It sounds like they won’t be beating around the bush at Celebration Anaheim – the first event sounds like it’ll be J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy themselves, and for some reason I doubt they’ll show up empty-handed. There’s very little doubt that we’re going to get a new The Force Awakens trailer at the con, so just as well get it out of the way ASAP. And having this on Thursday instead of Saturday means it might be a tad easier to get wristbands, right? (Ha.)
Also, if you head to the Art Show page on the Celebration site and click on the artists, you can get a first look at the art that will be on sale, including a Thrawn trilogy-themed piece from Grant Gould!
The Star Wars Bladebuilders line, launching this fall, lets kids create any ridiculous lightsaber they want with a variety of connectors, blades and other options.
The latest batch of rumors from Making Star Wars include a sketch of Leia’s costume, Imperial ranks and symbols and, from an extra, a line of Han Solo dialogue.
Jason also learned that the new Battlefront game will span the entire saga – including some post-Return of the Jedi stuff. (“Lucasfilm has a lot of plans for that era.” Damn right they do.) The final section of the game will involve a battle early on in The Force Awakens. The game is apparently due to drop only a month before the movie’s release… It’ll be interesting to see if it actually makes that window.
First it was ‘why aren’t stormtroopers clones?,’ now it’s ‘Luke Skywalker’s Jedi should be carbon copy of the Old Republic Jedi, right?’
Over at /Film, and in light of the latest rumor regarding possible Skywalker offspring, Germain Lussier gives his view on the rumors, and Jason at Making Star Wars has a response as well. (Possible spoilers at all those links, though I’m trying my best to avoid them here.)
I don’t agree with ether of them entirely (okay, I really don’t agree with Lussier and, full disclosure, went a-ranting on Twitter this morning over it) but there’s something kind of funny about all this: The old arguments never die, do they?
John Boyega talks Star Wars, Daisy Ridley, makes lightsaber sounds. BBC’s Lizo Mzimba caught up with him this weekend at the Bafta Film Awards.
Rumors: Is there Skywalker offspring in The Force Awakens? Jason at Making Star Wars has heard the same story from four different sources…
The Visual Effects Society gave J.J. Abrams an award last night. “Spending the last two years in the world of lightsabers and TIE fighters has been absolutely challenging and a dream come true,” he said.
I’ve been mired in snow and work and other non-fun things this week, but Making Star Wars has been keeping busy with The Force Awakens this week, dropping some of the bigger rumors we’ve seen lately. A new source has given Jason a bunch of stuff about some of the main cast. He’s pretty sure of at least some of it, but on the whole I feel it seems a little too close to the few ‘original’ bits of the 4Chan/Reddit rumors of a few months back for me to buy it completely.
For the Episode VII pessimists, Jason has some supposed details from another source, and that everyone involved may not be as gung-ho on the new movie as we’ve been hearing. Gasp!
And finally, there’s also a sign of a classic character having some sort of legacy, which I guess would explain some other stuff going on right now. Meh.
→ Billie Lourd has found herself another acting gig, and the E! article about it has dredged up that old rumor about who exactly she’s playing in The Force Awakens. Inside info, or just something they’ve heard around the internets?
→ MAD Magazine is already spoofing The Force Awakens. Okay, maybe not for the first time.
The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones is in talks for the first spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter (and Variety) says today. There have been some reports that Tatiana Maslany had won the role – and THR named her as a finalist in the original report – but she also has a potential conflict in an indie film that begins shooting in March.
THR’s sources also says that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are being eyed for the male lead.
Maslany has been the internet’s clear favorite for the spin-off, but Jones has a lot of buzz in Hollywood right now – and a Best Actress nomination.
Per Courthouse News Service, Lucasfilm has filed a subpoena request against ImageShack, where user “Darth_Simi” has posted a gallery of leaked photos and supposed concept art.
Interestingly, Simi’s gallery does not seem to be the source of many of the images – they’ve also posted the set shots from TMZ, Greenham Commons aerial shots, the set shot from the Abu Dhabi newspaper plus cast paparazzi and red carpet pics from sources like Getty. (And didn’t the biggest batch of concept leaks actually come from millenniumfalcon.com?)
An image explicitly mentioned in the filing, which was our first look at the broadsaber that we saw in the teaser trailer, actually originates with and is watermarked by Star Wars Underworld, who has since removed it. There are other leaks that they could pursue as well without verifying them, such as the stormtrooper helmets.
However, Simi’s gallery is one of the most complete ones I’ve seen in terms of the various photo leaks, so I can see why Lucasfilm would want it gone, even if it is ‘just’ a collection. It’s practically a (visual) one-stop spoiler shop.
I’m not at all familiar with CNS as a news source, but if there’s any truth to this, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot less leaked art from here on out. Maybe that’s the point of the whole endeavor – not to take out the actual leakers, just to scare them enough that they don’t do it again. Say what you will about a site like Making Star Wars that’s generally only describing stuff, but it would take one a LONG time to go through all of what Jason and company have posted – far longer than an image gallery. (via)