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The four will all be a part of the same scene alongside John Boyega.
Earlier this year, Gary Barlow revealed that he had shot a scene for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Featuring as a Stormtrooper, fans won't really know when he's on screen, but it's been claimed now that he will be starring alongside Tom Hardy, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Prince Harry will join his brother Prince William, actor Tom Hardy and singer Gary Barlow in a scene
The four all visited the set at various times, and now according to sources at The Hollywood Reporter, they'll all be appearing in the same scene, guarding John Boyega's character Finn in an elevator.
The company also announced a live-action TV series for its streaming service.
Disney would appear to be extremely confident about Rian Johnson’s handling of the upcoming Star Wars movie The Last Jedi, revealing that they have green-lit a further trilogy of movies, entirely under the director’s aegis.
The 43 year old director will be writing and directing the first instalment of the planned new trilogy of films, with Johnson’s long-time production partner Ram Bergman working with him.
Although the details are vague at this point, rather than continuing the classic Skywalker-based timeline of the nine existing films, this trilogy will focus on “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
Continue reading: Disney Announces New 'Star Wars' Trilogy With Rian Johnson
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy teases the upcoming cinematic release.
When writer/director Rian Johnson joined 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', legions of fans were immediately excited about what the filmmaker would bring to the world's biggest sci-fi franchise. Having already worked on such projects as 'Looper' and three episodes of 'Breaking Bad', expectations were high right from the get-go.
Oscar Isaac stars in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
With the film's subtitle and the trailers that have shown Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) stating that the Jedi must come to an end, a lot of questions have been raised about exactly where 'The Last Jedi' will take the series and build upon the foundations left by 'The Force Awakens', and the original six episodic movies.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Won't Answer "All The Questions"
The Irish actor, who plays General Hux in the Star Wars saga, was dazzled by Rian Johnson's script.
After starring in the hugely successful The Force Awakens a couple of years ago, Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson has admitted that he only signed up to its sequel The Last Jedi after having been dazzled by the movie’s script.
The 34 year old Irish actor is set to reprise his role as the evil General Hux - the former head of the First Order's Starkiller Base – in the much-anticipated eighth Star Wars movie this December. However, he revealed that he was extremely surprised when he read the movie’s script, written by director Rian Johnson.
Speaking to Collider, Gleeson, explained: “When I read it I needed to talk to him, and I think that's always a good sign. I was like, 'Wow there's some stuff there which is kind of - not scary but different to what I expected,' and that's a really, really nice thing. I think that's a really positive thing, I think that's important for those films that we don't repeat ourselves.”
The filmmaker departed the project over differing 'visions'.
While we excitedly await the second film in the new 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy, some surprisingly news is unveiled about the production of its follow-up 'Star Wars: Episode IX'. It seems that director Colin Trevorrow has decided to leave the project over artistic differences.
Colin Trevorrow at Cinemacon 2017
The 'Jurassic World' director has left the next 'Star Wars' project that was set to follow this year's 'The Last Jedi' after he and Lucasfilm failed to get on the same page regarding their 'visions' for the new movie. This creative divorce, however, appears to be a fairly amicable one going by the announcement.
Continue reading: Colin Trevorrow Will No Longer Be Directing 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
A stand-alone spin-off movie concerning Obi Wan Kenobi is reportedly in the works at Disney.
A stand-alone film concerning the back-story of Obi Wan Kenobi is set to be added to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, according to new reports.
The Hollywood Reporter published an article on Thursday evening (August 17th) saying that the project was in the very early stages of development but has piqued the interest of Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who is currently in negotiations with Disney to helm the film. If he accepts, he is set to develop the script from the ground up with LucasFilm.
The Kenobi film joins a growing list of other rumoured spin-off movies from the main body of nine films, with projects concerning Yoda and Boba Fett also recently rumoured to be under consideration.
Continue reading: Is Obi Wan Kenobi Set For A Spin-Off 'Star Wars' Film?
Boyega told ABC that Princess Leia's final appearance in Star Wars is marked properly in 'The Last Jedi'.
