessive trademark wars if the scriptwriters tried to include any third-party characters in the story. On the other hand, Disney was capable of getting Capcom, Nintendo, Sega and a half dozen other game companies to approve use of their characters in a single movie, so maybe they'd have enough clout to get a scene with a high ranking Chiss tossed in to both tease the EU crowd and show the divergence of megaplot.

Re:so? (2)

Rakarra (112805) | about 6 months ago | (#46872135)

If you want me to become emotionally invested in your story, you can't just suddenly say "Ignore everything I've been telling you for the past 30 years"

This isn't a change of existing policy. All along has been the understanding that only the movies are considered part of Lucasfilm canon.
  Other people can write as many stories as they want, but that doesn't mean "it happened" in the official universe.

Re:so? (4, Insightful)

schnell (163007) | about 6 months ago | (#46871419)

Why all the snark and angst? The story submission dripped with unwarranted sarcasm ("cast list... handed down to us mere mortals?" What, you wanted them to consult you first?) and negativity ("mother of all retcon films" - the stupid EU stuff was never really canon to be retconned).

I know everyone was disappointed by Episodes 1-3, but let's get over it and give the new movies a chance. Oh, and for the record, yes Episode 1 was utter trash except for about 15 minutes, but Episode 2 was at least marginal and Episode 3 was a decent movie. Attribute all this to George Lucas being a changed person/storyteller and having nobody looking over his shoulder to say "George, that's a stupid idea." (Who elects a queen? And who elects a 14-year-old girl to anything? Oh, and why do you want to prevent Jedis from having kids when using the Force is apparently an inherited trait?) We can all go on about what was wrong with the first three movies, but they were not collectively the unmitigated disaster people love to claim.

I don't think that anyone can deny that George Lucas, in recent years, was an absolutely terrible steward of his own creations - basically "nothing going on" with Star Wars except for an awful animated TV show and EU novels that were a perpetual crapshoot in terms of quality. Star Wars was stagnant and heading downhill in terms of ever building on its legacy. Besides, the EU had run its course - the last novel I read had Han, Luke and Leia running around blowing things up while they practically needed scooters to get around, and the series failed to deliver a really compelling new generation of characters to care about (maybe except Jagged Fel and Ben Skywalker's Sith pseudo-girlfriend).

So the EU was done, George Lucas had run the Star Wars empire into the ground, and it was time to start fresh. There's a new sheriff in town, and I'm OK with that. I know this is heresy here, but I actually liked what J.J. Abrams did with the Star Trek reboot. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt with the new Star Wars movies. Yes, I will go into the theater in December 2015 with managed expectations but I don't understand everyone piling on and assuming they will be terrible.

Re:so? (2)

CRCulver (715279) | about 6 months ago | (#46871617)

the stupid EU stuff was never really canon to be retconned).

The Star Wars Extended Universe was considered canon to a large degree. To quote from the Wikipedia article:

George Lucas retains artistic control over the Star Wars universe. For example, the death of central characters and similar changes in the status quo must first pass his screening before authors are given the go-ahead. In addition, Lucasfilm Licensing devotes efforts to ensure continuity between the works of various authors across companies.

That degree of coordination and the involvement of studio figures really set Star Wars publications apart from Star Trek. For the latter, Paramount and the TV and film writers were pretty upfront about the fact that Pocket Books' Star Trek novels, while authorized, had bugger-all to do with the canon.

So, after many years of tie-in products being seen as a part of a whole, it is understandable that the decision of Disney to junk all that disappoints longtime fans.

Re:so? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871909)

a decent movie

If Episode 3 was a decent movie, someone get me Hollywood.

And all the Oscars in every category go to.... Christopher Lambert. For Druids.

Episode 3 was painful. I've seen elementary school plays with better acting.

Good luck with you FanFic, Disney (0)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about 6 months ago | (#46871037)

Be sure to include lots of 'plosions and farting aliens!

