School is back in session and so is our Star Wars Roundup. This month we have spoilers galore, a lucky fan goes to a galaxy far far away and more.
We have a Winner!
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) August 11, 2014
Camp Star Wars announced the winner of the coveted role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, which was awarded as part of the Star Wars: Force for Change drive to raise funds for UNICEF. By now you know that it wasn’t you, but who was this lucky bastard who will live and breath every fans greatest fantasy? D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, a life long fan of the films, will have the great pleasure of becoming part of the phenomena of Star Wars he loves so much. The announcement was caught on camera, of course. Get ready for the feels.
In the video Barns tells the story of how Star Wars has touched him. As he is asked to recall his one favorite Star Wars moment, he is greeted with balloons and a board informing him that he is the winner of a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. For the millions of fans around the world who feel just like Barns, it’s better than Charlie getting that golden ticket. Congratulations D.C. May the Force be with you.
The Fastest Ship In the Galaxy?
Not so fast that she can avoid being photographed, apparently. More back stage shots of what very much looks like Han’s beloved Millennium Falcon have hit the net. For those avoiding spoilers, look away.
The backstage images were posted by a mysterious man called Paul on MintInBox, who credits an unnamed source from Facebook. Some of the images may be older, and some from the current Pinewood set, so we’ll call them cool, but unconfirmed.
Star Wars Filming Location Ruffles feathers in Ireland
While a significant portion of the new chapter in the epic Star Wars saga will be filmed at Pinewood Studios, there will be plenty of exotic locals, which means location shooting for a major motion picture. Anyone who has had the pleasure of being on location for even the smallest production knows this means people and equipment, and with a movie with the Star Wars budget, it means a lot of both. The formerly super secret arrival of the Star Wars crew, with Mark Hamill rumored to be among them, to Portmagee Ireland, and their use of the protected island of Skellig Michael has locals worried.
While the island has been protected since 1996 due to the presence of monastic ruins, it is also home to several species of rare and local birds, guillemots and puffins among them.
The main complaint is being raised by Birdwatch Ireland, who complain that the timing of the filming is inappropriate considering that it is breeding season for most local birds. The group complains that they have not been allowed to confirm that the birds are safe though they have been assured that the film crew have the permission of National Parks and Wildlife Service and have taken the added precaution of hiring wild life experts to monitor the conditions during filming.
Stephen Newton – a seabirds expert with Birdwatch Ireland – is demanding that Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys publish the expert advice she received before signing off on the consent for the use of Skellig Michael Island. The Irish Film Board confirmed to the Daily Mail that permits and permissions were in order for the filming, and it is rumored that an Irish Naval vessel is maintaining a two-mile exclusion zone around the island. Two Irish troopers heard there were Jedi in town and tried to find the island. Sadly, as is so often the case with troopers, they totally missed their target. The Irish Times followed the brave troopers.
Though birding and tour operators who are effected by the break in what would be high season are being touted as the main voice raising issue with the crews presence, Unesco – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation who maintain the historic ruins – claim they too had no previous knowledge of the film crew’s arrival.
Hopefully the surge of visitors prompted by the rumors of star Mark Hamill being on site will counter any financial loss brought on by the filming, and Unesco and environmental groups will be reassured by the presence of wildlife experts on set.
Storm Troopers Get An Upgrade
Indie Revolver Jay Carlson released images of what appear to be redesigns for the new storm trooper helmets.
Carlson sites a ” very reliable” source that confirms the images are legit, while a sketch by design artist Tom Hodges, who somehow got a peek at the helmets from someone involved in the filming, seems to back this up.
A third image floating around appeared on a thread on The RPF, a site dedicated to reproduction of film props, and was also shared by Carlson.
Though none of the images have been confirmed, their very similarity seems to point to these being the helmets we will see in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Carlson also released two sketches of Han Solo in costumes that seem fitting for a forest planet like Endor and a cold climate like that of Hoth.
If the sketches are actually from the film, it appears fans can also expect to see Han wield his trusty old DL-44 blaster.
Once again the rumor that Disney will re-release a blu-ray version of the unaltered classic Star Wars trilogy has surfaced. While the source we originally reported on back in May is still being cited, Joe Comicbook of Comicbook.com is claiming to have confirmation from two independent and reliable sources that the rumors are true. How Disney was able to wrangle the rights to release the movies from Fox, who has a deal covering them until 2020 for Empire and Jedi, and the right to New Hope for what may as well be forever, no one is saying. While it seems that it would certainly make sense for Fox to sell the rights to money bags Disney since they are unable to release the videos themselves without DIsney/Lucasfilm permissions, this one is still unconfirmed. If the rumors are correct, fans should expect to see their beloved, unharmed versions of the trilogy sometime before the release of Star Wars Episode VII.
Star Wars Rebels
Disney released a five minute extended look of their upcoming Star Wars Rebels for Disney XD. Audiances will get a peek at the shows vibe from the new trailer, which features the shows star Ezra as he gets himself into trouble with the local imperial element. While trying to out run imperial troops Ezra (Taylor Gray) meets explosives expert Sabine (Tiya Sircar), and the Jedi Kanan, who is voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. From the looks of the new extended trailer audiences can expected the same fast paced action they would from a live action show. The show is set for an October premier.
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Images: Adidas, Paul Via MintInBox, Jay@IndieRevolver,
The RPF, Photopress Belfast, Tom Hodges via JoBlo