Month: April 2016

Star Wars: Mads Mikkelsen character can brings good surprises to Rogue One

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Star Wars: Mads Mikkelsen Teases Rogue One Flashbacks & Iconic Characters

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Lucasfilm is starting to get the ball rolling on their first live-action spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters in December. Earlier this month, the studio released a teaser trailer for the project, setting up the band of Rebel Alliance heroes that will work together to steal the original Death Star plans. Outside of that basic setup, very little is known about the film, but more and more details are beginning to come out now.

Mads Mikkelsen recently revealed that he is portraying the father of Felicity Jones’ protagonist Jyn Erso, establishing a potentially rich dynamic between the two characters that will serve as the movie’s emotional center. The state of their relationship is just the latest in a long line of mysteries fans want answered, including which (if any) familiar faces they’ll see on the big screen again. Given Rogue One‘s place in the timeline, there’s a strong possibility some original trilogy characters (besides Mon Mothma) will show up – and rumors about Darth Vader refuse to die. While Mikkelsen won’t say which ones are in Rogue One, his newest comments serve as both confirmation and fuel for more speculation.

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In an interview with Standard Online, Mikkelsen was asked about the possibility of classic Star Wars characters appearing in director Gareth Edwards’ film. Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it, it sounds like Rouge One will have a mix of the old and the new to balance nostalgia with fresh directions.

“Some of them – but I would reveal too much. There are iconic characters in our film and also characters you have never heard of. It’s a mix.”

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Star Wars characters don’t get more iconic than Darth Vader, so the safe bet is that the Sith Lord is one of the characters Mikkelsen is referencing. Vader’s inclusion in the story would make sense, since Rogue One is set right before A New Hope and he would most likely be part of the Imperial forces trying to track down the Rebels. In addition, Vader is one of the most marketable figures in the franchise, so him being in Rogue One makes great business logic as well. In order to draw in casual audiences to the standalone disconnected from the main storyline, featuring Vader heavily in later promotional materials is a must. It’s also possible that Emperor Palpatine could appear, as the trailer showed an image of a person bowing to someone (or something) flanked by royal guards.

Mikkelsen also touched upon a storytelling device Edwards is using in his installment: flashbacks. According to the actor, he has scenes with Jones and an unnamed actress playing a younger version of Jyn:

“I spend a lot of time with [Jones] and she’s a wonderful actress. I play her dad at the time of Felicity and I play her dad when she’s younger, so we jump back and forth in time.”

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Viewers learned in the teaser that Jyn has been on her own since she was 15 years old, suggesting that she had some kind of falling out with her family during her teenage years. Earlier rumors about Mikkelsen’s character claimed that he is a scientist who took over the Death Star project and fixed some flaws, only to regret his involvement later on. Should that prove true, Mikkelsen’s work on the massive weapon could serve as the catalyst for Jyn leaving, as she disagrees with her father’s actions. What’s even more interesting is that the same rumor says Mikkelsen’s character is the one who seeks out Jyn’s help, so it will be fascinating to watch their interactions unfold.

All in all, it looks like the pieces are in place for another successful Star Wars movie. The combination of iconic characters with new faces worked very well in Episode VII, indicating that Lucasfilm understands how to pull that aspect off and please all parties. Plus, with talented actors like Mikkelsen and Jones possibly serving as the heart of the narrative, there’s a chance that Rogue One delivers some emotionally engaging content to compliment the action sequences.

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When the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the Internet earlier this month, fans were introduced to an all-new set of heroes — the very first cast that didn’t contain a Jedi — played by such acclaimed actors as Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, and martial arts sensation Donnie Yen (the Ip Man trilogy). The Rogue One Teaser also provided a glimpse at those Rebels’ Imperial adversaries in the film, including Ben Mendelsohn’s (Bloodline) caped Grand Admiral.

Missing from the trailer, though, were a few key players, including Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen. Last year, Mikkelsen teased a little bit about his role in the upcoming Star Wars movie spinoff with just his character’s first name, Galen – and now, the actor has another bombshell to drop.

During an appearance on Sky News to discuss his latest films and a prestigious honor (watch the video above), Mikkelsen initially danced around the story of Rogue One before eventually caving and spilling some delicious, totally-not-made-out-of-human beans: He will be playing the father of Jones’ Jyn Erso, the protagonist of Rogue One.

Mikkelsen has been dropping small hints for months about his Rogue One role, so while the news seems to be stacked among those, the reveal still stands. At last year’s D23 Expo, Mikkelsen described his role in the story as “a very important role, as much I can say. [My] character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more.”

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While Mikkelsen is so often cast in the role of the villain (or the murderous anti-hero) this Rogue One role might be an interesting diversion from his past roster. Earlier this year, a rumor about Mikkelsen’s Rogue One character re-emerged – this time, with a much better description of the fellow in question. While unconfirmed, the pieces are slowly falling into place, as we can now say that the rumor holds at least some truth – namely, that Mikkelsen’s character is Jyn Erso’s father. Moreover, his character is allegedly pivotal to both the construction and the eventual destruction of the Death Star. As the original report put it:

[Mads Mikkelsen’s character] is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character … The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire become too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only daughter…

If the rumor holds true, not only will Galen serve as yet another Imperial deserter (traitor!) in Rogue One, but his knowledge of the original Death Star’s inner workings will be key when it comes to the Rebels’ mission in the film.

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Also intriguing: the possibly estranged relationship between Jyn Erso and her father. In the Rogue One trailer, Mon Mothma states that Jyn has been on her own since the age of sixteen – and while the story remains just out of reach, it might be easy to assume why Jyn decided to ditch her father… and why he might now be desperately trying to right he wrongs that broke them apart. It’s an easy assumption, which is why it might not be correct. After all, if there’s anything the folks behind the Star Wars franchise like, it’s a good mystery.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

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Marvel Comics Announces Star Wars: Han Solo #1

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Han Solo has always been a special character in the Star Wars universe. An exemplar of the appeal of the films, his gritty hero with a heart was part of the glue that held the Original Trilogy together. Fans of the not-so-scruffy looking nerf herder, worried about how his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens would affect his role in the galaxy, have little to fear. It appears there is plenty of new Solo to enjoy.

