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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The following post was published on February 7th 2013 after we first learned that Disney was developing a Star Wars spin-off standalone film that would follow a young Han Solo, set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. Now that it has been confirmed that a Star Wars Anthology film following a […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Comic-Con is sure to bring all kinds of Star Wars-related goodies, but the good folks over at Birth.Movies.Death are already getting the ball rolling with a terrific tidbit about Star Wars: Rogue One, the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope that finds a group of scoundrels and saviors uniting to steal blueprints for the Empire’s fearsome Death Star.
According to the site’s Devin Faraci, a very familiar face will be menacing the characters, one we haven’t seen at the peak of his powers since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. That’s right – I’m talking about none other than Darth Vader himself.
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The report states that Darth Vader’s presence is keenly felt in the pic, and his name still commands unparalleled respect and fear:
Darth Vader will be in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. »
- Isaac Feldberg
I want to get the basics out of the way first. If you don’t like or want spoilers don’t read on. I will tell you the point of a person reading a book and then sitting down to write up about what they didn’t just read when there is one. Seems like a waste of time to me.
Dark Disciple is thus far the best of the new, in-canon, Star Wars novels. It is so by a healthy margin and I was aware of it probably 1/3 of the way through my reading of it which is a great feeling to have but in turn allows entry for trepidation as you become aware of your desire to not be let down by the conclusion. Because of this, though not the only reason, I found myself being very satisfied if the story would have ended at a couple of »
- Jay Tomio
Kicking things off with only a couple bits of The Force Awakens news (which is bound to explode this coming week with Disney heading to Comic-Con this week to promote the film), and a couple of toy displays have given us some new details on the new First Order and their legion of Stormtroopers. The tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall,” the packaging reads. “Now, the rise of the First Order ushered in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.” Read the rest of the packing here, and check out a promo »
- Luke Owen
We've known for quite some time that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will be shot at London's Pinewood Studios this summer, but a production start date has never been confirmed. Two separate reports have surfaced this week claiming that shooting is already under way, with star Felicity Jones filming her first scene. Making Star Wars reports that several trees have been brought into the studio for a scene involving a ship's landing in the jungle. But not all of these landing scenes will be shot at Pinewood. There has also been some second unit shooting done with a number of ships including Star Destroyers, along with "some stuff" that looks like it could be the Death Star, but that has yet to be confirmed.
A separate report from earlier this week claims that shooting on Rogue One has been under way for the past three weeks, while confirming that jungle scenes are currently being shot. »
With Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales set to debut on Disney Xd next week, the network has released the first trailer and four new photos from the animated TV series, featuring some of our favorite Star Wars characters. The photos give us our first look at Lego versions of Yoda, R2-D2, C-3Po, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, while the trailer offers fans some alternate takes on some of the franchise's more memorable moments, including a much different fate for Jar-Jar Binks. The series will consist of five 22-minute episodes, debuting Monday, July 6 at 6:30 Pm on Disney Xd.
As its title suggests, Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C3P0 and R2D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, »
As we count down to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego and Lucasfilm are set to retell the entire Saga from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3Po in the new animated series Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, and it has been announced that the first episode will air on Disney Xd this coming Monday, July 6th at 6.30pm. Subsequent episodes will air on a monthly basis leading into the hotly-anticipated release of Episode VII this December.
Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3Po and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a »
- Gary Collinson
Cartoons are like any other medium: they run the gamut from “Oh God I can feel myself getting dumber from watching this” to “This show better get nominated for an Emmy.” The latter category has recently been dominated by animation created specifically for adults. Despite being mostly overlooked year after year, there are several kid-oriented shows hiding humor and melancholy just under the wacky hijinks. Baking heavy or adult subject matter into a cartoon is nothing new. From “Looney Tunes” to “Tiny Toons” and beyond, animators have been layering their stories for decades, saving parents and guardians from wishing to shuffle off this mortal coil rather than be subjected to another episode. While the pickings in 2015 are slimmer than in other years — “Legend of Korra” has ended its run and we’re a far cry from the heyday of “Cartoon Cartoons!” on Cartoon Network — there are at least five animated »
- Donna Dickens
While the full second season of “Star Wars Rebels” won’t hit Disney Xd until later this year, the benevolent overlords at Lucasfilm graciously gave fans a gift: a one-hour special that moves the rebels from an independent freedom fighting cell to part of the overreaching rebellion against the Empire. It also set up the pins nicely for the ultimate showdown…eventually. Warning: Spoilers For “Star Wars Rebels” Season 2 Premiere Beyond This Point! Time for a bold statement: The “Rebels” premiere was some of the best work Lucasfilm has ever put out into the Star Wars universe. Between Kanan’s nuanced feelings on joining a political movement to Ezra realizing their actions will cost innocent people their lives and livelihoods, the show got pretty dark for a Disney Xd cartoon. But nothing held a candle to many acts of Darth Vader. Over a decade after the events of “Revenge of the Sith, »
- Donna Dickens
You may have seen some purchased/leaked/stolen images of costume tests for stars of the current Star Wars film floating around the Internet, but we've got some vintage shots of a fan-favorite character suiting up behind the scenes of his iconic role. First revealed on the big screen in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunter Boba Fett found himself going from fringe character to cult icon within a short span of time. The man behind the mask in the original films was English actor Jeremy Bulloch, who also nabbed a role in the prequel film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as Captain Colton, a role in which you can actually see his face. Sure to delight Star Wars fans and Boba Fett cosplayers alike, we now have a collection of over 30 images from the 1979 costume test. Sure, the »
- Dave Trumbore
Back in May, we reported that Ben Mendelsohn is set to play the villain in the highly-anticipated Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which is scheduled to start production sometime this summer at Pinewood Studios in London. While other cast members have signed on since then, it seems that Ben Mendelsohn still hasn't been confirmed to star. Here's what the Australian actor had to say in a new interview with Deadline.
