The casting directors for Disney‘s new Star Wars movie — April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg in the U.S. and Nina Gold in the UK — have sent casting breakdowns to agents. It provides the first real clues about what’s happening in the next movie in the franchise, which Michael Arndt is writing and JJ Abrams is directing. Abrams said recently that he expects production to start on Star Wars — Episode VII at the beginning of 2014. Kudos to Bleeding Cool for scooping this list, saying these are lead roles and that casting is officially underway in the UK, where the movie will lens. (UPDATED: Looks like movie fansite Schmoesknow had the breakdown first the day before, so credit where credit’s due.) Here’s the list of characters in play sent around, so have fun trying to figure out who’s who:
A young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome,
Man in late twenties, also fit, but this one is handsome and confident.
Late teenage girl, independent, good sense of humour, also… physically fit .
Second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and physically fit.
Man in his forties, obviously physically fit, this one is a military type.
A man of around thirty or so, this one is an intellectual type.
Finally, a guy aged around seventy, strong opinions and tough.
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Disney did this a couple of weeks back with its animation slate. Now the studio is organizing its live-action pics for the next year or so. Six movies have been given new dates, including two untitled Marvel movies in what is becoming the franchise’s traditional May release window (on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017). Also new is Planes: Fire And Rescue (July 18, 2014), a sequel to Planes, the Cars-in-the-air DisneyToons animated movie that opens August 9; Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (October 10, 2014) starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner; and Rob Marshall’s Into The Woods (December 25, 2014). The Muppets sequel already dated for March 21, 2014 is now called Muppets Most Wanted. Here’s the full list of new titles in chronological order:
SAVING MR. BANKS
· Now opens 12/13/13 limited. The previously announced 12/20/13 wide playdate is unchanged. It’s the true story of how Disney’s Mary Poppins made it to the screen — and the testy relationship that Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED
· MUPPETS MOST WANTED is the final title of the follow-up to 2011’s THE MUPPETS. The previously announced 3/21/14 wide playdate is unchanged. Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey star.
PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE
· Now dated on 7/18/14 wide in 3D
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
· Now dated on 10/10/14 wide. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star in the pic based on the award-winning children’s book by Judith Viorst. It follows young Alexander through the mishaps of a terrible day for his family after he wishes they all would experience the same troubles he does. Read More »
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Less than two hours after Barry Diller extolled the value of his Aereo streaming service on the same stage, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group took a different view. “I think it is wrong. I think it is illegal, I think it is opportunistic piracy,” Anne Sweeney said today. “It’s taking advantage of our content”, she added. ABC is one of the broadcasters suing the Diller-backed Aereo for copyright infringement. Earlier in the day, Diller had spoken of how he was glad the broadcasters had sued him because of all the attention it brought the small but growing service.
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