News of the smuggler’s anthology film is certainly welcome, but it also comes with a caveat. Although the standalone film will explore his early years, another actor will portray the rebel leader rather than Harrison Ford. Han Solo fans won’t have to worry about casting, though, for Marvel’s latest addition to his backstory.

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Well, the House of Ideas announced a five-issue story arc titled Star Wars: Han Solo. The first issue is due out this June. The new series was written by Marjorie Liu (Dark Wolverine) and features artwork by Mark Brooks (Cable & Deadpool), with cover art by Lee Bermejo (Suiciders). Apparently, the first issue will address the legendary figure’s continuing role in the rebellion, although they don’t specify exactly where in the original trilogy this takes place (it looks to be between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back). Here’s Marvel’s description:

“Han Solo has finally entered his ship into the Dragon Void Run – an infamous high-stakes race across the stars. You know, the race Han has dreamt of winning. Only there’s a catch – his entry into this legendary race is a top-secret undercover mission for Princess Leia and the Rebellion! Will he keep his mind on the mission? More importantly – can he manage to pull it off while still maintaining his lead in the race?!”

Here is the cover for issue #1 and a sneak peak at the new miniseries:

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Fans curious to find out more about Han Solo’s life will be excited for all the upcoming adventures featuring the character. With a rumored cameo in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and his standalone, Lucasfilm is slowly filling us in on the mystery and history of our favorite scoundrel. Solo’s upcoming comic book looks as though it showcases the fascinating and somewhat unexplored period following Star Wars: A New Hope. And this adventure appears to delve into Solo’s early transition from smuggler to rebel hero, as well as his evolving relationship with Princess Leia Organa.

Since Disney and Lucasfilm officially declared the Expanded Universe (EU) non-canon, it’s been curious to see which aspects of its lore will be made canon. The EU offered a great deal of background information on the venerable General. Books like the Han Solo Adventures and Han Solo Trilogy novels detailed his younger days, including adventures with Lando and how he met Chewbacca. Works like the Legacy comic book series also explored Solo’s later life with Leia and his children. And even though aspects of the EU have been loosely adapted, such as the Jacen/Ben Solo connection, much of the smuggler’s history has now been made a blank slate. As more materials emerge involving his life, fans will either thrill at the inclusion of old material or enjoyably debate the reason certain aspects of the EU made it in or failed to.

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Of course, knowing how sneaky Lucasfilm is about releasing concurrent materials, Star Wars: Han Solo could also contain a nugget or two of information which will tie into the upcoming films. Even if it doesn’t tie in directly (which it likely will, at least to a degree), any Han Solo is good Han Solo.

Star Wars: Han Solo#1 arrives in June.

Who really is Rey’s father?

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A new video (click here to watch) tries to take some conclusions about who is Rey’s father in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Secrets: Who REALLY Is Rey’s Father?

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The marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens kept this movie’s biggest reveal a secret right up until release, when fans learned that Rey, the scavenger from the planet Jakku was the next trilogy’s hero, to be trained by Luke Skywalker himself. With Rey’s parents noticeably absent in the story, and after more than a few hints were dropped that the girl was following in Luke’s footsteps, a ton of fans walked out of the theater assuming the same thing: that Rey was really the daughter of Luke Skywalker – a secret that would probably be revealed over the course of the new trilogy.

We’ve run down the evidence and theories in a previous docu video, but as more and more fans have taken father-daughter relationship to be an obvious one, we think it’s only fair to remind everyone that it’s still just a theory for now. In fact, when you weigh all the evidence, there’s just as much reason to believe she CAN’T be a Skywalker in disguise. We’ll let you decide for ourselves when our latest docu video is over: Is Luke Skywalker REALLY Rey’s Father?

The Evidence: Mystery Parents

The most obvious clues may not be the most convincing, but they’re impossible to ignore. When The Force Awakens begins, Rey is living alone on a desert planet – not too different from Luke Skywalker’s childhood – or his father, Anakin’s. Rey is obviously a fan of the Rebel Alliance, too, decorating her scavenged home with a Rebel pilot doll, and even wearing a Rebel helmet for the fun of it. But once she reveals her last memory of the parents who left her behind, the big hints start dropping, as a flashback shows Rey watching as her parents fly off, leaving her behind on a backwater planet, but promising to come back for her one day.

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The plot point makes it obvious that Rey’s parents are important, since audiences wouldn’t have even wondered if the film hadn’t made it a mystery to begin with. When her interrogation at the hands of Kylo Ren reveal that she imagines an island in the middle of a sea when in need of comfort, the movie ending on that exact same island – with Luke Skywalker on it – was all the evidence needed that father and daughter were destined to be reunited. And Luke’s best pupil would be his own daughter.

More Than Just Force Powers

Skill in The Force being passed from parent to child may be all the evidence some fans needed, but it wasn’t just Rey’s Force powers that seemed to imply she had Skywalker blood in her veins. Take your pick: there’s her knack for flying spacecraft, rebuilding and maintaining the most stubborn spaceships and tech, and even an immediate affinity for a droid on a mission all fit the bill of both Luke and Anakin. Her power was enough to get the attention of Kylo Ren, seeming to be an even more powerful Force user. And if you believe that BB-8’s arrival on Jakku, or Rey being pulled into the war between the Resistance and the First Order was total coincidence, then it was just as random when Anakin, then Luke, were plucked from the same situation for similarly great things. Luck, or the will of The Force – you decide.

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The most convincing bit of evidence comes when Rey first crosses paths with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber – the one originally built and used by his father, Anakin, before it was cut from, and with, Luke’s hand (Empire). For starters, the lightsaber actually calling to Rey implies she’s no random Force user – and her childhood screams at being abandoned on Jakku being used to call her to the weapon add even more importance to the mystery of their identity. When she actually takes hold of the saber, she’s given visions of Luke and Anakin’s fight, Kylo Ren’s betrayal of Luke Skywalker, Luke leaving directions to his hiding place in R2D2 – basically, a crash course in the Skywalker family, and a sign of what comes next.

