Monday, January 26, 2015

Rumor: Chris Weitz Replaced Gary Whitta on 2016 Stand Alone Film

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By: Dominic Jones

The first Star Wars Stand Alone film, directed by Gareth Edwards and slated for a December 16th, 2016 release date, has found its new writer a new report from The Hollywood Reporter claims.  Chris Weitz is said to have replaced Gary Whitta, who left the project earlier this month, sources tell THR.  Weitz is best known for his writing credits on the 2002 film About A Boy, which he was nominated for an Oscar for, and the upcoming live action Cinderella film from Disney, which hits theaters on March 13th.

I can't say I'm too familiar with Weitz as a writer, but I'm intrigued to see what his take on Star Wars is and how he takes what Whitta has already done and finalize for the big screen.  This does seem to negate a previous rumor that Simon Kinberg was taking over writing duties on the new film, but given Kinberg's role behind the scenes in all Star Wars projects right now he could still have some hand in the script.  Very little is known about what the first stand alone film is.  Rumor run from it involving mostly new characters to it being about a showdown between two famous characters.  Just last we got our first casting rumors for the film, so it seems things are really heating up behind the scenes.  

As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.


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'Star Wars: Battle Pod' Trailer

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By: Dominic Jones

Japanese Disney YouTube Channel has uploaded a trailer for the new arcade game Star Wars: Battle Pod.  The game was announced back at New York Comic Con in 2014.  The game allows players to relive some classic battle from the Original Trilogy and also features a level titled "Vader's Revenge" set immediately after the destruction of the first Death Star.  Check out the trailer below,

 
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Star Wars Rebels 'Vision of Hope' Preview

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By: Dominic Jones

Even though there's no new episode of Star Wars Rebels airing tonight, that doesn't mean we can't get excited about next week's episodes (or, if you the Watch Disney XD App you can just go watch the episode now).   Lucasfilm has released two new preview clips from the episode, including one that features our first look at Senator Gall Trayvis in the flesh.  Check them out below,



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ewan McGregor: "I’m Still Waiting For The Call" For New Star Wars

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By: Dominic Jones

A few months ago, rumors began flying around that an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand alone film was in the works.  The rumors seemed to imply that Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role in the films.  Combine that with fan speculation that McGregor could portray a Force ghost old Obi-Wan, with make-up and CGI to make him look like Sir Alec Guiness, and you've got quite the compelling case for more Ewan McGregor in Star Wars.  Well this all seems to be news to Ewan.  MTV's Josh Horowitz caught up with McGregor who is promoting new film Last Days in the Desert and asked him about returning to the role and if he'd heard anything.

McGregor said, "No! I’m still waiting for the call!  Seriously!"

You can watch the video for yourself below to see their entire conversation and learn what Ewan thinks of Kylo Ren's lightsaber,

I would love to Ewan reprise his role as Obi-Wan, especially in a stand alone film.  This is the perfect time to do it as well.  It's been about 10 years since McGregor last played the part, so he's aged naturally enough that he could do a film about Obi-Wan set between Episodes III and IV (what he'd be doing is anyone's guess), but he also hasn't aged enough that he couldn't go back and do somethign between Episodes II and III.  Hopefully Lucasfilm feels the same.


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Rumor: Another 'The Force Awakens' Concept Art Description

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By: Dominic Jones
 
Our friend Jason Ward from MakingStarWars.net has posted another one of his famous descriptions for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This one deals with something taking place on the desert planet (Tatooine, we assume) that we've seen in leaked set pictures.  As usual, there is a chance that this may not be true so if you're trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you're cool with spoilers, then keep reading.
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This piece is one of my favorites I have seen so far. I also have to say that it is the one with the most ambiguity around it. It is a piece of the legendary artist Ryan Church. Church is probably responsible for some of the best art Star Wars has ever had. Look through his artwork if you’re unfamiliar with him.

