Is a film really a hit if it flops in the world's second biggest movie market? Because Star Wars: The Last Jedi appears to have tanked in China, and pretty badly.
Star Wars Celebration 2017 revealed a lot about upcoming instalment ‘The Last Jedi’ but also treated fans to some classic tidbits, too. The huge event that took place last weekend was not only a globally covered celebration, but it gave us our first glimpse at a ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ teaser trailer, as well as a touching tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. One part of Star Wars Celebration 2017 was the airing of some ultra rare archival footage from the 1970s – specifically outtakes from the first film that very few people – let alone ‘Star Wars’ fans had ever seen.
Ben Mendelsohn has praised the work of ILM and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ director Gareth Edwards for making his scenes with Moff Tarkin – a digital creation – as easy as possible on set. The iconic ‘Star Wars’ character, played by Peter Cushing in the 1977 original, was resurrected for the spin-off film with help on set from ‘Holby City’ actor Guy Henry who stood in for, and performed as, the Hammer star opposite Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic.
Cult movie poster artist Matt Ferguson has designed a cool new alternative poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to celebrate the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.
In new in-depth piece at EW.com timed to digital HD release of 'Star Wars' film, actor describes character he signed on to play — and it's not Bodhi Rook
By now you’ve probably read about ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s original ending, but it’s been revealed that wasn’t the only potential scene that didn’t make the final film. Ahead of the home release of Gareth Edwards’ massive sci-fi hit, Gary Whitta, who wrote an early version of the script, has revealed that series icon Darth Vader nearly appeared in a third scene.
For some the appearance of the CGI Carrie Fisher at the end of ‘Rogue One’ just didn’t sit right. Like the digital iteration of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in the movie, both characters pushed the ‘uncanny valley’ button, where a CGI character is realistic, but not quite realistic enough (or is it *too* realistic?). Speaking to Fandango, director Gareth Edwards said that Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy told him how Fisher presumed it was some footage of Princess Leia found somewhere from the original movies.
During the development of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Gareth Edwards was given a helping hand in solving one of these quandaries from a truly unlikely source. After seeing this moniker on his drink, Gareth Edwards instantly decided that it was perfect name for the planet that would house the final battle scene of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ and put it into the script.
The action sequence in ‘Rogue One’ in which Darth Vader turns Action Jackson was probably the most thrilling of the whole film for Star Wars fans. In an interview with Fandango, director Gareth Edwards revealed that it was the movie’s editor Jabbez Olssen’s brainwave, and they didn’t expect it to come off at all. According to Edwards, in the original cut of the film Vader ‘arrives and obliterates the Calamari ship, and then the blockade runner gets out just in time and he pursues the blockade runner’, so he never actually boarded the ship.
Gareth Edwards shared a few making-of details about Rogue One and told the crowd at SXSW that the title of his talk would be, “How the f— do you become a filmmaker?” When Gareth Edwards was a young boy in the United Kingdom, his parents took him to see Star Wars.”I instantly knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director recalled Monday during a keynote speech at SXSW. “I was going to join the Rebel Alliance and help blow up the Death Star.”Years later, Edwards would, in fact, write a small cameo for himself in Rogue One, as a character who allows Princess Leia’s ship to escape Darth Vader, setting in motion the events of the original film, A New Hope.
The hype surrounding ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ may have died down since its December release, but this latest video will have you in stitches. Reviews for the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie helmed by Gareth Edwards were generally rather positive. Since its pre-Christmas cinema release, the film has totalled just over $1 billion.
Lucasfilm has announced that the standalone Star Wars story will arrive on Digital HD and the Disney Movies Anywhere service on March 24 and then be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and on-demand on April 4. To mark the news, Lucasfilm released a new trailer (watch above) teasing the bonus materials available with the home edition. Depending on which format you choose, you’ll be able to get in-depth info on the idea that launched the first Star Wars Story outside the “Skywalker Saga,” behind-the-scenes breakdowns of all the newly introduced heroes and villains, a look at the digital wizardry involved in recreating Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, and a featurette on the myriad Easter eggs referencing previous entries in the Star Wars cinematic universe.
It may have taken over 5 weeks but ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has made a billion dollars. Gareth Edwards’ ‘Star Wars’ spin-off has, as many pundits predicted, crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, having taken 39 days to do what ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ breezed to in just 12 days. Clearly it’s unfair to compare the two. ‘The Force Awakens’ was the first film for the franchise since 2005’s ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and marked an anticipated return that was not only directed by JJ Abrams, but featured classic stars like Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher.
Following last week’s news of a drop in the number of female directors working in Hollywood, it’s emerged that actresses seem to getting a seriously raw deal when it comes to dialogue. Despite high-profile leading roles for the likes of Margot Robbie in ‘Suicide Squad’, Ellen DeGeneres in ‘Finding Dory’ and Felicity Jones in ‘Rogue One’, the trend is still very much in favour of men getting the lion’s share of the lines. Data scientist Amber Thomas has published her findings on Medium.com’s FreeCodeCamp site, and they’re pretty damning.
From the moment he burst onto the blockade runner in 1977’s Star Wars: New Hope, Darth Vader has reigned as one of the biggest, baddest, most iconic antagonists in cinema. After all, most of his big-screen career has seen the erstwhile Anakin Skywalker being alternately redeemed in third-act Return of the Jedi heroics or humanized via the prequels’ backstory, which saw him develop from whiny kid to angsty adolescent to disaffected young adult, all too easily manipulated by Palpatine along the way. According to editor John Gilroy, the badass action scene was one of the key late tweaks arising from the film’s infamous reshoots. “What was added — and it was a fantastic add — was the Vader action scene, with him boarding the ship and dispatching all those rebel soldiers,” he tells Yahoo Movies.
If you were betting that ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ might be on its way to besting ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ at the box office, this may not be the news you’re looking for. While Gareth Edwards’ hard-edged prequel has gone down a storm with audiences in the west, it seems the much-coveted Chinese box office is a different story. Opening in China today, ticket presales point toward ‘Rogue One’ enjoying an opening weekend to the tune of RMB 40-50 million – which might not sound bad, until you learn that equates to somewhere between £4.7 – 5.8 million.