Spoilerphobes beware: New-to-us concept art shows new take on the TIE. Indie Revolver at it again.
Report: Disney-owned Maker studios to produce Star Wars online shorts. Bloomberg name-drops ‘fashion’ and ‘games,’ but presumably we’ll get some solid details with an official announcement. (Well, I hope there’s an official announcement.) Whatever the case, the purpose will be to boost The Force Awakens.
The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie of 2015, per Fandango. No one is surprised. The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 round out the top 3.
→ In an interview with Yahoo, Oscar Isaac talks about the security surrounding the production, and says that the fan theories “couldn’t be more far off-base.” Given that most of what we have is concept art and not necessarily indicative of the finished product? Yeah, probably.
→ Speaking of… Today Making Star Wars has TIE fighters and how the pilots board them.
→ The Telegraph looks into ILM in London.
→ Yesterday’s hot topic was that Warwick Davis saying he’s “excited by” the “chance to see members of the old cast in the poster,” which was (naturally) taken as a hint that we would see the alumni on the poster. Seeing as Davis himself clearly hasn’t seen it yet, that assumption seems a bit jumpy, but that’s the internet for you.
Fortune has a photo of Bob Iger with The Force Awaken’s Millennium Falcon, courtesy Industrial Light & Magic:
Yannick Dusseault, visual effects art director for The Force Awakens, and his team gave Fortune six options showing the Falcon in different ways. The resulting image required the custom rendering of ILM’s computer generated Falcon. According to ILM, the fabled ship was rendered in wireframe form (a skeletal version) as well as a more layered “textured render,” which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image.
Iger is the magazine’s latest cover story, one focusing on Disney and technology.
The Force Awakens trailer is #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 25 most memorable moments of 2014. #1 and #2 are both things that sparked actual news (The Interview brouhaha and the Bill Cosby rape accusations) so I’m pretty okay with the placement. #1 most non-depressing entertainment event of the year! Go us!
Star Wars also made the extended list, with the the Force Awakens cast reveal at #56.
→ J.C. Chandor, who directed A Most Violent Year, talks about keeping Oscar Isaac’s X-wing secret with Screencrush.
→ At the Huffington Post, Domhnall Gleeson talks about losing weight for Unbroken – and seeing The Force Awakens trailer.
→ Market Saw has what they claim to be the ‘final iterations’ of concept art for Han Solo and Chewbacca. Funny how with the rushing river of concept art leaks the only stuff we ever see regarding original trilogy alumni is the terribly predictable Han and Chewie stuff.
→ Something Awful has ‘discovered’ more trading cards for The Force Awakens. It’s all very nonsensical, but hey: It’s Something Awful.
Making Star Wars isn’t done yet, and in response to yesterday’s apparent reveal of Kylo Ren’s helmet, Jason takes a look at various peices of concept art and speculates as to what they may mean for the character – or some character, anyway – and how they may or may not connect to our previous villains. This draws on a few things we’ve seen and heard before, so experienced spoiler hounds only.
TheForce.net brings us a leaked photo of action figures for The Force Awakens. The picture originates in a Chinese forum and features four trailer characters (Rey and Finn are in different costumes, Kylo Ren head-on, BB-8 looking pretty much the same) and an old pal from the original trilogy. These could be fakes, I suppose, but who knows? (Picture, more thoughts in the comments.)
Spoilerphobes beware: Indie Revolver has taken this opportunity to show us concept art of Ren’s helmet.