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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sound supervisor translates BB-8's dialogue with Rey

Many people across the world are excited by the prospect of learning a new language, whether it's Spanish, German or English… but in the world of Star Wars, languages take up very different forms.

While some hard-core Star Wars fans might have done their research and tried their hand in learning the tongue of a droid, much like Game of Thrones fans and Dothraki, to most people droids just make nonsensical robotic noises. 

Some fans might well have wondered what exactly BB-8 said to Rey in order to convince her to let the droid come along with her, and now we have some answers. 

The sound supervisor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood, has been discussing the process of composing BB-8's language, explains some specific dialogue and much more during an interview with The Huffington Post. 

He said: "The first time you hear him, it’s sort of off screen, and you hear him yelling because Tito has kidnapped him, and you have the creature sound that Tito is riding on the back of, and BB-8 is making sounds, but then it’s when Rey runs over and starts talking to him.

"Even moments there when she first rescues him, and she’s like, ‘That’s just Tito. He’s a dune bandit, and he’s going to sell you for parts.' And then Ben Schwartz’s dialogue would be like, ‘Oh, yeah? Well, you know, I hate you, Tito.’ And he’s like yelling to him, basically getting mad at him.

"And it’s good for us to know the emotional beats. Like, ‘Well, can I come with you?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, thank you so much for saving me … please take me with you.’ And she’s like, ‘No, I’m not going to,’ and it was just that kind of dialogue to help the plot." 

So, was that what you were expecting?… probably. 

[HuffingtonPost]

Alden Ehrenreich eyed as front runner in Young Han Solo film

 

Disney and Lucasfilm are zeroing in on the actor to fill the large boots left by Harrison Ford in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, which will focus on a young adult Han Solo and it now seems we have a front runner for the role.

 

According to Deadline, Alden Ehrenreich has emerged from the narrow group of the potential actors which included Targon Egerton and Jack Reynor due to his impressive performances.

 

The young Han Solo movie has been kept under very tight wraps since its announcement almost a year back. However, we do know that the movie is set to debut on May 25, 2018, and it will focus on Solo's days before he joined the rebellion. The film will be directed by the LEGO Movie team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

 

We recently got a first look at the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One, which has a much darker and realistic feel to it, if you haven't checked it out yet, click here.

 

What do you think of Ehrenreich taking the role of the beloved Han Solo character? Would you have wanted to see someone else? Let us know in the comments below! 

Is an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film on the cards?

The actor that played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Ewan McGregor, has said that he would be interested in returning to the franchise for a spin-off film. 

It is not surprising that McGregor would want to work on a Star Wars film again, given the success of The Force Awakens, however the possibility of a movie dedicated to Obi-Wan Kenobi could be an interesting prospect for fans. 

Many of you might be wondering where about this film would fit into the Star Wars timeline, well, McGregor seems to have a suggestion. 

During an interview with Collider, the actor said:

"I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a- I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years." 

While the cast was being drawn up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rumors started to appear about McGregor possibly appearing as a ghost in the film, or even at a later stage of the trilogy. 

When pressed on a potential appearance in the future, he responded:

"I don’t know anything about it. I’m really not in the picture with the Star Wars trilogy. As far as I know, I would be Alec Guinness by now, so I don’t know how that would work. I really don’t know and I haven’t had any discussions with anyone about it.

To play Obi-Wan Kenobi again would be something I would love to do in one of the spinoff movies. If that were to happen in one of their trilogies, I would be up for that, but I don’t know how that would happen. I’m sure some of the Star Wars fans would come up with an idea of how that could happen." 

So, it seems that one side of the deal is very optimistic about the possibility of a Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, but McGregor is not the first actor to say that… and he probably won't be the last. But will Disney make a few spin-off movies? Guess we'll have to wait and see. 

If you would like to check out the full interview it can be found below: 

[Collider]

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Toy Box Speedway Review

Kart racing has arrived in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the form of Toy Box Speedway, allowing players to take their Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters into a race track stadium and participate in multiple race types across varying themed tracks. The second of two Toy Box Games (the first being Toy Box Takeover), Speedway should appeal to fans of racing and kart games.

Personally, I always found the driving controls and gameplay to be the weakest part of Disney Infinity. It’s a combination of the controls and race tracks for me, but my kids love it. So I was unsure about how I’d feel about a Toy Box Expansion focused solely on racing. I loved the combat and story of Toy Box Takeover, but would that love translate over to speed and glory?

Let’s see how it fared…

 

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Yoda actor reportedly heading towards Star Wars: Episode 8 set

A report today from Making Star Wars suggests that Star Wars fans could be in for a surprise for Episode 8, a small, green and iconic surprise – Yoda to be precise. 

Frank Oz, the voice actor and puppeteer for the Yoda character, is reportedly travelling to or already on set for fliming in the UK.

An image was put out by director Rian Johnson yesterday on Tumblr, which confirmed the return of Maz Kanata for the franchise's next instalment, and it is very possible that Oz's return is to mentor Lupita Nyong’o for the role. 

The website, however, states the actor is there to work: 

"The facts to the best of our knowledge: Oz is in the U.K. to work. He’s going to Pinewood. They’re making Star Wars: Episode VIII there. This is one of those times we’re seeing the start of something cool coming to fruition or something we’ll all laugh at down the road. Either way, it’s all fun."

 

Those that have watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be aware that Maz Kanata is an alien character, therefore it is entirely possible that Oz's appearance on set is simply for tutoring purposes, but it could also be for a Yoda return – very much a mystery at this stage. 

 

Until these reports have been officially confirmed we would suggest that you take this report with a hint of salt, but don't let us stand in your way while you fantasy book his return! 

 

Got an idea of how it could work? (After all, Yoda did die) Let us know in the comments section below!

 

[MakingStarWars]

 

A Disney theme park designer created a ride based on Studio Ghibli's 'My Neighbor Totoro'

Disney artist and theme park designer, John Ramirez, has released his design for a ride based on the Studio Ghibli classic, My Neighbor Totoro.

Having a very extensive background in, not only Disney films like The Lion King and Aladdin to name a few, but also Disney theme park rides, professional artist, John Ramirez, happens to be a massive fan of Hayao Miyazaki and his long library of Studio Ghibli animes. Among the most recognizable of these titles is 1988's My Neighbor Totoro about two young girls who come across a gang of adorable magical forest spirits.

Fueled by his love for the film, Ramirez took it upon himself to design a riding experience encapsulating the magic and wonder of the movie suited for families of all ages. Here's how he imagines it:

Apparently, Ramirez has spoken to Hayao Miyazaki and the executives at Disney about finding the perfect place for the ride several times, but to no avail. Even with the fan outcries chiming, "take my money!", Disney doesn't seem to be budging on this opportunity for a potential money making machine…yet!

[Kotaku]