The young London-born actor, who plays Finn, revealed to American broadcaster ABC in a new interview this week that he shares “many scenes” with Fisher in the upcoming eighth instalment of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, and that the franchise “keeps her alive”.
Fisher died suddenly in December 2016 at the age of 60, and her final big-screen performance will come in The Last Jedi when it is released in cinemas at the end of this year. She had already completed filming her role in the movie at the time of her death, meaning no digital trickery has had to be used, but Leia will have no part in the ninth and final film set for 2019, and Boyega was asked about her final appearances and how the production team had treated it.
The director realises that everybody has "their own relationship" with the franchise.
Despite his film being two years away, director Colin Trevorrow is already facing criticism because of the studio's chioce to have him in the Director's Chair for the ninth episode of the 'Star Wars' franchise. Though he saw huge success both critically and financially with the 'Jurassic World' movie, his most-recent work on 'The Book of Henry' was slated by many across the globe.
Colin Trevorrow is already facing criticism as director of 'Episode IX'
The reaction has led to concern from some of 'Star Wars' biggest fans. As the conclusion to the current trilogy of the 'Star Wars' story, 'Episode IX' will hold higher expectations than both 'The Force Awakens' and 'The Last Jedi', as it'll be serving as the final chapter for fan-favourite characters that have been newly-established in the past few years.
Continue reading: Colin Trevorrow On The "Challenge" Of Creating 'Star Wars Episode IX'
George Lucas opens up about getting to party with the 'Star Wars' gang again.
This month's 'Star Wars' 40th anniversary was a real hit with everybody, and in the wake of that comes the official release date for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'. But even now that George Lucas is no longer tied to the franchise, he still enjoys reunion celebrations.
George Lucas at 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere
During the 'Star Wars' 40th anniversary event, creator George Lucas admitted that he enjoyed getting to see everyone involved in the movies again, despite the fact that his work on the series was over before 'The Force Awakens' came out in 2015.
Continue reading: Star Wars Get Togethers Are Like High School Reunions For George Lucas
Could we see one of the most shocking twists in 'Star Wars' history?
In four decades, the 'Star Wars' property has become one of the most popular on Earth. Now the most recognisable sci-fi franchise in existence, fans are gearing up for the release of the eighth movie in the episodic series - set to drop later this year - with the first teaser for the film dropping earlier this week.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker with Yoda in 'The Empire Strikes Back'
Over the Easter weekend, the franchise is celebrating 40 years in Florida at the official Star Wars Celebration, with huge guest stars making an appearance over the course of the event. One of those stars is actor Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the series, and he's managed to send fans of the franchise into a frenzy with his latest comments.
The annoying Gungan's eventual fate was never disclosed in the movies, but Chuck Wendig's new novel 'Aftermath: Empire's End' contains new information.
The deeply annoying Jar Jar Binks has long stood as a cautionary tale in the movie industry, following his debut in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace nearly two decades ago.
His bizarre accent and general buffoonery was scaled back massively in next two instalments of the prequel trilogy, but what ended up happening to him was never revealed in the movies. Now, Star Wars fans have finally found out the answer regarding the eventual fate of the irritating Gungan, in a new official novel titled ‘Aftermath: Empire’s End’ – and it might come as a shock to some!
At this juncture, we should issue a spoiler alert – if you’re reading the book, there’s plot reveals ahead!
Continue reading: Jar Jar Binks' Fate Finally Revealed To 'Star Wars' Fans
The title for Episode VIII was announced on Monday.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has teased fans with a glimpse of the film’s opening crawl, days after the title was finally revealed. Johnson had been unable to complete work on the title sequence until the film’s name was officially announced to fans by Lucasfilm on Monday.
The Star Wars VIII poster has officially been released
On his personal Instagram account the director posted a photo of himself in the editing room (where it looked like he was getting some help from R2D2) and wrote: “Felt so good to drop this into the cut this morning.”
