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It’s the burning question coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one that’s spawned many theories since the release of the first chapter of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy last December: just who are the parents of Daisy Ridley’s Rey?
One such theory is that Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso – the protagonist of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – could be Rey’s mother, seeing as she’s British… she’s female… and, erm… she’s in a Star Wars movie. However, speaking to Vulture, Ridley has pretty much discounted that theory, as well as heavily implying that we’ll discover Rey’s true lineage in Star Wars: Episode VIII next year.
“I mean, I think historically [the Jyn Erso theory] wouldn’t work, because she is … Darth Vader is there … so she would ultimately be my great-grandma,” said Ridley in an interview with Vulture. “No, she would be my grandma. »
- Gary Collinson
In the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was rumoured that the film would include a flashback sequence of the Bespin duel from The Empire Strikes Back, something that seemed to be supported by the release of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figures as part of The Force Awakens’ toy line.
Well, it turns out that was almost the case, with The Star Wars Show posting a snippet of J.J. Abrams’ director’s commentary from the upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of the movie, where the filmmaker reveals that the big showdown between father and son was intended to feature as part of Rey’s Force vision – or ‘Forceback’.
“Touching the lightsaber triggers what we call the ‘Forceback.’ There were many iterations of this. In one, from the Cloud City Corridor, she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting. We »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on 3D Blu-ray next month, bringing with it a commentary from director J.J. Abrams. USA Today has managed to get an exclusive clip from the commentary featuring the climactic showdown between Han Solo and Kylo Ren, during which Abrams shares his opinion on Ben Solo’s state of mind prior to striking down his father.
“People have asked me if I think Kylo Ren was just playing with him the whole time, if he meant to kill him from the beginning,” states Abrams. “And the truth is, I think Kylo Ren in this moment is actually being convinced to walk away from this. Snoke is, as Han says, using him, and I think that somewhere Ben knows this. But I think that he can’t accept it. Deep down he has gone too far.”
Watch the clip here…
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- Gary Collinson
Entertainment Weekly has given us a peek at one of the never-before-seen deleted scenes from the upcoming 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Rey, Unkar Plutt and Chewbacca. Looks like Unkar Plutt never got the memo that it isn’t wise to upset a wookie…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors »
- Gary Collinson
Warwick Davis has been chatting to News.com about the Star Wars franchise, confirming that he’s set to add another instalment to his C.V. with an appearance in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, as well as sharing his thoughts on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the future of the Sequel Trilogy.
“I enjoyed [The Force Awakens] immensely,” he said. “I’m excited by J.J. Abrams work anyway, I love his style. For me it’s very reminiscent of the films I went to when I was a kid. I loved Super 8 and I love the new Star Trek, and it just reminded me of many of the great films of the 1980s. There was such a great energy, I think he captured the humour of the original trilogy so well. What we loved about those films was that they didn’t take themselves too seriously »
- Gary Collinson
Hot Toys has already unveiled several of its Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collectible figures including Darth Vader, Tie Fighter Pilot, Jedha Patrol Stormtrooper and Shoretrooper, and now they have another Force Friday treat with a batch of promotional images for the upcoming 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker collectible figure, which based on the likeness of Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, a mechanical right hand, and a Star Wars-themed figure stand. When you pre-order now, you can also receive a specially designed diorama figure base as a pre-order bonus accessory! Who wouldn’t want this legendary Jedi in their Star Wars figure collection?
- Amie Cranswick
With many comparing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to George Lucas’ A New Hope, it would make sense that one of the movie’s stars is comparing the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII to The Empire Strikes Back.
“It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone,” Adam Driver told Collider. “For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. [Johnson] trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play”.
“Rian’s writing is so clear,” he adds. “I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He »
- Luke Owen
Despite all of the talk of a return to the practical effects focus of the Original Trilogy in the build up to the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic still had their work cut out on the film when it came to digital effects.
Although you’d never guess from watching it, there’s actually more CGI in The Force Awakens than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ilm has now released a fascinating ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX reel showcasing their rather fantastic work on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is definitely worth five minutes of your time; check it out here…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier in the year we might be seeing Master Yoda in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII after reports that Frank Oz was in London to work, and the Skelig Michael Island recreation had been set up to allow puppetry. Well, some new “evidence” has emerged that might confirm it further.
A Reddit poster named Skywalkergal (via ComicBook) claims she overheard a conversation at Star Wars Celebration between the people at the Saving Yoda booth.
“One of the many stalls featured at the convention was Saving Yoda, ran by one of the original team operating Yoda in [The Empire Strikes Back],” she wrote. “While waiting to have my photo taken with the Yoda puppet, the dude running it was talking to another guy. The random guy asked which Yoda puppet was currently on display. In response, we were all told that the one on display was puppet 2 (I think, I can’t quite »
- Luke Owen
On a recent episode of the podcast “My Dad Wrote a Porno” — a delightful show about a man who discovered that his dad wrote an outlandish dirty book, and rather than keep it to himself, he’s reading it out loud for the world to enjoy — Daisy Ridley confessed that she was, at one point, told a title for the film.
“I heard a title, and I’m not sure if it’s going to be that. I really don’t know much about anything,” she said, trying to avoid the question. Then she added, “I have heard it, but I heard it a long time ago before we started filming. So I feel like some things have tweaked slightly during [production], but it’s going to be a while before it’s released, I’d imagine. »
- Seth Kelley
“I heard a title, but I don’t know if it’s going to be that,” she told the presenters of My Dad Wrote a Porno. “I really don’t know much about anything.”
