Riz Ahmed's original rogue one character

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story available for digital download, we have been learning a lot more about John Knoll‘s original pitch for the film, Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, and the pre-reshoots cut of Gareth Edwards‘ movie. The latest bit of trivia gives us some insight on who Riz Ahmed‘s character, Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook, was in the original plans for the movie.

Let’s run down the details about Riz Ahmed’s original Rogue One character and how/why the story evolved to what we saw on the big screen.

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starwars-forceawakens-lourd-fisher

Last December, Hollywood was hit with the tragic news that Star Wars saga actress Carrie Fisher had passed away. She had already completed filming on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but reports indicated that her character General Leia was meant to have an even bigger role in Star Wars: Episode IX. One of the options being discussed in order to fix this issue was making changes to General Leia’s role in The Last Jedi to reduce the problem of her not being in Episode IX. But that apparently won’t be necessary.

Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared today for a chat at the USC Marshall School of Business, and when conversation turned to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he brought up the passing of Carrie Fisher and how it was being handled behind the scenes.  Read More »

Zombieland 2

It’s time for the yearly checkup on Zombieland 2‘s pulse. The sequel to Ruben Fleischer‘s (30 Minutes or Less) kindhearted post-apocalyptic zombie comedy has been talked about and sometimes doubted for the last eight years now. During that time, the stock of film’s stars has risen. Emma Stone recently won an Oscar after the world went nuts for La La Land, while Woody Harrelson starred in The Hunger Games franchise and has a role in the new Han Solo film.

They’re more sought after and naturally more expensive to hire. According to the screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick behind the 2009 film and Deadpool, paying them what they’re deserved while staying reasonable is a part of the next steps on the sequel, which makes it sound a little more likely than it has before.

Below, get the latest Zombieland 2 update.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens rey finn 5

The minute Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, we knew the studio planned to expand the Star Wars franchise far beyond what we’d already seen. To their credit, they moved quickly: it’s now five years later, and they’re already in production on their third Star Wars movie. Now you can go ahead and mark your calendars for 2032, because Disney CEO Bob Iger says there’s a good chance they’ll still be pumping out Star Wars films at that point. Read More »

new han solo actor

Before today, the only thing we knew for sure about the young Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently filming is that it will follow the galaxy’s most charming scoundrel in his younger days. Now, thanks to an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, a few other details about the film’s scope and plot details have arrived. Some of them are obvious enough, but one detail is the truly bizarre implication that Han Solo’s actual name is not Han Solo. Or something.

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Woody Harrelson Han Solo Character

Over the past five years, we’ve seen Woody Harrelson get involved in some fun franchises like The Hunger Games and Now You See Me. This year, he’ll go a little darker with a villainous turn in War for the Planet of the Apes, but his biggest franchise role yet is still on the horizon.

Back in January, Harrelson was confirmed for a role in the developing Han Solo spin-off that will focus on the earlier years of the smuggler before he got caught up in the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Empire. Since then, we’ve learned that the Woody Harrelson Han Solo character would be a mentor to the beloved scoundrel, one who is also a criminal in his own right. Now we finally have a name for the character. Read More »

Alien Covenant poster

“The path to paradise begins in hell,” the Alien: Covenant trailer ominously declares as the crew members on the colony ship Covenent prepare to get slaughtered. The new poster for Ridley Scott‘s second Alien prequel certainly hits that theme on the nose, with a dark, disturbing poster reminiscent of Renaissance paintings of angels and demons. Let’s check out that poster. And while we’re at it, let’s also explore its obvious influences.

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Ben Pearson’s Favorite Movies of All Time

Ben Pearson's Favorite Movies of All Time

What’s up, /Film readers? My name is Ben Pearson, and I’m new here. Talking about movies is clearly a huge part of what we do on the site, so a fitting way for me to introduce myself is to present you with my 15 favorite films of all time so you can either appreciate or scoff at my choices. Let’s get started Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 runtime

“We’re really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we’re two-time galaxy savers.” Like their prices, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be jacking up their runtime, too.

With less than two months to go before it hits theaters, the sequel to the runaway 2014 Marvel hit revealed its official runtime — the latest piece of new info after those new stills from the other day and a sneak peek into the visual effects behind Kurt Russell’s character, Ego the Living Planet.

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Rogue One Ending

One of the most thrilling moments in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is when you realize the ending of the movie is leading right up to the opening of Star Wars: A New Hope. There was something very exciting about seeing the moments that led to the chase that opened the movie which started it all, helped immensely by that added Darth Vader sequence.

The only problem with the Rogue One ending is that the credits roll, and if you felt the urge to watch A New Hope immediately, you had to wait until you got home. But now you can experience the seamless transition between the ending of Rogue One and the beginning of A New Hope thanks to an easy but inevitable mash-up of the two movies.

Watch the Rogue One ending lead into the opening of A New Hope below. Read More »