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Filling In The Pieces To The Star Wars: Episode 7 Puzzle.

Dixie Arnold

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.”

Tatooine

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.

Jabba's Body Guard

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.

 

Stormtrooper

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.

 

 

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  • iPadCary

    The Christmas teaser can’t come quick enough.

    • Anonymous

      Oh! Is there going to be a Christmas teaser?! Squee!

      • Anonymous

        How exactly do you know there is going to be a Christmas teaser? Why not January or February?

        • Pomojema

          General business logistics. If they attach a trailer to a movie that comes out in that time of year, then people will come to see the movie, making it hugely profitable. It would either benefit Disney (should they tie it to either Big Hero 6 or Into The Woods) or another company that would pay up to get more people to see their movie.

          • Sabine

            “General Business logistics.”

            You talk so well honey…. :)

    • Expecting a teaser from this production is a rather bold assumption. I would love to see one. I would think that they will have a full trailer in the avengers 2 if not sooner.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t know if or when a teaser is coming, but man I’m looking forward to seeing it when it does come. Perhaps a Super Bowl spot like other movies have done? Then again maybe not since the SB commercial quality has gone down.

  • Anonymous

    Roman Bloodworth has been on the imdb page for a long time now. The picture of the guy with stormtrooper boots was released weeks ago, and it was pointed out at the time that the extra was listed on imdb. And as you say yourself, the quote from Kathleen Kennedy about practical effects was released last year.

    “it would seem to suggest that Bubo is somehow after Leia for killing Jabba”

    .. and that’s just a subjective guess as to what a plot point could be, which is completely daft sounding anyway (A frog thing wants revenge on princess leia because she killed jabba the hutt 35 year ago..??), and it’s all based on a rumour about a scene with princess leia and some hutts, so therefore it has nothing to do with mr frog character guy anyway so it’s inane you have come to that conclusion in the first place.. Plus even if the scene did involve the frog, it’s just some rumour so it could easily be false anyway. Get me to write for this site, ‘Echo-07’ is drunk.

    • Nick

      @ Anonymous @ 22:52 The name of the article is “Filling in the Pieces…” not “Here is the Facts” part of the fun for every fan of any given franchise is speculation on what is coming next, especially if you are fallowing the rumor mill. Lay off, they don’t need some snide rude anonymous commenter writing their stuff. The title of the article was not misrepresentation of what was in the article and there was no click bait. So cool your jets

      • Anonymous

        “The name of the article is “Filling in the Pieces…”

        Yes. Exactly. Which is why I was disappointed when it did not fill in the pieces.. It just brought up old information..

    • Anonymous

      If they have subplots to the level of a giant frog with decades long grudge against Princess Leia, this movie is going to be like 8 hours long.

      • Anonymous

        How does the frog pose a threat? Look at it. I mean I guess maybe it could suddenly leap and bite the shit out of someone but it’s not like the mf can hold a gun or weapon.

    • Salacious Crumb

      Concur. I am NOT paying $25 to go see Carrie Fisher do battle with an overgrown carnivorous mudskipper! Just the thought of that makes Episode One appealing.

  • Anonymous

    On your July 10th article it was pointed out by a commenter that the trooper was this Dixie Arnold.

    • Rebels_Uks

      Yes, ain’t no news. Dixie Arnold name has been there since the photo was published.

      But hey, some people here is insulting this site to only inform about rebels, and echo-7 did an effort to come up with an article for you guys, you should be thankful because let’s face it: no news about VII.

    • Anonymous

      I am glad you pointed that out, otherwise I would have thought it was done out of their own investigative work. They should have given credit to whatever source they used, even if it is a minor tidbit. Hopefully they won’t pass on any ideas that posters (or whomever else) come up with as their own original ideas in the future.

  • Han YoYo

    silly season has hit starwars7news.

    tomorrows breaking news.

    Harrison Ford is indeed playing Han Solo. WOW!!!!!!

    • Gabe

      Agreed, and that is old news, but man, I STILL can’t get over the return of Han Solo!

  • Anonymous

    The eyebrows and nose of this guy don’t match that with of Dixie… Then again I doubt only one extra would be filling the roles of all the “Soldiers”. ;)

  • Darth Plaggy

    I wish we had some real Star Wars VII news… not just re-re-re-re-assurances that yes, they are using practical effects, that everything is going to look like a McQuarrie painting, and that cast members really have fun doing the ice bucket challenge.

    • Ryan

      “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.”

      So they are going to do things exactly like the prequels did. Use every tool in the toolbox. The only difference is that for all the people who either know that but don’t care to admit it or are simply misinformed they are making sure that they know.

      I will take such great delight in pointing out to people the massive practical work that the PT did.

      The problem is that for whatever reason some people have mislead themselves into thinking that the look of the OT comes only due to it being “practical” and the look of the PT comes from being “CG” when the reality is that it’s tied into the limitations that analog optical composition have compared to the digital composition tools.

      You can do a film entirely without “CG” but with digital compostion you are still going to visually outclass the OT many times over.

