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Star Wars Rumour Mill Keeps Grinding
Live-action TV, Saoirse Ronan and Disneyfication

03 October 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Playlist / Blue Sky Disney / Mania

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Here we go again. Various new bits and pieces of Star Wars rumour are circling the interwebs today. It's like we're all blindfolded, and solid stories are that floaty ball thing we're trying to hit with our lightsaber of news. Or something. The Force is not strong anywhere here, but the snippets involve the long-mooted live-action TV series, the possible casting of Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton, and a promise from JJ Abrams that the new Star Wars will not be "Disneyfied".

TV first. The last we heard about the live-action series was back in January, when the US ABC Network began to show an interest as Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. came together. Prior to that, Lucasfilm honcho Rick McCallum had talked up Star Wars: Underworld, which would have focused on the Star Wars universe's crime syndicates, but which stalled due to concerns over a potential $5m-an-episode budget.

Now, the apparently reliable Blue Sky Disney believe they have intel that, following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s premiere, a Star Wars series is very much on the horizon again. Nothing's been decided, but it's "a good possibility", though it will probably not be the darker Underworld concept. Disney are, we're told, "batting ideas around and seeing which ones work and which ones they want to pitch to the network", with a particular focus of discussion around when the series should be set. Should it be between the prequel trilogy and the originals, or, for maximum crossover potential, between Return Of The Jedi and Episode VII? A decision has not been made.

On to the casting of Episode VII, and there's been confirmation that Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton (the Aussie star of the upcoming 300: Rise Of An Empire) have had auditions. "But so has everyone else," says Ronan. And she's right. Obviously the roles for which they auditioned for remain classified. Ronan joked that Disney would "cut my head off with a lightsaber" if she revealed anything.

That leads us to Abrams, and his response to concerns that the new Star Wars will be "Disneyfied", whatever that means. "The beauty there is that Disney doesn't want that," he says. "They are very sensitive to that. They're being very careful." He went on to compare Disney's Star Wars approach to its attitutde to Marvel, indicating that while the revivified franchise will be all-ages, it won't be just for kids. So don't expect gold-bikini Leia to show up in a box of princess dolls alongside Cinderella and Pocahontas anytime soon.


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RE: Not Saoirse
L: superdan It's lucky England doesn't have a tradition of names with peculiar pronunciations compared to their spelling. lucky we have handles to hide behind, too. More

Posted by Litshttam at 14:04 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
How I Live Now looks interesting. Hanna was great. It's not popular but I really enjoyed The Lovely Bones and she was the best thing in it. It's just The Host... all actors should stay away from anything Stephenie Meyer had a hand in. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 08:24 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Qwerty Norris L: Dr Lenera L: Andy1986 Please keep that lifeless Irish actress away from Star Wars. he's actually probably the best young actress today. econded. he is a good actress, I just think her big problem as of late is the roles she's been picking. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 09:33 on 08 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Andy1986 Please keep that lifeless Irish actress away from Star Wars. ecause great thesping has always been at the forefront of Star Wars? More

Posted by MonsterCat at 00:04 on 08 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Dr Lenera L: Andy1986 Please keep that lifeless Irish actress away from Star Wars. he's actually probably the best young actress today. econded. More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 23:43 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
Spelling it f**k and pronouncing it fuck. It's the hypocrisy that hurts the most. More

Posted by rawlinson at 18:18 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
It's lucky England doesn't have a tradition of names with peculiar pronunciations compared to their spelling. More

Posted by superdan at 17:58 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

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'I didn't tell you to fuck off, I told you to f**k off! Major difference!' More

Posted by Olaf at 16:49 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

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L: Litshttam L: rich Haha they would have been a bit more justified against such a bizarre accusation, but calling it gobbledegook makes them about even on the dumb-ass stakes. ronounced 'Seershah', spelt 'Saoirse'. Gobbledygook. e careful not to wander down to the World Cinema section, you'll have a meltdown. More

Posted by rich at 16:41 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Clouded These New Movies' Future, Is
L: Litshttam Like or loathe the prequels, they're the sole vision of Star Wars' creator. I fear that there's too many fingers in the proverbial pie this time around. Thank God Lucas' shares give him a (significant) say. ve exactly this same fear. Lucas needs to be as involved as possible for these films to be good. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 05:48 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
I /i] avoid it, unless incited (an implication of racism, for instance). Don't incite me. Capiche (kapeesh)? More

