Apr 30, 2014

Apr 29, 2014

Asala Curd quotes by Laura Dern in Star Wars VIII

Asala Curd quotes as played by Laura Dern in Star Wars VIII

Asala Curd quotes as played by Laura Dern in Star Wars VIII

Laura Dern plays Rebel soldier, Asala Curd in Rogue One.

This is arguably Dern's biggest profile role since the 1993 smash hit, Jurassic Park.

It's speculated she plays a high ranking officer that comes into conflict with Rebels which results in some political tensions.

Asala Curd quotes from Star Wars VII

"The daughter of Darth Vader has no right to lecture me!"

This is Daisy Ridley, from Star Wars

 Daisy Ridely star wars rey

Daisy Ridely has been cast in Star Wars 7. She plays Rey.

So Max von Sydow is the new Alec Guiness?

Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless

So Max von Sydow is in Star Wars 7.

His casting would appear to be the equivalent of Sir Alec Guiness as Obi Wan. What role is he playing? Jedi or Sith or other? We don’t know but what are is acting his credentials? After all, Alec Guiness was an Oscar winner prior to joining A New Hope.

Let’s start with where he’s from. He’s not English as you may suspect, he’s Swedish.

Born in 1929 he began his acting career in the 1950s. His first mega hit film was The Greatest Story Ever Told in which he played Jesus. Three Days of Condor and The Exorcist showed he had the big acting chops. Indeed his role as father Merrin in The Exorcist is considered one of the great acting performances. He has been nominated for an Oscar twice for the films Pelle the Conqueror and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

A more recent photo of Max
But what are his science fiction credentials? (Not that Guinness had many….)

Sydow has appeared in many popular science fiction films. Have you ever heard of a film called Flash Gordon? You, know the character that directly inspired George Lucas? Sydow was the bad guy in that. Minority Report with Tom Cruise? Sydow was the bad guy in that.

He was also in Stallone’s version of Judge Dredd – he was actually one of the better parts of that film! Conan the Barbarian as a fantasy film was pretty popular too.

So Sydow is no stranger to science fiction, his acting credentials are fairly impeccable and we wait to see what role he will actually play in Ep 7.

Internet Scuttlebut is suggesting that Sydow is actually Bobba Fett - that would seem to suggest that at some stage he killed the Bobba Fett featured in Attack of the Clones and assumed the Fett identity. Time will tell.

More recent rumours suggest that Sydow is playing a character known as the Vicar.

Update: Sydow played Lor San Tekka.

Apr 28, 2014

What does Zhan think about the new canon rules?

general thrawn chatting with a cloaked dudeThe advent of Star Wars 7 and the recent official word on the treatment of certain works as canon has meant Timothy Zahn has chipped in his with thoughts on the changes. Zahn is revered for his so called Thrawn Trilogy which set the gold bar stand for books in the extended Star Wars universe. Indeed, some folk reckon his novels sparked a generation’s love affair with Star Wars…

Here’s what Zhan had to say:

"First, since many of you are wondering, I have *not* yet been asked to write any new Star Wars books. But that doesn’t mean I won’t receive such an invitation in the future. If that happens, whether or not I accept will depend on what kind of story I’m asked to write, what input I’d have on the content, what era the story will be set in, etc. I would certainly *like* to return to the GFFA, but at the moment that’s not my decision to make.

Second, as far as I can tell from the announcement, LFL is *not* erasing the EU, but simply making it clear that nothing there is official canon. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor does it immediately send everything into alternate-universe status. If nothing from the Thrawn Trilogy, say, is used in future movies (and if there’s nothing in the movies that contradicts it), then we can reasonably continue to assume that those events *did* happen. It looks to me like the “Legends” banner is going to be used mainly to distinguish Story-Group-Approved canon books from those that aren’t officially canon but might still exist.

Third, even if something from the Thrawn Trilogy *does* show up in a movie in a different form, we authors are masters of spackle, back-fill, and hand-waving. For example, if Ghent appears in the movies but never mentions Thrawn, I can argue that he simply doesn’t want to talk about that era, or else has completely forgotten about it. (Which for Ghent isn’t really much of a stretch.)"

His full post his here.

My 'less than informed' two cents is, I don’t care what happens outside the films, or even the TV shows – the MAJORITY of Star Wars fans only know the movies so that’s where the story exists in most people’s minds.

