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Star Wars Episode VIII: Jedi History 1.1

When it comes to Star Wars Episode VIII, one of the more active followers is Ky10Rey.

This deeply entrenched Bothan has been obsessively covering the film production, like last month’s Ahch-To shoot in Ireland:

Last May 14, Ky10Rey tweeted this cryptic message:

Today, after a month, we finally get our first look at what Ky10Rey claims to be Jedi history 1.1 for Episode VIII:

star wars episode viii 8 jedi history tree ahchto leak spoiler

Analysis:

  • “Clear Horizon” is allegedly the code name for one of the shooting locations in Ireland. The scene was described as “involving a character observing the landscape from a cliff-top vantage point.”

These set outlines were posted by Ky10Rey on March 3, two months before the Ireland shooting. “Space Bear” is the working title for Episode VIII.

  • The tree is most likely the mystical, out-of-place looking tree in the Ahch-To set built in Longcross Studios, UK.

episode 8 tree

  • The line “I feel pain… death. It has begun” might be the scene where Luke and Rey feel the peril being faced by Finn and Leia according to an earlier leak. Then again, it might also be the First Order attacking the Resistance base on D’qar, or the alleged invasion of the temporary Republic capital.
  • The final line “Rey if we are to _____ you have until sunset” hints at a pivotal choice by Rey. And since the deadline appears to be “by sunset”, this scene might take place just before the Knights of Ren begin their assault, which was reported to take place at dusk.
  • If this is true, it confirms the IMDB claim that Rey isn’t Luke’s daughter. We see her parents in this vision, along with a mysterious companion!

Stormtrooper Larry makes no guarantees on the authenticity of Ky10Rey’s Jedi history lesson. As always, take your intel with a grain of salt (and a healthy dose of Corellian ale).

If you’re hungry for more Star Wars, check out the Rogue One leak hilariously rewritten by a spambot!

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Hamming it up with Hamill: The Latest on Episode 8’s Luke Skywalker

Last year, the biggest star of The Force Awakens was also the one without any lines — Luke Skywalker. The whole film turned out to be one big hunt for the MIA Jedi master.

So what’s the latest on Mark Hamill, the face of the Star Wars saga? We gathered this week’s news so you don’t have to!

Busy bee

In an interview yesterday with Entertainment Weekly, Mark revealed how busy he was with Star Wars Episode VIII.

“It’s been 6 a.m. calls every morning, and I have another one tomorrow.” In fact, he’s so caught up in the latest installment that he takes a bath way ahead. “I’m taking to showering the night before, so I just roll out of bed 15 minutes before, and then go straight to the studio.”

An unwashed Luke? Stormtrooper Larry can’t help but think of this:

episode 8 luke skywalker

Thankfully, filming for Episode VIII is finally wrapping up, and he can soon let go of his Force beard:

Asked if he had any lines in the movie this time, Mark’s tense response was “I can’t confirm or deny.” He can go toe-to-toe against the Sith, but even Luke Skywalker can’t go against his NDA.

Returning to the US

Despite Episode VIII wrapping up, Mark won’t be able to return stateside just yet.

In the same interview, he revealed he might not make it to this year’s Comic-Con, where he’s supposed to debut his new digital series Pop Culture Quest“It doesn’t look like I’m gonna be able to make it this year, because of the shooting schedule here”, referring to Pinewood Studios in the UK. “I don’t get back until the third week in July.”

Mark has been living on London for the past year. He was required to return to Skellig Michael for the first footage of Episode VIII in November, even before The Force Awakens screened in theaters. By January, principal photography for the sequel was in full swing, and Mark’s been busy ever since.

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While the film wraps up this month, he still won’t be able to attend the Comic-Con in July due to Star Wars Celebration. This year’s Celebration will be held in London on July 15, just one week before Comic-Con, hence the reason for not being able to commit to San Diego.

Twitter banter

After working with Episode VIII director Rian Johnson for the past year, it seems he and Mark have a chummy relationship.

