Forest Whitaker coming to Celebration. The man who played Saw Gerrera will join Rogue One cast members Felicity Jones and Alan Tudyk in Orlando next week.
If you’ve been holding out for a physical copy of Rogue One, Tuesday is your day for the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack and DVD. In the book aisle, there’s the latest Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia by Adam Bray, Cole Horton and Tricia Barr. You can get a preview (via our own James) at StarWars.com.
Rogue One is all over the place, so let’s mop this up before more comes along. Above, the Rogue One VHS commercial by Damien Kazan.
→ Gareth Edwards shares some (ancient) Jedha history, about how the city got it’s high density of kyber crystals.
→ Entertainment Weekly’s final infodump on all the scenes that weren’t, Dantooine not making the cut, cameos and plot holes..
→ John Knoll is nursing another spinoff idea, but he’s not sure if he’ll pitch it.
→ Mads Mikkelsen on how much of Galen’s backstory he knew, Felicity Jones, Oppenheimer and more.
→ Christopher Scarabosio and Matthew Wood talk about the film’s sound.
→ Gareth Edwards on Darth Vader’s final scene.
We learned in The Art of Rogue One that Jyn’s mother was a Jedi in early drafts of the film, but Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta go into much more detail with Entertainment Weekly on why they choose otherwise. Galen was always the scientist in the pairing, and Chirrut Imwe was developed to bring in the Force side of things instead.
Still, given Star Wars‘ surplus of daddy issues, it would have been a nice change if they’d decided to make Lyra the scientist instead…
Here’s another early draft Rogue One tidbit from Entertainment Weekly and Gary Whitta: Darth Vader’s original victim weren’t nameless Rebel soldiers, but a major character in the film. The piece also includes a new video.
Meanwhile, here’s some behind-the-scenes videos from the filming, including a feature on Alan Tudyk K-2SO.
Screenwriter Gary Whitta tells Entertainment Weekly about Rogue One’s original ending today, and why it ended up scrapped long before filming started. We also get an explanation for why some of the early Jyn toys labeled her as Rebel sergeant.
Rogue One will be out in digital on Friday (March 24,) with Blu-ray and DVD editions dropping on April 4.
With the Rogue One home release imminent, director Gareth Edwards has been making the rounds. At SWSW, he talked about how Scariff’s name came about. With /Film, he explains the original ending and what changed, plus. how he got away with killing everyone off.
Meanwhile, Ingvild Deila, the actress who helped recreate young Leia, talks to The Hollywood Reporter.
We’ve also seen a few aditional Rogue One guests named for Celebration, namely Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk. (There’s been some speculation that Tudyk might host The Last Jedi panel, as Gwendoline Christie did for Rogue One’s at Celebration Europe.)
Rogue One didn’t take home either of the two Oscars it was nominated for last night. Hacksaw Ridge took sound mixing, while The Jungle Book won VFX. (Having Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed present it was a bit weird when a win wasn’t really expected, but hey, that’s Hollywood.) Alas. Unlike last year’s Ex Machina upset, this was far from a surprise – and the ceremony had even bigger shocks later on with a Best Picture mixup.
Kenny Baker and Carrie Fisher were both part of the In Memoriam segment. Mom Debbie Reynolds and Carrie closed it out, with the “May the Force be with you” clip from The Force Awakens.
Alum Natalie Portman – who didn’t attend due to her pregnancy – lost out Best Actress to La La Land’s Emma Stone.
Better luck next year, Star Wars – J.J. Abrams is already campaigning for Mark Hamill in The Last Jedi. Is his guilt is getting to him?
Announced on today’s Star Wars Show are the release dates for Rogue One on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Like The Force Awakens, it’ll launch on Digital HD a week before (March 24) the Blu-ray and DVD options (April 4.) This also gets it’s own promo:
The other big news is that a 40th Anniversary tribute panel will kick off Celebration Orlando. Hosted by Warwick Davis and featuring Kathleen Kennedy and “the saga’s brightest stars.” They’re also laying it on a bit heavy about “surprises,” so keep that in mind.