These are NOT... (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46871061)

These are not the actors you are looking for... (Or the story, writers, or director .....)

You KNOW that after 6 movies of declining quality and a host of spin off cartoons of horrible quality, this can go only one way. I'm already disappointed that they didn't leave the story alone after the first three (i.e. Star Wars, Empire, Return). What can they do now? Invent another alien character like JarJar Binks? PLEASE NOOOOOOooooooo!!!

Re:These are NOT... (2)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 6 months ago | (#46871083)

C'mon, they have Gollum in this one. How can they go wrong?

Re:These are NOT... (2)

meta-monkey (321000) | about 6 months ago | (#46871403)

Who do think is doing the motion capture for Jar Jar?

Re:These are NOT... (2)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 6 months ago | (#46871953)

Opening scenes of Star Wars Episode VII: An older Jar-Jar Binks walks through Mos Eisley and says "Meesa so glad me made it past all that craziness unharmed."

Out of nowhere, Gollum jumps on top of Jar-Jar and dismembers him shouting "You ruined my Precious!!!"

The Cantina band stops playing for a bit to watch the spectacle but soon starts up again. Wipe over to the main story after audience applause.

Re:These are NOT... (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46872059)

You forgot the start of the Title sequence...

A long time ago, In a galaxy far far away..... (pause)

Re:These are NOT... (3, Insightful)

rudy_wayne (414635) | about 6 months ago | (#46871131)

Episode VII is the movie they should have made years ago. Instead, we got the godawful prequels and now all the original cast is a hundred years old and will be lucky to get through filming without needing paramedics standing by at all times.

Re:These are NOT... (1)

HairyNevus (992803) | about 6 months ago | (#46871443)

Pretty much this. If the series was going to be milked further, it should have gone forward, not backward*. Oh well, a bunch of people will pay $10-$35 to see it. That's all the people pulling the strings care about

*(upward, not forward. whirling towards freedom, etc)

Re:These are NOT... (1)

Tough Love (215404) | about 6 months ago | (#46871985)

Oh well, a bunch of people will pay $10-$35 to see it.

That would not include me. I'm saving my grocery money for The Matrix, part IV.

Re:These are NOT... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 months ago | (#46871149)

Empire and Jedi are both better then than Ep. 4

Re:These are NOT... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871241)

Max von Sydow? Not the actor I'm looking for?

Yeah, complain about Lucas's direction, complain about the script, fret over the time wasted, but don't tell me I don't want him around.

Re:These are NOT... (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 6 months ago | (#46871369)

Hey, the cartoons by Genndy Tartakovsky were good.

Re:These are NOT... (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 6 months ago | (#46871521)

You KNOW that after 6 movies of declining quality

Really? I have them like this:

1. V. Empire

2. IV. Star Wars

3. III. Sith

4. II. Clones

5. VI. Jedi

6. I. Phantom Menace

Hardly declining quality. And who knows? Maybe these will be awesome... The recent Star Trek movies are certainly better than the old ones.

Re:These are NOT... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871761)

And who knows? Maybe these will be awesome... The recent Star Trek movies are certainly better than the old ones.

The recent Trek movies are the worst pieces of camel dung I have ever seen. They are an abomination of sub-par pulp just like every thing else JJ Abrams has done. He is by far the most overrated producer/directer in ages. Him and Michael Bay can rot in a cesspool of excrement.

Re:These are NOT... (1)

B33rNinj4 (666756) | about 6 months ago | (#46872175)

To be fair, the most-recent, non-Abrams Trek films were pretty bad. Insurrection and Nemesis had terrible plots, and paled in quality when compared to First Contact. I had hoped that Abrams could reboot the franchise and take it in an entirely new direction. Sadly, he opted for a cheap way out. Now, a Michael Bay Star Trek...that has some potential.

