|STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKERTHE RISE OF SKYWALKERRISE OF SKYWALKERKNIGHTS OF RENSITH TROOPERSSITH TROOPERSKYWALKERSTAR WARSTV SPOT|
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.
The following has been edited for clarity and concision.
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...
Fans have demanded to see more of the Knights of Ren in the new Star Wars trilogy, and they’re finally getting their wish with The Rise of Skywalker. Kylo Ren’s old buddies are back, and they all look like goofy steampunk hockey goalies. The characters are still shrouded in secrecy, so much so that we don’t even know their names. Until now! Well, at least one of their names. According to a Topps card, one of the Knights has a name, and it’s Trudgen.
Behold! Trudgen! This is one of the goofiest Star Wars names of all time, and I love it. I really hope the rest of the Knights have equally silly names, because that would be truly something special. Up until now, the Knights of Ren were only being identified by their weapons. Funko Pops figures were providing them nicknames like Scythe, Club, Blade, Axe, Arm Cannon, and so on. I suppose a trudgen could be a weapon here, but I’m just going to go ahead and assume that it’s this fellow’s name.
The Topps card provides the following description for the Knight of Ren: “Members of an enclave of masked warriors wielding distinct weapons for ranged and close-quarter combat, the Knights of Ren are elite, fearsome enforces of Kylo Ren’s dark will.” Again, the emphasis is on weaponry, so perhaps that weapon really is called a trudgen. There is a type of club called a truncheon, after all, and that’s kind of close, I suppose. We’ll have to wait and see.
Wookiepedia has even more background info on the Knights:
The Knights of Ren were neither Jedi nor Sith, but a new generation of dark side users that emerged to fill the void left by the demise of the last Sith Lords, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. They had a sort of code, which they were flexible in following: living life the way they wanted, taking what the galaxy gave them and consuming what the dark side send them.
The archetype of this generation was Kylo Ren, the master of the Knights of Ren and heir to the bloodline of the most powerful Jedi and Sith in galactic history. They served as Kylo’s most mysterious and deadly servants.
Despite the ties of Kylo Ren to the First Order, however, the other knights were not aligned with the Galactic Empire’s successor, as Kylo and Supreme Leader Snoke were the only two beings who could command the Force in that hermit state.
I was never particularly interested in the Knights of Ren, and would’ve been fine if we had never seen them again But I also know many fans wanted them, and so here they are. How big of a part will they play in The Rise of Skywalker? I’m guessing it’ll be small, but I could be completely wrong. In any case, I’m loving the absolute goofiness of the name Trudgen, and I look forward to learning the rest of the Knights’...
The latest Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV spot features the red Sith Troopers as they take flight during battle. Not much is known about these elite fighters, but that mystery will be solved in five days. It's hard to believe, but the final installment in the Skywalker Saga is only days away from hitting theaters. Star Wars fans have been waiting two years to see how the sequel trilogy comes to an end, and J.J. Abrams has brought back some old characters, along with some new ones to finish off the story.
The red Sith Troopers are new to the Star Wars franchise. According to early promotional material, they fight for Kylo Ren and they can be seen doing so in The Rise of Skywalker TV spot as they take flight to avoid blaster shots and a downed X-Wing fighter. Even though their suits are pretty similar to a normal Stormtrooper, they appear to be more menacing, which is more than likely due to the red coloring. The red coloring is also reminiscent of the Emperor's Royal Guard, aka, the Imperial Royal Guard from Return of the Jedi.
As for the rest of the footage in the latest Star Wars 9 TV spot, it's mostly made up of things we've already seen, though the X-Wing going down is certainly new. With the Knights of Ren and the Sith Troopers, one has to wonder how much screen time these characters are going to receive. The Knights of Ren were not present in The Last Jedi and were only briefly seen in 2015's The Force Awakens. There's a lot going on and there's a lot of ground to cover, so one can't imagine the Sith Troopers will have much time on screen.
J.J. Abrams is back behind the camera for The Rise of Skywalker and he brought Emperor Palpatine with him. Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid was shocked to get a call from Abrams, asking him to reprise the role. George Lucas had previously considered the villain to be 'absolutely' dead in the franchise, and that's what McDiarmid thought too. However, Abrams has figured out a way to resurrect him, though we're not exactly sure how he did it.The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th and on the 19th for the early Thursday previews. The world premiere will take place tomorrow, with press screenings taking place in the days following. We're really in the endgame now, so if you don't want anything to be spoiled, now is really the time to take a break from certain sites and social media platforms. By tomorrow night, there will be spoilers everywhere and by Tuesday, the whole plot of the movie will be online. While we wait for the movie to hit theaters, you can check out the latest TV spot above, thanks to the official Star Wars YouTube channel.
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.”Source: Slashfilm.com