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.
Twitter had a nice freak-out this afternoon as a ship resembling the Ghost from the Star Wars Rebels cartoon was spotted in a new TV commercial. (There’s more evidence on the Tumblr.) Easter egg? Cameo? Only time will tell.
And that was only one of several new commercials dropped today. Here’s one, and here’s one and here’s one that’s actually on the official site and in high res! Of course it’s the one with the least new footage.
Speaking of new footage, there are two new scenes as well: One with Orson Krennic and Galen Erso (which seems to answer a question I asked in my Catalyst review) and another from the call sign scene. There’s also a new Chinese trailer, introduced by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.
→ So many more interviews today! John Knoll on how they approached the film and changes to Darth Vader’s costume. Gareth Edwards addresses the reshoots and George Lucas’ review. Riz Ahmed on being an ‘average Joe’ in the GFFA. And finally, Diego Luna on his research into being a soldier and why Cassian isn’t a typical hero. He’s really happy to be here, you guys.
→ Could something in the background of the recent creature featurette have given us a hint at that mysterious kneeling scene from the very first teaser?
→ Thanks to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, Star Wars was Twitter’s top trending movie topic of 2016.
→ Here’s Epcot’s Spaceship Earth being transformed into the Death Star.
→ Rogue One emojjis are now in the Star Wars app!
Felicity Jones is profiled by The New York Times – but there’s a very interesting quote in there from Kathleen Kennedy on the recent backlash to female leads in Hollywood:
“I have a responsibility to the company that I work with,” she said. “I don’t feel that I have a responsibility to cater in some way.”
She added, “I would never just seize on saying, ‘Well, this is a franchise that’s appealed primarily to men for many, many years, and therefore I owe men something.’”
Jones has quite a lot to say about her character, Jyn Erso, in Glamour:
She’s a bit of a wounded animal when you meet her. There were moments when she’s been blown over, she’s scrambling to get up, and she falls. It’s important that she’s not perfect.
She describes Jyn to a blend of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. She also addresses being a feminist, how Jyn isn’t sexualized, and being paid fairly.
→ Rogue One ticket sales gave both Fandango and Movietickets.com their biggest sales day of the year, selling “hundreds of thousands of tickets.”
→ The Rogue One cast will be live (on Twitter?) this Friday.
→ We may joke about Rogue Two every time someone brings up Bothans, but don’t expect a sequel to Rogue One, Kennedy tells Empire Magazine. (Of course, there’s always A New Hope.)
→ Another new TV spot, ‘Contact.’
With only weeks to go, Rogue One gets a second Entertainment Weekly cover. (The Darth Vader version is a Barnes & Noble exclusive.) They’ve already dropped some things online, including a space battle detail and a gallery of new stills. We learn the names of some of the new senators glimpsed in the trailer, plus a new Vader shot.
→ Amy Ratcliffe over at Nerdist with 7 things we learned from Catalyst.
→ Another new TV spot focuses on Jyn and Cassian
We’re still sitting in suspense here in the U.S., but Rogue One tickets will go on sale tomorrow (November 21) just after midnight. in the U.K. (The rumor mill for the states remains vague.)
→ One of the new Mon Calamari glimpsed in the behind-the-scenes video was inspired by Winston Churchill. Creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan talks Admiral Raddus in EW.
→ Another new TV spot appeared today, ‘Dream.’
First off, there are two new Rogue One commercials out this week:
Anyone seen them in the wild yet?
→ CBR’s Brett White on why, after the presidental election. Rogue One matters more than ever. The film’s screenwriters Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz are also showing solidarity for those fearful of a Trump presidency.
→ Screenwriter Gary Whitta introduced us to a promo shot of Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma
Lucasfilm released a new tv spot – our first for the movie itself – for Rogue One today. The pieces are (mostly) familiar, but assembly may raise some questions on what we know so far. (Though recall the TFA trailers also had bits of dialogue that didn’t make the final cut.)
→ Another product tie-in spot debuted this week, this one for for Gillette razors. I wonder, are we still calling GFFA bathrooms ‘refreshers’?
→ The @StarWarsUK twitter accounted debuted some new banner art. Will we be seeing these in theaters?
→ Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican shares a look at the TIE Striker.
It’s holiday movie preview season, and that means that Rogue One director Gareth Edwards is making the rounds. Entertainment Weekly also gets a new photo and some chatter about having to reverse engineer the film from the ending, while USA Today also gets a new pic (above), but another interesting quote, namely “the film doesn’t unfold how you think.” So everyone doesn’t die?
→ Felicity Jones talks Jyn, her favorite Disney princess and bruises in Vanity Fair.
→ Nissan has a new Star Wars themed commercial that ties their Rogue SUV with Rogue One. Naturally, it features Rebel troopers, stormtroopers, K-2SO and more.
→ What if Rogue One starred Jar Jar Binks? Olly Gibbs (and Photoshop) has the answer.
Today’s must read is Lawrence Kasdan at the Los Angeles Times. He talks about coming back to Star Wars, working with J.J. Abrams, canon (pure gold here), and the inate goofiness of the original trilogy. Just some great stuff.
Plus, on Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII: “He’s going to make some weird thing.”
(The LAT also headed to Abu Dhabi.)
→ J.J. Abrams’ assistant Morgan Dameron on having a character named after her.
→ J.J. Abrams and John Boyega are firmly on Team Han Shot First. Sorry, George.