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Star Wars casts two new actors in Episode VII.

Young actors Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson were discovered during open casting calls for Star Wars Episode VII. Both are new to this kind of big-name film franchise, with Clarke making her film debut next year (in a mermaid fantasy movie called The Moon and the Sun), and Anderson working as a professional freerunner thanks to his YouTube channel full of parkour videos. 


When I first read the script, I thought, that’s the part to be, always wry and sardonic… I feel like a lot of the time Leia’s either worried or pissed or, thank God, sort of snarky.”

“I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt,” she added. “They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That’s the best time I ever had as an actor. And the only reason to go into acting is if you can kill a giant monster.

Disney rould rather have a random Stormtrooper as an action figure than Princess Leia

The new line of Star Wars figures include Luke Skywalker and Han Solo but leave out Princess Leia, who is as much of a main character in the trilogy as the others. Instead the other figures are Darth Vader and a nameless Stormtrooper. Many of the comments question where Leia is in the line. One commenter asked, “Are they trying to connect with all kinds of Star Wars fans or just their middle-aged male selves?”

Little girls can definitely play with these action figures despite the lack of Leia, but when you look at the Disney Store online they only appear when you click the boy gender category. In fact, within the Star Wars toys and apparel there is no girl gender category at all. When you search by gender, five items for women pop up. These items include gender neutral products including iPhone cases, a mini glass, and lunch tote. The only women-specific item is a 77 tee. The only products featuring Princess Leia include a book titled Vader’s Little Princess, a LEGO figure in the Millennium Falcon set, and appearances on a wall decal and T-shirt along with other characters.

[I got 99 products but a princess ain’t one]

J.J. Abrams just posted a video from the Star Wars set, and no, it isn’t another selfie clip where nothing happens at all. It’s actually pretty exciting.

Abrams is here to tell us about an opportunity to win a cameo role in the new movie. Not only that, but the video gives us our first look at one of the new Star Wars sets: a desert marketplace, presumably on Tatooine.


JJ Abrams’ personal note to the Star Wars cast

May the force of a beloved industry-smashing, Disney-backed, high-budgeted Hollywood production be with you.

JJ Abrams’ personal note to the Star Wars cast

May the force of a beloved industry-smashing, Disney-backed, high-budgeted Hollywood production be with you.

There's still one more Star Wars actress to be announced. Could it be Lupita Nyong'o?

Where are the women in the new 'Star Wars' cast?

hellotailor breaks it down:

Why is the new Star Wars cast such a sausagefest?


So the new Star Wars cast has just been announced, and it’s a total sausagefest.

Of the seven new actors who will star in Episode VII, only one is a woman. And this is after J.J. Abrams and his writing team were slammed for failing to include more female characters in the Star Trek franchise. Cast lists like this are the reason why Joss Whedon was heralded as a feminist hero for managing to include two whole women in The Avengers.

For everyone who says that it’s ridiculous to criticize a movie before it’s even started filming: I know, I know. I should reserve judgment on the new Star Wars until I’ve actually seen it. 

But is J.J. Abrams really worth the benefit of the doubt?

While we don’t know for sure whether more women will be added to the final Star Wars cast list, there’s one thing today’s announcement tells us: that J.J. Abrams really does not care what you think. It takes a serious effort to spend years working on a movie of this magnitude, only to come up with a cast of characters that is 85 percent male.

J.J. Abrams’s vision of Star Wars is a dystopia far more disturbing than anything Darth Vader could have hoped for: a universe where, without any real explanation, the vast majority of women are somewhere far, far away.


Yet this day, the magic was different. It started when I looked up and saw the white armor of Imperial Stormtroopers guarding the gates, then every light post had a Star Wars banner hanging from it. The main stage below the Fantasia hat was home to a life-size Han in carbonite guarded by Boba Fett. We visited Darth Mall’s, the memorabilia shop set up for the weekends. As we walked around the park, we checked out the many Star Wars character photo ops and, of course, we rode Star Tours as well as other rides.

Then there were the shows. That’s where I got my first glimpse at the extraordinary vocal talent of the great James Arnold Taylor, through his stage show Obi-Wan and Beyond, the show Stars of the Saga where he interviews the stars of the movies in attendance, and Behind The Force, the show that previewed the up coming season of The Clone Wars while exploring the magic of voice-over. Hearing from the stars of the movies and TV show was mind-blowing. Hearing JAT’s love of the Wars come through each of the shows and interviews was incredible.

Then the main event: meeting Ashley Eckstein. You can tell when someone is a true fan of something by how they interact with other fans and it was obvious to me that Ashley was the fan’s fan.

"How Disney saved my fandom"

— guest post by Aaron Harris at Coffee with Kenobi.  Thanks, guys!

Star Wars and LucasFilm just announced that the entire Expanded Universe is no longer canon.


One of the biggest topics of speculation in the run-up to the new Star Wars movie is how it will fit in with the preexisting Expanded Universe. Well, now we have an official answer: It won’t. 

Lucasfilm has just issued a statement saying that the entire Expanded Universe is no longer official canon.

This may sound like a pretty brutal decision, but it was unavoidable. Spanning decades of novels, comics, video games, and more, the Expanded Universe is now too vast and complex to tie into a new trilogy of movies that will have to be accessible to new viewers. Until recently the Expanded Universe fleshed out hundreds of sequels to the original trilogy and beyond, but the arrival of Episodes VII to IX inevitably puts a stop to that. After all, LucasFilm was never going to make a big-screen adaptation of a series of tie-in novels published in the 1980s.

Rather than being some kind of epic disaster for old-school fans, this is basically what the big-name superhero comics have been doing for years: hitting the reset button to make way for new stories.

As of now, the official Star Wars canon consists of the six existing movies and the recent Clone Wars TV series. “These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align,” explained the announcement on