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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

EPISODE VIII: LATEST NEWS (APRIL 2017)

Stunning teaser poster debuted at Celebration Orlando 2017.

The Rian Johnson directed odyssey for our heroes old and new gathers momentum, and looking better than ever with the release of the stunning first teaser trailer:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser - YouTube

More news...

Every Plot Detail Revealed About Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Celebration 2017 - IGN

Introducing the planet Crait: New Star Tours Adventure Revealed at Star Wars Celebration | Disney Parks Blog

Kathleen Kennedy Says Carrie Fisher Will Not Be In Episode IX - Jedi News - Your Daily Star Wars News Resource

SWCO 2017: First Look at Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Covers and More Reveals from Lucasfilm's Writers Roundtable Discussion | StarWars.com

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Three iconic locations rumoured to appear | The Independent

OUT NOW IN UK HARDBACK: 'THRAWN'


Move over Ben Stiller/Derek Zoolander, there's only one guy out there who has that true 'Blue Steel' visage down to an art form, and that's the resourceful, adaptive,coldly calculating and strategically brilliant alien villain from the planet Chiss whom we all love to hate: Grand Admiral Thrawn, created by Timothy Zahn as the first and best Expanded Universe villain to worthily take on our Classic Trilogy era heroes back in the 90's, and now an official player in the modern DISNEY controlled STAR WARS universe, mentally terrorising our new heroes of the STAR WARS REBELS animated series in their final two seasons.

Leading into the events of REBELS, Thrawn's distinctive and memorable rising up the ranks quickly history within the machinations of the Galactic Empire, and the solidifying of his reputation as the uniquely first alien soldier/warrior to capture the approval of the dreaded Emperor himself, is revealed in the officially recognised new novel from his creator, THRAWN, published in UK hardback via Century Books, and has quickly received race reviews and acclaim as the must-have original SW novel of the year so far.


Timothy Zahn on His Novel Thrawn, How to Pronounce the Grand Admiral's Full Name, and More | StarWars.com

Image: DISNEY XD.

UK fans of Grand Admiral Thrawn will finally get to see his epic fight against the Ghost crew in the spectacular hour finale to STAR WARS REBELS Season Three, Zero Hour, on Saturday 22nd April, 2017, on DISNEY XD.


OUT NOW: 'ROGUE ONE' - JUNIOR NOVEL ADAPTATION


Giving us a fast paced, always page turning adaptation of the action, intrigue, loyalty, bravery and danger experienced by the resolute Rebel heroine Jyn Erso and her loyal team in stealing the plans to the fearsome Death Star battle station from right under the very noses of their Imperial enemy, Matt Forbeck can be commended for his sterling work with this new Junior Novel, out now from DISNEY/EGMONT, that proves a worthy edition to the modern and fresh appealing STAR WARS printed realm for readers 9+.

Get it here: Star Wars: Rogue One: Junior Novel: Amazon.co.uk: Matt Forbeck: 9781405285681: Books

Note: Sadly, the UK edition of the book does not come with the colour photo section publicised with the American edition.

OUT NOW: NEW CLASSIC TRILOGY BOOKS FROM TOPPS


It's a bumper month for all lovers of the classic TOPPS STAR WARS cards and stickers series of the 70's to 90's, as TOPPS' long-time editor/writer and keeper of the STAR WARS card universe collective Gary Gerani, once more happily aligned with ABRAMS BOOKS, present their collection of the much beloved 1995 card set devoted to the original version of STAR WARS in its premiere showcase 'widevision' format, featuring images specially selected and telecine captured from the unaltered original 1977 movie, at a time before the film was widely available to see in its full aspect ratio- so successful and fan acclaimed was this launch set that it became the opening salvo to an outstanding run of STAR WARS cards and imagery presented in this special size, in presentations that have continued to this day as a release tradition up to The Force Awakens. Adding welcome completism, the book also comes with the later 1997 Special Edition card set of the film,  that was specially focused on all the love them or hate them editorial, optical and effects changes made to the film by George Lucas and ILM for a new cinema watching generation in the saga's then 20th Anniversary year. RANCHO OBI-WAN's Stephen Sansweet returns to bring his editorial comments and behind the scenes information to bear on this particular and also visually impressive set.

