Gareth Edwards on reverse engineering Rogue One


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.

Daisy Ridley “just confused” by labeling of Rey as a Mary Sue


Daisy Ridley addresses the criticisms of Rey as a Mary Sue on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, saying the term itself is “sexist” and noting that Luke Skywalker had many of the same abilities.

She also said that Kelly Marie Tran’s role in VIII is “crucial” and discusses how it’s different working with Mark Hamill than it was Harrison Ford. Her interview starts at about 48 minutes in on the podcast.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Weeks 41 & 42

Wear Star Wars Every Day - Week 41 & 42 - title card

Wear Star Wars Every Day has been going strong through October and we’ve got a double-dose of an update video to prove it! Week 41 had a batch of toddler and children’s wear, courtesy of my little one’s closet, while Week 42 covered clothing items from head to toe. In this time period, we only had one donation to Collateral Repair Project via #WearStarWarsEveryDay, so thank you anonymous monthly donor! Thanks as well to Kristen for donating some Yoda shoelaces! Also, thanks to everyone who lent me some Star Wars apparel for this week: James, Kristin, Reynalyn, Todd, Dawn, and Baby Jawa.

Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This time around, we’ve got toddler shirts, two very different Disney licensed products: a Star Wars Ten Year Anniversary tee from Disneyland, and a Disney Cruise Star Wars at Sea kids shirt, my first Rogue One wear, a twenty-year-old hat, a Princess Bride mashup, and one of the worst Star Wars-themed clothing items ever: Course of the Force athletic socks, brought to you by Ford. This review for Week 41 & Week 42 covers October 7 to October 20 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.

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

Catching up with Episode VIII: New stormtrooper, Rey’s parentage (and speculation thereof)

fn-2199-cropMaking Star Wars has word of a new type of stormtrooper who’ll (reportedly) appear in Episode VIII, as well as some small changes on the standard troopers.

→ This Daisy Ridley interview with Vulture has been making the rounds, mainly because she says we’ll see the answer to Rey’s parentage question “in a year,” and, well, the internet.

→ Speaking of Rey’s parentage, there’s a bonkers but just crazy enough to maybe theory over at Force Material. It’s based on a “paranoid ‘70s conspiracy thriller” and hell, it still makes more sense than Snoke being Plagueis or any of the other bullshit we’ve had to put up with. But mostly, it amused me, and how often do fan theories manage that? (Not often.)

→ Your moment of zen: Mark Hamill and his VIII beard have a fashion gig.

The catchup: Rogue One villains, music and jackets


At USA Today, Director Gareth Edwards talks about the Empire, Darth Vader and how Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic differs from the other high-ranking Imperials we’ve met.

→ Composer Michael Giacchino on the film’s tight schedule, and loving Jyn.

→ Speaking of Jyn, Felicity Jones was on Kimmel last night.

→ Want Jyn and Cassian’s jackets? Check out the versions from Musterbrand. (Which also has some The Force Awakens-inspired cardigans.)

Also, there’s a rumor going around that we might get word on ticket sales soon… Perhaps this afternoon? What drops then? Hmm. Nope!

Hey, doubters: Let’s give the Han Solo movie a chance


Well, of course the Han Solo movie is rumored to be about Han winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian. Of course. It’s only the most iconic Han and Lando story, the bare outline direct from The Empire Strikes Back.

That said, the rumor does come from a tweet by The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit, who claims to have heard it from “a couple of sources” – though not, apparently, enough for an actual story. Still, it would be bigger news if the film didn’t involve the Falcon.

Now, we’re all a little (a lot, truth be told) sick of people complaining about how this film is going to be “predictable” or “boring.” About how people would rather have an Obi-wan movie, or whatever. (No, you’re not the first person to say it. You’re not even the thousandth.) And this rumor isn’t going to help matters, I’m sure. But the film is in pre-production. It has two key roles cast – Han and Lando – with a third that probably isn’t far behind. (Not to mention Chewbacca is probably locked in, as we know Ehrenrich tested with either Peter Mayhew or Joonas Suotamo.)

han-lord-miller-falconMost importantly, It also has a pair of directors who are best known for taking “horrible” ideas and actually making great films out of them. If you somehow managed to miss Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s The LEGO Movie or 21 Jump Street remake, please give them a try. And remember Lawrence Kasdan? He co-wrote the thing. These are not a bunch of random dudes off the street making a fan film. They, and everyone else at Lucasfilm, have a clear concept of the character and the film – check out those Celebration Europe clips again.

What do we, the audience, have? Hints and rumors and speculation – not the most solid ground for judgement.

I’m not going to discount the possibility that the movie could still turn out so-so. Hell, I’m still a little wary about the whole spinoff concept myself.

Fact is, this movie is happening. You don’t have to like it, but that’s not going to change at this point. But it’s far, far too soon to write it off. Give Han Solo a chance, just like you’re going to give Rogue One a chance. Hopefully, they both manage to surprise us.