Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prototype Boba Fett Hot Wheels Car To Be Celebration Europe Exclusive

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By: Benjamin Hart

With Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 right around the corner we're finally getting our first look at some of the exclusive collectibles that will be available at the convention. Our friends at Jedi News received word from Mattel that a brand new prototype armor Boba Fett Hot Wheels car will be among the items for sale exclusively at this Celebration.


The design is based on an early concept for Boba Fett(seen in this video) that had the infamous bounty hunter appear in an all-white version of his iconic armor. The toy itself includes twin turbo engines that mimic Boba's jet pack, a range finder and several weapons extending from the hood. Senior Hot Wheels designer Bryan Benedict spoke briefly about translating Fett into car form:

“I am a huge fan of Star Wars, so to get the opportunity to recreate classic characters as part of my job is a huge honour. I am excited to be amongst the fans and to unveil our exclusive Boba Fett car that I designed as a rat rod, because to me Boba Fett is basically a walking rat rod - with his banged up helmet and cool attitude.  But this is a rat rod with super-advanced technology, and, in the case of our Celebration exclusive, he’s been given a pristine white paint scheme to match the prototype armour.”

The cars will be available at booth #S502 on the Celebration floor, and Bryan Benedict will be there Saturday morning for a car signing. In addition, those who attended the Hot Wheels panel on the Behind-The-Scenes stage on Saturday(4:30 PM - 5:30 PM) will get a first look at the upcoming line of Star Wars Hot Wheels cars and will be able to give their two cents on what the next Celebration exclusive will be.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is happening July 15th - 17th at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, England!

Source: Jedi News, Hot Wheels(Twitter)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

EW Releases High Quality Versions Of 'Rogue One' Photos

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By: Benjamin Hart

Last week Entertainment Weekly made major waves with a plethora of reveals from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Among the them were galleries of images from the film giving us glimpses at the various new characters, vehicles and locations that will be seen in Rogue One. Now EW has gone the extra mile to provide us with high quality versions of some of the previously released images with less intrusive watermarks. These images are great for wallpapers, Facebook cover photos, or you can just simply stare at them and zoom in to to see the finer details of the shots. A few of them can be seen below, and the rest can be found over at EW:



Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Mattel, Entertainment Earth & Gentle Giant Reveal SDCC Exclusives

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By: Benjamin Hart

The convention season is heating up over the next few weeks with some of the biggest events happening in all corners of the globe. Arguably the biggest convention on the planet is San Diego Comic Con, which is kicking off on July 20th. While it's still unclear what kind of presence Star Wars will have at this year's SDCC, we do have an idea about what kind of exclusive merchandise will be available there. Today, Gentle Giant LTD, Mattel and Entertainment Earth unveiled the collectibles that they will be bringing to SDCC. You can check them out below!


First off, Yahoo Movies reports that Mattel has revealed a Hot Wheels version of the classic Death Star trench run from A New Hope. The set features four Hot Wheels cars in the form of an X-Wing, two TIE Fighters and Darth Vader's TIE Advanced fighter. The cars are packaged in Death Star trench inspired packaging that lights up. The set can be pre-ordered on MattyCollector.com and will be available at SDCC for $50. You can see more photos here.


Next up, Yakface alerted us to the news that Entertainment Earth will have an 18-inch vac-metal C-3PO figure with a red arm, as he appeared in The Force Awakens. The limited edition figure is from Jakks Pacific and features 7 points of articulation. They will be sold exclusive at booth #2343 for $60 each. More details can be found here.


And finally, Yodasnews provided a first look at Gentle Giant's jumbo Farmboy Luke action figures. The two figures, one with brown hair and one with yellow hair, is a 1:6 scale replica enlargement of the original 1983 3 ¾” Return Of The Jedi figure. Both figures feature full articulation to match the original, including the classic yellow retractable Lightsaber. Both versions are limited to 250 pieces and will be available exclusively at SDCC for $80 each. For more photos and information, visit Yodasnews!


San Diego Comic Con's preview night begins July 20th and convention will run from July 21st through July 24th!

