The Star Wars spin-off will be re-jigged to fit with the tone of the original trilogy. But is there more on offer from the Rogue One reshoots? Read more after the jump.
Original Yoda puppeteer and voice actor Frank Oz is rumoured to be recording new audio for a juicer role for the Jedi Master in Episode 8. Read more after the jump.
Tilda Swinton opens up Benedict Cumberbatch’s and bends it out of all recognition in the first Doctor Strange trailer. Read more after the jump.
We get a look at Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and the rest of the rebels take on ATAT’s and Death Troopers in the first official Rogue One trailer.
It’s strange to think that the potential tag line for the upcoming Star Wars spin off Rogue One – an account of the spies who stoked the plans for the death star in episode IV could be “based on a thirty year old throw away line”. Now we have word about the focus of the second spin-off, and the tagline’s going to read more like “based on a be-helmeted badass”. That’s my pick for tagline anyway, I realise that they don’t usually open that sort of stuff up to the general public. I do think they should use my Rogue One line though.
That’s right, Screen Rant is reporting on news that the second Star Wars standalone feature will focus on legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, cult star and all time fan favourite of Episodes V and VI. A smaller, more childlike version of Fett was also portrayed in Attack of the Clones by Daniel Logan.
So what can we expect? Well, this is allegedly going to be an Origins story, which sounds specific but is in fact categorically loose. We’ve already seen some of Fett’s childhood as the clone of Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett. Presumably the next film will take place after that since everything beforehand is a bit test tubey. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of the up and coming, relentless gun for hire as he makes a name for himself as one of the galaxy’s most formidable foes.
The as yet untitlted project has received a lot of spotlight heat recently following the departure of Josh Trank from the role of director. Rumours already about about the nature of his departure, with some claiming it was jot so much his decision as it was a decision made for him. So now the race is on to find someone new to direct, not to mention someone to play Fett. Given the clone back story we could very well be seeing Logan return as Fett, or even (actot) who played Jango since they’ll technically have to look identical. On the other hand, an entire film where Fett doesn’t take off his mask, Dredd style? I am all into that.
Rogue One will be finding it’s way to cinemas in December 2016, and the potential Fett Origin will appear two years later in 2018.
Are you a Fett fan?
In the most basic, terms there are two kinds of Star Wars fans: those who love the films, and those love the films AND ingest every other possible medium. This may not seem like such a big difference, unless you know how staggeringly vast the non-film based canon for Star Wars is and how multifaceted a machine it is. In a way, strict film lovers are like vegetarians and multi medium lovers are like super strict vegans. In any case, we say see a considerable migration of fans, in the current film vacuum, to comic books and novelisations? Why? Because it may reveal something about the upcoming Episode VII.
Screenrant has reported that Lucasfilm is releasing a whole new stack of novels and comic books specifically to connect the end of Return of the Jedi with the start of The Force Awakens. The first installment will be a novel called Star Wars: Aftermath. Now we could speculate on what this title means like we did with the upcoming spinoff Rouge One, or we could hear it from the horse’s mouth. Here’s Jen Heddle, the Senior Editor of Lucas Books, spilling the beans on Aftermath:
“The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?”
So the Empire’s not totally dead? Bummer. Although this looks like it will answer a lot of logistics questions that sceptics have had about how the hell the structure of the galactic government works in the Star Wars universe. Boy, did I made that sound dull.
Even though we may not be seeing all the characters from the new film turn up in the books – they do have to fill in about thirty years of blanks – Heddle has promised that there will be a lot of new intrinsic characters to sink your teeth into:
“What I can reveal is that you will be introduced to a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favourite from the films. And who knows what other familiar faces will pop up along the way? And once you’ve seen ‘The Force Awakens’ in movie theaters, you may find that certain names and places in ‘Aftermath’ have a relevance you never knew–so keep your eyes wide open!”
What a teaser! It’ll be intriguing to see how the old favourites, who we will turning up in Episode VII, will make their way in the galaxy in the interim. Maybe we’ll also see the device or the happy ending of other characters, like the ewoks, or… Actually the ewoks are the only characters I care about. Seriously, who cleaned up all those dead storm troopers in Endor? You could make a whole book out of that!
Whilst I’m not sure I’ll be partaking of the books, I’ll certainly be that annoying cheat who looks up the synopses on Wikipedia. I am nothing if not unbearably lazy.
Which of your favourite Star Wars characters do you want to see in the books?
So, in case you’re not in on all the latest star wars news, let’s give you a quick punch to the gut update: forget about the main Star Wars films, Gareth Edwards is directing the first Star Wars spin off, and it’ll be called Star Wars: Rouge One. Now that you’re all up to speed, let’s drop another bomb. Empire announced that composer Alexandre Desplat has been officially connected to the spinoff to a film we haven’t seen yet. The nature of his connection? Uhm, he’s a composer. Probably could have said that right off the bat.
Anyway, Desplat will probably ring a bell after taking home an Academy Award for Best Score for his work on Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. That may make it sound as though he’s a weird choice for concocting an operatic space fanfare, but trust me… Desplat’s got moves. The composer has worked with Gareth Edwards before on the patently dark Godzilla reboot. Along with work that Desplat did on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – that’s both parts, folks – he has a pretty well rounded resume. This is a vital skill for any Star Wars film, which is mostly intensive but requires a fare dose of introspection. With that in mind, Desplat sounds like a pretty safe bet.
The composer has also mentioned before how influential John Williams‘ work has been on his own work, so he’ll likely be concocting a very innovative score but from a baseline that is very faithful to the original Trilogy. We hope.
Even though we don’t know anything about the spinoff – or the film it’s spinning off from, really – from the title Rogue One it’s a safe bet that there’ll be some fighting and fighting to the extreme. If that’s the case, it’ll be exciting to see how Desplat reflects it on the score sheet.
Force Awakens is out on 18th December 2015, while Rogue One will be a year later on 16th December 2015.