Star Wars Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels rumors, praise, trivia and even inside Hollywood stuff are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Disney CEO Bob Iger has seen Star Wars Episode VII footage.
- New rumors have risen about the location of the Millennium Falcon.
- Is Jabba’s Buboicullaar back in Episode VII?
- Star Wars spinoff writer Gary Whitta praises Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Is Boba Fett in Star Wars Rebels?
- Matt Reeves won’t be directing a Star Wars film for some time.
- Benedict Cumberbatch does a great Jar Jar Binks impression.
- What do the Miami Marlins have to do with Star Wars?
- Peter Mayhew heaps high praise on Episode VII.
- Read about how Star Wars Rebels is influenced by Ralph McQuarrie‘s art.
- Dave Filoni and more are confirmed for Star Wars Celebration.
- Daisy Ridley just got herself a fancy Hollywood agent.
- The official Star Wars Timeline is set. Sort of.
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When Star Wars Rebels was first announced, I immediately had a ton of questions. How did the Jedi help start the Rebel Alliance? Does that make Luke Skywalker less significant? Who was this mysterious bad guy hunting down Jedi? Why do we need him if we have Darth Vader? How closely would the series link to the original trilogy? If anyone had the answers to those questions, it was going to be Dave Filoni.
Filoni is an executive producer on the show, which will debut on Disney XD in October, but was also the showrunner of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As I said in a recent article, he’s the person primarily responsible for keeping the Star Wars franchise relevant for the past decade. So it was truly exciting to get a chance to sit down with him, one on one, at Comic-Con after seeing the series’ first two episodes. I got to ask him everything above and then some. And I don’t mean to brag, but I have yet to read anywhere else some of Filoni’s justifications for who the characters in Star Wars Rebels are, their significances, and more.
Below, read our full Star Wars Rebels interview with executive producer Dave Filoni. Read More »
“A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct.” Such are the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Those words ring in the minds of Star Wars fans who’ve long believed it was solely Darth Vader who hunted and murdered the Jedi.
But now there’s Star Wars Rebels, a Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episode III and IV. That’s the time period in which all that murder would have taken place. The main villain of the show isn’t Darth Vader, however. It’s the Inquisitor, a Jedi Hunter voiced by Jason Isaacs. Taking into account the aforementioned quote, plus the knowledge there can be only two Sith, this character’s existence seems very curious.
Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni disagrees. In our interview at Comic-Con, Filoni described the unique relationship between Vader and the Inquisitor and the need for both of the characters in this world. His justification is the kind of logical, mind-opening twist we’re probably going to have to get used to with Star Wars in the coming years. There was a great big world outside those six movies and one TV show. Read about the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor below. Read More »
Years have passed since Disney purchased Lucasfilm but it seems like 2015 is really going to be when things start paying off. Not only will 2015 bring the release of the first new Star Wars movie in a decade, it’ll bring the first official news of Star Wars integration into Disney theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t elaborate much, but said in a recent shareholder’s call that plans have begun and will be officially announced next year. Read More »
Simon Kinberg has just about the best and busiest job in Hollywood. He’s the shephard of the entire 20th Century Fox Marvel universe, co-writing and producing all the new X-Men movies. He co-wrote Fantastic Four. He’s developing other films at the studio, such as Magic the Gathering and The Martian. He’s a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. He’s a consultant on Star Wars Episode VII and he’s writing and producing a Star Wars spin-off. Basically, Kinberg has his hands in a huge collection of awesome geek properties.
And if you learn one thing from our interview, which took place at Comic-Con, it’s warranted. Kinberg is a geek just like you and I. He reads Internet rumors, watches a lot of movies, and takes fan anticipation into consideration when developing his huge body of work.
Adding another massive job to the list, the next Kinberg project we’ll see is Star Wars Rebels. He’s an executive producer on the upcoming Disney XD show, which is set between Episodes III and IV, and he wrote multiple episodes. In our interview, we talked about how Kinberg balances his time, writing for the Star Wars canon, how his role on Episode VII differs from Rebels, potential connections between the two, Star Wars synergy and much more. Read our full Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels interview below. Read More »
For the second time in as many weeks, Zack Snyder tweeted a photo linking his movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to Star Wars. During Comic-Con, Snyder posted a photo of his Superman, Henry Cavill, dressed as a Sith. Then weekend, he did it again, tweeting a photo of Batman walking on sand dunes with R2-D2. It looks great, almost like Ben Affleck dressed as Batman was posing with the droid. But a second tweet pulled back the curtain to reveal the truth. Check out the Batman Star Wars info below. Read More »
Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »
Star Wars was born from George Lucas. Right below him on the influence list, however, is Dave Filoni. Before J.J. Abrams took a stab at the series, Filoni was only the fourth person to direct a Star Wars film (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). He was showrunner on all six seasons of the show, which many people feel is leaps and bounds more exciting than Lucas’ prequel films. Now he’s an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, a role that will let him work in a fertile and important time in Star Wars history.
While Filoni (above, center) and his team work on the animated TV show, men like Abrams, Rian Johnson, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank are all getting to direct live action Star Wars movies. One would think Filoni, a walking Star Wars encyclopedia, super-fan, and the person primarily responsible for keeping the franchise relevant for the past decade, might want to get in on the fun.
If all goes according to plan for Disney, they’ll be releasing a Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future. So, when I sat down with Filoni to talk about Star Wars Rebels, I asked him if he would be interested in helming a spin-off. His answer was not surprising. He’d be honored to, especially since he’s already talking to Johnson and Edwards about their films. Read the Dave Filoni Star Wars spin-off question below. Read More »
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