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Star Wars Updates

NERDS, GET IN HERE, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT STAR WARS IN HERE. Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker of the Star Wars trilogy, is in talks about possibly returning to the franchise. “Who cares about Mark Hamill?” you ask. I CARE. A LOT OF US CARE. THERE ARE 4 – 8 PEOPLE READING THIS WHO CARE ABOUT MARK HAMILL.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

They’re talking to us. 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. I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.

Omg, Mark Hamill, you adorable national treasure. “They’re more busy than I am.” That is some beautiful honesty right there.

In January it was announced that J.J. Abrams is directing the first sequel, Episode VII. Then, there was discussion that Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo, but reports conflict as to whether or not it’s official just yet. Rolling Stone says it is, but check out their source.

From Rolling Stone:

Harrison Ford will return as the original space cowboy, Han Solo, in the new installments of the Star Wars franchise, according to Fox News Latino columnist Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez. The reporter said he “triple checked” his “legitimate sources”…

Oh cool, well we all know how legit that Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez is.

Hamill goes onto speculate,

I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.’

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Or doing dinner theater!

How the Success of ‘Glee’ is Destroying Television

The title isn’t entirely accurate. It’s not really Glee that’s destroying television– it’s the stupidity of network TV executives who like to jump on bandwagons faster than a Duke lacrosse team on a stripper.

The huge success of Glee has led Fox network executives to believe that a Glee-style musically themed week of programs during May sweeps would be a good idea. I was dubious about the wisdom of such a move until they announced that the dark Sci-fi action / mystery series Fringe would be one of the programs to be given the Glee musical treatment. Now I know it’s a terrible idea.

“None of us ever thought that it was really going to happen,” said musically trained co-star Jasika Nicole, who plays loyal FBI agent Astrid Farnsworth, in an interview on the show’s set in Vancouver, Canada, last week. “It was just a joke. We were like, ‘Oh, yeah, Fringe should be a musical.’ Dancing and singing and goofing off and stuff. And then John says, ‘So. you know, there’s going to be a musical episode,’ and I was like, ‘Ha, ha, John,’ and he was like, ‘No, really, have you read the script?’”

The raison d’etre for the musical numbers will be a complex hallucination by the show’s resident mentally unstable genius Walter Bishop that places all the characters in a “highly symbollic” 1940′s era musical setting. Many of the show’s cast members have musical training, but that doesn’t stop this idea from having the potential to be a huge bowl of turds. Remeber that musical episode of Buffy? Say what you want about Joss Whedon’s genius, but personally, I still haven’t forgiven the universe for that one.

The show is set to air on Fox during May sweeps.

Matt Damon Turned Down Lead Role in the New Star Trek

Matt Damon Passed on Star Trek Role as Captain Kirk

Is everyone getting super psyched for the new Star Trek movie??? I know I am!!! (But, then again, I’m a huge nerd.)

I was interested to learn today that the lead role of a young Captain Kirk was originally offered to Matt Damon — but he passed on it. The role was given to newcomer Chris Pine. However, it seems like director J.J. Abrams has made his peace with that.

He tells Life magazine, “I actually approached Matt and we had some discussions, but everything happens for a reason. On the one hand, it would have been great to work with Matt – but at the end of the day, it was such a better move to cast the movie with unknowns … It is fun to discover the stars of tomorrow, but even more so, just like with the first Star Wars, you didn’t know who those people were when you saw the movie. You believed that guy was Luke Skywalker. You didn’t recognize him from six other movies. You bought into who this guy was. It is a slippery slope when you cast any actor that is somewhat known. We weren’t beholden to any fame meter.”

I agree! I think it’s great that the cast is composed of relative unknowns. It’s Star Trek, after all — it doesn’t need a big name to be a box office draw. Plus I think Chris Pine is absolutely edible!