Rogue One Cast Announced

Rogue One cast
Rogue One promotional still

Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars spinoff films, was formally announced this weekend. Principle photography has begun, and its release date has been set as December 16th, 2016. Additionally, the cast has been announced. The description of the film on Wookiepedia reads: A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.

We know the director and the main cast (at least, on the Rebel side), so let’s explore the future, together, hand-in-hand, to a bright tomorrow.

If the name of director Gareth Edwards doesn’t ring the loudest of bells, don’t blame yourself. His previous directing credits, aside from Rogue One, include End Day, a TV movie, two episodes from documentary series Perfect Disasters, one episode from documentary series Heroes and Villain, a short named Factory Farmed, films Monsters and Godzilla, and is expected to return for Godzilla 2. He also has a history of visual effects, writing, producing, and a number of other positions within the movie-making business.

As for our on-screen personalities, there are some fresh faces and established names. Perhaps most well-known is Alan Tudyk and his carefree character Wash on cult sci-fi show Firefly. He’s also appeared in A Knight’s Tale, Frozen, I, Robot, Wreck-it Ralph, Arrested Development, Big Hero 6, and starred in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Also well-known is Forest Whitaker, famous for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

Other names include Diego Luna, who has been in Elysium, The Book of Life, Milk, and The Terminal, Mads Mikkelsen, who played Le Chiffre in the James Bond film Casino Royale, as well as the titular cannibal in the TV series Hannibal, Donnie Yen, martial artist and star of the stellar Ip Man films, as well as appearing in Blade II and classic martial arts movie Hero. Ben Mendelsohn appeared in Killing The Softly, The Place Beyond the Pines, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and was corrupt corporate executive Roland Dagget (“Do you feel in control?”) in The Dark Knight Rises. Felicity Jones, recently garnering widespread acclaim for her role in The Theory of Everything, has also appeared in True Story, Like Crazy, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, among others.

Joining this strong cast are lesser-known actors Riz Ahmed best known for Four Lions, Jonathon Aris, a frequent TV actor in shows such as Humans, The Game, and Sherlock, and Wen Jiang, known primarily for Devils on the Doorstep, Let the Bullets Fly, and The Sun Also Rises. Will Rogue One have Stormtroopers, you ask? Fear not! Leigh Holland, “Bar Customer” in One Crazy Thing, “Alien Prisoner” (Uncredited) in Guardians of the Galaxy, and U.S. Soldier (uncredited) in Captain America: The First Avengers, among other similarly illustrious roles, will be a Stormtrooper.

We’re all in a tither about Episode VII at the moment, but once that hot fervor dies, Rogue One will be the next big thing for Star Wars fans. We eagerly look forward to new information about it. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun fan and costume information, and don’t forget to enter out Halloween Sweepstakes!

Sweepstakes: Second Annual

Star Wars Sweepstakes
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Our second annual Halloween Sweepstakes is on route to a winner, in the distant future. You still have plenty of time to enter not only for the $500 grand prize, but the weekly $50 drawings as well! Don’t miss an opportunity to make your Halloween incredible! Two grand prizes of $500 certificates — large enough to purchase even the most opulent costumes — will be given to lucky entrants following October 17th, while the smaller prizes will be chosen weekly from those entered. If you win a $50 weekly prize you are still eligible for a grand prize!

We’re happy to offer this opportunity to you. Last year’s sweepstakes was a smashing success, but don’t take our word for it:

A weekly winner from last year, Bernardo, wrote: “I have received the email you sent me about winning the weekly drawing. I can’t believe it, I have never won anything online before . . . Thank you so much for letting me know.” Another winner Erin said “I’m so excited to have won anything.”

Last year’s grand prize winner Diane said: “Before I go to bed, I just want to thank you for this enormous gift. You have no idea what your generosity means to us, and how happy you have made our very special son. Thank you so much!!!” In a later email, she went on to say: “Just wanted to wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas. I couldn’t let the holiday go by without thinking of you, your kindness and generosity is so appreciated. Thank you again.”

Don’t wait! Our weekly drawings begin on September eighteenth; enter the Sweepstakes before then to make sure your chances of winning are as high as possible. This great offer won’t be around for ever!

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Force Awakens’ Best Costumes

Depending on when you read this (and our small group of Time Lord readers), it is less than three months until the arrival of Star Wars The Force Awakens and less than a month until Halloween. Coincidence? Yes.

But a happy one. Brand new Star Wars costumes are the perfect items for Halloween, be they kid’s or adult’s costumes, and if you’re having last-minute thoughts about which costumes to pick, we’re here to list the most popular The Force Awakens items for your choosing.

The Force Awakens Captain Phasma KidsCaptain Phasma Kids Costume — Gwendoline Christie (who also played Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones) dresses in chrome armor to play one of the top Stormtroopers of the new First Order, and her full costume with red-bordered cape has proved to be one of the most popular costumes for Star Wars fans.

