You probably don’t recognize the name Richard Bonehill, but the British character actor (and swordsman!) played many uncredited roles in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. Yesterday, he passed away at the age of 67, leaving behind a legacy of small supporting roles in ‘Star Wars,’ as well as geek-friendly properties like ‘Doctor Who’ and the British ‘Avengers’ series.
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ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, explore some serious (and possibly totally made up) character details from ‘The Force Awakens,’ see which alien race is returning to the new film in practical form, and learn which iconic villain will be showing up on ‘Star Wars Rebels.’
Ever since the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ descended upon the world with the force of a Death Star beam obliterating Alderaan, the ‘Star Wars’ fandom has found no shortage of things to complain about. Chief among them: the strange, hilted lightsaber wielded by Kylo Ren, the mysterious baddie briefly glimpsed in the footage. Since everyone from Stephen Colbert to Ewan McGregor to your great aunt has expressed their opinion on this impractical/totally awesome weapon, it’s now time to hear from the man behind the madness, co-writer and director J.J. Abrams.
If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ spoilers, first, might we recommend our weekly Wookieepedia ‘Star Wars’ round up? With that shameless plug out of the way, let us now offer you ‘Star Wars’ spoiler addicts some advice from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. CHILL OUT.
Nicolas Cage is, when he wants to be, one of the best and most inventive actors of his generation. But Nicolas Cage is, always, a man of questionable taste. While out doing press for his new movie ‘Outcast,’ Cage showcased that remarkably detachment from reality by having plenty of nice things to say about the work his co-star, Hayden Christensen, contributed to George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ prequels.
Disney’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ has conjured quite a bit of Original Trilogy magic with appearances from franchise stars Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz and James Earl Jones, and now yet another ‘Star Wars’ classic will grace the ‘Rebels.’ Recognize the foul stench of Grand Moff Tarkin in new clips and photos from this coming Monday’s ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ “Call to Action!”
There have been rumors bouncing around this week that ‘Orphan Black’ star Tatiana Maslany had won the lead role in Gareth Edwards' upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spinoff. As can often be the case with ‘Star Wars’ rumors, they were wrong. Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones ('The Theory of Everything') looks to have actually won the role, and is in now officially in talks with Lucasfilm about the part.
Last we reported, there were a handful of actresses being tested for a role in Gareth Edwards’ upcoming ‘Star Wars’ standalone film, including Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, and Kate Mara. According to a new report, the ‘Orphan Black’ star hasn’t just been cast in the film, but she’s landed the leading role—if true, this news is doubly awesome.
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, comb through the latest ‘Star Wars’ spin-off news, learn the full of extent of Disney’s franchise plans, and learn Ewan McGregor’s very important opinion on that new lightsaber.
Before he was a CGI creation, Jedi master Yoda was a puppet. Before green screens became the norm, the Dagobah set for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was built elevated off the ground to accommodate Yoda’s puppeteers. And before he brought Yoda to life, puppeteer and voice actor Frank Oz was best known as the man behind Miss Piggy. In a weird way, that makes the most wizened character in the ‘Star Wars’ universe a distant relative of the extended Muppet family.