WookieeLeaks: Harrison Ford’s Ankle, Domhnall Gleeson’s Beard and Other ‘Episode 7′ Oddities
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, Harrison Ford‘s injury steals the spotlight again, Domhnall Gleeson dodges questions about his beard, and the rumor mill starts cranking out information about the villains of ‘Episode 7.’
The Forbidden Truths of Domhnall Gleeson’s Beard
ScreenCrush descended on Orlando’s Universal Studios theme park this week for a sneak peek at the new Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion and ‘Potter’ star Domhnall Gleeson was at the premiere. In between all of the Potter-themed questions, Gleeson found himself dodging plenty of ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ inquiries. Who’s he playing? Unknown. Good guy or bad guy? Unknown. Does his new beard imply that he’s playing a Jedi knight and/or a descendent of Luke Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi? Unknown, of course.
MTV got the best collection of non-answers, starting with what it’s like to be a part of two massively popular movie franchises:
The only reason I’m doing ‘Star Wars’ is because the script is great, because J.J. [Abrams] is great, and because the cast are great. And that’s what you look for in any movie. So in a way, it’s just another job.
When pressed for details, he acted like J.J. Abrams has snipers watching him at all times, ready to take him down if he started giving away even the smallest story details:
I could destroy my life if I gave away one of the secrets, really quickly. I’m just always with a no-talk policy about it.
And finally, he dodged a question about his beard, coyly saying that he grew it during his time away from set. Hmmm…
No, but I haven’t been on set for a couple of weeks, so that doesn’t give anything away.
We shall see, Domhnall Gleeson. We think you’re lying about that beard.
“Anklegate” is Worse Than You Thought
For the second week in a row, every eye in the world was on Harrison Ford and his busted ankle, injured in an unfortunate encounter with the door of the Millennium Falcon. Well, it turns out the problem was a little bigger than the ankle — the 71 year old actor actually broke his left leg.
In an official statement, Ford’s publicist assured fans that it’s not too serious:
His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.
Well, that shuts down the early scuttlebutt that Ford would be returning to the set earlier than expected. It’s easy to act around a busted ankle (there are plenty of scenes where Han Solo will be sitting down), but a broken leg is an entirely different beast. At this point, we wish Ford a healthy recovery. Disney can afford to wait for him to return when he’s good and ready.
But man, it’s tough to see Han Solo so mortal, huh?
About Those Villain Rumors…
The problem with productions as big and anticipated as ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ is that it’s hard to separate the facts from the noise. This past week saw the biggest spread of incorrect information since filming began people are still confused about what’s true and what’s not.
It all started with a report about the film’s villains. Although everyone seems to agree that Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o are playing the Big Bads, the exact nature of their villainy is still a big question mark. This scoop claimed that they are playing “Jedi Hunters” who have been fighting to resurrect the Sith in the three decades since the fall of the Empire, utilizing remaining Imperial soldiers and tech to build up their arsenal.
Then this article came along, claiming that the original post was 100% inaccurate and that the film won’t contain any “Jedi Hunters.”
And then more sources started chiming in, saying that there’s some truth to the original report, but the right stuff is mixed in with a lot of inaccuracies. The scuttlebutt now is that the Jedi Hunters rumor is still total B.S., but the buzz that the new trilogy will include upgraded black and chrome Stormtroopers holds some water.
In other words, no one knows everything. Don’t go looking for truth here. It’s just a big gaping abyss at this point.
‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Nabs a Very Cool Voice Actor
As ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ continues its long trek to television, more details have begun to emerge. The first batch of news comes from Making Star Wars, who have a whole bunch of story tidbits. Unfortunately, most of these tidbits don’t mean much to us since we don’t know the new cast of characters inside and out, but here are the highlights:
- Ezra was born in the first year of the Empire.
- Sabine has a way of making her explosions look beautiful.
- A Devaronian named Vizago is an underground dealer/crime lord on Lothal.
- Obi-Wan does appear in the pilot, but only as a holographic recording.
- Kanan is in possession of a holocron.
- Apparently, there is a thing called Kessel spice mines (I only knew the Kessel run), but they’ll appear, too.
- Lots of Wookiees.
- Ezra lives in a radio tower and collects stormtrooper helmets.
