Royals visit Episode VIII set; first look at a returning starfighter?

The U.K.’s Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited the set of Episode VIII at Pinewood Studios on Tuesday, meeting director Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and many more. Click on the gallery pics for tweet links and captions.

There were fairly few revelations, naturally, but we do see Prince Harry in an A-wing, which could be either a red herring (from Rogue One, even?) or actually slated to return in VIII. We don’t get a complete look at the ship, at least not enough for a non-prophead like me to spot any differences. Journalist Rebecca English has a similar pic from a different angle.

And there’s also a video of the princes with BB-8, and another at the Mirror. I also collected more images and video from journalists.

Today in Episode VIII: Oscar Isaac speaks, possible costume descriptions

viii-0prodtease-rey2Oscar Isaac spoke briefly to the Los Angeles Times about Episode VIII, comparing the experience to “making an independent film,” and saying that “Rian [Johnson] is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the ‘Star Wars’ universe.”

In spoiler corner, Making Star Wars has descriptions of Luke Skywalker and Rey’s costumes, while The Movie Bit has pictures of the setup-in-progress at Ceann Sibéal. UPDATE: Artist Natalia Trykowska has drawn the outfits based on MSW’s description.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 15


#WearStarWarsEveryDay has now completed 15 weeks! In this update on my charity fundraising project, I cover Day 100! We had two one-time donations this week (Abdul and Anonymous), putting the GoFundMe up over $1,100! Plus, this week most of the clothes I wore were lent by three people: MediocreJedi, Margaret, and Christian. Plus I announce the winner of the prize drawing for the Poe Dameron cover version of Star Wars Insider #146! Is it you? This review for Week 15 covers April 8 to April 14 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Going into week 16, I’ve started a run of Celebration apparel, in honor of the one-year anniversary of Celebration Anaheim, so if you have a favorite clothing item from Celebration that you want to let me borrow, better send it quick! I’m also planning to turn the month of May into a streak of fan clothes, highlighting different fan efforts such as websites, podcasts, costume clubs, collecting clubs, artwork, etc. So if you’ve got something cool to donate or lend, send it on over, and I’ll promote your fandomness. Get the shipping info here.

In pledge news, my push to increase the per-day total pledge is still at $4.15/day, but there’s also another way to support my continued effort – you can sign up for monthly giving on the GoFundMe! An anonymous donor has started with $10/month. This is like adding another $0.33 per day, and it is automatically set up, just as easy as making a one-time donation! So help me out, and make a per-day pledge!

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation or a per-day pledge!

Unboxing Star Wars: Rebels finale ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’, Character Encyclopedia

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We’ve got a new episode of Unboxing Star Wars! Yowie and I hit the road for the Star Wars Rebels finale screening at Walt Disney Studios and we review ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’. I also check out Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded by Pablo Hidalgo and Simon Beecroft, from DK. Plus I give a quick review of the first issue of the Poe Dameron comic, while Baby Jawa plays with a new R2-D2 toy and we check out some of the new Star Wars stuff we’ve picked up. And at the end, some Baby Jawa fun time!


Quick reviews
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded – Great for everone! Have fun learning tidbits about more than 200 characters and creatures from all the Star Wars films! (and watch for my interview with author Pablo Hidalgo on starwars.com early next week)
‘Twilight of the Apprentice’ – Big thumbs up! When Rebels has a season finale, they pull out all the stops and unload a whole boatload of awesome. (Also, if you haven’t seen it already, I have the entire Q&A from the screening available to watch.)
Poe Dameron #1 – A promising start! I think I’m more interested in who Lor San Tekka is than about Poe on his tail but we’ll see where it goes. Plus BB-8!

Get more info on Wear Star Wars Every Day or make a donation at GoFundMe or sign up to make a per-day pledge.

Note: DK provided a copy of Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded for review.

No, we still don’t have any firm denials (or confirmations) on Rey’s parentage

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There was a brief panic Friday evening after J.J. Abrams, speaking at at the Tribeca Film Festival, said “Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII. So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.”

Ric Olie says: Neither of Rey’s parents being in The Force Awakens would scuttle the popular theory that she’s Luke Skywalker’s daughter.

The panic was short-lived, though, because Entertainment Weekly got Abrams to clarify: “What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world.”

The Rey Skywalker theory lives to fight another day. The only things we have that even resemble firm denials are that she’s not a Solo or related to Rogue One’s Jyn Erso. But until something actually shows up in a movie, it’s still really anyone’s game. (Although I certainly wouldn’t put any money on the Erso theory.)

Though seriously folks, it’s not worth sniping over. This is not Star Wars’ first go-around with unanswered questions, and it won’t be the last. We will find out eventually and, yes, some of those answers might (or might not) surprise you. Don’t stake your theory flags too deeply.

Today in The Force Awakens: Topping the charts yet again

TFA blu-rayTo the surprise of no one, The Force Awakens is topping the home video charts, per Blu-ray.com. 83% of sales were in the Blu-ray format, and it’s outselling the rest of the VideoScan chart at “nearly five to one.”

Entertainment Weekly looks at the ‘mystery’ of Constable Zuvio. (Spoiler: He was always a background character.)

→ J.J. Abrams told Collider that more deleted scenes from the film will eventually be available online.

→ At StarWars.com, Catrina Dennis takes a look at Leia’s unique relationship with the Force.

→ Harrison Ford raised $191,000 for epilepsy research auctioning off Han Solo’s leather jacket from The Force Awakens.

Rumor: Alden Ehrenreich is the front-runner for young Han Solo

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Deadline is reporting that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) is now the front-runner for the role of young Han Solo. He apparently pulled ahead of the rest of the shortlist after screen tests.

The still-untitled Han Solo film, from The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will be the second standalone Star Wars film, after this year’s Rogue One. It’s due out in 2018.