Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Watched by Artoo Detoo, our lovable first mate Chewbacca scrambles into what looks like a previously unseen area of the Millennium Falcon, no doubt for a highly charged action-related scene from The Last Jedi.
|Peter Diamond on location in Tunisia.|
Right from the film's opening frames, the original Star Wars would be an action-packed adventure indeed. Bringing that adrenaline charged spectacle to life, from the corridors Rebel Blockade Runner to those of the labyrinth-esque Death Star, its incredible to believe that during the five month filming that there were really only three regular stuntman working on the film at Elstree Studios. A British film and TV veteran of the stunt world, Peter Diamond would be the tried and tested Stunt coordinator and lead stuntman for George Lucas's opus, performing many memorable scenes in the film within a variety of character guises- at first, he was the only stuntman out in Tunisia in March 1976, playing the Sandperson that attacks Luke Skywalker, though he would be joined a month later in London by colleagues Colin Skeaping and Reg Harding, a combined presence soon affectionately known on set as 'The Three Stooges'. The trio can be best seen as themselves primarily in the Death Star prison area battle scene, where they play Imperial troopers gunned down by Luke, Han and Chewie.
|Diamond rehearsing his scene with Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels.|
Most importantly, however, it was Diamond that choreographed and oversaw the very first lightsaber duel for the saga- between Sir Alec Guinness's Obi-Wan Kenobi and Dave Prowse's Darth Vader, setting the duelling standard and use of the unique ancient weapons that continues to this day.
|Diamond as the Stormtrooper that falls down the chasm shaft.|
Monday, 11 December 2017
Those cute but pesky little Porgs may be the main alien race seen on the mysterious and millennia old Jedi Temple world of Ahch-To, but there's also these intriguing new creatures, known as the Caretakers, existing to maintain the remaining surviving architecture to the island currently inhabited by Luke Skywalker, a distraction whom they grudgingly accept on their world, as The Last Jedi opens in cinemas this week.
|Taylor, in blue cap, with Mark Hamill in Tunisia.|
Sunday, 10 December 2017
They were light years apart during the struggles of The Force Awakens. Will brother and sister Skywalkers finally be reunited? Or have the family ties finally been severed. We'll find out in The Last Jedi.
Two great character posters from the film aimed at the Chinese market.
|The Battle of Crait scenario recreation welcomes Daisy Ridley!|
Glitzy, glamorous and exciting, with the film ultimately receiving near universal Twitter after-screening notes for its excitement, surprises galore and intense character/action scenes- welcome to the world, The Last Jedi!
It's still the saga's Fortieth Anniversary. So where was George Lucas?
|John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran.|
Watch the premiere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNIEszp2UQ
|Light and Darkness assemble with the film's cast and crew.|
|You're the Last Jedi. No, you are!|
It could have been Will Selzer, Christopher Walken and Terri Nunn. In an alternate universe those three talented people may well be the swiftly iconic leads of that first Star Wars film, and that would be very intriguing to see. But in our universe in 1976 at Elstree Studios, it was Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher ultimately chosen by George Lucas to inhabit the lives and adventures of smuggler Han Solo, farmboy hero Luke Skywalker and the older than her years and commanding young beauty Princess Leia Organa- the three actors bonding closely on an incredible and strange cinematic filming adventure, and in a far away country, unlike anything they'd seen or acted in before...
|A comradeship of fun - June 1976, at Elstree.|
Saturday, 9 December 2017
|Rey, on a new planet to be revealed? Past, present or future?|
How much longer will the light and dark sides of the Force be so clearly defined? And will opposites attract in the most game-changing way? We'll find out with The Last Jedi.
Exclusive limited time availability only posters for the UK 3D screenings of The Last Jedi at ODEON cinemas. Art by Matt Ferguson.
|Will Kylo Ren's training prove a failure to Supreme Leader Snoke?|
He was one of the last people to be casting-considered towards the end of 1975, and he was tested several times further by writer/director George Lucas, especially alongside the in-the-running-for-Han-Solo Harrison Ford, but actor Mark Hamill, whom despite his youth was already a veteran of American seventies TV series guest star roles from Night Gallery to Petrocelli, would deservedly win the coveted star role of Luke Starkiller (later Skywalker) for Star Wars with his enthusiasm and sincerity, along the way going on to vividly remember one of the all-time biggest tongue twisting pieces of dialogue ever during one of his recorded auditions!
The rest, as they say, is history...
|The Last Jedi cast and Disney's Bob Iger pose for Good Morning America.|
'Breathe. Just breathe.' The Last Jedi is here next week!
Japan premiere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD4lipxH2C0
Press various: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aRDfoGckng
|Rian Johnson get teased by the cast on Jimmy Kimmel.|
Rian Johnson interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSICLkG_rPw
Johnson FACEBOOK interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYA1C8xbKGA
Mark Hamill on ABC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyRECFEfz7g
Hamill on Ellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRo2OO-Kt9k
|A fuller cast and crew gathering for the US New York Times.|
Daisy Ridley on ABC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqF3QRp3VCE
Ridley on Jimmy Fallon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w17sB5zp7oY
Ridley talks to ELLE! online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGoQ44SfV-c
John Boyega on ABC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmsfLaRrv2I
Boyega morning show interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSKv5o0CzXk
|Kelly Marie Tran has finally seen the Star Wars films!|
Gwendoline Christie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM2lhu99eMs
Christie on ABC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x76qPf4uKOw
Kelly Marie Tran interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKyMJTvsFf4
Tran interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw3Z2Qb_AfA
|Adam Driver: brooding recent GQ cover star.|
US press conference:
FACEBOOK press interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIkXH0JOgj8
|Out now, the UK TV coverage of The Last Jedi and the 40th Anniversary.|
Jimmy Kimmel show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFBuCp19L7M