The point of view is from the from the ground, looking up at a ship a few hundred feet up in the sky. The ship in the sky is the same one Rey chases on her wagon speeder. Only this is an early iteration of it before it became the quad engine ship we glimpsed in the teaser behind BB-8.  I believe the function of this ship is to pick up large pieces of salvage.

A hero is crouching and we are looking over their shoulder. They have some ship parts on the ground in from of them. This person is looking up towards the ship. The ship has its canopy open and the pilot is raising his hand to wave to the person on the ground in acknowledgement. In the background, you can see the remains of a crashed Star Destroyer’s bridge. The landscape is like that of Jordan but there is metal debris all around the landscape.

There’s a lot of speculation in this one. Just the facts? A ship in the sky. Guy waves down to person on the ground. Person on the ground is crouching over something as if to say “I found it.” The ship has a cable hanging down from it that’s probably meant to pick up a ship.

The helmet of the person crouching is very interesting. It reminds me of a classic 1950’s football player’s helmet. The X-wing pilots in Star Wars: The Force Awakens also have helmets in a similar style. This one has a visor on it and the visor is flipped up which is why we can see it. The person on the ground could be Rey, however the sleeves of the clothing are orange which is indicative of an X-wing pilot, but the sleeves are also kind of short, showing a lot of the person’s arm. It could very well be Poe Dameron we are seeing from behind, but it still might be Rey. However, Rey never wears this costume in any concept art I have seen. The gender of this person is totally ambiguous. However, it is not unlike the costume we see Finn wearing in those leaked first shot action figure photos. Frustrating right?

Interestingly, this same ship design appears in the chase sequence we mentioned before. The chase has the big ship on fire with a lot of smoke trailing behind it while Rey chases it on the wagon speeder. I think they are trying to salvage pieces of Poe’s X-wing to fix it. They grab the parts and then meet trouble and are forced to flee back to to the AT-AT homebase to make the repairs? Or perhaps back to the “Mainstreet” set where the X-wing is glimpsed next to the Falcon in many pieces of artwork.
They could be recovering the lightsaber from a crash as I’ve heard suggested. But there is one piece of art that shows this same ship transporting the chassis of an X-wing fighter. So really, I’m relying on other pieces to inform this piece.

I heard a rumor that we see Rey on the AT-AT head by herself. In the sequence she contemplates if she’s going to leave with her new friends or not. Something tells me if that rumor pans out, Poe and Finn would be working on repairing the ship while she contemplates her future. But that is just something to ponder.

A part of me believes the concept art in question purposely left the players on the trio ambiguous as any of the three characters in the main trio could have done any of the actions in this sequence. The piece is not dated so we can’t tell how early this piece is. But it is early enough that the quad engine ship is not finalized yet.

We’re clearly still working through a lot of ambiguity on figuring out the sequence and motivations in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One thing is for sure, it appears getting that ship repaired takes us to a chase sequence mostly likely and getting off the planet isn’t as easy as just getting to the space port. Or maybe this whole sequence was cut! I can’t wait to see what choices the production made and how it affects the film.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theatres on December 18th 2015 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac.
 
 
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In Case You Missed It: January 17th - 24th, 2015

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By: Benjamin Hart

What better way to wrap up the week than with another edition of In Case You Missed It? Star Wars news headlines came faster and more intense than usual this week! The maker himself set the Internet ablaze with his comments about The Force Awakens, Lando classed up Star Wars Rebels with his presence and Marvel revealed more about their current and future comics. Plus, more games, more toys and more rumors! Read on to get caught up...


Films

George Lucas Says Disney is Not Using His Original Idea for Episode VII
Well, this is interesting.... The maker has seemingly set the record straight that his story treatments are not being used for the new films.

Oscar Isaac Talks About Playing Poe Dameron in 'The Force Awakens'
It's always good to hear from one of the stars of Episode VII, and Isaac does not disappoint!

Report: Leanne Best Cast in 'The Force Awakens'

George Lucas Calls the 'The Force Awakens' Trailer "Intriguing"
He saw it! He finally watched the trailer, and here's what he had to say!

