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Krennic, Orson: Character Corner

Orson KrennicRogue one introduced us to a brand new villain in a growing list of evil greats. Orson Callan Krennic served as director of the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Imperial Military. He was also responsible for the security of the Death Star project. Learn all about this new character, and how he became the central figure of the Death Star’s construction.

Kid Krennic

Born on the planet Lexrul in 51 BBY, he earned a place in the Galactic Republic’s Future Program. There he met fellow student Galen Erso. While his area of excellence was architecture, his counselors noticed he was just as effective at manipulating others. After graduating, he rose in the ranks of the Republic Corps of Engineers, where he supervised large construction projects both onworld and in deep space. This influence helped him give Erso a visiting professorship at the Institute of Applied Science.

Krennic became a member of the top-secret Republic Special Weapons Group, where they discussed the schematics for the Death Star captured from Geonosis. The labor force and superlaser involved with the design were boggling, and Krennic brought up his friend Erso. The Separatists had Erso imprisoned on Vallt, and Krennic got the authorization to launch a clandestine rescue mission. After a prisoner exchange, Erso, his wife Lyra, and their daughter Jyn joined Krennic. He swiftly commanded a bombardment on the planet Vallt from a Republic cruiser. Shortly after, he interrogated a Geonosian archduke and convinced him to assist in the construction and planning of the Death Star.

Building Destruction

Krennic helped Erso avoid espionage charges, and after a Geonosian revolt, convinced him to join the project (then known as “Project Celestial Power”). With the Clone Wars ended and the Republic now the Galactic Empire, he convinced Erso the project was about restoring function and power to planets ravaged by the Clone Wars. Erso developed a method of power using kyber crystals, and Krennic used his research to create weapons.

When a research facility on the planet Malpaz exploded after trying to weaponize the research, Krennic met with Erso. Erso admitted to having doubts about the research—doubts his wife helped fuel. Krennic showed him the destruction on Malpaz, telling him it was sabotage. Erso, the footage and information upsetting him, agreed to work in secret, while keeping it from even his wife.

Under pressure from multiple places, Krennic devised a way to emerge from under Grand Moff , whom he despised. He incited an attack from troublemaker Saw Gerrera, knowing Tarkin would command the defensive force. At the same time, he applied Erso’s advanced research and fired a laser into a pair of black holes, proving the research’s application. Shortly after, he ordered the destruction of a group of Project Celestial Power workers, one of whom knew Galen and Lyra Erso.

Escape

With the Ersos under surveillance and their friends destroyed, Galen and Lyra contacted others who showed proof the destruction on Malpaz was due to Imperial work, not anarchists as Krennic had said. The Ersos requested a meeting with him, which he avoided as he believed it to be a trap. The Ersos disappeared, Tarkin demoted Krennic for his negligence, and he vowed to leave no stone unturned to find Galen.

Thus, several years later, the trail of the Ersos led to the planet Lah’mu, living a simple farming life. Krennic killed Lyra, captured Galen, and watched Jyn slip through his fingers–leading to the events of the movie Rogue One.

Behind the Scenes

Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Animal Kingdom) plays Orson Krennic. The character was first revealed in a teaser trailer on April 7th, 2016. Mendelsohn at first thought he should have Krennic speak with a “posh English accent”. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards said no, because: “It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people…I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class.”

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Fans of Star Wars in 2016

Fans make huge AT-ACT model2016 was a big year for Star Wars. We saw more Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One, and more. Beyond those powerful feats, a number of star wars fans found themselves in the spotlight, big or small. Therefore, today we list those people, who tell us being a fan of this great series is never dull.

Chewbacca Mask Lady

Perhaps the biggest event for Star Wars fandom was Chewbacca Mask Lady. When Texas mother Candace Payne went to get some Star Wars toys for her kids, she found something for herself as well. She posted a four-minute video on Facebook of herself wearing an electronic Chewbacca mask, laughing with joy in the driver’s seat of her car. The video has over 140 million views, consequently breaking the previous record. The video is a simple exhibition of Star Wars, good cheer, and the simple joys of life. It, the video, also has a Wikipedia page.

Kid with the Tauntaun costume

For Halloween, one young fan’s handy parents created a one-of-a-kind tauntaun costume for trick or treating in the cold. The costume features a tauntaun bottom, while the child acts as the legs, and a top dressed like a Hoth rebel soldier. Cloth rider legs dangle at the sides, and he looks ready for anything.

Fan who got to see Rogue One early

After a worldwide campaign, terminally-ill Star Wars fan Neil Hanvey got a chance to see Rogue One on (or shortly before) August 22nd, 2016. Several well-known Star Wars figures, including Mark Hamill, furthered the #RogueOneWish hashtag created to help make Neil’s wish come true. Neil died on August 23rd, 2016.

Fans make homemade AT-ACT

When YouTube engineer Colin Furze got a small model of the AT-AT, he decided small wasn’t good enough. He built a massive 18-foot tall construction of the AT-AT’s predecessor, an AT-ACT (which is the beast we see fighting the rebels in Rogue One), and filled it with Star Wars merchandise (including “proper decent stormtrooper helmets”) thanks to a partnership with eBay. In addition, Colin then gave it away to two local children. With a push of a button, a ladder descends and it all becomes a playhouse, and it also has a moveable head.