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But it’s the voices spliced into the vision which also seem convincing: Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the powerful Jedi who trained Anakin and Luke are both heard calling to Rey, telling her that, just as was the case with both Skywalkers, she is taking her “first steps” into the larger world of The Force, and the Light and Dark Sides of it. Why would simply touching a lightsaber trigger such memories? If they were those of the new user’s father and grandfather, it would make plenty of sense to even casual fans.

And if Luke really did leave Rey behind before heading into exile, her not just finding him, but bringing the Skywalker lightsaber he had presumed lost forever would probably convince him that there was no use fighting the will of The Force: helping a new Skywalker finish the battle he couldn’t.

The Problems

Again, it’s all just fan theories and speculation for now. Fans have assumed that Rey is Luke’s daughter for a reason, and it’s mainly due to hints and clues that the filmmakers have counted on the audience catching. It could be true, but when you start thinking about the actual twist and logic, there seem to be some real problems with the assumption. Beginning with the biggest reason some doubt the upcoming reveal of Rey Skywalker at all…

It’s Just Too Obvious

Star-Wars-7-Rey-Art-PosterIt seems pretty pointless to go the trouble of keeping a heroine’s identity a mystery, and draw extra attention to the audience not knowing who her parents are… and leaving only one real conclusion for every single viewer to draw. Not just the diehard, conspiracy-obsessed Star Wars fanatics, but even casual moviegoers who leave the theater assuming they are to believe Luke is Rey’s father. J.J. Abrams has a better track record of twists when it comes to his other projects (LOST, Star Trek Into Darkness), and frankly, the reveal would be obvious to the point of being boring. Luke Skywalker living out his father’s origin story seemed poetic, but doing it a third time is wearing out the poetry – especially if the goal is moving the series in a fresh, inspired direction.

The problem then, is the conundrum at the heart of the Rey’s parents mystery. If it is a mystery at all, then it can’t be Luke. Because if it’s Luke, the mystery was obvious from the word go. Somehow, we think people will actually be surprised when the identities are revealed in the future. But that’s just our gut talking – there are other reasons that are a bit harder to argue.

She Wasn’t Hidden Safely

In Luke Skywalker’s case, Obi-Wan Kenobi took Anakin’s son to a backwater world, leaving him in the loving hands of Anakin’s stepbrother and his wife. Fans can argue that Kenobi’s move was an idiotic one, leaving Darth Vader’s son with his own family, and even keeping his last name. But had things gone to plan, Luke would have lived quietly and safely on a moisture farm.

In The Force Awakens, Rey isn’t left with family, or even an acquaintance likely to keep her safe: she’s left with Unkar Platt, a cruel, unfair, deceitful scrap trader. But fine, it’s still in the middle of nowhere, safe from prying eyes, right? Wrong. When BB-8 pops onto the First Order’s radar, Platt tries to buy the droid from Rey. But when she refuses, Platt reveals he’s secretly communicating with First Order agents, and sells Rey out in a heartbeat.

It’s easy to think of reasons why Luke Skywalker would leave his daughter behind: out of fear he would corrupt her, too, or that she would be a target for Kylo Ren, as eventually does happen in the movie. But Luke leaving her behind with nothing, in the hands of a corrupt, villainous alien who wouldn’t hesitate to sell her out to Kylo Ren’s allies? It doesn’t make much sense. Even the idea that Rey is a daughter of Leia Skywalker doesn’t hold water, since Leia says herself that if she had kept her son close, she could have kept him from falling to the Dark Side. So why would she make the same mistake twice, or let Luke make it himself?

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There’s A Better Story To Tell

At this point, the best surprise would have to be the biggest. And with all the rumors spinning and theories being built, the biggest surprise would probably be if Rey’s true parents were… just some random people. Maybe a jedi, or another character or family from the previous films, but definitely not a Skywalker. We would be just as happy as the fans to see that twist played out with love and purpose, but c’mon: the third time telling the same story would be… well, less groundbreaking than fans were told to expect.

And would the prophecy of the Chosen One bringing balance to the The Force, an act completed when Anakin and Luke both defeated the Dark Side, be better, or worse, if it was just continued for another chapter? Anakin fell to the Dark, so Luke could save him from it… and Rey could do the same over again? The more interesting answer is that fans haven’t seen the ending to this story before: maybe the beginning, and maybe even the middle, but shrouded in mystery, they won’t see the conclusion coming until it’s here.

Could Rey be a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi instead, with Luke forced to train his friend’s descendant, moving Luke completely into the role of his former Master? Maybe Rey was the daughter of another missing Jedi, or even a Rebel hero too dangerous to even name? It’s the same idea as mentioned earlier: if Rey’s identity or lineage is meant to be a mystery, then we tend to think just a single movie in, it still is. If we’re wrong, and Rey really is Luke’s daughter, then it’s not the twist, surprise, mystery, or story that fans – or the filmmakers – must have hoped for. And we can’t help but think feel that Abrams would have done a better job of hiding it so close to the start.

J.J. Abrams Clarifies Statements on Rey’s Parents

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Fans have speculated a lot about Rey’s parentage, with most theories having her be the child (or grandchild) of one of the characters from the original films. A few of those theories may have been debunked, however, as director J.J. Abrams recently caused a stir saying that Rey’s parents didn’t appear in The Force Awakens.

Speaking during a Q&A with Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival, Abrams was asked about Rey’s parents. While it’s obvious that he wouldn’t give away that sort of information in advance of its planned reveal, he went further and said that the parents weren’t featured in the film at all. He went on to explain:

“Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII. So I can’t possibly in this moment tell you who they are. This is all I will say: It’s something that Rey thinks about too.”

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Obviously, Abrams’ comments caused an uproar, as they ostensibly debunk nearly every popular fan theory on the subject. However, EW caught up with the director to see whether or not he could (or would like to) clarify his statement. What Abrams followed-up with certainly alters the “not in Episode VII” comment considerably. Abrams said:

“What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world.”