Re:These are NOT... (1)

lgw (121541) | about 6 months ago | (#46871805)

I liked Jedi the best, myself. If you just squint and pretend the ewoks are wookies, it's really a good film. I found the pacing on Empire plodding, and the whole last act boring whenever Vader wasn't on the screen.

But then, I also thought Phantom Menace was acceptable - not as good as IV, but not that bad. The plot was a hopeless tangle that made no kind of sense but the individual scenes were entertaining. Not like Clones and Sith which each had the worst direction in any movie ever (yes, each was worse than the other in a recursive loop of infinite suck).

Re:These are NOT... (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46871991)

I'm with you on your #1 and #2, but I thought Jedi was better than the episodes that came after the original trilogy. It might be that I didn't see the last three installments in theater but on DVD later. Actually, I only saw Empire and Jedi in theater, so I actually saw the original film after the last two.

Where I thought the prequels where interesting, and I generally enjoyed them, I found the inconsistencies in the story line way too distracting, not to mention all the new aliens they invented where even more trumped up than the original three. But hey, if you like them, feel free to watch them.

Lucas Banned For Life from Star Wars Franchise (1)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about 6 months ago | (#46871079)

The moves, announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, are the most severe sanctions the league has ever levied against a Franchise owner.

The worst part... (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about 6 months ago | (#46871105)

The most heart-wrenching part of the polygon article was finding out that Amy Hennig was going to be working on a new Star Wars game, but it'll be published by those bastards at EA.

After her work on LOK, I would have loved to see what came of that...

Re:The worst part... (1)

Drethon (1445051) | about 6 months ago | (#46871271)

Well these days it seems like EA is buying all the best developers

Re:The worst part... (2)

Torp (199297) | about 6 months ago | (#46871905)

EA is buying all the best developers and turning them into a steaming pile of shit.
See Bioware and Popcap.

set it low (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 6 months ago | (#46871117)

Well, at least it has live human people and not animations or 100% robots or dogs or some crazy crap like that.

Re:set it low (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 months ago | (#46871143)

Has live humans? Did you not read Harrison Ford will be in it?

At this point they could animate it and it would still be awesome.
In fact, they could redo the whole thing with animation.

Re:set it low (1)

CRCulver (715279) | about 6 months ago | (#46871201)

Well, at least it has live human people and not animations or 100% robots or dogs or some crazy crap like that.

R2D2 and C3PO are already confirmed. Also, Andy Serkis is a motion capture actor and so there will probably be a Jar Jar-like digital character in the film.

Re:set it low (2)

St.Creed (853824) | about 6 months ago | (#46871319)

... Also, Andy Serkis is a motion capture actor and so there will probably be a Jar Jar-like digital character in the film.

Aaarrrggghhhhh!!!!!

Re:set it low (1)

lgw (121541) | about 6 months ago | (#46871857)

Andy has also acted as himself, and he's fine. He's also a good voice actor.

Trivia: what movie has Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman? No, not a LORT/XMen crossover, amusing as that might be.

Hey Slashdot -- change the helptext for R2-D2 (1)

neo-mkrey (948389) | about 6 months ago | (#46871133)

To 'Star Wars Sequels'.

Thanks,
Everyone

Most fandoms would be furious (4, Insightful)

gman003 (1693318) | about 6 months ago | (#46871135)

Most fandoms would be furious at literally the entire storyline beyond six films being tossed aside, and new sequels commissioned using only a handful of the original actors and one original writer.

*Most* fandoms didn't have to go through the prequel trilogy and a series of bad retconny rereleases being made by the original creator himself.

Add the fact that the SWEU is remarkably uneven in quality - while some parts are downright brilliant, there's wide swaths of crap that were still canon because the movies didn't contradict it - and I can completely understand why the general fan reaction to this is "cautious optimism" or "reserved pessimism" rather than nerd rage (there's *some* nerd rage, but not much). My own response is "interested apathy" - it might be good, but I really just can't force myself to care anymore, not the way I used to.

