Is Luke Skywalker the best Jedi that ever lived? That’s a question that inspires endless debates and one that will not be answered here. But just for the record, he did go from orphan farmer boy to galaxy-saving Jedi in just three movies. Took down the Death Star with his eyes closed. Turned his evil dad good again. Oh, and he gives awesome piggy back rides. We’re here today to not talk about Luke the Jedi, but Luke the pilot. Now, we wouldn’t be so bold to say one is cooler/better than the other but in terms of what his actions as a pilot meant for the Rebels and, well, the galaxy pilot Luke is pretty dope.
While it’s a far cry from sniping Womp rats in a T-16 you can now have Luke decked out in full pilot gear in your home. Technically, there have been lots of Rebel Pilot Luke toys made over the years (lots!), but none quite like this 1/6th figure from Sideshow Collectibles. (more…)
Among the few answers we’ve gleamed about Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the advertising released so far, none of them has answered the question of Luke Skywalker. Where is he? What is he up to? Is he bad or good? All those queries and more are of primary interest for the classic character played by Mark Hamill, but the publicity has seemed to go out of its way to avoid Luke, forcing some fans to wonder if Hamill’s role will be more cameo than leading man. Not to fear, says master of the mystery box J.J. Abrams, no one will be singing a Simple Minds song in the relation to the Jedi Master. (more…)
We weren’t expecting a reveal like this until this weekends D23, and maybe it’s not even something Disney was ready to release. Doesn’t matter. All that’s important is that we have our first look at Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is now behind us and there are plenty of fanboys and fangirls out there who feel pretty spent after 4 days of absolute bliss. The greatest convention in the galaxy brought with it plenty of surprises and even a few tears (of joy, of course) and if you were among the tens of thousands in attendance, making the decision to either go to work or stay in bed on Monday morning was probably a tougher decision than whether or not you should have paid that $15 for the food truck Wookie Fries while at the convention. Nerd Bastards was on hand for some of the more glorious moments of the convention, so we wanted to share a few of those moments with you! (more…)
Freddy Krueger – a.k.a. Robert Englund – has been tearing up the interview circuit as of late due to the upcoming 30th anniversary (yes… you hear that right, 30 years!!!) of A Nightmare On Elm Street. Some of his anecdotes have been compelling to say the least, but one that sticks out in our minds is the revelation that he helped Mark Hamill secure his Star Wars gig, playing the role of Luke Skywalker. As it turns out, getting drunk and passing out on Krueger’s couch isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (more…)
J.J Abrams‘ Star Wars VII has just announced that principle photography has wrapped up and the production moves into the Special effects and editing phase. Along with this announcement comes the full title for Star Wars VII, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ The film had a welcoming start, with some fans a little skeptical of Abrams taking the helm with his lens flare fetish and ‘Star Trek’ affiliation. And the middle hit a few bumps with a heavy door breaking Harrison Ford’s leg when he tried to exit the ship he’s been flying for 30 years. But here we are at the finish line and a title that makes perfect sense within the Star Wars universe. Especially if you believe the spoiler I post at the very end… (more…)
The Jedi beard is a proud tradition, one that Luke Skywalker never really got a chance to take part in because his schtick was that he was the new boy fresh of the farm and ready to rock and roll. But if you’re an older, more mature Jedi, it’s practically expected that you grow a dignified, but manly, Jedi beard, and now that Luke is a little more mature, he’s got the facial hair to prove his status as an honored elder in the new Jedi Order. And so does Luke’s portrayer Mark Hamill. (more…)
As Biggie once rapped: “I’m going, going, back, back to Tati, Tati…”
OK, so that joke didn’t entirely work (or work at all), but new rumors swirling about JJ Abrams’ choices for location shooting on the new Star Wars suggest that we might be headed back to the home world of Luke Skywalker.
When Obi-Wan Kenobi called The Force “an energy field created by all living things” that “binds the galaxy together,” I don’t think this is what he meant. Rumor patrol reports in that Original Star Wars trilogy stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are going to have to shape up if they want in for Episode VII.
According to The Sun, Star Wars producers and the Walt Disney studio wants Hamill, 61, and Fisher, 56, to look more like their ’77 to ’83 selves in terms of body image rather than their current physiques honed from years of sitting behind autograph tables at fan conventions. To that end, both actors have been given access to a personal trainer so that they can get in shape before shooting of Episode VII, which is expected to begin by year’s end. Harrison Ford meanwhile, whose rumored to be playing only a small part in the film, apparently has a ready-for-Star Wars physique already.
But seriously, really? Even the old(er) folks have to get in shape for Star Wars now? Well Fisher’s been rather frank about how her Princess Leia wardrobe gave her body image issues in the original trilogy, but when recently asked about Episode VII she sounded weirdly enthusiastic about getting in shape.
“I’m glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I’m really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see.
“By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.”
As for Hamill, I was watching the season finale of Criminal Minds with my mom, in which Hamill played a revenge-minded serial killer out to slay the series’ star FBI profilers, and the first thing she said was he looks fat. My mom can be pretty harsh, but I think we all want to see a Luke Skywalker at ass-kicking strength for the sequel. Besides, he might like a personal trainer too.
What do you Bastards think? Do Hamill and Fisher need to get into shape for Episode VII?
Meesa scared you!
For months, the conversation about Star Wars Episode VII has mostly been dominated by talk about the prospective teams that would craft the next chapter in the epic saga while story details and casting picks were forced to live on the fringes of wild speculation, but now, that MAY be changing… and please make note of the word “may”.
According to /Film, by way of Latino-Review, something called Schmoes Know is citing a “reliable” but anonymous source that says that they saw a copy of a casting notice and plot breakdown that Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot put out.
Hypothetical Spoiler Alert!
So, what’s Michael Arndt’s Star Wars VII script about? Well, according to this alleged notice, the main story will involve an elder Luke Skywalker training Han and Leia’s 17 year old son Jacen and their 17 year old daughter Jaina in the ways of the force until one of the twins (Jacen) breaks off toward the dark side.
/Film notes that such a story would seem to borrow a bit from some of the expanded universe novels despite JJ Abrams refusing to comment on whether his team would mine those epic fields for inspiration.
I’ve never read any of the novels, so I can’t speak to that (though, with the amount of novels that are out there, I imagine it would be a great challenge to find something that wasn’t reminiscent of one of those stories), but if this story is true (and there is a chance that it is not), it kinda saddens me.
I know Luke Skywalker has to be at the forefront, but making Han the father of a rebellious teen? How do we extract a right amount of badass from that? Make no mistake, I am looking forward to seeing this movie, but I primarily just want a little more time with Han Solo and I need a little bit of that Solo swagger to make watching a 70 year old in a vest tolerable. That was the deal with Crystal Skull and it’s the same deal here, so I’m hoping that Harrison Ford’s role asks him to do more than watch Luke train his kids and wax nostalgically about that night he and Lando shared in Zeltros, and I’ve got some fanfic to write.
“Their love was trapped in carbonite; still alive, but cordoned off from the sun and the splendor of existence… much like them in the absence of one another’s touch… much… like… them.
‘I love you’ one said to the other while standing near but also far far away. He knew, oh, he always knew.”
Sources: /Film, Latino-Review, Schmoes Knows