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    Formerly known as Korriban, the Sith homeworld of Moraband is rumored to be appearing in Episode VII.

    Recent talk suggests that Moraband, the homeworld of the Sith may play a part in Star Wars Episode VII. It was recently confirmed that Moraband as seen in animated television show The Clone Wars is intended to be the same planet as Korriban, which has had numerous appearances in the Expanded Universe, and at some point was renamed.

    According to sources, Moraband was a name George Lucas had pencilled in for a Sith world that was ultimately never used in the movies, but recent interest and a re-emergence of the name suggest that it may be being introduced ready for an appearance on the big screen.

    As ever, no details have been officially confirmed.

    Downton Abbey star among those being considered for the main part.

    After meeting with several young actors this past year, sources tell Variety that “Downton Abbey” thesp Ed Speleers, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead role. Though some insiders warn the search is still ongoing, multiple sources confirm to Variety these actors have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks.
    What do you think?

    Here's the link to the story http://variety.com/2014/film/news/star-wars-4-1201125355/

    Carrie Fisher has again let slip that she will be involved in Star Wars Episode VII and will be filming in London for six months.

    Carrie Fisher has never been one to keep quiet, and despite a lack of official confirmation she has again been speaking about her role in Star Wars Episode VII.

    /Film reported that the 57 year old actress, who played Princess Leia Organa in the classic Star Wars trilogy, has recently told Jim Jeffries of television show Legit that she will be in London for six months while filming for the latest Star Wars movie.

    This, if accurate, seems to suggest that the role of the Big Three may be bigger than originally expected, and links in with talk that the script was rewritten to include more of the original cast before handing over to the new generation.

    BioWare has released a video announcement of a new player housing feature for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

    BioWare Community Manager Eric Musco teased players with a video showing what appeared to be player housing during a Twitch livestream yesterday. This confirmed what dataminers had recently posted on Reddit, showing that additions to the game code and assets pointed towards this feature being implemented.

    Today it was officially confirmed with this announcement trailer, captured from the development livestream:




    Player housing is a feature missing from many recent MMOs, and amongst fans who played Star Wars Galaxies especially this has been a much requested feature that is sure to prove popular.

    Player-owned structures in Star Wars Galaxies could be placed almost anywhere on a planet, with some player controlled cities becoming busier than areas built by the developers. Houses allowed players to sell merchandise and show off their possessions, as well as provide valuable storage space.

    It is currently not clear what kind of system The Old Republic will be using but more details are sure to emerge soon.
    According to Jedi News a very reliable source has revealed to them that all six Star Wars movies will be receiving a digital release for the first time in November 2014, as Lucasfilm have now finished digitising the complete saga.

    Additionally, the report suggests that even more previously unseen footage has been unearthed and will be also released. There is little information available at the moment though, so hopefully something more concrete is confirmed soon!

    Aaron Allston passes away aged 53

    By Andy, in General News,

    Veteran author of the Star Wars expanded universe, Aaron Allston, has passed away aged 53.

    The much beloved author collapsed at VisionCon in Springfield, Missouri, with suspected heart failure.

    Allston's friend and fellow Star Wars author Timothy Zahn, posted a tribute on Facebook:

    Aaron Allston was a Texas-born veteran of Star Wars, most well known to fans for his contributions to the X-Wing and New Jedi Order series. He also wrote for the Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi series. His last Star Wars novel was took him back to his roots with X-Wing: Mercy Kill.

    His dedication to sci-fi and fantasy, and the unrivalled wit he poured into his writing will be sorely missed by fans.

    Rest in peace Aaron Allston, 1960 - 2014.

    A source has told Variety that Girls actor Adam Driver has been cast as the main villain for Star Wars Episode VII.

    If true, this would be the first cast member announced for Star Wars: Episode VII which is due to start filming at Pinewood Studios in April, just two months away.

    Driver would reportedly take on a similar role to that of classic Star Wars trilogy villain Darth Vader, and the delayed decision was due to scheduling conflicts with his current television roles for HBO's Girls which have now been resolved. Variety's source has said that the deal has not yet been finalised but should go through in the next few days.

    In addition to Driver's role as Hannah's boyfriend on the hit HBO drama, his other credits include Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha, and is currently filming Warner Bros' Midnight Special.

    So far the only officially confirmed character for Episode VII is R2-D2.

    Malcolm Tierney dies aged 75

    By Andy, in General News,

    English actor Malcolm Tierney who played an Imperial officer on the Death Star in the original Star Wars movie has passed away aged 75.

    In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Lieutenant Shann Childsen was immortalised with the words "Where are you taking this... thing?" as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker attempted to gain access to detention block AA-23 on board the Death Star.

    Any contribution to Star Wars, no matter how small, is sure to resonate with fans around the world, and we are sad to report that Malcolm Tierney, who portrayed the character, has passed away aged 75. Tierney had many roles in British and international television and movies, and can also be seen in the 1986 Doctor Who serial Trial of a Time Lord, and on the big screen in Braveheart.

    Rest in peace Malcolm Tierney, 25 February 1938 - 19 February 2014.

    Hera, pilot of the Ghost, is the final character to be revealed from the starship crew of Star Wars: Rebels.

    Twil'lek pilot Hera Syndulla, is a strong-minded character who will help keep the group from falling apart according, to Dave Filoni, she is "the heart of the group".

    Vanessa Marshall, who has lent her voice to many video game and animated characters over the years, will voice the character.



    Auctioneers at Vectis Auctions got more than they bargained for when an original packaged 1980 Empire Strikes Back Palitoy action figure, FX-7 (Medical Droid), sold for £7,000 (US $11,662), over 100 times the asking price.

    The seller was understandably delighted with the record breaking sale, which was one of several Star Wars figure lots up for sale that day. An Imperial Commander figure sold for £3,000 and Darth Vader was snapped up for a modest £2,250.

    A representative of the auction house said that surprises like this were not all that uncommon, as all it takes is for an avid collector to need those few missing models to complete their collections.

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