Conflicting Reports on What the Second 'The Force Awakens' Trailer Will Contain
What can we look forward to seeing in the next trailer? We have a few ideas...

Oscar Isaac Calls Working on 'The Force Awakens' "Wild"
It seems the actor had quite the time working on the latest film.

Report: Official 'The Force Awakens' Sketches By Robert Bailey Revealed
They may not be concept art, but they're still pretty cool!


Television

Star Wars Rebels 'Idiot's Array' Episode Guide Released
Lots of great info about Lando's first appearance, as well as a clip from the next episode!


Literature

Jason Aaron and John Cassaday Tell StarWars.com '6 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars #1'
If you've read the new comic book, you may have missed a few things. The creators behind it tell all!

'Darth Vader #1' Already Has 300k Pre-Orders, New Variant Covers Unveiled
Tons of different covers, hundreds of thousdands of people want it... and it's not even out yet.

Marvel Solicitations for April 2015
Take a look at what's coming down the pipe from Marvel!

Report: Marvel Considering Prequel Era Comics
A Marvel editor confirms that comics set during the Prequel trilogy are being talked about.

'Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully' Cover Revealed
The ever popular series continues with a brand new book!


Gaming

Iconic Star Wars Games Released on GOG.com
You can be playing old favorites like X-Wing VS TIE Fighter, Galactic Battlegrounds and more with just a few clicks!


Collecting

Hasbro Announces Star Wars Hero Mashers Line
You, or your kids, will be able to combined their favorite characters with these new toys.

Report: Seven 'The Force Awakens' Lego Sets Are Coming
I'm sure these will leave us screaming "shut up and take my money!" before the year is out.


Events

Celebration Updates: Navajo Screening of 'A New Hope', Tattoos, and Speed Dating
Get a date, get a tattoo and watch Star Wars in another language all in one place!


Other

Peter Mayhew Expected To Make Full Recovery After Pneumonia Hospitalization
The mighty Wookiee himself has unfortunately been under the weather, but is thankfully recovering.


Rumors

Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, and Felicity Jones in Consideration for First Stand Alone Film
The Orphan BlackGirl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Theory of Everything stars, respectively, may have a shot at taking the lead in the first stand alone movie!

Kate Mara Screen Tested for 2016 Stand Alone Film
Another actress gets in on the action... what role could they be vying for?

Han Solo & Boba Fett Will Appear Together In A Stand Alone Film
A Boba Fett movie and a Han Solo movie? No, no... a Boba Fett AND Han Solo movie!

The Force Awakens Re-Shoots and 2016 Stand Alone Filming Details
Episode VII actors will soon be back in front of cameras and we might have a better idea about what the first spin-off will be like.

Two New Pieces of 'The Force Awakens' Concept Art Leaked
Our buds at Making Star Wars have revealed some cool speeder concepts!

'The Force Awakens' Early Castle Concept Art Description
An interesting design that could appear in Episode VII.

'The Force Awakens' Fat Moebius Man Concept Art Description
And another!

Visceral Is Developing A Han Solo Game
The secret Star Wars game currently in the making could focus on a certain scoundrel.

Lando Calrissian Comic Series in the Works
The old smoothie may get his own comic, and let's be honest, he deserves it!


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rumor: Two New Pieces of 'The Force Awakens' Concept Art Leaked

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By: Dominic Jones

Two new pieces of concept art from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens have been leaked.  MakingStarWars.net got their hands on these pieces that appear to be concepts for speeders we will see on the "Main Street" set, aka what we saw in the leaked set pictures from Abu Dhabi.  The pieces are design sketches, rather than concept paintings like we usually see.  As usual, there is a chance that this may not be true so if you're trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you're cool with spoilers, then scroll down.
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Here they are!

The question now is, how much of these will we see in the film?  They could be blink-and-you-miss-it designs seen only in the background, or they could belong to one our main characters.  Or it could be something in between.  We'll find on December 18th, 2015.

