In this digital age, it’s easy to take for granted how simple it is to dig into the behind-the-scenes stories of pretty much any project you can think of. Special edition sets come packed with insightful commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and photo galleries. Websites and forums are often able to show you far more about any upcoming film than the filmmakers would ever prefer. So there’s something cool about making-of material from earlier decades when the wall between creator and consumer was a lot more daunting. These images from various sci-fi movie costume tests are pretty straightforward, but there’s still something charming about getting a look into a past when, for the most part, nobody outside the production would get to see this stuff until it was done. Especially when, as in the picture up top, they look like a mug shot from a DUI bust on the Planet of the Apes.
One of the things I love about hitting up any sci-fi/comic convention is seeing all the costumes people have pored their time and efforts into. Sometimes the sheer level of craftsmanship is enough to boggle the mind, whereas other times a clever concept alone can make for an unforgettable bit of cosplay (such as this gentleman with the tribbles). For this story we’ve rounded up three bits of very cool replica work and/or cosplay for your amusement. First up, the gorgeous ED-209 replica featured in the video above. If you haven’t watched it yet, you have 15 seconds to comply…
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced that they would be making new Star Wars films, one of the biggest questions fans were left wondering about was the fate of the so-called Expanded Universe: the reams of semi-canonical content created over the years in books, games, comics, radio dramas, and the like. Last month the word was given: while the future of the Star Wars universe may pick and choose from story elements or characters from all that material, going forward the only canonical stories at this point are the six Episode films and the Clone Wars animated series. But what if some of the most beloved Expanded Universe tales got a direct adaptation for the big screen?
We’ve all seen, or at least heard of, those cheap knock offs of popular American movies, like Turkish Star Wars, though I personally prefer Turkish Indiana Jones. In the early 1980s, when Star Wars mania was sweeping across the globe, several Chinese publishers put out their own comic book versions of the property. According to some newly unearthed copies of one of these obscure pieces of Star Wars lore, Darth Vader had what seems to be an unhealthy fascination with the state of Florida. Who knew?
These images come from the South China Daily Post, and there is a great deal of creative license with the story, which explains why the scariest Sith lord of all time happens to be obsessed with the destruction of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. You can see it on featured prominently on the map of places he intends to vaporize. Why, well, that’s the question of the day. Unless I missed that part in A New Hope, which is possible I guess, I’ve only seen the movie a couple dozen times, it’s possible that little tidbit slipped by me.
When Disney and Lucasfilm finally announced the cast for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, there were some new additions, a few surprises, and a handful of familiar faces retiring to the franchise after 30 years. Chief among those in the last category are stars of the original trilogy Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford, who will all be back to reprise their roles as Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo, respectively. All three of these actors have all had long and varied careers, but with the exception of Ford, the Star Wars saga was the highest peak. Fisher recently opened up about what it means to return to that galaxy far, far away, and shared some of her favorite stories from set.
Talking to a live audience at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, Fisher refused to share any details on Episode VII, which, considering the shroud of secrecy surrounding the picture, isn’t a surprise. She did, however, joke that they’re doing another film so she can “get Princess Leia right this time,” correct some mistakes, and maybe play her as “less British.” She also claims to have lobbied for the return of her iconic bun hairdo. She said, “I’ve begged them to put the hair back on in grey and just catch me cooking with the hair, like Granny Leia.”
Gareth Edwards is having a solid week. Not only did his Godzilla bring in more than $90 million over its opening weekend and secure the future of the rebooted franchise, but he’s landed his next gig, and it’s pretty damn massive. Edwards, for only his third turn at the helm of a feature film, will direct a new Star Wars movie. J.J. Abrams, of course, recently began filming Star Wars: Episode VII, but Edwards will get the next crack at the franchise with the first of the standalone films.
THR broke this story, but aside from this there’s not much else to tell. While Edwards will take the lead, Book of Eli and After Earth scribe Gary Whitta will handle the script. The Edwards component is good news, having shown that he can handle both large and small-scale productions, but we’re less sure about the Whitta part. Neither of his earlier endeavors exactly inspire a lot of confidence, but we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. We’ll see if that comes back to bite us on the ass.