Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rogue One Characters Revealed, Vader Confirmed

As part of Entertainment Weekly's cover story for Star Wars: Rogue One, the website has posted pictures and short bios on the main characters of the movie. As the cover confirms, Darth Vader will be in the film but not as the main villain. I suspect his role will be small, mostly demanding updates, action, and eventually unleashing retribution on Empire commanders once its clear the Rebels get away with the Death Star plans before taking charge of the chase which will provide a nice bridge to the opening of A New Hope. B elow is my even shorter description of each with head shots of each in character here.

Characters (Actor):
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) - described as becoming "a kind of Joan of Arc in the story."

Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) - "a by-the-book Rebel intelligence officer, brought in to steady the volatile Erso..."

Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) - "Pronounced chi-RUT, he’s no Jedi, but he’s devoted to their ways and has used his spirituality to overcome his blindness and become a formidable warrior."

Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) - "Heavily armored ...he is devoted to protecting his friend Chirrut at all costs" but doesn't really believe in the Force.

Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) - "Rebel squad’s lead pilot. He tends to be hot-headed, but any abrasiveness is overshadowed by his skills in the air"

K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) - "the antithesis of C-3PO."

Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) - "Jyn’s estranged father is like the galactic version of nuclear pioneer J. Robert Oppenheimer, with doomsday knowledge that is sought by both the Empire and the Rebellion."

Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) - ambitious smart Empire leader who wants to destroy the Rebellion

Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) - Same character as one from Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five as a young man who fought with Anakin Skywalker against the Separatists droids. Now 20+ years older, his experiences from the Clone Wars to fighting against the Empire has turned him into a radical that the Rebellion leadership doesn't really trust (and he doesn't trust them) that is willing to go to extreme measures to do what he thinks is right.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Announcement Trailer for 1983's Revenge of the Jedi

The Academy Film Archive (part of the group that does the Oscars) has posted this teaser trailer of sorts that apparently was shown in May 1982 before a double feature of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back in the UK. It is likely the first teaser for Return of the Jedi since it still used the Revenge of the Jedi title. No footage was shown so likely this was made even before principle photography had begun. Any case it makes for an interesting piece of Star Wars history.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Actor Cast to Play Young Han Solo

Disney has found their new Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar) has been cast to play the 20-something version of Han Solo in the "A Star Wars story" film that is set for reason after Episode VIII on May 25, 2018. Nothing is know about the film beyond it being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Origin of May the 4th, Star Wars Day

May the Fourth...Force Be with you on this Star Wars day. It turns out that while the day has only been celebrated by Star Wars fans recently (mostly due to Disney seeing the promotional value of it), its origin goes all the way back to 1979 with Margaret Thatcher using the pun to celebrate her first day as Prime Minister on the same date. For more details on how Star Wars Day started and how Disney pushed it to become an unofficial yet official day, click over to The Verge.

May The 4th Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

In time for Star Wars day, here is the latest trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It reveals a few more details including new missions that are not in the movie like hunting raptars, rescuing Admiral Ackbar and more with the cast of the movie voicing their Lego counterparts.