Continue reading: Fans Go Crazy For The Latest Star Wars The Last Jedi Picture
The 33 year old star also talked about her hopes for the movie, and what she felt that women and girls would take from her lead character Jyn.
Having slayed the box offices on both sides of the Atlantic in the new Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, Felicity Jones opened up about the intense training regime she undertook in order to play the movie’s lead character, Jyn.
“After I got the call from Gareth [Jones, director] I was obviously ecstatic, but then I thought, ‘I’ve got to get to the gym REALLY quickly, I’ve got to get in shape for this film!’”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened in the U.K. on December 15th, and is intended a spin-off from the Star Wars canon, and Jones’ character leads a mission to steal the blueprints from the Empire’s new weapon the Death Star, meaning this is probably set immediately before the events of the first ever Star Wars film A New Hope.
It's almost here! Here's what to expect.
We are less than two weeks away from the release of the stand-alone 'Star Wars' movie 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' and now Disney have unveiled some exciting clips exploring the intense stress that the Rebel Alliance are under, and introducing a key new character or two.
K-2SO doesn't trust Jyn
'Rogue One' follows the adventures of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as she joins the Rebel Alliance to help bring down the Galactic Empire's plans to launch an apocalyptic new superweapon known as the Death Star. Jyn teams up with Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) for the mission, who appears to be highly suspicious of... well, everything. But especially of her, as is shown in one of the new clips where he panics at the sight of her weapon.
Jyn is yet another female role model we need to see more of.
Felicity Jones has opened up about the importance her character in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' will have as a role model to young girls and women everywhere. The new movie - a spin-off to the story of Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker - opens this December with some important messages about equality.
Felicity Jones stars in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Following on from the pride of place that Daisy Ridley's character Rey had in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' offers yet another strong female role model with her own skills, her own path and - most importantly - her own mind. Felicity Jones, who plays Jyn Erso in the upcoming stand-alone adventure, doesn't take that sentiment for granted.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Spectre' were also big winners.
Just when you thought film awards season was over, the 2016 Jameson Empire Awards rolled in last night (March 20th 2016) to heap some much deserved praise on the epic of the year 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'; a film which didn't manage to land an Oscar and wasn't even recognised at the Golden Globes in spite of its enormous appeal.
Daisy Ridley wins for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
The film won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, beating 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2', 'Jurassic World', 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'The Martian'. However, it was beaten to Best Film (presented by Sky Movies) over all by Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant'. It also lost out on Best Costume Design to 'Mad Max: Fury Road', which was another major winner at the awards show when it also landed Best Soundtrack.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Steals The Show At 2016 Empire Awards
It's pretty much THE movie event of the whole year.
'Star Wars' fever has been rife all year, but nowhere was it more infectious than at the world premiere of 'The Force Awakens' yesterday (December 14th 2015). Packed with fans, celebrities as well as the stars of the movie, this was a film event of titanic proportions.
George Lucas and Jj Abrams buddy up at the Star Wars premiere
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' made it's premiere in Los Angeles, though the night became so busy that it had to be spread from the Dolby Theater to the TCL Chinese and El Capitan as well. The director of the previous movies George Lucas showed, to the delight of new director and major fan J.J. Abrams. Lucas previously described having to attend the premiere as being like a divorced father at his grown child's wedding, but in this case it seems stepfather Abrams couldn't have been more right for the continuation of the 'Star Wars' project.
Chantel Jeffries - Celebrities attend Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre. at Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Disney, Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 15th December 2015
Gwendoline Christie plays Captain Phasma, the first female villain in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and she explains why the role was just too tempting to refuse! Having been a fan of the movies since childhood she remembers how important the character of Princess Leia was to her.
Not much has been given away about Daisy Ridley's character Rey but here she takes some time out to chat about her character. As well as being incredibly strong and heroic, there's also a simpler side to the character that really made the role quite nuanced. Daisy says that it wasn't what she expected and she thinks might just surprise fans too.
When talking about her responsibility to take on and become such a huge part of Star Wars she says that she hopes it'll please the old fans but equally hopes it'll appeal to a younger audience who might not have already become immersed in the series.
