WookieeLeaks: Han Solo’s ‘Star Wars 7′ Injury, ‘Phineas and Ferb’ Use the Force, and More
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From '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 suffered an injury on the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' set, Simon Pegg might have a secret role to play, and a bunch of new merchandise arrives to kill your wallet.
'Star Wars: Episode 7'
Harrison Ford Breaks His Ankle on Set
Here's how hungry the internet is for 'Star Wars: Episode 7' news: Harrison Ford injured his ankle on set yesterday and every single website (including us) reported it like it was the most important thing to happen in the history of movie news. That said, we can't help but be tickled by how it happened -- according to a report, Ford sustained the injury when the door to the Millennium Falcon malfunctioned. Well, if Han Solo himself is going to get injured, that's probably the absolute best way for it to happen. In any case, Disney stated that the shoot won't be affected by the event and will continue on as planned, though a source told THR that Ford has indeed broken his ankle.
Even before Ford's injury, this was a rough week for everyone's favorite cynical space smuggler. First, there was the news that the long-gestating-and-quickly-shelved 'Star Wars: Underworld' live-action TV series would have included glimpses of a young Han, including him meeting Chewbacca and winning the Millennium Falcon. Still, that's stuff we could see in the reported "young Han Solo" spinoff movie, right? Well, maybe ... but would you really want to see that movie if Robert Pattinson takes on the role? That's just a rumor (and most likely completely untrue), but we've never seen a better way of putting the fear of God into 'Star Wars' fandom.
Did Simon Pegg Film a Scene for 'Episode 7'?
Could geek king Simon Pegg be playing a top-secret role in 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' despite repeatedly telling the press that he won't be? A new rumor places the beloved actor on set in Abu Dhabi, but there's no actual evidence beyond a report by IGN Middle East. Still, the casting would make sense: Pegg is a lifelong fan of the saga who has never hidden his disdain for the prequels, especially in his wonderful TV series 'Spaced.' Like us, it's easy to imagine him getting excited for 'Episode 7' despite the bad aftertaste of the prequels. Also, he's worked with director J.J. Abrams before on 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' so there's already a connection.
Then again, Pegg may very well just be visiting the set to say hi to Abrams and geek out over being on a 'Star Wars' set. We shall see -- Abrams' "mystery box" probably won't be able to hide the truth for too long.
More 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Bits and Bobs
'Star Wars: Episode 7' recently moved its production to London, where British Chancellor George Osborne visited the set and snapped a nice picture with J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and, oh, just some droid:
But with filming already completed in Abu Dhabi, what's to become of all of the leftover sets? After all, the original Tatooine constructs from the first 'Star Wars' set in Tunisia were left to rot, and fan attempts to preserve them have proven ineffective. However, a new report suggests that the media group twofour54 is looking to preserve the sets and make a tourist attraction out of them. To quote chief executive Noura Al Kaabi:
We are storing them until we curate them with the support of our friends in the Cultural District. We haven’t finalised the location but it is likely to be Saadiyat.
Considering how much tourism the 'Lord of the Rings' films brought to New Zealand, this seems like an incredibly wise choice.
And finally, Latino Review claims to have gotten their hands on some plot details that, while not overly spoilery, should be approached with caution. Here are the most relevant details, but feel free to skim right on over 'em:
- There will be a female villain. Over 50% sure she's a Sith. I'll follow up on this in later weeks.
- Despite having 30 years after 'Jedi' to set one up, there is NO New Republic at the start of 'Episode VII.'
- Boba-Fett-similar armor is around. Probably not for the man himself. Mandalorians? Clone drama? Still unclear on a plot/character connection.
- John Boyega isn’t a Jedi or a Padawan at the beginning of the movie, he’s the one that has the story arc that brings him into 'Star Wars’' greater universe. It has echoes of Luke’s arc in 'A New Hope.'
The 'Star Wars' Spinoffs
We hope London isn't sick of 'Star Wars' just yet! 'Star Wars: Episode 7' has only just begun filming there, but it's been announced that another 'Star Wars' film, reportedly the first spinoff movie, will head to the UK next year for production. That makes perfect sense: you don't get much bigger than 'Star Wars,' and the legendary Pinewood Studios has been home to some of the biggest and most prestigious productions in cinematic history.
How surreal is it that we're not only getting 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' but completely new adventures in the same universe? It must be doubly surreal for director Gareth Edwards, who really is living the dream right now -- a 'Star Wars' spinoff and 'Godzilla'? What a blessed life he leads!
