When the newest iteration of the Star Wars: Battlefront video game came in 2015, it was a certified hit. Of course, everyone remembers the commercials with everyone “force-ghosting” into the video game, but it took the industry on by storm this past year. The video game sold more than 14 million copies and went on to be the 4th best-selling video game in 2015. Thanks to downloadable content and expansion packs for the game it continues to be a top seller. With such a massive success on their hands, it’s almost a no-brainer that Electronic Arts (EA) would make a sequel to this game.
It looks like everyone can finally calm down. Disney has found it’s new Han Solo. News just broke that Alden Ehrenreich will play the younger version of Harrison Ford in the new Star Wars stand-alone movie. For those unfamiliar with his work, Ehrenreich was recently scene in the movie Hail Caesar! where he played a singing Western actor who had been thrown into a period drama. Prior to that, his list of accomplishments is rather small, having been on television a couple of times and in other shorts.
Hopefully as a dedicated reader of Nerd Bastards you did not let yesterday pass without saying to someone “May the 4th be with you.” The annual Star Wars Day commemoration is more relevant now than ever as it comes in the middle of a cycle of yearly Star Wars movies, this year caught between the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Shooting is presently underway on Star Wars Episode VIII, and then a young Han Solo movie is expected afterward, and one of the directors of the latter film is chomping at the bit to get on set. (more…)
As we all know, May 4th marks Star Wars day, in honour of the franchise we all love so much. All around the world people are literally celebrating Star Wars Day in one way or another, even if it is as simple tweet wishing people a happy Star Wars Day. What may have started off as a simple pun on a date, has turned into a bit of a phenomenon! There is one greeting however, that is probably a little more welcomed than the others. Today Daisy Ridley took to the internet to send a message to every Star Wars fan out there, with a little thank you from her and the Star Wars team that were on hand!
Back in August 2015 at the D23 Expo, it was revealed that two Disney parks would be given a massive expansion that will take visitors to a galaxy far, far away. Yes, “Star Wars Land” as it was called at the time, was announced and people lost their minds. The idea behind it was to immerse Star Wars fans, young and old in the universe with Luke, Leia and Han. This is where it was given the name “The Star Wars Experience.” Original images revealed beautiful and detailed concept art of space stations and dingy cantinas, populated with the likes of Admiral Akbar and C-3PO & R2-D2. Now there have been new renderings of the park’s layout and it is worth getting excited over! (more…)
After the absolute success of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, lifelong fans of the franchise have had their love of the series completely reinvigorated, while newer audiences finally understand why those lifelong fans have been so passionate for so many years. With Disney behind the wheel, there is no stopping the Star Wars machine from moving forward with gusto and while fans don’t have too long to wait before returning to a galaxy far, far away with the December 16 release of Rogue One, most audiences are now anticipating the continuing story of the Skywalkers in 2017’s Episode VIII. TFA left plenty of questions and mysteries to chew on and if a recent Reddit poster happens to have the goods that he/she claims, well, fans may have plenty more once the final scene of Episode VIII has played out. (more…)
Okay let’s play a game. Name this film… There is a war taking place in a galaxy far, far away. A small droid that interacts exclusively in beeps and boops. An antagonist with a respiratory problem. The rugged hero. Unassumingly innocent protagonist. A big moon (or space station.) A plan to destroy the space station (or moon.) Red and yellow targeting system. One sweet shot. Sound familiar? If you said Star Wars IV: A New Hope or Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens you would be right. JJ Abrams has been under some criticism for the similarities between the two films that open up separate sections of the saga. The question is, are these similarities justified or just lazy? (more…)
If you haven’t been following Peter Mayhew‘s daily tweets of the original Star Wars script, that obviously went through many changes before and during shooting, then you’ve been missing an interesting look at how scripts evolve during the production process. A few days ago Mayhew tweeted out three pages of the original script that would have changed one of the movies most dramatic, and character building scenes, the duel and death of Obi-Wan on the Deathstar at the hands of Darth Vader. (more…)
The one constant throughout the Star Wars films has been everyone’s favorite droid duo C-3PO, and R-2D2. Although the two spent most of The Force Awakens on the sidelines in favor of newcomer B-88, they still are very much a part of the heart and soul of Star Wars. They have gone on adventures with both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke throughout both trilogies. When the promotional material for The Force Awakens first began to surface, there was a slight change in our favorite protocol droid’s appearance. No longer did he have his gold plating throughout his body. For some unexplained reason, C3PO was seen sporting a red arm on his left arm. Even though it was clear that he had a red arm, in typical C-3PO fashion, he spent some time to irksomely explain that he had a brand new red arm that everyone had to notice. While this was an interesting aesthetic, it was not explained at all during the film, it was just something that “happened” and now we’ll just have to get used to it. This left some fans to ponder: Why is his arm red? What happened? In typical JJ Abrams fashion, we didn’t get an answer… until now.
Auditions for the coveted “Young Han Solo” prequel movie are cloaked in secrecy. Many came to audition and only three actors remain. The casting itself had a title much like “Blue Harvest” for Return of the Jedi, “Red Cup” (red solo cups, get it?). With such an iconic character being portrayed Disney and Lucasfilm must get it right, even if it takes a few more weeks. The remaining actors in this clandestine audition are, Taron Egerton of Kingsman fame, Jack Reynor (Transformers-Age of Extinction, Macbeth) and Alden Ehrenreich who starred in Beautiful Creatures and had a part in the Cohn Brothers, Hail Ceasar! (more…)