Watch the full interview to hear much more.
Adam Driver talks about taking on such a dark and disliked character such as Rylo Ken and explains that he tried not to think of him in that light and actually see his side through a human aspect and what he's fighting for. Fans will be aware that Rylo Ken wears a mask, having his facial expressions taken away from him was one just one of the trickier aspects of the role, to combat this Adam had to put a lot of trust in himself and kept a mind of 'the power of thought' being such an important part of playing such a character.
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Daniel Fleetwood was granted a special screening of the new 'Star Wars' film last Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, who was granted his dying wish to see The Force Awakens film last week, has died. The 32 year old Texan, who had an aggressive form of cancer that had spread to 90% of his lungs, was granted the chance to see the film months before it hits cinemas, after the social media campaign #forcefordaniel went viral.
Terminally ill Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood has died, days after viewing The Force Awakens.
His wife Ashley, confirmed his death in a Facebook post on Tuesday, writing: “He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Rest in peace my love. Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force.”
'Star Wars' fans will be relieved to know that preparations for the sequel to 'The Force Awakens' are under control.
There’s still a more than a month of impatient waiting to go before the world gets to see The Force Awakens, but director J.J. Abrams says that the Star Wars producers aren’t resting on their laurels, revealing that the script for Episode VIII is already written.
The 49 year old director conducted a lengthy interview with Wired, in which he revealed that the eighth movie of the franchise is taking shape quickly. Though it will be directed by Rian Johnson, Abrams has already announced that he’s taking an executive producer’s role, and has shared a first look at the script with Johnson.
Jj Abrams is the executive producer of 'Episode VIII'
Continue reading: JJ Abrams Says Star Wars 'Episode VIII' Script Is "Already Written"
Daniel Fleetwood viewed an early cut of the film on Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, was granted his dying wish to view The Force Awakens on Thursday, nearly two months before it is released in cinemas. Fleetwood suffers from an aggressive form of cancer that has spread to 90% of his lungs and has been given just months to live.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits US cinemas in December.
The 31 year old Texan was able to watch an early cut of the highly anticipated film, which is due out in US theatres on 18 December, his wife Ashley Fleetwood confirmed on Facebook. “Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!”Ashley wrote.
When George Lucas and the production team began work on Star Wars: A New Hope in 1976, not one of them could ever picture the movie developing to the magnitude that it has. Though the movie was operating on a relatively small budget (11 million), there was a huge cast involved, many of them in full head to toe costume.
Elstree 1976 takes a look at a few of the actors that made up that very special cast. They are actors who have never really known recognition for their work on one of the biggest movies the world has ever known. Since then, even though their faces may never have been seen on screen - some have found Star Wars has helped supplement their living through doing conventions and meet and greets with loyal Star Wars fans.
Elstree 1976 was directed by Jon Spira and was initially funded by 966 backers on Kickstarter pledging a total of £42,191 (GBP). The docu-film features interviews with a number of the original actors including Jeremy Bulloch who played Boba Fett.
Fisher warned the newcomer about the dangers of losing control of her image.
The female lead of the original Star Wars movies has given some sage advice to the star of the new ones, as Carrie Fisher interviewed newcomer Daisy Ridley. The Princess Leia actress, now 59, has warned 23 year old Ridley not to let herself be dressed in any gold bikinis for the movies!
In an exchange for Interview Magazine’s November edition, Fisher asked the newbie if she was prepared to be the object of the sexual fantasies of millions of Star Wars fans around the world when The Force Awakens opens in cinemas in December.
Daisy Ridley, star of 'The Force Awakens'
The vintage light aircraft that Ford was piloting came down on a golf course outside L.A. back in March because of engine failure.
Harrison Ford has spoken for the first time about his miraculous escape from a plane crash seven months ago, after a vintage light aeroplane he was piloting crash-landed on a golf course on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
It was only thanks to Ford’s impeccable skills and execution that he managed to walk away relatively unscathed, and what happened would have been fatal under almost any other circumstance, crash investigators revealed soon after the accident back in March.
