The Star Wars News Roundup – 6.20.14


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 News and Rumors

On the official news front, Lucasfilm released this update on John Williams:

Sky News confirmed with Lucasfilm about Harrison Ford’s broken ankle:

Disney spokesman Paul Roeder said filming would continue on schedule while Ford recovers.

A spokesman for Lucasfilm said: “Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.

“He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.”

Access Hollywood got some more details on the injury:

Access spoke to Harrison’s son, Ben Ford, who said that his dad will possibly need a plate and screws put into his ankle.

The actor’s son also speculated that filming of the J.J. Abrams movie could be altered slightly, with the crew needing to shoot the actor from the waist up for a short time until he recovers.

AZ Central reported that the cast were understandably upset about the incident:

The cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ are reportedly ”livid” with film makers over Harrison Ford’s injuries.

The 71-year-old actor was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after he was crushed by a hydraulic door at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire on Friday leaving his co-stars furious and concerned with their own safety.

Director J.J Abrams is said to be trying to reassure the films’ stars – which include Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill – that immediate action will be taken to avoid further accidents.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ”The cast are livid. They are openly questioning the safety of sets. They’ve asked for everything to be triple-checked.

”Everyone was thankful nothing hit Harrison’s head.”

Perez Hilton added more detail:

But actually Harrison Ford’s injuries are thought to be WAY more serious! Starting with the fact that his ankle was actually broken and not just “hurt”.

Here’s what a source said:

“We were told he had some pelvic injuries and may have had a chest X-ray. There’s talk his ankle is actually broken. And he may still be in the hospital. Everyone was thankful nothing hit Harrison’s head. It’s not known when he’ll be ready to start filming again.”

Then the news that Ford would be sidelined for 8 weeks came in:

The BBC got a comment from Ford’s publicist who clarified it was his leg, not ankle that was broken:

Harrison Ford’s left leg was broken in the injury he suffered while shooting the new Star Wars film, the US actor’s publicist has confirmed.

It was previously believed the 71-year-old had broken an ankle in an incident involving a door at Pinewood Studios on 12 June.

“His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly,” continued Ina Treciokas in a statement.

“He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”

The Huffington Post UK reported that Ford might be back sooner than expected:

Harrison Ford is reportedly going against the advice of his doctors, and is planning to return to the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ despite being told by medical professionals that he should be resting…

However, it sounds like he might be planning to ignore this advice and return to filming sooner, with a source telling the Daily Express: “Clearly he won’t be able to do any physically demanding scenes and even walking will be a problem. But there are certain scenes that can be worked around Harrison’s injury.”

Daily Mail added a little more info:

A source told The Mirror: ‘The initial day or two after the accident it was hard to move things around but now we have had more time we can juggle things, bring some scenes forward and push others back.

‘There are lots of other actors in the movie so it is not a disaster. We are confident the film can stay on schedule.

‘At the moment it looks like Harrison is going to be off set for 6-8 weeks but the main priority is making sure he is OK.’

Metro – Star Wars Millennium Falcon dice bought for £22 on eBay to be used in Episode 7

The studio behind the upcoming Star Wars movie have reportedly bought a set of gold-plated dice to hang in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Days into shooting for JJ Abrams seventh film in the franchise, a member of the crew noticed that the accessory was missing from the Millennium Falcon set.

The dice don’t feature prominently in Star Wars films, but producers were apparently keen to keep them in the movie.

Pinewood Studios’ art department scouted around on eBay and managed to find a similar pair for £22.

A source told The Sun: ‘It was a real last-minute dash to try to find an identical pair. They were very fortunate to find them so quickly.’

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LA Times – Lupita Nyong’o lands Vogue: Talks ‘Star Wars,’ Pinterest, JLaw

After much bewilderment about why she hadn’t quickly signed on to any projects after the Oscars, it was confirmed recently that she would appear in J.J. Abrams’ installment of “Star Wars” and voice Raksha in Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Jungle Book.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be working in these fantastical realms,” she told Vogue’s Hamish Bowles of the enthralling storytelling of the galaxy far, far away. “They’re worlds away from ’12 Years a Slave,’ that’s for sure — but that kind of diversity is what dreams are made of.”

There were rumors that Simon Pegg had a role in “Episode VII,” but the actor got online to clarify that maybe people are confusing his role in the Star Wars “Phineas and Ferb” episode:

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Fan art from Live For Films

Making Star Wars added a new rumor to the mill:

Here’s the gist: The bad guys in Star Wars: Episode VII are being called “Jedi Hunters” by people working on and around the film. These are scary individuals, dressed in black, some helmeted, that hunt Jedi for the Empire.

Further explanations: When I first heard about the “Jedi Hunters,” I thought it sounded neat. Then I heard it again and again. So I started to really take it seriously in the last few days. Where there’s smoke, there’s often fire. It occurred to me these sound exactly like the Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels. The original person to bring up “Jedi Hunters” had no idea what Star Wars Rebels was all about. I filled this person in and they said it sounded exactly like what they’re filming for Star Wars: Episode VII…

Another source says Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo are making up the cast of villains in the film and they’re “Jedi Hunters.” They also said Lupita might wear “yellow contact lenses” in the film as she was seen trying them out and walking around with them some time ago to try them out.

The villains are said to be characterized by black and chrome with troopers in similar black and chrome uniforms. They’re very imperial, but very new. My sense is these guys are like General Grievous’ Magna Guards from Revenge of the Sith (my analogy not from a source).

Visit the link above for more. However, there are some questions about the validity of the report:

TheForce.Net also rather forcefully refuted the rumor:

They then backtracked by clarifying:

After double-checking, the only parts of this report that I now feel comfortable calling inaccurate relate to the main villains. They will not be Jedi Hunters intent on resurrecting the Sith. As for the other smaller details, I can’t say.

