J.J. Abrams takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates 501st Legion. Well, at least it’s for a good cause.
It never takes much to set off rumors about a new release of the pre-Special Edition versions of the original trilogy, but today it’s apparently Comicbook.com‘s turn. They have “two independent reliable sources” who say that Blu-ray versions of the unaltered original trilogy are in the works, and though the timeline of such a release is unsure due to the amount of work required, the plan is to have them out before Episode VII.
Versions of the pre-Special Edition films were available in a a limited edition 2006 DVD re-release, but they were straight rips from the old laserdisc versions.
Although plenty of folks get up in arms over this (on both sides!) I find it hard to deny that there actually is a demand for the unaltered versions of the film, if no other reason than the otherwise unremarkable news of the last Blu-ray release being our #1 most popular and searched-for post of 2013.
And while Disney would need to give up some cash to 20th Century Fox for this to happen (which, again, they did just last year) I’m sure the publicity benefits (and merchandise sales) would more than make up for it.
But, per always: It’s just a rumor, for now.
One of the new Episode VII actors we haven’t heard much from – in the vague way we’re hearing things from actors – is Adam Driver. In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly we do learn that he’s splitting his time between London and New York City, for his Girls gig. Luckily, they put a bit more than that online, though obviously he’s not really dropping any news bombs.
Driver is promoting next month’s This is Where I leave You, with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda, so expect a few more soundbites… If anyone can get anything out of him.
Was it really necessary for everyone to unload every Star Wars ‘scoop’ they have today? We were bored out of our skulls most of the week, and then it all comes through at once. Can’t we have some pity? It’s Friday! In any case, since we’re already touched on the villains and Han Solo’s clothes, here’s what else came up:
→ Making Star Wars has some description of what Daisy Ridley’s character will be wearing. I’m happy to see this because a) unlike Han, we haven’t the faintest clue and b) to remind us that some women do actually exist in this movie. More lady character-centric rumors that don’t involve fancasting Lupita Nyong’o as various aliens, please.
→ Latino Review’s Dave Gonzales has finished A New Dawn and speculates about how it (and Rebels as a whole) and the new rumors seem to fit into the new tapestry of Star Wars. Possible spoilers for some of the book, naturally.
→ Jedi News claims there will be a Mon Calamari/Mon Cal character ala Admiral Ackbar, “not just in a background role.” And, you guessed it, Making Star Wars has more context, including what the connection may be to Skellig Michael shoot. You know exactly who’ll get pinpointed in this role, don’t you?
→ Episode VIII director Rian Johnson talks about visiting the Episode VII set.
Latino Review is shedding more light on the villain rumors, drawing in all these reports we’ve had of Inquisitors, their link to the Sith, Darth Vader and even Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd. It’s, uh, something – and possibly very big spoilers. Or it could be something pieced together from previous rumors, few of which we can be 100% sure about anyway. Take it all as you will!
UPDATE: Because it’s feast time for rumors, apparently, Badass Digest is now pitching in, with details on the #1 villain, and one of the planets mentioned in their big scoop from a few weeks back. But wait! That’s not all: Indie Revolver has the ‘concept art’ of said villain.
Fans have eagerly pointed out Han’s rank insignia in this new art, however… And Badass Digest says this points to what ship he and Chewie are piloting.
USA Today has a new short from Star Wars Rebels, with the Mandalorian Sabine Wren tagging some Imperial property.
Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time; There are two more (very different) possible new stormtrooper designs on Indie Revolver.
The first of the two does have some resemblance to the Tom Hodges version, but really, who knows? (Note: Hodges has deleted his drawing from Instagram.) It seems to me that stormtrooper helmets, even physical ones, are probably one of the easiest things for savvy and creative fans to fake, so I’m not counting on much of anything here.
UPDATE #2: Latino Review‘s contribution: Chrome stormtroopers with the ability to cloak.
Carrie Fisher remembers Robin Williams. “He made us all feel like he wished he could. He brought joy and surprise, and he would take you places you wouldn’t even know you wanted to be,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “He gave you all the things he would’ve wanted to have. And that’s what made him so generous.”
Is the U.K. getting Rebels in August? A commercial there apparently says October, but this isn’t the first time I’ve heard about the show airing in August. (Recently! In the states!) Honestly, at this point it feels like the only thing we don’t know about Rebels is when it’ll actually air.