STAR WARS NEWS
"You feel like you're in a galaxy far, far away." Visiting other planets without leaving our planet. Lucasfilm + Disney have revealed one more making of featurette for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is now playing in theaters nationwide. The video includes some discussions with director Gareth Edwards and star Felicity Jones talking about filming on location. They profile locations in the United Kingdom (where most of the sets are built) as well as Iceland, Maldives, and Jordan. If you've seen the movie, you should be able to recognize all of these places. It's fascinating to see them turn these locations on Earth into exotic planets around the Star Wars galaxy. The spectacular magic of making movies. Now I want to see this again.
The new regime behind the Star Wars franchise came with a promise to the die-hard fans of the world. We would be offered one, new entry into the series every year until the brand became old and tired or until the stars overhead burned out, whichever came first. That meant every other film would take a side step away from the main saga and branch out into the ever-expanding universe surrounding it. This meant something as trivial as the first paragraph of A New Hope's opening crawl could be fleshed out into a feature film, which is what they've done with Rogue One, the first of many Star Wars stories to come. What looks like fodder to fill out the Star Wars release slate on paper, though, ends up delivering the freshness this beloved franchise desperately needed and all the excitement those die-hard fans have come to expect.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters and Godzilla), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in a new series of Star Wars standalone films. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, this is inspired by the opening crawl in George Lucas' original 1977 film:
"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…"
"There is a great disturbance in the Force…" What if Batman and Superman fought with lightsabers? What if the DC universe had Jedi? What if Jabba the Hut was Superman's ultimate villain? This is just a fun trailer made by a fan, and we'll never see this crossover in real life, but it's worth a quick watch anyway. According to TrailerTrack, this mashup was made by Zack Snyder (or at least posted by him on one of his own social media accounts) and includes a title card at the end stating: Dark Side Knight v SuperJedi: Dawn of the Alliance. This trailer isn't perfect, but is an amusing mashup of the two universes. Check it out below.
With two weeks to go until release, Disney + Lucasfilm are releasing more and more from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to make sure audiences everywhere are crazy excited about seeing this movie. The latest featurette they've revealed is a behind-the-scenes peek into the "creature shop". Director Gareth Edwards and Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan (who has credits on The Force Awakens, Prometheus, The Golden Compass, Babe, Little Shop of Horrors) gives us a brief glimpse at some of the various creatures in Rogue One and FX magic behind them. There isn't anything major revealed in this footage, but if you want to stay fresh it's best to avoid anything else. But for those who want a peek behind the curtain, fire this up.
"Trust the Force." Don't forget, Star Wars fans - early tickets for the opening weekend of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story go on sale this week! Starting this Monday (November 28th) around most of the world (they're already on sale in the UK). Check your local cinema for info. To remind everyone this is happening, Disney + Lucasfilm have released one more 90 second trailer with bits of extra footage. 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 looks so badass! See everyone in theaters in a few weeks.
"Save the Rebellion! Save the dream!" Disney + Lucasfilm have debuted two more action-packed TV spots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters in less than a month now. Tickets have already started to go on sale (beginning in the UK) and anticipation is about to hit its peak. I've already seen more than enough footage for this, I just want to be sitting in a theater watching the movie already. It will be that day soon, very soon. This stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, plus Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Riz Ahmed & Alan Tudyk. There's a few more shots in each of these spots, but it's mostly all about hyping up the crowds now. Fire ’em up below.
"It's a whole world I've been thinking about for quite a long time…" Disney + Lucasfilm have unveiled one more exciting new featurette for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This video goes behind-the-scenes of the production with director Gareth Edwards, who talks about how this is like "the world's greatest toy set" and how it's like being a kid again. Oh to visit this set would have been a dream come true. I wish there was more behind-the-scenes footage in this, but I do remember we had that other Celebration reel earlier this year that showed quite a bit. It's also interesting to see them showing the direct connections between A New Hope and Rogue One, but makes sense. Can't wait to see this, it's going to be exhilarating. Almost time.
"Take hold of this moment… The Force is strong." Disney + Lucasfilm have debuted one more brand new international trailer, similar to the most recent third trailer, for Gareth Edwards' solo movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This features extra bits and pieces of footage in addition to what was shown in the third trailer, including a few new shots of Vader and more at the start. There's even a shot that makes me seem there's some romance between Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna's character). Starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, plus Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Riz Ahmed & Alan Tudyk. Only one month left to go until this opens in theaters.
"This is your chance to make a real difference." Lucasfilm + Disney have revealed the first 30-second TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, the upcoming Star Wars solo spin-off movie arriving in theaters in December. There's just about one month left to go until this opens and it looks totally spectacular. I'm very excited to see it, I still have high hopes, and I especially can't wait to meet this team of heroes - every one of them looks like they bring something unique and inspiring to the team. I'm still partial to Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe (and Jyn Erso), but they all seem awesome. Starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, as well as Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Riz Ahmed & Alan Tudyk as K-2SO. Join the rebellion this December. Enjoy.
"This is our chance to make a real difference." Disney + LucasFilm have launched the third official trailer for the first Star Wars spin-off movie - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards. This is potentially the last trailer we'll see before release in December. Following the first two trailers, this one contains even more VFX-packed footage and more time with the various characters, including the droid K-2SO. 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. I'm glad they're still not giving away everything in the footage, but are giving us even more to get excited about. Only two months left to go!
"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.