Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:54 pmSubject: Re: STAR WARS - The Force Awakens!
Darth Vader Lives!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Cue the heavy breathing. Darth Vader is alive, angry, and merciless.
As part of EW’s Rogue One cover reveal, we confirmed the Sith lord will be back at the height of his powers in the Dec. 16 film, which takes place just prior to the events of 1977’s original Star Wars.
Ever since Lucasfilm announced that the plot of its first stand-alone movie would focus on the Rebel warriors who staged a heist of plans for the first Death Star, fans knew – or at least seriously expected – that the most iconic villain in film history would return to the screen. If he didn’t…? The collective rage of the Star Wars fandom would probably Force-choke whoever nixed him.
Rogue One is a new kind of movie for Lucasfilm, a story that explores territory beyond the core “saga” films of the first three classic movies, George Lucas’ prequels, and the new trilogy that started with J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens and will continue in 2017 with director Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII. The next stand-alone film after Rogue One will be a young Han Solo story, coming out in 2018, which delves into the history of the captain of the Millennium Falcon long before he encounters Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi in that cantina on Tatooine.
Lucasfilm has said the main difference between the features is that the “saga” films are focused mainly on the Skywalker family – but now we know that doesn’t mean Rogue One will be completely devoid of Skywalkers.
In her interview with EW, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was asked about which characters from the original trilogy may turn up alongside the new heroes and villains.
After a momentary hesitation, Kennedy said: “I think we can talk about Vader…” Those were the seven words fans wanted to hear.
SITH SENSE At 85, James Earl Jones will also reprise his role as Vader’s foreboding voice, while a variety of large-framed performers will embody the character behind the mask. (David Prowse, now 80, was often inside the suit in the original trilogy.)
Jones has lately performed the character on episodes of Disney XD’s animated Star Wars: Rebels – but many actors have imitated the voice over the years for games, cartoons, and other products. Onscreen, however, there can be no substitute.
That leaves the question: How much Vader are we going to get? The answer – just a little bit. (That’s why there isn’t a new image of him, unfortunately.) Kennedy says Rogue One has to make careful use of Vader. “He will be in the movie sparingly,” she says. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
EW also learned a little about Vader’s reputation in the galaxy at this point in the chronology, roughly 19 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin Skywalker lost most of his limbs and was horrifically burned in a battle with Obi-Wan, necessitating the life-sustaining armor he wears forever after. As Rogue One unfolds, Vader is still a background player in galactic politics.
Vader is the muscle. The fixer. And also… the breaker, when he needs to be.
The Empire’s grip on the galaxy is beginning to be pried open, and the Death Star is how Emperor Palpatine intends to maintain his dominion over the star systems rising up against him.
The Rebels are barely familiar with Vader. Even within the Empire, he is more legend than everyday presence. “Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about,” says director Gareth Edwards. “Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There’s definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power – a dark power – available to the Empire and that if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences.”
With the man in black as a background figure, that brings us to the central villain of Rogue One: a man in white.
VILLAIN VS. VILLAIN The main antagonist of the story is Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic, an ambitious Imperial officer with Machiavellian tendencies who is eager to secure a place at the Emperor’s side. “There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other,” producer John Knoll says. “There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”
In other words, Krennic and Vader aren’t friends. They’re barely allies, and Krennic is understandably threatened by the Sith Lord. “Vader doesn’t really play by the rules,” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s chief of story development. “He’s present in the military structure, but he’s not beholden to it. He’s not accountable to anybody, really, except Palpatine.”
Hart believes Vader’s volatility in the original film is part of what made him memorable and unsettling, so that quality will also be coming back in Rogue One.
“When Tarkin says to Vader to ‘release him’ when he’s choking that guy, Vader does it, but not because he has to. He’s just willing to give Tarkin one in that moment,” she says, with a nervous laugh. “That’s part of what makes the reveal of the Emperor, even in a hologram in Episode V, so cool because you’re like, ‘Oh, wow. Here is the guy that Vader literally bends his knee to. What’s that all about?’”
That’s what Krennic is trying to figure out, too: How can he acquire that most-favored status? What is it between the Emperor and Vader that binds them?
Krennic is left with a lot of motivation to quash this Rebel strike force and keep the Empire’s Death Star plans from going awry. He can feel Vader’s mechanical breath on his neck.
Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:39 amSubject: Re: STAR WARS - The Force Awakens!
Disney and Lucasfilm have released the title of the next Star Wars film. Episode VIII will officially be called "The Last Jedi." It's known that the movie will begin immediately after the events of The Force Awakens, and it will be darker and bigger.
With this being the only piece of concrete information available, there is speculation as to what the title means and why red was used for the text. We may not have the answers, but we definitely have some questions and ideas for what this could mean.
Who Is The Last Jedi? In the opening crawl for The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker is referred to as "the last Jedi." With the tiny role he had, perhaps the next movie will emphasize his journey and return. He's had plenty of time to contemplate any failures he feels he may be responsible for with Kylo Ren. If Luke is the last one, what does that mean for Rey? Is Jedi Singular or Plural?
Does the title suggest there will only be one single Jedi left? A common debate has been: Is Jedi singular or plural? In Attack of the Clones, Mace Windu mentions Jedi as plural. With this being the case, the title could mean we will see Luke, Rey, and anyone else that is Force-sensitive rise up to fight Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, the First Order, evil renegade Ewoks, or any other threats to the galaxy. The title doesn't have to imply there will be only one Jedi left. Unless...
What Does The Red Mean? This isn't the first time red has been used for a Star Wars logo. Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith both used the color. What's different this time is, those two movies were the conclusion of their trilogies. That isn't the case with Episode VIII. Those movies did feature major deaths. Jedi saw the death of Darth Vader and Yoda. Sith saw the "death" of Anakin as well as Padme. Despite the major death in The Force Awakens, it's possible this could be the end of the road for Luke. These movies may be paving the way for the next generation of characters to take the center stage. We'll have to wait for more information or the first trailer to be released in order to get a better idea.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theaters on December 15, 2017.