Relive those halcyon special days of specialist card collecting, here: Star Wars Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One (Topps Star Wars): Amazon.co.uk: Gary Gerani: 9781419724497: Books


Continuing the fun and celebrations, also available via ABRAMS, comes the TOPPS compilation book featuring these earliest merchandise collectibles linked to the Classic Trilogy in sticker form, reprinting 250 of the classic sticker images that first showcased the 1977 adventure's memorable characters and action (and mostly in their original release size for this new publication), worthily just in time for the saga's Fortieth Anniversary. The title also comes with eighteen bonus stickers mixing 'Legacy' heroes and villains with the new stars of The Force Awakens, plus five pullout backgrounds to create your own sticker posters on one side, or display a recreation of the classic Topps STAR WARS puzzle poster on the other. A colourful, nostalgic treat, indeed.

Get it here: Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book: Amazon.co.uk: The Topps Company: 9781419727115: Books

OUT NOW: 'DARTH VADER AND FAMILY' BY JEFFREY BROWN


Jeffrey Brown's acclaimed cute and colourful reimagining of the STAR WARS saga in children's universe form continues to surprise and delight fans young and old - his latest striking and memorable work out now from CHRONICLE BOOKS: Darth Vader and Family Colouring Book,

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book: Amazon.co.uk: Jeffrey Brown: 9781452159232: Books

ROGUE ONE: SENSING THE DARK SIDE...


He may not be a Jedi, but Chirrut Imwe's sense of the Force and its shifting between light and dark aspects is unnervingly accurate, as seen on Eadu, when he soon notes the building darkness surrounding Cassian Andor and his "mission" linked to Galen Erso.

A tense moment from ROGUE ONE, and another great character moment for Donnie Yen.

EPISODE VII: A LEGEND RETURNS....


She may have some rust here and there, and some interlopers have put some undesirable linkages and components to restrict her operating systems over the years, but when the Millennium Falcon takes flight once more, its a beautiful thing, proving her worth to new flyers Rey and Finn in maneuvering from TIE Fighter pursuit across the skies and deserts of Jakku, in this great composite image for THE FORCE AWAKENS...


CLASSIC IMAGE: SALACIOUS SIDEKICK!


Keeping his watchful eyes and snout on proceedings within Jabba the Hutt's Palace on Tatooine, Salacious B. Crumb was very much the STAR WARS equivalent of Peter Lorre (if a lot smaller) to Jabba's bulky and intimidating Sydney Greenstreet, during the beginning of RETURN OF THE JEDI.

This shot was one of numerous images sent as reference to KENNER back in 1982 when the ROTJ toy line was in preparation.

CLASSIC IMAGE: A LEADER TO THE END...


With the command centre having taken a direct hit, Han Solo has commendably come to check on the princess, but doesn't exactly get a welcome reception in response, in a classic moment from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.


BEHIND THE SCENES: A WOOKIEE IN THE BUILDING!


Soon back on set for EPISODE III on the soundstages of the Australian FOX Studios, Peter Mayhew, now wearing an all-new wookiee costume, alongside make-up talents Dave and Lou Elsey, get to visit George Lucas and receive his seal of approval. Chewbacca is indeed back, like eighteen years hadn't passed at all!

CLASSIC IMAGE: "THE WAR HAS BEGUN..."


With prior Separatist/Republic instability now leading to full-scale Galactic war, and the nobel Jedi now swamped in their duty whilst also becoming unwilling leadrrs to a Clone Army not of their making, the dark deeds of the returned Sith, and slow revenge on their sworn enemies, are coming to fruition by Darth's Sidious and Tyranus as EPISODE II'S cinematic storytelling comes to a close.

CLASSIC IMAGE: A SITH SNEAK ATTACK!


Knowing that he must protect the Queen from this mysterious new Force using attacker, Qui-Gon takes his opponent into the nearby sand dunes, in this fast but intense lightsaber duel action moment from EPISODE I.

THE CLONE WARS: LEGENDS OF THE FORCE!


