Cantina Talk: Star Wars: Episode VIII Is Big—Because It’s Full of Secrets
Try as they might, it’s impossible for Lucasfilm to keep everything secret about their movies until the day of release. If they wanted to do that they would have to do away with trailers, toys, and tie-in materials altogether—and where’s the fun in that? But it is also those things that can ruin the surprise for the spoiler-averse. Actually, for those hiding from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story details, you might want to skip the first entry in this installment for that very reason—and those looking to avoid Star Wars: Episode VIII plot points, perhaps you should skip the second and final entries, as well. Then again, we assume that the reason most people show up here at the Cantina is to learn all the classified information the Lucasfilm Empire doesn’t want you to know, so have at it, self-styled Rogues. Here’s everything we know about the state of Star Wars right now.
Jyn Erso, Whose Side Are You On?!
Source: The synopsis of Rogue One’s prose prequel, Rogue One: Catalyst
Probability of Accuracy: It certainly seems to be close to 100 percent.
The Real Deal: Looks like we finally have some intel on why Jyn Erso is so important. Well, maybe. The fan site Stitch Kingdom has the official plot synopsis for Catalyst, a prequel novel tying in to Rogue One, and it reveals that not only is Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn, but he’s also the man behind the weapons system in the Death Star. He’s also someone who owes a debt to Director Krennic, the main villain of the movie, who apparently saved his family’s life in the past. And that, of course, means that Jyn also owes a debt to Krennic. Will this play into the movie in some way? Almost certainly. But does it mean that Jyn might end up betraying the Rebel cause?
Chewbacca Joins the Jedi Showdown in Episode VIII
Source: Quite literally “I know a guy who heard from a guy…”
Probability of Accuracy: Distinctly unconvincing. Twenty percent, perhaps?
The Real Deal: Leaks from the Skellig Michael set of Star Wars: Episode VIII previously revealed that there will be some kind of battle between Luke Skywalker, Rey, and a group of bad guys with lightsabers. Now, new rumors are circulating about what that fight entails. Apparently, Chewbacca will also be involved—which makes sense, considering he’s the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, which is how Rey got to Skywalker’s island—and he, Luke, and Rey will be taking on the Knights of Ren, who’ll be trying to disrupt Rey’s Jedi training. On the one hand, that sounds like serious fan service, if not outright fanfic—if anyone mentioned “and then the ghosts of Han and Ben show up and kick ass too, and now Han is a ghost Jedi!” we wouldn’t be too surprised—but on the other, it wouldn’t be too unexpected to have Luke try to train Rey in the ways of the Jedi, nor for the bad guys to try and stop them.
These Are The Droids (and Other Toys) You’re Looking For
Source: The fine fans and assembled toymakers of America, via Lucasfilm
Probability of Accuracy: You really are going to want some of these toys, so pretty confirmed, yes.
The Real Deal: Lucasfilm came up with an entertaining way to reveal the toy tie-ins to Rogue One: Make an animated video that tells its own story using the toys.
Scripted by Kevin Ulrich and directed by Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie, “Go Rogue” has an interactive component; the video ends with a cliffhanger, leading to a contest where fans are invited to submit their own video inspired by what they’ve just seen. The winner won’t just get flown to San Francisco for a Rogue One showing, they’ll also get to see their work on the big screen.
How to Build a Starkiller Base In Four Minutes
Source: Industrial Light & Magic
Probability of Accuracy: In that it’s a wonderfully fun behind-the-scenes video, 100 percent.
The Real Deal: While we’re on the topic of fun videos appearing over the last week or so, ILM released this look back at the work they did for The Force Awakens, including some CGI work that you might have thought was real.
Not revealed in that video: John Boyega doesn’t actually exist, and Finn was entirely created virtually out of an entire generation’s hopes and dreams.
Proof That Someone Doesn’t Die In Episode VIII?
Source: Mark Hamill, sparking off a lot of online speculation
Probability of Accuracy: It’s online speculation, but it’s speculation about something that seems reasonable, so… think of a number, basically.
The Real Deal: It all started with this simple tweet:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 30, 2016
But it didn’t stop there. No, the fact that Hamill was shaving his beard was initially taken as a sign that Luke will undergo some kind of change in next year’s Episode VIII. Then it was pointed out by an eager fan that the mention of Episode IX was quasi-confirmation that Luke will appear in that movie… and therefore not die, as had at one point been rumored, in Episode VIII. As a train of thought, it’s not a bad one, but easily derailed: After all, Luke’s a Jedi, so even if he gets killed, he could show up as a ghost in future movies, a la Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Alternatively, Hamill might have been teasing/lying about an Episode IX appearance.) But let’s follow the fan thinking through a little bit more. If, as some are convinced is true, each episode of the new trilogy will off a cast member from the original trilogy and Luke is safe, does that mean that Leia is headed for an unhappy fate in Episode VIII?! To quote a certain Dark Sith Lord: Noooooooooooooooooooooooo.