The 73 year old appeared on a special Star Wars / Halloween edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ – dressed as a hot dog, natch – and spoke about his recollections of the incident, as well as the new movie.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Opens Up About Near-Fatal Plane Crash
While the new trailer has given away little secrets, fans are freaking out in anticipation for ‘The Force Awakens’.
On Monday evening the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit and the internet nearly broke, thanks to the reactions of excited fans. The new clip is our third look at the upcoming film, but this trailer is by far the most interesting for fans, even if it gives little away.
Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Newcomer Daisy Ridley is heavily featured as Rey, a scavenger who is thought to be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The actress herself was just as emotional as the franchises’ legion of fans on Monday, while watching the trailer from her bed.
It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the intrepid Princess Leia and the lionhearted Han Solo; finally defeated Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, alongside his redeemed assistant Darth Vader. The second Death Star was reduced to rubble, and the galaxy was free from a tyrannous evil once more. If only that were true. For there can never be good without evil, and sure enough another Dark Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, has arisen to take the Emperor's place, with even more brutal plans for the civilians across the stars. But this time there are also new heroes, better equipped to deal with the ever looming terror thanks to an example set by the now ageing former Han, Luke and Leia. They are now preparing to help a vindicated former stormtrooper named Finn, an independent scavenger called Rey, and Poe Dameron who is a Resistance X-Wing pilot.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Created by Canadian artist Daniel Hoogkamp, expect to see some replicas of this little fella on front porches soon! - Ontario, Canada - Sunday 11th October 2015
It’s movie and music memorabilia gold galore this week with Princess Leia’s golden bikini sold at auction and Elvis’ gold-leaf piano up for sale.
Ever wanted to own Princess Leia’s bikini or Elvis’ piano? Well, now you can. That is if you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars going spare as both items have been or are up for auction this week.
"Star Wars" Mitchell VistaVision High Speed special effects camera - Profiles In History Multi-Million Dollar Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Preview at Profiles In History - Calabasas, California, United States - Saturday 26th September 2015
Walt Disney Co. will break ground on two attractions, one in California and the other in Florida, next year.
The Disney corporation will begin construction on two new Star Wars attractions in 2016, according to the company’s Chief Operating Officer Thomas Staggs. Both will be built in Disney’s two existing theme parks in Florida and California.
The areas, which will be themed ‘lands’ at each park, will be 14 acres each, representing the largest single-themed expansions in terms of size in Disney’s history, according to the news that was announced on Thursday (September 10th).
Disney bought out Lucasfilm, which holds the rights to all things Star Wars, for $4.06 billion back in 2012. Staggs, speaking at the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch 2015 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, remained tight-lipped as to when the attractions would actually be opened, but we already have a rough idea as to what the attractions will include when they do.
Continue reading: Disney To Start Building Two 'Star Wars' Themed Attractions In 2016
The actor, who died in 1994, will be brought back from the dead to play Grand Moff Tarkin in the upcoming spin-off.
The late Peter Cushing is reportedly set to appear in the upcoming spin-off Star Wars Rogue One, thanks to the magic of CGI. According to the Mail on Sunday, Cushing will rise from the dead onscreen to play the iconic villain Grand Moff Tarkin in the upcoming movie, which is set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV.
Felicity Jones stars in Star Wars: Rogue One.
“This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever,” a source told the newspaper. “Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole back story that will come out.”
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: Rogue' One To Resurrect Peter Cushing Via CGI
'Star Wars' will get it’s own ‘land’ in the California and Florida parks with two areas spanning over 14-acres each.
At the Disney D23 EXPO on Saturday, Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced some exciting plans for new attractions at the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California. Star Wars, Toy Story and Avatar will all be getting their own new themed attractions, representing a shift away from the traditional Walt Disney characters.
Disney Parks is adding more Star Wars based attractions.
