In less than two weeks Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, so it’s pretty much the only thing fans are talking about. Amongst those discussing the female-fronted standalone movie is Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who recently said she feels no responsibility to cater to men when it comes to the franchise–a comment almost guaranteed to upset a portion of the fanbase. But that’s not all that’s been happening in the galaxy far, far away. Read on for all the Star Wars news you might have missed over the last couple weeks.
Just How Extensive Were Those Rogue One Reshoots?
Source: Online reports
Probability of Accuracy: Pretty damn accurate.
The Real Deal: Remember back when Bourne Legacy and Michael Clayton director and writer Tony Gilroy was brought on to help with the reshoots for Rogue One and fans were told they no big deal? Apparently they might have been a slightly big deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gilroy will make “north of $5 million” for his work, noting that he was being paid $200,000 a week, which means he’s been working on the movie for half a year or so already. (Suddenly, Michael Giacchino is jealous; the composer recently revealed that he only had four weeks to score Rogue One.) While it’s likely to remain a mystery just what Gilroy did, the THR story suggests that he “tackled several issues in the film, including the ending.” So, that sounds like a pretty drastic overhaul, all things considered. But as long as the movie works, will anyone care once it comes out?
Rebellions Are Built on Hope–and Pretty Good Early Ticket Sales
Source: Fandango and MovieTickets.com
Probability of Accuracy: Well, it does come from the source(s), so let’s go with “entirely accurate.”
The Real Deal: However much Lucasfilm spent on Gilroy, they’re going to make their money back. Advance tickets for Rogue One went on sale last week and immediately set new sales records for the year, reportedly selling “hundreds of thousands of tickets” within minutes. Advance tracking has the movie making between $100 million and $140 million in its opening weekend in the US alone, which would make it the second highest December opening weekend–right behind last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If it performs as expected, it’ll be the most successful opening of the year. At this point, it’d be bigger news if one of these movies flopped.
Don’t Expect Rogue Two Anytime Soon
Source: The head honcho of the entire franchise
Probability of Accuracy: If the boss says something isn’t going to happen, then it’s probably not going to happen.
The Real Deal: As /Film points out, the latest issue of Empire features Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy saying, unequivocally, that there will not be a sequel to Rogue One. On the one hand, of course there won’t be; the movie is a prequel to the original Star Wars. But on the other, surely we weren’t the only ones who half-suspected that we’d see Jyn Erso again at the very least… unless something really bad happens to her at the end of the movie, of course. Wait. Are you teasing something really bad happening to Jyn, Kathleen? Don’t toy with our emotions like this!
Wherefore Art Thou, Obi-Wan?
Source: Speculation provoked by a rumor that was certainly out of left field
Probability of Accuracy: This just sounds fake, yet the source is usually pretty good, so… 50/50?
The Real Deal: If you, like Ewan MacGregor, have been wondering why Lucasfilm has yet to announce a spinoff movie focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, then Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican–a man who has broken a number of Star Wars stories in his time–has a genuinely strange rumor to share. Appearing on the Rebel Force Radio podcast recently, Breznican said, “I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan [solo film] happen beyond Episode IX.” Wait: not done with Obi-Wan in a movie sequence taking place decades after this death? What could that even mean? Flashbacks, Force Ghosts? Something else? Fans will just have to keep their eyes peeled, apparently.
These Might Be Luke Skywalker’s First Words from Episode VIII–But Probably Not
Source: Online rumormongering
Probability of Accuracy: Entirely unclear, but it’s certainly not looking likely.
The Real Deal: And while we’re talking about unsourced, potentially entirely fictional rumors, there’s some gossip floating around that a line of Luke Skywalker’s dialogue from Episode VIII has leaked. Admittedly, the source of this rumor–the video below–does say “the authenticity of these claims is quite questionable,” which almost sounds as if he’s daring everyone to admit that it’s all fake, but in case it’s not, just why would Luke say “you contain the spark that will rekindle the fire”… and who would he be talking to when he says it?
Sure, Rey is the obvious suggestion, but what if he’s talking to Kylo Ren when he says it? That is, of course, assuming that he actually does say it…