After decades of sporadic releases, we're now living in an age where a new Star Wars film will premiere every year. On top of that, the Star Wars Rebels animated TV show continues to go strong on Disney XD and Lucasfilm has been releasing dozens of novels and comics expanding on the lore of the new Star Wars canon. Meanwhile, most everyone continues to wait for more information about this December's Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, the follow-up to 2015's Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
So far, we've learned of Rey and Kylo Ren's connection, seen what Rosario Dawson could look like as as Ashoka Tano if she was added to the movie, and heard rumors about new planets and Finn's mission. While we eagerly await news about the recent film, likely coming during Disney's upcoming Celebration event, focus still remains on last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We'll soon have books highlighting Jyn Erso's upbringing and Chirrut and Baze's backstory, and we've had a look at a new line of figures from the movie.
Thanks to Industrial Light and Magic's VFX department, we can now get a taste of the Oscar-nominated work that went into animating the scenes on Jedha and Scarif in Rogue One. When it comes to such an immersive film, it can sometimes be hard to remember just how much of the action and scenery is added after the fact. It's a testament to the director, Gareth Edwards, and the talented cast that they were able to deliver such a grounded and heart-wrenching story when so much of what we as an audience saw was merely created by green screens and motion-capture suits.
Before the important work on post-preduction and even filming can ever begin, many of the scenes and characters from the movie need to be sketched out to establish a baseline. We recently got a taste of some of that pre-production work thanks to a new batch of concept art from Rogue One. Though Lucasfilm is usually quite secretive in the build-up to their movies, they've so far been generous about releasing behind-the-scenes looks at the films after they're in theaters.
While this is good news for fans of Rogue One and The Force Awakens, it's been difficult for fans hoping to get a glimpse of The Last Jedi. So far, the name and logo are the only official things we've seen regarding the movie. With less than a year until the film's release, we haven't seen so much as a teaser for the film. Hopefully, that will come at one of Disney's upcoming events. It may even be paired with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in May, though it's likely to pop up online before then. In the meantime, we'll continue bringing you all the news there is on Rogue One to tide you over.
Source: Industrial Light and Magic
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