Posted by Litshttam at 22:35 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
The only thing that surprises me about this thread is that I realised I already knew how 'Saoirse' was pronounced and therefore I have an understanding of Gobbledygook. I'm thrilled to know I'm so multicultural. I think it was from 'Round Ireland With a Fridge' that educated me, if memory serves. More

Posted by superdan at 21:43 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Litshttam The astericks are indicitive of some quantum of sensitivity and tact on my part, so cut me some slack chum. o, they're some kind of cod coyness is using the word you're using. As I said - we don't care about asterisks as the intent is no different, so please avoid abusing others on the board. More

Posted by elab49 at 20:26 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
The astericks are indicitive of some quantum of sensitivity and tact on my part, so cut me some slack chum. More

Posted by Litshttam at 19:31 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Litshttam L: elab49 L: Litshttam Not knowing how to pronounce a gobbledygook name is racist?! You sir / madam can f*** off. astworditis elling people to fuck off? Also not welcomed here. nd try not to go overboard - it's an unusual name, but hardly gobbledygook. Like many from a different language it's just unusual to those who don't know the language or pronunciation. e the astericks. e're grown ups here. The site permits swearing - but not at others. More

Posted by elab49 at 19:21 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: elab49 L: Litshttam Not knowing how to pronounce a gobbledygook name is racist?! You sir / madam can f*** off. astworditis elling people to fuck off? Also not welcomed here. nd try not to go overboard - it's an unusual name, but hardly gobbledygook. Like many from a different language it's just unusual to those who don't know the language or pronunciation. e the astericks. More

Posted by Litshttam at 17:40 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: rich Haha they would have been a bit more justified against such a bizarre accusation, but calling it gobbledegook makes them about even on the dumb-ass stakes. ronounced 'Seershah', spelt 'Saoirse'. Gobbledygook. More

Posted by Litshttam at 17:38 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: elab49 She'd fit this tho' - she doesn't make great film choices.ote] I thought everything she's been in has been good except for the dire The Host! More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 16:45 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
Haha they would have been a bit more justified against such a bizarre accusation, but calling it gobbledegook makes them about even on the dumb-ass stakes. As for the topic at hand, it's not a bad choice for casting but I have only seen her in Hanna that I can recall. More

Posted by rich at 00:46 on 06 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Litshttam Not knowing how to pronounce a gobbledygook name is racist?! You sir / madam can f*** off. astworditis elling people to fuck off? Also not welcomed here. nd try not to go overboard - it's an unusual name, but hardly gobbledygook. Like many from a different language it's just unusual to those who don't know the language or pronunciation. More

Posted by elab49 at 21:55 on 05 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
Not knowing how to pronounce a gobbledygook name is racist?! You sir / madam can f*** off. More

Posted by Litshttam at 21:06 on 05 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
She'd fit this tho' - she doesn't make great film choices. More

Posted by elab49 at 18:33 on 05 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Andy1986 Please keep that lifeless Irish actress away from Star Wars. he's actually probably the best young actress today. More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 18:30 on 05 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: McLovin1981 No need to be so racist Litshttam! Saoirse in the Irish language means freedom!!! nd no need to throw the 'racist' word around when it doesn't apply. It's not a particularly nice accusation. More

Posted by elab49 at 15:55 on 05 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
No need to be so racist Litshttam! Saoirse in the Irish language means freedom!!! More

Posted by McLovin1981 at 15:22 on 05 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
The smoke clears! Ta. More

Posted by Litshttam at 23:01 on 03 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
L: Litshttam How the hell do you pronounce her name, anyway?! EERSHEH. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 19:44 on 03 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not Saoirse
How the hell do you pronounce her name, anyway?! More

Posted by Litshttam at 19:24 on 03 October 2013 | Report This Post

Clouded These New Movies' Future, Is
Like or loathe the prequels, they're the sole vision of Star Wars' creator. I fear that there's too many fingers in the proverbial pie this time around. Thank God Lucas' shares give him a (significant) say. More

Posted by Litshttam at 19:22 on 03 October 2013 | Report This Post

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Please keep that lifeless Irish actress away from Star Wars. More

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