Rumor: Jessica Henwick has a role in The Force Awakens, says the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba. The actress is also playing Nymeria Sand in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
Episode VIII has a production designer. Rick Heinrichs (Captain America: The First Avenger) has been booked for the film.
…Unless you’re a huge dinosaur fan, I guess. Still, it prompted this very interesting tweet from Gary Whitta:
I wonder if the Jurassic World trailer got moved up to get out of something else’s way…
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) November 25, 2014
Man, do I hope that’s the case. The Jurassic World trailer was supposed to premiere during a football game on Thanksgiving day.
→ /Film today says that plans are already in the works for a post-Rebels series set during the sequel era and starring all-new characters. Not a tough call, though I am rather suprised that they’d skip right over the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, which is what I called for the next cartoon right after we learned about Rebels. (Not to mention that Reclamation thing that popped up back in 2013.) Still, we don’t know what the new movies will bring – or maybe they’ll leave the gap era to books and comics, for old time’s sake? Something to chew on, in any case.
→ Making Star Wars describes how we meet Daisy Ridley’s character, and what she’s wearing.
→ /Film also has a pair of fan-made trailers for The Force Awakens.
Part of the weekend reports that The Force Awakens trailer would show up at select theaters have turned out to be true… And J.J. Abrams has confirmed that ‘select theaters’ will be involved, and that the teaser will be 88 seconds.
And now we have the list: 30 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
The news broke this morning when Regal jumped the gun, announcing it’ll be at 9 of their theaters. Later, AMC and Cinemark said they’ll have it, too, and the full announcement had a few other chains as well.
The wording on StarWars.com is vague enough that they could they still surprise us with a TV or online debut… And I hope they do, because otherwise this is less ‘special’ than it is cruel.
Moving aside from the developing trailer madness, we have a report from /Film of the plot of the first spin-off from director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta. They claim it involves something we saw done multiple times in the old EU: The theft of the Death Star plans. Except this one involves bounty hunters and a character we might actually met in The Force Awakens first.
It’s not the kind of character-centric story we were expecting, but still sounds like something that will quite firmly fall into the ‘origin stories’ quote we have from Disney CFO Jay Rasulo. Thoughts?
Carrie Fisher talks The Force Awakens. In Hong Kong, the actress talks a bit about the new film and being an icon. “I always thought that was the worst, oldest word you could ever … It’s something I heard as we were going along: ‘the legacy characters’. That word is very weird to me. It means you have grey hair.”
/Film has “independently confirmed” that The Force Awakens teaser “will be shown in a limited number of theaters during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend,” per the basics of the Reddit report from yesterday. I’m still not very fond of a theaters-only plan, though I can’t imagine they wouldn’t pair it with an online debut…
Also floating around today is a GIF that claims to be from the trailer, though it’s noteworthy that may be the easiest part to fake from the rumors we’ve heard.
This is on Reddit, so take it as you will, but user KokiriEmerald claims that the teaser trailer will be shown “before every single showtime for every single movie at 100 theaters nationwide” next weekend. Their source is a “manager at one of the theaters getting the trailer.”
There’s at least one theater chain employee calling bull on this, though they go on to speculate based on the earlier rumors that it’ll debut on TV ahead of theater placement on The Hobbit.