Edwards recently spoke to students at the Beijing Film Academy, while he didn't (and couldn't) say much, he did address the 'Star Wars'-sized elephant in the room:
I am very, very lucky, living in a dream job at the moment. I’m not allowed to talk about it, it’s all very secretive, but it’s a dream come true. 'Star Wars' is the reason I got into filmmaking, so to be given this opportunity is like a dream. Now the pressure is on.
Lucasfilm hasn't officially addressed the subject matter for the first 'Star Wars' spinoff, but Disney CEO Bob Iger said back in the day that Lawrence Kasdan ('The Empire Strikes Back') and Simon Kinberg ('X-Men: Days of Future Past') are writing them. While it's long been reported that Han Solo and Boba Fett will be the first subjects, the latest buzz reiterates Kasdan will resurrect the Mandalorian bounty hunter. We've heard that Disney was having a hard time cracking the character (how do you make an out-and-out villain the hero of a movie?), but Kasdan is a good guy to start with. After all, he was the first guy to write the character!
So does that mean Edwards' spinoff is that young Han Solo movie? Feel free to speculate! Our brains hurt.
'Star Wars' TV Updates
Yes, those are the title characters from Disney's animated series 'Phineas and Ferb' dressed like Luke Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi. 'Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars' will air on July 26, 2014, and will place the characters in a parallel universe, where they get to interact with the events of the original 'Star Wars.' Special guests will include the hosts of 'Mythbusters' and the show's creators, who will cameo as themselves. Some fans will be annoyed by this kind of crossover, but we're too impressed by Disney's marketing savvy.
'Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars' will air again on August 4, but with a special bonus. Viewers who check out the second airing will be treated to an extended look at the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels.' Disney is like the velociraptor of entertainment conglomerates; you think you're being marketed to from the front, but you're really being marketed to from the sides.
From Around the Web
For decades, 'Star Wars' fans have tried to connect with their favorite actors from the saga, and now that social media is a thing, they can stay connected to them at all times.
Let's start this off with an image of new cast member John Boyega in his makeup chair, announcing, "Here we go." First day of shooting for him? Sure seems like it.
How do you know Daisy Ridley is going to be a big deal? She got verified on Twitter! Forget about 'Star Wars'! Check out that glorious blue check mark!
And speaking of new cast members, Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong'o made their excitement known on Twitter.
Andy Serkis shared this picture, which lends serious credence to the rumor that he'll be utilizing his motion capture skills in 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
We haven't heard anything about Lando showing up in 'Episode 7' -- although he will be a part of 'Star Wars Rebels' -- but here he is posing with Mr. Skywalker himself at Disney's Star Wars Weekends event.
And finally, Mark Hamill officially joined Instagram and posted an absolutely perfect first image.
'Star Wars' Games and Gear
Star Wars Battlefront is coming back and we couldn't be more excited. If this is half as good as the previous two games, it will still be one of the best 'Star Wars' video games ever made.
If third-person-shooter action games are a little too intense or violent for your kids, there's always this upcoming storybook, which is all about, uh, your favorite 'Star Wars' characters sleeping.
If you want to find common ground with your kids, there's always the new line of 'Star Wars' Hot Wheels cars, which should appeal to young 'uns and their profoundly geeky parents alike.
If you don't have kids and feel too embarrassed to go out and buy toy cars for yourself, fret not! You can transform your personal vehicle into a 'Star Wars' car with this new floor mat, which will be available at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
Once you're driving in 'Star Wars' style, you'll need to be dressed for the part. Why not dress like Han Solo in 'The Empire Strikes Back'? For the "low" price of $960, you could own the Han Solo Bespin Clothing Replica Ensemble and look just as cool as Harrison Ford! Maybe. Probably not. No. Harrison Ford is one good-looking man, guys.
Clothing not your thing? How about some art! Acme Archives Direct revealed a new set of 'Star Wars' posters and they're the kind of thing any truly classy fan would want to have on his wall.
And finally, a new selection of nifty merchandise will go on sale this weekend as part of Disney World's Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios Park. Since this Sunday is Father's Day, a significant portion of the new gear revolves around Darth Vader dad jokes. However, there are also a new slew of 'Star Wars Rebels' items, and some new Yoda- and Vader-themed "magic bands" for park visitors.