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Rogue One: The Mystery of the Orange Crates

Back in 2015, Hollywood gossip site TMZ got a juicy look behind the scenes of Rogue One. Specifically, they were able to get spy shots of the tropical planet set that Jyn and her crew will infiltrate:

rogue one spy photo

Apart from the First Order dropship-like ramp, one other thing stood out in this photo. Let’s take a closer look:

rogue one spy photo 2

Do you see it? There’s a bunch of orange capsules on set. They were also present in other set pieces for Rogue One:

rogue one spy photo 3

A closer look at the mysterious crates:

rogue one orange boxes.jpg

These spy shots were taken in September 2015 in a soundstage in North London.

Then in April, we got the first trailer for Rogue One. And once again, the mysterious crates were present. This time they were stowed in an armored vehicle convoy:

rogue one crate

The Rogue One Lego sets leak last week confirmed that the hovertank thingy is carrying orange boxes:

rogue one lego hovertank leak orange box.jpgUnfortunately we had to blur out the rest of the pic lest LEGO come after Stormtrooper Larry’s ass again

So what’s in them orange boxes? Making Star Wars thinks it has the answer: kyber crystals. MSW’s source says the orange boxes were called “kyber crystal crates” on set, and they were being mined from a mountain side.

According to Wookieepedia, kyber crystals are rare, naturally occurring crystals “resonating” with the Force. They were famously used as the lightsaber’s power source by both the Jedi and the Sith, and getting one was part of a youngling’s initiation in order to become a padawan.

kylo ren lightsaber crystal.pngA cross-section of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. It had a cracked kyber crystal, resulting in an unstable beam and excess energy that was vented out in the crossguards.

More importantly, they were used as the basis for the old Sith Empire’s superweapons:

There were also larger, rarer crystals of great power and that, according to legend, were used at the heart of ancient superweapons by the Sith.

Interestingly, the Star Wars databank entry for the Death Star superlaser mentions kyber crystals as well:

Each of the Empire’s Death Stars were built around a terrifying weapon —  a superlaser array capable of destroying an entire planet. According to legend, the ancient Sith used massive kyber crystals to create superweapons; during the Clone Wars, the Geonosians revived the superlaser design.

Here we can infer two things:

1. The Death Star isn’t the first superlaser weapon, but the latest in a long tradition of superweapons by the Sith. They really love big lasers.

2. Like its predecessors, the Death Star’s superlaser is likely powered by kyber crystals.

This makes sense. Since kyber crystals were used to focus energy into a lightsaber’s blade, they’re also the perfect choice for focusing superlaser streams into a single, poweful beam that could obliterate an entire planet. In essence, the Death Star is one giant lightsaber, albeit one that unleashes its energy in one massive, instantaneous blast instead of a less powerful but steady stream.

So what does this mean for Rogue One? If the Death Star is indeed powered by kyber crystals, the Rogue crew would run into these orange crystal crates as they infiltrate the Imperial base and steal the plans.

If you notice, the leaked TMZ photos show what looks like an underground entrance. This fits in with MSW’s underground mine / mountainside theory of where the Empire gets the crystals:

spy photo rogue one set.jpg

The crates themselves might be the plot device that would clue the Alliance in on what the Empire is building. After all, you don’t harvest shuttle-fulls of rare, laser-focusing crystals just for a lightshow in Coruscant.

Our guess is, that hovertank convoy in the trailer will be ambushed by Jyn’s crew. Then when the Empire gets tired of its crystal convoys getting blown by IEDs, it resorts to a new type of cargo carrier: the AT-ACT.

at-act rogue one.jpgTry stealing the crystals now bitches!

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Rogue One Reshoot: Famous Stunt Coordinator Brought Onboard

An exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter claims that a veteran stunt coordinator is now part of the Rogue One reshoot.

Simon Crane was brought onboard to assist in the reputed 4-week reshoots. The THR report didn’t identify whether he’ll take on the role of stunt coordinator or second unit director.

As the name implies, a stunt coordinator is in charge of casting stuntmen and doubles, as well as choreographing the stunt portions of the film. On the other hand, a second unit director handles the second unit crew that takes supplementary footage, like establishing shots and scene inserts.

