Fans all across a galaxy far, far away and a lot closer to home are getting themselves amped up over the very first stand-alone Star Wars feature film, Rogue One. Aside from the basic premise of the film very little is known about the particulars of the plot or even who most of the talented cast are portraying but some facts are known, more than are revealed in the very cool teaser trailer that dropped earlier this month.
The movie was greenlit and pre-production began back in 2013, concurrent to the production of Episode VII. Gareth Edwards is directing the film based on a screenplay by Gary Whitta. I can’t tell you much about Mr. Whitta’s work except that he is most famous for writing the scripts for the abortion that was Will Smith’s After Earth and on the plus side, he penned the script for Denzel’s Book of Eli which was a lot better. Edwards on the other hand is most famous for directing the Godzilla reboot a couple of years ago (I thought it was meh…) and the Godzilla 2 sequel that will go into production sometime later this year. Both men have some other film, television and video game writing credits that aren’t all that spectacular. Having said that, the buzz I am getting from sources is that this is going to be a fantastic movie setting the stage for an entire series of stand-alone Star Wars films that will drop every other year or so for the foreseeable future and also possibly, heralding the advent of Star Wars as a weekly television series in some form or another. This possibility has been discussed several times since Disney acquired the Galaxy far, far away.
Rogue one tells the Story of the small group of rebels who were tasked with discovering what the empire’s new secret weapon is and then finding a way to destroy it. Ultimately, they stole the Death Star plans that found their way to Princess Leia in A New Hope. It is rumored we will meet a new, dangerous imperial officer, a new class of black armored storm troopers called “death troopers” and a weapon master class character that gives gun nut a whole new meaning. It has even been suggested that Darth Vader himself will make some type of appearance in the new film.
Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk (yes that Alan Tudyk!), Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker. I’m sure more information will become available as the summer rolls around. Rogue One won’t drop in theaters until December 16, 2016 but until then, here’s the first teaser trailer for what will certainly be the most in demand film of the holiday season.
Brent Spiner is back!! – And he’s bringing Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman along with him in the explosive new trailer for Independence Day Resurgence. After seeing this awesome trailer I have bumped this movie up on my list of things to do this summer. Frankly its been too long since I’ve seen Jeff Goldblum and his awesome dialogue and I’m glad to see his re-teaming with Roland Emmerich does not not look like it will disappoint
I think I will have just one more post for today. I would have added this earlier but I forgot until just now that I could add it here. I think a Denzel movie directed by Antoine Fuqua co-starring Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke that is also a western, and is also another take on the classic Magnificent Seven is absolutely worth a look. What do you think?
Michael Dorn and Patrick Warburton in Ted 2
There are some things that happen in movies that are funny without really being necessary to the movie. Seth MacFarlane is the master of this. Sometimes funny just happens. Most of the time these funny moments are very carefully scripted and other times, they rely on our collective memory to spark a recollection of something else we once loved to spark humor and sometimes there is a combination of both of these factors. Seeing Michael Dorn and Patrick Warburton as a gay couple with anger management issues in Ted 2 was I think the latter. For kicks the pair dress up as a klingon and the Tick and attend New York Comicon to “mess with geeks” and the imagery made me laugh. Especially at the end when the geeks ganged up on them for revenge. Was it silly, pointless nonsense that had absolutely nothing to do with the movie? Yep. Was it still funny? Yep. It was to me. So this week I salute Ted 2. It was great to see Michael Dorn again, even if only for a short while.
My last post was in April of 2013 if I remember correctly. Well I have lived long (so far) and prospered (well a little) and I am getting ready to start a new chapter in life. Having retired from one career after more than a quarter century, my wife and I are moving across the country to Washington, Utah, a magnificent place for creative thought and spectacular outdoor eye candy. I am hopeful in the coming weeks as things calm down and I get re-aclimated to having a bit of manageable free time, that my love for movies, music and photography will find expression here. In the likely event that I start a new, second career, I am still hopeful I can find the time to share the tidbits on movies, music and photographic awesomeness that I love. If I can’t, then I may have to accept the possibility that i’m just a really lousy blogger…