Could Harrison Ford be back as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII?

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Those Star Wars hints and rumors keep coming — including a tantalizing rumor about a possible director. There's also tons of speculation about the direction of the new trilogy, and just when these films will take place. Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro says he might be up for directing the supernatural version of the Justice League after all. Also, The Walking Dead focuses on the kids, and a member of Coldplay is coming to Game of Thrones.


Spoilers from here on out...

Star Wars: Episode VII

A "highly placed source" is saying that Harrison Ford, who does not generally attend Star Wars conventions or events, is "open" to reprising his role as Han Solo. The inside source says: "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he's upbeat about it, all three of them are," referring to the three original stars. [EW]

Plenty of fans were disappointed to hear that Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy won't be making it to the big screen under Disney's aegis (at least not yet) — but Zahn wasn't one of them. Zahn tells Entertainment Weekly that he wasn't even surprised:

The original idea as I understood it — and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he's thinking right now — but it was going to be three generations. You'd have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke's father and find out what happened to him [in the prequels], and if there was another 7th, 8th, or 9th film, it would be Luke's children. The Thrawn Trilogy really would have fit into the gap."

[Entertainment Weekly]

But who could direct such a generation spanning film? The latest report from the rumor mill is that Matthew Vaughn, the director of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, is already in talks to direct the project. This comes from a single, anonymous source — but it would explain his hasty departure from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Or maybe he just didn't like that convoluted title. [First Showing]


Vaughn's name isn't the only one flying around Hollywood, and some are arguing that what Star Wars really needs is a woman at the helm. Entertainment Weekly interviewed some women directors who eagerly pointed out the many awesome female characters in the Star Wars universe, with hope that Disney will do more with them. Says Maureen Perkins:

I think there definitely could be an opportunity in the Star Wars world to mine some formidable female characters," Perkins said. "Mara, for instance, or Leia's daughter Jaina, characters who could easily become as iconic as Princess Leia was to the children of the '80s, with the possibility of speaking to a balanced and modern sci-fi audience.


[Entertainment Weekly]

Somebody who knows somebody at Lucasfilm told somebody on the internet the following things about the upcoming trilogy: "Movies 10 - 12 are from my understanding about the offspring of the Skywalkers, set many years later with the surviving cast playing much older versions of themselves and featuring a female protagonist named Skywalker." And that "Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C3PO and R2D2 are I am assured to feature prominently in the new trilogy, as was always the idea. Apparently some have already been approached. Quite a while back too to my understanding. Hamill is a certainty."


And finally, another somebody who knows somebody at Lucasfilm says that a writer and director have already been selected and that the film will take place more than 50 years after the end of Return of the Jedi. Obviously, these reports should be taken with all the grains of salt in the galaxy. [The]


And then there's this Transformers rumor, that is really about Star Wars. In their effort to own all the things, rumor has it, Disney's next acquisition will be Hasbro.There's no evidence or quotes that prove this effort to grab the valuable robot franchise is really happening, especially since many of Hasbro's properties have been licensed out to other companies. [Slash Film]


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Here's a brand new TV spot:

Muppets 2

Shooting begins on this caper-y sequel in London in January. The film is currently scheduled for a for December 2013 release. [IGN]


Heaven Sent

So recently there were rumors that Guillermo del Toro was going to direct Heaven Sent a DC team-up film in which Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Constantine Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, Sargon and Etrigan the Demon fight, presumably, the Stay Puft Marshmallow man. And then, there were rumors that del Toro denied that he was involved with the project.


And now, there are denials of the denial. Del Toro posted on his forum:

Wow- please contact whoever said I denied it. I cannot recall ever answering a question like that. Sadly I dont do tweeter. I denied being involved in JLA but this ['Heaven Sent'] I would love to do!!!


To sum up del Toro's position: Justice League, no. Heaven Sent, maybe. Twitter, definitely not. [Ace Show Biz]

Escape from Planet Earth

This wacky looking animated flick directed by storyboard artist Cal Brunker (with the voices of Brendan Fraser and Sarah Jessica Parker) just got an official trailer:

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

Here are a couple of promo pics from this webseries, which launches on Friday. [SpoilerTV]



Joshua Jackson had this to say about the finale:

"The place that they're trying to take the characters at the end, at least for me, seems like a satisfying and in some ways almost logical, sort of necessary ending for each one of these characters."


