Big Star Wars news has arrived, and that news can be split into three parts:
1) The name of the first standalone “Star Wars” film, as directed by “Godzilla” and Monsters helmer Gareth Edwards, is “Rogue One”, and it’s coming out on December 16, 2016.
2) Felicity Jones, as long expected, is the first confirmed cast member for the film.
3) Star Wars Episode VIII will come out on May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson, of Looper fame, will write the script as well as direct it. This newly-announced release date is 40 years and a day after Star Wars came out in 1977. This means there is just a year and a half after Episode VII, the shortest gap between two Star Wars movies.
The press release gives more details about Rogue One: “The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War Of The Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band Of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London.”
Rogue One, presumably, will have something to do with Rogue Squadron, and as such, will contain a lot of space acrobatics. If you’re not totally in the loop about Rogue Squandron, Wookiepedia is at hand:
“Rogue Squadron, originally dubbed Rogue Flight, and also known as the Rogues, was an elite Rebel Alliance starfighter squadron founded by Commander Arhul Narra, Luke Skywalker, and Wedge Antilles shortly after the Battle of Yavin out of Red Squadron. Rogue Squadron played a key role during several engagements in the Galactic Civil War, serving as the primary defense squadron of the Alliance High Command.”
John Knoll, in case you didn’t know already, invented Photoshop with his brother Thomas, so when it comes to special effects and manipulating images, he takes some beating. There has been some speculation about this film being about bounty hunters stealing plans for the first death star, or that it might involve the Rebel Alliance in some way. It’ll almost certainly be a prequel, judging from the title, and won’t take place at the same time period as Episode VII and VIII. But then again, all bets are off…
What do you hope to see in the first standalone Star Wars movie? Let us know… Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is out on December 18, 2015.
The gallery has just been updated with over 100 images of Felicity Jones from over 20 different photoshoots from over the years. There’s a lovely mix of old and new – which ones are your favourite?
As the awards season is finally over for this year, I have finally found some time to upload over 1,300 high-quality images of Felicity Jones from her public appearances in 2014, where she promoted “The Invisible Woman”, “Breathe In” and began the promotional campaign for “The Theory of Everything”.
The gallery has been updated with 207 high-quality images of Felicity Jones from the 87th Annual Academy Awards, as well as the Vanity Fair Oscar Party that took place after the ceremony. It was unfortunate that Felicity did not win the Best Actress award (Congratulations to Julianne Moore for her work in “Still Alice”) but she most definitely wins Best Dressed for the night, in her gorgeous silver Alexander McQueen gown.
Felicity Jones has arrived at the Academy Awards and looks stunning on the red carpet in a silver Alexander McQueen dress. We wish her the very best of luck for the awards ceremony this evening, and make sure to visit us tomorrow for what will be a huge image update.
The gallery has just been updated with 1,313 Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking from her wonderful 2014 film “The Theory of Everything”. Felicity gives an incredible performance, which has been recognised by cinema-goers and film critics alike due to the vast number of awards she has been nominated for, including a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. If you haven’t seen the film yet, try to see it – it’s easily one of Felicity’s best performances to date.
Of all the places a budding young actress might want to post up around awards season, the Sunset Tower Hotel—abuzz with agents, managers and publicists—is a solid choice. “It’s becoming my second home,” says Felicity Jones upon ordering a glass of rosé and a plate of deviled eggs. The British import—who barely looks older than 25 (she’s 31)—seems to be adjusting well to her new surroundings. “I haven’t really left the hotel. Actually, that’s not true. I was starting to go crazy so I went for a run down Santa Monica Boulevard this morning,” she says. “I love to listen to really intense dance music.”
Jones flew into town for the Golden Globes; she was nominated for her riveting portrayal of Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. Although she’s been acting since she was 11 and has starred in a bona fide blockbuster (last summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), her first big awards show in many ways feels like her official Hollywood debut. Jones selected a bold teal-green Dior Haute Couture gown for the occasion, a dress that could have been lifted straight from one of the period films she’s appeared in—2013’s “The Invisible Woman” with Ralph Fiennes, for example, or 2008’s “Northhanger Abbey”.
Our drinks arrive and she raises a glass: “Cheers. Here’s to big dresses,” she smiles. The fact that the award for best actress went to Julianne Moore is water under the bridge—if anything, the Globes warranted a much-needed visit to L.A. “I always love coming here. I actually find it a relaxing place to be. You suddenly feel very healthy. I can’t get over: I leave the hotel and it’s sunny; it’s still a surprise.” Plus there’s always the Oscars, right? “Don’t jinx it!” she laughs.