Today in Rogue One: Michael Giacchino on his last-minute call to compose

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Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican has the most extensive interview yet with composer Michael Giacchino on Rogue One. Giacchino says the film is “in many ways a really great World War II movie” with “this huge, huge heart.” He reveals that he does use “little moments” of the classic John Williams, but ” the score is 95 percent original.” Read

→ While EW gives us extended chunks of coverage, Empire magazine dribbles out a new photo and a few quotes regarding Gareth Edwards’ being hands-on with filming. But hey, they do have a bunch of character covers.

Rogue One is tracking for a big debut – in the range of $120M-150M. If this bears out, it could be the second-biggest December opening – after The Force Awakens.

Riz Ahmed profiled by the Wall Street Journal.

Spoiler corner: The first twenty minutes of the film was shown on the promotional tour in Mexico, and Making Star Wars has a few (though not extensive) details about the film’s title card.

It’s been 20 years of StarWars.com

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In the latest Star Wars Show, it’s been 20 years of StarWars.com. The site itself has a nice oral history, and on the show there’s a chat with Pablo Hidalgo and Lynne Hale.


Fun fact: One of the reasons I started this blog was that a lot of Jaders weren’t keeping up with news on the official site. Also, I was a message board moderator there, for some reason. Never again.

But seriously, the official site has been a boon to fans, and I’m very happy that it’s continued to grow and change. Happy 20 years, StarWars.com!

Looking behind Rogue One: Han Solo, Boba Fett, and what’s after IX?

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As part of Entertainment Weekly’s latest Rogue One feature, Anthony Breznican talks to Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart about what’s ahead after Han Solo and Episode IX. Hart calls Rogue One “a really good template” for launching this new kind of Star Wars film.

But overall, there’s not really that much to say right now about the future. Because even Lucasfilm isn’t sure yet:

“There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about,” Kennedy says. “But we are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished shooting Episode VIII. We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?”

It’s certainly an interesting question. I doubt we’ll be waiting 10 years for Episode X, but how long should they wait? Will the fanbase stand for an uninterrupted string of non-Episode films?

And which standalones? Perhaps the most interesting parts of this piece look back. First, it confirms the long-standing rumors that Josh Trank’s canceled standalone was about Boba Fett. (Ugh.) They even had a teaser reel ready to show us at Celebration Anaheim in spring 2015. A Fett film still might happen – Breznican calls it “backburnered” – but it’ll no doubt have to wait until the right director comes along. (And yes, the possibility of an Obi-Wan Kenobi film is mentioned. Again, Lucasfilm knows you want it.)

Secondly, Kennedy also mentions that the idea for the Han Solo standalone wasn’t one that George Lucas mentioned as a spinoff. We’ve previously heard otherwise, which makes me wonder if the original idea came from George in a different context, like the never-produced live-action series. (After all, Saw Gerrera made the jump from there to The Clone Wars to Rogue One – why not a major character like Han?)

In another article, this time at Variety, Kennedy talks about some of the Han film’s inspirations:

“This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel,” says Kennedy. “We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film.”

She also talks about her desire to bring in more women to direct Star Wars films.

“We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do “Star Wars,” they’re set up for success,” says Kennedy. “They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience.”

Today in Rogue One: Movie’s second EW cover brings space battle reveal, new stills

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

Out this week: The Princess Diarist, Han Solo, Star Wars and Vader, collected

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Carrie Fisher’s latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, is out Tuesday. It’s already created a few waves with her admission that she and Harrison Ford did indeed have a Star Wars fling.

There’s also two new comics and a trade collection coming for Star Wars comic fans on Wednesday. Han Solo #5 concludes the miniseries, while Star Wars #24 also concludes an arc. The trade is the fourth and final collection of the Darth Vader series, collecting issues #20-25.

Today in Rogue One: Tickets go on sale in the U.K. on Monday

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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.’

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 46 – Hats off!

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#WearStarWarsEveryDay covers my noggin for all of week 46 with a run of headwear! For this stretch of my fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project, I put on a bunch of Star Wars hats, and give a tip of my top hat to our anonymous monthly donor, as well as to Kristen for donating one of the hats worn this week. Thanks also to James, who lent me four of the hats you’ll see in this recap, as well as Reynalyn and Todd. Don’t forget that as we approach Thanksgiving, you can still get entered into the Wear Star Wars Every Day Thanks-for-giving prize drawing for such cool prizes as a set of four Topps Star Wars trading card series books, a copy of Ahsoka signed by both E.K. Johnston and Ashley Eckstein, and more!

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! There’s a couple of baseball caps, including two from the 501st Legion, and a bucket / fishing hat and a homemade crochet Artoo beanie with tassels! This review for Week 46 covers November 11 to November 18 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for and the latest happenings at 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.

New look at Orlando’s Star Wars Land (and some Star Tours news)

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The Disney Parks blog has shared a new image of the Star Wars area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. You can get a high-res version of the image at their blog.

The filename contains the term ‘Delos,’ which jumped out at me – too much Westworld? – but a quick Google search shows it’s a codename that’s been in use for a while regarding the early part of the project, with ‘Atlantis’ being used for the next phase.

Also part of the announcement is news that they’re working on an Episode VIII addition to Star Tours. (Given how much filming was done in Ireland, Ahch-To might be a good bet, but it’s probably far too early for solid guessing.) There’s no mention of Rogue One – and if they were adding something for 2016, we’d probably have heard by now. Given that Star Tours has a rather loose relation to timeline or canon, I wonder if they’re waiting to see how the film is received? Or perhaps until after the events of Rogue One are less spoilery?

Emilia Clarke cast in Han Solo standalone

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Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has landed a role in the upcoming young Han Solo film, per StarWars.com.

It’s not yet clear if this is the same role we’ve heard that Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz and Naomi Scott tested for. But Variety says that Clarke tested with a different group of actresses that also included Kiersey Clemons (The Flash movie,) and Jessica Henwick (who played X-wing pilot Jessika Pava in The Force Awakens, so, uh… Okay.) Hopefully, the two different groups mean there’s another role yet to be officially cast, but at the moment everyone but Clarke is just a rumor.

Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover have previously been announced for the film as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. We also expect Peter Mayhew and/or Joonas Suotamo to return as Chewbacca.

Interestingly, StarWars.com only gives ‘2018’ for the film’s release in this latest dispatch. It was originally announced for May 25, 2018, despite The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Episode VIII all being moved to December releases. Han seems likely to follow suit. Filming is expected to begin early next year.