Star Wars land, which will come to both Disney Word and Disney Land, will be the ‘the largest single land expansions either of those parks have ever had," Scott Trowbridge, the Imagineering executive overseeing the project told fans at D23. The area will replace Disneyland's current Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland and open up nearby ‘backstage’ areas. Work on the land is expected to commence sometime in 2017.
The American director has been entrusted with the final instalment of the new 'Star Wars' trilogy, due for 2019.
Following the stupendous success he’s enjoying with Jurassic World, still riding high in global box offices over two months after its release, director Colin Trevorrow has been announced as the helmsman for Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Heroic Hollywood.
The American director, 38, will be in charge of the ninth instalment of Star Wars, the closing part of the third trilogy of movies that will be beginning with The Force Awakens, which is opening in cinemas this December. Episode IX is not scheduled for release until 2019, but groundwork with production artists will be getting under way before 2015 is out.
Colin Trevorrow will be directing 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Calista Flockhart is “100 percent” behind her husband’s return to flying, five months after he had a plane crash in which he suffered a broken pelvis.
Calista Flockhart is fully supportive of her husband’s return to flying. Flockhart’s husband, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford, was involved in a plane crash earlier this year which left him in hospital for a number of weeks. Ford’s quick thinking ensured no one on the ground was injured but it was certainly a near miss.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart at the 86th Annual Oscars in March 2014.
J.J. Abrams broke his back during filming for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
J.J. Abrams, whilst making an appearance on The Daily Show, revealed he broke his back on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 49-year-old director was trying to help Han Solo actor Harrison Ford after an accident on set, in which Harrison broke his ankle, when his injury occurred.
J.J. Abrams at the New York premiere of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nations in July 2015.
Mark Hamill is reprising his voice role as the Joker in the upcoming animated ‘Batman’ film and video game.
Mark Hamill is reprising his role as the voice of the Joker in the upcoming animated film adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. Hamill voiced the Joker, and a number of other small roles, in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 to 1994 and The New Batman Adventures from 1997-1999. He also provided the voice for the Joker in the Batman: Arkham video game series.
Mark Hamill at the U.K. premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014.
Ahmed Best, who ended up voicing the despised CGI character, said that MJ was pressing George Lucas to let him play Jar Jar dressed in prosthetic limbs.
A new interview has revealed that one of the most hated movie characters of all time – Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, no less – might have been even more annoying. Michael Jackson was apparently very enthusiastic to play the irritating Gungan in prosthetic limbs, but was refused by George Lucas.
Ahmed Best, who actually did play Jar Jar, gave an interview with Vice on Thursday in which he made the revelation. Jackson, who passed away in June 2009, was known to be a keen Star Wars fan, keeping life-size figures of Darth Vader, C-3PO and Boba Fett at his Neverland ranch.
Michael Jackson might have played Jar Jar Binks in 'The Phantom Menace'
Benicio Del Toro is reportedly in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).
Benicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.
Amy Schumer’s shoot for GQ, in which she was photographed dressed as a ‘Star Wars’ character, was not approved by Lucasfilm.
Amy Schumer’s Star Wars themed GQ shoot was not approved by Lucasfilm. Schumer featured on the cover of GQ’s August edition in a shoot she designed herself. She was pictured in suggestive poses with robots C-3PO and R2-D2, can-can dancing with Storm troopers and partying in a bar with some beloved Star Wars characters. Some Star Wars fans took to Twitter to express their distaste and Lucasfilm was forced to reply, confirming they had nothing to do with the shoot.
Amy Schumer at the 2015 CinemaCin Big Achievements Awards, held in Las Vegas in April.
Continue reading: Amy Schumer’s ‘Star Wars’ Themed GQ Shoot Was Not Approved By Lucasfilm
Simon Pegg had revealed that the Bond actor would be making a very short guest appearance as a Stormtrooper in the new movie.
Daniel Craig has rubbished the notion of making a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Star Wars movie, after Simon Pegg let slip by accident that the big screen icon will be making a brief turn as a Stormtrooper.
