Wookiee Hugs, and Forgiveness – SWR #257

Wookiee Hugs

What would Rogue One have looked like without its reshoots? What will Woody bring to the Solo table? Is the title for Episode VIII set in stone? Did the crew of the Rebel Hammerhead make it? We ask all this, and much more! All on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!

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This week’s topics include:

  • Woody Harrelson in Han Solo film (starwars.com)
  • George Lucas museum will be in Los Angeles (LA Times)
  • Rian Johnson talks Episode VIII to USA Today (jedinews.co.uk)
  • Gareth Edwards revelations to Empire:
    • Edwards: “The first screenplay that Gary Whitta wrote had a crawl in it – and you learn doing that, that ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ has four dots in it, not three. You get extra marks for that. And then at some point, probably like six months before we were filming, we were in a meeting, and they talked about not having an opening crawl, because these are standalone films, not part of the sagas. And if I’m honest, there was an initial kind of like, “whaaaa? I want the crawl!” The opening sequence is kind of the crawl of our movie. It’s like the setup. And our film is also born out of a crawl – the reason we exist is because of a previous crawl, so it feels like this infinite loop that will never end. It’s a small thing to give up to get to do Star Wars.”
    • Edwards: “We did have versions of the film [with] wipes, and then it just felt like we were doing it because we could. The wipes are the cheesiest thing in the world. The only time you can ever do it and not be cheesy’s in Star Wars. There’s part of me that wanted the wipes and things like that, but the film is supposed to be different. We were given a license by the studio to be unique from the others, and we just took that license and ran with it as an excuse to try and be a bit more out there.”
  • Yahoo! Movies talks to Rogue One editors Tony Gilroy and Colin Goudie about added scenes:
    • Yahoo Movies: How did the reshoots change the film?
      • Tony Gilroy: “The scene with Cassian’s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn [Jyn Erso, the reluctant leader of the film, played by Felicity Jones], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better.”
      • Colin Goudie: “The point with the opening scenes that John was just describing was that the introductions in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same. Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction.”
    • Yahoo Movies: How much of the film’s final third changed?
      • Tony Gilroy: “It changed quite a bit. The third act has a lot going on. You have like seven different action venues, the mechanics of the act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I don’t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different.”
  • More proof: Rogue One originally ended differently (avclub.com)
  • Did the Hammerhead crew survive? (ew.com)
  • Rebels teasing a sleeveless Thrawn?
  • And more!

Boba’s Bounty:

  • Mark: A Star Wars Story, Rogue One by Alexander Freed, and Timothy Zahn
  • Bruce: Watching Bright Lights on HBO; a look into the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. A MUST watch!
  • Riley: Meeting Chewie. And then offending him….

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