True STAR WARS hero legends stand ready for action in this lovely composite image for the later seasons of THE CLONE WARS animated series. With three uncompleted seasons of animatic material and scripts that can still be mined, let's hope the first Lucasfilm STAR WARS animated series continues to appear in comics and book form for the not too distant future.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

ROGUE ONE: A PARADISE... OF DANGER!


In their stolen cargo shuttle now codenamed Rogue One, our heroes arrive at the security heavy installation- a world of rich paradisical beauty caught in the stranglehold of Imperial technology, in this lovely effects shot from ROGUE ONE.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "I CARE.."


With his seeming greed and callous nature, Han Solo hasn't won over Princess Leia's thanks and admiration (well, not yet!), but young Luke Skywalker is clearly besotted by the girl of his adventurous dreams and clearly gets jealous when Han deliberately riles him about her, in a nice character moment pause between intense action in STAR WARS.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: DELETED SCENE (UPDATED): FALCON DUDES!

Monday, 27 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: DO, OR DIE TRYING...


Now firm allies and friends, Jyn and Cassian realise they and their small team of battle-hardened Rebel commandos have no choice but to go it alone in their mission to steal the Death Star plans, in this great build-up moment on Yavin IV, from ROGUE ONE, out now in the US on Digital Download, and Blu-ray from April 4th, 2017.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!"


The Millennium Falcon has survived its battle with the TIE sentry ships, but there's damage to key points of its interior, and Threepio has been caught in the middle of it all, as usual. Also, as usual, he's blaming his poor droid compadre through thick and thin, Artoo, for any and all woeful predicaments!

This scene was originally planned as to being part of a sequence early on aboard the Rebel Blockade Runner after the corridor explosion they narrowly miss in the Rebel/Stormtrooper crossfire.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: A BOND OF LOVE AND FREEDOM!


Brave and resilient to the end in the face of a years-long Imperial manhunt, Lyra Erso and daughter Jyn try to escape the clutches of Orson Krennic's newly arrived presence on Lah'mu, during the opening to ROGUE ONE.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends out a HAPPY UK MOTHER'S DAY!

'STAR WARS' AT 40: INTO THE TARGET SIGHTS!


The final sentry TIE fighter comes in for its attack run on the Falcon, and finally in Han Solo's dogged targeting sights, in the classic finale scene to the fast-paced space battle, topped by a spectacular final explosion courtesy of pyrotechnics whizz Joe Viskocil.

The lone TIE fighter being shot at ILM.
The separately filmed explosion added to the final cut.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: GOODBYE, JOE VISKOCIL...

Saturday, 25 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: SCALING THE VAULT!


Leaping onto the vault pillar, from within the Imperial Communications Base on Scarif, Jyn and Cassian scale the heights to retrieve the Death Star data schematics, codenamed Stardust, in this tense scene from ROGUE ONE, out now on US digital download, and Blu-ray from April 4th, 2017.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-Ray Trailer (2016) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "I GOT HIM!"


It was make-or-break for a while in the battle between TIE fighters and our Millennium Falcon gunport heroes, but luck is finally shifting to the latter, as Luke destroys the first of the four TIE fighters in this classic moment.

'STAR WARS REBELS': THE 'ZERO HOUR' HAS ARRIVED!

Image: DISNEY XD UK.

Grand Admiral Thrawn has slowly, confidently, set his plans in motion against the Rebel Alliance- the renowned master strategist. The sieged world of Atollon is his board, and the Rebels and their bold Phoenix Squadron, led by Hera Syndulla, are the opposing force to be played and removed. But will there be victory for the Empire, or some kind of unexpected counter-move? With so much at stake, the end game should be an explosive one.

The one-hour season finale to STAR WARS REBELS Season Three, Zero Hour, arrives today (Saturday 25th July, 2017) on DISNEY XD US, and is coming soon to the UK channel.

Trailer: Star Wars Rebels: Zero Hour Trailer - YouTube

"This Is the Ultimate Showdown": Vanessa Marshall Talks Hera and Star Wars Rebels Season Three | StarWars.com

Friday, 24 March 2017

EPISODE VII: THE MISFIT KILLERS!