The second (and far more interesting) batch comes via TheForce.net, who report that the holographic recording of Obi-Wan Kenobi will be voiced James Arnold Taylor. More importantly, the villainous Inquisitor will be voiced by Jason Isaacs, making him the second ‘Harry Potter’ franchise veteran to get tangled up in ‘Star Wars’ this week. Isaacs may not be a household name, but he’s an incredible actor who is especially good at playing villains. This is a big get for an animated series.
Fun and Games With ‘Star Wars’
Although the ‘Star Wars’ expanded universe is currently going through some pretty radical changes (exactly what is and what isn’t canon anymore is still up in the air), the original novels keep on coming. The latest book will tell the secret history Grand Moff Tarkin, the commander of the original Death Star and Darth Vader’s boss in the first ‘Star Wars’. He may be a minor character, but he’s a minor character who was played by the legendary Peter Cushing. Any book that gives us a chance to imagine Peter Cushing crushing the Rebel Alliance is okay by us.
Anyway, here’s the newly released cover for the book:
Speaking of books, the official ‘Star Wars’ blog has a cool preview of the upcoming ‘LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary,’ which gives readers a detailed overview of the saga and its characters in minifigure form. Since it’s tough to imagine a ‘Star Wars’ fan who doesn’t also appreciate LEGOs, this should be worth a look.
If books are too old fashioned for you (kids these days), there’s always the ‘Star Wars’ Scene Maker app, which lets users recreate and customize iconic scenes from the movies. We can see this being used for good, but we imagine it will be more fun to use it for evil. Here’s the trailer:
And if you were wondering if Disney was going to take advantage of the ‘Star Wars’ license to create a few new theme park rides, you’d be right. With the renovated Star Tours still winning over the crowds at their Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Florida, Disney is looking to replace a few of their dated attracted with bright and shiny ‘Star Wars’ rides. It’s not surprising that the park’s ‘American Idol’ attraction is apparently on the chopping block (because ‘Star Wars’ > ‘American Idol’), but it breaks our heart that a new ‘Star Wars’ attraction will replace the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Oh, well. Onwards and upwards.
Here are the details from the full report:
Disney will be closing the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at the end of 2014. (It) will create the necessary room for several major Star Wars additions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with construction set to begin in the spring of 2015. Formal announcements from Disney, with specific details regarding the new attractions, are expected in the coming weeks/months. Sources tell me the attractions will fill the entire Echo Lake corner area of the park, as well as expanding into other areas of the park. My source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said “the Indiana Jones Stunt show was never intended to last more than 3-5 years, and has been on the chopping block several times in the past. Disney is looking to capitalize on its acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, and given the fact that the stunt show is so dated, and the American Idol franchise is rapidly dying, it made the most sense to use that space for something fresh.
And finally, here’s some stupidly impressive General Grevious cosplay. Holy crap.
‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Miscellany
John Williams, the living legend behind the music for all six previous ‘Star Wars’ movies, is currently only attached to score ‘Episode 7.’ Will he return for any additional films? That’s the million dollar question…
Clarification: John Williams is confirmed for Episode VII only at this point.
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 18, 2014
New trilogy star John Boyega knows that every nerd in the world is watching him, so you just know he’s having a great time tweeting things and forcing us to overanalyze them. So, without further ado…
— John Boyega (@JBoyega) June 16, 2014
— John Boyega (@JBoyega) June 16, 2014
Speaking of social media, Daisy Ridley took to Twitter to warn fans to not believe what they read on IMDB. The tweet has been deleted, but you can see it right over here.
And while we’re on the subject of things you shouldn’t believe, someone claiming to be involved with ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ teased a whole bunch of action scenes. Most of them seem to involve small scale showdowns between Jedi and Sith, but one of them apparently involves a burning Millennium Falcon. You can read all of the details here, but even the site posting them isn’t convinced that there’s much truth to them.
The same post has a quote from someone who claims to have been an extra on the Abu Dhabi. Prepare the salt, but read on!
‘It’s a wrap’ was one of the most amazing phrases I have ever heard in my life, and today when the director of the movie announced it, I was sky high–proud and happy. Now that it has ended, I am going to miss every minute of it. The people I was with in the stunt team were escaping explosions and avoiding spaceship attacks. All of them did an amazing job, hats off, to the best project I have ever seen. Thank you all. I cannot wait until it is at the cinemas.
Finally, a now-deleted report about the standing sets at Pinewood Studios confirm the inclusion of Star Destroyers, tease a forest fortress and rule out Hoth as a location in the final film. You can now find the details here.