WookieeLeaks: You’ve Got Some Harry Potter in My ‘Star Wars’
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, Daniel Radcliffe visits the 'Star Wars' set, blurry set photos hit the internet, and Alex Ross reveals a great new comic book cover.
Daniel Radcliffe Visited the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Set
This just in: everyone has been to the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' set except you.
First, Kevin Smith visited the set and still hasn't stopped talking about it. And then a bunch of other celebrities who were in the area stopped by to see what all of the fuss is about, which led to rumors that Robert Downey Jr., Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman would appear in the film. Now, the latest famous person to brag about stopping by the set of the biggest and most secretive film set in the world is Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
I was so excited, ’cause I literally just watched the original Star Wars movies very recently, so I was like a new fan going on set. But I got to meet Harrison Ford and have a chat, and he was lovely. It was great. Most people would be excited about seeing the Star Wars set but I went out because all my friends were working there ’cause it’s the Potter crew, they’ve basically just moved onto that, so I was going to see all of them.
Unlike people whose names rhyme with "Sevin Kmith," Radcliffe doesn't drone on and on about how he can't talk about what he saw while weeping tears between bong hits, but it is fun to imagine Harry Potter himself mingling among the Stormtroopers. He also brings up an interesting bit of trivia -- because 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is filming in and around London, there is a lot of 'Harry Potter' crew overlap going on. What a crazy (and crazily secretive) life it must be to work on film crews in the London area.
Blurry Set Photos and Vague Rumors
Making Star Wars has obtained new photos taken on the set of 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' but they're mostly blurry nonsense of foliage and set dressing. However, there is one image that definitely contains a Stormtrooper ... a very blurry Stormtrooper, who, like Bigfoot, simply cannot be photographed properly. You can click on the link above if you want to squint at the images for yourself.
A little more interesting is this description of the set from the person who took the photos:
Amongst the ruins were signs of high technology, apparently abandoned, something which reminded me of the guns on the X-wing sticking out of the ground, antenna, and this nearly made me fall out the tree; what looked like the middle section of a TIE fighter! I don’t think that’s what it was as it was probably a bit too small. It was black with a strip around it like a window, and I’d say it looked big enough for maybe one or two people – if indeed it was a ship.
My phone ran out of battery pretty soon after I took the photos of the Stormtrooper, frustrating but to be honest it was an experience that took us both, I think, back to that magical place from our childhoods and we were obviously really lucky to have been there! The smoke from the explosions gave the area a misty look as if we were on Dagobah or something! To hear ‘Run Chewie’, coming, unmistakably from the mouth of Han/Harrison Ford… it was electric! I think that moment… It was confirmation that this film IS STAR WARS!
Ah, it's good to know that 'Star Wars: Episode 7' will find time for some good old fashioned Han and Chewbacca team-up scenes.
And while we're talking about Han and Chewie, new rumors straight from the set suggest that the new film will homage the original by having Harrison Ford infiltrate an enemy camp by wearing a Stormtrooper uniform. Here's what a source had to say:
Between takes the Stormtroopers removed their helmets and they each had a protective black head sock on for their hair/ears that went down to their neck. On the far left hand side there was a Stormtrooper who had no head sock on and it looked like he had medium length hair that was styled. There was activity around this one particular Stormtrooper from people on the set. It looked like he was reading from a clip board and had make up artists around him. Not sure who this was but it looked like he could have been shooting the scene without any helmet. I can not say whether it was Harrison Ford but he fit the description.
In other words, it's pure speculation. However, we wouldn't put it past J.J. Abrams to go the nostalgic route with this one. Heck, we can't blame him for that. And while we're still on Han/Chewie, someone posted a description of some concept art that makes it sound like yes, this duo is definitely going to get at least one big action scene together:
Emerging from the “Imperial hole in the ground” are none other than Han Solo and the mighty Chewbacca! Han Solo wears his classic black vest and pants. His gun is raised in the air, ready to shoot first if need be! Chewbacca stands to his left, he appears to hold a big riffle type blaster, no robotic hand, and his classic bandolier over his shoulder. We can see the two heroes from an angle behind the pillars they are using for cover as they look towards the camera for any foes to attack.
Moving on! It was never officially confirmed that parkour and movement maestro Christina Chong had joined the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' but the official statement has now arrived! And that official statement is that she has wrapped filming. Like all other new characters, her role in the film remains mysterious, but her background suggests that she may have been filming a motion capture with fellow parkour artist Pip Andersen over at Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium. Hmmm...
And finally, Devin Faraci of Badass Digest (which has been breaking great 'Episode 7' news left and right) dropped a slew of very interesting tweets:
Footage From a Long Lost 'Star Wars' Video Game
Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was, for many years, one of the great lost pieces of 'Star Wars' media. Cancelled relatively early into production for reasons that have never really been adequately explained, the game would have followed the same template as its predecessors, allowing players to pick a side in some of the biggest battles in the saga's history. And, if it was anything like the first two games, it would have been really, really fun.
Right now, DICE (the studio behind the Battlefield games) is working on a hotly anticipated reboot of the franchise simply titled Star Wars: Battlefront, but footage from the cancelled sequel has made its way online for curious parties to check out. Captured in 2007 and running on an Xbox 360, the game looks its age and shows off its incompleteness in every frame. However, fans who can still taste the disappointment over losing this game may find something of value here. Solace, perhaps?
For a 'Star Wars' game you can actually play very soon, Fantasy Flight Games has revealed a new preview for their latest X-Wing expansion. An incredible tactical miniatures game that's as addictive to collect as it is fun to play, X-Wing is only going to get crazier with the arrival of the "Galaxy's Most Wanted' pack, which will allow players to play as bounty hunters and criminals, adding a third faction to the mix. If you like 'Star Wars' and tabletop gaming, you should be playing this.
'Star Wars Rebels' Looks Ahead
It's not surprising that 'Star Wars Rebels' is a big hit, but it is a little surprising that everyone seems to dig it. Earning rave reviews from kids and old school fans alike, the series has become instantly beloved in a way that 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' didn't until much further down the line. Of course, the series could derail in a matter of episodes and make everyone look like fools for believing in it, but we think this series is going to be around for awhile.
And so does this new featurette, which gives us a look ahead at the rest of the first season. Opening with an introduction by the series' executive producer, Dave Filoni, the video teases characters, relationships and conflicts. You know, all of the stuff you need to create compelling television. Yeah, it's okay to be a little excited.
'Star Wars: Episode 7' is set to wrap up filming in just a few weeks, but the remaining cast members recently convened in London to celebrate Carrie Fisher's 58th birthday with a big party. You would be so lucky to have so many huge names at your celebration.
If you want to take a hard left turn into the weird, take note of this story of a brawl between costumed characters at Hollywood's Walk of Fame, where a man dressed as Mr. Incredible attacked a woman dressed as Batgirl. But what does this have to do with 'Star Wars'? The fight was broken up by a man dressed as Chewbacca.
The first issue of Marvel's new 'Star Wars' comic series arrives in January, so expect a whole bunch of promotional hoopla to arrive between now and then. However, expect none of that hoopla to be as cool as Alex Ross' new variant cover for the first issue, which, in typical Alex Ross style, is just plain beautiful.
Yep, that is a very cool recreation of the cover to the first issue of Marvel's original 'Star Wars' comic from back in the day:
Finally, there was that time John Boyega brought a big Han Solo toy to the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' set, where he and Lupita Nyong'o posed with it on Instagram.