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Rogue One Day

Stormtroopers at Rogue OneToday is Rogue One day! We’ll take a quick look back at the past year to see how the world has changed. We’ll also include a few fun activities to help you get ready for the movie!

How the world has changed:

Since The Force Awakens came out:

Exactly one movie has won a best movie Oscar (“Spotlight”).

There is one additional real-world Pokémon mobile game.

Bob Dylan, a musician, won the Noble Prize for literature.

The world has at least one less gorilla.

How the world has stayed the same:

Since The Force Awakens came out:

The Cleveland Browns have won no games.

Patrick Rothfuss has still not completed the third book in the Kingkiller trilogy.

Julius Caesar is still dead.

No new technology has been added to the ball pit experience, and they remain stuck in the Stone Age.

Getting ready for Rogue One:

In preparation for the latest addition to the Star Wars movie canon, we have a few things for you to do.

First, head to your nearest keyboard. Slam your fingers upon it, typing with abandon. After a few seconds, you’ll have your Rogue One name! Mine is Pwej Ciot!

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Next, take a few of the words “rebellion,” “hope,” “force,” “empire,” “Death Star,” “plans,” and “Darth Vader,” and put them in a random order, with words in between for flavor.  This is your character’s stirring line. Mine is: “Hope is the Force, a light skyline demon.” You can use this site and this site to help randomize things for you.

Finally, don’t forget your Star Wars movie etiquette: turn off all lightsabers during the movie, remove large items from the head so others can see, and spoil nothing, or you won’t get to go to the next movie.

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Thankful for Star Wars

Thankful for Star WarsIf you’re in the United States, you’re probably aware today is Thanksgiving Day. It’s one of the few Holidays where the entire point is to have a big meal, and Official Star Wars Costumes hopes you enjoy your day off.  If you want to find out how a Star Wars Thanksgiving might go, check out this blog post from last year. It has food, family, football, and much more. There’s plenty to be thankful for this year.

And stay tuned for Cyber Monday! Online’s biggest shopping day has tons of deals, and you’ll be able to grab free shipping on any size order Monday November 28th. Visit our website and check out incredible costumes. We also have plenty of great gift ideas for the Star Wars fan in your life like lightsabers and masks.

Thankful for new movies

With the holiday season just beginning, we have plenty to look forward to. The sixteenth is Rogue One Day, and preview viewings have been painting it in a very favorable light. Additionally, recent information from Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, tells us we’ll be seeing plenty of new Star Wars in the coming years, including the second and third films in the sequel trilogy. On May twenty-fifth 2018, we’ll get a Han Solo anthology film starring Alden Ehrenreich as our titular rogue. The movie also stars Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) as Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke in an unknown role. Director Josh Trank backed out of the planned Boba Fett movie, and consequently pushed the film back.

Still, there’s plenty to be thankful for this Holiday season. We hope you’ll take a break from the rushing around this year to settle down and enjoy a nice meal. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more cool Star Wars information, and have a happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Rogues: A History

Rogues emblemRogue One premieres in less than two months. Every Star Wars fan looks at their circled “December 16th” on the calendar with increasing glee. The movie promises action, adventure, and entirely not enough Donnie Yen beatin’ up on Stormtroopers. For new fans, Rogue One is a call sign for the ship Jyn Erso and her companions use. For older fans it evokes memories and nostalgia. Walk with us, if you will, through the history of the Rogues.

The Beginning of the Rogues

Canonically, the Rogues (or Rogue Squadron) first appeared in-universe between the battle of Yavin, and the battle of Hoth. Built from the remnants of pilots during the battle of Yavin, the group became famed for its skill, and was the squadron rebel leaders called upon to conduct clandestine raids and strikes. We, the viewers, first hear of the Rogues during The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker commands a team of snowspeeder pilots he calls “Rogue Group”. The radio drama version of the movie calls it “Rogue Flight.”

Timothy Zahn, he who gave us Admiral Thrawn, first coined “Rogue Squadron” in his novel Heir to the Empire. The Rogues became the focus of numerous expanded universe works, such as the novels by author Michael A. Stackpole, as well as his series of comics from Dark Horse. LucasArts and Factor 5 made three Rogue Squadron video games: “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” for the Nintendo 64 and computer in 1998, “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader” and “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike” came out in 2001 and 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube.

After Disney announced the title of the first Star Wars anthology movie, many speculated about how much the story would take from the expanded universe. While the Rogues we’re going to see in the movie seem to function in the same space—a group of the best for special missions—the mission to find the plans for the Death Star is far earlier than most sources say the Rogues first appeared. Hopefully the movie will make some effort to meld our old universe with this brave new one.

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Rogue One News Tidbits

Rogue One's charactersThe second Rogue One trailer came out October 13th. If there was ever a demand for a way to turn visual images into edible delicacies, it was then. While there’s no big news about the movie, or star drama behind the scenes, there have been plenty of cool stories to help fan the hype flames in the months leading to the next Star Wars installment.

