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Among the many shots from the trailers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that were absent from the final cut of the movie was the sequence of Jyn Erso staring down a Tie Fighter on the communication tower platform on Scarif.
If you were wondering how the scene would have played out pre-reshoots, director Gareth Edwards has the answer for you: it wouldn’t, as it was only ever intended to appear in the trailers.
“That’s going to have to remain a mystery,” Edwards tells EW. “It was something the marketing team fell in love with. We knew it would not be in the film. It’s one of those things where all the trailers are put together way before the film comes out. It wasn’t a specific part of the story.”
Hopefully that shot wasn’t the sole reason you made a trip to the cinema… »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to the Mon Calamari, sure, Admiral Raddus is cool. But he's no Admiral Ackbar. First introduced in Return of the Jedi, Ackbar has only ever since returned to the big screen in The Force Awakens. Many fans expected the orange Rebel warrior hailing from Mon Cala to also make an appearance in Rogue One. But, alas, he was nowhere to be seen, despite him being a part of the Rebellion at this time. Which we know from his appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. So, where was he?
Rogue One writer Gary Whitta recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about all the material that didn't make it into the final movie. And one of those things was Admiral Ackbar. He had a role in Rogue One during the initial screenwriting phase. But his part was replaced by that cool blue Mon Calamria we've come to »
This past week Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Gary Whitta discussed a couple of alternative endings for December’s Anthology movie, including a “happy” ending where Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor survived, and another where Darth Vader killed Director Krennic. And now, speaking to io9, Ilm’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll (the man responsible for the original pitch for Rogue One) has revealed another couple of endings that were under consideration.
The first ending would have seen Jyn and Cassian escaping Scarif and attempting to lose Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer by making multiple jumps through hyperspace, with Knoll explaining: “And the last jump they do, they try to get lost in the traffic that’s around Coruscant. It’s a giant cloud of ships. Ten-thousand ships coming and going and they’re trying to get lost in that traffic but they don’t make it. There »
- Gary Collinson
In just a few short weeks, Disney and LucasFilm will reportedly be unveiling the first Last Jedi trailer during Star Wars Celebration, which runs from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 in Orlando, Florida. Until then, we're only left with rumors about this highly-anticipated sequel, and today we have another unconfirmed report that will make fans of the original trilogy quite happy. If this new rumor is to be believed, fans will be revisiting two iconic planets from the original trilogy in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX, along with a third planet first introduced on the big screen in Revenge of the Sith. There will be Potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
This week we’ve been learning a lot about how Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could have turned out – from its original ‘happy’ ending to Orson Krennic’s death at the hands of Darth Vader – and now we’ve learnt of another discarded idea thanks to Entertainment Weekly. In an early draft of the story, the prologue to the film would have revealed Jyn Erso’s mother, Lyra, was in fact a Jedi in hiding.
“The prologue, at one point a long time ago, was going to be the Empire coming to kill the Jedi,” Edwards said. “And Jyn’s mom was going to be a Jedi. We were witnessing one of those kills and Krennic would be the person sent to do it.”
After the events of Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith, only a handful of Jedi managed to escape the mass executions across the galaxy, »
- Ricky Church
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In a time long before Disney stepped in and purchased Lucasfilm, and even before George Lucas made the prequels, fans had to turn to the expanded universe in order to get new Star Wars content. One of the most shining and popular examples of this was Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. It was a major event that spanned across comic books, novels and video games. It remains a part of Star Wars lore that many fans still look upon fondly. Dash Rendar, one of the main characters introduced in Shadows of the Empire, is someone that many fans hope that Disney and Lucasfilm will bring into the new canon at some point, but it is doubtful that will happen. At least according to Rogue One co-writer Gary Whitta.
The Dark Lord of the Sith made his return to the big screen this past December in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and while he only appeared in two scenes, the final sequence where he massacred a bunch of Rebel Troopers is arguably Darth Vader’s finest moment from the entire saga.