The Force Awakens First Order StormtrooperDeluxe First Order Stormtrooper Kids Costume — This new and improved version of the classic Stormtrooper outfit is one of the biggest draws to The Force Awakens. A new, sleek design made for the future, and the ever-present feel of being part of the greatest film series on Earth has made this outfit an instant classic.

The Force Awakens Rey Womens CostumeDeluxe Rey Womens Costume — The new heroine of The Force Awakens is one of the biggest draws for women looking for a spunky new outfit. This costume makes you the one destined to help save the galaxy, and is sure to make your Halloween amazing.

The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Adult CostumeDeluxe Kylo Ren Adult Costume — Evil has a brand new look! This costume evokes the dark danger of Darth Vader, but brings his powers into the future with the new character played by Adam Driver. And the most popular of all…

The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Kids CostumeDeluxe Kylo Ren Kids Costume — It’s no surprise this outfit is the most popular costume so far! Kids love the power the new Sith warrior costume gives them, and we’re sure to see this character’s popularity get better as time goes on.

This collection of fine costumes will make anyone look fine this Halloween. Don’t forget to enter our Halloween Sweepstakes for a chance to win!

Darth Vader: Star Wars’ Tragic Villain

Darth Vader tragic
Vader’s Remorse by Joe Corroney

In a strange reversal of how things normally go, today we’re going to be talking about something from the original trilogy improved by the prequels: Darth Vader’s status as a tragic villain.

The concept of a tragic villain is a simple one. The villain, the one acting against the hero or heroes, certainly does bad things, but his reasons for doing so stem from pain or tragedy. Perhaps the villain did something terrible and knows it. Perhaps the villain in question is being forced to fight the heroes, and either doesn’t want to or has no knowledge of his actions. Classic examples include Carrie‘s titular psychic (driven mad by teasing), Mr. Freeze (commits evil only as a way to heal his sick wife), and, of course, the vampire from Blacula (knows vampires are evil and regrets feeding on people, even if just to stay alive).

In the original Star Wars trilogy Darth Vader is presented as a dangerous adversary, a villain the heroes must defeat, and eventually is revealed to be Luke Skywalker’s father. His story ends at his death and his turn from the dark side to the light side, rebelling against the Emperor and dying as a Jedi. However, knowledge gained from the prequel changes this end from one where Darth Vader simply becomes a good guy, to one where he finds redemption in himself.

In the prequels, Darth Vader’s pre-armored stage goes from the chosen one, the Jedi destined to restore balance to the force, to a Sith warrior out for blood, blinded by anger and worry for his loved ones. He is so twisted by his fear, and by Emperor Palpatine, he is tricked into killing his wife (and believing he’s killed his child), murdering dozens or hundreds of Jedi, and fighting his mentor and greatest friend. After this event, and after his full transformation to Darth Vader, he is told his actions have resulted in Padme’s death — and they have, but not before his children are born. He joins the age of the growing Galactic Empire believing he has destroyed everything he sought to protect, and believes himself without redemption. It would be far too much from him, and without purpose, to become a good person once more.

So when not only is Darth Vader’s son revealed to be alive — not to mention his daughter — but the son fights him and begs him to become good once again, Darth Vader is paralyzed by choice. He makes his decision to throw down the Emperor, resulting in both of their deaths, because there is now something to fight for: his son’s life, his daughter’s life, and, he comes to realize, his life.

So Darth Vader is the series’ tragic villain, but how does this change the movie? For one, it places more of the burden of villainy on Emperor Palpatine. It makes his character much more evil, and at the same time makes Anakin’s fall to the dark side all the more sad. He believes he is beyond repair when he isn’t, but he has no idea.

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Family Costume Sets

The Solo Family!
The Solo Family!

Everyone loves Star Wars. Men and women young and old can all find a character they love, and now your entire family has the chance to dress up as a great group of Star Wars outfits! There are five groups to choose from, including Imperials, Sith, and Solos!

Hunters United

No family is better at finding their man than the Fetts! With Cad Bane on their side, this group of bounty hunters is one of the most feared groups in the galaxy! Choose from a variety of costumes from the original and prequel trilogy, including a great selection of girl’s and boy’s costumes! Add accessories like blasters and helmets and become the greatest bounty hunters in the galaxy!

The Imperial Family

With Emperor Palpatine in power, your family is ready to fight! Become part of the unbeatable Imperial military force with stormtrooper and snowtrooper costumes and accessories! It doesn’t matter what your family looks like, we have the for everyone: infants, boys and girls, and adults. Blasters, helmets, and more help outfit your troop.

The Sith Family

Let the Dark side of the force flow through all of you! Any of the memorable Sith characters from the movies can join Halloween, from classics like Darth Vader to lesser-known characters like Darth Talon. Lightsabers and robes (and even costumes for pets!) are sure to make everyone’s costume perfect.

