Rogue One Reshoots

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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Rogue One Star Wars riz ahmed interview

Riz Ahmed has been having one hell of a 2016. Before audiences see him as Imperial pilot turned Rebel sympathizer Bodhi Rook in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he played a key role in Jason Bourne earlier this summer and headlined HBO’s critically lauded miniseries The Night Of. Toss in major roles in modern gems like Four Lions and Nightcrawler and you’re left with one of the most interesting (and multi-faceted) young actors working today.

I was able to speak with Ahmed shortly after watching 28 minute of footage from Rogue One and we chatted about using fanboy feelings as on-set fuel, the importance of diversity in modern stories, and what it’s like to play an ordinary person in the Star Wars universe. Oh, and we wasted valuable Star Wars time chatting about Nightcrawler.

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Rogue One Clip

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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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the untold story of the heist for the plans that eventually led to the takedown of the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope. And while the story seems pretty straightforward, a group of ragtag rebels who must come together under tremendous odds, director Gareth Edwards says that “the film doesn’t unfold how you think.” Hit the jump for more on the Rogue One ending, alongside a new photo from the movie.

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Rogue One Character Posters header

Walt Disney Pictures have released a set of character posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The posters take a close-up look at the 8 main characters in this first Star Wars standalone movie. Hit the jump to see the Rogue One character posters.
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Rogue One Star Wars timeline

After the jump:

  • Valene Kane confirms she’s playing Jyn Erso’s mom.
  • Michael Giacchino is very excited to be scoring Rogue One.
  • Rogue One will be “edgier” than other Star Wars films, says Riz Ahmed.
  • The Rogue One toys won’t repeat that whole #WheresRey kerfuffle.
  • Felicity Jones learned kung fu for Rogue One.
  • An official map reveals Jedha’s location in the galaxy.
  • And more!

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The Night Of finale

As HBO’s The Night Of neared its end, it was anyone’s guess how things would turn out. Would Naz get to walk free? Would we find out what really happened that night? Would Stone’s eczema’s season-long arc finally pay off? Now that that finale has come and gone, we know the show managed to end in the most satisfyingly unsatisfying way possible. But Riz Ahmed reveals that wasn’t the only possible outcome. According to the actor, producers considered “a couple of possible endings” before deciding on the one we got.

Spoilers follow for The Night Of.

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rogue one riz ahmed

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Riz Ahmed talks about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with Stephen Colbert.
  • What, exactly, is in a droid’s name?
  • Take a closer look at the new Rogue One LEGO sets.
  • A new video goes into detail on the new voice changing Stormtrooper helmet.
  • Cameras are present when Riz Ahmed sees his Rogue One action figure for the first time.
  • Rogue One expansions for the X-Wing Miniatures Game are on the way.

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City of Tiny Lights clip - Riz Ahmed

The Night Of may be over and done, but the year of Riz Ahmed continues. Following his supporting role in Jason Bourne and ahead of his blockbuster turn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the British actor has not one but two films premiering next month at TIFF. Today we’ve got an intriguing look at one of them, City of Tiny Lights from Dredd director Pete Travis.

The neo-noir thriller puts Ahmed back into the criminal justice system, this time from the other end. His Tommy is a private eye investigating a missing persons case in London. As he digs deeper into the mystery, however, he finds himself facing dark secrets from his past. The first City of Lights clip has Tommy visiting a certain key figure from his history, an ex-girlfriend played by Billie Piper. Watch the City of Tiny Lights clip below.  Read More »

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The Night Of finale Riz Ahmed

If it’s possible for something to be unsatisfying in a satisfying way, HBO’s The Night Of nailed it. Even as Naz’s trial came to an end in this week’s season finale, plenty of questions remained maddeningly unresolved. Which suits the show, since the whole point of The Night Of was that there are no tidy conclusions in the criminal justice system, and that the truth is often beside the point.

But it doesn’t change the fact that we want answers. What did Naz really do? What is Naz really capable of? Star Riz Ahmed has fielded those questions quite a few times since the episode aired Monday, and you can read his responses below. Spoilers ahead for The Night OfRead More »