New footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker just keeps on coming with every new TV spot that Disney and Lucasfilm are putting out there. Thankfully, even with more and more snippets from the movie surfacing online, they seem to be holding back a lot of the third act of this movie, especially when it comes to the return of Emperor Palpatine. This new Rise of Skywalker TV spot features a new piece of voiceover from the villain, but the full reveal of the character likely won’t come until you’re in the theater. But even so, there are some cool new shots to behold.
Easily the coolest part of this TV spot is the fact that we get to see General Leia holding her father’s lightsaber, the one that was handed down to Luke Skywalker and eventually found its way into the hands of Rey. The lightsaber was broken in the climax of The Last Jedi, but clearly it’s been repaired by Rey.
However, we likely won’t get to see Leia wielding it since there probably wasn’t any unused footage of Carrie Fisher doing that in The Force Awakens. Then again, there probably wasn’t a shot of her holding that specific version of the lightsaber since it wasn’t yet broken in The Force Awakens, so maybe with the help of some visual effects, we’ll get to see that happen after all.
Otherwise, there are a few cool new shots of the final battle, not to mention Poe Dameron flying the Millennium Falcon through some green-lit area, as well as another shot that has Resistance ships flying through some kind of red-orange environment. We’re not too sure what that’s about, but obviously we’ll find out later this month.
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams
There’s one particularly telling and effective moment in The Skywalker Legacy, the feature-lenght documentary that’s included on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release that sums up much of the ambivalence and consternation that some had with J.J. Abrams’ return to the Star Wars universe. After showing the intricate construction of a giant, practical snake monster, the doc cuts back to footage of Jabba The Hutt, that old analogue beast that slithered its way into our hearts. The sentiment is clear – we’re making movies like we used to! A celebration of practical effects, the dripping of k-y jelly to give viscosity just like the old costume days, it’s all there. There’s excitement on set, everyone talking about how amazing it looks, how lifelike, how this is how you’re supposed to do movies like this.
Cut to Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett who shatters the myth, letting us know the creature was replaced by a CGI version in post.
Guyett’s resume is mighty. Having made his bones on groundbreaking films like Twister and Casper, he helped Spielberg bring the events of D-Day to screen in Saving Private Ryan, helped bring to life the best looking film in the Harry Potter series, Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, and even made the theatrical version of Rent feel more than a stage production. Guyett has had many collaborations with Abrams – from the Star Trek Reboots through The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker he was even second unit director on the former, as well as working with George Lucas on Episode III to round off the prequels. He’s in a unique position to speak to these changing landscapes of epic filmmaking.
We spoke at length about the apparent contradictions and indulgences in making a Star Wars film, and he made the case for why nothing was wasted and all contributed to the final presentation. He was erudite and open to the discussion, making for a dream conversation with a man who quite literally has helped shape what amazes us on screen for decades.
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We see practical effects being championed as almost a marketing ploy with the “postquels” as a mix of nostalgia and an attempt to delineate from Lucas’ second trilogy. In some ways the love of the practically-realized snake undercuts the extraordinary CGI you and your team accomplished, and raises questions about why the need to fetishize the on-set inclusions when they’re replaced anyway. Could you talk about that ethos, that somehow doing stuff on a computer is a “cheat” while doing an effect practically is not?
I think at the end of the day we’re all trying to do the best that we can, trying to make the best, most dramatic or emotional movie we can visually. I’m coming from figuring out how do you get the most...
Okay, I guess we can all safely assume The New Mutants is finally coming out. The long-delayed X-Men spin-off has a rating, a release date, and now, a new TV spot. The spot below plays up the action and throws in a few groan-worthy quips. But it also features some neat elements, too – like Anya Taylor-Joy‘s Magik brandishing a giant glowing sword. Watch The New Mutants TV spot below.
The New Mutants TV Spot
After a long and bumpy road, The New Mutants will finally have their day on the big screen unless the coronavirus delays the release for some reason. The film was originally set for an April 13, 2018 opening, but release date moved to February 22, 2019, then to August 2, 2019. Finally, it ended up with an April 3, 2020 release. Why the delay? Reshoots were initially reported, but we’ve since learned that wasn’t the case at all, and the version finally being released was the original version delivered by director Josh Boone.
Of course, none of this really explains why the movie was delayed so many times. But that’s in the past, and The New Mutants are set to arrive next month. This TV spot gives us some new footage, including a very corny joke where Maisie Williams warns Anya Taylor-Joy against fighting a foe because that foe is “magic,” to which point Taylor-Joy replies, “So am I.” Get it? Because her character’s name is Magik? Do you get it, folks? Should I get a whiteboard out to better explain the joke?
In all seriousness, I’m hoping for the best here. I dig the movie’s A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors vibe, and I like that overall, this looks different – and not just another retread of the same X-Men-style movie we’ve seen countless times before. Fingers crossed that in the end it’s all worth the wait.
The New Mutants, starring Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga, is described as “an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.”