Lightsaber — Build Your Own

Build your own lightsaberTrying to find a way to elevate yourself over other Star Wars fans? Looking for the ultimate way to prove your superiority when the next movie releases? How about building your own lightsaber? What’s that? Impossible you say? You are correct: you can’t construct a weapon powerful enough to cut through steel and deflect laser bolts, but we can get a little more creative than you might think.

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Do you want a functioning sword at least? Try out the comprehensive (and fairly complicated) instructions over at Popular Science, which include using bonding glue, a hacksaw, a drill, soldering iron, and naked wires to light up the blade. Perfect if you’re a steady hand and looking for a cool DIY project (and you have all the tools and materials required). You can also decorate it to your specifications.

A user on Instructables named MrTinkerer has created another guide, based on his numerous previous creations. He suggests, if you are so inclined, to use The Custom Saber shop to help visualize your own hilt before creation. Another option is the site Ultra Sabers. He has parts and instructions for every section of the lightsaber, from the blade to the inner electronics. You can use his step-by-step instructions as well as places to order pre-made parts, based on the level of lightsaber you wish to wield. MrTinkerer has even said materials and ease-of-use have improved, meaning it’s become even easier to make a famous weapons.

Still not enough? You can find dozens or hundreds of videos about the process on Youtube. Their quality and capacity will vary wildly.

Don’t think you’ll be able to get away with a little bit of work. Both linked instructions prove you’ll spend hours constructing your own Jedi weapon. If you put in the effort you’ll come away with a unique item to prove you’re the greatest Star Wars fan.

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Celebration in London

Star Wars Celebration in LondonFor the Star Wars fan, no event is more exciting than a Star Wars celebration. Maybe a new movie is more exciting, but the Star Wars Celebration in London is a close second. In fact, “Jedi Master VIP” tickets for the event sold out in minutes. The celebration is July 15-17 at the ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Center.

A Star Wars Celebration

Last year the celebration focused mainly on the upcoming The Force Awakens; this year the theme is Rogue One. Last year we got a Force Awakens trailer on the first day, so hopefully we can expect a new trailer for Rogue One. Last year also had the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront video game and the second season of Star Wars Rebels.

We can also expect classic convention events such as a cosplay contest (with extensive rules), and a pin trading program. A tattoo pavilion, movie screenings, and art show, and a special exhibit providing a sneak peak at costumes and props that will be featured in Rogue One. There will even be panels on the fine art of Star Wars collecting, featuring super-collector Gus Lopez! We know you’re excited.

Famous guests include stage hosts Warwick Davis (who played the Ewok Wicket), David Collins, who provided numerous voices for The Force Awakens. Guests available for panels and autographs include Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Jeremy Bulloch. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, as well as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and others will also be present.

It’s a lot of news from London. No matter your Star Wars taste, there will be plenty to do. With the recent news Darth Vader will be seen in Rogue One, waiting until December 16th will be difficult. Thanks for reading, come back next week for more fun fan Star Wars information!

Reshoots for Rogue One

Rogue One's reshootsExecutive meddling is normally seen as a bad thing. What suit-wearing executive can understand the artistic vision of a director, a writer, or even a video game producer? So, you may ask, is Disney’s recent demand of extension reshoots for Rogue One bad? Star Mads Mikkelsen says not really.

Mikkelsen, a veteran of dozens of movies as well as experienced in television, says reshoots are no big deal. “Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.”

In fact, for many films (including this one) reshoots are scheduled before shooting even begins—people are on a tight schedule when filming, especially for something as scrutinized as Rogue One. However, reshoots did have to be pushed back to allow Edwards and his team to determine what to change, which brings us to the worst news: apparently, Disney was not pleased with the film. Edwards plans to add small scenes for character development: talking in cockpits or walking down hallways. Thankfully, no expensive battle scenes need redoing.

