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EXCLUSIVE: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Episode VIII from an Alleged Production Insider

A couple of days ago, we brought you the sensational Jedi History 1.1 lesson from KY10REY, who purports to be a production insider for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Today, Stormtrooper Larry sat down with KY10REY to find out more about the film. Whether his claims are true or not, we leave up to you.

We’ve reserved the juiciest stuff at the end.

Who is KY10REY?

He first appeared in February 2016, when principal photography for Episode VIII started. KY10REY claims to be part of the production crew at Pinewood Studios with insider knowledge of the film’s progress.

Why should we listen to him?

KY10REY seems to have advance knowledge of what Space Bear Industries, the front name for Episode VIII, is up to.

Last March, he posted the scouting sets for the Ireland leg of the shoot, a full two months before it happened:

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Then in early May, he announced that Adam Driver was going to join Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley in Ireland for the Ahch-To shoot, and even broke down their scenes by location.

Adam did arrive one week later on May 13:

ky10rey leak spoiler

With that out of the way, let’s get to the juicy stuff. Here’s the exclusive intel from KY10REY.

On Jedi History 1.1

  • A fair number of readers have commented on the poor prose and scriptwriting, with one commenting that “if this is a leak, it sounds like it was transcribed or overheard.”
  • That’s because it is — it came from a storyboard. KY10REY says “phones, cameras and tablets are not allowed… but pen and paper are”. He was actually writing down what he saw from memory as best as he could.
  • The tree on Ahch-To is really old, “even older than the Jedi”
  • “If you look at the tree from a vertical aspect, it’s actually not complete.” That’s because he claims that “most static items are just reference holders for ILM”. Presumably, the tree will be enhanced, or even have its appearance changed outright through VFX.

episode 8 tree leak

On the Ireland filming

  • The shooting schedule included a 4-day safety window in case they ran into inclement weather
  • Thankfully, the notoriously uncooperative Irish climate turned out to be good, so much so that “we had to use our poor weather truck”
  • This specialized vehicle was probably designed to create rain effects, during what we presume is the climactic battle between Luke and Rey and the Knights of Ren (which KY10REY can’t confirm or deny)
  • The waterfall at Malin Head will make a brief appearance, though parts of the scene are actually NOT shot in Ireland but someplace else (we’ll cover this in a future article)
  • Right after wrapping up in Ireland, part of the crew were sent to Germany and Italy to scout locations for the next movie, the Han Solo anthology film.

What’s happening now

  • Filming is back in the UK, although whether in Pinewood or other locations KY10REY won’t say
  • One of the scenes in the past week required a lot of pyrotechnics, which caused complaints among locals
  • The schedule this week has been so intense that an extra rest day was ordered, “that’s why Mark (Hamill) was mostly silent on Monday and Tuesday, but pretty active today”
  • There will be a break in filming come July so certain cast members can attend Star Wars Celebration in London

What we can expect

  • Despite director Rian Johnson’s home stretch post, the film has “several miles left to go”
  • The official wrap-up party for the production crew is still two months away
  • Rey had 42 minutes in The Force Awakens, but almost double the screen-time for Episode VIII

And the really juicy nuggets:

  • Expect the Episode VIII title reveal in the first week of November
  • The Rogue One main trailer will drop four weeks after the title reveal
  • There will also be a brief (2-second) teaser for Episode VIII
  • There were on-set rumors of more trees and seeds being taken to different planets, as well as mentions of Ben Kenobi. However “we are not filming any of that, so if true they must be for something else, like a backstory or tie-in comic.”

Note: In the past hour, several readers have asked why the Rogue One trailer is debuting too close to the movie, rather than during Star Wars Celebration. The key word is main trailer. TFA also had several trailers, but the most complete one (the international version) dropped on December 9, 2015, a mere one week before the movie itself.

Our guess is, shorter domestic trailers are used to generate hype in North America, where Star Wars is already familiar. However, for other regions where the franchise isn’t a cultural phenomenon (like China), Disney has a longer version. The newer, longer cut also helps sustain the momentum in the US, since it features extra footage not seen by American viewers. Anyway, we’ll just ask KY10REY about it when he’s able to sneak out once more.


Finally, KY10REY says he gets asked a lot about Luke and Rey, but not newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, known on set as “Pocket Rocket”.

Why should we pay more attention to her?

“Because her character will have a pivotal role towards the end. Her role was rewritten to increase screen time.”

We have more intel from our secret rendezvous, but Stormtrooper Larry has to get back to work (damn Powerpoint slides won’t do themselves). We’ll reserve those for another post if our alleged Bothan insider gives the green light.