Crane got his start as a stuntman for the James Bond films A View to Kill and The Living Daylights, before moving on to become the stunt coordinator for Licence to Kill and Goldeneye. His impressive resume includes doing stuntwork in Aliens, Indiana Jones, Batman and the original Total Recall.

As his Hollywood career grew, Crane was promoted to stunt coordinator for Titanic, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, World War Z and Edge of Tomorrow. He also has experience being the second unit director for The World is Not Enough and Men in Black 3.

simon crane stunt.jpgCrane (right) even appeared as one of the Eurocopter pilots in Goldeneye!

Interestingly, the appointment of Crane coincides with the rumors that Chris McQuarrie is involved in the scriptwriting. McQuarrie also did work on World War Z and Edge of Tomorrow. But since he flatly denied any role in the reshoots, Chris might have recommended Crane for the stunts after having worked with him.

What does this tell us?

  • A famous stunt coordinator with a solid resume was just hired for Rogue One
  • The reshoots could involve new stunt scenes, more than just the “character development” and “talking in cockpits” claim by Entertainment Weekly
  • Even if Crane was hired as second unit director instead of stunt coordinator, his work will likely involve action sequences, just as he did on Tomb Raider and World War Z

The bottom line is, you don’t enlist someone like Crane to shoot quiet character building scenes around the Rebel campfire. Something is definitely up in Pinewood.

Either way, this is exciting news when you hire a guy who can do skydiving, scuba diving, karate, fencing and even gymnastics. It also doesn’t hurt that Crane was 007’s stunt double in The Living Daylights.

Here’s hoping we really do get a gritty, action-packed war movie!

Rogue One: Fallout from the KeepR1Dark “Leak”

A couple of days ago, Star Wars fans on Reddit woke up to a massive “leak”, supposedly from a production member of Rogue One. Calling himself KeepR1Dark, he painted a picture of a gritty war film being sundered by Disney’s corporate meddling. And KRD was the Rogue One “film crew” gone rogue.

After KRD failed to produce the promised credentials, the Reddit mods locked the thread and labeled it “Fake – No verification”.

Today, the fallout from the most compelling “leak” yet continues. Bobby Roberts, an editor with the Portland, OR daily Portland Mercury posted these on Twitter:

So what does this have to do with the majority of Star Wars fans? Well, they were retweeted by none other than Lucasfilm lorekeeper Pablo Hidalgo.

While Hidalgo did not address the KRD plot directly, this appears to be his low-key commentary regarding the authenticity of the supposed “leak”.

In addition, multiple Redditors and our own readers have chimed in to poke holes in KRD’s tale. These include:

Reshoots

According to KeepR1Dark, the reason for going his rogue was Disney’s watering down of the film. He specifically cited changes to “Darth Vader’s nighttime massacre scene” and the ending where the entire Rogue crew, except for K-2SO, die.

In reality, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that rather than replace scenes, the reshoot will add new scenes for character development. Contrary to KRD’s allegations, the reshoots will actually involve more “talking in cockpits”:

“The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot,” said one source on the project.

In other words, the changes involve more intimate moments – not redoing entire battle sequences or plot lines. “It’s a lot of talking in cockpits,” as one insider described the new footage.

Bacta tank scene

KRD claims the bacta tank scene is actually the Death Star’s power core, and the one kneeling is Mad Mikkelsen’s character, a key Death Star engineer, in a “What have I done” moment.

However:

  • The Death Star power core is too compact, compared to the size of the DS-II’s enormous power core
  • Why were the Royal Guards, Emperor Palpatine’s personal guard, in the room?

rogue one death star core comparisonMaybe they shouldn’t have killed Mad Mikkelsen. The Death Star 2’s replacement designer was inefficient as fuck.

The AT-ATs

According to KRD, the Rebellion’s concern with the “major weapons test” mentioned in the trailer turned out to be the AT-ACTs. The Death Star itself was only discovered by accident after Jyn escaped from the battle to find her father, who is supposed to be chief designer behind the battlestation.

However, based on the Star Wars: Rebels animated series, the fledgling Rebellion was already well-aware of the Imperial walkers, having encountered them in battle several years before the events of A New Hope.


So while KeepR1Dark painted a compelling war movie with a tragic bittersweet ending, it seems the story is about as truthful as Obi-wan Kenobi.

obiwan funny

So yes, from a certain point of view, KeepR1Dark did get one thing right.

