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Star Wars fans are excited enough right now about the fact that the most recent Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was good and that there are more installments of the franchise on the way. Some fans may not realize just how many movies Disney is planning to make in the future, and they are going to have to dig for ideas outside of the main characters at some point. It seems like if Samuel L. Jackson had his way, that might involve his Jedi character Mace Windu at some point. Many would quickly point out that Windu died in Revenge of the Sith. But Sam Jackson would say, you're wrong.
Jackson is currently promoting his new movie The Legend of Tarzan, and decided to do a Twitter Q&A as part of that. One particular fan asked him who's idea it was to kill Mace Windu in Episode III, »
Is there still room for Mace Windu in the future Star Wars movies? Samuel L Jackson suggests so...
Whatever your thoughts on George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, there was little denying that amongst their depicted collective of bureaucratic Jedi Council members, Samuel L Jackson’s Mace Windu at least knew how to get things done in a ruthless, non-Jedi-like manner. However, despite becoming a betrayed martyr in the process of Anakin Skywalker’s turn to the Dark Side, Jackson has his own theory about Mace’s fate; one that implies he’s very much alive.
Granted, Windu’s valiant early effort in 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith to slay the exposed evil of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine went completely awry thanks to Anakin’s slicing intervention. It resulted in a hand-amputated Windu absorbing »
This December, Disney and Lucasfilm will release the first Star Wars Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The spinoff is set to mark a departure from the Saga films: it won’t have John Williams’ familiar score (with Alexandre Desplat composing the music), it won’t have an episode number, and it may not even have the iconic opening crawl.
“We talk about that all the time,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy told EW when asked whether Rogue One will feature the opening crawl. “It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we »
- Gary Collinson
If you are a Star Wars fan, things are pretty great right right now. Disney has successfully breathed new life into the franchise after the disappointment of the prequel trilogy, with The Force Awakens being very well received and absolutely crushing it at the box office. Next up for the studio is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it will be the very first spin off movie in the Star Wars universe. That being the case, it looks like it may be missing a very iconic element of the Star Wars franchise.
In the recent massive EW feature on Rogue One, many new details about the movie were revealed. One particular thing of note that came up in the report was that Rogue One may not feature the classic text crawl during the opening of the movie. Here is what Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had to say about the »
Mon Mothma may not be a familiar name to many outside Star Wars' devoted fanbase, but the ethereal Rebel leader did get one of the most memorable lines in the whole franchise: "Many Bothans died to bring us this information." Nevertheless, Mothma's role in Return Of The Jedi was distinctly brief, and the character wound up on the cutting room floor in Revenge Of The Sith.
Thanks to the first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One, however, we already know that Mon Mothma has a role in the forthcoming spin-off, and that she'll be played by Genevieve O'Reilly - the actress who previously played Mothma in that deleted scene in Revenge Of The Sith. (Mothma was played in Return Of The Jedi by Caroline Blakiston. »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is both a prequel to A New Hope and a sequel of sorts to Revenge of the Sith. It will feature a character from The Clone Wars and reveals how the Rebels got their hands on the Death Star plans, so you can see how director Gareth Edwards is clearly walking a fine line between both building on what’s come before and what’s yet to happen.
While Darth Vader is set to make his presence felt in a big way, another familiar face returning is Mon Mothma. A senator in the prequels and the leader of the Rebel Alliance in Return of the Jedi, her screentime so far amounts to just a few minutes, but it sounds like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will further flesh out her story.
