Among the plethora of Star Wars content headed to Disney+ over the next two to three years is the return of Rebel Alliance fighter Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Actor Diego Luna is reprising his role in Andor, a spin-off series that will take place before the events Rogue One, which ended with every major character dead. In fact, Diego Luna recently revealed that the sacrifice that Cassian Andor made will have a big influence the driving force of the Andor series. Read More »
In an era in which Disney was latching on to recognizable icons in Star Wars mythos to retain a sense of familiarity for audiences, one of the company’s biggest creative risks was making Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a film which – spoiler alert – kills off every major protagonist by the time the end credits roll.
But in a new interview, Felicity Jones, who played Rebel leader Jyn Erso in the 2016 film, says she wants Jyn to be reincarnated because her character has “unfinished business.” Read More »
(Welcome to The Galaxy-Wide Star Wars Character Guide, where we give proper due to the smaller figures in Star Wars history.)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story begins with a child witnessing the murder of her mother and only gets more fun and exciting from there, culminating in a conclusion where (spoiler!) all our main characters die and Darth Vader slaughters a bunch of Red Shirts just for an added dose of carnage. Love it or hate it, this is the Star Wars movie that most thoroughly stresses the “War” half of the title. The Empire is terrifying, morals are grey, and life is hard for everyone.
If you don’t believe me, I invite you to chat with my good friend Tivik. He’s super duper dead.
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(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Interpreters.)
If there is one thing certain about the escapism offered by Star Wars, it’s that it hasn’t exactly been escapism. It’s always been inherently political. George Lucas has often remarked about how the original trilogy cast the United States as the the aggressive, evil Empire and how it was all a metaphor for the Vietnam War. The Rebels were the freedom fighters staving off the colonialist meddling of American aggression.
The prequel trilogy doubled down on this. Characters were named to resemble men in the Senate: Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, and Chris Dodd all became Nute Gunray and Lott Dodd, the mouthpieces of the greedy Trade Federation. The prequel trilogy explored the decay of a Republic and the way the best of intentions can lead into tyranny. When the sequel trilogy came about, J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan took the themes even further, showing us how fascism can return with even more fervor and less rationality.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fits in there, too. And we’ll talk about one film in particular that aligns with its politics: a PBS Independent Lens documentary called The Interpreters.
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Tony Gilroy will no longer direct the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spin-off streaming series for Disney+. Instead, Black Mirror and Doctor Who director Toby Haynes is stepping in to take the reins behind the camera on the upcoming show, which features Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel spy Cassian Andor. Get the details below. Read More »
Hasbro announced an awesome new playset in the Star Wars Vintage Collection that brings the first interior location we ever see in the saga to your shelf. The hallway of the Tantive IV that Darth Vader infiltrates with his Stormtroopers is being released as a playset scaled to the 3.75-inch Vintage Collection figures, and it even comes with a Rebel Fleet Trooper for Darth Vader to choke the hell out of. Speaking of which, there’s a new Rogue One-inspired version of Darth Vader you can get to go with it too. Read More »
Brie Larson has been established as one of the strongest superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her role as Captain Marvel. But she’s been auditioning for a number of other major studio blockbuster franchises that just didn’t pan out for her.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Brie Larson started her own YouTube channel in order to allow her to bolster “deep conversations, anti-racist rhetoric, inclusive content.” But the actress will also use the outlet to express herself personally, not to mention talking about her career. When addressing the latter in her inaugural video, Brie Larson revealed that she auditioned for some major franchises, including The Hunger Games, Terminator, and at least one of the Star Wars movies.
UPDATE: Brie Larson clarified that she auditioned for not just one, but all of the new Star Wars films in a recent video where she went into further detail about her biggest audition “failures.” We’ve added her new revelation to our original story from July 5 below.
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Disney’s Rogue One prequel series cast just grew by one.
Adria Arjona, who recently played a key role in Michael Bay’s Netflix film 6 Underground, has been cast as one of the leads in the Disney+ prequel show about the daring exploits of Diego Luna’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character Cassian Andor.
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Mark Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, but he’s also a renowned voice actor. That’s why Hamill also lent his voice to some extra characters in the galaxy far, far away, but it turns out there’s even more that Mark Hamill did as a voice actor than previously known.
Recently, the documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian revealed that Mark Hamill lent his voice to the droid EV-9D9 in an episode of the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. That prompted Hamill to confirm on social media that he has extra voice roles in the Star Wars universe outside of the ones we already knew about. Read More »
A long time ago, in this very galaxy, the first live-action Star Wars spin-off movie was released in theaters. Much has been said about the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but two of the credited writers, Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, recently participated in a watch party of the film and shared several stories about the making of the movie, including which scenes were reshot late in the game by Tony Gilroy.
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