‘Star Wars’ Signals: A Massive Look Inside ‘Rogue One’

Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.

1. Entertainment Weekly gives us all the Rogue One info we could possibly need

Rogue One - Entertainment Weekly

EW’s upcoming cover feature on Rogue One | Source: Entertainment Weekly

Most of the information we have on Rogue One has arrived to us via secondhand sources. We’ve seen unconfirmed leaks, unpublished pages from a yet-to-be-released visual guide, and cryptic hints from the cast all along the way. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our best source of official info on the film to date. Its upcoming print issue includes a massive Rogue One feature, set to provide us with tons of details on what’s to come.

The story is set to include: Confirmation on the significant role played by Darth Vader (as well as details into Ben Mendelsohn’s character), insight into Jyn Erso’s past, background new Imperial and Alliance weapons and vehicles, “candid revelations from the filmmakers about what the current reshoots are adding to the story,” and tons more. On a slightly related note, we also now know that Forest Whitaker will in fact be playing a familiar face for his own role. Peep the full details straight from EW here, and stay tuned for the printed release of the issue for even more.

2. Battlefront takes us to Cloud City with newest DLC release

Star Wars: Battlefront may have stumbled a bit during its initial release, but since then, they’ve completely knocked it out of the park for their subsequent DLCs. The latest one takes fans to Bespin, the home of renown scoundrel Lando Calrissian. Of course that means Lando (voiced by Billy Dee Williams) is now a part of the game as an available hero, along with the bounty hunter Dengar. Early returns seem generally positive, with new weapons, maps, and game modes now available to all Season Pass holders. Next up on the docket is the anticipated Death Star DLC, releasing sometime this fall (no official date has been announced).

3. The fascinating plans for Emperor Palpatine on the never-released Star Wars TV show

Emperor Palpatine - Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The Emperor in Return of the Jedi | Source: Lucasfilm

One of the biggest tragedies of the Star Wars franchise involves the cancelled live-action TV series, Underworld, having produced upwards of 50 completed scripts. Those scripts sadly remain locked away in the Lucasfilm vaults, although that doesn’t mean we’re completely devoid of details. Director Cory Barlog recently described a trip he made to the ranch while working at Lucas, providing some insight into the planned role for Emperor Palpatine on the never-released series.

I cared about the Emperor. They made the Emperor a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this f**king heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person. I almost cried while reading this. This is the Emperor, the lightning out of the fingers Emperor. That’s something magical. The writers who worked on that, guys from The Shield and 24, these were excellent writers.

It’s a look at a character we’ve previously gotten little canonical background on, and only lends credence to the idea that Underworld is the greatest Star Wars story we never got.

4. Steven Spielberg explains why he would never direct a Star Wars movie

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA

There’s no shortage of talented directors under Lucasfilm’s employ right now. J.J. Abrams was the first, kicking the new-look Disney franchise off with The Force Awakens this year. He’ll soon be followed by Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo, and then Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX. Notably absent though is Steven Spielberg, who himself is close friends and a frequent collaborator with George Lucas.

When pressed on this in an interview with the Toronto Sun, he frankly stated, “I’m never going to make a Star Wars film. That’s not my genre. That was never for me. I’m just a fan; I’m just with everybody else in the audience watching them.” It’s definitely not an unreasonable response, especially from a director whose legacy is already well-established within a different corner of sci-fi. Still, it’s hard not to fantasize about just how incredible a Spielberg-led Star Wars movie would be.

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