Even if Rey simply “doesn’t discover” her parents, it doesn’t necessarily mean Abrams’ comments aren’t interesting. There are two ways to look at what he said. If Abrams’ answer just means that the characters in question weren’t revealed as Rey’s parents (which now seems most likely), that would pretty much put all theories back on the table. If by “discover”Abrams meant Rey doesn’t interact with or meet them, then that could still change things and rule out key players like Han, Leia, and even Luke.

While it’s not quite the bombshell ruling out several likely suspects, there’s a chance some slick wordplay is involved where even Abrams’ clarified statement might still be leading theorists astray, and that there’s something completely unexpected coming in regard to Rey’s parentage.

Could Rey be a Kenobi, and not a Skywalker?

Another fan theory claims that Rey it’s not a Skywalker because this would be too obvious, but a Obi-Wan Kenobi descendent. Check out the infographic below and read the text from The Star Wars Post:

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The timespan for our saga is pretty easily laid out as it spans sixty years. A nice even number starting from Nute Gunray’s “Oh Shit” moment about two Jedi’s ready to storm his bridge to Luke Skywalker having a staring contest with Rey on the lovely island of who’s knows what on the gorgeous planet of who knows where. Let’s get down to some simple math before we begin on where and how our heroes and new vilain were born into this Galaxy. To keep things simple we decided to start the events of The Force Awakens at year zero and work ourselves back sixty years to the Battle of Naboo. This is accurate after scouring numerous sources on the web. It’s exactly sixty years.

According to this Timeline we can see how Rey, who is 19 years old during The Force Awakens is born, you guessed it 19 years into our timeline. Kylo Ren, aka Ben Solo, who is 29-30 in The Force Awakens is also born 29 years into our timeline. One of the key important moments for our character Rey is when she was abandoned on Jakku in the care of Unkar Plutt. A moment we witness during Rey’s flashback when she touched Luke’s old lightsaber in the catacombs of Maz’s castle. It has been confirmed that Rey was five when she was left on Jakku by her parents which put that date on our timeline at fourteen years in.

Fourteen years in could potentially be a big deal for some of the speculation that is going around. There are debates that Rey was a padawan at Luke’s fledgling academy when it was attacked by the traitorous Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo and The Knights Of Ren. Rey’s outfit looks to be the garb of a Jedi Padawan when she holds the hand of Unkar Plutt. If this is true then, according to the timeline, Kylo Ren would be fifteen years old when he betrayed Luke and his fellow Padawans. Looking at that menacing image of the Knights of Ren in the movie, standing a wet field with bodies everywhere, there is a possibility there is a fifteen year old in that costume. So it is possible. What is more unnerving is that Kylo Ren has not changed his look in fourteen years. Would you want to be running around looking like the characters of the tv show Friends right now? I think not. That also implies that Luke has been gone fourteen years as well. Quite a long time to be gone from everything and everyone that you know.

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Now that we know about Rey and Kylo and where they fit in this timeline it’s time to start looking at the math when it comes the theory that Rey is a descendant of Kenobi and perhaps just maybe, Skywalker as well. First and foremost by doing the math, there is no way that Obi-Wan Kenobi is the father of Rey.  Especially considering that Obi-Wan whisked away, via the Force fifteen years before Rey was even born. So how could Rey be a Kenobi? There are really only two ways Rey could be a Kenobi. Either she was born from a Kenobi family member or she was the eventual offspring from the child of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

There have been spoilers and speculation that Rey’s village, where the Kenobi family lived, was attacked by the Knights of Ren and she was shuffled off to safety. We suspected the scene of the menacing group in the rain is actually her village and not Luke’s academy. She has that great British accent like a Kenobi and of course she is a white human and gorgeous looking. If Rey is just a child born from Obi-Wan’s sister or brother, that is a decent twist to the story but it feels sort of like diet soda, the Diet Coke of plot twists. If you are a storyteller and you want to reach for the stars with an incredible twist, you are swinging for the fences. Therein lies the second option, that Rey is the Grand Daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. For that, let’s once again hit the timeline and look at the math at what’s possible.

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To make this simple, The Star Wars Post decided to have two markers for Rey’s Mother. One where Rey’s Mother is twenty years old when she gives birth to Rey and the other when she is forty years old. By looking at the timeline, we see that would put Rey’s Mother’s birth between the Battle of Naboo and five years before the Battle of Yavin. Let’s say for arguments sake that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a stand up chap and kept his focus on the war and remained celibate at the sprite age of thirty eight until the time of the dreaded Order 66. That age would still give Obi-Wan Kenobi plenty of time during his years in exile to father a child. With the Jedi Order in ruins and the despair of seclusion, perhaps Ben Kenobi found love and had a daughter of his own.

It’s incredibly interesting that of all the voices heard by Rey in the catacombs of Maz’s castle it was Obi-Wan Kenobi’s. Not Anakin’s or Luke’s. The hints for Rey and Luke were everywhere in The Force Awakens. That is what really is very suspicious, because J.J. Abrams doesn’t spoon feed you this much, in this way. When all the clues and Easter eggs point to one thing in a J.J. Abrams film, you can almost bet on it that it means that it’s going to be something else. The one thing Kasdan and J.J. are known for is making you look in one direction when the truth smacks you from the other. Especially in The Force Awakens, where the tie in with Luke and Rey are everywhere.

If you really want to dive into the crazy deep end of the pool then there is an even bigger bet to make. What if her big reveal is not only that she is the Granddaughter of Kenobi but also the Daughter of Luke Skywalker. What if Luke met and fell in love with Kenobi’s daughter. Of course this is pure speculation with zero evidence to support it.

So, could Rey be a Kenobi? Sure, why not. I like to think she is, because for one thing, the Kenobi name lives on. Moreover, is sure sets up the possibility of a Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi spin off film. Who doesn’t want to see this rugged exiled Jedi find love on the barren wasteland of Tatooine or some other place, while Luke was teething and learning his ABC’s.

Star Wars: C-3PO’s Red Arm Explained

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Source for text: ScreenRant.Com. Animated gifs from my post Star Wars Episode VII: BB-8 meets C-3PO & R2-D2.

Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, there was discussion about why C-3P0 had a red arm. Tidbits concerning the red appendage were dropped, but fans were told that they’d have to wait for an upcoming comic about Threepio to get the full story. Fortunately, that wait is over.

While it had previously been revealed that C-3P0 took his red arm in memory of a fallen comrade, the circumstances surrounding that droid’s demise (and what happened to C-3P0’s own arm) were shrouded in mystery. Now that Star Wars Special: C-3P0 is on the stands, though, the shroud has been lifted and we can finally find out where that arm came from.

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Star Wars Special: C-3P0 tells the story of C-3P0, obviously, and a First Order protocol droid named OMRI that had previously been taken prisoner by the Resistance. OMRI may know the location of Admiral Ackbar, who had been taken prisoner by the First Order, but obviously is not keen to divulge this information. The ship they are traveling on crashes at the beginning of the issue, and the pair (part of a group of droids who survived the crash) head out into the hostile alien landscape in hopes of finding the ship’s captain and crew. As you might guess, things don’t go well.

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Threepio’s original arm is ripped off by a sea creature, and he and OMRI narrowly escape as another droid sacrifices himself to fight more creatures off. The crew the droids hoped to find is dead as well. Hiding in a cave to shelter themselves from corrosive acid rain, OMRI decides to tell C-3P0 Ackbar’s location because he believes that he is facing his demise. OMRI then heads out into the rain to activate the distress beacon on a downed TIE Fighter in hopes that someone will come and rescue C-3P0; as he is pelted by the acid, the black coating painted onto him by the First Order begins dissolving to reveal a red base coat underneath.

Rescued by Poe Dameron and BB-8, C-3P0 retrieves an arm from what’s left of OMRI’s body. When Dameron comments that it looks like Threepio needs an arm, he mentions that he already has one. The arm is worn in remembrance of OMRI’s bravery and sacrifice, as we all saw in The Force Awakens when C-3P0 worried that Han Solo didn’t recognize him.

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The story makes for a good droid-centric tale, and it’s perfectly believable that C-3P0 would not only be on a ship that crashed but that he would also have his arm ripped off and somehow manage to survive all of it. Some fans may feel a bit let down by the tale after all of the build-up for it, though, especially since the mystery of the red arm was referenced multiple times by the cast and crew in addition to being pointed out on the big screen. Of course, it remains to be seen how long the red arm will last or if Threepio will go back to solid gold before the end of the current trilogy.

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Star Wars: Rogue One Teaser Trailer Analysis & Discussion

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Just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens finishes its theatrical run and releases on home video, not two days went by before focus abruptly shifted towards the next Star Wars adventure. Coming again this December is another entry into the saga. Titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016’s journey into a galaxy far, far away represents the first standalone spinoff movie in the franchise for Lucasfilm.

There’s no Finn or Rey, or Poe Dameron and his lovable droid BB-8 in this adventure. For Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards is bringing moviegoers back to a time when the Empire hadn’t lost either of their Death Stars and when Luke Skywalker was still a teenage farmer on Tatooine. The Rebellion is in its infancy and but they know the Empire has built something terrifying and need to find a way to stop it.

Rogue One follows that group of Rebel spies who risk everything to steal the plans of the original Death Star and we finally got a glimpse of these heroes and what they’re up against in the first teaser trailer. Let’s take a look.

A REBEL AMONG REBELS

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According to Imperial criminal records, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is a physically violent thief… perfect for recruitment into the Rebellion! Erso is the lead of the film but within her ragtag squad of resistance fighters and soon-to-be spies, she might be the muscle as well. Battling Stormtroopers with a baton in one hand, a blaster in the other, and later wielding two of each in different scenes, Jyn Erso is a soldier in every sense of the word.

The final shot of the teaser may make some question her loyalty, but fear not, there’s no chance she enlists with the Empire. She’s simply in disguise. It’s a heist movie after all. But what, specifically, does the film’s title “Rogue One” refer to?

As for who Jyn Erso is in the grander Star Wars universe, the over-zealous speculation began as soon as Felicity Jones was cast as the Rogue One’s lead. Is she Rey’s mom? Luke’s eventual love interest? We’re hopeful that it’s none of the above because the Anthology movies are building out the larger universe, and connecting every character together in an intimate little family can make the universe feel too small.

STAR WARS LEGENDS CONNECTION

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Jyn Erso may remind hardcore Star Wars fans of a certain character from the old Expanded Universe (now branded as non-canonical Legends stories) named Jan Ors (played by Angela Harry). Ors was also a young, feisty, female brunette who served as a spy helping the young Rebel Alliance. She was born on Alderaan (the planet destroyed by the Death Star in A New Hope) featured in the Dark Forces video games and recruited, worked with, and eventually fell in love with fan-fave Legends character Kyle Katarn (the protagonist of several classic Star Wars video games).

It gets better. Ors, like we see in the Rogue One teaser in Erso, worked directly for Mon Mothma and (with Katarn’s help) stole the Death Star plans. Coincidence? We’re not even done. Ors also helped put an end to the Empire’s “Dark Trooper” project – super Stormtroopers that look very similar to the black-armored “Death Troopers” also featured in the Rogue One teaser.

Since Jan Ors was known to use an alias given her… career choices, it’s possible Jyn Erso isn’t even the real name of Felicity Jones’ character.

MON MOTHMA

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Mon Mothma herself, a character previously seen in Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith deleted scenes, and several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars makes a triumphant introduction in Rogue One – years before her dedication and success will lead her to becoming the first chancellor of the New Republic after the Empire falls.

In Episode III’s deleted scenes, Mothma was played by Genevieve O’Reilly who now she gets to play the role again, returning as Mon Mothma (for real this time) in Rogue One. Smart casting and a great nod to fans and George Lucas’s prequel casting! The costume designers even got the jewelry details down (yes, we know the chain is slightly different but maybe Mothma has a collection).

THE MASSASSI TEMPLE

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The nostalgic elements and settings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be a major selling point and for long-time fans, seeing the first ever Rebel base created in the Star Wars universe is smile-inducing. The timeline of events between Rogue One and A New Hope might even be closer than we originally thought since the Rebels are already setup at Yavin IV’s Great Temple.

