First, JJ Abrams responded to leaked photos of an X-wing fighter and a partially constructed Millennium Falcon by posting his own photo with a note asking for restraints from leakers.
He also tweaked the leakers by insisting that the Falcon is not in the movie, which is clearly contradicted by the photo.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 4, 2014
I’m loving his sense of humor about it, even though it runs completely counter to his magic box motto of film-making.
J.J. Abrams is currently directing the first new Star Wars film in the trilogy. Star Wars: Episode VII will star Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley as well as returning stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie were recently added to the cast as well.
Second, Josh Trank was hired as the director of the 2nd stand-alone Star Wars film. No word on the subject, but an interesting statement came from Lucasfilm head, Kathleen Kennedy. She lauded Trank’s work, but also noted that Trank was well-suited to make movies “…that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of episodes I through IX.” So, could we be getting stand-alone films that have nothing to do with Solo or Yoda? Are they not considered core characters?
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 4, 2014