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WATCH: Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker behind-the-scenes video and new images drop in

May 23rd, 2019 by Marc Comments

So we have new images and a behind-the-scenes video from the upcoming Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.

The images give us our first look at Richard E Grant’s General Pryde and also loads of new aliens… and returning faces.

Scroll down for the video and images and let me know your thoughts.

Abrams says of the ninth – and final – chapter in the Skywalker saga: “That’s the challenge of this movie.

“It wasn’t just to make one film that as a stand-alone experience would be thrilling, and scary, and emotional, and funny, but one that if you were to watch all nine of the films, you’d feel like, Well, of course—that!”

Anthony Daniels has revealed that C-3P0 does something that surprises everybody.

In the return of Landa Calrissian, actor Billy Dee Williams (82!) said: “He’s a survivor. It’s expediency for him. You know, he was thrown into a situation which he didn’t look for and he had to try to figure out how to deal with an entity which is more than just a human.”

Finn and new ally Jannah (Naomi Ackie), atop hardy orbaks, below, lead the charge against the mechanized forces of the First Order.

On the inclusion of the late Carrie Fisher, Abrams had this to say: “It’s hard to even talk about it without sounding like I’m being some kind of cosmic spiritual goofball, but it felt like we suddenly had found the impossible answer to the impossible question.

“There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”

Sources at Disney also confirm that the long-rumored Knights of Ren will finally arrive in the movie and, curiously, originally stated that Kylo was fighting them in the trailers… although this statement was later withdrawn.

Daisy Risley, Rey in the movie (and, some believe, the Skywalker of the title) says of the recent trailer: “It’s nice having that shot at the beginning of the teaser because I think it’s quite a good visual representation of where she is now: confident, calm, less fearful.… It’s still sort of overwhelming, but in a different way. It feels more right—less like inevitable and more like there’s a focus to the journey.”

John Boyega has revealed that his character, Finn, an ex-Stormtrooper, has definitely picked a side now: “I think he’s just an active member of the Resistance now,. Episode Eight, he couldn’t decide what team he was fighting for. But since then he’s made a clear decision.”

Oscar Isaac says of his character, Poe Dameron: “In the other films, Poe is this kind of lone wolf, now he’s really part of a group. They’re going out and going on missions and have a much more familiar dynamic now.”

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy says of the new approach to telling stories in the Star Wars universe: “You can’t turn this into some kind of factory approach. You can’t even do what Marvel does, necessarily, where you pick characters and build new franchises around those characters. This needs to evolve differently.”

Is she telling us here that there’ll be no more Standalone movies ala Solo?

JJ Abrams goes on: “This trilogy is about this young generation, this new generation, having to deal with all the debt that has come before.

“And it’s the sins of the father, and it’s the wisdom and the accomplishments of those who did great things, but it’s also those who committed atrocities, and the idea that this group is up against this unspeakable evil and are they prepared? Are they ready? What have they learned from before? It’s less about grandeur. It’s less about restoring an old age. It’s more about preserving a sense of freedom and not being one of the oppressed.”

Let us know how excited you all are for the ninth – and final – instalment on the Star War saga.

Source: Vanity Fair

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….