[E! Online]

The Walking Dead

After Sunday's episode, in which Lori and T-Dog died, The Hollywood Reporter talked to executive producers Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman about what's next. Mazzara says we'll see the continued story of Lori's baby in the next episode:

"That baby is very important. We'll see that the group steps up because there's been enough death and it becomes a mission for everyone, particularly Daryl who steps into a leadership position as Rick is dealing with this trauma. It becomes important for the entire group to keep that baby alive; that baby needs to live and how do you possibly feed a newborn in the middle of a decrepit prison."


And both producers seem fascinated by Carl's upcoming story. Kirkman says,

"That's the point of it all: having Carl accelerate his aging process to a certain extent in a way that's almost unhealthy is one of key aspects of the show. Watching Carl grow up in this world and be informed by the things around him, which are going to negatively influence his development, it really turns him into a pretty interesting character to explore. The fact that he was able to do that is completely bizarre. There's a lot more to reveal about Carl. "


There's plenty more to the interview at the link, if you're wondering how the writers decided who to kill off and when to do it. [Hollywood Reporter]

And here are some sneak peeks of episode 305:

Game of Thrones

In a bit of a casting stunt, the role of a drummer will be played by Will Champion, drummer for the band Coldplay. His cameo will appear sometime in season three. [Entertainment Weekly]


Once Upon a Time

Raphael Sbarge who plays Archie reveals the weirdest writing exercise I've ever heard of on a television show. When asked if there was a love interest in the cards for his character, he says the actors created dating profiles for the characters:

Before we went to Comic-Con over the summer, we all produced kind of a kind of a website which is what we're all looking for in a mate, as it were, and if someone were to come along that this is what we want. What I thought was that they were setting up stories for all of us to begin to figure what those were, a romantic kind of possibilities.


[TV Equals]

If you're a fighter not a lover, you may be more interested in this much more antagonistic tidbit. Colin O'Donoghue who plays Captain Hook, says that Rumplestiltskin and Hook haven't run into each other yet, and they've filmed up to episode 10. However, he does seem to be expecting a showdown this season. [E! Online]


And we have plot synopsis of Episode 208 and 209. In episode 208, entitled "Into the Deep," "Cora tries to steal the compass from Emma and Mary Margaret; Regina and Mr. Gold must put David's life in danger in hope that he will contact Mary Margaret."

While in 209, "Queen of Hearts," "Hook and Cora face off with Emma and Mary Margaret in a race for the compass; Mr. Gold and Regina plan to kill anyone who enters the portal." [Spoiler TV]


Last Resort

Here's the plot synopsis for episode seven, "Nuke It Out," which airs on November 15"

As Marcus and Sam hunt for the traitor in their ranks who stole their nuclear launch key, Prosser disobeys orders and starts a small war he can't control. Meanwhile Grace and James must work together to defuse a dangerous situation, as back in D.C. Christine is indicted as Sam's co-conspirator.


Person of Interest

Here are some photos from this Thursday's "The High Road." [Buddy TV]

And here's a description for the following week's "Critical":

The Machine gives Finch and Reese the number of a brilliant surgeon, but they soon discover that a resourceful third party has raised the stakes for this POI, forcing them to turn to an unlikely source for help.



The Vampire Diaries

Here's another sneak peek for episode 405:

Teen Wolf

Stiles expands his social circle with the help of some casting notices: Heather, a 17-year-old who's celebrating her birthday and Cora, another 17-year-old with "secret ties" to the werewolves. Cora looks like a recurring role and there is some speculation as to whether she may be a love interest. [Zap 2 It]


666 Park Avenue

Here are some promo images from this Sunday's "Downward Spiral." [KSiteTV]

Here's the plot of episode 108 "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?":

When Jane disappears, a despondent Henry worries for her sanity and safety; Kandinsky tortures Shaw, who reveals shocking information.


[Spoiler TV]

Additional reporting by Rob Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.




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