A look back at Star Wars 2016

We had struggled with this post. The event on December 27 still weighs heavily on our minds. 2016 was supposed to be great. A new movie was planned that had our favourite Star Wars characters from the movie that started it all.  Continue reading →

Advertisements

Mace and Palpatine: The Force is strong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens

TFA trailer2-1

Rebel’s Simon Kinberg to take over Star Wars Spin-off: Reports

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Star Wars spin-off writer Gary Whitta has left the project, a rumour has sprouted to suggest Disney’s Star Wars Rebels Co-creator and Executive Producer Simon Kinberg will fill the spot.

Screengrab of Simon Kinberg's interview for Disney's Star Wars Rebels

Screengrab of Simon Kinberg’s interview for Disney’s Star Wars Rebels

According to movie blog, SlashFilm, the writer/producer is next-in-line to script the 2016 release. They were, however, unable to get confirmation from Lucasfilm or Kinberg’s representatives, said IGN.

The movie is reportedly about a band of bounty hunters who steal the plans for the Death Star. The plans eventually fall into the hands of one Princess Leia whose ship was boarded by Darth Vader in Episode IV. Even though Disney has maintained that the film will feature the Millennium Falcon but not Han Solo, rumours are that Aaron Paul will play a younger version of the charming smuggler. Speculations also include origins story for Boba Fett or one revolving around the Falcon’s original owner, Lando Calrissian.

Disney has announced three spin-off movies which will not be part of the Star Wars canon. This has left pundits debating the merits of creating origin stories versus brand new plotlines. The three movies are planned to be released in 2016, 2018 and 2020 between Episodes VII, VIII, IX.

Kinberg has worked on screenplays for X-Men: Last Stand, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes, Mr & Mrs Smith and produced many more notable films. He had been pipped to write another of the spin-off series and it is unclear if the 2016 film will replace his other commitment or add on to it, reported movienewsguide.com.

 

 

Return of the smuggler

Who's that playing Sabacc with Zeb?

Who’s that playing Sabacc with Zeb? Screengrabs courtesy of Tim Veekhoven (@sompeetalay) and Blue Leader (@blue__leader)

Nope. This time, we’re not talking about Han. We’re talking about the other lovable smuggler, Lando Calrissian. It seems Disney’s Star Wars Rebels animated series has some kind of tractor beam that pulls celebrity names (some out of retirement) into voicing their original Star Wars characters. Besides Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels and Frank Oz have made their appearances as Darth Vader, C3PO and Yoda respectively.

The return of General Calrissian... well, before he was a General — and probably still pals with Han.

The return of General Calrissian… well, before he was a General — and probably still pals with Han. Screengrabs courtesy of Tim Veekhoven (@sompeetalay) and Blue Leader (@blue__leader)

So why are we more excited about Billy Dee Williams? Well, if you grew up in the 80s, you’d know Billy Dee Williams wasn’t just a two-hit wonder in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. He had also made notable appearances in long running TV soap Dynasty and as Two-Face in Michael Keaton’s Batman. (He was also in Night Hawks with Sylvester Stallone but let’s not bring that up.)

Williams is the only actor on Star Wars who has actively kept his character alive, with productions such as Robot Chicken’s Star Wars II and III, and in the awesome-st Lego movie. The episode, titled Idiot’s Array, will air in the U.S on Jan 19.

There has yet been no word on the Lando’s return in Episode VII: The Force Awakens – but we can hope.

We think the resemblance is uncanny! Can you tell the real and the CG apart? That hair!

We think the resemblance is uncanny! Can you tell the real and the CG apart? That hair! Images: Screengrab courtesy of Tim Veekhoven (@sompeetalay) and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Rebels takes place in a timeline between Episodes III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. This is a time when the Galactic Empire is unfurling its iron grip throughout the galaxy and the ragtag crew of the starship Ghost, which includes Force-strong teen Ezra and Jedi Knight-in-hiding Kanan, makes guerilla strikes on Imperial Forces.