After Rian posted his temporary London address on Twitter, Mark replied:

Rian happened to reside in St. Lukes Road, a ritzy place in Notting Hill.

Then the Episode 8 director teased a preview of a Jedi cloak on Twitter to mark the home stretch of the filming:

Mark responded:

Although Stormtrooper Larry knows the truth. Disney ordered that cloak to be reshot after the first one was too gritty:

star wars episode 8 luke robe rian johnson leak

We hope to see an action-packed Mark Hamill in Episode VIII… whether washed or unwashed!

Meanwhile, check out the mysterious licensed Lucasfilm painting entitled “Rey Skywalker”!

Star Wars Episode VIII: Luke’s Robe

Earlier today, Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson posted a sneak peek of the film’s progress on his Tumblr.

It showed what could possibly be a Jedi robe on Ahch-To:

The home stenchstar wars episode 8 luke robe rian johnson leak

Hoooo boy. Judging by the state of his Ahch-To exile, it seems like ol’ Luke really let himself go after the Jedi massacre. He even has a touching graffiti for his lost students.

Basic hygiene, washing machines… a Jedi craves not these things. But stim spice and death sticks can make you forget anything!

See the original post on Rian Johnson’s Tumblr here.

 

Star Wars Episode VIII: No US Filming

Today, we received this inquiry from one of our readers:

“Do you know they’re going to film all this month in Las Vegas in the desert for Jakku scenes? So do you think this will be the final third act of the film?”

– James Wright, Virginia

James’ belief is a familiar tune.

Last March, it was speculated that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be filming in Las Vegas. Making Star Wars reported that director Rian Johnson and crew were scouting locations west of Las Vegas, ostensibly to represent:

  • the desert landscape of Jakku, or
  • the reported casino scene that Luke and Rey will visit

A number of websites also referenced this tidbit from Clancy Report, a dubious site that didn’t cite any sources for its info:

Writer and director Rian Johnson is said to have personally chosen the location and will need the help of an extraordinarily large number of extras from Las Vegas and the surrounding area.  Reports claim that a big reason in choosing to film in Nevada is that the state has recently been providing significant incentives to production companies that choose to film in their state.

Today, in response to a US fan asking about extras, director Rian Johnson took to Twitter to deny shooting not just in Vegas, but anywhere in the States:

The production epicenter of Star Wars is currently Pinewood Studios in London. Episode VIII is now filming there, while Rogue One will start the reshoots next month. After that, the massive soundstages will be the home of young Han Solo come January.

Some of the work for Episode VIII has been outsourced to Longcross Studios in Surrey, home of the life-size Falcon and Ahch-To set. The Daily Mail and other outlets mistook it for Pinewood, and the set has suffered numerous break-ins from intrepid spies and urban explorers. Also involved in Episode VIII production is Imaginarium Studios, a digital studio specializing in motion-capture scenes founded by Andy Serkis (who also plays Snoke).

Episode VIII was also rumored to be scouting locations in Iceland, as well as caves in Mexico. However, Rian may have resolved the latter by building his own cave/cliff/granite mountainside in Pinewood last week:

So no, James from Virginia, it seems like Episode VIII won’t be coming stateside. Though it would be nice if the rumored “binary sunset” scene would be shot in Death Valley, as a throwback to A New Hope!


Can’t wait for Episode VIII? Check out the latest on Rogue One and its mysterious orange crates!

Star Wars Episode VIII: Photoshopped Leaks!

Now that Star Wars Episode VIII is done filming in Ireland, Stormtrooper Larry can finally share exclusive intel with our loyal readers!

You see, we actually visited the set and took some upclose and never-before-seen spy shots of Episode VIII in Ceann Sibal and Dunmore Head, Ireland!

The crashed ship

On the first day, we managed to catch the “crashed ship” sequence mentioned by the popular Making Star Wars:

episode 8 crash ship.jpg

From this angle, the crashed ship appears to have two wings and a propeller. Maybe Kylo is a fan of vintage ships just like Count Dooku.

