Lest we forget, Felicity Jones is hosting Saturday Night Live this coming weekend. Last time a Star Wars star hosted, we got Matt the Radar Technician, so, fingers crossed.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Like the last few annoucements, StarWars.com declines to use any release date for the movie besides “2018.” It’s been heavily rumored and seems fairly likely that the film will move to a December release date, just like The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Episode VIII before it.
Turns out USA Today got a bit more from Episode VIII director Rian Johnson than what we heard yesterday. He wants it to “to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride;” Luke Skywalker is the “emotional entry point” and… It does have a title. Or rather, Johnson’s had one from “the very first draft.” The rest of us will probably be waiting until spring.
Episode VIII director Rian Johnson actually said something new! For USA Today’s 2017 movie preview, he said that “a large part of the movie” will address why Luke is on Ahch-To and what he’ll do next, as well as Rey’s “realization that she has this power and this gift.” It’s not the most shocking of revelations, but it’s more than we’ve gotten in quite a while.
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“Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill,” Todd explained. “She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she’d want to be.”
He also said the private service for family and friends on Thursday – attended by Meryl Streep, George Lucas and others – was “fitting” and ” beautiful.”
Yesterday also saw Fisher’s Star Wars son, Adam Driver, share his thoughts on the actress with Stephen Colbert. Here’s the clip:
ABC’s Nightline takes a look at how Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia were recreated for Rogue One.
I’ve always found it difficult to write about things like loss. If there’s no sarcasm to be found I default to news-mode about 90% of the time, and that’s probably being fairly generous with the percentages. So I asked for Jaders to send in their own thoughts and memories about Carrie Fisher – and Debbie Reynolds, who holds her own special place in Club Jade history.
Larry King is still around! I had no idea. Adam Driver keeps things general, but he does drop a few hints as to what we can expect from Kylo Ren in Episode VIII.
The video player can be troublesome, but there’s a transcript if you scroll, and the video will likely show up on Youtube in a few days.
In an extensive interview with Yahoo, editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie shed some light on the reshoots and discuss their Rogue One process. Don’t skip this one!
The rest might not be exactly today, but here are a few things that have come up since we last checked in…
→ A fun look at how much the data formats of Star Wars suck, from Sarah Jeong. Yes, data formats are funny, deal with it.
→ At StarWars.com, Doug Chiang discusses designing Rogue One, from ships to stormtroopers to Darth Vader’s castle.
→ Empire has 13 things they learned from director Gareth Edwards – including, yes, there was an opening crawl early on.
→ All about your new favorite Mon Calamari, Admiral Raddus.
→ How actual military veterans ended up in Rogue One (and other films.)
→ Not gotten around to the movie’s Visual Guide yet? io9 has the highlights. (You should still get the book, though.)