STAR WATCH

Felic­ity is feel­ing the Force

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

With fewer than 300 days to go un­til The Force Awak­ens – in Ge­orge Lu­cas par­lance, that’s un­der 12 par­secs – more news is start­ing to emerge from the Dis­ney/ Lu­cas­film em­pire about the next Star Wars movie.

Who or what Gareth Ed­wards’ stand­alone film ( re­leased De­cem­ber 2016) is about is still be­ing kept mum, but the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter has, er, re­ported that The The­ory Of Ev­ery­thing Os­car nom­i­nee Felic­ity Jones has bagged the fe­male lead. Could Jones be play­ing Princess Leia in an Or­gana ori­gin tale? Or will she be star­ring along­side Break­ing Bad’s Aaron Paul ( tipped to play a cer­tain young Corel­lian smug­gler) in Han Solo: The Early Years? All we know for cer­tain is that About A Boy writer Chris Weitz has taken over script­ing du­ties from Gary Whitta.

Of course, Episode VII isn’t old news just yet, and main man JJ Abrams has gone as far as talk­ing about his movie. Kinda. “There are ob­vi­ously an enor­mous amount of CG ef­fects in the film,” he told the Vis­ual Ef­fects So­ci­ety Awards. “But it was very im­por­tant that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tan­gi­ble, au­then­tic qual­ity that you be­lieved that th­ese things were ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing in a real space, with real sun­light.” He also talked about Kylo Ren’s much- de­bated broadswordy lightsaber.

“Since the lightsaber’s come out, I can­not tell you how many con­tra­dic­tory emails I have re­ceived. I’ve got­ten things that are nuts, and I’ve got­ten peo­ple who’ve shown how it’ll kill you and how it doesn’t make any sense. It’s been the fun­ni­est thing to see the ar­gu­ments that have de­vel­oped over this thing.”

Maybe we’ll learn about the ’ saber and more from Abrams and Lu­cas­film boss Kath­leen Kennedy when they turn up at a Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion in Cal­i­for­nia, in April. We’ll of course be there, do­ing our Bothan spy thing…

Will Felic­ity Jones be Leia?

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