And while Reddit-bashing seems to be fashionable lately, remember that historically, the site has been the source of several accurate leaks in the run-up to The Force Awakens.

And we’d still watch the shit out of KRD’s movie.

 

Rogue One: Possible PLOT LEAK from a Production Insider!

Update: 24 hours after the promised deadline for proof elapsed, the Reddit thread was marked “Debunked”. See update at the end.


A few hours ago, a Redditor calling himself KeepR1Dark claimed to be involved in making Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you can’t tell from the username, he seems to have an axe to grind with the reshoots and the new direction the movie is going.

Interestingly, KeepR1Dark has offered to prove his credentials to the Reddit moderators. While we await their verdict, let’s hear the juicy (possible) intel that KRD has to offer.

As always, these leaks are not 100% confirmed. Read at your own risk! 


The plot

The Rebel Alliance has caught wind of a weapons test on a planet in the outer rim. Our hero Jyn Erso is caught trying to steal a rebel fighter and is taken into custody. When her background is revealed she’s given the choice of going on a mission to the planet to see what kind of weapons are being tested or being turned over to bounty hunters to be turned into the Empire for the substantial price on her head.

Unbeknownst to the other characters Jyn has received a transmission from a man claiming to be her father and telling her that the fate of the entire galaxy rests on whether or not she can find him.

The Rebels go on their mission and discover the Empire testing Imperial walkers and order an attack on the prototypes, but the Walkers are fully operational and now down the Rebel attack squad. Jyn escapes during the battle and resumes the search for her father and his mysterious warning.

The Death Star

… the Rebels are totally unaware of the Death Star’s existence. The weapons test they are concerned with is for Imperial Walkers. They only discover the Death Star because Jyn goes rogue and is determined to find her father.

Mad Mikkelsen’s character

Jyn Erso’s father is alive but as a designer of the Death Star is on death row so as not to spill it’s secrets.

He’s had a change of heart at some point and has left the Death Star with a very small vulnerability, but a vulnerability nonetheless. He’s contacted his daughter to come and get the details of the vulnerability from him into the hands of the Rebel Alliance and chose his daughter specifically so he can apologize before his death for being an absentee father.

About Jyn

She remains loyal only to the idea of finding her father. She doesn’t care about the battle between the Empire and the Rebellion, she just wants to find her father. It is that love which uncovers the Death Star. The Rebellion would have been screwed if Jyn didn’t go rogue.

About the bacta tank scene

KRD claims it’s NOT a bacta tank, but a power core:

It’s not a tank. It’s a power core (for) the Death Star. The man kneeling in front of it is Jyn’s father having a “What have I done?” moment. The scene we are talking about is right before his arrest.

More on the aliens and the robot:

One is comic relief, one’s a serious ass kicker, and one is killed off much sooner than you’ll be expecting.

Do we see Vader?

Ohhhh yeah. In a night scene Vader absolutely lays waste to a Rebel ground Squad. Unfortunately this is one of the scenes we have to water down. We made it like something from the old slasher/horror films. Rebel soldiers who joked about a boogie man with magical powers and then minutes later are absolutely wasted.

Other OT characters

Just Vader and Leia and Tarkin and Mothma.

Cameos

Yes there’s a huge A lister who has one line but I don’t want to spoil it because we’re keeping that and it’s such an awesome “what the hell” moment.

Battle scenes

One big ground battle, 4 skirmishes, no space battles but there is a space pursuit of sorts.

On the original ending:

What we’ve created is not so far from the inspiration of the original films in that we styled it after WWII combat. The difference is that the original trilogy only used that inspiration for air fights. We invoke that same feeling in infantry scenes. There’s a beachhead scene that’s very much derivative of Saving Private Ryan, but in the Star Wars universe.  Imagine the Stormtroopers are Rebel soldiers and as soon as those ramps come down and they run off the transports they’re mowed down by enemy fire. That’s what we’ve made here.

I’ll put it this way: a lot of characters die in this movie right now, and that was supposed to be the whole point. You don’t name an entire squadron after a group that got a happy ending, no that’s normally in honor of a great sacrifice.

The ending will stay the same, but the crew’s fate will be implied, not shown. The reshoot a will be for our Normandy inspired beachhead scene and the Vader massacre, as well as a few other combat scenes.

