One day, the director reportedly said his new film hadn’t been granted the rights to use “Star Wars” material. The next day, he told us it did. And he told us some things fans can watch for.
If you went Deep Nerd on that behind-the-scenes video released from "The Last Jedi," you may have noticed Finn sporting a haircut and costume we never saw in the movie. Here's how that happened.
As previously announced, Marvel is set to launch a six-issue adaptation of the intergalactic smash Star Wars story and the comic book will include material that didn’t make the final cut of the film. Today, Marvel released initial interior artwork from the comic version, the first issue of which will hit newsstands on April 5.
Lest you think filmmaking is all sunshine and lollipops, here are 10 reminders that showbusiness is an ugly business, and the family films which you hold dear to your heart were actually the cause of more than a little psychological scarring… ‘The Railway Children’ – The girl’s age was hushed up Casting producers on the 1970 children’s adventure 'The Railway Children’ liked actress Sally Thomsett’s audition for 11-year-old Phyllis so much, they were willing to overlook one fairly significant point – that she was actually 20 years old. Thomsett was three years old than her on-screen big sister, Jenny Agutter, but was treated like a child by crew members, who gave her sweeties for good behaviour. For starters, shooting on the movie very nearly led to tragedy, when Kym Karath, the actress playing Gretl, fell out of a boat and almost drowned – she couldn’t swim and Julie Andrews was unable to fetch her as planned. Andrews was disliked by co-star Christopher Plummer, who likened her presence to “being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card every day”.
Great movie moments aren't always in the script, as these spontaneous and sometimes purely lucky ones from the Star Wars universe prove.
This post contains major, huge, mind-blowing spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stop reading now if you don’t want your movie experience ruined.
The quiz (which you can see above) was simple: We listed the names of characters who were either real but semi-obscure Star Wars characters, or fake (and borrowed, say, from the name of a Filipino restaurant in suburban Los Angeles), and Boyega (Finn), Christie (Captain Phasma), Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) had to tell us which was which.
Many Star Wars fans had only one question after watching the full-length trailer for The Force Awakens last week: Where was Luke Skywalker? While Han Solo (Harrison Ford) made a memorable first appearance in the April teaser and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) finally made her debut in the new poster and trailer, one of the heroes of the original trilogy has been mostly absent except for a voiceover and hooded glimpse in the second teaser. Abrams, after all, loves a good twist, which has some fans wondering if the man who was supposed to revive the Jedi Knights has instead turned to the dark side.
Friday marks the release of the first big wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise, which means fans will be lining up across the country to get their hands on some brand new swag. But sadly, there’s one character they’re likely not to see much ofamongst all the toys, drones, and other Disney-approved merch: Jar Jar Binks. The bumblin’ Gungan was reviled by fans when he first appeared in 1999′s The Phantom Menace, and The Force Awakens director once joked about showing his withered skeleton in Episode VII, to prove the poor character was dead. But if you’re actually a Jar Jar fan, not all hope for a bundle of new swag is lost: There are fellow Binks buffs crafting homemade Jar Jar goods and putting them up for sale on Etsy. We’ve picked out some of the best for your shopping convenience.
Ever wanted to ride shotgun with Luke Skywalker and pals Windy and Biggs as they bull’s-eyed womp rats from their T-16s in Beggar’s Canyon? A digital comic arrives today that re-tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope from the point of view of the young Skywalker — and for the first time illustrates key moments from Luke’s youth on Tatooine. Created by Korean artist Hong Jacga in close collaboration with Lucasfilm, the new comic, simply titled Star Wars and available for free via the Line Webtoon website or apps in Apple App Store and Google Play, begins with 7-year-old Luke taking in a meteor shower and dreaming about one day escaping his desert homeland, only to have his reverie interrupted by overprotective Uncle Owen Lars (appropriately resembling the younger version of the character as played by Joel Edgerton in Revenge of the Sith as opposed to Phil Brown’s more grizzled Uncle Owen in A New Hope). Jacga says that he was inspired by young Luke’s exploits in the book A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, which was recommended to him by Lucasfilm.
Written by Gerry Duggan (best known for his Deadpool work) and illustrated by Phil Noto (Black Widow, Jonah Hex, Uncanny X-Force) and set after the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars: A New Hope, the story finds Chewie — sans Han and Millennium Falcon — crash-landed on a planet under Imperial invasion. The marooned protagonist must team up with a young local girl named Zarro to repulse the enemy forces and get him back to the Rebel Alliance in time for The Empire Strikes Back, natch. By the end of this arc we’ll have met the soul of the Wookiee.