On a far off, unknown world, the fallen from grace Kylo Ren and his band of unique and deadly acolytes - surely the weirdest and most visually intriguing group since the debut of the Classic Trilogy Bounty Hunters - finish their slaughter of Luke Skywalker's new Jedi Order, in this important flashback seen in THE FORCE AWAKENS, one of the last shots completed for the film in principal photography at Pinewood, circa September 2014.

Production art for Ren's followers.

More of this group is promised to be seen in EPISODE VIII, including a rumoured battle against Luke and Rey on Ahch-To, filmed on location in Ireland.

Changes Coming to the Kylo Ren Episode 8 Costume

Star Wars: Adam Driver Says Episode 8 Will Explore Kylo Ren's 'Humanity' and Terrorism - IGN

Star Wars 8 LEAK: Kylo Ren duel in The Last Jedi reveals Rey's father | Films | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Rumor: Star Wars 8 To Reveal Crucial Moment From Kylo Ren's Backstory | moviepilot.com

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Three iconic locations rumoured to appear | The Independent

'STAR WARS' AT 40: CONTINUED ATTACK!


"Hear me baby, hold together..."

Worried words from Han Solo to his beloved vessel, as the Millennium Falcon continues to take a pounding from the TIE fighters, in another great effects moment. Note the red blast from the underbelly gun bottom right corner. The sound effect of the gun port firing as the TIEs zoom past would be added to one of the later Special Edition versions of the film.

ROGUE ONE: ROGUE'S GALLERY!


Relive the action, drama, and tragedy of ROGUE ONE, out now (24th March, 2017) on US digital download, before its territory Blu-ray release on April 4th.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on iTunes

ROGUE ONE Blu-Ray Trailer (2017) - YouTube

Latest news:

Star Wars Director Reveals the Secrets Behind Rogue One's Final Vader Scene - YouTube

'Rogue One' director on CGI actor controversy - YouTube

Rogue One - Darth Vader | official featurette (2017) - YouTube

'Star Wars' Artists Created 'Rogue One' Before There Was a Script | Inverse

See how a 'Star Wars' droid came to life in exclusive 'Rogue One' videos

https://www.inverse.com/article/29435-rogue-one-star-wars-death-troopers-ralph-mcquarrie-doug-chiang

Rogue One almost had a bonus Vader scene

http://ew.com/movies/2017/03/20/rogue-one-alternate-ending-revealed/

John Knoll Describes More 'Rogue One' Alternate Endings | The Star Wars Underworld

Rogue One: Jyn Erso's mother was a slain Jedi in early version

Rogue One's Bodhi Rook was once a madman engineer named Bokan

Rogue One director explains why the original ending didn't work and says Darth Vader's big scene was a late addition | GamesRadar+

Star Wars: Rogue One Producer Has Another Spinoff Idea

Thursday, 23 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: ATTACKING THE FALCON!


"They're coming in too fast!"

Even with its ever angled deflector shields, the Millennium Falcon gets a laser pounding from the TIE fighters, in the above pilot's eye view shot that's as stunning today, especially on the big screen, as it was back in 1977.

Filming the scene with the overhead Dykstraflex camera in 1976 over the large Falcon model.
Ralph McQuarrie production painting.
TIE fighter pilot in cockpit, shot at Elstree in July 1976.

ROGUE ONE: THE GREEN DEATH!


Jedha has been targeted and now the power of the Death Star's primary weapon, even at reduced power, is unleashed- Kyber crystal generated energy speeding out from the space station, supervised by a pair of Imperial officers, played specially in ROGUE ONE by two unique cameo stars: THE LAST JEDI's writer/director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman!


Look out for more cameos and special saga related Easter Eggs dotted throughout the film, many revealed in the upcoming Blu-ray release of ROGUE ONE, available in the UK from April 10th, 2017.


Get it here: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve 2017: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "HERE THEY COME!"


From the Falcon cockpit, Leia and Chewbacca give the first warning to Han and Luke in the above and below gun ports of the arrival of the four TIE fighter sentry ships, as the enemy attack begins...

Note the use of the back projection starfield - one of the rare moments that the technique made it into the finished film.


