Star Wars 7: What will happen after The Force Awakens?
First Star Wars spin-off film 'may follow Han Solo', new leak suggests
Leaked details from a forthcoming Star Wars video game appear to suggest that the first spin-off film to follow Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens may follow the adventures of a young Han Solo.
According to StarWars7news.com, staff from Visceral Games – the developer working on the forthcoming game – have indicated that the title will be a third-person shooter starring Han Solo and may tie in with the next Star Wars movie.
StarWars7news.com's source says that "Visceral's game is about Han Solo… He also said that the programmers are all working on the informed 'guesstimation' that it is either a prequel game to the first spin-off film or may be an actual tie-in game."
The information does not precisely chime with some of the blog's other sources – many of whom believe that the first spin-off movie will star the popular bounty hunter from the original Star Wars trilogy, Boba Fett.
Also, Electronic Arts – Visceral Games's parent company – has said that it is officially "not looking to make Star Wars movie tie-ins".
EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said that the company's games will coincide with cinematic releases, but may not mimic them precisely. "We'll try to align those with the marketing power Disney has so it will get aligned with timings around the movies, but it won't necessarily be aligned with the movie," Jorgensen said.
Consequently, it is possible that the new game project could be an "extensive prequel" to the rumoured Han Solo movie, which is "likely [to] be the second spin-off", StarWars7news.com suggests.
Given the lead time for building complex video games, this is not impossible. Many of the world's most successful video games, including Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, have taken at least three years to build – and the second spin-off movie is due to be released in three years.
Star Wars 7: Bookmaker tips film to be highest grossing of 2015
Bookmaker William Hill has predicted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the highest grossing movie of 2015, outmuscling the forthcoming instalments of both the Avengers and James Bond franchises.
In its rundown of the biggest films of the year the bookmaker makes the forthcoming Disney film, directed by JJ Abrams, a huge odds-on favourite to be the most successful of the year. The other contenders are Avengers: Age of Ultron which will be the 4/1 outsider ahead of Jurassic World at 8/1 with Spectre, the new 007 film coming in fourth with odds of 9/1.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told Crunchsports.com: "After a slow year for blockbusters in 2014, it looks as though 2015 could be the best ever year for movies."
Last year, Credit Suisse's Michael Senn predicted that the film would take $1.2bn at the box office, StarWars7News.com reports. This week, Cowan & Co. projected the exact same figure. But FBR Capital Markets goes further and says the film would likely take in $700m domestically and another $1bn overseas.
Some analysts say that the hotly anticipated film may even outperform those expectations, and could go on to be the highest grossing film of all time. To do so it would have to top James Cameron's Avatar, which made $2.8bn when it was released in 2009.
Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens toys 'revealed' by fansite
A Star Wars fansite has published a list of new Hasbro toys from the forthcoming Star Wars 7 film, including new lightsabers, remote controlled droids, blasters and figurines.
Toymaker Hasbro has been tight-lipped about the products it is working on, but Star Wars news site RebelScum.com claims to have found a list of toys the company is planning to produce in time for the release of the hotly-anticipated film.
It includes an assortment of 3.75-inch figures, vehicles, top-of-the-line 'Black Series' figures aimed at collectors, Micro Machines, a remote control droid, a new Force FX lightsaber, and Nerf weapons including a new blaster.
Alongside the list of toys, RebelScum.com also released a questionable "leaked picture" (above) which purports to show five characters from the new film including Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren.
It is notable that the image features four characters who appear in the trailer that was released late last year, and a sketch of returning character Chewbacca that looks suspiciously similar to a six-inch Black Series figurine that was released by Hasbro several years ago.
In a press release, Hasbro said it would not unveil any Star Wars toys at this year's New York Toy Fair, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 14 February, although there will be some Star Wars products.
The release notes that "Hasbro will be exhibiting a variety of fun and exciting Star Wars products from across its portfolio of brands, including Star Wars action figures, Star Wars Galactic Heroes and more, [but] there will be no toys based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Star Wars Episode VII) shown at Toy Fair this year".
Star Wars 7: who are new characters Finn and Rey?
16 December 2014
Harking back to the late 1970s, Disney and Lucasfilm have released a collection of "digital trading cards" that reveal the names of some of the forthcoming Star Wars film's central characters.
The cards imply that British actor John Boyega will be playing a character named Finn, Daisy Ridley's character will be called Rey and Oscar Isaac's will be named Poe Dameron. But who on Tatooine are they?
According to online Star Wars guide Wookiepedia, Poe Dameron was an X-wing pilot 30 years after the Battle of Endor, which takes place in the final film in the series, Return of the Jedi. The site has a number of listings for characters named Finn but none for characters called Rey, other than a short entry put together from her appearance in the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
The villain seen in the trailer carrying a broadsword-like lightsaber will be named Kylo Ren. Again, Kylo Ren has no pre-existing listing in Wookiepedia, so little is known about the character's history.
A number of key cast members' characters have not yet been revealed, including those set to be played by Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis.