Sources: Entertainment EarthYodasnews, Yahoo Movies

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Opinion: Villainous Vader A Choking Hazard For Rogue One?

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Last Wednesday Entertainment Weekly publicly announced their 'exclusive' Rogue One preview edition. This edition revealed a number of exclusive details about the upcoming film, including the return of the mighty Sith Lord, Darth Vader, to the big screen. EW's front cover was a visual set-piece featuring the new 'Rebels' characters, new vehicles and new environments. Quite clearly, the edition's emphasis centered on the 'new' rather than the 'old'. Undoubtedly Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains of cinema history, but he also resonates closer with the 'Original Trilogy' of the 1970s and 1980s, rather than recent Star Wars folklore in the late 1990s and noughties. In fact it wasn't until late morning on Thursday that Entertainment Weekly published an article solely dedicated to Vader's return, this after EW had announced the profiles of the new 'Rebels' characters, including the revelation that Forest Whitaker would play 'Rebel extremist' Saw Gerrera, on the Wednesday. In my mind this cements the idea that Lucasfilm and Disney want to ensure that Rogue One is not perceived to be a 'Vader' movie because the central focus of the film centres on the 'Rebellion', headed by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)



Disney's concerns are not unreasonable. EW's 'Vader' article received a high level of traction. On our website alone, the 'Vader' story has become the second highest read news story this past week, receiving over 40,000 hits. This demonstrates that Vader's return to live-action Star Wars is 'big' news and that official confirmation has rekindled mainstream interest. For instance, now some mainstream audience members have been pleasantly surprised at the news that James Earl Jones would reprise his role to voice Vader in Rogue One (Rebels viewers will be less surprised at his return). Now that we are aware of Vader's on-screen re-appearance, how much of Vader can we expect to see in the new film?
According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, we will not be seeing much of Vader this movie. Kennedy stated that Vader will "loom large" at a "key strategic moment", but will be used "sparingly"in the film. Kennedy's statement is a welcome one because it shows that Disney recognise the value of these 'iconic' characters and that the movie will not be dominated by Vader in order to provide fan service and generate financial profit. It shows that Disney and Lucasfilm care about the franchise.

On our latest SWU podcast one of our paetron members, named Rusty, reminded listeners that Vader's on-screen appearance in A New Hope lasted no more than 12 minutes. I found this to be an astonishing statistic because I felt Vader's presence was pervasive throughout Episode IV. I have no doubt his presence was pervasive, but it refutes the notion that the longer a character is on screen, the more of an impact they will make. Just look at Marvel's Days of Future Past and the introduction of Quicksilver, which generated instant impact and has now become a popular character amongst many Marvel fans. I would be shocked to see Vader in the movie for longer than 12 minutes to be frank and yet I imagine his significance in the film will seem to be much more grandiose than the actual screen-time appearance of Lord Vader.
Finally, Vader's on screen presence does not necessarily mean that 'Vader' won't be used as a marketing ploy by Lucasfilm to encourage people to see the film and get bums on seats at theatres. In just under three weeks time a little known event called 'Star Wars Celebration' may reveal more on the Vader front. Keep an eye out for the Rogue One panel on Friday 17 July from 4-5pm (GMT), 11am (EST), 8am (PST), as I anticipate Disney and Lucasfilm will release a new Rogue One trailer. This trailer may well feature an appearance from the infamous Sith Lord, the first live-action reprisal of Vader since over a decade, in a style comparable to Han's "Chewie, we're home" line at the end of the second trailer of The Force Awakens

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The SWU Podcast | Bonus Show #4

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On this month's Patreon sponsored Bonus episode of The SWU Podcast, Chris, Ben and Dominic are joined by Patreon supporters Gary and Joey to discuss some fun Star Wars topics.  They look at what the Sequel Trilogy might have been had the Original cast not returned, the potential of other characters from Star Wars animation making it to the big screen, and does Rogue One have the potential to be their favorite Star Wars movie.  Plus, Ben and Dominic discuss other fandoms of theirs, Rey parentage theories, and more convention stories.  All this and much more!
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Lucas Museum Moving Back To California After Chicago Plans Fall Through

