WookieeLeaks: New Stormtroopers, Same Old Millennium Falcon
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, ‘Episode 7′ enjoys a breather, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ reveals an extended clip, and new images and designs emerge!
The Great ‘Episode 7′ Filming Hiatus
Yes, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ took that much-talked-about break from filming and with it came only a few pieces of news worth writing about. After last week’s extreme examination of every little thing that went on with the filming in Ireland, this lack of news can’t help but feel disconcerting.
But filming should resume relatively soon! After all, why else would Mark Hamill (and his beard) pose outside of that studio with the great big Roman numeral seven?
The Hollywood Reporter has additional details, but it seems that Harrison Ford‘s busted leg is almost completely healed and the production will once again enter full-steam-ahead mode very soon. If you’re willing to dive into tabloid territory, you can check out photos of a up and walking Harrison Ford right over here.
The break also allowed Coming Soon to catch up with Domhnall Gleeson, whose role has yet to be revealed. It’s telling that he can give us more details about the catering on the set than the movie itself because of NDAs and what-not.
Elsewhere in the Galaxy
While ‘Episode 7′ sat in stasis, screenwriter Gary Whitta shared the first page of the screenplay for his upcoming spin-off film. Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers here … just a very familiar phrase…
Meanwhile, newcomer Daisy Ridley has found herself a new agent, which isn’t particularly exciting news. However, the Deadline report that announces it also says that she will appear in both ‘Episode 8′ and ‘Episode 9,’ which pretty much confirms the buzz that she is essentially the co-lead in these new films with John Boyega.
And finally, the extended ‘Star Wars’ creative family (writers, directors, producers, etc.) assembled in London for a huge meeting this past week. This was mentioned on twitter by AICN writer Eric Vespe, who summed up our thoughts on this get-together perfectly:
Episode 7 is on hiatus and many involved in sequels and spinoffs headed to London. To be a fly on the wall at THAT meeting…
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) August 11, 2014
I was just saying that a meeting of all the new Star Wars brain trust seems to be happening soon and I’d kill a hobo to be in that room.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) August 11, 2014
Millennium Falcon Photos and Stormtrooper Designs
Someone on the ‘Episode 7′ set got a little naughty this past week and started leaking photos of the Millennium Falcon. Like, a whole bunch of ‘em. We’re not going to flirt with a cease and desist, so if you want to check them out, we recommend this link and this link.
Oh, what the heck. Here’s one. And just one! It may shock you to note that all of these photos look like, uh, the Millennium Falcon.
But the bigger “leaked image” news this week was all about Stormtroopers.
First, artist Tom Hodges claimed to have seen the redesigned Stormtroopers in ‘Episode 7′ and provided a sketch, which was promptly removed from his Instagram account. But don’t worry, we have you covered:
There was some resistance from other sources, but he claimed he was 100% correct. Now, Latino Review has chimed in to say that yes, that is very close to what the cannon fodder in ‘Episode 7′ will look like.
But it doesn’t stop there! More potential helmet designs have popped up now, each looking a little more different than the last. The upper image is either a Sandtrooper (according to Indie Revolver) or a Snowtrooper (according to Latino Review). The middle image is a more refined piece of art from Hodges. The bottom pic claims to be an actual, on-set Stormtrooper helmet.
Oh, and Latino Review also claims that the film will feature a black/chrome Stormtrooper who the ability to cloak. Yikes.
The Force For Change Competition Has Its Winner
After all of those cool teases and tens of millions of dollars raised for UNICEF, the winner of the Force For Change contest has been revealed:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) August 11, 2014
And here he is on video, being surprised with the news that he’s won the contest and will appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7.’
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t just a little jealous. Okay: a lot jealous. Now, onto the rumor-mongering: does that hand holding the sign in the tweet above mean anything? Could it be (gasp!) Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand?
‘Star Wars Rebels’ Reveals a Three-Minute Clip
Disney has released a new ‘Star Wars Rebels‘ clip that essentially functions as its own little short film, introducing a handful of main characters and their ship, The Ghost. And it’s fine. It really is. Kids are going to go crazy for this show and the older fans will just have to accept that they’re not the specific target audience for this one.
Also, an un-embeddable new trailer for the show popped up offering a few snippets of new footage, but don’t get too excited. It’s not much.
And finally, it looks like the one and only Darth Vader may rear his helmeted head at some point during the show. How do we suppose this? A new toy, of course.