This place, housing X-Wings and Y-Wings, built by a now-extinct alien race is believed to be an old Sith temple which is especially interesting given Luke’s mission and whereabouts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the focus on temples in the Star Wars Rebels animated series. We know that it doesn’t take long for the Empire to locate this and send the Death Star its way, but before that, Mon Mothma and her loyal allies seem to operate out of here before Princess Leia joins in.

THE IMPERIAL GRAND ADMIRAL

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After watching Netflix’s wonderful original series Bloodline where Ben Mendelsohn plays a complex antagonist, it was obvious that when he was cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that he’d be playing a key villain. And he is. Rocking very fancy white Imperial garbs, we’re not quite sure who this character is but there are obvious similarities to Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) from A New Hope who was widely rumored to be digitally rendered as a character in this movie.

But for fans of the Expanded Universe, there’s one particular Imperial leader who for years was speculated (read: hoped) to show up in The Force Awakens: Grand Admiral Thrawn. Pictured on the right, Thrawn is a major player post-Return of the Jedi in the comics, novels and even the wonderful game Tie Fighter. The old school art of his design and costume was clearly used to inspire Mendelsohn’s official dudes and he may very well be a Grand Admiral himself. But wow, we cannot stop thinking about Thrawn from the looks and poses of each.

Still, in this era, where Emperor Palpatine reins, where Grand Moff Tarkin runs the Death Star project, and where Vader is active, we’re not sure where Mendelsohn’s high-ranking official fits in.

THE MENTOR

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A New Hope had Obi-Wan Kenobi to mentor young Luke Skywalker and The Force Awakens had Han Solo and Maz Kanata to sort of mentor Rey. For young, troubled Jyn Erso who’s tasked with the most high-stakes mission ever for the Rebellion, she might have Forest Whitaker.

It’s unclear who Whitaker is playing, but his reveal in the Rogue One teaser trailer confirms rumors from earlier this week that he’d be rocking a massive, power suit of sorts with cape reminiscent of Boba Fett’s. He’s battle-hardened and heavily equipped, by why? Is he a mercenary or bounty hunter? Neither would fit his dialogue which narrates the back-half of the trailer. His role seems bigger and more important.

“What will you do when they catch you? What will you do if they break you? If you continue to fight, what will you become?”

THE NEW DROID

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Master character actor, geek icon, and all-around funny guy Alan Tudyk is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe. While details on his role are entirely unknown in any official capacity, it’s bee widely believed for a while now that he’d be playing the film’s main droid character – because what’s Star Wars without a droid, right?

He played the main robot in I, Robot opposite Will Smith over a decade ago and we’re guessing this time he’s playing a slightly less-humanoid looking droid pictured above running beside Felicity Jones and Diego Luna’s characters. According to Making Star Wars, the droid is an “Enforcer Droid” designed as a potential combat unit for the Imperials. He’s of course reprogrammed to help the Rebels for the specific mission of the movie.

THE OLD DROID

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There are explosions, walkers, the Imperial fleet, new types of soldiers, etc., but one of the most exiting elements of the Rogue One teaser for us is the Gonk droid. That’s right, every legitimate Star Wars fans should feel a little special something for the GNK power droids, commonly referred to by fans as the garbage bin droid.

NEW SOLDIER TYPES

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The original trilogy made sure to grow its tie-in massive toy lines by offering additional variations on pretty much every asset from film to film, and we’re seeing more of that when it comes to the Imperial infantry in Rogue One. Where Episodes IV, V, and VI had Sandtroopers, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Scouts and Pilots, the first Anthology Star Wars spinoff has black-armored “Death Troopers” with a new type of helmet and weapon, and a tan-colored variation of what could be scouts or commandos picture running above.

They don’t appear in the original trilogy, and same goes for the Death Troopers, so their role may be plot-specific. Perhaps there’s more to our “Dark Trooper” project theory when it comes to the black-armored soldiers. As for the tan-colored ones, they could be for the beach battle featured in the trailers.

MASTERS OF TERÄS KÄSI

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Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi wasn’t a particularly great video game, but it did base itself on a neat “deep cuts” part of the Expanded Universe. Teräs Käsi is an unarmed type of martial arts featured in many Star Wars books and video games, and believed to be a fighting style employed by several key familiar characters, from Darth Maul to Jedi Master Plo Koon. It even featured in the Episode III – Revenge of the Sith video game and Darth Plagueis novel (a source of much potential information regarding theories about Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Consider this just speculation but there’s a good reason director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm cast martial arts master Donnie Yen to play a blind character who can easily take out a squad of Stormtroopers using only a quarterstaff. Yen says has only said that his character is “important” to the story, but he’s definitely a combat master despite not being a Jedi. And given his fighting style and weapon choice, perhaps he’s our introduction to Teräs Käsi into canon.

FAMILIAR STARSHIPS

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When we heard the first Star Wars Anthology spinoff would be about the theft of the original Death Star plans, the idea of a heist movie in this setting was enough to warrant excitement. But it was the setting, this time period, and the idea of serving as an expansion to A New Hope, or lead-up to the events of the original Star Wars told from another perspective that made it special.

We would see the Empire and Rebellion as they were originally introduced once again. So, while Star Wars 7 continues the saga 30 years later with new iterations of Stormtroopers, Star Destroyers, Death Stars, X-Wings, and TIE Fighters, we could once again revisit the original variants of all of these. An original Incom T-65 X-Wing for instance, was spotted on set a while back and we knew it was a must-include vehicle. This trailer showcases the Yavin IV base, X-Wings included (no Y-Wing bombers though!) and a fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers patrolling the Death Star perimeter.

It’s exciting for fans seeing the original Rebel starfighters back as much as it is for Disney to be able to sell a whole new (but really not new at all) line of vehicle toys come Force Friday this fall.

THE BIGGER SHUTTLE

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The Imperial Lambda-class T-4a shuttles featured in the original Star Wars films – among many other vessels – featured folding or extending wings. That iconic wing-fold shuttle design (seen in games and the animated series as well) was seen again with Kylo Ren’s personal First Order transport in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A very similar sized transport with a very similar wingspan and structure appears briefly in the Rogue One teaser, this one featuring two sets of wings, before being blown to bits.