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By: Benjamin Hart

Earlier this week some unfortunate news came out of Chicago concerning George Lucas' proposed museum. After years of planning and many months of controversy surrounding a proposition to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Museum in Chicago, Illinois, George Lucas has officially retracted the proposal in response to heavy resistance from the local non-profit organization Friends of the Park. In a statement released on Friday, the Star Wars creator expressed his disappointment with the situation and resilience to move forward with the project and build the museum in California instead. You can read the full press release below:


CHICAGO, June 24, 2016 — The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced today that in light of extensive delays caused by Friends of the Parks, Chicago will no longer be considered a potential site for the museum. The board of directors and executive leadership of the museum confirmed that California will be its future home. 

“No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot,” said George W. Lucas, founder and chairman of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. “The actions initiated by Friends of the Parks and their recent attempts to extract concessions from the city have effectively overridden approvals received from numerous democratically elected bodies of government.” 

The location — a parking lot near Soldier Field — was originally selected by Chicago’s Site Selection Task Force in May 2014 and subsequently approved by the City Council, Park District, Plan Commission, Department of Zoning, Illinois General Assembly and the governor. When the city offered McCormick Place East as an alternative to the parking lot, Friends of the Parks announced plans to block consideration of that location as well as any lakefront site or park in Chicago.  

On behalf of his wife, Mellody Hobson, and other members of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Board of Directors, Mr. Lucas expressed gratitude to the many people throughout the community who worked tirelessly to bring the institution to life on Chicago’s Museum Campus. "We are deeply appreciative to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and countless others for all the time and effort they invested in trying to secure the museum for Chicago," said Mr. Lucas.

The education-focused public institution remains dedicated to expanding public understanding and appreciation of narrative art in all its forms, providing inspiration and learning, especially for young people. 

Mr. Lucas stated, “While Chicago will not be home to the museum, my wife and I will continue to enthusiastically support a wide variety of educational and cultural activities throughout the city.” 

Prior to June of 2014 the museum was originally envisioned to be built at the Presidio in San Francisco near where Lucasfilm headquarters are located. After meeting some backlash over the Presidio location, and some invitations from Chicago city officials, such as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the decision was made to move the project to Chicago. The museum soon drew controversy over it's proposed placement on the Chicago Lakefront, leading to location revisions and eventually a lawsuit being filed by the Friends of the Park in November of 2014. Since then the project has been deadlocked in litigation, forcing Lucas to ultimately return it to his home state of California.

While it is unfortunate to see the Chicago plans fall through, it will be exciting to see the museum finally be able to break ground in the Golden State, weather it be San Francisco, Los Angeles or another city. May the Force be with George Lucas as he continues to work to make this museum a reality!

Source: LucasMuseum.org

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'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Droid Character Pack Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

This Tuesday will see the release of the long awaited video game Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The game will allow fans to play their way through the story of  The Force Awakens, which has been completely recreated in the classic Lego style. In addition, there will be a ton of cool extras that will be available, including an assortment of DLCs.

The latest DLC to be announced is a Playstation exclusive Droids character pack. While Droids like R2-D2, BB-8 and C-3PO are already playable in the game, this bonus content adds an assortment of Droids from other eras of the saga.

Included in the pack will be the Astromech with a bad motivator R5-D4, bounty hunter IG-88, the Protocol Droid ME-8D9 seen in Maz Kanata's Castle, Lando Calrissian's droid W1-LE from Star Wars Rebels, and a variety of battle Droids from The Clone Wars, including the Captain Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, and Captain Commando Droid.

But by far the biggest character included in the pack is none other the Supreme Commander of the Separatists, General Grievous, who will be playable with his classic four Lightsabers. In addition, the Vulture-Class Droid Starfghter will be among the ships made playable in the flight levels, and a microfighter version of the Droid fighter will be available to fly in free play areas.


A trailer for the character pack was released as well, which you can check out below:



The Droids character pack will only be available on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 and will be released alongside the full game on June 28th!