(Disney) wants a movie that kids can watch too because that will net the most money. (Director) Gareth is livid.

What happens in the last 10 minutes?

MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS: Jyn Erso and crew beaming the plans aboard the Tantive IV before their ship is destroyed by an Imperial caravan.

The Alliance gets knocked around the whole film until the end. Remember when ANH starts the Rebels had just scored their first victory. (The sole victory is) literally at the very end of the movie.

So what happens at the end?

Only one of the heroes live: K-2SO is the only survivor.

Here’s our takeaway:

  • The Death Star is only discovered accidentally
  • It’s K-2SO
  • Jyn’s father is the one kneeling, and it’s a power core, not a bacta tank
  • The Rogue crew get their name from Jyn going rogue to find her dad
  • Princess Leia will make an appearance, likely in a brief scene or holo
  • Holy shit, that’s dark! Rogue Squadron is named after the rogue crew because they all died!

The Reddit mods will receive KeepR1Dark’s credentials for verification today. We’ll keep you posted, so be sure to subscribe!


Update (June 3, 2016): It’s been over 24 hours and KRD still hasn’t provided his promised verification to the moderators. As such, the Reddit thread has been locked and marked as “Debunked”.

Update (June 4, 2016): Pablo Hidalgo has a silent Twitter commentary and readers have poked holes in KRD’s story.

Rogue One: New Trooper Revealed!

Update (June 2, 2016): We received the following notice from LEGO:

“We have become aware that non-released, confidential and copyrighted LEGO® building instructions have been published on your website. The publication of this copyrighted material has not been authorized and we must therefore request that you immediately remove and delete the content from your website.”

2nd update (June 3, 2016): While Stormtrooper Larry slept, LEGO got impatient and filed a DMCA notice with WordPress. Hence, the images were removed. Please scroll to the bottom to find the link to the images.


 

Earlier today, we got our first look at the new Rogue One sets from Lego. We first reported on their descriptions two days ago, before the images themselves were leaked.

But it turns out we not only get new Legos — we get a new trooper as well.

stormtrooper larry(Scroll to the end for the link to the image)

Mini figure 75154 is the controversial Shore Trooper, who sounds like he lounges by the beach drinking Mai Tais all day long.

But then, who’s Mini figure 75152?

They’re actually these guys:

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Bucketheads 1 and 2 have a different helmet. They lack the Scout Trooper-like “snout” of the Shore Trooper, and their armor is white rather than beach tan.

Here’s a clearer look from the Edelweiss catalog leak of the Official Visual Story Guide:

rogue one tank leak

And a side-by-side comparison with the Shore Trooper from the Celebration Europe poster:

shore trooper tank trooper rogue one

So no, the tank troopers (or whatever they’re called) are different from the Shore Troopers. Though both seem to like doing YMCA poses.

So we’re actually getting four trooper classes in Rogue One:

  • The original stormtrooper
  • The black-clad Death Troopers
  • The coastal Shore Troopers
  • And the unnamed vehicle crew trooper

Still, here’s the biggest, baddest trooper of all:

rogue one hover tank trooperWe ridin’ thru the hood with the laser moon, motherfucker.

It’s said that the Death Star plans only got stolen because he was taking a leak.


Update: While Stormtrooper Larry slept, LEGO got impatient and filed a DMCA takedown request with WordPress. The image of the mini figures is gone.

But you can still see it here. You’re welcome! 

Rogue One Lego Update: PHOTOS LEAKED!

Update (June 2, 2016): We received the following notice from LEGO:

“We have become aware that non-released, confidential and copyrighted LEGO® building instructions have been published on your website. The publication of this copyrighted material has not been authorized and we must therefore request that you immediately remove and delete the content from your website.”

2nd update (June 3, 2016): While Stormtrooper Larry slept, LEGO got impatient and filed a DMCA notice with WordPress. Hence, the images were removed. Please scroll to the bottom to find the link to the images.


The other day, we brought you a description of the upcoming Lego sets from Rogue One. The report came from Just2Good, an established Lego insider and reliable source of brick intel.

Today we get our first look at the leaked images of Rogue One’s Lego sets!