KY10REY will release the next installment, Jedi History 2.1, before the end of June. So stay tuned!

UPDATE: For readers in the UK, the Metro newspaper will be publishing their own interview in tomorrow’s issue. Scoop a copy and see if they have different intel.

In the meantime, check out our own story how Ben Solo fell to the dark side!

 

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Star Wars Episode VIII Leak: Hidden Vehicles at Longcross!

After yesterday’s alien sighting, the filming of Star Wars Episode VIII in Ireland appears to be wrapping up. The crew were spotted celebrating at a local pub, and there was no action today save for the inevitable mop-up.

So let’s go back to Surrey, England and revisit the Falcon set!

The intrepid lads at urban exploration site 28 Days Later are back with more spy shots. Led by Bothan spy The_Raw, this bunch also snuck into the Longcross Studios set and appears to be genuine SW fans. They took the most beautiful shots of the Ahch-To set we’ve seen to date.

Here are some of the highlights (Clicking the photos will redirect you to the forum thread for the larger image):

episode 8 falcon interiorA mockup of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit switches, minus the flight controls and seats

episode 8 treeAn upclose shot of the mysterious tree

Notice how Rey had to make her way past it while going uphill to meet Luke. While it wasn’t shown in The Force Awakens, there’s a good chance it will play a central role in Episode VIII. We’ll be discussing this in a future article.

And finally, the big mama-jama. Our scruffy nerf herders took this intriguing shot of what appears to be covered vehicles on set:

episode 8 speeders

Let’s analyze.

1. Could that huge object on the left be a disassembled Y-wing?

episode 8 y-wing.jpg

  • The engine nacelles look to be the right shape and length, minus the rounded engine cover on the front
  • The “neck” between the cockpit and the engine compartment appears to be the right length. Notice how the tarp slopes down, indicating the dead space aft of the passenger compartment.

 

2. Next, we have what looks to be a speeder

Could it be the same as the exploding vehicle used in Dubrovnik, Croatia?

episode 8 speeder comparison.jpg

  • The engine placements don’t match. But then again the  engine pods might pivot up when in flight mode.
  • However, when it comes to chassis the shape isn’t the same. Which makes it unlikely to be the same vehicle.

However, a second speeder was spotted in Dubrovnik under tight guard:

episode 8 speeders leak

  • This tan speeder appears to match the shape of the front cabin and engine placement
  • If it’s the same vehicle, then Lucasfilm took great pains to either transport it from Croatia or recreate it in England.
  • This means it could play a bigger role in the film, such as being Finn and Kelly Tan’s vehicle during the rumored speeder chase scene

Then there’s two to three more tarp-covered objects behind. But we have too little info to go on, and Stormtrooper Larry is too lazy anyway.

3. The location

So why are these vehicles chilling in Longcross? Our guess is they will be used in the topside portion of the set, which appears to be a completely different planet than Ahch-To:

episode 8 senate

There’s a huge flat area right there. If it’s not a landing field, it’s either a fancy courtyard where vehicles drop off passengers, or a parking lot filled with speeders. One of which might be used by the heroes to make their getaway.

So here’s a few possibilities. It could be:

  • The rumored space casino that Luke and Rey will visit
  • The Senate building of the relocated Republic capital, where Leia will make her impassioned speech for war against the First Order
  • An important site in the Republic capital where Poe, Finn and Kelly Tran will have their adventure.

If we were to guess, the speeder would take off here in the Longcross set. Then the action would continue through the narrow cobblestone streets of the city, represented by Dubrovnik. Reports from the Croatia shooting last March suggested an exciting speeder chase, with the fancy speeder getting blown up!

Either way, we can expect the vehicles to be in Hasbro’s lineup come Force Friday 2017. Get ready for a bunch of Titanium speeders and playsets!

4. The grassy knoll

The vehicles might have been sitting there unnoticed for nearly a month now. The photo below comes from the Daily Mail article announcing the full-size Falcon to the world last April 30.

Notice how the speeder background fits with the image. We’ve mapped out the possible location of the speeders and even the vantage point of our Bothan spy:

episode 8 tarp speeders

We also spoke to Chris, the admin of urban exploration site 28 Days Later.com:

Unfortunately somebody posted their pictures on Instagram and Facebook, that’s why the reports went public. Apparently this weekend the studios were inundated with more recreational trespassers, like hundreds of them. Security is now through the roof.

So this might mean the end of spy shots at Longcross Studios. Hopefully more “lost trekkers” stumble there, before Disney clamps down on the site 😉

Thanks to site owner Chris of 28DL for the tip! Be sure to check out their urban exploration reports for more Longcross intel.