The James Bond actor, busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth movie as the British spy Spectre, gave pretty short shrift to the rumour when it was raised in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Daniel Craig shooting the new James Bond movie Spectre in London in May 2015
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Rubbishes 'Star Wars' Cameo Rumours
With just over a month to go before a major new Star Wars experience opens at Madame Tussauds London, the attraction today revealed two of the stunning wax figures that will star in one of the 11 atmospheric walk-in sets inspired by some of the most iconic moments in film history. United in wax for their final checks were the gargantuan Jabba the Hutt and the delicate Princess Leia, depicted as they appear in the famous scene in Jabba's Throne Room in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The figures, which fans will be able to get up close to in an authentic recreation of Jabba's Throne Room when the new attraction opens on Saturday May 16, 2015, have taken a team of more than 20 artists over four months to create. "These two figures are actually two of the most challenging of the cast of 16 characters we are creating," commented Principal Sculptor on the project, Stephen Mansfield. He continued: "With Jabba we have sheer scale - he is 2.9m long, 1.5m high and weighs a whopping 35 stone. We used fibreglass moulding techniques to create the body mass, which has then been hand coloured in precise detail over a six week period. His massive eyes are made from glass and are each the size of a melon. Leia, of course, is portrayed in one of the character's most iconic looks, in her gold bikini. We are acutely aware of the responsibility we have to get this right for fans, and we have been very lucky to work with the jeweler that made the original hair pieces worn by Princess Leia to recreate this level of detail." The figures will be joined by the smallest character to be featured, Jabba's sadistic court jester, Salacious B. Crumb, to complete the scene. The Kowakian monkey-lizard will stand at just 41.2cm tall complete with 14cm long ears. He will be tucked into his gross crime lord boss's tail as Princess Leia sits shackled before him. Fans will be able to sit beside Leia, marvel at Jabba's grotesqueness and listen out for sounds of to at London, Madame Tussauds - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th April 2015
Han Solo - As the first tickets for the new experience went on sale today, Madame Tussauds London released images of early work in progress of these three figures, revealing startlingly accurate, perfect clay sculptures of some of the best-loved characters in movie history. The clays will be used to make the moulds to create the figures' final wax heads and when complete the likenesses will feature in a series of atmospheric walk-in sets, inspired by iconic moments from Star Wars Episodes I-VI. at London, Madame Tussauds - London, UK, United Kingdom - Thursday 5th March 2015
Yoda - Work is now underway to bring the rest of the experience to life for a mid-May opening when fans will be able to co-star in some of the most famous scenes in film. Fans can sign up at www.madametussauds.com/london to be the first to know when tickets go on sale and to find all the latest news and updates. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th January 2015
Scott Loxley - Cosplay Charity Fundraiser Walks Australia as Star Wars Stormtrooper . . . Scott Loxley has truly embraced The Dark Side, for a very good cause, on his quest to walk around Australia in full Star Wars Stormtrooper costume to raise money for the Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The ex-Australian Defence Force member, father and newly-wed from Greensborugh, Victoria, left the hospital in October 2013 (shortly after his wedding) on his 18 month journey to walk 15,000kms around Australia - covering every state and territory. Scott is an active 501st Legion member - an international Star Wars volunteer costuming organisation that attend events to raise money for charity. When he mentioned to local Melbourne 501st troopers that he was interested in walking around Australia for charity they said "why not do it in costume?" Scott has already walked over half of his quest and has just left the Northern Territory on his way to Queensland. His recent darkside antics in Darwin saw him jumping into crocodile cages and speaking to media about life on the road, enduring heat waves, bush fires, being away from family and eating fresh road kill including snakes and kangaroos. And he does it all with a smile knowing it is all for a great cause. Scott said: "As a father, if one of my children were hospitalised, I would want them to be cared for by the best staff who have access to the best equipment. I am a member of the 501st Legion, an international not-for-profit Star Wars costuming organisation who give their time to raise much needed funds for varying charities. As a member, I believe I can help make a difference and support this terrific cause. "I'm supporting the build of the new Monash Children's Hospital in Clayton, my local hospital back home. These guys care for over 30,000 children every year. Building the new hospital will mean the increase in the number of beds will help meet the needs of children and families in our community and that' - Australia - Thursday 20th November 2014
