Star Wars Round Up: Who’ll Be Returning for Episode VIII, Guess Who’s Coming to ‘The Force Awakens’ Premier & MOAR!!!
The Star Wars News is pouring down on us in buckets, and its all we can do to stay afloat like Mickey in that scene with those damndable brooms from Fantasia. If you haven’t hopped aboard the crazy hype boat, well slip on those adult undies cause you’re officially on-board the S.S Star Wars! Join or hop off ’cause this boat is going right into the fray of the hottest news right off the press, that has “some” SPOILERS, but lots of awesome tidbits from the pressers done this week by cast and crew of the film.
Our first bit of news comes from the producer at the helm of the Star Wars voyage we are about to embark on for the next 5 years, Kathleen Kennedy. She sat down with the L.A Times to discuss the upcoming film, but let a big cat out of the bag when it comes to what characters will survive The Force Awakens and continue on to Star Wars: Episode VIII. While many were worried about Skywalker’s appearance in the film, it has already been confirmed that he will be in Episode VIII, but who will be joining him? Well, it is none other than Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma. From The L.A. Times:
‘Kennedy has big plans for Phasma and confirmed that the captain will carry on into the next movie.’ “She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”
When discussing Captain Phasma’s overall importance in the canon as a female villain:
“We see women in a different range of roles in the film. And the reason I love my character so much and I feel so enthusiastic about Capt. Phasma is, yes, she’s cool, she looks cool, she’s a villain — but more than that, we see a female character and respond to her not because of the way she looks. We respond to her because of her actions. I think we’re a society that has promoted a homogenized idea of beauty in women — and in men — and I think it’s really interesting, modern and necessary to have a female character that isn’t about the way her body looks. It isn’t about her wearing makeup. It’s not about her being conventionally feminized. The idea of this enormous legacy and franchise embracing an idea like that, which of course to many of us feels logical, is actually really progressive. And long overdue.”
Another interesting thing to point out is J.J. Abrams, when asked at D23 Expo earlier this year what performance/character was his favorite he pointed to Christie:
“[Christie] is my favorite. She just killed it. You think, “Well, what? It’s wearing a costume.” But it’s a lot to wear and to have a performance when you’re wearing that requires a different kind of skill set and an additional talent, and she’s got it. It’s an incredible thing to work with her. I am glad that a character has been designed that is visually as stunning as that is, because she deserves it and the fans do too. When I first saw that design my mind was blown because it looked so undeniable.”
Masked characters have to be chosen carefully, in my opinion, because you have to convey a character through body language and voice alone. You don’t get facial expressions and eye contact to connect with the character. It is the difference between Bane vs. V (V for Vendetta), an actor/actress can rise or fall in a role like. So with such glowing reviews, it going to be hard to not walk in there expecting a stellar performance.
While only a select few have seen the film, Kennedy has revealed that someone else has seen the film and liked it. None other than, George Lucas. While many have had choice words to say on our comment stream and on the internet in general about George Lucas and his thoughts on the upcoming film, he is still a part of the films history, even if now he is just a spectator. Despite selling the franchise in 2012 and walking away from the creative aspects of the film making, George Lucas will be attending the London and Los Angeles premieres for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It may come as a surprise to many that he is still remotely in the vicinity of the film, seeing as he’s had many a choice word or two to say on the subject of the film moving on without him. But the most important to remember is the following tid-bit about how he’d feel watching The Force Awakens when asked by The Washinton Post:
“I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made.”
Hmmmm. OK weird, but understandable. While many may disagree with me, it is understandable to see this love/hate come out of George Lucas only because this film was his creative child. We will never know what happened behind closed doors in the negotiation process to purchase the franchise but it is clear to read, thanks to the many candid interviews with Lucas, that Disney took complete control of the franchise and did not take Lucas’ input. Why? Because as they told Lucas, they were wanting to go in a direction that would make the fans happy and what they received from Lucas was not something they felt comfortable moving forward with. That has to be a mighty loss to watch your creations grow and evolve out of your hands. So say what you want about the man, it’s the internet I can’t stop you, but just remember this…he’s seen a final cut of the film before you…..just sayin’. In case you missed that.
Next we move to Carrie Fisher, from Princess to General this bad ass role-model for women/girls everywhere sat down with Good Morning America to discuss her role in the upcoming films and with The Wall Street Journal clears the air on certain controversies surrounding “Princess Leia”.
Now the following video features Carrie Fisher in a endearing and quite zany light, as she brings her e-famous dog ‘Gary’. By the way, both her and her dog have seen the final cut of the film and will as Carrie Fisher points out “it’ll leave audience members with their tongue out of their mouth like Gary and they won’t mind it one bit.” While she keeps mum on details surrounding the film she does deliver what I will dub a Level 9000 Sass Takedown, throughout the entire interview, and has some choice one-liners when it comes to returning as Leia and Hollywood’s ageism/body contraints that came up when taking the role.
For those wondering about the controversy behind Princess Leia, well it all boils down to the Slave Leia costume. The Wall Street Journal asked Fisher about her thoughts on those who agree that merchandise featuring her character in that outfit be removed from production. Her response:
I think that’s stupid. The father who flipped out about it, “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?” Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.
In a sea of political correctness, you heard it straight from the source. Carrie Fisher is more empowered through her actions as the character and not what she wore in that scene. Let’s see how much flaming in the comments we get from this tid-bit.