ROGUE ONE: "HOPE..."

The courage and destiny of a Princess has begun...

Today (22nd March, 2017), STAR WARS AFICIONADO was kindly invited by DISNEY UK to a special event look at all the pleasing extras accompanying the Blu-ray (and digital download) release of ROGUE ONE in this territory from April 10th, 2017. Though there's no deleted scenes to relish (presumably saved for a later release- fingers crossed!), there are plenty of deleted scene filming snippets to catch from across the movie's in-flux conception, along with a ten featurettes look at the production's inception, its key characters, and design. A notable and fascinating standout, The Princess & The Governor, shows the miraculous recreation of a classic young heroine and equally iconic villain from the saga in key sequences, and the genuine care and affection undertaken by both the ILM CGI team and the actors portraying/recreating Tarkin and young Leia in doing so (Guy Henry, particularly knowing how important it was to capture the aura of Peter Cushing yet also give his own performance, and the charming and very-similar-looking-to-Carrie Fisher Ingvild Deila), and to such striking effect. We'd seen behind the scenes footage of Henry as Tarkin earlier this year, now the Blu-ray presents the work that went into the filming of the finale Leia scenes with Deila (in costume and buns, her face covered with silver balls) at Pinewood in December 2015, and via the striving-for-the best ILM.

The lovely Ingvild, and an image from her acting portfolio. 

Rogue One Princess Leia scene: Stand-in Leia actress Ingvild Deila on playing Carrie Fisher - and how she found out about the role

'Rogue One': Leia Actress Ingvild Deila on Re-Creating 'Star Wars' Character | Hollywood Reporter

Here's What Princess Leia Looked Like in 'Rogue One' Before CGI | Inverse


ROGUE ONE on UK Blu-ray and DVD. Get it here: 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve 2017: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

Amazon.co.uk: star wars rogue one dvd - DVD: DVD & Blu-ray

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "STAY SHARP..."


Our heroes are not out of the enemy woods yet, as the Falcon's sensors detect Imperial sentry ships fast approaching, with Han and Luke soon manning the quad guns ready for response. Cue John Williams superb build-up music...

Falcon targeting device graphics produced by Jay Teitzell.

ROGUE ONE: A COLLISION OF IMPERIALS!


The classic ILM effects shot from ROGUE ONE: the forced collision engineered by the Rebels between the two Imperial Star Destroyers above Scarif.


Find out some of the secrets behind the realisation of that classic scene, and other parts of the Battle of Scarif, here:

Rogue One: Visual effects revealed - BBC Click - YouTube

Behind the Magic: Creating the space battle for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - YouTube

Monday, 20 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GONE..."


Gently putting his poncho over him, Princess Leia does her best to quietly console her new friend Luke Skywalker over the death of the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi, in this lovely B/W image taken in the Falcon hold during Summer 1976 filming at Elstree.

ROGUE ONE: UP CLOSE AND BRUTAL!


On the beaches of Scarif, Jyn and Cassian's squad takes a blasting from approaching Imperial AT-ACT Walkers in this spectacular Maldives action scene filmed but ultimately deleted for ROGUE ONE. Note the wired camera tracking along the gritty and explosive close-up action.

Rogue One alternate ending revealed: A lifesaving escape

Gareth Edwards Explains Why We'll Probably Never See Those 'Rogue One' Alternate Scenes | Fandango

Rogue One director explains why the original ending didn't work and says Darth Vader's big scene was a late addition | GamesRadar+

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: DECIPHERING THE ORIGINAL SCARIF LAND BATTLE...

ROGUE ONE: THE NEW FACE OF THE REBELLION!


The nervous excitement and adrenaline rush of the first day of shooting, and the first day of shooting on a STAR WARS film no less, must surely have been in the mindset of Felicity Jones playing Jyn Erso, here captured by the camera on location in Jordan, for ROGUE ONE.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: DARTH VADER'S LOST SCENES...

The original force of STAR WARS evildom: Darth Vader, as seen in ROGUE ONE. 

