Star Wars: Rogue One images - Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic (header)

As we saw last year with The Force Awakens, the Star Wars marketing team knows how to reveal tons of imagery, footage, and juicy detail without giving away much at all. Now, as Rogue One enters the final weeks of its promotional campaign, it seems to be sticking to a similar formula of intense secrecy combined with total ubiquity. You can’t throw a rock these days without hitting yet another new Rogue One TV spot or specialty poster or cast interview, and yet I’m feeling pretty confident that we can trust Disney not to “spoil” anything significant. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Which brings us to Disney’s latest volley in their relentless campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The studio’s unveiled a whole bunch of hi-res Rogue One images, some of which are just higher-quality versions of photos we’ve already seen and others of which appear to be completely new. Either way, you can probably rest assured you’re in good hands with Disney. At least unless you’re the kind of spoilerphobe who’s sworn off all Rogue One marketing already, in which case you’ve probably already scrolled past this post. See the new Rogue One images below. Read More »

Rogue One Reshoots

Over the summer, one of the big topics of conversation for Star Wars fans were the reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An initial report indicated that Rogue One reshoots needed to be completed after Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the film, and a follow-up said that as much as 40% of the film was going to be completely redone. The urgent nature of the reshoots was debunked shortly thereafter, but it was a story that felt more like damage control by Lucasfilm than giving us the whole picture.

Now we seem to have some further indication that the extensive and expensive reshoots that were originally reported were just as drastic as originally thought. You might remember that Michael Clayton writer and director Tony Gilroy was brought in to help on the reshoots by writing some additional material (after working on the script the previous summer) and working as second unit director. But his role on the movie was reportedly far more involved, including fixing the ending of the movie.

Find out the new details on Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »

darth maul

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Darth Maul is getting his own comic book miniseries.
  • A Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five storyline was almost its own movie.
  • Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown would like to play Princess Leia.
  • New Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich has not met Harrison Ford yet.
  • Yeah, J.J. Abrams is a little sad that he’s not directing Star Wars right now.
  • Updates on Visceral’s new Star Wars video game.
  • Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic sheds light on the Battle of Jakku.
  • And more!

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rogue one pao

We’ve already begun to learn about the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets in the first few minutes, and last week box office tracking services estimated the opening weekend box office could hit the high $120 million range to the near $150 million range. But no matter how successful this movie is, don’t expect a Rogue One sequel.

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rogue one featurette

In the months leading up to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it feels like we’ve talked about every character in the movie except Diego Luna‘s Captain Cassian Andor, whose role appears to be “straight-laced soldier who has to wrangle together all of those strange rebel misfits.” Since I like Luna quite a bit and am eagerly awaiting to see him contribute to the Star Wars universe, this new featurette focusing on his experiences on the set of the film feels like it arrived at the just the right time.

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obi-wan kenobi spin-off movie

A Star Wars spin-off movie focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi in the years between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy sounds like a license to print money and make everyone happy. The fans want it. Ewan McGregor wants to do it. So why not pull the trigger and make it happen?

Well, the latest story circling around the internet is that Lucasfilm isn’t sitting on an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie because they don’t want to do it, but for…other reasons. Reasons that some fans may not want to know if they’re concerned about potential spoilers. Consider that your warning before scrolling down.

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Star Wars female directors

In a lot of ways, the Star Wars franchise is more female-friendly than ever. Rey and Jyn are positioned as the first new protagonists of the Disney era. Women like Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart are in charge behind the scenes at Lucasfilm, and women make up half the executive team. But there’s one area of Star Wars filmmaking that shows a disappointing lack of progress: even now, every single filmmaker who has directed or is slated to direct a Star Wars movie is male.

And although Kennedy has insisted we will see some female filmmakers join the Star Wars franchise someday, it sounds like that day might still be a ways off. In a recent interview, Kennedy said the difficulty so far has been finding female filmmakers with the right experience.  Read More »

rogue one: a star wars story international trailer 2 darth vader

If you’re like us, there’s a good chance you’re feeling a bit groggy this morning after staying up late to snag tickets to the opening weekend of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You don’t need another TV spot to tell you if you should see this movie, because you’ve already committed your hard-earned cash to it. But maybe you’d like to know a bit more about what, exactly, it is that you’ve bought.

A new Rogue One TV spot offers another taste of the next entry in the franchise. Which, despite being billed as a spinoff and featuring a largely unfamiliar cast of characters, boasts plenty of connections to the original Star Wars movies. Like the villains. We’ve known for some time that Darth Vader would make an appearance in the film, but the newest promo teases the return of another classic baddie as well. Click through to watch the latest Rogue One TV spot.  Read More »

Rogue One IMAX Poster

Sadly, nowadays when a movie hits the IMAX screen, it’s usually also in 3D by default. Very rarely are there IMAX screens showing a movie in 2D. However, in the case of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there will be a very small amount of theaters not only showing the movie in IMAX 2D, but with a 70mm projection as well.

Find out where to catch the Rogue One 70mm IMAX screenings after the jump. Read More »

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Rogue One Extended TV Spot

Last night, ABC aired The Wonderful World of Disney Holiday Celebration, and along with it came an exclusive look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney CEO Bob Iger introduced the extended TV spot that mostly features footage that we’ve seen in the previous trailers and TV spots, but there are some snippets of new footage in there, including some new dialogue from Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and a couple cool moments for the droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk). In addition, there’s an encounter with one of the new AT-ACT walkers around the 1:10 mark of the video that you might want to save for the movie.

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