STAR WARS NEWS
"This Bounty Hunter is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive." Yes, please! Mexican director Guillermo del Toro made an appearance at Comic-Con last week to promote his new movie Crimson Peak, and conducted a few interviews. During one of his chats with Yahoo, the filmmaker revealed that he's certainly interested in joining the Star Wars universe, but it's likely not happening anytime soon. He does, however, still have an idea for a kick ass spin-off solo movie. Or rather, a trilogy of movies. Guillermo told them about an offhand idea he has for a Godfather saga about how Jabba the Hut rose to power on Tatooine. Read on.
You won't be ready for this. During the Lucasfilm Comic-Con 2015 panel, J.J. Abrams debuted a beautiful behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that features no new footage from the actual film, but tons of footage that will make your jaw drop. This is the video that will finally make you realize they got this right, everything about it seems like they're getting back to that amazing feeling of the original trilogy. All the practical creatures, all the sets, all the cast, all the nostalgia, all the new glimpses. This really looks wonderful, and this is the kind of video that just makes me feel relieved. I'm not worried. This is going to be awesome. Right about halfway through I couldn't help tearing up, hit me right in the gut.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Or rather, here in San Diego at Comic-Con 2015, it's time to kick off Lucasfilm's Star Wars panel. Many know that years ago, back in 1976, Star Wars made its very first appearance at Comic-Con. Lucasfilm has been hosting panels every year, but they haven't had much to show in the last decade. Everything changes in 2015. Not only do we have The Force Awakens coming up this December, but we have Rogue One and more spin-off movies, not to mention a few other Lucasfilm properties. Who knows what will happen today, so follow the live blog below for updates as they happen.
This is the app you are looking for… It's only every so often we take a quick break from movie news to tell you about a cool movie-related app for your mobile phone. With Comic-Con underway this week, it's no surprise that Lucasfilm is making sure to make a mark. Their first big launch includes a brand new Official Star Wars App, which actually looks very sleek and contains an impressive amount of features. It's not overly cheesy, thank goodness, or so overwhelming it's hard to navigate. It's available for iOS + Android and even includes a news feed for Star Wars updates (hey you don't have to read us anymore!) and notifications.
Time to geek out, my friends! Because everything is awesome (in a galaxy far, far away). Disney + Lucasfilm have officially announced that The LEGO Movie co-directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord will be directing the next upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie. Currently set for release in May of 2018 (on May 25th, 2018 in the summer), this second spin-off (following Rogue One) in the Star Wars Anthology series will be about Han Solo. Specifically, it's about "how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley." The screenplay is written by father/son team Lawrence Kasdan & Jon Kasdan. Yes! This is the news we were waiting for.
This is cool. But I can't wait to see what the character actually looks like in the movie. There's an interesting interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz on StarWars.com that includes a fantastic new shot of Andy Serkis in full motion capture gear to play a character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. The shot shows him inside a mo-cap rig, presumably at ILM, with cameras all around and dots all over his face. In the interview they reveal: "Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture." Indeed. See him below.
As Star Wars – the original film, A New Hope – turns 38 this year (it opened May 25th, 1977), it's hard to imagine a time when Star Wars wasn't an ingrained part of our pop culture. For a second, just imagine a world where lightsabers aren't a thing and the Millennium Falcon is just a figment of George Lucas's imagination. There's no denying Star Wars has infiltrated almost every aspect of our culture and as we prepare to embrace a whole new chapter of the Star Wars legacy with this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let's take a look and see how Star Wars has changed movies – and pop culture – permanently.
More casting news for the upcoming Star Wars Anthology spin-off titled Rogue One, being directed by Gareth Edwards. With shooting starting up soon, they're finalizing casting and so far we've seen them making some excellent choices: Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed are confirmed. And now Variety can confirm a few others: Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. The plot, revealed at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim a few months ago, follows a band of resistance fighters on a daring mission to steal the Death Star (plans). Luna will play a lead role alongside Jones and Ahmed, however Mendelsohn is apparently playing the lead antagonist (or "primary villain" as he's being called). Now this new movie is really starting to come together.
It's a Chrometrooper! One of the many new characters we'll be meeting in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is this bad guy (she's part of the "First Order" not the "Empire" anymore) nicknamed the "Chromtrooper", played by Gwendoline Christie (of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, "Game of Thrones"), who wears a chrome stormtrooper outfit and carries a big gun. The caption from the reveal at Vanity Fair (as part of the Annie Leibovitz photo spread) only states: "First Order officer Captain Phasma surveys the rubble following an attack." Sleek. I wish we could see her without the mask! Very interesting.
Happy Star Wars Day - it's now May the 4th and everyone is celebrating! Including even Vanity Fair, going all out with their latest issue featuring a cover shot of Han, Chewie and the new gang, plus an entire photo spread shot by Annie Leibovitz. What?! I know! The photos have been unveiled in full this morning, and they're rather revealing, including our very first ever look at Adam Driver in costume on set (as far as we know he plays Kylo Ren). We also get to see more set images featuring director J.J. Abrams and a look at Lupita Nyong'o with her facial capture rig, meaning she's definitely playing some kind of alien. VF states she's playing a character named Maz Kanata. Take a look at all of the impressive new shots revealed below.
The Empire Reboots! Is that really the bold, eye-catching headline Lucasfilm wants on the cover of Vanity Fair? Is the new Star Wars saga really being dubbed a "reboot" or is that just mumbo jumbo they threw on there to sell magazines? Who knows. Vanity Fair has unveiled a new cover shot photographed by Annie Leibovitz showing Han and Chewie (Harrison Ford + Peter Mayhew) sitting with two new guys: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and BB-8 as BB-8. Yes, I'm including BB-8 as part of the new "trio" even though Oscar Isaac as X-Wing pilot Poe is missing from this cover. It's a cool shot and the best part is that Leibovitz has taken even more photos, and more will be revealed once the magazine is on stands. Woot.
Briefly: As much as I hate reporting on the non-news that someone is no longer working on a project they were originally attached to work on, if it involves Star Wars, it's still worth mentioning. StarWars.com and Variety are reporting that Lucasfilm has officially announced and confirmed that Josh Trank (director of Chronicle and this year's Fantastic Four reboot) will no longer be directing a Star Wars spin-off movie. Not long after Gareth Edwards got the first offer for Star Wars: Rogue One, due in theaters late 2016, Trank landed the gig to direct the next spin-off solo Star Wars movie due in 2018. However, he's been booted and Disney/Lucasfilm are going back to the drawing board - no replacements have been named yet. Interesting…
As of now, the only confirmed cast member for Star Wars: Rogue One is Felicity Jones, and details from Star Wars Celebration last weekend revealed that she'll be playing a Rebel soldier involved with the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star. . However, two more potential names have surfaced to join the first Star Wars Anthology spin-off slated for release on December 16th, 2016 as The Wrap reports The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay star Sam Claflin is being eyed for a role and Badass Digest adds that Four Lions and Nightcrawler star Riz Ahmed seems to be attached to the project too. Read on!
Thanks to all the excitement from Star Wars Celebration this weekend, the buzz on last week's new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still going strong. And thanks to a statement made by Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and will reprise the role for Episode VII this winter, people are talking about his voiceover heard in the trailer, the only dialogue heard in the film besides the moment we see Han Solo and Chewbacca again. It's clear the dialogue is from Return of the Jedi, but Hamill has people thinking the dialogue was changed for the trailer. But that's not the case.