Rogue One minifigures

Scroll down to the bottom for the image link.stormtrooper larry

Besides the Rogue One crew, we see:

  • Director Krennic, still with his vain cape
  • A Death trooper
  • The Shore Trooper
  • A hovertank crew
  • A Rebel pilot (perhaps the captain of the U-wing?)
  • A Death Star gunner
  • An Imperial Navy foot soldier
  • A black Rebel infantry man

Some observations:

  • Jyn is now in a Rebel outfit with goggles, similar to her look in the Celebration Europe poster and Lego buildables leak
  • The soldiers crewing the hovertank are different from the Shore Trooper

Rogue One ships

LEGO filed a DMCA notice with WordPress and took down the images. So we used our sophisticated photo-editing skills to recreate the sets:

rogue one lego set leak

The numbers match the report from Brickset.com last April 7:

75152 {Unnamed Imperial Landspeeder} – 385 pieces – €39.99, £34.99, $29.99

This turned out to be the hovertank

75153 AT-ST – 449 pieces – €49.99, £39.99, $39.99

Until we see the onscreen counterpart, we can’t see how different it is from the Hoth version

75154 TIE Fighter – 543 pieces – €69.99, £59.99, $69.99

 AKA the TIE Striker

75155 Rebel Starfighter – 659 pieces – €79.99, £64.99, $69.99

The rumored big blue white ship, AKA the U-wing gunship

75156 {Unnamed Dropship} – 863 pieces – €99.99, £79.99, $89.99

This is a new ship we haven’t seen yet, and different from the exploding black shuttle in the trailer (that one had four wings, and looked to be as big as the old Sentinel-class lander)

rogue one shuttle.png

A closer look at the Hovertank

rogue one lego hovertank leak 1“Nothing to see here, move along (to the bottom of the post where the link is)”

Based on the box art, the set will come with two tank troopers (different from the Shore Trooper) and Chirrut. Will there be a confrontation that leads to the trailer scene where Chirrut kicks ass?

The vehicle seems to be carrying one of the orange boxes from the leaked set photos last year:

rogue one crate

What if it’s not a tank, but a heavily armored cargo carrier / pickup? It even has a cab and flatbed at the back!


Update: LEGO is mad as hell. Their Boston, MA-based law partner Day Pitney LLP has been filing DMCA takedown notices left and right to scrub the leaked images from the net. We received a takedown notice on June 2, 12 pm EST. While Stormtrooper Larry was sleeping, WordPress took down the images. It seems we can’t repel a legal notice of that magnitude.

Multiple websites that used to carry the images now show 404 pages, including the original source (a LEGO-centric website). From the 30+ sites that jumped on the LEGO leak yesterday, only 1 or 2 still have the photos up.

The leaked images can still be found here. You’re welcome!

Meanwhile, check out the latest Rogue One plot leak from a supposed member of the production crew!

 

Rogue One News: Donnie Yen to Return for “Additional Photography”

First update: One of our Chinese-speaking readers says the original interview seems to suggest that Donnie Yen is returning to the UK to fill gaps in the movie.

Second update: It’s confirmed: Yen is returning to London to reshoot scenes for Rogue One.

With less than 6 months to go before Rogue One, a principal actor has revealed that he’s not yet done with the film.

Actor Donnie Yen, who plays one of Jyn Erso’s dirty band of rogues, says he has to return to London to do “additional photography”. In a local interview last week, the Hong Kong-based actor was asked if he’ll be spending Father’s Day with his kids:

“I can’t. My wife and I will be flying to Japan in two days for a project. After that, I’ll be flying all over the place for some more work. I’m going to have to go back to London soon too, to do some additional photography for Rogue One.”

London is currently the production epicenter for both Rogue One and Star Wars Episode VIII. Rogue One began shooting last August 2015, even as Disney was hyping up The Force Awakens.

So what does this mean for Rogue One? Some possibilities are:

  • Principal photography is not yet done, and Yen was just on break
  • The cast may have been called back for reshoots
  • Filming is done, and Yen is flying back to do promotional material (such as photoshoots, spreads and merchandising).

According to Redditor ArlonDarke, who speaks Cantonese, “From the original interview, Donnie seems to be suggesting that the reshoot, rather than just being for promotional material as suggested, (has) to do with filling in some gaps in the movie. Maybe Gareth Edwards decided to expand Chirrut’s role a little. In any case, he’s probably involved in some new shots.”