It was always planned that the STAR WARS saga's most iconic and popular villain would appear in ROGUE ONE, but originally it was only to have been on the strategic periphery of the story telling, a shadowy but imposing third party in the battle of wills and power for control of the Death Star between Tarkin and Krennic. As in the finished film, Krennic, recognising Vader's power and his influence with the Empire, was eager to win over the Dark Lord's support, in scenes originally set on the space station in orbit around Scarif (its sanctuary moon and construction site) before being rewritten and transferred to the fan friendly environment of Vader's new home castle on Mustafar- a further welcome bridging between the Prequel and Classic trilogies, and incorporating the lead-in scene of Vader/Anakin Skywalker in the bacta tank. This was an environment originally likely to have been either within the Death Star or an Imperial Star Destroyer, before being relocated. Wearing prosthetics as Anakin was stuntman/actor Daniel Naprous, of which this scene must have been shot before the Summer 2016 reshoots, as it made the first teaser trailer for ROGUE ONE that debuted in April that year...

As seen in an early trailer, the reflection of Vader (Spencer Wilding) at the Death Star bridge.
Looking at computer graphics, presumably of Scarif.
Krennic has an audience with Vader (Spencer Wilding) at the location.
TOPPS card Rebel Missions Briefing Comic Strip 1 art no doubt based on this deleted scene.

The idea of a castle home for Vader had been conceived early on for ROGUE ONE (as recently confirmed by Art Director Doug Chiang), with an archive visitation of Ralph McQuarrie's original ideas for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK plus other Mustafar designs from EPISODE III, before the concept was seemingly dropped then reappeared as a filming reality for the 2016 re-shoots, with Ben Mendelsohn back as Krennic and stuntman Daniel Naprous now inhabiting the costume for this and the later in the reshoot schedule epic Vader confrontation on the Blockade Runner- a genius idea from the film's co-editor Jabez Olssen to director Gareth Edwards, and quickly given the go order for three days filming by Kathleen Kennedy, recognising its potential to wow audiences- Vader was always to have given chase to the departing Death Star plan custodians at the end of the film but never in such a proactive and murderous way.

ROGUE ONE’s Final Darth Vader Scene Was a Reshoot | Nerdist
Darth Vader's Big Rogue One Scene Barely Made It Into the Film
Star Wars' Kiwi editor Jabez Olssen goes Rogue to secure memorable Darth moment | Stuff.co.nz

On a Star Destroyer, Krennic confers with Vader (Spencer Wilding).
This might be from filming originally linked to Mustafar but the costume looks different to the one seen on film. Perhaps a camera test of some kind.

As to other areas of the film, whether Vader was originally present to watch the earlier destruction of Jedha is unknown, though likely. A scene set between Krennic and Vader on a Star Destroyer bridge was clearly shot, as seen in another early trailer where the former talks about the immeasurable power of the Death Star, clearly using it to further acquire Vader's support. This could be where James Earl Jones unused ADR reply dialogue regarding "power", mentioned by Gareth Edwards at CELEBRATION EUROPE 2016, was to have been used. The idea and tone of this scene was presumably shifted over to the Mustafar location in re-shoots.

Vader on the Star Destroyer bridge, most likely played here by Spencer Wilding.
Gareth Edwards watches shooting of a deleted Vader scene on a Star Destroyer bridge, possibly linked to the film's original ending.

The Vader suit, first worn in the original filming period by actor/stuntman Spencer Wilding, and later in the re-shoots by Naprous, was not from the Lucasfilm Archives but fan built- camera tested by Gareth Edwards and his crew on one of the Starkiller Base sets during production of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Original sculptor Brian Muir returned to create the old/new helmet that would replicate Vader's facial appearance in A New Hope, whilst the overall final appearance of the character was checked over by his original costume designer, John Mollo. For reasons unknown, however, it was decided that Vader's appearance in ROGUE ONE would not fully adhere to the 1977 film's continuity- his inner cloak wrappings not being displayed outside the shoulder armour.

Star Wars Director Reveals the Secrets Behind Rogue One's Final Vader Scene - YouTube

Rogue One Director Admits Filming Darth Vader's Scenes Was Scary

Rogue One almost had a bonus Vader scene

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: KRENNIC'S LOST SCENES...

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