Labor Day Weekend may be over, but in today’s Movie Morsels we’ll do our best to make your wait for the first Star Wars spinoff film Rogue One a little less laborious, with a big clue to Mads Mikkelsen‘s character’s name revealed by the actor himself. Plus, the latest from SPECTRE, The Martian, and more!
Mads Mikkelsen recently mentioned that his character in Rogue One would be “important”. And at this weekend’s Fan Expo in Toronto in Canada, the actor may have revealed the character’s name. The Hannibal star signed his own name on one fan’s Star Wars poster, and printed another name beneath it, like many Star Wars celebrities do. The name he printed? “Galen.”
Galen, as Slashfilm points out, was the name of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Galen Marek, who became known as Starkiller, as seen in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game. While Lucasfilm probably won’t make an existing video game character a major character in Rogue One, it’s possible they could incorporate the name as a way of honoring a fan favorite.
In any case, we’ll know for sure when Rogue One opens on December 16th, 2016. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and co-stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, and Jonathan Aris.
After unveiling its latest SPECTRE poster last week, Sony is utilizing the poster’s image of a white tuxedoed Daniel Craig in a new movie theater standee promoting the next James Bond film that also features the film’s leading lady, Lea Seydoux, a.k.a. the beguiling Madeleine Swann…
In other SPECTRE news, it appears that singer-songwriter Sam Smith may have won the honor of contributing the film’s theme song, per a new Instagram photo that sees Smith wearing the ring of the eponymous criminal organization…
Directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jesper Christensen, and Christoph Waltz, SPECTRE opens on November 6th.
While Kathleen Kennedy is now the person in charge of all things Star Wars at Disney, Kennedy’s husband Frank Marshall (pictured above with Matt Damon on the set of The Bourne Supremacy) is busy developing a new horror project for the couple’s Kennedy/Marshall Co. with DreamWorks. Cropsey (no relation to the 2009 documentary of the same name) will focus on “a group of adolescents at a summer camp haunted by an urban legend that dates back to the Colonial period.” Despite the familiar-sounding premise, the pitch, by screenwriters Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg, is said to meld horror and humor like the Amblin projects that Kennedy and Marshall worked on in the 1980s.
Finally today… We have two new TV spots promoting Ridley Scott’s The Martian, featuring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on the red planet. Landing on October 2nd, The Martian also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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