Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is out on home video (on digital download, with a Blu-ray and DVD release this week), the folks over at Lucasfilm are diving into the making of the film. That includes revealing several pieces of concept art with drastically different designs for a certain surprise cameo in the movie that completely caught fans off guard. Find out more about the thought process and alternate designs for that Solo A Star Wars Story cameo below. Keeping the Secret Concept artist Jake Lunt Davies spoke to StarWars.com about working on Darth Maul, which was kept a secret from a lot of people, even those working on the movie. He explains: “A handful of us were let in on Maul being in the film so we could start development on it. We all had to be extremely hush hush on it, as they really wanted it to be as much of a surprise as possible. It made it tricky to actually work on because we didn’t even want people to know there WAS as a secret. Anytime anyone came into … [Read more...] about That Surprise ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Cameo Almost Featured a Drastically Different Design
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Is Jabba the Hutt returning in Star Wars 9? Of course not, he's dead. Leia (dressed in what has become a very controversial space bikini these past couple of years) choked him out on a sail barge, ending the gangster's galactic tyranny. But that doesn't mean we won't get an important connection to the king of slug life. Apparently, his son will play a key role in J.J. Abram's saga ending sequel, paying homage to Return of the Jedi. We've met Rotta the Hutt before. He was most infamously introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie. And fans didn't just hate this baby Hutt, they loathed him. You hear about disliked Star Wars characters, but Rotta, who looks like booger sperm, gives Jar Jar Binks, Holdo and Rose Tico a real run for galactic credits. Jabba nicknamed this crusty tadpole 'Pedunkee Mufkin', which cringingly translates into Punky Muffin. We can only hope Rose Tico calls him that in this upcoming movie. When last we saw Punky, he was knee-high to a Kowakian monkey-lizard. … [Read more...] about Finn and Rose Scene in Star Wars 9 Pays Tribute to Return of the Jedi?
Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando for Star Wars: Episode IX The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the long-gestating rumors that Billy Dee Williams will return to that galaxy far, far away and will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX! Williams made his debut as the gambling scoundrel in Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, reprising in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and in countless other Star Wars shows like Star Wars Rebels and games like Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast. He even voiced the character in various Robot Chicken and Family Guy episodes dedicated solely to Star Wars as well as The LEGO Movie. Donald Glover stepped into the role earlier this year to play a younger Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story. In Episode IX, Williams joins returning franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, plus newcomer (and frequent J.J. Abrams collabroator) Keri Russell. Star Wars: … [Read more...] about Billy Dee Williams Returning as Lando for Star Wars: Episode IX
In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Are you ready to commune with real live Force ghosts at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Check out the expanded model for Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. See new concept art for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Hollywood Studios. A motorcade of Cars characters will be zooming into Walt Disney World next year. Watch a full video of the new Jurassic World show at Universal Studios Singapore. Which Universal resort hosted a star-studded, in-park movie premiere this week? And more! Last week came news that Disney has invented a way to make you believe blasters are real at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Now comes just about the coolest park-related Star Wars rumor ever, based on a patent for a new technology that Disney has filed. Could Force ghosts and holograms materialize in Galaxy’s Edge? In related news, “a plurality of robots” is my new favorite collective noun and the … [Read more...] about Theme Park Bits: Universal Orlando Previews New Lagoon Show, Force Ghosts Rumored for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – /Film
For any young actor getting the chance to play a role in a new STAR WARS movie would be a dream come true, and something that would surely open all the doors in Hollywood. But this was not the case for actor Ahmed Best, and in a Twitter post the actor revealed that he contemplated suicide after receiving immense backlash from fans for his work as Jar Jar Binks in the STAR WARS movies. Best posted the message yesterday accompanied by a picture of him with his son, saying, “Twenty years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today. This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival.” Though he doesn’t mention STAR WARS by title the first movie he appeared in, STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE, does celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Best was hired to do the voice work and motion capture for the digital character in George Lucas’ first … [Read more...] about Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best contemplated suicide after Star Wars backlash