UPDATE: In a recent interview, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to Variety that Rogue One won’t have an opening crawl, saying, “We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are. Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”
So will we get the traditional Star Wars logo floating back into space accompanied by the iconic John Williams theme and followed by the Rogue One title? Or will the initial title say Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? This will likely be something we won’t find out until the movie debuts next month. Our original story from July 18, 2016 follows below.
There’s been plenty of buzz about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the past month. Plenty of new details and photos were revealed in a big Entertainment Weekly spread (including confirmation of Darth Vader’s return), such as the reveal of Forest Whitaker starring in the film as a character borrowed from the Clone Wars animated series, clarification on the reshoots that were taking place this summer, and much more. Plus, this past weekend brought a stunning new teaser poster and a revealing sizzle reel showing tons of behind the scenes footage. You can find out much more in our recap of the panel previewing the film.
Now with Star Wars Celebration over, we have one more update from the convention this past weekend, and it’s something that is likely to rile up some fans. Despite the fact that Kathleen Kennedy was previously unsure if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have an opening crawl like the rest of the films in the Star Wars saga, she seemed to have a slightly more definitive answer at Star Wars Celebration. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The most exciting aspect of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is that it represents an opportunity for Lucasfilm and the various creative people in its employ to break the mold on what a Star Wars movie can be. Freed from the obligation of carrying on the core saga, these spin-off movies have the potential to hire interesting directors with unique takes on the material who want to color far outside of the lines.
With Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy now describing Chris Miller and Phil Lord‘s upcoming Han Solo film as a heist movie and a western, it certainly sounds like they’re using these spin-offs to try something a little different.
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Over the summer there was a lot of drama regarding reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At the end of May, the story of Rogue One reshoots first emerged, indicating that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the Star Wars spin-off from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. A follow-up indicated that the reshoots were intended to lighten up the tone a bit, while another story made the situation sound more dire with reports that 40% of the movie needed to be reshot. Then clarification came detailing the extent of the reshoots and who was involved behind the scenes. This all unfolded over a single week.
Now a few months later, we have a little more perspective from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Rogue One lead actress Felicity Jones. It should come as no surprise that they’re each playing it off as business as usual, saying the reshoots were nothing out of the ordinary. Read More »
While appearing at a New York Goldman Sachs conference today, Disney CEO Bob Iger warned that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will not be doing bonkers Star Wars: The Force Awakens-level box office and revealed that he had a meeting with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy this week plotting out Star Wars for 2021 and beyond.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Lucasfilm announced earlier this month that Alden Ehrenreich would lead the Han Solo anthology film, they were just confirming what fans already knew — the trades had revealed the casting months ago. But not every report and rumor pans out so nicely. For example, there’s been a lot of speculation that Ehrenreich’s Han Solo could cameo in this winter’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, director Gareth Edwards has gone on the record to shut down the rumors.
Meanwhile, over at Warner Bros., Suicide Squad director David Ayer is battling a pesky and persistent fan theory of his own. Many have wondered if Jared Leto‘s Joker could be Jason Todd, whose defaced costume was seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Ayer insists that’s not the case. Read More »
At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Disney finally confirmed what everyone in the galaxy already knew: Alden Ehrenreich would be playing a young Han Solo in the yet-to-be-titled A Star Wars Story standalone film from Lego Movie geniuses Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But what we didn’t know at the time is just how many films Alden Ehrenreich is signed on for. A new report claims that the Hail, Caesar! star is signed to a three-picture deal, which would bring a Han Solo movie trilogy to life. While I believe he is signed on for three films, I don’t think we’ll be getting a Han Solo trilogy. Let me explain why.
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Two months ago, Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the young Han Solo. The actor will star in Phil Lord & Chris Miller‘s Star Wars spinoff, which Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan co-wrote. Little is known about the story, and unfortunately, no new major details were shared during the Future Filmmaker panel at Star Wars Celebration (which Peter has been covering in London).
Lord and Miller did, however, discuss the process of finding the right actor to play Han Solo, what appeals to them about the character, their canceled cameos in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and more. Below, learn a few Han Solo spinoff facts.
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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams may not actually appear onscreen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but they’re every bit as essential to the story as Rey or Finn or Kylo Ren — arguably even more so, since they’re the architects who designed it in the first place. So why should they have to sit out Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens while Lego Rey and Lego Finn and Lego Kylo Ren have all the fun?
Well, now they don’t. Turns out Abrams and Kennedy are playable characters in the video game, which just hit shelves this week. Click through to see a video of Lego J.J. Abrams and Lego Kathleen Kennedy in action in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »
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Does Star Wars: Rogue One need an opening crawl? This is a conversation I had with friends months ago, but its now come to the forefront thanks to recent comments from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. So let’s dive in and explore the reasons I believe that Rogue One should have an opening crawl.
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Lucasfilm this morning has announced that company president and producer Kathleen Kennedy will join Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards for Star Wars Celebration Europe. The duo will appear along with “special guests” for an opening day event at the fan gathering this July. Also StarWars.com has launched a new weekly web series called The Star Wars Show. Find out more about all of the above, after the jump.
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