Director Tony Gilroy, who was drafted in to rework Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been brutally frank about the situation he found the movie in.
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.
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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.
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.
While we Kenobi-philes wait for that Obi-Wan standalone movie — or to see if the old Jedi still has a role to play in Episode VIII (perhaps in relation to a certain budding Force aficionado?) — the folks at Lucasfilm have thrown us a bone.
2016 has been another huge year for Hollywood. It has now been projected by comScore, via The Hollywood Reporter, that the box office revenue in 2016 will eventually finish at $11.3 billion, surpassing the $11.14 billion of 2015. On Monday the continuing success of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Sing’ meant that 2016 passed $11.05 billion at the box office, which was 2.3 percent more than this time last year.
The biggest talking point among people who have seen ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is undoubtedly the return of Grand Moff Tarkin and how it was achieved. Peter Cushing played the character in 1977’s ‘A New Hope’ but sadly died in 1994 at the age of 81.
Gary Whitta, who has a story credit on new stand-alone 'Star Wars' film, answered fans questions in an hourlong chat on Twitter
We’ve lost countless stars of stage and screen, headlines from around the world have been relentlessly grim, and the less said about global politics the better. Life has been much kinder inside the safe and cosy confines of the cinema, where we’ve been gently reminded that everything will be OK in the end.
The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.
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Who actually plays Darth Vader is a tricky question to answer, and one that becomes even more complicated when you factor in his appearance in ‘Rogue One – A Star Wars Story’. The credits for ‘Rogue One’, which sees the Sith Lord returning to the big screen for the first time since 2005’s ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’, lists three names for Vader: James Earl Jones provides his iconic voice, while Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous are responsible for the physical performance.