In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following stories:

  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says a woman will direct a Star Wars movie and Elizabeth Banks says she is ready for that job.
  • Alan Tudyk talks about his time on set filming Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • How Star Wars played a role in Brie Larson‘s drama Room.
  • Find out how to buy the Luke Skywalker’s lost hand limited edition action figure.
  • Watch the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 press conference from NYCC.
  • The George Lucas Museum secures city parks approval in Chicago.
  • Watch Darth Vader take out a snow speeder with his lightsaber in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Read the plot synopsizes for four upcoming Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens short stories by Landry Quinn.

All that and more, in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.


Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks Wants to Direct a Star Wars Movie

Star Wars has tended to be more of a boys club, from the casting and characters seen on screen, to the creatives involved behind the camera (filmmakers and screenwriters). But Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has been trying to make a difference (50% percent of the executive team are women and six out of eight on the Story Group are women) and has promised they will hire a woman to direct a Star Wars film. It’s just about finding “somebody who’s passionate and really, really wants to do a Star Wars movie.”

Well, Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks has put her hat in the ring with the Twitter reply above. I love love LOVE Banks as an actress, but have yet to been sold on her as a director. Pitch Perfect is a film that I didn’t expect to love but somehow grew strongly attached to, and Pitch Perfect 2, while maybe funnier, was not a great follow-up.

And while I’m sure she’s more versatile than her previous credits, we can only look at her previous work at this point. So far it appears Banks’ tastes and talents have screwed largely towards comedy, and I’m not sure I’m ready for a comedic Star Wars anthology film just yet. I hate to keep throwing out the same name over and over, but I’d love to see Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) tackle a Star Wars story.

Alan Tudyk

Alan Tudyk Talks Filming Star Wars: Rogue One

We don’t know much about Alan Tudyk‘s role in Star Wars: Rogue One. We know he plays a performance capture character, so likely some kind of alien or android. He has also revealed that he almost had to turn down the role due to prior commitments. Recently the actor talked to The Hollywood Reporter about what it was like to work on the practical sets of the film:

You are amazed at what you can look at, because it is a physical world. If there are creatures, then there are creatures; if there are spaceships, then there are spaceships. It’s not huge swaths of green hung from the rafters. You have it all there, and if you don’t have it there then you go fly some place that does.

And we’ve seen the practical approach in the marketing for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and also the early set photos coming out of the Rogue One shoot.


Luke’s Lost Hand Action Figure for Sale

CodecZombie is selling a very limited edition non-official Star Wars action figure: Luke’s Lost Hand, the first edition from a series called “SABER CUTS”.

7cm (2.8inches) long toy casted in pure resin, airbrush/brush manually painted and packed in thermoformed blistered cardboard. Entirely handmade in Italy. Here are 25/50 pieces numbered and signed individually.

Very cool, but at €80.00 it’s also very costly.

Imperial March Remix

Pablo Fernández Eyre has created a remix of John Williams‘ iconic “The Imperial March” theme song using actual sounds from the Star Wars films.

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