Category Archives: sequel trilogy

Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of Vogue – again

lupita-nyongo-vogueThe cover of Vogue is a big deal, and Lupita Nyong’o has now scored her second in as many years. The October issue features the actress, who talks a little about The Force Awakens – and J.J. Abrams himself sheds a little light on what they were looking for in the role:

While we tuck into delicious platters of fish, sorbets, and cheeses, Lupita tells me that she has just spent four months filming a CGI character—a pirate named Maz Kanata—for J. J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening this December. “We needed a powerful actress to play a powerful character,” the director explains to me later. “Lupita was someone I’d known a little and was enormously fond of. More important, her performance in 12 Years a Slave blew my mind, and I was vaguely desperate to work with her.”

Acting a motion-capture character was “really bizarre and lots of fun,” Lupita says. “I really enjoyed the fact that you’re not governed by your physical presence in that kind of work. You can be a dragon. You can be anything.”

Again, it’s very Vogue, but she also talks about her life in Kenya and America. She answers a few more Star Wars questions on video:


The Force Awakens: More accents, translations, action figure talk and more

Rey and FinnWe already know what accent John Boyega is using for Finn in The Force Awakens thanks to the toys, but the website of the film’s dialect coach has the answer for Daisy Ridley’s.

→ The German translation of one of Kylo Ren’s recently revealed lines is very interesting.

→ Domhnall Gleeson talks about the General Hux action figure and the First Order with MTV. (A Black Series Hux figure has been spotted on some online retailers.)

→ Episode VIII: Is Benicio del Toro a villain or not? He’s still not sure, I guess. (I have a theory, if you want to ask in the comments.)

Mark Hamill denies report that he nearly died on Skellig Michael

tfa-hamillMark Hamill tweeted today that “didn’t so much as stub a toe” on the island, directly contradicting the report that he slipped there during filming for The Force Awakens last year.

Cast and crew for Episode VIII are in the area now – including, presumably, Hamill. His son Nathan has been posting photos from Ireland.

Report: Tickets for The Force Awakens to go on sale October 19th?


Bobby Roberts of Full of Sith has heard that October 19th is the likely day for The Force Awakens tickets to go on sale. He’s heard specifically about Century and Cinemark, but it’s likely the other major (and local) chains will have a similar on-sale date.

He also theorizes that this could be right around the time we get a full trailer…

No Episode VIII filming on Skelllig Michael today

skellFilming for Episode VIII that was scheduled to begin on the Irish island of Skelllig Michael has been canceled for the day, the Irish Times reports. High winds and bad weather are making the seas too rough to ferry crew out to the island.

Some crew – including director Rian Johnson – and equipment has already been sighted in the area this weekend.

Report: Mark Hamill narrowly avoided a dangerous fall on Skellig Michael last year

hamill-beard-gotgMark Hamill narrowly avoided a dangerous fall during The Force Awakens filming on Skellig Michael last year, the Times (via the Daily Mail) reports. He was caught by a guide from from the Irish Office of Public Works.

Star Wars crew are returning to the island to film scenes for Episode VIII within the month. (Or even sooner!)