“I heard [the title] a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during [production],” she added. “It’s going to be a while before it’s released I imagine.”
When asked if Star Wars: Episode VIII was going to be good, Ridley replied, “I hope so. It’s weird because there is so much expectation now. Everyone is going, ‘you must be so less stressed’, and I’m like, ‘absolutely not.’ My neurosis was like 100 times worse than before. »
- Luke Owen
Of course, as exciting as each new Star Wars movie is, we all know half the fun lies in the different kinds of non-human characters we'll get to see. As was revealed in weeks past, the big droid character to join the canon will be none other than K-2So, voice and performance captured by actor Alan Tudyk.
Speaking with StarWars.com, Tudyk discussed further details surrounding the droid's (who he calls Kaytoo) past, and his relationship with those around him. The character's specific origins aren't necessarily new -- they were revealed via an EW first look some week's back, but he also plants the details in the context of the Star Wars historical canon. He also talks about the droid's personality in greater detail.
"Kaytoo was formerly an Imperial droid, so he used to be on the other side. He was a security droid and then Cassian, Diego Luna’s character, »
- Joseph Medina
Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its 1/6th scale Finn (First Order Stormtrooper version) collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; take a look here…
Originally trained since birth to serve the First Order as a Stormtrooper, Fn-2187 was deeply affected by the death of his squad mate and the innocent villagers during the attack of Tuanul on the desert planet Jakku. The skirmish has awakened his conscience and drove him down a different path, one that proved both heroic and dangerous and picking up a new name – Finn.
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of John Boyega in the film featuring a newly painted head sculpt, a sleek First Order Stormtrooper armor with weather effects and helmet with the iconic blood mark, blaster rifle and blaster pistol, and a hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.
- Amie Cranswick
Goodbye Kenny Baker A lifelong loyal friend I loved his optimism determination He Was the droid I was looking for pic.twitter.com/rd94OEYaHi
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016
At 84 years of age, John Williams is one of the oldest living movie music composers, but that isn’t going to stop him from returning to the Star Wars franchise for the eighth time in about four decades to score 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. In fact, during a show at the Tanglewood in Massachusetts on Saturday night, Williams shared a few details regarding his involvement in the film with the crowd after playing “Rey’s Theme” and “The Jedi Steps and Finale” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to a MassLive review of the show, Williams revealed that he will begin working on the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII in just a few weeks “after seeing an early cut.” The outlet also mentioned that the Oscar-winning composer, who has been around Star Wars directors, producers and actors quite a bit over the past few years, still has no »
- Justin Cook
Actor best known for his role as R2-D2 in Star Wars
When the first Star Wars film opened in 1977, the life of every actor associated with it was transformed, even those who were not visible on screen, such as Kenny Baker, who has died aged 81. Baker played R2-D2, the android that resembled a common domestic dustbin with an elongated arm clamped to each side and flashing lights on his front.
Together with C-3Po (Anthony Daniels), his taller, humanoid robot companion, R2-D2 served the heroes of this intergalactic adventure, which was essentially a B-movie on a bigger budget. Though Baker and Daniels were widely reported to have had a difficult relationship, they were a dependable source of comic relief on screen together in the series’ seven instalments, including the original trilogy, which was completed by The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
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- Ryan Gilbey
Earlier today it was reported that one of the original Star Wars actors has passed away. Kenny Baker, who was best known as the man inside R2-D2, succumbed to a lengthy illness at the age of 83. Since news of his death was announced by his niece Abigail Shield, many stars and filmmakers from the Star Wars universe have come forward to remember the man under the dome.
Mark Hamill was the first from the Star Wars camp to respond. The actor appeared in three movies with Kenny Baker, including the original 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope, 1980's Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi. Hamill and Baker spent a lot of time together on set, especially during the Empire production. It was Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 who traveled alone to the planet of Dagobah to meet Master Jedi Yoda. And throughout the original trilogy, R2 was often seen as Luke's loyal companion. »
The entire galaxy is in mourning today as one beloved member of the original Star Wars universe has passed away. Kenny Baker, perhaps best known as the man inside R2-D2, succumbed to a lengthy illness. He was 83 years old at the time of his passing. Baker's niece Abigail Shield was the first to report the news, telling this to The Guardian.
"It was expected, but it's sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life."
Standing at 3-foot, 8-inches, Kenny Baker was one of the few actors capable of fitting inside the body of droid R2-D2, which needed someone to bring the practical character to life back in 1977. He was fully credited as one of the main cast members in the original movie Star Wars: A New Hope, and would return for the next two installments in the first trilogy, 1980's Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi, »
Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed the robot R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 81.
Baker's niece Abigail Shield confirmed the actor's death to the Guardian. "It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life," Shield said. "He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime."
The 3-foot, 8-inch Baker started »
Burbank, Calif. (August 10, 2016) — This fall, Star Wars fans around the world, will experience a galaxy far, far away—up close and in eye-popping 3D—through the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition, rolling out beginning Oct. 31 and arriving in the United States and Canada on Nov 15.
For the first time—and just in time for the holidays—viewers can bring home Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D, encased in stunning, collectible packaging. The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams*.
*Collector’s Edition configuration may vary by territory
Upon its debut last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens received rave »
- ComicMix Staff
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