Rogue One - Director Orson Krennic - Ben Mendelsohn

This past week brought new looks at the characters, vehicles and more from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the form of a slew of new pieces of merchandise. Lucasfilm teamed up with some fans to feature some of the new offerings in a stop-motion animated short film, and throughout the week new items have been unveiled pretty much everyday since then. We even had a special edition of The Toy Box featuring a bunch of Rogue One LEGO sets, Funko POP! Vinyls and more.

Now another glimpse at Rogue One has surfaced online for those who don’t have an interest in collecting Star Wars toys, but are still excited about the spin-off. Some new Rogue One photos have surfaced online showing a detained Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a stern Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and those sleek, black Death Troopers. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

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Getting ahold of the script for a high profile movie that hasn’t hit theaters yet can be pretty difficult, especially when it comes to Marvel Studios movies. All of the scripts are watermarked with the  name of the person the script belongs to so that if it ever leaks to the public, Marvel knows who’s to blame. And when it comes to a very special version of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 script, there are only two people to blame if it leaks online.

Director James Gunn posted a photo to Instagram last night revealing this special version of the script that only he and Vin Diesel have. Why Vin Diesel? Because this version of the script pertains to a certain beloved tree character that he voices. Find out what’s so special about this Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Groot script below. Read More »

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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Riz Ahmed talks about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with Stephen Colbert.
  • What, exactly, is in a droid’s name?
  • Take a closer look at the new Rogue One LEGO sets.
  • A new video goes into detail on the new voice changing Stormtrooper helmet.
  • Cameras are present when Riz Ahmed sees his Rogue One action figure for the first time.
  • Rogue One expansions for the X-Wing Miniatures Game are on the way.

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What If Mark Hamill Didn't Return for Star Wars Episode 7

Last night the Salt Lake Comic-Con kicked off over in Utah, and one of the first guests of honor was Star Wars saga star Mark Hamill. The actor took the stage for a panel that he wanted to be “more like an intimate conversation.” As Hamill said to kick off the panel, “I want to talk to you like you are sitting in my living room. Exactly as if you were sitting in my living room, but I won’t be serving snacks and no, you can’t use the bathroom.”

Sadly, Hamill did not divulge even the smallest bit of information about Star Wars: Episode VIII, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t talk about the iconic film franchise that gave him the career he has today. In fact, Hamill took the time to recall how George Lucas called him and Carrie Fisher to let them know that he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney, and that a new Star Wars trilogy was likely going into development with or without them. Hamill has told this story before, but this time he included an interesting detail. What if Mark Hamill didn’t return for Star Wars Episode VII? Read More »

Rogue One - Sideshow Collectibles Death Trooper

The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

Earlier this week, some of the new toys coming to shelves for Force Friday in honor of the forthcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were revealed in a stop-motion short film produced by fans in conjunction with Disney and Lucasfilm. However, now the full toy lines that will be on shelves later this month have been unveiled with more LEGO sets, Funko POP! Vinyl figures, SH Figuarts figures, and more.

Check out all the Rogue One toys in this special edition of The Toy Box after the jump. Read More »

director krennic backstory

The most recent trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did a fine job of giving us basic introductions to our new band of Rebel heroes, with characters like Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and Chirrut Îmwe all getting a quick moment in the spotlight. That makes the lack of attention paid to Director Orson Krennic all the more obvious. Beyond a name, a fantastic outfit, and the fact that that he’s played by the great Ben Mendelsohn, we know very little about the man in charge of the Empire’s top secret Death Star Project.

But as is often the case with massive tentpole movies like this, new information has arrived not from anyone directly associated with the movie, but from a tie-in product. In this case, it’s the upcoming Star Wars novel Catalyst, which will explore the early days of Orson Krennic.

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rogue one droid

I know I speak for many Star Wars fans when I say I’m excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story because it pushes familiar faces to the sidelines and focuses almost exclusively on a batch of brand new characters. I’m more excited to meet Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic and Cassian Andor than I am to see Darth Vader pop up in a cameo appearance. The Star Wars universe is gigantic. Bring on people I haven’t seen in five or six movies already.

So I won’t be shedding any tears over the news that Emperor Palpatine won’t have a role in Rogue One. Although I will express my delight that the film will feature a new droid that looks like R2-D2’s evil cousin.

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new rogue one toys

Images of supposedly top secret new toys from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been trickling online for months now, but Lucasfilm, Disney, Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel, and everyone else at the merchandising end of the Star Wars franchise have gone and made everything nice and official. A whole bunch of official Star Wars toys were revealed today, showing off toys for collectors, builders, and, of course, kids looking to just re-enact their favorite scenes on their bedroom floors.

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mark hamill episode 9

During the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars fans kept an obsessive watch over the status of Mark Hamill and his beard. This wasn’t the first time a passionate fandom followed an actor’s hair for clues about what to expect from their character in the future. During the same period, Game of Thrones aficionados breathlessly watched as Kit Harington’s hair wasn’t shorn, leading everyone to rightfully assume that the seemingly late Jon Snow was making a return. The Mark Hamill Beard Watch wasn’t quite as obsessive as that (mainly because we knew less about the status of Luke Skywalker than Jon Snow), but news of its length and its eventual shaving did make headlines.

And now, once again, Mark Hamill’s beard has been cut and once again it’s generating headlines…mainly because Hamill himself has suggested that the beard will make a return in Star Wars: Episode 9.

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