We’re guessing the Rebels blew this one up since it’s surrounded by Stormtroopers, but the ship design adds to the idea that ship manufacturers have many designs for many purposes, and that they evolve over the years. Also, think about the toys.

ALL TERRAIN ARMORED TRANSPORT

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We’re seeing the Galactic Empire’s “AT” walkers live up to their “all-terrain” description. The four-legged, heavily armored AT-AT troop transports featured heavily in the epic opening Hoth battle of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and another one briefly appeared in Return of the Jedi on the forest moon of Endor. So, with snow and jungles covered, now it’s time to see the AT-ATs in action on sand and in the water.

Jyn Erso (wielding two blasters) and her Rebel allies are seeing running away from something but right towards multiple AT-ATs so we can’t imagine this sequence ends well, unless there’s a Force Awakens style rescue from Rebel vehicles.

NO LIGHTSABERS

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When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards said the film takes place in an era where there are no Jedi, that “it comes down to a group of people who don’t have magical powers who band together to bring hope to the galaxy,” we didn’t know he’d be substituting lightsabers with… sticks and batons. We’re not sure how practical and effective blunt objects should be against Stormtrooper armor but there’s more of that than laser fire in this first teaser.

Jyn Erso battles troopers in an alley with a baton while wielding a familiar E-11 Stormtrooper blaster rifle in her offhand, and the final shot of the trailer features her (seemingly undercover) wearing dark Imperial armor with two batons on her back. And of course, there’s Donnie Yen’s staff-wielding character (see: Teräs Käsi).

THE SITH CONNECTION

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The dark side is strong in this teaser. After all, the evil Empire is finishing construction of a weapon of mass destruction. But there’s one little shot that piqued our interest when a dark robed figure kneels to something or someone (his master or perhaps a hologram?). At a glance it looks like Darth Vader given what we know about the movie, but the robes clearly don’t match. Vader doesn’t wear a hood over his helmet and the silhouette wouldn’t work. The shot is carefully edited right after a third-person shot of Ben Mendelsohn’s character wearing his white cape walking through the water.

This figure could be Mendelsohn’s character or that could be misleading, as in typical modern Star Wars trailer style. If it’s not, and since it can’t be Vader, could it be another entirely new villain? Is a non-Force user dressing like a Force user for the sake of misguiding viewers in this teaser? Or is there any possibility that Darth Vader is not alone in characters potentially strong in the Force?

What’s intriguing is seeing the Emperor’s Royal Guards leading us to believe that we may get a look at Emperor Palpatine near the time of A New Hope. That could also mean this sequence takes place on Coruscant and not the Death Star itself. We’re certain at least some fans are hoping that’s Darth Maul making his return to the live-action universe. And yes, if you didn’t already know because you’ve not kept up with the animated programs (which are canonical), Maul lives.

STAR WARS REBELS

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Speaking of Star Wars Rebels, let’s talk about what’s not in this trailer. In the Rogue One footage, concept art, and limited details we know about the film, there’s nothing mentioned about the characters from Star Wars Rebels. And that’s arguably a little strange since both are covering the early days and formation of the Rebellion against the Empire.

It’s an issue the animated show is currently dealing with and had to deal with in its season 2 finale last week. As we covered in the ‘No Lightsabers’ section, director Gareth Edwards made it clear that this era in the Star Wars saga is one where Jedi don’t really exist, but at least a few do. You could say many do given that there were eight force users with lightsabers featured in the season 2 finale of Rebels.

Of course, it’s not explicitly clear how far apart in the timeline the events of Rebelsand Rogue One really are, but we do wonder if season 3 of Rebels (which begins this fall) will setup or connect to important elements of Rogue One which releases in December.

THE SCORE

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We can’t talk Star Wars without talking about the iconic sound that drives it, and no, we’re not talking about Imperial alarms and laser blasts. John Williams has scored every Star Wars film to date (we’re not counting The Clone Wars) but he’s not the composer behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Instead, director Gareth Edwards is re-teaming with Alexandre Desplat after having worked together on Godzilla. Desplat’s score, combined with cinematography from Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty), will ideally make Rogue One have a unique style and feel from the main saga Star Wars entries, though we can’t tell yet how unique this may be from the teaser. The main theme is Williams’ work after all.

THE TUBE

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There are two shots in the Rogue One teaser featuring characters running down a larger corridor-esque area, except this is a very familiar location. The sequence where we see a small army of Stormtroopers (classic and the new tan-colored ones) running, and another sequence where Jones, Luna, and the droid (Tudyk?) are also running, actually take place in a dressed up Canary Wharf tube station.

The location use isn’t too surprising considering Rogue One was primarily shot a Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, about an hour’s drive out from the underground London station.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016, followed byStar Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, followed by the third Star WarsAnthology film in 2020.

Source for text and pictures: ScreenRant.Com. Click here to see all my animated gifs for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Awakening

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It’s no secret to anyone who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens that J.J. Abrams leaned heavily on A New Hope (and to a lesser extent The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) for the new movie. But the extent of Abrams’ *ahem* inspiration has now been cataloged by filmmaker Zachary Antell in a video entitled “A New Awakening”.

While some of the visual comparisons are stronger than others, it’s still impressive that you can make a video that’s over four minutes of nothing but similarities between the original Star Wars and the birth of the new saga. While I understand that Abrams wanted to draw heavily on nostalgia, here’s hoping that it will be much harder to make a similar video with future Star Wars movies.

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There’s no denying that The Force Awakens is strikingly similar to A New Hope. This is by design; Disney wanted to bring back the old fans who felt distanced from Star Wars following the disappointment of the prequels. But what may be more surprising is just how closely The Force Awakens mirrors Episode IV, shot by shot.

