Star Wars Bits: Chirrut’s Backstory, Celebration 2017 Badge Art, and Donald Glover Promises a “Cool” Lando
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Donnie Yen talks (or rather, doesn’t talk about) Chirrut’s backstory.
- Donald Glover promises that he’ll keep Lando cool.
- Riz Ahmed explains how Bodhi changed during the making of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- Check out the art for next year’s Star Wars Celebration badges.
- Marvel is celebrating Star Wars‘ 40th birthday with 48 comic book variant covers.
- Dermot Mulroney played an unexpected role in Rogue One.
- Rogue One may have filled in the tiniest Star Wars mystery…
- Someone let Diego Luna touch Jabba the Hutt.
- And more!
ScreenRant‘s interview with Rogue One star Donnie Yen reveals a very interesting tidbit about Chirrut Îmwe – there exists an extensive backstory about the character’s past, which includes the nature of his blindness. Of course, Yen can’t talk about any of that:
That’s a backstory that we actually did a lot of back and forth discussions, research between actors, producers and director. So, that is something that’s probably this thick of notes and research… […] That is a backstory that I’m not allowed to talk about.
Does this mean we’ll be learning more about Chirrut in an upcoming comic or novel? I’d put the odds at “yes.”
In an interview with Vulture, Rogue One star Riz Ahmed spoke about how the character of Bodhi Rook was very different and less integral to the plot when he first signed on. However, the character and his importance to the story grew as the film was developed (and partially reshot):
I signed up for the movie not having read a script or knowing where the character sat in the movie. I’ve got to be honest, the character was a different character at that point. He had a different name and a different relationship to the rest of the team, and he really evolved once I signed on and once I started shooting, even. They decided to start expanding the role and introducing him earlier and he became more integral to the story and the rest of the team. It’s interesting, looking back, that I signed up knowing nothing, but ultimately I’d sign up for a ‘Star Wars’ movie to make tea, just to be around that level of creativity.
Woah. Just realized the empty chair beside Tarkin was Director Krennic's. Mind blown. pic.twitter.com/e72fvE2YEr
— Andy (@CanadianFanboy) December 21, 2016
Whether intentional or not, this key scene in the original Star Wars can now be viewed in a very nifty new context in a post-Rogue One world.
You may not see actor Dermot Mulroney on screen in Rogue One, but you can hear him. Or rather, you can hear him play the cello on the soundtrack, because Mulroney has been playing that instrument since grade school and has been playing in the orchestra for composer Michael Giacchino for years now. The LA Times has the whole story.
Marvel is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars next year by releasing 48 variant covers for its various comic series set in this universe, with each of them recreating a different iconic scene or moment from the films. StarWars.com debuted the first batch of covers, which feature the work of Kevin Wada, David Lopez, Michael Laming, Mike Mayhew, Michael Walsh, Ryan Stegman, Stuart Immonen, and Juan Gimenez.