Apr 25, 2014

The official word on the treatment of Star Wars canon

There has been a lot of hand wringing by passionate Star Wars fans about the expanded universe in light of The Force Awakens. has published the official word on how things will play put - it seems very sensible....
For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.
While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU. He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.
Now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects ofStar Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected. Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.
"We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon," said Kennedy. "We're set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before."
In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.
Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner.
On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books. First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars Rebels and offers insight into a key character's backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman.
And this is just the beginning of a creatively aligned program of Star Wars storytelling created by the collaboration of incredibly talented people united by their love of that galaxy far, far away....

Apr 22, 2014

Awesome Star Wars Rebels Cosplay

This Rebel's cosplay crew is even more awesome when you realise the show isn't even out yet! That's some fan love right there & what an awesome family (I presume...)

Apr 21, 2014

Concept art from Star Wars Rebels

Star wars rebels concept art

Star Wars Rebels the news version of the greatest franchise in history to be shown on the idiot box and interwebs. Here's some concept art from the show - it's clear Rebels will feature a lot of the look that original Star Wars trilogy had - which means it's heavily based in the fantastic design work of the great Ralph McQuarrie.

ghost being tailed by tie fighters
Hera concept art from Star Wars rebels

star destroyer rebels

Speeder bike star wars rebels
Speeder Bikes are in!

You can find some more concept designs here

Apr 15, 2014

We may have found the worst Star Wars cosplay ever.

I was pretty sure these guys were doing some of the worst Star Wars cosplay ever but this crew of garbage bag loving friends have managed to take things up (or down) a level with their brand of Star Wars costume play:

really bad star wars cosplay costumes

I like their spirit! If you want more Star Wars themed cosplay check out the best ever, the Darth Talon, the Snips,  and of course the bikini from Jedi.

Apr 14, 2014

Internal memos which lead to the initial rejection of 'The Star Wars'

It’s the stuff of legend that several movie studios passed up the chance to take part in the production of the first Star Wars before Fox took a punt which paid off handsomely. Here’s some excerpts from two internal memos from United Artists and Universal which perhaps lead to the initial rejections.

One can only imagine how the actual people who passed over Star Wars felt a few weeks after its cinematic release!


United Artists Rejected rejected Lucas  – here’s there internal advice from the West Coast Office Memorandum Date: October 13, 1975

To: Mike Medavoy

From: Marcia Nasatir

– here’s there Screenplay is a cross between a phantasmagoric Walt Disney cartoon and an exciting, juvenile FLASH GORDON adventure story. It is a fantasy world that has obviously been well thought out by its creator George Lucas. The production design at the screenplay’s end is impressive and imaginative. There is no doubt that visually the film could be quite extraordinary, and expensive. The screenplay is very straightforward in its action.

But there is no metaphysical message that 2001 contained, no salvation offered for the youths of today in the future. THE STAR WARS is a space action film for the entire family. It is a director’s film. If Lucas makes it properly exciting and fantastic, keeping you on the edge of your seat so that the adventures completely engulf you, then he will have a hit. But if the simple story and heroics sag in any way you are going to have a costly bomb on your hands. Because I do not see how this picture can be inexpensively made. Essentially, there are no starring roles for important action. Word of mouth and the property itself will have to sell it. The decision has to be if you have enough faith in the director making an expensive family adventure film. I would not go with the project.

There seems to be too much cost involved for this kind of juvenile story. But the director obviously knows what he wants, and may be able to bring it off. While so much is visual, my imagination was not really jolted or stimulated as the amusing, energetic heroics unfolded.


So there was a lot of recognition of the potential but some justified fear about cost but no committment.

Universal's internal memo was similar
To my mind, we’re really rolling dice with this kind of a project, but I think the concept here (at least in terms of what has been done so far with the genre), is rather exciting, and combined with the potential action inherent in the piece, it seems to me an attractive possibility in many ways.

On the other hand, a great deal of this screenplay (above the special effects and make-up problems) is going to be very difficult to translate visually. I’m thinking particularly in terms of our robot "heroes", Threepio and Artoo.

And even if all visuals and special effects work perfectly, the story could be ultimately no more than an interesting exercise if the audience doesn’t completely understand the rights and wrongs involved, and just as important, have absolute empathy with young Luke Starkiller. And it is in these areas I believe the script still needs work. Action and adventure abounds. We still need more from the characters.

Bottom line: If the movie works, we might have a wonderful, humorous and exciting adventure-fantasy, an artistic and very commercial venture. Most of what we need is here. The question, in the end, is how much faith we have in Mr Lucas’s ability to pull it all off.


