Movie Buzz: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Update, Christoph Waltz In Talks for ‘Muppets 2,’ Imogen Poots Feels ‘Need For Speed’

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With Hollywood still recovering from Disney buying Lucasfilm, Wednesday proved to be a slower than usual newsday.

But a few notable items managed to get our attention.

Read on for updates on Star Wars: Episode VII, a film adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell and The Muppets sequel.

1. Luke Skywalker Knew About Episode VII Before We Did

Actor Mark Hamill met with George Lucas over the summer to discuss early plans for a new Star Wars trilogy, Hamill told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday.

Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, told the magazine that he had lunch with Lucas and Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, where Lucas broke the news.

As to whether or not Hamill has any insight as to the plot of the upcoming films, the actor is as in the dark as we are.  “[Lucas] was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn’t be directing,” Hamill revealed to EW. “I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, ‘Now you can’t tell anybody!’ [laughs] Even now I’m nervous about saying anything. I just don’t know!”

2. Christoph Waltz In Talks For The Muppets Sequel

Christoph Waltz, best known for his Oscar-winning performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, is in talks to star in the sequel to 2010’s The Muppets.

Waltz will play an Interpol inspector in the Europe-set sequel, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Wednesday. THR also reported that The Muppets director James Bobin will also return to helm the sequel.

3. Imogen Poots Feels Need For Speed

Fright Night actress Imogen Poots has landed the female lead in Dreamworks’ Need For SpeedThe Hollywood Reporter announced Wednesday.

Poots will star opposite Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the adaptation of the popular video game series. Speed will be directed by Act of Valor helmer Scott Waugh.

4. Zero Dark Thirty Release Date Pushed

Sony has bumped the release date of Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s much-anticipated thriller about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

The film will now open wide on Janurary 11, Entertainment Weekly reported on Wednesday. Thirty will open in New York and Los Angeles on December 19, as part of an Oscar-qualifying run.

5. John Cusack to Headline Stephen King’s Cell

The next big-screen adaptation of a Stephen King novel just scored its leading man. reported Wednesday that John Cusack will star in Cell, which centers on a cell phone call that turns average citizens into very violent, blood-thirsty people.

King will co-write the screenplay with Last House on the Left screenwriter Adam Alleca. The film is currently searching for directors.

Do you want to see Mark Hamill turn up in the new Star Wars movies? Excited for Waltz joining the Muppets? Sound off in the comments below! Also, before you see Waltz with the Muppets, check him out in the trailer for Django Unchained below.

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