As we’ve already heard, that was a late addition to the film created during reshoots, but original screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed that Vader did have another scene in the first draft of the script, which would have resulted in the death of a major character at the Dark Lord’s hand.
“Vader is in the movie as much as he always was. He only had two things in the film. He was on Mustafar and then in the battle at the end,” said Gary Whitta in an interview with EW. “The rampage where [Vader] murdered everybody wasn’t me. »
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Lambie Mar 22, 2017
Fearsome monsters, grasping hands, and a suggestive tree. Here are 10 fantasy movie moments that scarred us as kids...
Sooner or later, you're going to see a scary movie. Whether you sneak down and watch a horror film on late night television, watch a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel round a friend's house or watch clips of slasher movies on YouTube, horror movies are always out there, waiting in the wings for the young and curious.
But long before most of us graduate to the stage of our lives where we start seeking out 18-rated movies of gore and terror, we reliably encounter scary moments in what might initially seem to be harmless family adventure films.
The 1980s was an »
Over the weekend we brought you some comments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, who discussed how the reshoots changed the original ending that had been shot for the blockbuster Anthology movie. And now screenwriter Gary Whitta has been chatting to EW about the very first draft of the script, which would have seen Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor surviving the battle on Scarif.
Whitta revealed that while K-2So always died (and Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus weren’t included at this point), the original ending would have seen the Death Star arriving at Scarif to destroy the facility, but Jyn and Cassian would have escaped the beach beforehand, transmitting the plans off-world:
“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” said Whitta. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. »
- Gary Collinson
We're exactly 10 months away from seeing Luke Skywalker return on the big screen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters this December. And we're just one month away from seeing him in the first teaser trailer for the movie, which is supposed to debut at Star Wars Celebration this April. While he's not allowed to show us anything new quite yet, Mark Hamill, who has played Luke Skywalker in four Star Wars movies, has a different kind of treat in store for us today. He is showing off the first ever photo of Luke Skywalker from the set of 1977's A New Hope. He says this.
"Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction)-Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic #Sw"
We’re two films into the Disney Star Wars canon, and while both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have went down well with the majority of fans and critics – and earned a fortune at the box office – there has been some criticism that the movies are relying too heavily on nostalgia. “Legacy” characters made up a good portion of both films, next up from Disney and Lucasfilm is the young Han Solo spinoff, and there’s also persistent rumours of future Anthology movies centred around Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, according to Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, future movies will see a shift away from these legacy characters and elements to tell new stories.
“I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with Rogue One,” Whitta Told ComingSoon. “Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, »
- Amie Cranswick
We may be deep into the next Star Wars trilogy, but it doesn't mean we aren't going to dwell a little bit on the past. The Force Awakens already brought back Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and even R2-D2 and C-3Po. As we press on toward The Last Jedi, we're expecting even more cameos. While the characters we reunited with in The Force Awakens will definitely be back, recent crazy theories have predicted the returns of Mace Windu, the evil Darth Maul, and oddly enough, even Jar Jar Binks. Now, we've got our sights set on another iconic character who may be back: Yoda. Before we get to the good stuff, we must address his death. Technically Yoda does die in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. I mean, at 900 years old, it's really no surprise. Here's the thing, though: he's such a powerful Jedi that his spirit »
- Ryan Roschke
It was pretty clear to anyone who’d seen a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the much publicised reshoots led to some rather major changes in December’s blockbuster Anthology movie, particularly during the climactic battle on Scarif. And, speaking to Slash Film, director Gareth Edwards has now offered some insight into the original ending, and the reasons behind why it was changed.
