Disney are holding open auditions in Bristol this weekend for a 'major movie' said to be the new Star Wars film.
The iconic theme to sci-fi hit Star Wars has been named the nation's favourite movie music.
Police were called to a sci-fi convention following a confrontation between rival fan clubs in Norfolk.
After much speculation that Carrie Fisher could reprise her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VII, the actress has confirmed that she will be returning.
Fisher first took on the role in the first instalment in the series which was originally released in May 1977, and she went on to appear in two more films.
In an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, when asked what the character might be like 36 years later, she said:
"Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”
Mark Hamill has told Entertainment Tonight that he is 'intrigued' by the new trilogy announced last October and confirmed he talking to LucasFilms about reprising his character Luke Skywalker in the new films.
Hamill, 61, said; "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out."
Although the star did say he had yet to sign any contracts.
Fuelling hopes for Star Wars fans everywhere that the first Jedi to hit the silver screen could soon be back.
The only reason I have yet to say anything about JJ Abrams directing Episode VIII of Star Wars is because my brain exploded when I heard.
J.J. ABRAMS?!?!?! YESSSSS. YESSSSSS. YESSSSS. THANK YOU. YES. THERE IS HOPE FOR THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIES. YESSSS. Yesss... Yess... Yes. Yes.
JJ Abrams aboard the Star Wars Episode VII team. Lovin it.
National attention has been drawn to quirky petitions accepted by the White House, like one supporting the minting of a trillion-dollar platinum coin to avoid a debt default if Congress fails to raise the U.S. debt limit next month.
The White House accepts petitions and responds to the most popular ones. Most of the petitions on its website address weighty policy issues. The Death Star petitioners argued the project would create jobs and strengthen national defense.
But it would be costly, particularly at a time when the government is fixated on finding ways to slash spending and reduce debt, officials said.
"The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000 (£526,968 billion). We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it," said Paul Shawcross, head of the White House budget office's science and space branch.
The White House scuppered the hopes of Star Wars geeks across the galaxy by rejecting an official petition calling for the US government to build a Death Star, the fictional planet-destroying space station featured in the Star Wars movies.
– Paul Shawcross, head of the White House budget office's science and space branch
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon.
The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
The response came to address the 34,435 people who signed the petition on the White House website.
Robert Iger, chairman of the Walt Disney Company, said the deal would "generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."
– Robert A. Iger, Chairman, The Walt Disney Company
Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas.
This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.