Dec 16, 2014

Captain Phasma - is this really a name of a Force Awakens character or just misdirection from JJ

Word on the street is that Captain Phasma is the name of a new TFA character - however the source of the news hasn't produced any verifiable information other than suggesting that Lucasfilm has registered the two words for trade mark purposes.

So get your thinking caps on - who will be playing this character? Gwendoline Christie?

Dec 14, 2014

When the dust wind turns...

stormtroopers prepare for battle card

I'm currently reading the short story collection Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina for the first time. It's a good read and perhaps more consistent than Tales of the Bounty Hunter was.

I just finished a story that might have served as some inspiration for the character of Finn in The Force Awakens.

In the teaser trailer. Finn is the storm trooper that now famously  jumped up into the screen shot in the trailer. He appears to be a stormtrooper and he appears to be in a spot of bother. Is he on the run?

Internet scuttlebutt suggests that Finn's character has decided he doesn't want to be a Trooper any more after apparently being ordered to burn down a village.

Enter a short story called 'When the dust wind turns, a Stormtroopers tale'. The protagonist is a newish recruit who comes to realise serving the Emperor is not for him and after murdering his Captain in a firefight with Han Solo during the escape sequence on Mos Eisley, he resolves to become a spy for the Rebels.

If the rumours of Finn's character development are true one can only wonder how this short story may have helped inspired it. 

This author is not hugely well read in the Star Wars expanded universe - are there any other tales out there of stormtroopers who have defected to the Rebels? 

Sony email leak gives credence to Han Solo dying theory!

The merits of commenting on a stolen email aside, here's an interesting piece of writing from Production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca discussing Disney's Star Wars with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal who will now be infamously entangled in the hacked emails leak.

"Star Wars: Any studio would have lost josh trank and rian Johnson to this, it's freaking Star Wars. Your After Earth writer Gary Whitta is writing Gareth Edwards stand alone Star Wars film. Simon Kinberg is writing Josh Tranks. No one knows what they're about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one. Rian Johnson as you know is doing the main ones, episodes 8 and 9 of the Luke and Leia story lines, after JJ. Not sure anything is gained by looking at what Lucasfilm is doing except we are stalking all these people too, except Whitta whom I think blows.”

If you've been lurking around you may have read my theory that I think Han Solo dies in The Force Awakens - my reasoning is that this gig is a one picture deal for Ford so he can get another Indiana Jones film made.  

The reference to films 8 and 9 being "Luke and Leia story lines" seems quite telling. If we presume that De Luca is truly in the know, he would have said if Han was a major factor. If we make an a priori deduction, Han isn't featured and thus is dead! 

Maybe this is a bit of a stretch but time will tell.

Dec 11, 2014

Finn quotes from The Force Awakens

Finn on the run - Star Wars Trading Card

Finn quotes from The Force Awakens

Finn is one of the new protagonists for the new Star Wars trilogy. His character is rumoured to be a Storm Trooper that changes sides and suddenly finds himself on the run from what remains of the Empire


Poe Dameron quotes from The Force Awakens

Poe Dameron quotes from The Force Awakens

Poe is played by actor Oscar Issac and appears to be in line to play the 'Han Solo' character of the new Star Wars trilogy. Not much detail has leaked around his role yet but it's rumored that he gets captured along with Finn which requires a dramatic rescue!

Rey Solo quotes from The Force Awakens

Rey Solo quotes from The Force Awakens

Rey is presumably the child of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organna.

Kylo Ren quotes from The Force Awakens

Kylo Ren quotes from The Force Awakens