In the case of The Force Awakens, principal photography ended in November 2014, over a year before the film’s release. The rumored reshoots at Skellig Michael as late as September 2015, just 3 months before TFA hit theaters, turned out to be false. It was actually the preparatory shoot for Episode VIII.

If anything, Disney seems to be planning very well ahead. So ongoing production or even a reshoot at this stage for Rogue One would be unusual for the franchise, but not out of the ordinary in the filming industry.

Donnie Yen was the first to leak photos of the Death Trooper and Shore Trooper helmets on his Instagram and Facebook page, as early as August 2015. They were quickly deleted within 2 hours. His wife Cissy Wang may also have accidentally leaked a key detail when she posted this on her IG last March:

The original caption was “So cool, it looks just like the one on set when I visited hubby!” Although with the release of the Edelweiss leak, she may have been talking about a mockup of the U-wing, whose cockpit looks similar to the T-47 snowspeeder.

The actor has been as busy as a mouse droid since September, being involved in Rogue One as well as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. Both projects have kept him flying back and forth between Hong Kong and the studios for the past 9 months. In fact, he just finished shooting XXX last May 20.

donnie yen chirrut rogue one

When he was asked if he would turn down Hollywood films to spend more time with his family, Yen revealed his motivation for appearing in Rogue One:

“It was never really about the money. I picked up those jobs because they were a rare opportunity. I did Rogue One because my kids are huge fans of Star Wars.

In fact one of them, 7-year old James, is a budding Sith lord:

He seems to be a pretty cool guy. As the lead star of Ip Man, Yen does his own martial arts fight scenes, having knowledge of taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and judo. He’s also one of the few Star Wars characters to incorporate martial arts in his role, alongside Darth Maul actor Ray Park who was an expert in kung-fu and wushu. Anyone as deadly as Maul in hand-to-hand combat is alright in our book.

Donnie Yen will appear as Chirrut, a “spiritual warrior” in Rogue One. As one of the few melee characters in Star Wars, I hope Hasbro turns Chirrut’s awesome blaster stick into a toy for Donnie’s little kids!

chirrut

Thanks to rebel spy Cherry Wong for translating the interview, and to Reddit user ArlonDarke for the additional intel!


 

Hungry for more Rogue One intel? Check out our in-depth analysis why the U-wing isn’t a starfighter!

Rogue One Analysis: The U-Wing is NOT a Starfighter!

Update (June 2, 2016): Yep, the U-wing is not a fighter. See the leaked pic of the Lego version here.

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the controversial news that the security droid from the Rogue One leak is actually named K-2SO, not K-250.

Today, Stormtrooper Larry brings you another tidbit: the U-wing is NOT a space fighter like the X-wing, despite what Wookieepedia, Yahoo News, the Inquisitr and other sites say.

It’s actually a combination gunship / troop transport, like the old LAAT gunship of the Clone Wars!

First, here’s the leak again from Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide:

rogue one leak rebel fighter

Looks like a sleek T-47 snowspeeder married to a pair of scissors right?

What most people don’t realize is, they’ve actually seen this craft way before, in the concept images of Rogue One!

u-wing

That’s the U-wing. Notice how much larger it is than an X-wing or Y-wing? It hides a big belly which might be a troop compartment.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a clearer shot with the hatchway open:

u-wing dropship

Actually the answer was right in the leak. While we gawked at the pretty colored photos, the bulging troop compartment in the diagram could be easily missed:

rogue one uwing

If that’s indeed the troop section, I hope those aren’t massive windows at the front. There’s a reason why real-world armored personnel carriers like the Bradley and M113 are windowless: they envelope the passengers in an armored cocoon so they reach the battlefield unharmed and combat-ready.

In fact, nearly all APCs are windowless boxes — only the driver gets an outside view out of necessity. Any windows in the troop compartment are limited to gunslits and firing ports.

Could Jyn Erso be staring out of one such window in the trailer?

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Here’s some leaked set photos from TMZ. Those distinctive engines look familiar, and the ship seems larger than an X-wing:

uwing crashed

EXCLUSIVE: A burnt out ship and dead Storm Troopers can be seen during filming of Star Wars Rogue One.