Source: MakingStarWars.net

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Rumor: Han Solo & Boba Fett Will Appear Together In A Stand Alone Film

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By: Benjamin Hart

This year we're all anticipating The Force Awakens, but next year will see the release of the first stand alone Star Wars film. We know they will be "character origin films", but that's about it. Rumors and speculation have pointed to everyone from Palpatine to Yoda as possible stars, but by far the two names that have been talked about the most are Han Solo and Boba Fett. The smuggler and the bounty hunter are arguably two of the most popular Star Wars characters ever, and since the rumors began circulating fans have assumed that both characters would each be getting their own individual stand alone movies. Well, the folks at Latino Review have decided to shake things up with their latest report which claims that Boba and Han will be appearing together in the same film:

"When we thought that we were looking at a Han Solo or a Boba fett spin-off film first, we got a little bird singing in our ear telling us that we had it all wrong: both these characters are in the same movie."

This is very interesting and sounds plausible. We've discussed before how miscommunication among inside sources could lead to skewed reports for us. We've been hearing about Han Solo and Boba Fett films for literally years now, and I'm inclined to believe there's at least some truth to these reports. It's understandable that someone would jump to the conclusion that only one character would be the focus for each film, in a similar way Marvel has single character focused films such as Iron Man and Captain America. But given Star Wars' history of ensemble casts, it seems more likely that the Star Wars stand alones will feature an array of characters at the forefront.

As always, this is merely rumor and speculation and should be taken with a grain of salt. All will be revealed when the first stand alone film hits theaters December 16th, 2016!

Source: Latino Review

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Rumor: Visceral Is Developing A Han Solo Game

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By: Benjamin Hart

With all the excitement surrounding The Force Awakens it's sometimes easy to forget that there are new Star Wars video games in development as we speak. Of course, DICE's Star Wars Battlefront(III) is expected to be revealed later this year, but another one of EA's developers, Visceral, also has a game in the works. Two of the creators behind it, Amy Hennig and Todd Stashwick, recently teased the game on Twitter:

EA has yet to reveal what exactly the game will be about, but the guys over at Star Wars 7 News claim to know what the focus of this title will be. Their sources indicate that it will be a Han Solo game, and it may connect with a stand alone film:

"Visceral’s game is about Han Solo, he says it’s dev. is very troubled but the game looks awesome. He also said that the programmers are all working on the informed guess-timation that it is either a prequel game to the first spin off film or may be an actual tie-in game. The game is a third person shooter and I’m quoting here is a “young-ish” Han Solo."

Back in 2013 we heard directly from EA that they would not be making games based on movies. But that doesn't rule out the possibility of a game that directly connects with an upcoming film, perhaps as a prequel. The idea of game based on Han does sound very new and exciting. Considering the smuggler's popularity I think fans would love this game, if done right. Now that Han's backstory as it currently has been deemed "Legends", it leaves the door open for the game, alongside the film, to show how our favorite scruffy looking Nerf herder came to be!

Don't forget, this is all rumors and speculation until it's officially confirmed by Lucasfilm or EA.

Source: Star Wars 7 News


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Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Fat Moebius Man Concept Art Description

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By: Dominic Jones


Our friend Jason Ward from MakingStarWars.net has posted another one of his famous descriptions for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This one deals with two designs for creatures that were inspired by Moebius.  As usual, there is a chance that this may not be true so if you're trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you're cool with spoilers, then keep reading.
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This piece by Jake Lunt from June 27th of 2013 looks a lot like something Jean Giraud or “Moebius” would have drawn. It very much evokes Baron Harkonnen from Dune as well. I really dig Lunt’s take on the Star Wars universe. His site lists him as a “Creature Concept Designer on SW VII.” Today we have two pieces of his to discuss.

Concept #1 shows a very fat man. He’s a white male with 4 eyes but he’s so fat you can barely see they’re open. He must weigh about 600lbs, I’d say. He’s just obese. He’s wearing a skin-tight white spandex fitting suit. It covers his entire body but only his face is visible. He’s floating. It appears his suit has some sort of anti-gravity mechanism to it. The weirdest bit is he doesn’t have any legs, just two little points sticking out where his feet should be, almost like the part of of a balloon you tie off. He has an orange armband on his left arm and his arm is a claw.

