Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic in Rogue One A Star Wars Story

Much remains mysterious about the characters of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but today we have a bit more insight to share on one of the most intriguing new figures: Orson Krennic, the villainous Imperial officer played by Ben Mendelsohn.

We already know he’s got a complicated history with Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) and an uncanny ability to keep that sweet space cape a pristine, blinding white. But how, exactly, does he fit in with the rest of the Empire? Newly released details shine a light on his relationship to other, more familiar Imperial fixtures like Grand Moff Tarkin and, yes, Darth Vader himself.

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Rogue One Score

We’ve already had two movies with a score provided by Michael Giacchino this year, Disney’s animated hit Zootopia and the sequel Star Trek Beyond. But there are still two more movies with his musical talents involved on the way. One will arrive in about a week and a half with Doctor Strange, and we’ve already heard one track from the trippy soundtrack. But easily the most anticipated work from the composer will be for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Oscar-winning composer recently had a quick interview to discuss his work on the Rogue One score, a job that he describes as “a little stressful” but “a lot of fun” as the December release date gets closer. Find out what else he had to say about the gig after the jump. Read More »

Episode 8 Rey parents

For as long as fans have known of Rey’s existence, we’ve been wondering about her parentage, and The Force Awakens did nothing to clear things up. There’s reference to a family that’s left her behind, and this being Star Wars, the odds seem good that she’ll turn out to be related to someone we know. But all we have is speculation, at least until next year.

While Daisy Ridley isn’t ready to say who Rey’s family is, she can say when we’ll get to find out. According to the actress, the truth about Rey’s parentage will be revealed in Star Wars Episode 8. Oh, and for those wondering if Rogue One‘s Jyn Erso might be Rey’s mother, Ridley tries to throw some cold water on that particular theory.  Read More »

Indiana jones

In March, Disney announced that Steven Spielberg would be returning to direct Harrison Ford in a new Indiana Jones movie. While most of the internet was skeptical and cynical about the announcement, I was hopeful that Indiana Jones 5 could be a return to form for the beloved franchise. One of the reasons I cited was that George Lucas is not involved in this new film. Director Steven Spielberg later commented that Lucas would be involved as an executive producer on the project, stating “I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That’d be insane.” This comment has worried a lot of people, as Lucas was widely blamed for the most horrible aspects of the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull.

But don’t worry, my initial report seems to be confirmed by new comments from Indiana Jones 5 screenwriter David Koepp. Find out what he says about George Lucas Indiana Jones 5 involvement, after the jump.

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Han Solo spin-off story

Just before the weekend, Disney dropped some big news by confirming that Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover had landed the role of a young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Star Wars Story that will focus on the earlier career of the famous smuggler Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Now one more detail has surfaced regarding the events we’ll see unfold.

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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • The running time of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have been revealed.
  • Director Gareth Edwards is returning to SXSW next year.
  • As expected, the new Rogue One trailer dominated social media.
  • A new Catalyst excerpt sheds light on the Erso family.
  • Screenwriter Gary Whitta shares a very cool gift.
  • And more!

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Han Solo Donald Glover Lando Calrissian

Disney’s Han Solo spinoff has found its Lando Calrissian. Over the summer word got out that Donald Glover had emerged as the frontrunner to play Han’s smooth-talking, sweet-space-cape-wearing buddy, and today Lucasfilm has made it official. Glover joins Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), who was announced to play Han Solo at Star Wars Celebration a few months ago. See the Han Solo Donald Glover announcement below.  Read More »


One of the new planets introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a small desert moon located in the galaxy’s Inner Rim called Jedha. Director Gareth Edwards has described the world as “a Mecca or Jerusalem within the Star Wars world” where people who believe in the Force come to worship. In the years before Star Wars: A New Hope, the planet has become occupied by Galactic Empire and serves as a key location in this first Star Wars standalone movie.

However, a new fan theory suggests that Rogue One might not be the first time we’ve seen Jedha on the big screen. Some fans believe that the planet was later used by the First Order as Starkiller Base, as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is it true? Could it be possible? Let’s explore the Jedha Starkiller Base theory, after the jump.

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Joss Whedon Wants to Make ‘A Star Wars Story’

Joss Whedon Star Wars

There are lots of Star Wars fans who’d love to see Joss Whedon take a crack at the franchise, and now you can count Joss Whedon among them. The Avengers director admitted he wants to make a Star Wars movie — but not just any Star Wars movie. He would like to direct one of the Star Wars Story spinoffs, like Rogue One. Read the Joss Whedon Star Wars quote below to find out why.  Read More »

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the force awakens commentary

Like any movie with the words “star” and “wars” in the title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ignited all kinds of conversations when it was released last year. Fans picked apart every scene in the movie, but no moment was more throughly dissected than Rey’s “Forceback,” where Daisy Ridley‘s Jedi-to-be touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and finds herself propelled into a wild flashback involving Cloud City, the Knights of Ren, and her own abandonment on Jakku. And thanks to the upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray of the film, someone else is finally able to weigh in on this scene: director J.J. Abrams.

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