The first Star Wars Topps trading cards were released in 1977. They featured original characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia as well as arch-villain Darth Vader.
George Lucas, the director and creator of the Star Wars, became very rich and managed to finance the creation of his Lucasfilm production company by retaining all merchandising rights for Star Wars: A New Hope and its sequels.
The first film went on to become a huge hit, but as celebritynetworth.com notes, the real money didn't come from the box office. Between 1977 and 1978, Star Wars sold $100 million worth of toys. In the following 37 years Star Wars merchandise has generated at least $12 billion in revenue.
Click on the digital trading cards below to expand them.
Star Wars 7: Marvel to release new Star Wars comic in 2015
Capitalising on a resurgence of interest after the release of the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer two weeks ago, Marvel has announced plans for a new comic that will star some of the series' most popular characters, including Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars #1 will feature a new adventure that fills in the gaps between George Lucas's original 1977 movie A New Hope and the 1980 sequel The Empire Strikes back.
Disney, which owns both Marvel and LucasFilm, has given readers a first glimpse of the comic on the official Star Wars website.
In the three-page teaser, Solo, Leia and Skywalker appear to lay a trap for a unit of stormtroopers aboard a spaceship that bears a striking resemblance to the interior of an imperial star destroyer. Solo wears his trademark wry grin throughout the short action sequence and droid assistant R2-D2 plays a key role in the attack.
The comic's artist John Cassaday has represented the original cast members Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill as they were almost 40 years ago.
ComicBook.com suggests that the upcoming series could sell over a million copies, which would make it the top-selling single-issue comic book of the last twenty years.
The comic is due in stores 14 January 2015, while Star Wars fans will have to wait until the following December to see The Force Awakens.
A survey conducted by Cineworld found that cinema-goers consider Star Wars Episode 7 the most unmissable film of 2015, ahead of Fifty Shades of Grey and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Star Wars 7 trailer: Boyega in #BlackStormtrooper row
Star Wars 7 actor John Boyega weighed in on a brewing social media storm over his appearance in the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer as a "black stormtrooper" with four carefully chosen words: "Get used to it."
Some YouTube viewers took to the comment form below the trailer to question whether it is possible for there to be black stormtroopers, while others posted racist comments, CNN reports.
In a short statement on Instagram, Boyega issued a short reply thanking some fans for their support, while telling critics to get used to the idea of a non-white stormtrooper.
Many Twitter users soon began using the hashtag #BlackStormtrooper to offer their support to Boyega.
Black Stormtrooper criticism? They'll accept an alien-filled galaxy powered by 'force' but they're not having a black man in uniform?
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) November 30, 2014
Love how there's "controversy" over a #BlackStormtrooper. Even in a galaxy far far away black people exist and can be dynamic characters too
— Joseph Oteng (@drjotengii) November 29, 2014
Some people thought best to combat the insults with humour.
Typical. Sending young black men to die in wars started by old white/orange-black siths. #BlackStormtrooper
— Keith Ng (@keith_ng) December 1, 2014
Others saw a parallel with the row surrounding Ridley Scott's forthcoming biblical film, Exodus: Gods and Kings.
— Nestlé Snipes (@ChocnessMonsta) December 1, 2014
Many of the original YouTube commenters queried whether it would be possible to have a black stormtrooper considering that the army raised by Emperor Palpatine in the prequel films was made up entirely of clones of Jengo Fett, an ethnic "Mandalorian" warrior who was played by New Zealand-born actor Temuera Morrison.
However, as CNN notes, according to the Star Wars mythos, in the years following the Clone Wars, stormtroopers came to be recruited from across the galaxy, making it possible for the soldiers to be of any race. Also, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker both masqueraded as stormtroopers during a daring raid to save Princess Leia in the original 1977 film.
With no further trailers planned for release any times soon, and the film a full year away, fans will have to wait patiently for more clues as to why Boyega's character is seen wearing the famous white armour.
Star Wars 7: First preview of The Force Awakens
After months of feverish anticipation, the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally arrived.
The 90-second trailer opens with a desert landscape, similar to the dunes of Tatooine where fans were first introduced to the original trilogy's hero, Luke Skywalker.
"There has been an awakening," a voiceover says. "Have you felt it?"
Moments later British actor John Boyega appears on screen in what looks like imperial storm trooper's armour. The screen soon fills with flashes of clone warriors, and droids backed by with the familiar strings of composer John Williams.
The trailer also features Daisy Ridley, the forthcoming film's other young star, riding a rust-coloured jet bike.
However, the real stars of the trailer are some of Star Wars' original vehicles including Tie fighters, X-wings and a return of "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" – the Millennium Falcon.
The trailer confirms the existence of a new villain, a cloak-clad enemy who wields a huge light-saber the size of a broadsword. An image of the character holding the imposing weapon was leaked to the public last month.
The trailer builds to a rousing finale featuring the yellow Star Wars logo with Williams' horn-driven force theme blaring behind it.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled to open in December 2015.