“I think the main thing that changed at the end…what used to happen, and you can get a sense of this in the early trailers, the transmission tower for the plans was separate from the main base on Scarif. To transmit the plans, they had to escape and run along the beach and go up the tower. In cutting the film, it just felt too long. We had to find ways to compress the third act, which was quite long as it was. »
- Gary Collinson
This year marks the iconic 40th Anniversary of the very first Star Wars movie, 1977's A New Hope, with the celebration kicking off next month at Star Wars Celebration, There, fans are expected to get their first look at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. May also marks the 37th anniversary for the sequel Empire Strikes Back, considered by many to be the best movie in the entire franchise. While this year doesn't mark a particularly memorable milestone for the sequel, some behind-the-scenes video was recently recovered up from the set, and it shows the usually-wholesome Mark Hamill letting out an uncharacteristic curse word. There's a good reason for the swear though, as it came after a snake bit his hand on the set.
The scene in question takes place towards the end of Empire Strikes Back, where Yoda tries to convince Mark Hamill's character Luke Skywalker to »
The actress behind the digitally de-aged Princess Leia in Rogue One is open to returning to the part in the future.
There has been a lot of hoopla regarding Disney’s de-aging/resurrection technologies used in Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. Bringing back Peter Cushing for the role of Tarkin and having a young Carrie Fisher turn up as the iconic Princess Leia.
This is a controversy that has only grown since the passing of Fisher, with many fans worried that Disney might try and bring her back for future Star Wars instalments.
Well the actress — Ingvild Deila — who was behind all that computer wizardry for Rogue One is open to returning to the role should she get the call. She spoke to Jaime Stangroom about the possibility in a recent YouTube interview.
“I would be lying if I said no. It would be great. Really scary at the »
- Samuel Brace
Don’t think one of the scariest movies ever can get any scarier? You’re wrong.
Question: what’s scarier than riding your big wheel through an empty hotel, turning the corner, and finding yourself face to face with twin little girls dressed in matching baby-blue dresses, and oh yeah, they’re dead?
Answer: riding your big wheel through an empty hotel, turning the corner, and finding yourself face to face with a full-grown, malformed-cheeked woman who looks way to happy to see you and can’t stop singing, “In Heaven, everything is fine.”
This hypothetical scenario comes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, of course, and in the question portion, I’m sticking with the original, little Danny Torrance bumping into the Grady Twins. In the second, however, you might have picked up that the figure described is the infamous Lady in the Radiator from David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Now »
- H. Perry Horton
With Disney and LucasFilm's highly-successful Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming home on Digital HD March 24, and on Blu-ray and DVD April 4, fans have been waiting with bated breath to enjoy this sci-fi adventure from the comfort of their home, while enjoying all of the supplemental material. Director Gareth Edwards decided to promote this home video release by hosting a Reddit Ama, where he shared a surprising secret that he kept from Star Wars creator George Lucas, when Lucas visited the set. Here's what Gareth Edwards had to say.
"He came to visit Pinewood before we started filming.... to take the pressure off us, I had posters in my room of the previous 'Star Wars spinoffs,' Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and the Star Wars Holiday Special... my main goal when he came in was to try and stop him seeing these... my »
Director Rian Johnson has his work cut out: not only is Yoda dead, many of us are trying to unremember he tried to sell us mobile phones
The big story this week for fans of hairy green aliens with a penchant for eccentric syntax is that Yoda looks set to return in upcoming Star Wars sequel The Last Jedi. “Fake news, this is,” I hear you exclaim, in a voice that sounds a bit like Miss Piggy with a cold. “For dead he is.” And you’d be right, from a certain point of view. The erstwhile leader of the Jedi council passed away at the beginning of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, but returned in Force ghost form for the movie’s denouement, so there’s no reason he can’t come back for Rian Johnson’s film – hopefully this time without Hayden Christensen’s leering Anakin Skywalker to keep him company. »
- Ben Child
Yoda, at least in his corporeal form, died on Dagobah in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” but imbued with the Force, he’s able to come back in some kind of spiritual form. Thus far, the new “Star Wars” movies haven’t really played with the whole Force ghost thing, but it seems inevitable that they will. Could it happen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“?
- Kevin Jagernauth
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