At the opening of Industrial Light & Magic’s new London studio, Kathleen Kennedy said that Lucasfilm is “within three weeks of finishing Episode VII.” I suspect she means the actual production period, but who knows. The London studio is working on Episode VII, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man.
I suppose it was only a matter of time.
Several pieces of supposed Episode VII concept art were posted overnight – some of which you may recognize from previous image leaks and/or the Making Star Wars descriptions (two new ones from the past day or so: a new alphabet ship, which I can’t spot in the new leaks, and a crashed fighter, which is.) There’s also a hefty chunk of stuff featuring the Millennium Falcon. They’re at Imageshack, at least at the moment.
Please keep in mind this is concept art, which means it may or may not have any relation to what actually shows up in the film.
If you don’t want to see any of this, stay off the hashtags on social media sites, because folks are being pretty indiscriminate.
→ Yet more supposed concept art descriptions from Making Star Wars, including one that may be related to the big rumor/spoiler, the Greenham Common ‘extras’ and the turkey/goat looking dude from the first Force for Change video. They also note that casting for future projects is starting to heat up.
→ Latino Review’s Friday Star Wars column notes some Jedi theories that have been floating around.
→ Joel Edgerton reads Variety. Shocking!
→ A report from a talk with editor Mary Jo Markey. She doesn’t talk about Episode VII, but you don’t really expect her to, do you?
→ New Tosche Station staffer Shoshana writes about diversity, race and Episode VII.
John Williams will begin working on Episode VII in two weeks, he told an audience in Milwaukee. (Milwaukee!)
Full of Sith’s Rumor Control #1. The podcast’s Bobby Roberts does a solo show on the spoilers that have emerged over the past week.
Joel Aron and Dave Filoni on the Rebels lightsabers. Referencing film stock, tapers, other little details to make the show’s sabers better reflect the original films.
Making Star Wars kept on after their big jaw-dropping reveal, dropping some info on stormtroopers and the Chewbacca concept art we’ve heard about, plus a new alien. However, if you did dare to read their big ‘I am your father’ rumor/spoiler, there’s a follow-up today that puts it in some perspective. Now mind, it’s STILL perhaps the biggest rumor/spoiler we’ve seen yet.
Meanwhile, on Tumblr, Nicole has some good thoughts on the spoiler, concept art, and what it means to the final product.
Now, while the big one hasn’t spread very far, there are some sites objecting to it even being posted. That part I can understand – I have no trouble reading and linking spoilers but I wouldn’t have leaked this myself. (Sorry, Jason.) But writing about it and acknowledging that it exists and that it’s the BIGGEST SPOILER EVER without even linking to it seems hypocritical at best and back-patting at worst. It’s still drawing attention to this thing you don’t think people should know. Sure, the spoiler is not that hard to find if one is even remotely clued into Star Wars fandom, but if you have a general audience it just seems cruel – not to mention a bit patronizing. There’s plenty of valid debate to be had about leaks and pre-release spoilers, but there have to be better ways to go about it.
Making Star Wars finishes the day with a real whopper, what Jason is calling the “I am your father” moment of the film. Which means this is possibly the biggest spoiler of them all, so click through at your own risk.
It is, honestly, kinda cra-cra in an eye-rolling Seth-and-Amy (“Really?”) kind of way, but to paraphrase Jason, it’s bad execution that ruins stories, not the ideas. (I agree with him on spoilers too, obviously.)
But if you don’t like this rumor… Well, my red herring theory from this afternoon still stands, and this is the kind of thing that makes me want to stand by it all the more. We’ll see.
There’s going to be quite a bit of snark bearing down on this. Batten down the hatches.