'Rogue One' is one of the most acclaimed of the Disney era 'Star Wars' movies, but it almost went by some very different names.
We’ll cut right to the chase: The rumor that Ewan McGregor has walked away from the upcoming Disney+ “Star Wars” tv series about Obi-Wan Kenobi and that Disney has canceled the show is not true.Sources with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Friday that the story circulating is “totally inaccurate,” and that the show is still moving forward as announced last summer.The story is actually a hoax created by a clearly-labeled joke Twitter account called @DicsussingFilm. The clue that this story wasn’t on the level should probably have been the obviously misspelled “Dicsussing” in the handle, but in case that didn’t do the trick, the account’s bio says “PARODY ACCOUNT, NOT AFFILIATED WITH @DiscussingFilm.”Also Read: 'Mandalorian' Director Deborah Chow to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series for Disney+What happened is that on Wednesday, “DicsussingFilm” tweeted “Ewan McGregor has exited the ‘OBI-WAN’ Disney+ series due to creative differences. (Source: @disneyplus).” The joke was immediately recognized by the account’s followers, but on Friday a couple of fansites including That Hashtag Show and We Got This Covered took the tweet at face value and ran with it, causing the matter to become a trending Twitter topic.So, rest easy, people looking forward to the further adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi: The show is still happening, at least for now.Announced last summer during D23 2019, the Obi-Wan series will take place at some point during the 19-year gap between the end of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.” McGregor will once again play the Jedi Master originally portrayed by Alec Guinness and executive produce, alongside series director Deborah Chow and writer Hossein Amini. Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.Also Read: Taika Waititi Eyed to Develop 'Star Wars' MovieThe project will be the third live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney+, following “The Mandalorian” and the “Rogue One” prequel series centered on Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor.Read original story No, the ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been Canceled At TheWrap
Tony Gilroy will write and direct the forthcoming Star Wars spin-off series based on Rogue One hero Cassian Andor.
Should you watch this if it’s free? OK.Should you watch this at weekday movie ticket prices? No.Score: 2.0/5Secret ending? No.Running time: 133 minutes (~2.25 hours)“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a science fiction fantasy film that takes place in the “Star Wars” franchise.It tells the tale of how the Death Star came to be, and the events that lead to the “Star Wars: A New Hope”.It stars Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Imwe), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Jiang Wen (Baze Malbus), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader). It is rated PG.“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is about the journey, rather than the destination, since you already know the outcome of the protagonists’ quest — they succeed. That being said, it’s got a muddied perception of what its audience wants. If you’re a long time “Star Wars” fan, this adds nothing to your enjoyment and understanding of the franchise, besides throwing you a few bones in the form of fan favourite characters making cameos. If you’re a newcomer to the franchise, you’ll be lost. What’s happening and who are all these people running around shooting at each other? It’s truly a title that has gone rogue in its objectives.HighlightsAppearances by other Star Wars charactersCharacters of varying degrees of popularity from “Star Wars: A New Hope” make an appearance in the film and some even play a surprising large role in the plot. It’s interesting to see where all the characters are at this point in the series, and it plays on the nostalgia for the old “Star Wars” films since they lend a sense of familiarity to this foreign universe. And this is ultimately the highlight of “Rogue One” — entertaining you with a few minutes of scenes that are reminiscent of “Star Wars: A New Hope”.LetdownsA confusing and ultimately purposeless first two ActsThe film opens with a cliched, but still passably touching sequence which shows us how our main character came to be, then skips over formative years of her childhood to show us Felicity Jones as an adult Jyn Erso. Then it immediately goes into characters asking other characters about different characters, without explaining who any of them are (and why they’re important) to us. They then fly from a planet we know nothing about to another unknown planet, with nary an explanation about the locations. Only much later do we hear something familiar, the Death Star, and from then on everything becomes clearer.But for the first hour, expect to be confused. Either that, or read as much as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” news as possible to help you figure things out.Exposition is unevenThere is exposition, and you’ll know why the Death Star was built with such a cringe-inducing critical weakness and how Princess Leia got ahold of the plans for the Death Star by the time the credits roll. The problem is that nobody explains anything in the first Act, and everyone’s wearing the same drab colours. Then suddenly, in a meeting room no less, a chunk of exposition is dumped on you about who this motley crew of characters are and how everything’s connected. Would it have hurt to have paced this information out over a few scenes?Sudden changes in character motivations and allegiancesCharacters change their minds in this film through pensive looks and beatific poses. It’s amazing how a few seconds of looking thoughtful can cause a person to take a complete U-turn on their stances and become inspirational speakers or loyal fighters, when earlier on they’re whining about how they only care about themselves. The plot is what drives the characters, instead of vice versa, making this a story that happens only because the writer says so (as opposed to being character-driven).Adds nothing to the Star Wars mythosMost insulting of all is the fact that it adds absolutely no insight to the existing “Star Wars” mythos. It doesn’t shed new light on any characters or places, it doesn’t give us a fresh perspective on the war, and it doesn’t enrich our understanding of the series in any meaningful way. Granted, it’s hampered by the fact that the outcome is already set in stone. But if it adds nothing new, then what’s the raison d’etre of the movie?“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” spends a lot of money to tell audiences what they already know without any of the nostalgia of a remake.“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in cinemas:– 15 December, 2016 (Singapore)– 15 December, 2016 (Malaysia)– 15 December, 2016 (Philippines) Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.
You have to imagine every actor involved in a top-secret project like a Star Wars movie has an inner circle of trust, people with whom they can confide in and share no one can else can know. Rogue One star Diego Luna’s circle, surprisingly, included his 8-year-old son, Jerónimo, and 6-year-old daughter, Fiona. The 36-year-old Mexican actor, who plays Rebel intelligence officer Captain Cassian Andor, recalled being at a beachside pool with his kids during the filming of Rogue One.
A long time ago (2007), on a basic cable channel far, far away (the defunct G4), Olivia Munn became famous for posing in a Leia-esque bikini. Now, she and several celebrity coconspirators are taking over your Twitter feed with another Star Wars-inspired fashion statement. And it’s all for a good cause.
Back during Star Wars Celebration Europe in July, an enthusiastic Diego Luna gave us a quick dossier on his Rogue One character. “My character is Capt. [Cassian] Andor and he works for the Rebellion in intelligence.
The Force Awakens was widely applauded for its diverse ensemble, with it’s three young leads being a woman (Daisy Ridley), a black man (John Boyega), and a Hispanic man (Oscar Isaac). The next Star Wars movie, Rogue One, however, takes the saga’s casting to a whole new level. The team of Rebel Alliance fighters that squares off against the Empire in the film, which is set just before the events of A New Hope, could double as a United Nations committee.
For more than a year now, the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has had to remain tight-lipped about the characters they’re playing in Lucasfilm’s first standalone adventure in the beloved saga. “Loose lips sink starships” was the motto J.J. Abrams drilled home on the set of The Force Awakens, setting the tone for Rogue helmer Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Today, though, at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, the cast could finally, finally spill some intel on the folks they’re playing.