STAR WARS NEWS
An early look at The Making of The Force Awakens. Disney kicked things off with a bang in Anaheim with the opening panel of Star Wars Celebration, taking place this weekend in Southern California. The panel included an hour long discussion and first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, guided by director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy. They told stories of growing up with Star Wars, making sure the fans are satisfied (in every way), the daunting task of continuing this legacy when George Lucas decided to hand it over. In the background were slides showing various behind-the-scenes production photos, including on the desert planet Jakku (or is it Jaku?). And, to be frank, we love behind-the-scenes photos. This recap comes directly from the live stream of the Star Wars Celebration opening presentation.
Before we saw the fantastic second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some promotional art for the film surfaced online. But since we didn't want to jump the gun and show you some mediocre images of certain characters from the film before they were revealed in the trailer, we waited until now to show them off. These look like the kind of posters you'd find at Wal-Mart or maybe in some kind of small poster book for kids, but they do give us a great look at the new villain Kylo Ren, who is believed to be played by Adam Driver, with his metallic mask on, as well as a chrome stormtrooper, rumored to be named Captain Phasma and played by Gwendoline Christie, and the Empire troops in formation. Look!
After the first teaser trailer blew everyone away back at Thanksgiving, the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally shows some stuff that fans have been foaming at the mouth to see. I can't even describe for you the sentimental feeling I got of seeing Harrison Ford back as Han Solo along with his old friend Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) right there with him, and the line used to end the trailer is just perfect. There's barely a reveal of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but there's that old voiceover of his from Return of the Jedi talking about how his family is strong in The Force. I can't wait to see this! Watch!
Big news Star Wars fans everywhere! This is the week it all goes down. Kicking off Thursday, April 16th, is the Ultimate Fan Experience - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The hype has been building to this event because they're finally bringing it home to Disney (it's taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center literally behind Disneyland) and we all know that J.J. Abrams is about to bring us a new Star Wars movie later this year. So will there be teases? New footage? Lots of discussion? Yes, yes, and more yes. But best of all, if you're unable to attend, StarWars.com has announced that they've partnered with Verizon to stream all of the panels from SW Celebration, including all the exclusive footage. Whoa, what?! Yes way! Read on.
In case you didn't hear, the entire Star Wars saga is available on digital home video right now. And while there were rumors swirling yesterday that the digital edition of Star Wars switched back one of the most contested changes in the Special Edition cut of the first film, the fact that Greedo shoots first in the cantina instead of Han Solo, it turned out not to be true. However, there is one particular change in these new versions of the Star Wars films that will have fans, a little bummed. But it's a change we have to get used to, because this is how Star Wars films will be opening from now on since moving over to Disney. Watch!
Over the next couple weeks, there's going to be a lot of Star Wars goodies that start surfacing online. This week brought the arrival of the entire Star Wars saga on digital home video for the first time ever, and next weekend will be Star Wars Celebration, where Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are going to kick off the convention, and there are rumblings that's where the new Episode VII trailer will debut along with the first official teaser poster. But until then, we thought we show off some cute LEGO recreations of artist Drew Struzan's iconic Star Wars saga posters.
Last spring, Disney and IMAX had struck a new deal that including partnering on then forthcoming films like Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy, and yet to be released films such as Tomorrowland and Star Wars: Episode VII. Now the House of Mouse and the big big screen company have renewed their deal to last through 2017, and the roster of films included in the deal shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Unsurprisingly, it includes Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. But those aren't the only Disney films that will get IMAX releases over the next couple years. More below!
There's undoubtedly a whole bunch of Star Wars coming our way, especially now that Disney has control over the Lucasfilm property. The studio has already unleashed an animated series on Disney XD called "Star Wars Rebels" and there's plans for a whole Star Wars world to invade Disney theme parks. But now some fans at Big Bee Studio have put together a trailer for an animated feature that would take the style of Pixar's Cars and Planes and apply it to the vehicles of Star Wars with a little project called X-Wings. I'm not gonna lie, this feels like something that would appeal to the young crowd of Star Wars fans. Watch!
We already know Star Wars Celebration next month is going to have a huge kick off with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on hand, likely showing off the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it arrives around the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And now it sounds like there might be some news on the developing standalone films, because StarWars.com has announced that Gareth Edwards, the director of Star Wars: Rogue One and Josh Trank, the director of the next untitled spin-off, will be coming to the event to "share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family."
Now that the first standalone spin-off to follow Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the official title of Star Wars: Rogue One and a confirmed leading lady in Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, it's time for the rest of the film's cast to get rounded up before production begins later this year. Deadline has word that Ben Mendelsohn, a spectacular Aussie character actor you should recognize from The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly, is circling another lead role alongside Jones. Of course, as has become customary with all Star Wars casting news, there's absolutely no hint of what kind of character he will be playing at all.
There's a lot of Star Wars fan films out there, so it takes some pretty impressive work in order for people to turn their heads and actually check one out every now and then. Well, it looks like animator Paul Johnson's anime short TIE Fighter is one of those films. Johnson has spent the last four years making this short film that takes a look at a space battle from the point-of-view of the Galactic Empire, making some of the pilots in the iconic ships actual characters as opposed to just faceless soldiers. As someone who's not really a fan of anime (I don't dislike it, just not my thing), this is still an impressive piece of work.
Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't slated to arrive for nine months, and we only just confirmed Looper director Rian Johnson would be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode VIII, coming in May of 2017, that's not stopping the rumors from starting on who will be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX. After all, Disney wants a new film from the galaxy far, far away arriving every year (like Star Wars: Rogue One in 2016) for the foreseeable future, so why wouldn't they be planning ahead? And Latino Review has the first rumor of a frontrunner director for Episode IX as The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams.
Even though John Williams has been responsible for all of the scores for each film in the Star Wars saga (except for Star Wars: The Clone Wars), he'll be sitting out for the Star Wars spin-offs it seems. Williams has already been confirmed to provide the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and presumably Episode VIII and Episode IX (though he's getting up there in years, so time is of the essence). But when it comes to Star Wars: Rogue One, the first standalone adventure outside of the new trilogy, French radio program Radio Classique’s Culture Club (via Film Music Reporter) learned someone else will step up.
Right along with the news of Star Wars: Episode VIII getting a summer release in May of 2017, the shareholders meeting led by Disney CEO Bob Iger has also revealed that the title of the first spin-off film will be Star Wars: Rogue One. The news was confirmed in a press release on StarWars.com where it was also confirmed that The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones will have a starring role in the film, though rumors of the story following the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star have not been confirmed. Disney only said it would be the first in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. But some of the producers have been revealed.