Mothma is the one who seemingly sends Jyn Erso off to retrieve those plans, »
- Josh Wilding
In Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Mon Mothma appeared and briefed the Rebel Alliance on the plan for the Battle of Endor. Aside from that moment, she didn’t really have a pivotal role in the film. Mothma in Return of the Jedi was portrayed by Caroline Blakiston, however, in Rogue One, she will be played by Genevieve O'Reill. This isn’t O'Reill’s first time portraying the Rebel Leader. She portrayed Mothma in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Don’t remember? Well, you wouldn’t, unless you own the DVD version. Sadly, all of her O'Reill’s scenes never made it into the final copy of the film. Never to fear though, she’s back in Rogue One and ready to lead! Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, spoke on Mon Mothma’s role in Rogue One, and she revealed that »
Last week, many fans were concerned that the first Star Wars spinoff movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was in big trouble after reports that massive reshoots were necessary. However, thanks to a new batch of photos and information about the movie, hype is at a new high for the next Disney Star Wars movie. But there is something very interesting that doesn't seem to be getting talked about. As it turns out, Star Wars toys are going to be a big part of the plot in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
EW recently released a batch of 16 new photos from Rogue One and since they heavily featured a lot of the new characters and some fancy looking new stormtroopers, it was easy to get distracted by what was on the surface. One of the photos prominently features the new Death Troopers, and there is something very interesting »
It has been a big week for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals, with plenty of character and story details arriving alongside some absolutely stunning new photos. Today, we get an even closer look at the plot, along with some sure to become iconic images from this first Star Wars spinoff. This time, the focus is on returning character Mon Mothma, who was first introduced in Return of the Jedi. We also get an awesome fiery shot of a Death Trooper.
Mon Mothma is a former senator responsible for uniting disparate planetary systems who have come under the tyrannical rule of the Galactic Empire. She is sometimes known as 'The Mother of the Rebellion', and was first introduced way back in 1983's Return of the Jedi, where she delivered the pilot debriefing before the raid on the second Death Star. She also had a small role in Revenge of the Sith, »
Genevieve O'Reilly, who first played the role ten years earlier in a deleted scene from "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith," reprises it in the new film in what was suspected to be just a cameo. Turns out she has a significantly larger role than that. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW:
"We actually see quite a bit of her. The Rebel alliance is in disarray. Pretty panicked. Up against it. And she is trying the best she can to provide the leadership, in amongst a wide variety of Rebel soldiers that have very differing opinions as to what to do."
That's not all though, several more photos from the project have been »
- Garth Franklin
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly takes a deep dive into this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fleshing out the story, the new characters and that one massive villain who'll be returning to a live-action Star Wars movie for the first time since we witnessed his birth in 2005's Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Darth Vader. EW now has a breakdown of Vader's role in the film, including further...
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Earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly’s massive “Star Wars: Rogue One” exclusive revealed that Darth Vader was indeed returning to the iconic franchise for its first anthology installment, and now diehard “Star Wars” can rest easy knowing the man who brought the villain’s iconic voice to life will also be returning as well. James Earl Jones is set to voice Vader once more in the highly anticipated “Rogue One,” though just how much he’ll be involved in the story remains to be seen.
Read More: Darth Vader Confirmed for ‘Rogue One,’ Details on Mads Mikkelsen’s Role
“He will be in the movie sparingly,” producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
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Nb: The following contains potential character spoilers for Star Wars: Rogue One.
We've learned all kinds of things thanks to Entertainment Weekly's recent Star Wars: Rogue One info splurge, from the confirmation that Mads Mikkelsen is playing a Death Star designer named Galen Erso, to the revelation that Forest Whitaker is playing a new incarnation of Saw Gerrara from The Clone Wars.
The morsels of information don't end there, either. We've since learned that James Earl Jones is going to lend his sonorous vocals for Darth Vader once again. It had been rumoured that Vader would appear in Rogue One for some time, and the movie's positioning as a prequel to A New Hope's events certainly added weight to those stories. »
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly takes a deep dive into this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fleshing out the story, the new characters and that one massive villain who'll be returning to a live-action Star Wars movie for the first time since we witnessed his birth in 2005's Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Darth Vader. EW now has a breakdown of Vader's role in the film, including further confirmation that he'll once again be voiced by James Earl Jones, who provided the voice of Vader in all of the live-action Star Wars movies, in addition to his recent reprisal of the role on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. According to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, Vader will be used very little in the film, so much so that...
- Erik Davis
When it comes to the original 1977 Star Wars, which was only retitled A New Hope in the years after its theatrical debut, Darth Vader was in his prime as a villain. And it was the first time audiences were introduced to the Sith Lord and the dark side of the force. The heavy breathing and black armor all return this Christmas in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it promises to give us a transformed Anakin Skywalker at the height of his dangerous powers. In the past few weeks, it has been confirmed that Vader will be a key figure in the Rogue One plot. But what, exactly, is his role in the movie?
