STAR WARS NEWS
"Why'd you join?" There's tons of Star Wars fan films out there, but it's nice to see something brand new that connects directly with The Force Awakens. Jakku: First Wave is a quick, 3-minute short film made by filmmaker Benjamin Eck about three Stormtroopers about to land on Jakku (the desert planet from The Force Awakens) for the Battle of Jakku. It's a simple concept and was made on a very small budget, but it's an engaging and effective little short that provides yet another unique perspective from the Star Wars universe. The dialogue is what stands out the most, with a tiny bit of levity and a lot of emotion. Take a look.
Watching VFX breakdowns is always enchanting. ILM has released their full 4-minute video showing their work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "The history of ILM leads all the way back to 1975 and origins of Star Wars and The Force Awakens gave us the opportunity to once again push the boundaries of what is possible in character animation and visual effects while combining cutting edge practical effects and physical sets." It's always cool to get a glimpse of what it was like on set and how much they added in each scene to make it feel so real. The amount of objects and layers in some of the scenes is remarkable. ILM also work with their "partners Hybride, Base FX and Virtuos" on this project. All movie geeks need to watch this.
Disney has launched a fun short film for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that is actually a commercial for the new toys and collectibles from this upcoming spin-off movie. Some have described it as similar to "Robot Chicken", with various action figures and toys and Lego minifigs being animated with stop-motion and other trickery in an adventure to steal the Death Star plans - just like the movie! No surprise there. The focus is on the badass new hero, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones in the film. Director Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn, also makes an appearance as does the new droid K-2SO. This short was actually made by fans, and they've also launched a contest for more fan-made short films - find out more here & have fun.
"I fear nothing. All is as the Force wills it." Disney + LucasFilm have unveiled the second trailer for Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spin-off in the Star Wars universe, in theaters this December. A short teaser showed during Star Wars Celebration in London and this new full-length trailer first aired during NBC's Olympics coverage. Starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, plus Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Riz Ahmed & Alan Tudyk, Rogue One is about a group of rebels who set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. This seriously looks amazing and I love how much this feels like it's a part of the original trilogy, yet still seems like something completely fresh. All this footage makes me happy. So many new characters to meet!
"May the force be with us." Wow. Get ready to geek out! Star Wars Celebration is happening in London this weekend, and they presentation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just wrapped up. During the panel, a new poster (with the Death Star) and a making-of featurette were revealed and oh my are they awesome. The video shows tons of behind-the-scenes footage, including director Gareth Edwards talking about working on this as well as some incredible shots of practical action and various creatures and characters. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, along with Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker. I'm so excited to dive deeper into this world again, and this is an exhilarating video. A totally new story that looks as incredible as the rest of the saga.
"When you're shooting Stormtroopers in paradise, you have the best job in the world, you know? You can't really deny it at that point.” Entertainment Weekly has posted a first look gallery of photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to compliment the teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. There are some good new shots of a bunch of the characters, played by actors Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn. Plus there's a good look at one of the new droids. And we finally get to meet Riz Ahmed's character - the Rebel squad's lead pilot, Bodhi Rook. "He he tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills," Kathleen Kennedy says. There's also some great shots of Stormtroopers, including the new black commando troopers.
It's official! Legendary composer John Williams has at least three more movie scores in the works. This week, Williams was honored by the AFI with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a grand ceremony filled with celebrities. During the event, members of the press had the chance to talk with him and they confirmed a few details. First, Williams will definitely be scoring Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII - arriving in December of 2017. That seems pretty obvious, especially considering his score for The Force Awakens earned him an Oscar nomination. Next, Williams also confirmed he'll be scoring the new Indiana Jones movie that was recently announced with Steven Spielberg returning to direct. Again, not a surprise.
"This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel." Who would have thought that line, spoken by actress Felicity Jones' character Jyn Erso in the Rogue One teaser trailer, would have such great significance for the actual film itself? According to several unconfirmed sources, Rogue One might've rebelled a tad too much. That's the story that has been sweeping the internet this week with major rumors that the first film in the Star Wars Anthology series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will undergo significant reshoots after initial internal test screenings at Disney apparently failed to impress senior executives. Let's examine why I think that might not bode well for the spin-off and why the film should rebel against the famous Star Wars formula.
Get a load of this! The original Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theaters today, on May 25th, exactly 39 years ago. To celebrate the occasion, Lucasfilm launched a new episode on YouTube of "The Star Wars Show". If you're a huge Star Wars geek anxiously awaiting the next movies, this is worth watching because it starts out with Chewbacca (yes, the real one!) on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII with an appearance by director Rian Johnson. Later in the video, they reveal the first art for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe event - which is a kick ass piece of art featuring some characters from The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Our friends at SlashFilm were able to score a high res version in order to provide fans with a closer look at some of the characters, including Death Troopers which we haven't really seen yet.
Well, there we have it. Sources are reporting that it's now official that young actor Alden Ehrenreich will play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie. As we already know, co-directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord are working on the new Han Solo solo movie, due in theaters in 2018, and they've been hard at work casting the various roles. Ehrenreich beat out strong contenders like Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and plenty others for the Solo gig. Many cinephiles should quite familiar with Alden Ehrenreich as he was in one of the best scenes of the Coen Brothers' recent Hail Caesar!, and was in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine before that. He's an excellent choice.
"What will you do when they catch you?" It's time! Disney has finally unveiled the official teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the very first spin-off set in the Star Wars universe developed after Lucasfilm was bought by Disney. Last year we got The Force Awakens, this year it's Rogue One. Starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Riz Ahmed & Alan Tudyk, Rogue One is about a group of rebels who set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. This is only the first teaser, so don't expect too much to be revealed, but they do show quite a bit and it looks amazing. Love the music, all the visuals, bring it on.
Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away… to buy yet another set of stunning posters for the original Star Wars saga! Brooklyn-based Bottleneck Gallery is launching another series of screen prints, this set by Matt Ferguson, for the original Star Wars saga in a timed sale on their website this weekend. We've featured a whole bunch of different Star Wars art over the last year, since everyone is in a very nostalgic mood with the new movie playing in theaters. This latest set is by an artist we've been following for a long time, known as "Cakes and Comics" - last year he did the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this year we get Star Wars. Take a look.
"Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to Episode 8!" Disney/Lucasfilm have launched a very short hype video to announce the official start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII (which still doesn't have a title), being directed by Rian Johnson from a screenplay also written by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick). This video doesn't show any footage, but does include a tiny glimpse of the return of Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, who was barely in The Force Awakens. Obviously we will be following along as they continue shooting for the next few months. Check out the short announcement video below.
"They destroyed our home!" Now this is must watch short film. There's a new unofficial Star Wars fan film available to watch online made by a filmmaker named Joe Sill that is about a father and daughter. It's one of the first fan films inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (so far) that really captures the spirit of that movie, specifically how amazing Daisy Ridley's character Rey is. In this film, Andra Nechita stars as Kara, and there's a really big reveal with her near the end that makes this even more exciting. To top it off, this has impressive technical aspects including outstanding VFX work (X-Wings, Tie Fighters galore!) and tons of futuristic action that actually feels real. I'm so impressed I had to watch it twice. Give it a look.