It could even be the crashed ship in the portion of the trailer where Admiral Fancycloak  Director Krennic strides through the water. Look at the distinctive windows, engine placement and lack of S-foils..

rogue-one-uwing-crash

To summarize what we learned so far:

  • The U-wing is the Rebellion’s equivalent of the Republic LAAT, being a combination gunship and troop transport.
  • Lucasfilm doesn’t have to build full-size props. In this case, they mocked up the crashed engines of the U-wing, while the body and wreckage will probably be added in post-production. If there’s a cockpit or troop compartment mockup, it’s inside the closed doors of Pinewood Studios.
  • Between this and the new AT-ACT, we can expect large playsets (or at least impressive Titanium ships) come Force Friday!

So if the Rebels had U-wings, why didn’t we see them in the original trilogy? Maybe they existed off-screen. After all, the Death Star trench run didn’t call for gunships, and the evacuation of Hoth couldn’t have depended on U-wings alone (that’s what the Rebel transports were for).

Disney seems to be rectifying this by quietly inserting dropship references in new books set in the Rebellion era. For instance, the novelization of the video game Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, mentions Rebel dropships several times. That dropship could be the U-wing.

By the way, those leaked set photos were taken in September 2015, three months before the screening of The Force Awakens. So the U-wing may have been in physical, mocked up existence for far longer than everyone knew!


Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of the Rogue One leak. Meanwhile, check out this mind-boggling insight about Poe Dameron and The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Episode VIII Spyshots: Crashed Ship and Giant Alien Being!

Yesterday we brought you an upclose look at the Falcon courtesy of the intrepid spies at 28 Days Later.com. Today, we jump to Ireland for the latest on Star Wars Episode VIII.

Bothan spy Nightangel of the The Force.net lives near Donegal in Ireland. It also happens to be the location shoot for Luke’s exile planet Ahch-To! Thanks to this fortunate coincidence, Nightangel has been busy shadowing the 6-day long shoot.

Here’s what he scored:

Intel #1: The Crash

First off, we have this interesting shot of what has been reported to be a crashed ship:

episode 8 leak crash 1

Making Star Wars actually described this scene, but this is the first time we see visual evidence of it:

  • There is smoke.
  • A ship appears to have crashed.
  • A group of men dressed as black knights with black helmets approach the smoky debris.
  • All of the knights then kneel around the smoky location.
  • It appears as if one of the knights perished in the crash or someone important is about to step out of it.

Smoke machines have also been confirmed, reinforcing the crash possibility:

 

Some observations:

  • Some have speculated it could be a funeral pyre, given the deference shown by the Knights of Ren
  • Others onsite say it’s a crash, given the many tiny flames surrounding the site instead of one big bonfire

Intel #2: A mysterious ship

Next, we have what appears to be a small ship spotted on location:

episode 8 leak ship

Some possibilities:

  • A partial section of the Falcon
  • A totally new ship, either Luke’s or the Knights of Ren’s ride to the planet
  • A mockup of Kylo Ren’s command shuttle ramp, like the prop used in The Force Awakens

kylo ren shuttle


Intel #3: The Creature

And finally, Nightangel managed to score this exclusive spy shot. While everybody was focused on the Ceann Sibeal scenes, Disney sneaked in a shooting at Dunmore Head, away from the prying eyes of the public.

Dunmore Head is a separate location from the cliffside set, and is the westernmost point of Ireland:

episode 8 giant alien

Is that what we think it is? It appears to be a giant alien body, minus the head!

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Given the scale of the crew next to it, the creature looks to be as large as a wampa. Here are some possibilities:

  • One: an animal native to Ahch-To, which Luke uses as security
  • Two: a hunting creature brought along by the Knights of Ren during their assault
  • Three: the rumored furry pet of Luke, which could possibly grow to monstrous proportions when needed

Or maybe it’s a naked Unkar Plutt, who really really wants Rey badly after she ran away and stole the Falcon. We’d pay to see that!

RTE News reports security is tight at possible lookout points along the coast:

NightAngel’s photos were taken in the past two days, while the alien creature was taken just today. Given the extraordinary security precautions by Disney and the local authorities, this makes NightAngel’s spy shots even more amazing. Hats off to you and the members of the Jedi Council!

Local news station RadioKerry reports that the nearly week-long shoot is set to conclude this week, so what we’re seeing are the crucial scenes with the actors themselves, before the Kerry filming wraps up.

Stay tuned while we await more intel from Donegal! Meanwhile, watch Stormtrooper Larry take part in the running man challenge!

 

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!