Concept #2 for this character is a little more “Podracer,” if you will. Its an alien with a mouth kind of like Clegg Holdfast but with Mick Jagger’s lips. He has flight goggles on. His body is fat and he’s bare chested, you can see his alien nipple. He has a brown band around his belly and sits on a silver ball with blue lights coming from it that allow him to hover. His right arm is a silver claw and his left arm is a silver claw with thin fingers for holding more delicate things. He has a plastic tube coming out of his shoulder with flags attached to it. There’s an orange flag, a white flag, and another orange flag. The white flag has symbols similar to the back of the Stormtrooper’s back plate, but its not the same, just a circle and weird shapes reminiscent of that (this dude is not Imperial at all).

In my estimation these are creature concepts for the exotic city. The fat guy in white would fit into the exotic city well, but the alien would fit on the sand planet just as well too. It has crossed my mind that these could have been concepts for the bid station center’s main person in the middle console there. These also fit into some of the designs that show “Rose” with a boss, but that’s just a guess as well.

More than likely neither of these designs are in the film, but they’re pretty interesting and really inspired.
 
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Oscar Isaac Calls Working on 'The Force Awakens' "Wild"

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By: Dominic Jones

Oscar Isaac has quickly become a favorite of ours here at The SWU, partially because he seems to be the most vocal of the actors working on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (also because dressed as a Gonk droid for Halloween when he was young).  Isaac spoke with TV3 recently and naturally the topic of The Force Awakens came up.  Isaac said, "It was wild. It was definitely nothing I could have ever anticipated. It's pretty cool to be able to add to that continuing story and to be a part of the incredible Star Wars culture."

It must be a bit of challenge for Isaac, who plays X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron in the new film, to be constantly asked about the film and not being able to say much about.  He's been doing an admirable job of finding new tidbits and ways of sharing his excitement about the film without giving anything away.  


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Jason Aaron and John Cassaday Tell StarWars.com '6 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars #1'

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm senior content writer Dan Brooks sat down with 'Star Wars #1' writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday and they told him six facts about the first issue of the new Star Wars monthly comic series from Marvel Comics.  There are some very interesting tidbits shared, like this,

Star Wars #1 may have some Easter Eggs. Obi-Wan once said, “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” But in this case, ignore the Jedi Master’s advice. “I won’t go into specifics,” says Cassaday, “but between the fact that we’re in an Imperial weapons factory and the rest of the moon is an intergalactic junkyard, I’d suggest that there may just be a few fun bits hidden beyond the shadows…”


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'Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully' Cover Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

The cover for the third installment in author Jeffery Brown's young readers series Star Wars: Jedi Academy now has a cover.  StarWars.com revealed the cover for Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully today.  Check it out below,
For those unfamiliar with the series, StarWars.com describes the book (and series) as,
Featuring Brown’s trademark cartoon-meets-storybook art style and humor, the cover finds that for all a Jedi’s powers, loose-leaf paper is still a great threat. In addition, there’s the pressure of having Yoda and a Zabrak for teachers! But who is the phantom bully…? Here’s the official summary of the upcoming book:

It’s hard to believe this is Roan’s last year at Jedi Academy. He’s been busier than ever learning to fly (and wash) starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones — don’t ask. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn’t find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school! Why can’t middle school just be easy. . .

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school — all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more.

Even though I'm probably not the target audience for this series, I can't tell you how much I loved the first two installments (read my review of the fist book here).  I love the way Brown seamlessly blends the Star Wars galaxy with very real experiences that anyone who survived middle school can understand.  No word yet on The Phantom Bully will be released.