So the spoiler game continues. Latino review also made an interesting connection between the rumored villains, “Star Wars Rebels'” Inquisitor, and early McQuarrie Darth Vader concepts.

Making Star Wars also posted rumors about planets that we will see, but promptly removed them. TheForce.Net reposted them:

There is a “Forest Fortress” set. It looks ruined and features a large sandstone-colored door. The set resembles Yavin IV more than Endor.

There are no snow-planet sets at Pinewood. False reports about Hoth appearing in the movie may have come from the Everest snowscape set at Pinewood.

The “Imperial stage,” which is “huge,” features a full-size TIE fighter prop and greenscreens on two sides.

There is also a Star Destroyer bridge set, recognizable based on its “distincive triangular windows.

Club Jade also discusses rumors that Mara Jade may be secretly among the cast:

Making Star Wars threw in more rumors on the appearance of Stormtroopers in “Episode VII”:

They have white helmets which flare out, which is weird but looks good. The eye is just one thin black strip, and it’s creepy.

Sadly I only got a proper look at the helmets. The flare out, okay, I can’t describe it other than they look like Vader’s helmet in that respect, which I love. Obviously made in his image or something like that, which is interesting and a very clever way of keeping his presence in these movies.

The thin eye strip was what got me, just looked creepy. Hope it looks the same on camera.

Well, the helmets I saw were white. Maybe they’ll be painted, though I think they would have been made with black plastic instead if they’re black. The story elements suggested there do chime with the sets I’ve seen; the Imperial installation, Tatooine, Hoth and a tree dwelling (personally hoping that’s Yavin IV).

This seems to follow early McQuarrie concepts like we have seen from the Abu Dhabi set photos. Check out how these early Boba Fett concepts compare to the above descriptions.

And in regards to black Stormtrooper rumors, an SDCC exclusive was unveiled and an interesting coincidence:

Making Star Wars also mined some rumors from IMDb forums, so take that as you will:

They said Stormtroopers play a major role, the empire still very much exists and that Gwendoline Christie plays a rogue stormtrooper who wears silver armour.

To be fair, the person who told me this stuff is involved in costume/makeup etc. They’re knowledge regarding the story or the exact situation of the Empire could be a little sketchy, although I was also told that Han and Leia are divorced (or separated… something along these lines)so they must know roughly what’s going on plot wise.

Jo Blo added some details about the environment:

– In general the setting looks kind of post-apocalyptic with a lot of leftover vestige from the empire. It seems much more dark and rough than the prequels. The feeling was that it has not been easy in the last 30 years since RETURN OF THE JEDI, probably with a very long war to truly “end” the empire.

– There are still white storm troopers in action. The empire is probably not completely dead.

Additionally, Making Star Wars had an update on the X-Wing type ship seen in set photos from TMZ:

Someone we know in the entertainment industry says this particular X-wing is unique and belongs to one of the new young main characters. Admittedly isn’t exactly surprising since they built it and it is on several sets. It was suggested the set was made at Pinewood because it was more cost effective to move the large X-wing from the stage to the set at Pinewood than to transport and construct the ship in Abu Dhabi.

The takeaway? There’s an X-wing landed on Tatooine in Star Wars: Epsiode VII and three separate sources are saying so.

Spinoff News and Rumors


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As we shared earlier this month, “Villains Unleashed,” a new, separately ticketed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will feature more than 50 Disney villains. Villains will appear at the event in several different ways, participating in character greetings, stage shows, and more.

We just got a sneak peek at a portion of the invite list. Many more villains will be on hand at the the event, but here’s a few names you may recognize. (Entertainment is subject to change!).

Darth Vader
Darth Maul
Boba Fett
Asajj Ventress
Emperor Palpatine
Zam Wessell
Jango Fett

Video Games

Disney Publishing Worldwide Takes Storytelling to New Heights with Star Wars Scene Maker

Disney Publishing Worldwide today re-defines the storytelling experience with the release of “Star Wars Scene Maker,” a new line of creativity apps that gives kids and Star Wars fans of all ages the tools to create, control, customize, capture and share their own 3D animated Star Wars scenes. Utilizing simple, intuitive commands, the apps give fans an unrivaled user-generated storytelling experience that allows them to re-imagine and re-create iconic scenes from the Saga.

Featuring 3D models of characters, vehicles, and environments, “Scene Maker” allows fans to zoom in, pull back and explore each animated Star Wars scene. Users have the freedom to place characters and vehicles wherever they choose, and then customize them with a variety of weapons to create new storylines and dialogue.

Three movable cameras can be maneuvered and switched to different film modes, with options to rotate and adjust vertical heights to give scene makers complete creative control of how they film their scenes. Additionally, iconic music and dialogue deepen the scene making experience, while options to record original dialogue expand the level of customization. A save and share option provides opportunities for fans to socialize their content online.

“At Disney Publishing, we are committed to reaching today’s consumers in deeper, more engaging ways through innovative and immersive storytelling experiences,” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Star Wars Scene Maker allows us to put kids and fans of all ages in the director’s seat and provide them with ways to unleash their creativity and share their passion for the Star Wars brand in a new way.”

The first app in the “Scene Maker” series launches with iconic scenes from the original trilogy: “The Battle of Endor,” from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, “Cloud City Duel” from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and “Death Star Trench Run” from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. “The Battle of Endor” is free with download, and each additional content pack is $2.99, or $3.99 for both.

The “Scene Maker” apps will continue to feature content from the Star Wars Saga, with plans to expand to new content from the upcoming “Star Wars Rebels” animated series on Disney XD. Additional content packs will be released through app updates, and available through in-app purchase.

“Star Wars Scene Maker” is available now for free for iOS on the App Store.

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