Rogue One mini-news:

Both Rogue One trailers have been well-received, but one fan (or perhaps a group) decided to go the next step. They cut together video and dialogue from both trailers into an ambitious and stirring six-minute video, building from the scenes of Jyn Erso and her father, to Jyn’s recruitment, to the mission to steal the Death Star plans. It looks like it could be a professionally-made trailer.

A few months before “The Force Awakens” came out, terminally-ill fan Daniel Fleetwood, 32, got to see the film early. Early November of 2015, Daniel was able to watch the film in a private, early screening. Only a week later, he would succumb to spindle cell sarcoma. A similar story—of fan Neil Hanvey—happened in August. After fighting cancer for three and a half years, Hanvey’s family began a hastag campaign on Twitter, asking the filmmakers give him a chance to see the movie. He got his wish, and died a week later. We assume this is a result of the cancer, not the movie’s quality.

Alan Tudyk, famous for his portrayal of Wash in “Firefly,” won’t have his face shown—he plays hulking droid K-2SO. However, a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) revealed he did have an acted cameo, but it didn’t make the cut. Apparently, he played the character as played by his “Con Man” character, Wray Nerely. The character Wray is a struggling actor shoe-horned into SF roles and makes the rounds at cons.

As we get closer to Rogue One, more information and news is sure to come out; we’ll be sure to include it. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun 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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Rogue One Update

Rogue One Anthology
Rogue One

To be released on December 16, 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (or simply Rogue One) is the next step in the Star Wars legacy. Said to be about the heist to steal the plans for the Death Star prior to Episode IV, it will be the first Star Wars movie without any Jedi, and also promises to be the darkest film set in the Star Wars universe yet. We aren’t sure how it could possibly top the end of Episode III, but that’s the rumor.

A great deal of information has come to light about Rogue One since the release of Episode VII. Mads Mikkelsen, known for playing the card-shark villain of James Bond’s Casino Royale, will not play a bad guy – will wonders never cease. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth) was the original screenwriter, but Chris Weitz has since replaced him. Weitz is known for comedy films American Pie and About a Boy, and has also worked on film adaptions of The Golden Compass and Twilight’s New Moon. Alexandre Desplat has signed on to compose the soundtrack, adding Star Wars to his already extensive list of notable credits.

As for details about the movie itself, little has been leaked, though (MINOR SPOILER) we do know Mikkelsen’s character plays a scientist working on the Death Star who chooses to defect and join the rebellion. Felicity Jones’ character is named “Jyn,” Riz Ahmed plays “Bodhi Rook,” Jonathon Aris plays “Senator Jebel,” and it’s very possible Diego Luna will play classic character Biggs Darklighter, though rumors are unsubstantiated. Scottish actress Eunice Olumide has been added to the cast in an unknown role, and members of the British Armed Forces have been hired on as extras, most likely playing Stormtroopers or rebel soldiers.

Voted as the most anticipated release of 2016, Rogue One looks to fill us in on the details surrounding the Skywalker clan, and is just the first of at least three planned anthology movies, with the second a Han Solo origin story, and the third perhaps being a Boba Fett film. As the first movie without the powers of the force on their side, the good guys of the film will have a more difficult time, and director Gareth Edwards has stated the conflict in the movie will not be good versus evil, but more gray, in an attempt to make the world of the movies more real.

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Anaheim Star Wars Celebration

SW Celebration Anaheim poster
SW Celebration Anaheim poster

Last week, the Star Wars Celebration was held in Anaheim from April 16-19, and no shortage of amazing news came with it. Not the least of this was the new Star Wars trailer, which we knew was going to be seen in front of the new Avengers movie, but was rumored to be leaked (in J.J. Abrams’ standard method of “accidentally” “leaking” trailers) prior to the movie. While not leaked, we still got to witness the wonder before expected.

Beyond this excitement, however, there’s more! From Anaheim we also saw the trailer for the new Star Wars Battlefront game, being developed by the Swedish EA developer DICE (Digital Illusions CE), the developer responsible for the Battlefield series of games, as well as a number of others. The trailer (here) was developed using the game’s engine, but does not show game play footage. The game, the third in a series, is slated for release on November 17th of 2015 in North America, and the twentieth of November in the U.K. Like the earlier games in the series, the game will give players the ability to battle on the side of the Empire or the Rebel alliance in battles that are both present in the movies (such as Hoth or Endor), as well as some not present in the movies for greater variety.

The final interesting piece of information was the revelation of details about Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars Anthology titles, which is currently expected to have four movies. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters and Godzilla) and is expected to be released December 16th, 2016. So far, only Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has been cast. Due to similarities between the names Rogue One and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Disney made a deal with Paramount Pictures to not discuss Rogue One until fall of 2015; the lone exception was the Anaheim celebration. Little is known about the plot, but it has been revealed that it involves the mission to steal the original death star plans, sometime between Star Wars Rebels, and Episode IV.

Other smaller panels, and a special screening of four unreleased Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, also took place. Thanks to this weekend-long event, there’s plenty of new info to keep us waiting with bated breath. We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick rundown of Anaheim; come back often for more fun movie and fan information!