Saturday, 17 February 2018
Soon getting the hang of Han Solo's blaster gift, an angry Rey proves a fine shot at felling enemy Stormtroopers within the forests of Takodana, in this great image from The Force Awakens.
He's been an important and enduring part of the Expanded Universe of STAR WARS original novels since 1978/79, so it's great to see an all-new prequel era adventure for Han Solo, with lovable Chewbacca and smooth-operator Lando Calrissian tagging along: Last Shot, coming out just in time before the cinematic release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in May 2018.
Here's the latest press info on Last Shot from UK STAR WARS book release giants Century:
Han Solo and Lando Calrissian star in an action-packed novel that ties into the new Han Solo film - due to release May 25, 2018.
Han Solo and Chewbacca team up with the galaxy’s most charming rogue, Lando Calrissian, in an epic novel that spans decades – set both around the events of the new Han Solo film and years later, after Return of the Jedi.
Read the full announcement here:
Get Last Shot in UK hardback (from April 19th, 2018) here:
Friday, 16 February 2018
|Mark Hamill wearing the classic McQuarrie The Star Wars T-shirt in 1976.|
Superb footage has recently materialized online via FANAC Fan History from the now legendary MidAmeriCon II - World Science Fiction Convention 34 event in Kansas City of 1976, featuring a high-spirited Mark Hamill, informative producer Gary Kurtz and the film's dedicated publicist Charles Lippincott talking about the upcoming Star Wars. It's a wonderful look back to an innocent and fascinating time when the film had to be sold, yes sold, to American sci-fi and fantasy audiences, a lot of whom seemed jaded by genre films since the enlightening 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A year later, things were to prove a lot different...
|Lippincott, Kurtz and Hamill.|
Charles Lippncott interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoKK-aFcQIg
With thanks to Chris Baker and starwarsarchives.com for the heads-up
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Right from the film's earliest promotion online and at one of the Star Wars Celebration events back in 2015, it was clear that Rogue One - A Star Wars Story was going to be a tough and gritty action-adventure lead-in to the original 1977 movie that started it all. And, from this early cast publicity shoot (by LUCASFILM UK's in-house Chief Photographer, Brit talent Jonathan Olley) taken at the filming location of Cardington Hangar, London, our main heroes (led by Felicity Jones ultimately noble Jyn Erso), minus the being kept under wraps K-2SO, were also going to look a lot grubbier from their resultant conflicts!
|This image from the shoot would be held back until the film's release.|
Intriguingly, no solo image of the character of Bodhi Rook, as played by the inimitable Riz Ahmed, seems to have been released from that early posed location shoot taken by Olley. Interestingly, the character of Bodhi Rook had a different name, character personality, background (including a family) and motivations leading up to the start of filming on Gareth Edward's vision of Rogue One. Things later changed considerably - the character becoming the newly christened 'Bodhi Rook' during the film's reshoots phase, of which Ahmed's role was further expanded and integrated within the plot (most notably linked to Jedha). The closest we can find image-wise to that original look for Ahmed's early character interpretation are these shots below (photographer/s unknown).
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
|Very cool early layout concept from Ralph McQuarrie, for what eventually became the dramatic cover of Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Love that prototype logo idea!|
It was the book that showed Princess Leia piloting a Y-wing fighter, introduced the swamp world of Mimban (mentioned in The Clone Wars animated series and now about to be given reality in Solo- A Star Wars Story) plus the notion of 'Kiburr/Kiber' crystals (later seen for real with Rogue One), provided an excellent and quirky support character in Halla (who should come back one day!), and unleashed the Yuzzum beasts before they became a singular shrunken Muppet-like creation officially seen in Return of the Jedi. Additionally, we were witness to Luke getting early hots for Leia (before the bad news came along!), and saw the young duo partake in an epic finale lightsaber duel against a genuinely merciless Darth Vader- a conflict which would see the dark lord lose his arm. Plus the glorious image of Leia taking the saber against her former torturous captor: the kind of cool action moment/idea for our heroine we'll now be cruelly denied from ever seeing onscreen, what with the truly sad passing of Carrie Fisher.
|Leia takes on Vader. A classic scene from Splinter made reality by Adam Hughes.|
All that exciting material was in Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye- the first officially sanctioned adventure set after and beyond the original 1977 film, once planned as a cheap-to-make sequel by Lucasfilm should the first movie only be a moderate box office success. It was the beginning of a legend in science fiction/fantasy tie-in book publishing.
If you haven't already read this terrific adventure (originally published on this date (1978) in the US by Del Rey, and later in the UK by Sphere), or the 1995 four-part DARK HORSE comic adaptation, showing us a time before the STAR WARS universe/franchise was cemented, altered, then re-cemented, then go out and do so now!
Check out our original PDF archive on the story:
Happy Fortieth Anniversary!
The intimidating and opulent-costumed presence of the Supreme Chancellor's shifty second-in-command, Mas Amedda, is enough to put anybody at ill-at-ease - be they senator or Jedi. For EPISODEs II and III, he would be played Australian actor David Bowers, in this posed publicity /costume reference image.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
The gang's all here: thieves, a scoundrel, an efficient droid, a mercenary role model, an old flame, and a new pairing of wannabe smuggler and wookiee pilot...
I loved the aged and folded corner wrinkles on the poster- like it was from the 1970's. A great and celebratory nostalgia idea similar to the one previously used by Drew Struzan with his first classic Star Wars 'circus' poster, circa 1977.
More movie news:
Within an extras and alien creatures-heavy environment, also full of smoke and flu-stricken crew members, Carrie Fisher, masked as the bounty hunter Boushh, with Peter Mayhew as her 'captive' Chewbacca, film close-up scenes for Return of the Jedi at Elstree Studios during January 1982.
Monday, 12 February 2018
In the Geonosian Arena, the newly arrived Jedi force led by Mace Windu prove themselves as formidable warriors, but, despite their powers, even they soon find themselves overwhelmed by legions of Battle Droids and Super Battle Droids. Terrific mood warfare concept art for EPISODE II by Ryan Church.
Sunday, 11 February 2018
On a warm day during Summer 1976, the Death Star hangar interior set at Elstree Studios is about to get very busy with action and pyrotechnics galore, as writer/director George Lucas goes through the upcoming battle of the heroes escape with his main cast, and most notably Harrison Ford, inhabiting the ever blaster weapon firing smuggler/pilot, Han Solo.
With the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, find out how Ford and Lucas made their own unique behind the scenes contributions to the origins adventure...