Source: Playstation.com

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Exhibitors List & Panel Schedules Released For Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are now just twenty days away from the kick off of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London! Lots of new has been dropping recently, and the most recent reveal gives us a ton of much needed information about the convention. The official Celebration web site has just been updated with the the full list of exhibitors that will be filling up booths on the show floor, as well as the schedules for all the various panels that will be happening over the course of the event. To see the full list of exhibitors, you can click here.


And speaking of which, you might recognize one of the exhibitors in particular. If you're attending this Celebration, you'll definitely want to stop by booth S342 because that's where The Star Wars Underworld's first ever convention booth will be set up! Please be sure to pay us a visit, we'd love to see you all there!

Also revealed today was the schedules for the various stages, including the Celebration stage, Fan & Collectors' stage, Galaxy stage, Behind-The-Scenes stage and the One Force Stage. You can see all of those schedules by clicking here!

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 takes place July 15th - 17th at the ExCel Exhibiton Centre in London, England!

Source: StarWarsCelebration.com

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Even More 'Rogue One' Photos Revealed From EW

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By: Benjamin Hart

This has been an amazing week for Rogue One news! Entertainment Weekly has been providing us with plethora of new announcements, photos and information about the film. Today EW's Anthony Breznican has revealed yet another batch of photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that didn't make it into the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which goes on sale today. Including in the stills are shots of our heroes, including Jyn(Felicity Jones), Cassian(Diego Luna) and Chirrut(Donnie Yen), as well as a stunning view of the black-clad Death Troopers and a behind the scenes shot. Check them all out below:



In the article Breznican also hints that Chirrut uses a Bowcaster type weapon and further discusses that Jyn and Cassian's relationship may not be what you think it is. Director Gareth Edwards also responds to fans concerns about the lack of aliens in the film, saying that there are indeed non-humans among the Rebel squad, they just aren't front and center. You canlearn more by checking out the article on Entertainment Weekly!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Mon Mothma To Have A 'Significant Role' In Rogue One

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Politics has been dominating the discussion around the World today, following Britain's 'Brexit' from the European Union. I guess then it's only fitting to discuss EW's latest revelation about the return of the former 'political' Senator Mon Mothma to the cinematic screen. 

In the time period of Rogue One, Mon Mothma is responsible for unifying the divided star systems who are facing terror and tyranny from the evil, Galactic Empire. EW and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy have made it clear that Mon Mothma's role in Rogue One will be "significantly larger" than her last on-screen appearance in Return of the Jedi. 


Kathleen Kennedy: We actually see quite a bit of her (Mon Mothma). The Rebel Alliance is in disarray. Pretty panicked. Up against it. And she is trying the best she can to provide the leadership, in amongst a wide variety of Rebel soldiers that have very differing opinions as to what to do.

EW have termed Mon Mothma as the "Mother of the Rebellion" and based on Kathleen Kennedy's words it seems as though Mon Mothma will take that mantle on, as she leads the newly formed, yet diverse, Rebel Alliance in its fight against the Empire. 
Mon Mothma will be played by Genevieve O'Reilly who bears a striking look to Caroline Blakiston (the actress who played her in Return of the Jedi, 33 years ago).

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 24/06/16

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On this episode Ben and Dominic are joined by The Watchers of Westeros host Ciaran Duggan and SWU Patreon supporter Rusty Zion to discuss this week's massive Rogue One news.  They celebrate the fact that Forest Whitaker is playing Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars and Chris joins them to discuss some of the other new characters.   They also discuss the low key announcement of Darth Vader's return, the new photos, and whether or not the film should have a crawl.  Plus a Celebration update and Rebels Season Two coming to blu-ray.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy Discuss the 'Rogue One' Reshoots

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By: Dominic Jones

Not too long ago, rumors began to swirl about massive reshoots taking place for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  According to the rumors, not only would a large portion of the film be reshot but the reshoots would alter the tone of the new film from that of a war movie to one that better matches The Force Awakens.  Though many of the reshoot rumors were debunked, no one associated with the production had publicly spoken about them, until now.  As part of his Rogue One coverage this week (which also includes the confirmation that Darth Vader would be appearing, new pictures, and the reveal of a character from The Clone Wars being in the film), Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican spoke with director Gareth Edwards and Producer Kathleen Kennedy about the rumored reshoots.


