Rogue One Opening Crawl

One of the biggest departures from Star Wars tradition that was taken by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the lack of an opening crawl to set the stage for the movie to come. However, even though we didn’t see one in the final movie, we did find out that there was once an opening crawl that was part of the original draft of the script.

The existence of a Rogue One opening crawl was further confirmed just a few days ago when director Gareth Edwards confirmed in a Reddit AMA that Gary Whitta wrote one in the first draft of the script. But he said that we would have to bug him to find out what it entailed. Thankfully, someone was able to follow up with the writer, and now we have some clarification on the matter.

UPDATE: Apparently writer Gary Whitta’s memory isn’t what it used to be. It turns out the Rogue One opening crawl did exist in the first draft of the script, but was removed when he did revisions. He reached out to us on Twitter to clarify his previous comments. In addition, we got some brief details about what that opening crawl entailed. Our original story follows, and you can find the update with details on the opening crawl after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars expanded universe

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-screenwriter Gary Whitta claims that the future Star Wars movies won’t rely on the legacy characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. Find out what he said, after the jump.

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at-at star wars

Construction on Star Wars land is ongoing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but we still haven’t seen much in the way of concept art since the Star Wars-themed theme park lands were announced at 2015’s D23 Expo. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more about Disneyland’s Star Wars Experience (as it is rumored to be called) at D23 Expo in July.

But right now, the construction photos are finally beginning to get exciting now that everything is going vertical. New photographs show structures that appear to be framing for two life-size Galactic Empire Imperial AT-AT Walkers. Let’s check out photos of the Disneyland AT-ATs under construction below.

Update: Disney has released an official video confirming our original AT-AT scoop. Hit the jump for more info.

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gareth edwards SXSW keynote

While the bulk of the Gareth Edwards-related headlines to come out of SXSW have to do with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray and DVD release, the filmmaker was actually in Austin, Texas for a reason beyond talking about Star Wars with journalists and bloggers. He was actually there to talk about Star Wars in front of an enormous crowd as one of the fest’s keynote speakers.

Now, his entire keynote has been put online by SXSW, so non-attendees can watch the whole thing.

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Princess Leia Visual Effects in Rogue One

The visual effects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were a hotly debated and discussed part of the first spin-off story from the rest of the Star Wars saga. While Industrial Light and Magic brought to life the usual space battles, planet environments, aliens and more that we’ve come to expect from the visual effects studio, they also essentially brought a deceased actor back to life with a digital recreation of Peter Cushing (played by Guy Henry) reprising his role as Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars: A New Hope.

This was quite a point of contention, both due to debate about whether it was appropriate or ethical, and also because there was quite the divisive opinion about whether the visual effect actually looked good enough to use so prominently. However, Peter Cushing wasn’t the only actor digitally recreated for Rogue One. Carrie Fisher also saw a younger, digital double of herself created for the final scene in Rogue One, and she couldn’t tell whether it was archival footage from Star Wars or a visual effect.

Find out more about the Princess Leia visual effects in Rogue One after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Celebration 2017 Here’s what we have cooking in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • New rumors about locations and characters in Han Solo‘s spin-off
  • Additions to the Star Wars Celebration roster
  • An interview about how Space Mountain became Hyperspace Mountain
  • A small change with how Lucasfilm references the other films in the Star Wars saga
  • Rian Johnson clarifies the meaning of “The Last Jedi“, but not really
  • John Boyega reveals a gift that Rian Johnson got him after wrapping The Last Jedi.
  • Find out more about the background of General Hux

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Rogue One - Death Star Eclipse

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Gareth Edwards shares all kinds of information in a Reddit AMA.
  • The hilarious origin of Scarif’s name.
  • Why it will be hard to ever release Rogue One‘s deleted scenes.
  • A first look at Marvel’s Rogue One comic book adaptation.
  • New Rogue One details revealed on the official Star Wars database.
  • The first interview with the woman behind Rogue One‘s Princess Leia.

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Rogue One ending

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting home video in just a few weeks and director Gareth Edwards in attendance at SXSW for a different engagement, we were able to meet up for a spoiler-filled chat about the film’s third act. You may have already read our conversation about why the ending of the film was changed, but we also spoke about the Rogue One ending and that final battle’s giant body count…and how he thought he’d never get away with it.

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original rogue one ending

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards is a SXSW regular at this point. His first film, Monsters, premiered at the fest years ago. The first footage from his Godzilla screened there alongside a repertory screening of the 1954 original. And now, he’s back in Austin, Texas to deliver a keynote speech…and to answer questions about the upcoming home video release of the first Star Wars spin0ff.

I had a few precious minutes to speak with Edwards, and our spoiler-filled chat did include why the original ending of the film didn’t quite work, necessitating those reshoots everyone couldn’t stop talking about last year.

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rogue one Darth vader ending

One of the most exciting moments for Star Wars fans in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story must be the ending sequence, which involves an action scene featuring Darth Vader. Now that the film is finally approaching its home video release, director Gareth Edwards has been talking about some of the more spoilery details. In one interview, thew Godzilla director revealed that the Darth Vader action scene ending was a last-minute addition to the film, and was shot only three or four months before the theatrical release of the movie. Let’s dive into the details about how the Rogue One Darth Vader ending came about.
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