Jabba's Palace

Special effects wizards Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould, the lead creature designer and special effects supervisor on Star Wars: The Force Awakens respectively, recently spoke at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts even and revealed that a certain iconic villain may be returning to the big screen. Scanlan, whose next project is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, suggested the potential resurrection of a certain slimy crime boss:

There is a huge amount of secrecy around all of the films and we never really know exactly what the characters are until way way down the line. We have heard rumours of all different characters coming back and I had heard Jabba The Hutt, but to be honest I cannot confirm that one way or the other, It is certainly not on the cards quite yet.

This wouldn’t surprise us at all. Although Jabba is dead and blown to pieces in the new movies, he could easily show up in various spin-offs… especially that upcoming young Han Solo movie.

Benicio Del Toro as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy

The folks at Hitfix caught up with the great Benicio del Toro, who will playing some kind of mystery character in Star Wars: Episode 8, and grilled him about the production. After revealing that he’s set to begin filming this spring, he revealed that he’s excited to be working with Rian Johnson, who specifically sought him out for the character:

I’m looking forward to working with Rian Johnson too, who was the one that reached out to me and had the idea of me playing the character that I’m gonna play. So that’s kinda nice.

And yes, it’s starting to settle in that he’s about to appear in a Star Wars movie:

It’s more surreal now, I’ll tell you that. I mean, after the success… not only at the box office, but the success of the quality of [Episode VII]. I really enjoyed the film… so it’s kind of nerve-wracking now, but I’m really happy to be part of it.

Finally, he confirmed (in the loosest sense possible) that he’ll be a bad guy in the movie, citing the fact that everyone out there already knows that it’s the case:

You know, I’m not supposed to say, but that’s what’s out there, so I’m not gonna try and fight it.

Can you imagine del Toro sharing the screen with Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren? Now that’s a duo that we’re looking forward to seeing.

The YouTube show, These Are the Actors You’re Looking For, tracks down and interviews people have appeared in the Star Wars saga. Their latest episode is, by its very nature, soul-shattering – they spoke with Ahmed Best, the poor guy who played Jar Jar Binks in the prequels. You can watch the whole interview above, but this bit (via io9) paints one tragic picture. On the set for the film, Best and George Lucas were convinced they were breaking new technological ground and creating something special:

I was to be the template for this, so I was kinda working with George to pioneer this new character form of acting and storytelling. On set we were all just so focused on the challenge of it and having so much fun that the post-Star Wars stuff was a surprise. Even though you play characters, you put a lot of your own personality into it, you get emotionally and personally invested in the work that you do, it’s your work and you take pride in it. So when your work is criticized negatively, you feel a hit.

You’ve got to feel bad for the guy. The only person who’s had it worse has got to be Jake Lloyd.

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