The Star Wars News Roundup – 9.5.14


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

First up, the latest spoilers from the past week:

The BBC reported that a “Game of Thrones” swordsman is joining “Episode VII”:

Actor Miltos Yerolemou, best known for his role in the first series of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

He played expert and athletic swordsman Syrio Forel in Thrones and has taken on several other parts which involve sword fighting during his career.

His extensive experience will inevitably lead to speculation that he may use a lightsabre in the film.

However, his character in Star Wars is not thought to be a major one.

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Now onto fun with the cast and crew. Nice hat, Boyega!

J.J. Abrams talking about his “Apollo 11” memories from the set of “Episode VII.”

Spinoff News and Rumors

Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta gave a little gift to Duncan Jones, the director of “Moon” and “Warcraft.”


Star Wars Rebels: “Not What You Think” Short

Big Shiny Robot – Simon Kinberg talks ‘Star Wars’

B: Being a fan and stepping into the world of “Star Wars” that’s gotta be a little bit overwhelming at times.

S: Terrifying.

B: Is that how you’d define it, as terrifying?

S: No I mean it’s daunting. It’s different than anything I’ve done before. I’ve worked in other universes that are daunting and sort of deep in scale and scope like “Sherlock Holmes” or the “X-Men” movies but “Star Wars” is a religion, it’s different than everything else. The only thing I can liken it to, which I’ve said to folks before is like, if you were a rabbi or a priest and somebody came to you and said you get to write a new book of the Bible, that’s kind of what it’s like. So it’s really exciting and yet I feel a different responsibility than anything I’ve worked on before, so it’s definitely daunting.

B: With “Rebels” and the biblical analogy, it seems like there are a lot of biblical names coming through, was that conscious or just that kind of happened?

S: Well I think it was conscious in the sense that a lot of the classic characters had biblical names, whether it was Ben or Luke, on down the line. There was, as you know I’m sure, the Joseph Campbell sort of rules and guide to mythic story telling was a huge part of George Lucas’ inspiration for the films and the Bible plays a big part in that sort of myth making tradition. So it’s always been a part of “Star Wars” and like you said, there’s a lot of fans who are the writers, the creators, the directors of “Rebels” so it’s not so much a strategic return to the originals or a respect for the prequels, it’s just natural, we’re all actually fans of these things and so we get excited about the same things that I think initially excited George about the universe.

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Here are the titles of the upcoming episodes from Rebels Report:

The Shorts:

Episode 101A: “The Machine in the Ghost”
Directed by Dave Filoni
Written by Greg Weisman

Episode101B: “Art Attack”
Directed by Justin Ridge
Written by Greg Weisman

Episode 101C: “Entanglement”
Directed by Justin Ridge
Written by Henry Gilroy, Simon Kinberg

Episode 101D: “Property of Ezra Bridger”
Directed by Dave Filoni
Written by Simon Kinberg

The Movie:

Episode 102-103: “Spark of Rebellion”
Directed by Steward Lee, Steven G. Lee
Written by Simon Kinberg

The Series:

Episode 104: “Droids in Distress”
Directed by Steward Lee
Written by Greg Weisman

Episode 105: “Fighter Flight”
Directed by Steven G. Lee
Written by Greg Weisman

Episode 106: “Rise of the Old Masters”
Directed by Steward Lee
Written by Henry Gilroy

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