So each script review liked some elements but felt it was risky. Thank goodness for Alan Ladd eh?

Apr 3, 2014

Move over Princess Leia and your slave bikini, there's a new kid in town: the sexy female Bobba Fett

Move over Princess Leia and your slave bikini, there's a new kid in town:

nude stomach female bobba fett

This some pretty sweet Fett cosplay. We're sure there is some joke about fetish somewhere where but we just can't nail it. This outfit is even giving Adrianne Curry's cosplay a run for her money!

Apr 2, 2014

It’s our Birthday!

star wars birth day cake

It’s our Birthday! Well it was last month, we only just realized. In a Far Away Galaxy is a whole year old. Time has flown by faster than a X Wing making a trench run down a Death Star. 

We've thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Star Wars universe in greater detail, we’ve learnt so many facts about how the movies were made and trivia about the characters and their back stories. We've come along with since this first post pondering if Luke will be in Episode 7 kicking on to another 256! 

Plenty of visits have been made to site and it’s been pleasing to see the numbers increasing every month.

Here’s some of the more popular and interesting posts that we’ve done.

Thanks for visiting the site, we hope you found what you were looking for and more!

The lies, quotes, card games that make space pirate Lando Calrissian awesome

The lies, quotes, card games and a ballsy attack on the Death Star that make space pirate Lando Calrissian awesome

If you were ask to ever name the most famous black person in a science fiction film you could be forgiven for saying Yaphet Kotto from Alien.

You could even be forgiven for suggesting Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury or even as Mace Windu.

But if someone prompted you with Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and you were like 'huh?' then you'd never be forgiven because Lando is where it's as far as Star Wars characters go and one of the most iconic sci-fi characters played by a black man.

Yes, you have the space smuggler of Han, the wide eyed boy of Luke and the wookie charm of Chewbacca but when Empire threw Lando Calrissian into the mix, we got it all - the confident ladies man with a back story we just knew we wanted to know more about.

He was the guy who seemingly betrayed his gambling buddy but all along was desperate to help Han and his old buddies. And as for Jedi when he lead the assault on the Death Star II? Legend.

So what is the back story of Lando? What is the trivia you need to know and what are his best lines? We'll we'll do our best to share!

The Triva
  • In the original Empire script when Lando is about to lead Han, Leia, and Chewie into the trap laid out by Darth Vader, Lando offers his arm to Leia, as a gesture to lead her down the hallway  to which she accepts. Harrison Ford ad-libbed Han rushing up to the Princess and offering his arm to her at the exact same moment to imply that Han was jealous of Lando's gentlemanly actions. It's not the only thing Ford ad-libbed in Empire...
  • One of the first ideas for Lando Calrissian was to have him as a clone who survived the Clone Wars who leads legions of clones. Ultimately he was made his own man and Jango Fett kind of took that role.
  • Originally scripted as having the name of  "Lando Kadar".
  • Yaphet Kotto,who we mentioned above, was apparently offered the role of Lando Calrissian, but turned it down. Clearly Kotto was an idiot.
The Back Story of the Millenium Falcon

While the Expanded Universe took Lando in some interesting directions, Empire suggested that Lando and Han had a long back story, indeed Han Solo won the Millennium Falcom from Lando in a game of Sabbac.

In the first instance, the 'bat ship' fell into the hands of Lando Calrissian after a card game of sabacc from a gambler called Cix Trouvee.

The Quotes

Lando, ever the ladies man had some pretty sweet lines in Empire and Jedi.

Empire Strikes Back quotes:
  • Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler.
  • Having trouble with your droid?
  • You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.
  • They told me they fixed it! I *trusted* them to *fix* it! It's not my fault!
  • This deal is getting worse all the time!
Return of the Jedi quotes:
  • No, wait! I thought you were blind! (Han is about to shoot at the Sarlacc's tendril that is wrapped on Lando's leg
  • That blast came from the Death Star! That thing's operational! - it sure was Lando, pull up
  • Break off the attack! The shield is still up!
  • We're on our way, Red group, Gold group, all fighters follow me. Ha ha ha, I told you they'd do it!
Extra for Experts

Luke Skywalker is arguably irrelevant to the last half of the Return of the Jedi.

If you think about it, in terms of destroying the Empire, Luke didn’t need to be on the Death Star as Lando Calrissian had that covered – the Emperor and Vader operating as two Sith Lords working in tandem to rule the Galaxy would have been destroyed when Lando blew up the Death Star. Right?