Edwards said,
"I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit".

Kennedy added,
"There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography.  I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make."

Kennedy also addressed the tone of the Star Wars Stories (also known as Anthology films) saying,
"One of the things we’re doing with these Star Wars stories is embracing the uniqueness of the different genres, and we’re very deliberately leaning into the various styles of directors that we’re approaching so that each of these movies will very intentionally have a very different tone and style from the saga films."

Along the lines of making the films stylistically different, a question that has been raised about Rogue One and the other Star Wars Stories is whether we can expect classic Star Wars elements like the opening crawl.  Kennedy was asked about this and her response was non-committal, saying,

"We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing.  The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what  will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that."

It's been discusses at length how reshoots are simply a part of the film making process and are no cause for concern, however it's always nice to hear from the filmmakers about it.  As for the crawl, personally I hope they choose to include it.  I understand the desire to make the Star Wars Stories different from the saga films, however I think the crawl is one thing that should remain consistent across all the films.

 
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EW Unveils Tons More Photos & Info From 'Rogue One'

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By: Benjamin Hart

These past couple days have been incredibly exciting thanks to a plethora of reveals for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from Entertainment Weekly. The latest one that was just unveiled features a gallery of new photos from the film along with some brand new accompanying information that is truly fascinating. In the photos we get never before seen looks at our main characters in stunning environments, Stormtroopers, both new and old, and some behind the scenes shots. You can check them all out below!


First off, we get some shots of Jyn Erso, played by Felcity Jones. Industrial Light & Magic CEO John Knoll, who came up with the story for Rogue One and is an executive producer on the film, spoke briefly about why he felt the story should be focused on a female hero and her father:

“I’m a father with three daughters, and I felt it was time to have a really good, smart, resourceful, strong female character in the lead of a movie like this,.. I wrote that before I saw a treatment for Episode VII, so I didn’t know about Rey.” 


Next, we get a better shot of Diego Luna's character, Captain Cassian Andor. Kiri Hart of the Lucasfilm Story Group explains that Andor is an experienced fighter who's seen a lot but isn't interested in discussing it:

"He has a weariness that he carries. It comes from, 'We’re in it, I’m committed for the long fight, and it’s not something that I came to yesterday.'"


Furthermore, we get an assortment of new glimpses at the characters Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, portrayed by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, respectively. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reveals that these characters take ques from works that inspired Star Wars' creation in the first place; the two peasants in Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress:

“They’re inspired, again, by what inspired George in The Hidden Fortress. You could even say to some extent it’s, you know, R2 and C-3PO, a little bit of that.”


Next up, we get a better look at the security droid character K-2SO, played by Alan Tudyk. Director Gareth Edwards desrcibes Kaytoo as a "blunt" speaker who will be a source of humor as well:

"He has a very dry delivery. He doesn’t realize what he's saying is very funny."


And rounding out the heroes we have new photo of Bohdi Rook, played by Riz Ahmed:


And now, on to the villains. While Darth Vader will have a presence in the film, Director Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendolsohn, will be the main antagonist of the story. Krennic is the one in charge of protecting the Death Star in its final stages of construction. Kiri Hart explains how Krennic is similar, but also very different from Imperial officers we've seen in the past, such as Wilhuff Tarkin:

“Tarkin is the model for these really cool, icy types, you know? Krennic runs a little hotter than that, so that’s kind of fun and it’s a little bit different. … He is unpredictable and volatile.”


Next, some stunning looks at the new Death Troopers. In the first photo you may notice that the Trooper is carrying a Stormtrooper doll. EW confirms that is indeed the Star Wars equivalent of an action figure, although it's unclear how it will figure into the plot:


And as we see the Death Troopers in a beach enviroment, we also get looks at some classic Stormtroopers in similar surroundings. EW reports that this aquatic landscape will represent a yet-to-be-revealed world that is in the vicinity of the Death Star at the time of Rogue One. Gareth Edwards confirms that these scenes were filmed on the tropical island nation of Maldives in the Indian Ocean. He also discusses that the real world influences on this portion of the film:

“There’s this sort of South Pacific, tropical paradise planet that subconsciously leads into some of the imagery associated with World War II. We went to lots of different places around the world, and one of them was the Maldives. 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.”


