Godzilla and Monsters Rogue One Easter Eggs

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.

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george lucas rogue one

George Lucas is something of an enigma –he’s one of our most fascinating and important living filmmakers while also being a lightning rod for criticism from the people who grew up appreciating his work. It may take a few more decades for pop culture to come to grips with the man who found his feet in the American New Wave, created Star Wars as a passion project, gave birth to the modern blockbuster, and then confounded fandom with his prequel trilogy years later. Like him or not, Lucas has spent over 40 years making the films he wanted to make, for better and worse.

Lucas has all but retired after selling Lucasfilm to Disney for a couple billion dollars, but when the creator of Star Wars decides to pop by to check out the set of your new Star Wars spin-off movie, you should extend him every courtesy. At the very least, you’ll get some fun stories to share.

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princess leia a new hope - rogue one leia

Although Rogue One mostly focuses on a group of heroes and villains we’ve never seen before, it’s no secret that we can expect some familiar faces to crop up as well. Darth Vader has been heavily featured in the marketing, and it looks like we can expect appearances by Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and Wilhuff Tarkin as well. But is that all? Might we see the likes of Princess Leia or R2-D2 interacting with these characters? Director Gareth Edwards was posed that question in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say.  Read More »

rogue one clip

We’re two weeks from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the marketing machine has entered the “Screw it, let’s some ’em everything!” phase. At this point, to take in every new TV spot and every new promotional video is to risk seeing a little too much…unless that is entirely your goal. So you probably know whether or not you want to watch the first clip from director Gareth Edwards‘ spin-off film, which is set in the time right before the events of the original 1977 Star Wars and follows a brand new crew of characters who set out to steal the Empire’s Death Star plans and ensure that the events of the original trilogy happen in the first place.

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Star Wars: Rogue One images - Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic (header)

As we saw last year with The Force Awakens, the Star Wars marketing team knows how to reveal tons of imagery, footage, and juicy detail without giving away much at all. Now, as Rogue One enters the final weeks of its promotional campaign, it seems to be sticking to a similar formula of intense secrecy combined with total ubiquity. You can’t throw a rock these days without hitting yet another new Rogue One TV spot or specialty poster or cast interview, and yet I’m feeling pretty confident that we can trust Disney not to “spoil” anything significant. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Which brings us to Disney’s latest volley in their relentless campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The studio’s unveiled a whole bunch of hi-res Rogue One images, some of which are just higher-quality versions of photos we’ve already seen and others of which appear to be completely new. Either way, you can probably rest assured you’re in good hands with Disney. At least unless you’re the kind of spoilerphobe who’s sworn off all Rogue One marketing already, in which case you’ve probably already scrolled past this post. See the new Rogue One images below. Read More »

Rogue One Reshoots

Over the summer, one of the big topics of conversation for Star Wars fans were the reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An initial report indicated that Rogue One reshoots needed to be completed after Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the film, and a follow-up said that as much as 40% of the film was going to be completely redone. The urgent nature of the reshoots was debunked shortly thereafter, but it was a story that felt more like damage control by Lucasfilm than giving us the whole picture.

Now we seem to have some further indication that the extensive and expensive reshoots that were originally reported were just as drastic as originally thought. You might remember that Michael Clayton writer and director Tony Gilroy was brought in to help on the reshoots by writing some additional material (after working on the script the previous summer) and working as second unit director. But his role on the movie was reportedly far more involved, including fixing the ending of the movie.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Darth Maul is getting his own comic book miniseries.
  • A Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five storyline was almost its own movie.
  • Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown would like to play Princess Leia.
  • New Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich has not met Harrison Ford yet.
  • Yeah, J.J. Abrams is a little sad that he’s not directing Star Wars right now.
  • Updates on Visceral’s new Star Wars video game.
  • Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic sheds light on the Battle of Jakku.
  • And more!

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We’ve already begun to learn about the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets in the first few minutes, and last week box office tracking services estimated the opening weekend box office could hit the high $120 million range to the near $150 million range. But no matter how successful this movie is, don’t expect a Rogue One sequel.

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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Learn about four supporting aliens in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The latest and greatest on Imperial shield generator technology.
  • New images and TV spots and banners and magazine covers have arrived.
  • Mads Mikkelsen still can’t say much about Galen Erso.
  • Every theater chain is offering collectors’ items with their Rogue One tickets.
  • Details on the first 20 minutes of the film.
  • And more!

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rogue one featurette

In the months leading up to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it feels like we’ve talked about every character in the movie except Diego Luna‘s Captain Cassian Andor, whose role appears to be “straight-laced soldier who has to wrangle together all of those strange rebel misfits.” Since I like Luna quite a bit and am eagerly awaiting to see him contribute to the Star Wars universe, this new featurette focusing on his experiences on the set of the film feels like it arrived at the just the right time.

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