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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: WILLROW HOOD

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The Star Wars customs made at Mos Eisley Salvage and the ever present visage of Willrow Hood are the creative efforts of Gabriel Marc Xavier Nowlin. He is a real life "Space Cowboy" who grew up in the lonely desert country of West Texas. He currently lives on a ranch outside Fort Worth,Texas with his wife, who is a professional artist. They share their spread with two ranch dogs, a sketchy Pekingese, a 20 year old box turtle, livestock and an interloper cat. He has had a life long interest in Star Wars, robots, model building, art, surfing, aircraft, ships and science fiction.

The focus of Mos Eisley Salvage, as the name implies, is to take broken Star Wars toys of all kinds and then turn them into something new, unconventional and imaginative. The projects are limited to broken toys and discarded plastics. Nothing goes unused - a light saber handle, some Astromech domes from X-Wings and a laser cannon from Slave One become key pieces in an R2-D2 Battle Droid. Wings and cockpits from a mix of broken Tie Fighters become a star ship for the Red Baron.

Like Michael J. Fox and many others, Gabriel lives his life with the daily challenges of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. To add to that, he also lost his right eye in an accident. He does not allow those things to limit him. He views them as further creative challenges to figure out. The customs he makes are not intended as "for sale" products. The process of making them doesn't lend itself to mass production. Rather, the goal is to produce something that people enjoy seeing. His current customs are a continuing series he calls "Rise of the Astromechs" in which Astromech Droids are the central characters for a host of vehicles, figures and dioramas.































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Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Early Castle Concept Art Description

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By: Dominic Jones

Our friend Jason Ward from MakingStarWars.net has posted another one of his famous descriptions for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This one deals with designs for castle on an island, done by artist Doug Chiang.  As usual, there is a chance that this may not be true so if you're trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you're cool with spoilers, then keep reading.

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This particular concept piece is really cool. Its a painting by the legendary Doug Chiang. Its barely relevant as the concept went through so many different phases. On location this is probably what the Skellig Michael shooting was for. This piece is not dated but I have reason to believe it is one of the oldest concepts I’ve seen. But because the piece isn’t dated and when Chiang came aboard the production isn’t known, its hard to say exactly how old this piece is. It was announced in June of 2013 that Chiang was back on Star Wars, but the artist was probably already hard at work well before that point.

There is a tiny island surrounded by blue water. On the tiny island is a white castle. There’s no Harold and Kumar there. The castle looks a lot like the architecture we saw from Alderaan in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It consists of several very high, slender, white towers. To the right of the frame, a stone bridge connects the island to the land. The bridge is made of cobble and has three arches, the center one being twice as big as the two outside arches. Behind it, the white clouds have a tinge of darkness to them, conveying a sense of ominous dread. The painting reminds me of Thomas Kinkade getting into heavy metal album covers.

The castle is not tranquil. Plumes of black smoke are coming out from several towers. Another interesting thing about this painting is it reminds me the planet from the teaser trailer where the X-wings fly low near the water. I have always believed the castle, the rebel base (code named pirate’s cove), and X-wing flying The Damn Busters style. Several fake scoops have tried to link these things together and they very well may link up, but if they do its probably just a lucky guess. That said, these pieces of art involving the castle only depict the Falcon at the location approaching and leaving. There is never an X-wing at the location in the artwork we have seen so far. This particular design does not feature the Falcon at all (many later castle designs do and generally the castle is black.

My reasoning for covering such an old piece is that its awesome. But also it says something. It says the earliest versions of the film and the one shot at Pinewood had an 1) an island 2) a castle and 3) the castle ends up in flames. Something tells me George Lucas is probably an all or nothing guy. So when they didn’t use all of his ideas, he proclaimed they didn’t use any of his ideas. But if we see a castle on fire on an island when the film comes out, we know really old ideas pertaining to Star Wars: Episode VII which became Star Wars: The Force Awakens still pertain to the finished film.
This definitely sounds cool, and I agree with what Jason said George seems like an all or nothing kind of guy.  I do believe that while the story may not be exactly what he sold to Disney, the core of the film is very much the same.  It's also nice to get a description of some of Doug Chiang's work.    Doug Chiang was key player in the development of the look of the prequel trilogy and I was very happy when he was brought on board to work on Episode VII.

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