Re:Most fandoms would be furious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46872001)

Most fandoms would be furious at literally the entire storyline beyond six films being tossed aside, and new sequels commissioned using only a handful of the original actors and one original writer.

*Most* fandoms didn't have to go through the prequel trilogy and a series of bad retconny rereleases being made by the original creator himself.

Add the fact that the SWEU is remarkably uneven in quality - while some parts are downright brilliant, there's wide swaths of crap that were still canon because the movies didn't contradict it - and I can completely understand why the general fan reaction to this is "cautious optimism" or "reserved pessimism" rather than nerd rage (there's *some* nerd rage, but not much). My own response is "interested apathy" - it might be good, but I really just can't force myself to care anymore, not the way I used to.

At the end of the day, is it really that big of a deal? Why can't the fandoms just consider the original six and the expanded universe on their own and view these new films separately ("same universe different story")? If someone can't enjoy the movie because it breaks continuity from an expanded universe book that most people have never read, then it's likely that there is nothing anyone can do to satisfy such people. Personally, I would rather have a good new trilogy reboot than another prequel disaster that complies with the expanded universe.

I agree with the statement that trying to comply with the expanded universe would limit the creativity of these new movies. Think about it. Seriously. To comply with the expanded universe means that they would have to comply with three decades of books, comics, and video games.

I for one... (1, Funny)

Guano_Jim (157555) | about 6 months ago | (#46871147)

...am looking forward to Andy Serkis' mocap performance of Jar Jar's light saber seppuku.

JJ Abrams Direction (4, Funny)

danbert8 (1024253) | about 6 months ago | (#46871151)

He already tried turning Star Trek into Star Wars, now they are giving him that franchise to ruin too... Star Wars, now with 5000% more lens flare!

does vegas have a line yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871163)

which will suck worse:

Ep VII or Glen Larson's Galactica movie?

I'm going to go w/the later b/c it's got so much further to fall (from Moore's BSG vs Ep I-III)

Star Wars, now with Lens Flare (5, Insightful)

tekrat (242117) | about 6 months ago | (#46871181)

A long time ago in a galaxy... (unreadable due to lens flare)
STAR (unreadable due to lens flare) ....
Princess Leia (unreadable due to lens flare)....

Spaceship... (unwatchable due to lens flare)
Monster/special effects, jiggly camerawork. Things happen in film for no logical reason and plot holes you could fly the death star through....

This *is* a JJ Abhrams movie after all....

Re:Star Wars, now with Lens Flare (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 months ago | (#46871225)

In the second ST movie* he toned it down a lot. I hope that he keeps that trend. There is a place for them, the bridge of a ship is not it.

*Great sci-fi movie, horrid ST movie.

Re:Star Wars, now with Lens Flare (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871743)

Forgot to include massive explosion and camera shake.

Han didn't shoot first. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871191)

Han shooting first means there was a shot fired second. There wasn't. Therefore Han didn't shoot first, he just shot.

Kenny Baker. (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 months ago | (#46871209)

Thank god they got Kenny Baker. I would hate to see someone else we can't see inside a metal can that makes beeping noises.

I wonder if they got the same key grip?

Re:Kenny Baker. (2)

rossdee (243626) | about 6 months ago | (#46871531)

You'd think that by now they could make a real R2 robot, and not have to have a person inside.

Directed by ... (0)

PPH (736903) | about 6 months ago | (#46871221)

... Alan Smithee. Staring George Spelvin.

Harrison Ford (1)

flogger (524072) | about 6 months ago | (#46871229)

With Ford's last two movies, a cardboard cutout of him in his 40's would have done a better job than he did. His performance in Ender's Game was horrendous (don;t blame the script Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis did great with what they were given.) Hopefully Harrison Ford's reprisal will be Han Solo sitting in a Laser-Rocker in the old folks asteroid telling stories of who shot first to you bantha fodderlings.

