WookieeLeaks: A Bird’s Eye View of the Millennium Falcon and One Crazy X-Wing
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, J.J. Abrams inserts a huge clue into an innocent tweet, the Millennium Falcon is revealed in an unlikely way, and the Hulk wants in on this whole 'Star Wars' business.
Overanalyzing That J.J. Abrams Apple Watch Tweet (and Other Speculation)
Like the rest of the world, J.J. Abrams took to Twitter soon after the reveal of the new Apple Watch to register his opinion. But, unlike the rest of the world, he did it on the set of 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and since Abrams is such a big tease, he included an easter egg. Or a hint. Or something. Or nothing! Take a look.
Now, many people are going to look at that and say "So?", but the real nerds in the audience probably felt a little ping go off in their brain the moment they saw this. Yes, that gray background with those oddly shaped lights do look exactly like the lighting scheme seen in the Death Star.
Now, we're not going to say something stupid like "Oh my God, this confirms it! There's a third Death Star this time around!", but we will say that this is final confirmation that the Empire is still up and running during the events of this film. And remember, some of the plot rumors floating around suggest that the bad guys have a special new weapon this time around. It may not be a Death Star, but it may be similar enough to demand those same lights.
And while we're taking a leap into the deep end when it comes to things that may or may not be true, This Is Infamous claims to have additional details about the whereabouts of Mr. Luke Skywalker during 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' We have no idea if any of this is true (the site doesn't have the track record of others we regularly write about in this column), but it's something for you hungry nerds to chew on. Potential spoilers ahead:
From what I’ve been told, Luke hasn’t been missing for a full 30 years, only about 10, with his early time post-RETURN OF THE JEDI being spent rebuilding the Jedi Order. Yeah, Luke had some things to do, in order to help get things back on track after the fall of the Empire. In addition, he has grown so powerful with his command of the Force that he can literally move mountains or bring down ships with merely a glance.
But then Luke begins to feel a disturbance in the Force… and starts to feel the lure of the Dark Side. If word about the Emperor’s resurgence is true, I believe his presence and desire to court young Skywalker once again is the root of this new evil. Because he knows just what a danger he would be if successfully convinced to switch sides, Luke goes into a self-imposed exile and disappears.
But where does he go? That’s right. DAGOBAH!!
Luke Skywalker relocates to Yoda’s old home planet, and that is where he will be found and reunited with his old lightsaber by friends both old and new.
That definitely contradicts much of what we've heard from other sites, which makes us question its veracity. But who knows? That could be the real version.
A Bird's Eye View of a Falcon
Here's the scene: you're flying over England in your plane, taking aerial photos for your piloting school. You fly over some kind of gathering, snapping photos as you go, and think nothing of it. Then you get home, start to upload your images and realize that you just flew over the set of 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and captured one of the most iconic spaceships of all time on film.
After the digital dirge that was the prequel trilogy, seeing life-size practical ships like this is a massive breath of fresh air. The final film will undoubtedly be full of CGI, but practical replicas like this help give life to their digital counterparts. Actually getting to see the actors interact with these ships is a big deal.
But wait! There's more! Another new image was sent to folks over at Latino Review and it's a ... well, it's an orange and black X-Wing.
So what's with all of these multicolored X-Wings? This is a far cry from the original trilogy, where they all had that standard red and gray paint job. The last thing we want to do is make too many crazy assumptions that will turn out to be untrue and make us all look silly, but we like the theory being floated over at Badass Digest: this is a villainous X-Wing flown by Imperial pilots. Crazy. And maybe crazy enough to be true.
And someone else tried to grab actual footage of the set, but without too much luck.
And that brings us to this intriguing tweet and the attached image, which shows someone dressed entirely in white on the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' set. Despite the color scheme, its certainly not a Stormtrooper, so who could it be? Your guess is as good as ours ... but please feel free to guess.
Mark Ruffalo Wants in on 'Star Wars: Episode 8'
Once upon a time, Rian Johnson was the beloved filmmaker with indie roots responsible for 'Brick,' 'The Brothers Bloom' and 'Looper.' Now he's directing 'Star Wars: Episode 8' and all of his old friends are coming out of the woodwork, looking for parts in his biggest break yet. Moochers! The lot of 'em!
We're joking about the moochers thing, but it is fun to learn that Johnson's 'Brothers Bloom' star (and current Hulk) Mark Ruffalo contacted his old director asking for a part in his 'Star Wars' chapter. When asked whether he would want to be a part of the film by Collider, he turned on that trademark Ruffalo charm:
Desperately. My e-mail to Rian after all these years was, “Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”
We agree, Mr. Johnson. Please find room in your movie for Mark Ruffalo, who has a great habit of improving everything he's in. In fact, we think he'd be great as a sleepy and laid back Jedi who may or may not be stoned. Get on it.
Is This a Sketch of Daisy Ridley's 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Character?
We've already written about how our desperation for 'Star Wars' scoops has transformed us into monsters who salivate over the tiniest details, but we've found a new low! Making Star Wars managed to get a look at concept art for Daisy Ridley's mysterious heroine ... but they weren't able to actually post it. So they attempted to draw it from memory.
Yes, this is a secondhand drawing of concept art. God help us all.
If this is legit, then it looks like Ridley is playing someone with a fair bit of "exploring the galaxy" experience. Those are the clothes and the equipment of someone who knows how to handle themselves. For the details that you can't discern in the art above, the secondhand artist chimed in with additional commentary:
I had trouble with the loose free-flowing scarf, so I didn’t depict it. She has a ton of detail and gadgets on the costume, so please forgive me for any ambiguities. The pants reminded me of Boba Fett’s pants (they’re not). The knee pads, chest and scarf are a dark blue. The pants are grey. Her arms are a white “bone” looking padding, tied off with brown straps. My sketch looks like she has a hat brim but that is supposed to be a transparent visor. It’s like a solid piece of glass or plastic and you can see her eyes through it. The stances below are nearly identical to the art I was shown.
The big question now is what this character's last name is. Skywalker? Solo? Kenobi? Something completely new?
John Boyega once again took to Instagram to tease us with non-details. Apparently, an exotic alien world lurks behind those walls...
A Tina Fey romantic comedy is opening opposite 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' but she's not worried. In fact, she plans to destroy her sci-fi rival. Here's her sharing her devious plan on television:
Dark Horse's utterly bizarre miniseries 'The Star Wars' adapts George Lucas' earliest drafts of the original film into a comic book and it's something else. Now, the series is available in a slick three volume hardcover package and Slashfilm put together a very detailed review of the whole thing, complete with lots of pictures.
Finally, artist Matt Ferguson released a trio of gorgeous posters representing the original trilogy. Gaze upon them and wish you had them on your walls.