It has been slow the last couple of weeks, obviously as the production enjoys a late summer hiatus. However, we have a few bits of information to pass along after the jump.
Back in December of 2013 Viral posted an article about the fact that puppeteers would be working on Episode VII, marking the first solid evidence that JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy were serious when they said they intended to use more practical effects:
“The conversation we’re having all the time now about Episode VII is how much CGI. We’re looking at what the early Star Wars films did; they used real locations with special effects. So [for ‘Episode VII’] we’re going to find some very cool locations, we’re going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox.”
That puppeteer in the Viral Hide article was Roman Bloodworth. Probably many of you have noticed that recently someone has posted on IMDb that Roman Bloodworth is controlling a puppet character named “Buboicullaar”. Of course, we all know that IMDb is like Wikipedia in that it’s an open source that anyone can edit. However, this is kinda interesting considering that Bubo is already a founded member of Star Wars as his Wookieepedia page testifies.
Buboicullaar, commonly known by Bubo, was a Frog-dog in Jabba Desilijic Tiure’s court who served as Jabba’s bodyguard. Before becoming a member of Jabba’s court, Bubo had been a spy and assassin for many years.
This little bit about Bubo suggests that there may be some fire to the rumor Dekka129 posted a wile ago from MakingStarWars that the Hutts are involved:
Leia and the Hutt’s – There was a production sketch done very very early on which showed Princess Leia standing in the middle of several Hutts. She was wearing a maroon dress (political style) and was flanked by two soldiers (they looked to me like the Naboo guards from Phantom Menace but to others they looked like the rebel soldiers from the beginning of A New Hope.) The picture looked as if she was having a meeting with them. She certainly didn’t appear to be captive or under threat. I have no idea if this sketch has anything to do with the movie that is being shot as it was very early on.
While it seems this character is hardly much of a threat, it would seem to suggest that Bubo is somehow after Leia for killing Jabba, being a Jabba bodyguard and assassin according to Wookieepedia. At the very least, Bubo could be present at this meeting of the Hutt clans that Leia is rumored to attend. For now treat this only as speculation.
Then we move on to another little tid-bit that I discovered, again, while browsing IMDb. Viral posted an article, to include a series of updates, surrounding the Puzzlewood shoot back in July. He posted a picture that seemed at the time to depict a random extra, wearing a costume-concealing black cloak. However, we speculated at that time, based on the man’s footwear, that he was playing a Stormtrooper. Well, I believe I’ve discovered that the actor in question is none other than a man by the name of Dixie Arnold. The picture sure looks like him IMO. His IMDb, mostly extra work it appears, lists his role on Episode VII as “Soldier,” which we all know in Star Wars terms most likely means “Stormtrooper.”
Nothing earth-shattering, but at least we possibly have a few more pieces to the Star Wars: Episode VII production puzzle.