Star Wars Bits: Minor ‘Rogue One’ Characters, Simon Pegg’s ‘Star Wars’ Journey, the BB-8 Upgrade You’ve Been Looking For
Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
That sound you hear is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story slowly stepping up to the plate as “the Star Wars movie everyone watches intently and over-analyzes for the next 11 months.” In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- A few nuggets of Rogue One story info.
- Simon Pegg writes about his Star Wars journey.
- A possible return date for Star Wars Rebels.
- The last thing you want to see in a Target toy aisle…
- A fresh look at some stunning Ralph McQuarrie artwork.
- Will Star Wars become a December franchise?
- A new way to control your Sphero BB-8.
We still know precious little about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but thanks to Making Star Wars, we know know a tiny little bit more than we did earlier today. Thanks to some browsing in a movie extras database (where the film is listed by its fake title, Los Alamos), we now know that Justin Calignawan will play an alien of some kind, Jimi Finn will play a marine, Nick SKC will play a creature, and Anthony Beal will play…well, he’s just credited as “cast extra,” but he’s a solider in the British Army, which backs up reports that the film was using real soldiers as extras. Well, we now know that Rogue One will feature aliens and creatures and soldiers. Your toddler whose only exposure to Star Wars is his Darth Vader pajamas could have told you that. But hey, you drink when you’re in a desert and Rogue One has yet to guide us to a proper news-oasis.
Simon Pegg earned his geek royalty through years of blood, sweat, and total obsession. His Star Wars fanaticism has been documented on countless occasions, so it’s no surprise that he got to play the minor role of Unkar Plutt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (it also helps that he’s buds with J.J. Abrams). But just in case you doubt his credentials, Pegg has written a lovely article for Empire where he explores his relationship with the series, from his childhood all the way up through his time on the set of the new movie. Here’s one lovely bit:
And now I am standing on the set of the Millennium Falcon (the entrance corridor with the smuggling compartments), holding Chewbacca’s bowcaster, quietly “pew-pewing” to myself, waiting for Han and Chewie to arrive on set and make that entrance. I’ve been on a number of film sets over the years, witnessed a number of cool moments, but I have never seen so many people gathered around the monitors as on that day.
And here’s another:
I am on set as a consultant, acting as a sounding board for J.J., who is making tweaks to the already wonderful screenplay. My computer is open in Final Draft and, at the top of my screen, the scene heading reads, “INT. S-REDACTED-R — DAY”. I hear a familiar voice and turn to see Mark walking onto set, looking trim and cool, with a beard that he grumbles about but makes him look handsome and Jedi-like. When they shot Luke placing his robotic hand on R2’s head, a moment glimpsed in the trailer, I sat at the monitors with Mark’s family and marvelled at the huge significance of the moment.
Is Star Wars Rebels making a surprise return on January 20? Disney hasn’t announced an official air date for the next episode of their animated series, but Making Star Wars has this image taken straight from a cable listing, revealing an air date for a new episode titled “A Princess on Lothal.” This could be a mistake, some kind of glitch on the part of the cable provider, or it could be a listing that went up a little too early. Feel free to speculate wildly!
Reddit user Nallo Mallo was shopping at Target when he stumbled across this horrifying sight. Will we ever feel safe in public again? What is going on in this world?