Harrison Ford - 42 (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about 6 months ago | (#46871333)

Perhaps, IJ4 and Ender's Game Mr. Ford was weak. But he was amazing in the recent Jackie Robinson film 42.

Re:Harrison Ford (1)

Boronx (228853) | about 6 months ago | (#46871401)

Am I the only one who liked that movie? It was one of Ford's few good turns in recent years.

Re:Harrison Ford (1)

xevioso (598654) | about 6 months ago | (#46871489)

No, I actually loved him in Ender's Game. He certainly does still have it.

Mother of All Retcon Films NOT!!!! (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about 6 months ago | (#46871309)

First off, in most of canon, books are rarely considered canon. (ie: Star Trek, etc) there are a few exceptions, like Babylon 5 where JMS took an active hand in things.

But frankly, I am so so so thankful that they are NOT doing the whole Skywalker Twins, Thrawn, etc. I never liked where those stories went. And so while you may be disappointed. I am sighing a huge sigh of relief.

And retcon, was the silly stuff they did in the prequels. I think JJ Abrams will be a bit more mindful. That said, I kind of would like to see some soft ties to a few of the prequels. Aliens pictured...or about the Gungan genocide that wiped out the entire race. Etc.

 

Re:Mother of All Retcon Films NOT!!!! (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 6 months ago | (#46871577)

Lucasfilm actually had a person whose ENTIRE job was maintaining canon through all the properties for over 20 years. MANY novel and comic ideas were turned down because she said no.

It's really too bad Lucas himself didn't have to listen to her. With those constraints, we might have had a better movie (Boba Fett is just yet another Stormtrooper... Um, OK I guess...(disappointment...))

Global warming (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871341)

Should be interesting to see how they wrap Star Wars around "climate change." Doubtless there will be some cute, fuzzy species suffering the over-heated environment of an exploited planet as they stare pitifully from their bushes at the throbbing machines of industry. The Jedi will blow up another huge Trade Federation command ship and then dispatch white, municipal looking Gaia ships to fix the atmosphere as the credits roll. Scenes from the Galactic Senate will provide ample opportunities for self-flagellating lectures about the environment.

You know that's what they're going to do.

Re:Global warming (1)

MildlyTangy (3408549) | about 6 months ago | (#46872053)

You talk about saving the planet like its a bad thing.

Why is that?

Future not hard to see it is (2)

portwojc (201398) | about 6 months ago | (#46871517)

If there is one thing Disney is good at it's their ability to take someone else's work and run with it.

I'm just not going to get used..... (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 6 months ago | (#46871621)

... to the idea of a star wars film beginning without John Williams conducting the LSO, playing the 20th Century Fox opening them that then leads into the main title.

Stop whining, you old farts! (3, Insightful)

Cabriel (803429) | about 6 months ago | (#46871689)

You know how you can retain your good memories of Star Wars? Don't watch the movies. As for the rest of us who never read the books and thought the original movies were a range of merely okay to pretty dismal, let us watch these new movies in equally okay to dismal peace.

Re:Stop whining, you old farts! (4, Funny)

greg1104 (461138) | about 6 months ago | (#46871873)

On my lawn, you are.

Dear Young'uns (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871923)

Get your own fucking pop culture.

Sincerely,
Old Farts

JJ Abrams (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46871809)

no thanks hack ruined star trek i'm not going to watch him ruin another sci fi universe

fuck you J.J. Abrams stop ruining good scifi and just stick to crappy action movies

What, what? (1)

celebril (3620861) | about 6 months ago | (#46871879)

Episode VII? But they haven't even done the Episodes I-III yet! I do hope they don't screw them up, though. The first 3 episodes (by which I mean Episodes IV-VI) had so much promise.

No Benedict Cumberbatch? (4, Funny)

BenSchuarmer (922752) | about 6 months ago | (#46871965)

I thought he had to be in everything these days
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