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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Details on the massive launch of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.
  • Forest Whitaker explains why Saw Gerrera is like Darth Vader.
  • Felicity Jones and Gareth Edwards talk Jyn Erso.
  • Two fan-made trailers have already arrived in the wake of the new official preview.
  • A very close look at one of Rogue One‘s most intriguing images.
  • Natalie Portman and screenwriter Gary Whitta visited the set.
  • A first look at the new U-Wing toy.

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International trailers tend to spoil far too much. Thankfully, that’s not exactly the case with the international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the latest look at Gareth Edwards‘ (Godzilla) war film does include some new plot details and new footage. There’s one new line, in particular, related to Jyn Erso’s father (Mads Mikkelsen) that expands on the setup of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Below, watch the Rogue One international trailer.

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Inferno trailer

Forgetfulness is so in right now. We’ve already done the “amnesiac hero” thing twice this summer, with Jason Bourne and Finding Dory, and the trend will extend into this fall with Inferno. The third film in the Da Vinci Code series brings back Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. As he tries to piece together his missing days, he comes to realize he’s the only one who can stop a madman from unleashing a devastating virus.

Felicity Jones follows Audrey Tautou and Ayelet Zurer as Langdon’s young brunette companion du jour, and Irrfan KhanOmar SyBen Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen also star. Watch the latest Inferno trailer below.  Read More »

jyn erso black series

If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con this week, go ahead and add this to your list of must-buy items: the Black Series action figure of Jyn Erso, the Rebel fighter played by Felicity Jones in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be one sale at the con…and it will be a Comic-Con exclusive. So go straight to the right booth, money in hand, as early as you can if that sounds like the kind of thing you need in your collection of Star Wars stuff.

Let’s run down the details.

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A Monster Calls teaser trailer

Who knew that lonely kids befriending gigantic but surprisingly sweet monsters would turn out to be such a big theme of 2016? Earlier this month we got The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s take on the Roald Dahl classic, and next month we’ll get Pete’s Dragon, David Lowery’s updated version of the 1977 Disney film. Then this fall brings A Monster CallsJ.A. Bayona‘s adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ book.

Lewis MacDougall leads the film as Conor, a 12-year-old who’s having a tough time all around. At home, he’s struggling with his mother’s illness; at school, he’s targeted by bullies. He escapes into a fantasy world with the help of a giant tree monster voiced by Liam Neeson. It all sounds very silly when I put it that way, I know, but A Monster Calls looks like a visually sumptuous treat and a real tearjerker to boot. Watch the A Monster Calls trailer below.  Read More »

Inferno Trailer

In what has essentially become a more deadly, less entertaining version of National Treasure, the adaptations of Dan Brown‘s book series following symbologist Robert Langdon continues this fall with Inferno. Back in the lead role is Tom Hanks, but this time his character has a little bit of a problem: he’s lost part of his memory.

A new international Inferno trailer finally lays out this important plot detail after all the previous teases of the movie left it out. Thankfully, despite this handicap, Langdon still has all those years he spent in school to help him decipher codes and puzzles created for him to stop a plague, but there are some key pieces of information he seems to have lost after an accident.

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Rogue One Reshoots

Update: A few hours ago, I reached out to writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, which, admittedly, I should’ve done in the first place. McQuarrie firmly denied the rumor that he’s supervising the reshoots:

If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.

Reporting on reshoots or additional photography is one thing, but this false rumor regarding McQuarrie was dismissive of Edwards’ work, which was what Christopher McQuarrie took issue with. Reporting that Edwards required supervision wasn’t fair to him, McQuarrie, or anyone else involved in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Here’s the original story as follows:

A few days ago, it was reported that Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t too keen on the dark tone of Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Apparently Disney believes the tone is too far removed from the original series and what director J.J. Abrams established with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the studio ordered reshoots. The last story regarding the reshoots said that they’d take place in June, but new details have emerged suggesting that the reshoots will take up to six weeks and that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is now heavily involved in the production.

Below, get more Rogue One reshoots details, which you should all take with a grain of salt.

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Collide trailer

In Collide, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) must revisit his dark past to save the one he loves. That set up is very familiar, but Eran Creevy is a director capable of transcending tropes. Creevy’s sophomore effort as a filmmaker, Welcome to the Punch, is a story of hero and foe uniting, a potentially trite set up that makes for a refreshingly streamlined film with a reliance on practical action. His follow-up, Collide, which he co-wrote with F. Scott Frazier (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), looks like another lean action-thriller from the director.

Below, watch the Collide trailer.

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Rey's Mother in Star Wars

Update: The book preview images turned out to be an unintentional leak, and we were asked by Disney to remove the images from the site as the leaked information contained on them. As the pages were not final, Disney is claiming the information is not completely accurate. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno

Tom Hanks can currently be seen onscreen in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the Kingnot that anyone would know, considering the total lack of marketing or buzz surrounding that movie. But Sony is taking pains to ensure Hanks’ next movie will not be so completely overlooked. The studio has dropped the first action-packed trailer for Inferno, which sees Hanks reprising his role from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons as symbologist Robert Langdon.

This time, the good professor wakes up in Florence with a seriously disturbing case of amnesia. With the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), he finds himself in a race against time to stop a deadly plague meant to “solve” the world’s overpopulation problem. Dante’s Inferno is also involved, somehow, hence the title. Watch the Inferno teaser trailer below.  Read More »