In this edition of Star Wars Bits
- Daredevil star Charlie Cox talks about his Han Solo audition.
- How the unmade Star Wars: Underworld series influenced the new God of War.
- Watch the trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront‘s Bespin DLC.
- Check out the first six pages of Marvel’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic.
- How Steven Spielberg convinced J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- New augmented reality technology puts droids right in your home.
- The histories of Palpatine and Wulff Yularen.
- Yes, another Chewbacca Mom update.
Netflix’s Daredevil is a show where so many things just work, but so much of the series is supported on the back of Charlie Cox, who does phenomenal work as the blind superhero of Hell’s Kitchen. Naturally, being the leading man in a well-liked geek TV show has opened doors, like getting the chance to audition for the Han Solo movie. Unfortunately, a few bad habits from shooting Daredevil killed his audition quickly:
I had gone to an audition — one of those things that are super secretive and they don’t tell you, but I’m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot— and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, ‘Why aren’t you looking at me?’ I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn’t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.
It’s hard to argue with Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich snagging the role, so it’s not like I’m heartbroken over Cox losing this job (although I think he would have bee a fine choice). At the very least, he was a great embarrassing story to share now.
The Star Wars: Underworld live-action television series will never see the light of day, but many scripts were written for the series and every so often, very interesting tidbits leak into public eye. For example, video game writer and director Cory Barlog managed to read these scripts and revealed that a storyline written for Emperor Palptaine informed the latest God of War video game (on which he is a creative director):
Probably the really small beginnings of this idea, the germination of this — when I was working at Lucas, I was allowed to go up to the ranch and read the scripts for the [canceled live-action Star Wars] TV show. It was the most mind-blowing thing I’d ever experienced. I cared about the Emperor. They made the Emperor a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this fucking heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person. I almost cried while reading this. This is the Emperor, the lightning out of the fingers Emperor. That’s something magical. The writers who worked on that, guys from The Shield and 24, these were excellent writers.
In all seriousness, someone needs to publish these…unless Lucasfilm plans to cannibalize them for future movie ideas.
The launch trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront‘s Bespin DLC has arrived and it looks like more of the same…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This new expansion allows players to battle it out on Cloud City, introducing a new arsenal of weapons and two new playable characters in the bounty hunter Dengar and that lovable rogue Lando Calrissian (voiced by Billy Dee Williams). Here’s the official description:
Experience new heroes, maps, mode, weapons, star cards and more in the new Bespin digital expansion. Join Lando Calrissian and Dengar in the Cloud City of Bespin. Take flight in a cloud car, journey through Cloud City, navigate carbon-freezing chambers, or hunt enemies with the X-8 Night Sniper and EE-4
This pack is available for season pass owners right now. It will be made available to everyone else in two weeks.
Comic Book Resources has posted the first finished pages from Marvel’s comic adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Chuck Wendig on scripting duties and Luke Ross on art. It’s unfair to judge the first pages of any creative endeavor, but this really does look like the movie being played out in fast forward. Hopefully, it will be paced better in the final version.