Rogue One Opening Crawl

One of the biggest questions throughout the development of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was how the opening of the movie would be handled. Every Star Wars movie has began with an opening crawl and the signature Star Wars them to help set the stage. But Rogue One isn’t exactly like other Star Wars movie in that it’s not a regular episode in the saga, but rather the first spin-off in the A Star Wars Story line of movies. That’s why the movie ended up not having an opening crawl.

However, some fans have found the lack of an opening crawl a bit of a disappointment while others who are not hardcore fans maybe could have used an opening crawl to help set the stage and clarify where in the Star Wars timeline the story takes place. One fan decided to take matters into his own hands by creating an opening crawl to begin the movie in the tradition of Star Wars. Read More »

John Williams Hasn't Watched Star Wars

While we cinephiles love sitting down in a dark theater to watch a new movie with a score from John Williams, the composer himself doesn’t feel the same way.

In a new interview about his work in the composition of scores for major motion pictures, the man responsible for the iconic scores from movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and countless more, revealed that once he’s done with a score, he’s done with the movie, and that means not even sitting to watch the final cut. We’re not sure if that’s the case with every single movie Williams has composed the score for, but when it comes to Star Wars, he hasn’t watched a single one of those movies. Read More »

Rogue One Featurette

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is all the rage right now. Even the fans who weren’t as crazy about it as others can’t stop talking about it. Whether it’s looking at the footage that was left on the cutting room floor as a casualty of the reshoots or all the easter eggs in there referencing other parts of the Star Wars universe, Rogue One is a hot topic for discussion.

Since the movie has barely been out for a week as of this evening, we’re still treading carefully when it comes to spoilers. But worry not, because this new Rogue One featurette contains nothing that will ruin the movie for you, as it goes behind the scenes of the real locations that are used for planets like Scarif, Jedha and more. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Donnie Yen talks (or rather, doesn’t talk about) Chirrut’s backstory.
  • Donald Glover promises that he’ll keep Lando cool.
  • Riz Ahmed explains how Bodhi changed during the making of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Check out the art for next year’s Star Wars Celebration badges.
  • Marvel is celebrating Star Wars‘ 40th birthday with 48 comic book variant covers.
  • Dermot Mulroney played an unexpected role in Rogue One.
  • Rogue One may have filled in the tiniest Star Wars mystery…
  • Someone let Diego Luna touch Jabba the Hutt.
  • And more!

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Michael Fassbender in Prometheus

When I think about Michael Fassbender, the first performance that comes to mind is his work as the doomed English soldier Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds. If I dwell a little longer, I’ll usually get lost in the trio of desperate characters he played for director Steve McQueen in Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave. Sometimes, I’ll even remember X-Men: Apocalypse, where Fassbender did everything in his power to bring steely dignity to a movie that didn’t know what to do with him. Then I’ll remember Steve Jobs and how damn good he is in this film and how I’ll never forgive you (yes, you) for not seeing it.

My larger point is that the guy is a real powerhouse who has shown an ability and willingness to float between projects both large and small, treating the arthouse and the blockbuster as if they exist on the same playing field. So it’s not surprising to hear that he was considered for a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Rogue One Voice Cameos

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured some secret cameos from talents like Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Kevin Smith, upon first inspection it would appear that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story didn’t really follow suit. But you might be surprised to learn that there were a ton of voice cameos in the movie, including some talents from Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars, who helped fill out the cast thanks to the magic of automated dialogue replacement (ADR).

Find out about the extensive list of Rogue One voice cameos after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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Star Wars Rebels Rogue One Battle of Scarif

Star Wars Rebels fans may have noticed a few intriguing Easter eggs scattered around Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and, seeing as the film and the show are set just a few years apart and take place within the same interconnected universe, started wondering if we might get some sort of crossover down the line. Well, Dave Filoni isn’t ruling it out. The Rebels executive producer floated the possibility of revisiting the Battle of Scarif someday, this time from the perspective of the Rebels characters.

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We’ve reached that delicate time in the aftermath of the release of the latest chapter in a major movie series – when is it okay to start talking about the next one without looking like a total lunatic? After we’re all, we’re still talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we already have some news related to Star Wars: Episode 8 and Star Wars: Episode 9. Are there rules about this? Is it crude to dive into the rumor mill when the brand new movie is still less than a week old?

To answer those questions: no and probably. But hey, here we are.

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Rogue One scripts

Disney has released a bunch of books in connection with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which give us some insight into John Knoll‘s original pitch for the movie and Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, as well as how the story evolved under Chris Weitz. I’m always very interested in the evolution of the creative process on this scale, and learning what might have been.

We’ve already delved into the missing trailer footage to try to deconstruct what may have been reshot, now join me as we look at the original ideas for Rogue One, from pitch to shoot:

  • Discover the original title for Rogue One.
  • Find out which character was originally written to be a Jedi.
  • Learn which character was originally created for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hit the jump to find out what I learned.

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