And last, but certainly not least, we have a behind the scenes shot which EW confirms is from the set of the Yavin IV Rebel base. In it, we see(from left to right) Alan Tudyk(in motion capture gear), Felicty Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen and Gareth Edwards:


Be sure to head over to Entertainment Weekly to see more! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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EW Reveals Further Info On Darth Vader's Role In Rogue One

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By Ciaran Duggan,

EW are at it again today! After the plethora of EW announcements yesterday, including a revelation about the character profiles of the principal Rebel characters and confirmation of the identity of Forest Whitaker's character, EW have today supplied further details about the confirmed return of the menacing Sith Lord, Darth Vader. 

In her interview with EW, Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, finally spoke about the return of one of the most iconic movie villains of all time, Darth Vader (after an initial moment's hesitation). The main revelations, or perhaps rather official confirmations, we received about Vader included:

  • James Earl Jones will reprise the iconic voice of Darth Vader, at the age of 85. Jones will continue his reprisal of the Sith Lord, following recent special guest appearances on the second season of the hit Star Wars animated TV series, Star Wars: Rebels.
  • Audiences will be getting "just a little bit" of Darth Vader. Kathleen Kennedy stated: "He will be used sparingly in the movie. But at a key strategic moment, he's going to loom large".
  • Vader will remain a "background player in galactic politics"
  • Kathleen Kennedy described Vader as "the muscle, the fixer and the breaker, when he needs to be"
The other interesting point raised in the article was the fact that Vader is unfamiliar to both the Rebels and Empire alike. Film Director, Gareth Edwards described Vader as "more legend than presence" in the Empire and will be portrayed as such in the movie. 

Gareth Edwards: Within the Rebellion, it's not commonly spoken about. Within the Empire, there is a culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There's definitely an underlying feeling there is a power - a dark power - available to the Empire and if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences.

However, it is clear that the knowledge of Vader will not be as concealed to Ben Mendelsohn's character, Director Orson Krennic. Gareth Edwards and  Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm's Chief of Story development, make it fundamentally clear that Vader and Krennic are not friends. 

Kiri Hart: Vader doesn't really play by the rules. He's present in the military structure, but he's not beholden to it. He's not accountable to anybody really, except Palpatine.
The other interesting tidbit from the EW article is that Gareth Edwards encountered a 'fan boy' moment when Vader showed up, in his full glory, on the set of Rogue One

Gareth Edwards: I got goosebumps. I was so nervous to turn the corner and see him. You have to pinch yourself. Everyone became children again. You just go straight back to being a 4-year-old, like, in a heartbeat. There's all sorts of rules about security on set, but I couldn't help it. I got my phone out and started taking pictures of him, and pictures of him with me, because I felt like no one would believe that I'd met Darth Vader

Can you blame Gareth Edwards for having a 'fan boy' moment? I think all of us would do, if we were in his shoes. What do you make of the reappearance of Darth Vader on the big screen? Are you excited and hyped? Or do you think this is mere fan service? Leave us your views in the comment section below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly 
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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: TheRealMarch4th

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TheRealMarch4th has been customizing for 2 years now.  His work immediately caught our eye because he was one of the few artists out there making Clone Wars custom action figures.  He paints, he kitbashes, and he sculpts too.  The entire customizing package.  He loves customizing figures from the Star Wars animated TV shows and making Mandalorians.  The scope of his work even dives into the Expanded Universe/Legends.  His early work like most customizers focused on making Jedi action figures, but once his skill set expanded so did his character choices from which he drew his inspiration.  He is hoping to create more figures from Star Wars Rebels, Clone Wars and even the old Droids series in the upcoming months.  We talk to this customizer frequently and his enthusiasm for the hobby is infectious.























To see more of his work in the future visit his Instagram page:





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