Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- The first picture ever taken of Luke Skywalker.
- Executive producer Dave Filoni talks all about that episode of Star Wars Rebels.
- A collection of updates on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Is Boba Fett plotting a left-field comeback?
- A big group of Star Wars actors are heading to this year’s Celebration.
- The Han Solo movie is seeking 250 extras.
- Frank Oz talks puppetry versus CGI.
- And more!
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped back in December, but the curtain is still slowly being pulled back and revealing more details about exactly how this particular space oddity came to be. We’ve already written a lot about the film’s ending: why it was changed, how Darth Vader’s big moment was a last-minute addition, and even K-2SO’s original ending. But now we’ve learned about even more ways the film could have concluded, and trust me: you’re going to want to know about these. Read More »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars film that doesn’t contain a single Jedi character – but that almost wasn’t the case. In a new interview, the filmmakers have revealed that in one of the early drafts of the script, Jyn Erso’s mother, Lyra (played by Valene Kane), was originally meant to be a Jedi knight who wielded a lightsaber in a fight against Ben Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic in the movie’s prologue. Read More »
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post mistakenly referred to the season finale as “Twin Suns,” which was last week’s episode. The finale is titled “Zero Hour.”
The Star Wars canon will never be the same again after the Star Wars Rebels season 3 finale, titled “Zero Hour,” airs this Saturday.
The highly anticipated two-part finale sees a final showdown between Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Ghost crew, along with one unexpected cameo (although it all has to find a way to live up to last week’s Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul rematch). Before it all comes to a head this weekend, get a sneak peek at some brand-new images and a preview clip from Disney XD’s animated show.
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It’s no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went through some dramatic changes during the development process. The movie that ended up in theaters is drastically different from the one that executive producer and visual effects supervisor John Knoll originally pitched, and it even has significant changes that were made from the first draft of the script by Gary Whitta.
One of the more closely examined aspects of these changes has been the ending of the movie, mostly because we’ve seen footage from a very different climax of Rogue One. We recently took a look at the three different endings that we know of, and now we have more details on the role of a character who originally saw more action in one of these alternate endings.
Alan Tudyk did the motion capture performance and voice for the reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO, and since he was actually on set to fulfill his part in the film, he provided some details on K-2SO’s original Rogue One ending. Read More »
Filming on Disney and Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo standalone Star Wars spin-off began almost exactly one month ago, and at least one of its actors seems to think things are shaping up quite well, thank you very much. In fact, he thinks this could be the best Star Wars movie yet. Grab your torches and pitchforks and meet me after the jump. Read More »
Now that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally hitting home video, we are beginning to get some insight into the original screenplay and earlier cuts of the first Star Wars stand alone movie. In a new interview, screenwriter Gary Whitta reveals that Darth Vader originally killed one of the main characters in the film. Learn more about it, after the jump.
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It’s great to see how much fun the cast and crew of Rogue One: A Star War Story had making the film while the rest of us were left emotionally traumatized by the fate of its characters.
In anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the first Star Wars spin-off film, a steady stream of new material has been making its way online. First, there was yesterday’s alternate endings, and today, there’s a preview of two behind-the-scenes clips, focusing on K-2SO actor Alan Tudyk’s struggles on set and the connectivity of Rogue One to the rest of the Star Wars universe.
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If you watched Star Wars Rebels over the weekend and didn’t have the big canon-changing event at the core of the episode spoiled by the official Star Wars Twitter account on Saturday night like I was (really: fuck them), then congratulations! After the episode, Disney XD revealed a trailer for the Star Wars Rebels season 3 finale. Want to get a taste of what we can expect from next week’s one-hour long event? Watch the Star Wars Rebels season 3 finale trailer below, before Twitter spoils it for you.
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Star Wars fans love legends. They love the expansive, complex, and seemingly infinite universe that George Lucas built 40 years ago. But they also love the mythology surrounding the moves themselves, the stories of the creative decisions behind iconic moments and the tales of how certain characters came to be. So is it any wonder that we’re obsessed with the original endings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Is anyone surprised that we’ve noticed all of the trailer shots seen in the movie and wondered what happened to them? It’s only natural.
Thanks to original screenwriter Gary Whitta, we now know a little bit more about the film’s original ending. No, not the ending glimpsed in the previews. The original ending. The one they never even shot. And now, we can take a closer look at all three Rogue One endings that existed at one time or another.
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