"Well... I know that it's something that's being talked about. That's what I definitely know. I'm waiting for them to call me and say, 'Hey, here's the start date,' but you know, none of that's yet taken place, but you know I'd be very happy to do it, let's put it that way."
Rumours were swirling around a few weeks ago that Ewan McGregor may be lured back to the Star Wars saga, to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGregor played the role in George Lucas' prequel trilogy of movies, and given that Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (due in 2016) is set to set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, there had been talk of crossing some actors over.
Chatting at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, McGregor said that "I'd be happy to do the story from episode three where I finish up and Alec Guinness started".
"It's not a fanatical thing", he said. "I'm really pleased I'm part of the legacy of it and happy to see it, and I've seen the trailer »
What are you doing for the next 2 hours, 22 minutes and 29 seconds? Fancy watching every single Stars Wars film at the exact same time? Not one after another like a sane individual, but layered over the top of each other so they become a mangled mess - not that Phantom Menace needed any help in that regard. Boom. Take that Lucas. If so, then you.re in luck, because one nifty YouTube user has combined every instalment of the franchise, and it.s oddly hypnotic. Sorry, did I say oddly hypnotic? I meant, it.s likely to make your eyeballs bleed. Kudos to YouTube user Maurcs for layering Star Wars: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith though. I mean, ultimately, it was a completely pointless exercise, but at least he was the one that »
“Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal” launches the animated program’s second season heading into Comic-Con and in advance of the next eagerly awaited live-action chapter of the franchise, and brings with it a major event for a little Disney Xd series: Darth Vader, with James Earl Jones providing the Sith Lord’s voice. Once again hewing closely to the spirit and template of the original, the show continues to revel in the latitude afforded by animation to dole out bountiful helpings of action, garnished with considerable wit and a welcome sense of fun.
Taking place between the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and the movie since rechristened “A New Hope,” the series centers on a ragtag crew of rebels, whose number includes the Jedi knight Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and the hotheaded youngster he’s seeking to train, Ezra (Taylor Gray). Their band – united at the »
- Brian Lowry
If you've got two and a half hours to kill and don't mind sending your brain on a spiraling descent into madness and nausea, Marcus Rosentrater has got just the video for you. Rosentrater has melded together Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith into a dizzying yet still somehow compelling experience. Check out... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
“Star Wars: Infinity” didn’t come as a surprise to too many people in the videogame world.
Given Disney’s history of adding relevant new properties to its toys-for-life game franchise (where fans can buy real-world figurines at stores that work with the videogame via a portal that plugs into consoles), it was something of a lock, given the film’s release this December.
But the road to creating that game meant that Disney Interactive has had to work closely with Lucasfilm, and the sensibilities of a game maker have had to find a way to gel with the guardian of the most popular entertainment franchise in history.
The collaboration, say both parties, has been smooth overall, although finding common ground has been a bit challenging at times.
The release of the May 5 launch trailer, for instance, presented some creative challenges for the teams.
“We didn’t know, on the ‘Infinity’ team, »
- Chris Morris
Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Lucasfilm’s planned Star Wars Rogue One movie, the first spin-off film in the Star Wars Anthology movie series. Whitaker will join the already cast Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn in the Gareth Edwards directed film, which will be due in cinemas in 2017.
Variety scored the news of Whitaker’s involvement, but didn’t shed any further light on the character which he will be playing.
Star Wars Rogue One revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters.
- Paul Heath
Forest Whitaker remains one of the busiest character actors in all of Hollywood. Now he.s looking to take his talents to a galaxy far, far away. Variety reports that Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join the first Star Wars anthology picture, Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). The trade has no details on who Whitaker would play in the ensemble action-adventurer, and they note that Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment on the casting. So what do we know about Rogue One so far? Quite a lot, actually. Set during the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this is being described as a darker and grittier take on the Star Wars universe. It.s also being described as a heist movie, with a rebellious group of fighters and X-Wing pilots banding together to steal the plans to the Death Star, which will lead »
As Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One prepares to begin shooting this summer more and more details begin to surface. We've recently learned director Gareth Edwards and cinematographer Greig Fraser are using the Arri's new Alexa 65 and that the film will be "darker and grittier" than any other Star Wars film to date, aiming to be much like an old school war film, a la Hamburger Hill. Now we get word of a new cast member added to the mix. Variety reports Forest Whitaker will be joining a cast led by Felicity Jones, co-starring with Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn is said to be playing the film's lead antagonist while source tell Variety, Ahmed and Luna also play Alliance fighters. Whitaker's role is unknown at this time. The film centers on a band of resistance fighters who unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans. The »
- Brad Brevet
Though he's currently filming Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi picture Story of Your Life, Forest Whitaker is reportedly in negotiations to join Gareth Edwards' anthology film, Star Wars: Rogue One. Though his role is currently unknown, Variety reports that Whitaker is in the process of booking his ticket for the standalone film that will take place between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, with its chronology leaning closer to the original Star Wars film. This timeline makes sense considering the film's plot, which centers on a group of rebel fighters who are planning to steal the Death Star plans. Star Wars: Rogue One also stars Felicity Jones as one of the rebel soldiers opposite Ben Mendelsohn set as the main villain; Riz Ahmed and Diego Luna are also rumored to play rebel fighters. »
- Dave Trumbore
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