The Solos

This family is comprised of the greatest heroes the galaxy has to offer! Han Solo, Leia Organa, Queen Amidala, and young Jedi outfits are everything you need if you want to be heroic this Halloween. Get the perfect outfit no matter what sort of plans you have for Halloween, and no matter what size your family is!

The Tatooine Family

While some of the galaxy is inside crystal towers and still lakes, you know the real danger is in the desert of this hot planet! Jawas, Tusken Raiders, Dewback mounts, and even a sand-encrusted C-3PO are all available for a Halloween with a bit more heat than normal. Accessories help make the man, with sticks and masks to improve your look.

No one should be without a costume this Halloween. These great sets make sure everyone has a way to look great. Thanks for reading; come back next week for more fun fan information, and don’t forget to enter our sweepstakes!

 

Nien Nunb Character Corner

Nien Nunb
Nien Nunb

Born on the caves of his homeworld Sullust, lovably goofy-looking Nien Nunb went from a pilot to a smuggler to a war hero, and you’re about to learn about him.

Biography:

Nien Nunb became a pilot for the SoroSuub freight corporation. As the company started allying itself with the Galactic Empire, Nunb and his childhood friend Sian Tevv, a politician, founded a group to fight against the Empire and SoroSuub, independent of the Rebels. The corporation retaliated against the group with a Star Destroyer, but even this didn’t hinder Nunb.

Joining the Rebel alliance, Nunb was chosen by Lando Calrissian as co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon during the attack on the second Death Star, receiving the Kalidor Crescent for heroism. He would again co-pilot the ship while Chewbacca was spending time with family on Kashyyyk. Han was initially suspicious of the Sullustan’s skills, but his respect grew during their mission; Nunb even saved Han’s life from a Stormtrooper.

In 13 ABY, Nien was made administrator of the Kessel spice mines after Calrissian purchased it. Nien was able to increase the profits from the mine by replacing the slave labor with species that preferred to live underground, such as his own. During the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, Nien increased the defenses of the mines enough to hold off attackers. Decades later, Nien was able to assist Ben Skywalker finding a Sith apprentice, and the name of the ship she rode.

Behind the Scenes:

Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian
Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian

Nien Nunb was portrayed by a puppet for Return of the Jedi, controlled by Mike Quinn and Richard Bonehill, operating the face and body respectively. The name comes from the fact that the character was “number Nine” on the packing list. Voiced by Kipsang Rotich, from Kenya, Nien speaks the Kenyan language Haya, as well as Kikuyu, another Kenyan dialect.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this powerful exposé on Nien Nunb. Come back next week for more fun fan information!

Costume Buyer’s Guide 2015

Star Wars has had a very exciting year! We’ve had endless cool information about the upcoming movies, new video games, and more appear recently, and as we get closer to Episode VII it will only get faster and more furious. Like you’re driving a car and it’s drifting around a sweet corner, straight into a bunch of barrels full of lightsabers and spaceships. And then you rob a bank.

Now, while Episode VII won’t be coming out for four more months, it’s almost guaranteed the costumes from it will be one of the more popular styles this Halloween. While we can’t show you those yet, we can let you know the most popular outfits from the site this year. We have costumes for everyone . . . maybe one of the top spots will be usurped by a new character once Episode VII comes out? And don’t miss the link to our second annual Halloween sweepstakes at the end!

A classic for years past and more to come, the Deluxe Stormtrooper Adult Star Wars Costume lets you dress as one of the silver screen’s enduring images of faceless villainy. Since their first appearance in 1977, this white armor set has been a Halloween mainstay for generations.

Star Wars Stormtrooper

For the same reason, our Stormtrooper Womens Costume is popular with the feminine Imperial grunts. Specially-molded pieces accentuate the female form for a costume plenty love.

Star Wars Women Stormtrooper

The Deluxe Luke Skywalker Kids Costume lets any child become one of the most famous heroes from movie history. From his small beginnings on the backwater planet of Tatooine to the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known, the world will remember this character!

Star Wars Kids Luke Skywalker

Girls love having a character to look up to, and there could be none better than the rough-and-tumble princess from Alderaan with the Deluxe Princess Leia Girls Costume! The classic bun-head headpiece and white robe helps make her Halloween spectacular!

Star Wars Kids Princess Leia

Why is the Princess Leia Slave outfit so popular? It will take more time than we have here to say so, but nobody misses the obvious reason. This, our second most-popular costume, helps make you a legendary symbol of beauty for Halloween!

Star Wars Slave Leia

Most popular of all, and for an easily-determined reason, is the Standard Jedi Adult Robe Costume. Able to take any old costume and add Jedi flair, a simple brown robe proves to be the item everyone clamors for.

Star Wars Jedi Robe Costume

Thanks for reading our rundown of the most popular Star Wars costumes for 2015. The Halloween season will begin soon, and be sure to check out the sweepstakes we have running; there’s a chance for weekly prizes of fifty dollars, and two $500 grand prizes!