Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rumor: Ian Kenny Cast in Young Han Solo Film

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By: Dominic Jones

The young Han Solo film looks to have added a new cast member.  Variety is reporting that Sing Street star Ian Kenny has been cast in the yet untitled Han Solo A Star Wars Story film.  There are no details about the role he would play.  If true (and it comes from Variety, who are very rarely wrong when it comes to this sort of thing), Kenny would join a cast that already includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in an unknown role.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

John Knoll Says He Has An Idea For Another 'Star Wars' Stand Alone Film

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By: Dominic Jones

The man behind the original concept for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have another Star Wars film up his sleeve.  Rogue One executive producer, ILM chief, VFX pioneer John Knoll spoke with Screen Rant recently and revealed that he's been working on idea for a another Star Wars Story film that he's considering pitching to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
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Gareth Edwards Discusses the Final Darth Vader Scene in 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the most iconic moments of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is when Darth Vader faces off against a group of Rebel soldiers in a darkened hallway.  Director Gareth Edwards recently sat down with Wired to discuss the making of that final scene.  He reveals that the scene was a late addition, being shot only four months before the film's release.  He also spoke about the difficulty in recreating the Death Star plans prop that Leia places in R2 in A New Hope, as well as what it was like filming his own cameo in that scene.  You can check out the video below,
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Partial Schedule for 'Star Wars' Celebration Orlando Released

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm official Star Wars convention, Star Wars Celebration is coming up in less than three weeks.  The event will feature our first look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a special 40th anniversary celebration for A New Hope, a preview for Star Wars Rebels Season four, and so much more.  For attending fans who want to get a head start on planning their weekend, Lucasfilm has released a partial schedule featuring some of the biggest panels at the event.  You can find the partial schedule over at StarWars.com, but we've highlighted the locations and times of some of the biggest events below,
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'Rogue One' Director and Writer Discuss the TIE Fighter Trailer Shot, Deleted Cameos

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By: Dominic Jones

When the first trailers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began to hit the film was still evolving and going through significant changes.  This resulted in several shots appearing in the trailers but not the final film. Perhaps the most famous of these shots featured Jyn Erso on the roof of the Imprial complex on Scarif only to have a TIE appear in front of her.  Many fans wanted to know what happened next, unfortunately there is no true answer.
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New 'Rogue One' Special Features Preview Focuses on Riz Ahmed's Many Auditions

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By: Dominic Jones

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available now as an HD digital download, with the Blu-ray and DVD coming next week.  One of the most anticipated aspect of any home media release of Star Wars is the special features.  For those waiting to pick up the Blu-ray, or still on the fence about picking the film up digitally, Entertainment Tonight has released a new preview of one of the bonus features.  The feature focuses on the character of Bodhi Rook and features clips from several Riz Ahmed's fourteen video auditions that he sent to director Gareth Edwards.  Check it out below,
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Disney CEO Says Leia's Role in 'The Last Jedi' Won't Be Changed

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By: Dominic Jones

While the world still mourns the passing of Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, the creative team behind the Star Wars films has the difficult task of moving forward without her given that Leia was meant to have roles in the next two instalments in the Skywalker saga.  Fortunately, Fisher finished filming her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi prior to her death so fans will get to her in her most iconic role one more time.  However, the question has been raised of whether or not the filmmakers would adjust the ending to The Last Jedi because of Fisher's death.
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On This Day: March 24, 1976

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Sir Alec Guinness arrived in Tunisia to begin shooting his scenes as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope.

The scenes shot in Tunisia include the famous first meeting between Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, following the Tusken Raider attack.

Little did the legendary actor know that his character, Obi-Wan, would become as iconic as the film itself.

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 24/03/17

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On this episode, Chris, Ben, and Dominic have a rapid fire discussion about some of the smaller aspects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including Leia's role, Bor Gullet, and what order to watch the film now.  They also delve into all the news about alternate versions of Rogue One scenes and characters.  Plus, Bob Iger drops some interesting tidbits about the Han Solo film, Woody Harrelson reveals his character's name, and a whole lot of Star Wars Celebration updates.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Del Rey Announces Star Wars Celebration Schedule & Exclusives

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Del Rey are coming to the Behind the Scenes stage at Star Wars Celebration Orlando next month.

Unbound Worlds have reported that there will be author signings (of all of which are free and the schedule of which is subject to change) purchasing books and meeting members of the Del Rey team. 

This is deemed to be the place to be if you are a fan of Star Wars books.

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Bob Iger Says the Han Solo Film Will Cover Six Years

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By: Dominic Jones

It's been a big day for Disney CEO Bob Iger.  Not only has his contract been extended to July 2019, he also gave a talk at the University of Southern California, where he dropped some interesting Star Wars tidbits.  During the talk at USC, Iger revealed that the young Han Solo film currently in production will cover Han's life from ages 18-24 (approximately six years).  He also spoke briefly about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, promising Luke Skywalker fans that the Jedi Master will have lots to say this December.
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Riz Ahmed Reveals How Bodhi Rook Evolved Through The Various Versions of 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones

Over the past week, the creatives involved in the making of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been revealing how the story of the film changed through various editions of the script.  We've heard about alternate endings, alternate beginnings, and even an alternate death for Director Krennic.  Now, Riz Ahmed has revealed that Bodhi Rook was, at one point, a completely different character.  In an interview with EW's Anthony Breznican, Ahmed revealed that Bodhi wasn't always the well-intentioned, if nervous, Imperial pilot turned Rebel.  In fact, he wasn't even named Bodhi.
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Woody Harrelson Reveals His Star Wars Character is Named Beckett

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By: Dominic Jones

Woody Harrelson has finally revealed his character name in the upcoming Young Han Solo film.  Harrelson appeared on The Tonight Show where he revealed to host Jimmy Fallon that he is playing a character named "Beckett".  He also described his character as "kind of a criminal and a mentor".  When pressed for more information, he threw his arms in the air and said he could say no more.  Check out the video below,
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

John Knoll Describes More 'Rogue One' Alternate Endings

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By: Dominic Jones

Earlier this week details emerged about an early version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in which Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor would have survived the film.  While it was ultimately changed so that all the film's main characters were killed off, John Knoll, the man who came up with original story for Rogue One, recently revealed details about two other alternate endings he came up with for the film.  In advance of the film's upcoming home media release (on digital HD this Friday and Blu-ray/DVD on April 4th), Knoll sat down with iO9 where he described the alternate endings.
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Details About Alternate 'Rogue One' Prologue Emerge

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the things that sets Rogue One: A Star Wars Story apart from the rest of the Star Wars films is that the first scene takes place fifteen years before the rest of the film.  In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and the film's first writer Gary Whitta revealed that, while the plan was always to open with a prologue, the specifics of the scene were very different in the first draft.  The main difference, Krennic wasn't there for Galen.  He was after Lyra, who was secretly a Jedi knight.
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