Director Gareth Edwards previously revealed he was leaving the Godzilla sequel to focus on Rogue One. “Coming off The Force Awakens, there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.” The picture is to be locked (meaning all the filming is done) by mid-August, with scoring beginning in September. The film is on an earlier timeline than The Force Awakens, which also went through summer reshoots and locked in October.

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Hux Character Corner

General HuxKylo Ren leads the charge against the Resistance and Jedi in The Force Awakens, but there is another enemy alongside him. General Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson, is a single-minded and driven leader of the First Order. His is also, perhaps, an even more dangerous figure.

Born about five years before the climactic battle of Endor between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, Hux (no first name known as of yet) was born to Brendol Hux, a Commandant for the Imperial Academy on Arkanis. While growing up, young Hux continually imagined himself as ruling the galaxy, and thought it was his destiny. After the Empire signed a treaty and surrendered, Hux grew up hearing of daring Imperial agents and incredible military victories against the Rebels, and grew up thinking the New Republic was weak and inferior, leading him, ex-imperial officers, and other sympathizers, to flee to unknown regions of the galaxy and begin a junta. Using powerful technology he rose to become a general. He utilized an idea of his father to create intensely loyal soldiers using mental simulations (this is why Finn’s betrayal in The Force Awakens raises so many eyebrows).

Answering only to Supreme Leader Snoke, Hux became the Commander of Starkiller Base, the First Order’s primary base of operations. He, along with Sith Lord Kylo Ren, led the hunt for the last Jedi Luke Skywalker, whom Snoke deemed an enemy of the Order. This leads to the events of The Force Awakens, in which Hux fires the Starkiller on the Hosnian system, destroying the Republic capital and senate. Just before destroying the Resistance’s home planet a Resistance attack downs the Starkiller’s destructive power, leading to a collapse of the planet. Hux barely escapes, taking the humiliated Kylo Ren with him to harry the Jedi in the next movie.

Background

Hux's speech
General Hux’s speech to the First Order

Created for the 2015 The Force Awakens, Gleeson’s character was described as an obsessive character who didn’t get a lot of sleep, and was dedicated to gaining and retaining power at all costs. His appearance—pale, dark eyes—was created with this description in mind. Gleeson stated Hux “would just like a little bit more order in the universe,” and would do whatever it takes for that end.

Hux’s father, Brendol, actually appears in the young reader’s book Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy, who’s ambition is to create an army of loyal soldiers trained from infancy. The connection was made while The Force Awakens was still in development. The idea in the story was then used as General Hux seeing his father’s idea brought to fruition.

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Han Solo Anthology Movie

Han Solo AnthologyScheduled to release on May 25th, 2018, the second of the Star Wars anthology is going to feature Han Solo and Chewbacca before the events of A New Hope. After a long search, Alden Ehrenreich was chosen to play the young smuggler, and the film will be co-directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The film has been described as an “origin story” for the two characters as we watch Han Solo become the cynical and confident smuggler, thief, and scoundrel first seen in the original Star Wars movie.

Most well-known for his part in the 2016 movie Hail, Caesar!, Alden Ehrenreich began acting in 2008 after meeting Steven Spielberg at a bat mitzvah. His break into films was his starring role of Ethan Wate in the film adaption of the novel Beautiful Creatures, followed by a part in Park Chan-wook’s film Stoker. His co-leading role in Hail, Caesar! helped garner him critical praise. Before we see him in the Han Solo film, he will also appear in Rules Don’t Apply on November 11th of 2016, and The Yellow Birds on an unannounced 2017 date.

The two-man directing, writing, and producing team of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are known for directing and writing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, as well as 21 Jump Street and its sequel. They also directed and produced the pilot for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and two episodes for The Last Man on Earth.

Alden Ehrenreich
Alden Ehrenreich

Lawrence Kasdan is well-known to Star Wars fans, having co-written The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark. His son Jon, who wrote and directed The First Time, will also be a writer. Producer Kathleen Kennedy says she “can’t wait to discover what’s in store from these two extraordinary teams of directors and writers.”

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