Berlin cafe - Currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII actor Domhnall Gleeson looked every bit a budding Jedi Knight with a full ginger beard as he sat outside Berlin cafe on Coppinger Row with fellow Irish actor Hugh O'Connor - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 10th July 2014
What better way for a Star Wars bride to skywalk up the aisle. . . than in a pair of Jedi killer heels! Star Wars fans, Gemma and Stephen's special themed wedding took place in a galaxy not so far away - Armitage near Rugeley in Staffordshire, actually. The Starry Warsy eyed couple, who both registered in the 2011 as Jedis, took inspiration for their intergalactic nuptials bash from the wedding of Anakin and Padme from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. For their version of the Varykino lake retreat in Naboo's Lake Country, Gemma and Stephen selected the 19th-century Grade II listed country house Hawkesyard Hall as their venue of choice. Retail Advisor, Gemma lit up the occasion in suitable fashion with a bespoke Jedi Order logo pearl headpiece complimenting a dress made by her dressmaker mum. Quirkiest of all was her footwear of choice. Gemma customised her satin pleated and diamante detail court shoes with little more than Mod Podge adhesive and 1978 Star Wars comic books - turning them into a collage of space operatic proportions including snippets of the: Death Star, Millennium Falcon and Tatooine, Padme, Han Solo, Darth Maul and R2D2. The occasion itself was soundtracked with the sounds of Star Wars. Notably 'Cantina Band' by Meco at the reception, the 'Rebel Fleet' and 'the Throne Room' by composer John Williams playing in the ceremony itself. All Invitations and stationary was handmade by the bride featuring the Jedi Order Emblem. Each wedding table was named after a Star Wars Planet. Star Wars 'I Spy' game to keep the guests entertained. The cake topper was custom made in the USA depicting Leia and Han Solo, whilst the cake knife is an authentic replica metal lightsaber of Anakin's and attached to a knife blade by the brides uncle. The bride's Uncle Andrew dressed head-to-toes as Darth Vader escorted her to the dance floor for first dance. And a memorable occasion was made even more so when the original Lord of The Sith himself aka Kei - United Kingdom - Monday 12th May 2014
Disney UK and Harrods today announced the launch of a brand new space dedicated to Marvel and Star Wars characters, that will increase the size of Disney Store at Harrods by more than a third. Fans of Marvel favourites including Spider Man, Hulk and Captain America, will be able to interact with the franchises in a host of ways from photo opportunities through to fun activities like a regular Spiderman Training Academy. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th February 2014
Greece, Anagnostakou Elina, Queen Amidala and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - MCM London Comic Con at ExCeL London - CosPlay European Final - Day Two - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 26th October 2013
Star War's R2D2 - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2013 (C2E2) - Chicago, IL, United States - Friday 26th April 2013
Star Wars and Xbox 360 Monday 2nd April 2012 Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 joined morning commuters today in anticipation for the launch of the Kinect Star Wars game on Tuesday 3rd April, exclusively on Xbox 360
Star Wars and Droid - Star Wars robot R2D2 is forced to use an elevator at the BT Tower after struggling to make it down the flight of stairs following the film's Blu-Ray launch party. Perhaps he wasn't the droid we were looking for after all London, England - Star Wars Blu-Ray - launch party at BT Tower - Outside departures Thursday 15th September 2011
Nick Moran, Droid, Star Wars and Stock Thursday 15th September 2011 Nick Moran arrives at the BT Tower but is turned away by security staff. It seems the 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' star had got his dates mixed up as he was expecting to have his name on the door for a VIP private viewing of 'Real Steal', which is actually showing tomorrow. He must have been a little confused when he noticed Stormtroopers and the odd droid pottering about, as it was in fact the Star Wars Blue-Ray DVD launch instead. London, England
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