This week's issue of EW features a Rogue One cover story, and in it, we get to learn just that. We know from previous rumors that this version of Darth Vader is screen accurate to »
Even though it was ten years between the Star Wars saga appearing on the big screen, the story continued on t.v. in many different iterations, with lots of fans taking for granted whether the events unfolding were part of the saga’s canon. Sure, Gennedy Tartakovsky’s 2D The Clone Wars led directly into Revenge of the Sith, but that was pretty much wiped from existence by the CG animated series of the same name, which incidentally started life in the cinema, and we are never given official word on how the events of the show tied into Star Wars as a whole. Until now. the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly features a massive write-up on Rogue One, revealing some neat details about the characters, including the identity of who Forrest Whitaker will be playing. Turns out he has been cast in the role of Saw Gerrera, a character »
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For as long as people have been loving Star Wars movies, people have also been loving Star Wars merchandise. It didn't really matter that there was a massive gap between Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, because there was always something Star Wars related to buy. That being said, Episode 7 did usher in a whole lot of new Star Wars merch for us to enjoy. And as it turns out, we enjoyed it an awful lot, as it helped boost licensed merchandise sales worldwide in 2015, helping to improve the global economy.
In a recent report, Deadline notes that the swell of merchandise Disney released in relation to a galaxy far far away last year was responsible for a huge bump in overall, global merchandise sales. Worldwide retail sales of licensed merchandise increased by 4.2 percent last year, and that was largely thanks to Star Wars. The information was released »
Taking a break from all the rumour and speculation surrounding the reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IGN caught up with Skywalker Sound’s Matthew Wood, who spoke about his work on December’s first Anthology movie and how he plans to blend new elements with the familiar sounds from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
Star Wars just has such a great legacy of sound that we’ve kept really special over the years,” states Wood. “Ben Burtt, who’s the original sound designer from the first Star Wars in ’77, was my mentor, and we’ve worked together on many, many projects. He’s still active at Skywalker Sound, almost 40 years after the first Star Wars. We’ve kept those sounds very special, so they’re only used in Star Wars films. I mean, Skywalker Sound, we do a ton of other movies, but we keep those sounds special, because we want that. You hear a Tie fighter, you’re gonna know that’s a Tie fighter. It’s not going to be like, ‘Oh, I heard that in Transformers. I heard that in Pirates of the Caribbean.’ This is the Tie fighter, and it hasn’t been spread out amongst all the different movies.”
“Sound has that way to subliminally take you, to connect you to things, and it’s a very easy way to do it,” he continues. “It’s not onscreen. We don’t have to render it. We pay special homage to the lightsabers and the wookiees and the wampas and the Tie fighters and the X-Wings. All of that has a connection back. So those sounds we don’t really want to alter much. [We] take things that are in that same patina [of the old sounds] and create new ships and, you know… David Acord, who was my co-supervisor on The Force Awakens — and we both did The Clone Wars together as well — we’ve just tried to take a blend of what we made in Clone Wars and what we’ve done in the Prequels and now The Force Awakens and just tried to put it in that same zone so it seems like it’s in that same universe.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Con Man), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith).
- Gary Collinson
In the years and months that lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, countless rumors surfaced about the plot and the characters, some of which turned out to be true, some patently false. While we have to wait another year and a half to see how that story continues, fans will get to explore another part of Star Wars history with the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today we have a new report that claims to have new details about the Death Star, along with details about the names of a few more characters in Rogue One. While these details haven't been confirmed, there could be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Star Wars’ scruffy-lookin’ nerf herder, Mr Han Solo, is getting his own movie. Here’s what we know...
Possible spoilers (we're guessing, though) lie ahead for Rogue One, and for the Han Solo movie.
So, Han Solo is getting a spin-off movie. As part of Disney’s cinematic expansion of the Star Wars saga, a prequel film is now in development to explore the backstory of Harrison Ford’s iconic war hero/smuggler. The only cast member currently confirmed is Alden Ehrenreich, who has been handed some very big shoes/cool black waistcoats to fill as the new Han Solo.
And before you dismiss this movie as a bad idea, it’s worth remembering that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the guys directing it. They’ve already brought us Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, the 21 Jump Street revival and The Lego Movie. If there’s »
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