And if that’s indeed his ship being surrounded by his Knights of Ren, then he’s just as bad a pilot as his father, who also crashed while making Episode VII.

The tiny Ahch-To ship

Next, we saw this mockup of a tiny ship. But while everyone’s attention was focused on the small prop, we discovered something else. Something so big and obvious we’re surprised no one mentioned it until now:

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Do you see it? It’s so obvious…… the tiny sheep!

Why is Luke’s planet filled with a bunch of sheep? Could they be native life forms? Maybe they’re Luke’s food source, as well as a convenient source of fluffy Jedi robes.

The Jedi temple

Our next stop: the rumored first Jedi Temple. It seems we were wrong all along:

episode 8 first jedi temple.jpg

The first Jedi temple was gaudy, ostentatious and in bad taste. And from the banners on the ramparts, the symbol of the first Jedi order was mouse ears.

We have no idea why they would build their tacky temple on the side of a cliff.

The huge creature

Further down the coast, we managed to sneak a shot of the rumored alien that will figure in the confrontation between Luke, Rey and the Knights of Ren:

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It seems to be a new type of creature. At one point, Luke was spotted taking small chunks of its fluffy body and roasting them over a bonfire.

Poor Luke must’ve lost his mind while in exile.

Cast photos

On our last day, we managed to access the set for a few minutes before we were booted out by security. Here’s the only image we got:

episode 8 daisy ridley

That’s Daisy Ridley in full costume. She appears to be talking intently with a new character known only as “Larry”. Rumors say the mysterious character will play her love interest in Episode VIII. Could he be the cameo by Tom Hardy? Whatever the case, we’re sure Larry is a good-looking guy.

Finally, we have this tweet from Director Rian Johnson calling it a wrap:

rian johnson episode 8 leak

Johnson sure has a good eye for spotting talent.

PS: During our stay, a local hobo kept hounding us for change and “a ride off-planet”. Here’s his pic in case anyone knows his family:

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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.

Star Wars Episode VIII: New Photos of the Millennium Falcon (including Interior)!

 

Today, let’s take a break from the regular programming about Rogue One. For our weekend heist, we return to the shrouded mystery that is Star Wars Episode VIII!

This time, we bring you new spy shots of the Millennium Falcon for Episode VIII from the intrepid Bothan spynet of 28 Days Later, a forum for urban explorers. So head on over to check them out!

Here’s analysis of the shots:

  • The Daily Mail was wrong: the earlier leaked photos of the Ahch-To set showing the Falcon and the scorched tree are NOT in Pinewood Studios. They were actually taken in Longcross Studios, 25 miles away from Pinewood!
  • As expected of a Star Wars film, the Falcon prop is top-notch and amazingly detailed. Everything from the AG-2G quad laser cannons up top to the various cables and greeblies hanging from the landing gear is faithfully reproduced.
  • Conversely, there is ship interior as expected. The spy shots are the first to go inside the open ramp of the Falcon (our hats off to BHG for being such a brave Bothan). While there’s enough room inside to stand around, it’s a hollow shell. The Falcon prop will likely be used for framing and walk-around shots, but a different in-studio mockup will be used for the interior scenes.
  • There’s an accessible cockpit area, and it’s pointed right at the mysterious Force tree.
  • Longcross Studios is actually in Surrey. It is separate from the Pinewood Studios set in Buckinghamshire and consists of five studios, all built on a former Defence Ministry tank facility. Other movies shot there include Skyfall, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The Dark World. 

If there’s anything cooler than seeing the Falcon, it’s knowing that it’s resting on an actual proving ground that used to churn out tanks!

UPDATE: We received permission from the urban exploration site 28 Days Later to link back to the original post. So head on over there before Disney finds out!

Stay tuned tomorrow as we take a closer look at Luke’s tree! Meanwhile, check out Stormtrooper Larry’s faceoff with the notorious Chewbacca Mask Lady!