Episode 150:Gwen Stephanie Awakens

In which two mates get drunk on rum and discuss Star Wars:The Force Awakens. They also touch upon the death of Lemmy (RIP) and the disapointing Doctor Who Christmas special, The husbands of River Song.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) is a 2015  epic space opera film produced, co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams.

It is the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the seventh installment of the main Star Wars film franchise, following Return of the Jedi (1983).

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow.

The Husbands of River Song is an episode of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. First broadcast on BBC One on 25 December 2015, it is the eleventh Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005. It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

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Peter Cushing to star in Rogue One?

Now, I hate referencing the daily mail. But according to them, director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm might be digitally resurrecting Peter Cushing for Rogue One. Peter Cushing originally played Grand Moff Tarkin, in Star Wars:A New Hope.

Rogue One revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans for the Rebel Alliance.

Tarkin was a high-ranking officer, whom played a pivotal part in the construction of the Death Star. He was also the only person on board that could mouth-off to Darth Vader. So it does make sense to include him.

The report states that Peter Cushing would be brought back to life via mo-cap technology, so presumably we’ll have another actor, with Peter Cushing digitally pasted on top. Much like they did with Paul Walker in Fast and Furious 7.

A source said:

“This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever. Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole back story that will come out.”

Obviously, this is a news story from The Daily Fail Mail, so take it with a pinch of salt.

I think it would be interesting to see Tarkin back on the big screen, Mo-Cap technology has come a long way in the past fifteen years. It won’t be long until every working actor submit’s a digital copy of themselves to a database.

Whilst they’re bringing back Peter Cushing, maybe we could finally get the third Dr.Who movie.

Leaked Lucasfilm picture confirms Spin-Off

Yesterday Lucasfilm announced there would be a Han Solo anthology movie, focusing on the adventures of the young scruffy looking nerf herder. Now, it seems that Lucasfilm’s other big Comic-Con announcement has leaked online. 

Now, the photo could be faked. But apparently someone working at San Diego comic con managed to snap this pic of LucasFilm’s full line-up.

The two interesting things here are the confirmation of the much rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film called Kenobi: The Balance of the Force and the Fett/Solo Anthology film. 
Like I said, it was announced that Han was getting his own movie. But now it looks like Fett will also appear. 

Like most people, I had my problems with the prequels. But Ewan McGregor was not one of them. It would be awesome so have him reprise his role. There’s certainly a story to tell. 

Josh Trank walks from Star Wars spin-off

Rumours were flying around after Josh Trank failed to appear at Star Wars celebration, at the panel he was meant to attend with the Rogue One director, Gareth Edwards. Trank’s people said he had the flu and was regrettably unable to attend. But it now seems there was more to that story. 

Disney/Lucasfilm have confirmed that Trank is no longer involved in the second Star Wars Anthology (that’s spin-off to us laymen’s).

The studio said:

“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh. We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best”.

Personally, I was excited to see what Trank would bring to the Star Wars universe and I’m sad to see him leave. 

Trank added:

“After a year of having the incredible honour of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”

Lando Calrissian joins Star Wars:Rebels

It’s still unknown if Billy Dee Williams will be returning for Star Wars:The force awakens, personally I think they’re holding off using him until episode 8. He first appeared in the second of the original trilogy, it would be a nice touch to have him re-appear in the second of the new trilogy.

But if you can’t wait for your Lando fix, then good news. He will appear in the eleventh episode of Series 1. The episode is called “Idiot’s Array” and sees Zeb lose Chopper in a game of Sabacc to Lando Calrissian.

I can’t wait to see Lando back in action, Williams is now the third original trilogy star to reprise their role. James Earl Jones and Frank Oz have previously appeared as Darth Vader and Yoda respectively.

Episode 126:As yet untitled

In which Martyn and Gerrod record the podcast for an audience of one, they discuss Birdman (spoiler-free), Star Wars:The force awakens and the normal amount of waffle.

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Star Wars plot details?

A rumoured basic plot outline for episode VII has been doing the rounds online.
Do not read on if you’re planning to see episode VII completely fresh.

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley play two friends who find a severed hand holding a lightsabre.
They recognise the object as an old relic of the Jedi and set off to return it to the proper people. On the way, they meet Han and Chewie who recognise that the lightsabre belongs to Luke, whom they haven’t seen for thirty years.
The foursome then set off looking for the fallen Jedi master.
Meanwhile, a weapon capable of destroying an entire solar system is being developed on an ice planet.

I would certainly say that that plot sounds very plausible, it completely blows out the speculation that Ridley is a young Solo.

Christina Chong cast in Star Wars

The very reliable Latino Review are reporting that British actress Christina Chong has been cast in Star Wars Episode VII.

She has appeared in numerous UK TV shows including, Fresh Meat, The Wrong Mans and also made an appearance in the Kick-Ass films. She’s perhaps best known to Sci-Fi fans for her role as Lorna Bucket Doctor Who’s “A Good Man Goes to War”.
She also owns a restaurant.
Her role in Star Wars has not yet been revealed.

Kevin Smith visits the Star Wars set

It’s well documented that Kevin Smith is a die hard Star Wars fan, he has referenced the franchise in nearly all of his films.
Smith is currently in the UK, touring two of his many podcasts and was invited along to the set by JJ Abrams.
Due to the NDA (non disclosure agreement) that he had to sign, he couldn’t reveal any details of the film. But he did put out this picture on his Instagram account with the following text.

“Visited JJ and his EP VII set. I signed the NDA so all I can share are this old Bantha-Tracks subscriber’s tears and snotty nose of joy. The Force is WITH this movie. Holy Sith…”

Smith mentioned on the most recent episode of Hollywood babble-on, which was record before the visit:

“I got an Email about a month ago from a dude who was like ‘Hey Kev, we haven’t talked in a while. Been thinking about you.
We just started shooting in the desert, man. We’re heading over to London, if you’re gonna be in London, then blow me up and roll up on the set, man’.
signed JJ Abrams.

So I hit him back and I was like, ‘I am gonna be in fucking England. I’m coming over to do some shows with my friend Ralph’.

So he was like ‘oh great, then you’ve gotta come stop by the set’.

So, I was just like, wow. How easy was this? I didn’t have to ask, he hit me up out of nowhere and shit.
And I’m sitting there going, I don’t know him that well. So I started second guessing it and I was like you know what, I’ve gotta see if this is legit. So I wrote him back an email and I was like
‘I just checked in with your office, so I’m all set to visit. But just in case, I wanna put this out there just in case you hit the wrong Kevin in your address book, this is Kevin Smith. The Clerks guy’
and he wrote back the perfect email, just a two letter response ‘oh fuck’.”

Andy Serkis talks Star Wars

We’ve long assumed that Andy Serkis would play a mo-caped character in Star Wars: Episode VII.
In a recent interview with Sci-Fi Now, the man himself said that his company, The Imaginarium, will be doing all of the mo-cap work for the film. Although he doesn’t confirm if he is playing a mo-cap character.

He said:
“It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be engaging with this. It’s just come about so organically.
“J.J. Abrams and I met, and we just had this incredible kind of vibe between us. He said, ‘You’d fit really well in this universe,’ and I said, ‘I think I probably could.’ We’re working very closely, as I say, in two ways: the Imaginarium is providing all of the performance characters, and I myself am playing a character in it.
“I’m thrilled, deeply excited. Sitting at that read-through the other day was just extraordinary. It was an amazing event; being with the original cast was just incredible. I just think the script is so wonderful, and both the old and the newbies in the cast are just so thrilled and excited to get together.”

I’m excited by his casting, Serkis is the pioneer of motion capture acting.