As C-3PO, Anthony Daniels is the rare Star Wars actor to have appeared in all of the movies — including the prequel trilogy and the upcoming The Force Awakens. In an interview with The Guardian, the 69-year-old actor shared his feelings about The Phantom Menace and its ilk, as well as bemoaning the extreme secrecy surrounding The Force Awakens.
Sinjir Rath Velus is the unlikeliest hero in Chuck Wendig’s new Star Wars novel Aftermath: An Imperial loyalty officer who faked his death, deserted his fellow fighters following the Rebel victory on Endor, and is now resigned to drink away his days in the scuzziest Outer Rim watering holes. Sinjir is a reluctant member of the motley band at the center of Aftermath, which takes place after Return of the Jedi and finds the New Republic (né the Rebel Alliance) tracking down the still-formidable remnants of the Empire.
All the excitement over the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys (including the app-controlled BB8 robot, the cannon-equipped Millennium Falcon, and these awesome Dark Side toys) is taking us back to our childhoods. Specifically, we’re remembering those ads for the original Kenner Star Wars action figures and playlets, in which boys with bowl cuts enthusiastically acted out scenes from the films. High-quality commercials from the ‘70s and ‘80s can be hard to find (those VHS tracking lines are merciless), but lucky for us, a YouTube user named 12BACK has posted remastered versions of over 100 vintage commercials for toys based on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
Earlier today, as the grand finale of their live global toy unboxing event, Lucasfilm and Hasbro revealed their new Battle Action Millennium Falcon. Special-edition figures of Chewbacca, the droid BB-8, and Finn (played by John Boyega in the film) are included with the ship, which looks like it can run circles around the original Millennium Falcon toy fans may remember from their childhoods. Here are five improvements to the new Falcon toy — which might also offer some hints about the ship’s revamped appearance in The Force Awakens.
Aside from May the 4th and Life Day, no date is more anticipated by the Star Wars faithful than Force Friday. The fake holiday, which takes place tomorrow, has been orchestrated with Vader-esque precision by Disney and Lucasfilm, who will release the initial salvo of merchandise for The Force Awakens en masse. And mass is the key word: Walmart, for instance, boasts that 500 new Star Wars-related items will be stocked in stores, with another 1,000 available online.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s carefully choreographed rollout of Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued apace on Thursday, with a 15-second Instagram video setting up a potentially epic lightsaber duel. Earlier this month, a new Force Awakens poster released at the D23 Disney fan event revealed that Boyega would at some point in the film fire up a saber.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theaters this December, a new generation of fans (and their nostalgic parents) will get to experience the joy of unboxing a brand new Stormtrooper toy, playing with a model X-Wing, and immediately losing a tiny lightsaber. “Force Friday,” when the new line of Star Wars toys will be revealed live on the Star Wars YouTube channel in a global “unboxing” event. The whole thing culminates at midnight, when select Star Wars toy and merchandise retailers will open their doors, and fans can open their wallets.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s black-hooded, cross-guard-lightsaber wielding villain Kylo Ren is still cloaked in mystery. But we just got another big clue about the character, played by Adam Driver. It turns out he doesn’t belong to the Dark Side-worshiping Order that counted Darth Vader as a member.
“I am the force and I fear nothing…” So wrote Donnie Yen on his Facebook earlier today accompanied by a reveal of some props from the first of the stand-alone Star Wars “anthology” films, Rogue One. As for who might wear said headgear?
Beyond ‘The Force Awakens’ costume reveals on the exhibit floor of Disney’s D23 fan expo was another nifty 'Star Wars’ surprise: a display titled 'Evolution of the Stormtrooper’ tracing the development of the Empire’s white-armored enforcers from sketch pad to the new-look First Order models. We took some quick photos for a little Stormtrooper 101.
While previewing its upcoming live-action film slate at the D23 fan expo, Disney dropped the blockbuster news that the company’s vaunted Imagineers were plotting an immersive Star Wars Land to cover 14 acres at both the Orlando and Anaheim outpost. Later on, however, during a separate panel focusing solely on the theme parks, we learned the studio-resort synergy will encompass far more than a cantina and Millennium Falcon simulator. In fact, it stretches beyond Star Wars to the company’s other acquired brands, Marvel and Pixar.