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Star Wars Rebels Introduces Imperial Enforcer Agent Kallus

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In regards to Star Wars, most of our attention is focused on J.J. Abrams upcoming Episode VII and the other film additions to the canon. Movies like that one, and Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, and Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank’s impending standalone films, are obviously the biggest deal, but it often feels like we forgot that the first post-Disney-buyout addition to the family that we’ll actually see will be the animated Star Wars Rebels. They’re quietly putting together what looks like a cool addition to the franchise, one that will have wide reaching implications. Now Lucasfilm has released this video introducing us to one of the villains the heroes will have to face off against, Agent Kallus, Imperial Enforcer.

While The Inquisitor obviously represents the evil, nasty side of things, the Dark Side of the Force, Kallus is a different style of enemy. Definitely a bad guy, he’s not straight up wicked and malevolent. A member of the Imperial Security Bureau, described here as a mixture of the FBI and the military police, he represents the more rank and file of the Empire. While he is passionate about his work, and definitely believes in the Empire, he is just doing his job.

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Kevin Smith Explains What Brought Him To Tears On The Star Wars: Episode VII Set

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Last week filmmaker and lifelong Star Wars fanboy Kevin Smith got to visit the set of Episode VII in London and came away literally moved to the point of tears, which he shared with the world courtesy of a weepy Instagram photo and a thumbs up. Naturally, director J.J. Abrams’ invitation came packaged with a non-disclosure agreement, so Smith won’t be tossing any Episode VII spoilers out there. But he has clarified just what he saw on set that impacted him so powerfully, and his experience is something that should resonate with anyone who grew up dreaming of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.

The folks over at /Film tracked down the above video, which features Smith doing one of his frequent and often wildly entertaining Q&As, this one at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland. Among other things, he addresses his Episode VII set visit, including its emotional centerpiece: getting to see the Millennium Falcon set inside Pinewood Studios’ Stage M. (The Episode VII talk starts around the 35-minute mark.)

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Star Wars: Episode VII “Leaked Footage” Isn’t Real, Is Still Cool

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With Star Wars: Episode VII currently filming at Pinewood Studios in England, all the sneaky little Internet spies are working their hardest to squirrel out new information, footage, and pictures. And they’ve even succeeded a few times. In addition to the steady stream of plot rumors, shots of the Millennium Falcon set under construction leaked last month, as well as photos of creatures and cast from the Abu Dhabi. Well, this latest “leaked footage” at least does you the courtesy of winking at the fact that it’s totally not real…but it’s still pretty fun.

A dude named Frank Wunderlich created the video and then uploaded it to YouTube with the troll-happy title of “Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!” Thankfully you’d have to be spectacularly gullible not to see through that ruse almost immediately, as the first footage in the video is of German traffic signs, one of which directs motorists to the “Imperial Starport Frankfurt.” In his YouTube post, Frank says:

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Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Two Unknown Newcomers To The Cast

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star warsStar Wars has always had a thing for casting relatively unknown actors in key roles. Of the three biggest stars of the franchise—Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford—none of them were big stars at the time George Lucas cast them. Ford was by far the best known, but he was far from a household name before he played Han Solo. The prequels followed this pattern, with mixed results, and even though Disney now owns Lucasfilm, director J.J. Abrams and company are sticking to this trend for Episode VII, adding two new unknown faces to the cast.

StarWars.com reports that the production has signed newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen, both of whom were found during an open casting call that went down late last year. This sounds like it was one hell of an undertaking to settle on these two. More than 37,000 people showed up in 11 cities across the US and UK, while another 30,000 submitted their applications through online channels.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy, Star Wars, And E.T. Get Gorgeous Top-Down Poster Art

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GuardiansOne of the things I love most about GFR is discovering new artists or filmmakers or writers who weren’t previously on my radar and then diving into their work headfirst. Today’s particular rabbit hole (and mixed metaphors) are brought to you by artist Andy Fairhurst, who has put a new spin on beloved science fiction properties simply by approach them from a different angle: from the top down.

That Guardians of the Galaxy picture up top is one of my favorite things he’s done, just because it emphasizes something that some animator or comics artist once said, but I can’t for the life of me remember who: that a recognizable silhouette is key in creating a new costumed character. There are thousands of superheroes and villains who’ve been dreamt up over the decades, but the most iconic, the most legendary, almost all of those are instantly recognizable just from their silhouette. Or their shadow, as the case may be.

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Stormtrooper Kicks Off A Real Life Gun Scare In Kansas

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StormtrooperIn the wake of countless mass shootings at schools, nationwide retail chains, and countless other public spaces—there’s seriously a website called Mass Shooting Tracker—people are, understandably, a bit jumpy when folks show up with guns, even fake ones. A man dressed like a Stormtrooper from Star Wars recently kicked off something of a panic in Kansas.

KSAL, a radio station in Salinas, KA, reports that a local merchant called 911 when he spotted 27-year-old Chris Burns wandering the streets dressed up like one of the faceless foot soldiers of the Galactic Empire from George Lucas’ beloved space opera. The business owner feared that what he saw wasn’t a dedicated fan indulging in a bit of cosplay, but an armed individual roaming the streets of his hometown with what he thought was an AK-47. What he saw was a masked man toting what appeared to be a very real weapon.