SWNZ News Digest – 24 Sep 2017

Welcome to the SWNZ News Digest, where we keep you up to date by taking a look at all the official Star Wars news headlines and links from the past week.

 Temuera Morrison Interview

Star Wars.com interviews kiwi actor Temuera Morrison, on the 15th anniversary of his appearance as Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Tem talks about other characters too:

What’ll make me really happy is if I get the phone call asking me to play another character – an older Captain Rex or something. I want to pop in on one of these new ones, that would be great. Suggest it to them for me! Let’s get on to it!

Read the full interview on StarWars.com here (and check out the rest of the SWNZ content under the Temuera Morrison tag).

Episode 8 Production Wraps

Rian Johnson has announced, via Instagram, that all the work on Episode 8: The Last Jedi, is now complete.

Harrison Ford in GQ

Harrison Ford

GQ Magazine has a cover-story interview with Harrison Ford on the topics of Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Punching Ryan Gosling in the face. It is a candid and detailed conversation with the 75 year old actor – read the full transcript on the GQ website here.

Do you care what people think about you?

“Only if I’m with them at the time.”

But in a more general sense?

“I expect to be criticized, and I expect to be unfairly praised. It’s just part of the thing—that people will talk about you.”

Do you care about how you’ll eventually be remembered?

“No. No. By my kids, yeah.”

Why not?

“Because it’s unnecessary. You live and you die. The unnatural thing is that the film lives. But I don’t care about that. I mean, it was good while it lasted. While I was alive. It was fine.”

Stop talking in the past tense! It’s still happening!

“Yeah, but, you know…yeah. It’s fine.”

John Boyega Instagram Pic From Ep8

Lots of social media this week. John Boyega joins in with the post from an Episode 8 set.

On set of Star Wars 8 with the dream team! #Frigsakerian

A post shared by BOYEGA (@johnboyega) on

Ron Howard Han Solo Social Media Pics

Each of the following links is a new image from the Han Solo movie/sets, posted by Ron Howard.

  • Twitter: “Had to say goodbye to my friend Paul_Bettany today. Another terrific performance from a world class talent.”
  • Instagram: “Spicey?”
  • Instagram: “Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times.”

Science and Star Wars Video Series

Science and Star Wars is a new online video series, sponsored by IBM, which will be starting this coming week. The show is being billed as “using real-world science to explore a galaxy, far, far away”. You can watch the trailer on the offical Star Wars YouTube channel here.

JJ Abrams Takes Helm of Episode 9

Everyone has surely heard this news by now, but just in case you’ve spent the last couple of week lost in the swamps of Dagobah, Lucasfilm have replaced Colin Trevorrow with JJ Abrams in the production of Star Wars: Episode 9. JJ will write and direct that movie, which has now also had its release date bumped until December 2019. Read the official announcement on StarWars.com.

Storms of Crait One Shot Comic

We’ve already been introduced to the planet of Crait, with its characteristic salt-covered red soil plains, in the trailer for The Last Jedi. An upcoming one-shot comic from Marvel will feature Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa as they take up arms on the on Crait while scouting locations for a new rebel base. Read the announcement on StarWars.com.