Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did that Star Wars thing over the weekend. You know, that thing Star Wars has always done: make a crap-ton of money. And while the reaction to the movie seems to have been generally positive amongst fans and critics, one element of the film has already dredged up its fair share of controversy: the digital recreation of actors from the original trilogy.
But that is a conversation for another day. Literally. Someone on the /Film staff is already writing an article about it. Today, we’re going to talk about the other resurrection in Rogue One, the one that most people didn’t even notice. Several minor characters from the original 1977 Star Wars return via footage that was shot but never used for the first movie, only to be edited into the first standalone film nearly 40 years later.
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The time has come for another Star Wars movie to hit theaters this weekend. It’s not quite as big of a deal as it was last year when Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived, mostly since that was a movie that fans had wanted to see for 32 years. Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been dubbed an experiment to see how fans like a spin-off story that lies outside of the primary Star Wars saga episodes.
However, in the case of Rogue One, we’re dealing with a spin-off that has direct ties to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s a little bit of that familiar territory with a bunch of new elements, not unlike what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So how did Rogue One turn out after all of the troubling chatter about reshoots and whatnot? Well, our own Peter Sciretta already offered his spoiler-free thoughts on the movie, which you can read whether you’ve seen the movie or not, and David Chen also put forth his own video review. After the jump, I offer up some more thoughts on the movie, but beware of major spoilers from here on out. Read More »
With just one week until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, we’ll finally get to see if all the fuss about reshoots on the first Star Wars spin-off paid off. Rumors circulated that a bunch of reshoots needed to be done in order to fix the movie, though damage control indicated that it wasn’t as big of a deal as early reports suggested.
In the end, if the movie ends up working, the reshoots won’t really matter, but director Gareth Edwards was recently asked about the extra shooting that needed to be done, and he explained exactly why they had to do so much extra work.
Find out what Gareth Edwards had to say about the Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The morning after watching 28 minutes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I joined the rest of the gathered press as we reconvened at Lucasfilm for a full day of interviews (which you can read right over here). But before that, we assembled for the group press conference, moderated by StarWars.com’s Andi Gutierrez. In attendance were Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards, visual effects supervisor (and story creator) John Knoll, and actors Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Riz Ahmed.
The result was a sprawling morning that covered everything from the genesis of the film’s unique look, to George Lucas’ reaction to the final cut, to Kathleen Kennedy addressing her previous comments about women directing Star Wars movies…to Alan Tudyk’s very, very tight motion capture jumpsuit. Here’s everything you need to know.
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Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Working on a Star Wars movie would be a dream come true for most filmmakers, so when Gareth Edwards had the chance to helm Rogue One he made the most of it. We’ve already shared our chat with Edwards, where he told us about all the big ways he tried to make Rogue One his own, but here we’re talking about the little things he did to get the full experience. Like leaving his mark on Industrial Light & Magic through a bunch of jokey “notes” on the Rogue One poster, and smuggling out a little memento for himself of his time on set. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Gareth Edwards looks tired.
It’s the kind of fatigue you see on the faces of filmmakers after they’ve put the finishing touches on major motion pictures and have to summon a second (third? fourth?) wind to survive the press cycle. A stiff breeze could knock him over. But the director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is smart and alert and clearly as much in love with George Lucas’ classic science fiction universe now as he was when he first signed to to make Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars spin-off movie. He’s also the kind of filmmaker who is comfortable naming The Battle of Algiers as an influence on his space opera.
I spoke with Edwards the day after watching 28 minutes of Rogue One and the director of (the wonderful) Monsters and (the divisive but brilliant) Godzilla shared his thoughts on moving from the independent realm to the world of blockbusters, why Star Wars still matters, and how the war-torn fictional moon of Jedha is like Nazi-occupied France.
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We are ten days away from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters and it already feels like the marketing for this film is reaching a fever pitch. Disney has released another featurette, this one focusing on the aliens and creatures featured in the first Star Wars anthology film. While the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so laser-focused on convincing fans that this was a return to practical effects, locations, and creatures, we haven’t seen much of this angle for Rogue One. But this new featurette takes us into the Rogue One creature shop to take a look at the artistry behind the aliens and creatures in this film. Hit the jump to watch it now.
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This weekend, our own Jacob Hall went to Skywalker Ranch for a special press event showing 28 minutes of footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You can check out his full, spoiler-free reaction over here. But since there were several more reporters and critics on hand, we thought we’d provide you a variety of reactions after the footage screened.
The Rogue One footage reactions have plenty of praise across the board with many praising the action and loving the new droid K-2SO. There’s also plenty of confirmation that there is no opening crawl, as we already heard. And director Gareth Edwards has been paying attention to the early buzz, and he reacts to the good word of mouth coming from this sneak preview.
For more Rogue One footage reactions, all of them spoiler-free, hit the jump. Read More »
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The clips are starting to pour in for Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After plenty of welcomed secrecy, just two short weeks before the movie finally comes out, we’re seeing more and more footage. Yesterday brought us a clip in which Stormtroopers have yet to master the art of simply aiming, while today brings us a new clip showing Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) trying to get on the same page and another with a character you’ll remember from the prequels.
Below, watch the Rogue One clips.
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We’re just two weeks away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, even less if you already have tickets to the earliest 7pm showing on Thursday, December 15. Soon enough we’ll know how this first Star Wars spin-off unfolds and what secrets about the movie haven’t yet been spoiled. In the meantime, director Gareth Edwards has revealed two cool Rogue One easter eggs that have absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars.
Find out about the Rogue One easter eggs after the jump. Read More »