rogue one tarkin

Last week I had the opportunity to jump on the phone with the visual effects team behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After the jump, you can read a transcript of my full interview with Rogue One executive producer / visual effects supervisor / writer John Knoll, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, and special effects supervisor Neil Corbould.

In the conversation, Knoll talks about his original low-budget pitch for Rogue One. We also find out just how many people and how much time it took to recreate Tarkin, just how much work was put into resurrected Gold and Red Leader from A New Hope, and if we’ll end up seeing more deleted scenes with finished visual effects on the home video release, and talk Princess Leia, miniatures, and much more.

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Rogue One - Death Star Eclipse

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A deep dive in the other secret history of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s aliens.
  • Did composer Michael Giacchino hide one of John Williams‘ most famous tracks in Rogue One?
  • Mark Hamill is reunited with one of the original trilogy lightsaber props.
  • Check out concept art from that cancelled Darth Maul video game.
  • Next week’s Star Wars Rebels will explore the origin of the Darksaber.
  • Some insight into Rogue One‘s unique filmmaking process.
  • A sneak peek at an upcoming issue of Marvel’s Doctor Aphra.
  • And more!

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han solo movie

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Woody Harrelson thinks it will be pretty cool to mentor Han Solo.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story picks up seven VES awards nominations.
  • The actor behind the digitally recreated Grand Moff Tarkin speaks out…
  • …and could more digitally recreated Star Wars characters be on the way?
  • One of the Rogue One editors talks about building the final film.
  • Rogue One writer Gary Whitta shares pictures from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set.
  • Brian Blessed has a pretty great Jar Jar Binks story.
  • And more!

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Rogue One’s Best Scene Was a Reshoot

rogue one darth vader ending scene

We’ve known for a while now that a lot of the third act of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had been reworked thanks to the extensive reshoots. The geography of that final battle on Scarif including the fates of our main characters was almost entirely changed. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to learn that the awesome final Darth Vader scene in Rogue One was a reshoot. Details after the jump.

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cassian and k2so in rogue one

It’s no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a very different ending than the one we saw in theaters. Extensive reshoots dramatically changed the geography of Scarif and the fates of a lot of the film’s main characters. In fact, we’ve written about how a lot of shots from the Rogue One trailers featured footage from the original cut of the film.

Well now a new video gives us a small glimpse into an alternate Rogue One ending with different fates for Cassian Andor and K-2SO. Also, Marvel Comics will be releasing a comic book adaptation of Rogue One which is resurrect some of the moments and scenes that hit the cutting room floor, back into the story.

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Felicity Jones Saturday Night Live - Jyn Erso Name Origins

Now that it’s a new year, we’re coming into the second half of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, and the late night sketch show is getting back to work after the holiday break this weekend.

In case you didn’t hear, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leading lady Felicity Jones is heading to Studio 8H for her first time as SNL host. Since the show is just two days a way, NBC is starting to air promos for the new episode, and the first one has just arrived online. Normally this wouldn’t be worth featuring, but these SNL promos aren’t usually presented so cinematically, completed with the appropriate title bumpers at the beginning and end.

Plus, for inquiring minds, Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer has revealed just how Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso got her name. You can find out about the Jyn Erso name origins and watch the SNL promo after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

One of the selling points of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was that there would be no sequel. This was a one and done movie that wasn’t trying to build a new franchise within the Star Wars brand. And while the fates of the heroic group of Rebel operatives has been solidly established in the movie, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Jyn Erso and crew. Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera has already appeared in the DisneyXD animated series Star Wars Rebels, and he won’t likely be the last.

Before Rogue One hit theaters, we heard reports that the Rogue One stars were signed to multi-picture options. We had initially heard rumors that Alden Ehrenreich would be making a cameo as Han Solo in Rogue One, and that didn’t pan out. But maybe it will actually be the other way around? Could we see characters from Rogue One in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller‘s yet-to-be-titled Han Solo standalone movie? If you ask Diego Luna if his character Cassian Andor may appear in the second Star Wars Story, he suspiciously avoids answering the question.

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Rogue One Trailer Shot - Jyn Erso Tunnel

We’ve covered quite extensively the many changes that were made to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after reshoots took place last summer. We’ve chronicled the many shots that were featured in marketing that didn’t end up in the movie, and we’ve even heard from the editors about which sequences in the final cut came about as a result of reshoots. Now we have word straight from director Gareth Edwards as to why one of the more prominent shots from the first Rogue One trailer (Jyn Erso in an Imperial tunnel, seen above) didn’t make it into the movie at all. And you might be surprised to learn as to why it even existed to begin with.

Find out why the Rogue One trailer shot above didn’t make it into the movie. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Adam Driver talks about the humanity of Star Wars: Episode 8.
  • Harrison Ford and Alden Ehrenreich have officially met.
  • New details revealed about Marvel’s Darth Maul miniseries.
  • A Star Wars regular will voice Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Lots of new Rogue One details revealed and discussed.
  • A very interesting Princess Leia petition…
  • How Diego Luna‘s son used Star Wars spoilers to woo girls.
  • ILM will receive a special Oscar for their Rogue One work.
  • And more!

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gareth edwards on the set of rogue one

Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.

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