The Star Wars News Roundup – 5.30.14


The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!

Episode VII and Spinoff News and Rumors

The Telegraph – Carrie Fisher interview: The secrecy around the new Star Wars film ‘is like D-Day’

When Fisher steps on to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII this summer, she will be subject to microscopic attention. She’s been sworn to secrecy about the film, in which she reprises the role of Princess Leia – now named Leia Solo.

“I have to censor myself, which is not an impulse of mine,” says Fisher, down the line from her home in LA. “It’s literally like D-Day. If the Nazis find out we’re coming…! But I understand. There is just this insane interest. People grew up with these characters, so it’s their childhoods.”

Getting the cast together to read through the script was, she says, surreal: “I mean, can you imagine if they, 35 years down the line, reassembled Gone with the Wind? Not that I’m comparing them,” she says, with a spiky laugh. “Or reassembled whatever, it’s kind of amazing. Just on the level of, like, what a trip.”

Fisher didn’t hesitate to take the part, even though it came with the dismaying caveat that she had to lose 35lb, something she has spent the past year doing. “Well, yeah, they did that on the first Star Wars,” she says. “They always hire not entirely me; they always want me minus anywhere between 10lb and 30lb to 40lb. In this case I’ve been very cooperative. If I could’ve been as cooperative as I am in this situation in relationships, I’d be happily married. But I complied. I’ve learnt over time that you’re not supposed to like everything you do. That was shocking to me, to find that out at, like, 30 years old. Well, OK, if I don’t have to like it then, s—, I can do that.”

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BBC News – Star Wars: ‘I want to get Leia right’- Carrie Fisher

Fisher joked she and her fellow actors “all look a little melted” .

“It is good to have us all in a room because it’s unique. I mean, I don’t suppose they have reunions for the Gone With The Wind gang,” she continued.

“I think people should be forced to do it 30 years on, classic films that they had, either to make another film or put together an anecdote.”

Fisher also joked she would revisit her character’s famous hairstyle, in two buns on either side of her head in the film, due to be released in time for Christmas 2015.

“That hairdo can never really be repeated without gales of laughter,” she told the audience. “I’ve begged them to put the hair back on in grey and just catch me cooking with the hair, like Granny Leia.”

Jedi News gathered a few other interesting bits from the interview:

She has done script reading and costume fittings but hasn’t been in front of the camera yet. I guess this means she won’t be in the Abu Dhabi scenes.

Her filming for Episode VII will start in a few weeks.

As a script writer she was asked to evaluate the Episode VII scipt, which she couldn’t comment on for fear of getting into trouble, but did respond with ‘its been written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams- DO THE MATH.

Wales Online – Warwick Davis: I would love role in new Star Wars movie

Warwick Davis says he would love to have a role in the new Star Wars movie.

The actor got his break in the film world aged 11 playing Wicket the Ewok in the third instalment of the classic trilogy, Return Of The Jedi.

And he’s confessed his desire to play some part in Episode VII, which will feature original actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

“I don’t think there’s a chance the Ewoks will return as this film is 30 years beyond that story, but that said the Star Wars galaxy is full of all sorts of unusual characters so you never know there might be something for me,” he said.

“I hugely enjoy creating those sorts of characters anyway. I’ve dropped enough hints over the years. If there was something I’m pretty sure they would come calling.”

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Star Wars Episode 7 News – Stunt Video With Daisy Ridley from The Star Wars: Episode 7 Set? More on Stunt Coordinators & the Picture with the Mysterious Creature.

Metro UK – Why is Star Wars Episode VII shooting in Abu Dhabi?

Around The Web

MTV Cribs – Star Wars Edition – 4K

Huffington Post – Star Wars Figurines Make Friends With Small Rodents, The Galaxy Is At Peace

Video Games

Kotaku – New Star Wars Space Combat Game Already Cancelled

Just revealed late last year, the free-to-play Star Wars: Attack Squadrons browser game has already been cancelled.


USA Today – Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Books and Comics


LCP #5 :: LEGO Chopper aka C1-10P from Star Wars Rebels