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In order to make the two films this similar, great pains must have been taken during the writing of the script. Shooting the film and editing it would have taken a tremendous attention to detail in order to capture the right camera angles, colors, etc. There’s a purposefulness here that goes beyond pleasing the crowd. It goes back to George Lucas’s meticulous treatment of Episodes I-VI, and the precedent he set for connecting each Episode together with particular themes, plot points, even cinematic shots.

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Lucas once described the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy as being like stanzas in a poem. Each film corresponds to another; The Phantom Menace to A New Hope, Attack of the Clones to The Empire Strikes Back, and so on. This is evident in certain major plot threads, such as the death of a mentor and the destruction of a super structure in the first installments of both trilogies, romance in the second, and a cataclysmic spiritual shift for one of the main characters in the third (Anakin Skywalker falling to the dark side, Darth Vader turning back to the light).

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Specific shots, like Anakin and Luke in their cockpits in Episodes I and IV, provide even more “rhyming” connections. Alternatively, Mike Klimo’s Star Wars Ring Theory suggests each shot of The Phantom Menace matches sequences from Return of the Jedi, and so on moving inward to Episode II matching Episode V, and Episode IV matching Episode III.

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The point is, the Star Wars films are connected by more than just a common story line, characters, and a setting in a galaxy far, far away. There’s a cinematic artistry threading them all into one cohesive epic. The Force Awakens, it appears, is continuing that glorious tradition. There are nods to both A New Hope, as the video above showed, and The Phantom Menace scattered throughout the film (one small nod to The Phantom Menace I take pleasure in is Poe Dameron telling Red Group and Blue Group to follow his lead; Captain Panaka says something similar to the Naboo guards in Episode I).

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To what extent this will continue in Episode VIII and IX is uncertain. However, Rian Johnson, director of Episode VIII, has expressed a fondness for the prequels that is hard to find in filmmakers these days, and he’s likely to have seen the connections between the two trilogies. And while neither he nor J.J. Abrams may agree with all of the creative choices Lucas made, they surely have respect for his vision as a filmmaker. Through them and Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, Star Wars will hopefully continue on into another stanza.

Source: DorkSideOfTheForce.Com.

Erik Bauersfeld passes away at 93

Voice of Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar, Erik Bauersfeld, Passes Away at 93

ackbar-actor-diesR.I.P. ERIK BAUERSFELD: JUNE 28, 1922 – APRIL 3, 2016

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As the foundational classic films and film franchises that defined a generation of fans continue to grow older, those same fans have increasingly had to cope with the actors, writers, filmmakers, and other creators who brought some of their most cherished memories to life proving unfortunately all too mortal. Stars become too old to continue playing their iconic roles, director’s retire when they can no longer face the intense work of running a feature film set, writers hang up their pens and eventually everybody passes on.

Now, word comes that time has taken another: Erik Bauersfeld, the actor who provided the voice of Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in Return of The Jedi, has passed away at 93.

Born in 1922, Bauersfeld spent the majority of his professional life as a radio producer for KPFA 94.1 FM, a listener-funded progressive talk and music station in Berkley, California. He worked there for over 31 years, producing and appearing in programs for the literature and drama department while also picking up side work as a voice actor for feature films, television, and video games.

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It was his role at KPFA that eventually led him to become the voice of Star Wars‘ Admiral Ackbar. While working on a Star Wars-themed radio project with Lucasfilm, Bauersfeld was approached by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt, who asked him to read for the part of Ackbar. According to the film’s production lore, Bauersfeld looked at a photo of Ackbar, an alien whose head vaguely resembles that of a catfish, and instantly decided on the voice he would use. Bauersfeld’s version was the one ultimately used for the character, whose signature line “It’s a trap!” has become among the most memorable and oft-quoted pieces of dialogue in the history of the franchise.

During the same period, he created and provided the voice of Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt’s majordomo, in the same film. Despite these iconic contributions (and the immediate popularity of both characters with Star Wars fans) Bauersfeld received no onscreen credit for his voice work upon the film’s original release — though inquisitive fans discovered the truth soon after. Of note, prior to having been approached on Jedi by Burtt, Bauersfeld had read for the role of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back prior to the role ultimately going to puppeteer Frank Oz.

While he continued to respond to autograph requests from fans with personally typewritten notes late into his life, Bauersfeld himself maintained only a passing familiarity with Star Wars after his initial contribution. He wasn’t readily aware of not being credited (unsurprising, as his lines were added late into the production) did not see the original film and only saw Jedi once upon its opening in 1983 — he even claimed not to have remembered how he originally read Ackbar’s lines. He had continued working well into 2015, reprising Ackbar’s voice for a cameo in The Force Awakens and performing extra vocals for Crimson Peak.

Bauersfeld died on Sunday, with his manager confirming his passing one day later. A cause of death was not given. Source: ScreenRant.Com.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story First Trailer

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer Teases All-Out War

Until yesterday’s official reveal of a new type of Stormtrooper, Disney and Lucasfilm had only released one official photo (and the logo) for their first Star Wars spinoff movie which began shooting back in August of 2015. Originally announced and branded as the first of Lucasfilm’s standalone “Anthology” films that would fill the release schedule gaps between episodic installments in the main Star Wars saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was also briefly teased at last year’s Star Wars Celebration and D23 events with concept art and vague details – but the secrecy ends today.

Disney is now going all-out in promoting their late 2016 tentpole releases and kickstarting the marketing campaigns for Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One over the next week. And for the galaxy far, far away, it began this morning with the first teaser trailer for Rogue One airing during Good Morning America on ABC (see the video below).

The timing of the first Star Wars: Rogue One teaser trailer – which has been trending on social media ever since the announcement of the trailer debut – comes the same week as the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and just a week before Disney’s The Jungle Book opens in theaters. Smart! It’s also the same week Captain America: Civil War begins screening and has its world premiere, so expect the new trailers to come attached to Disney’s other tentpoles in theaters.

Our only details on Rogue One characters prior to now came from rumors and reports, and the few words director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla 2014) has been allowed to speak at the aforementioned official presentations at Disney events. But now we get to see some of the Rebel heroes led by Felicity Jones in action, as the young Rebel Alliance plans a heist to steal the Death Star plans – before the Galactic Empire can put it to use.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020. Source: ScreenRant.Com.