      The thing that I find hilarious in the extreme though is this “real locations” nonsense. They do realize that the most acclaimed film of the series ESB was the fakest of them all? There was a bit of filming in Norway and the rest was studio bound in sets that looked like they were made in a studio. From Hoth to Dabobah to Cloud City we had what is by far the fakest looking movie of the entire series on a relative scale. They are great sets but that’s what they are sets.

      Does anyone really believe for one second they are going to make a movie looking like that today?

      You can’t make a movie now look inferior to everything around it. That’s not the Star Wars way. You tower over everyone not aim to go beneath them.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t care what the ratio of practical to Cg effects are in Vii as long as there look cool like they did in the ot and not sh*tty like they did in the pt.

      • Anonymous

        You make some good points, but the PT still ultimately looks fake like a shiny video game while the OT, including Empire’s sets, looks very real and tangible.

        The fact that so many people say the PT was almost entirely CGI despite all those practical effects speaks volumes to the end result: IT STILL LOOKS FAKE. So, when you think about it, this makes the PT look even worse.

      • Anonymous

        “I will take such great delight in pointing out to people the massive practical work that the PT did.”

        You clearly have no idea about the problem regarding the effects in the PT then. It is not about numbers. It’s about execution. The fact you cannot see that shows you are in the exact same mindframe of Lucas during the PT. It’s not about the number of real locations, or the number of real actors/characters, or the number of real sets, it’s about the ratio of it’s involvement compared to the CG counterparts. For example, If there was a CG set, with 100 cg characters, in a huge CG location, any use of practical effects wouldn’t matter because it’s diminished by the ridiculous ratio between the two, and the fact that they used CG for the backbone of the effects, instead of using CG as an enhancer on practical effects. The role has been reversed. The practical effects no longer matter. It may as well be an animated film. I wouldn’t even care if the prequels had 10 million practical effect elements, they would be ruined and overshadowed if the film were to have 100 million CG elements. The problem with the PT is that the ratio between practical effects and CG was ridiculous, the second and third film particularly. You can ramble on all you want about how the PT used practical effects, but that does not debunk the problem of the ratio and overuse of the CG effects.

  • Anonymous

    The plot is such a closely guarded secret that any ‘teaser’ would likely have nothing to with it. It would probably be something that doesn’t tell us anything of significance, like shots of Han or Chewbacca or R2-D2 or suchlike.

    • Gabe

      Which would still be amazing and would make most of us fans pee our pants.

  • Darth Vedder

    “For now threat this only as speculation”

    I think you meant to say “For now TREAT this only as speculation”, Echo-07.

  • Paulo Henrique

    I’ll talk about how I imagine the teaser will be….

    It’ll show some planet very known for us fans, and then the Millennium Falcon passes the through the scene flying casually. And after this shows some scenes from the film, ending with the old cast reunited.

    That would be awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Id rather have less in the first teaser maybe a shot of luke in tatooine and of course John williams original score

  • Kerot

    Hey, they are having a StarWars party over at Latino News, why not here? Im I missing something? And over at Giant Freaking Robot as well. And its been out for a while now.

    • Pomojema

      The new villain rumor is BS, which is why we aren’t reporting it.

      • Kerot

        You never reported BS? i Tought rumors was your thing.

        • Keeot

          And its better to report cool BS, than all this Rebelcrap. For good sakes, its the starwarsnewsnet.com, not starwarsrebelsnews.com.
          You could at least report that they have reported, and call the BS out loud.

          You missed out.

  • Didn’t Jabba’s frog-dog die in that explosion? Or did he pull a “George Lucas” like Boba Fett did?

    • Anonymous

      Both he and Fett survived that fiery explosion at Jabba’s barge. Now they work together to take down the galaxy’s most powerful couple.

      Bubo and Boba strike back!

      BOYEGA: Not if I have anything to say about it….

  • Anonymous

    So we’re going to have a movie with a hand floating in space and a killer frog that’s mad at Leia.
    It would take an appearance by Darth Vader to overcome those obstacles.

    • Anonymous

      the frog turns out to be Lukes son.

      • Anonymous

        LUKE: No! You were my tadpole.
        FROG: RIIIBBBBITTTTT!!!

      • Ha ha ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    Oh. So I guess the guy in the main photo you used for your article isn’t Han and Leia’s son? Because it kinda sounded like you were going to say something important like that.

  • Joe12Hawk

    I just found your Darth Plagueis story from earlier this year as the possible villain in Episode VII. Here’s some additional information that supports your ideas. According to Star Wars Wikipedia.

    1. The main theme of the trilogy would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned.

    “The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal. I have a tiny notebook full of notes on that. If I’m really ambitious, I could proceed to figure out what would have happened to Luke” – Lucas in 1980.

    I’m thinking the speculation of Luke being kidnapped could be true, except with the detail that he goes to Moraband or an unknown planet looking for something and gets caught off guard by an Imperial army and Sith army. Like Yoda in the last episode of the Clone Wars.

    In addition Lucas says in Episode II commentary during the Geonosis battle this is “First time we see jedi in full battle” .. When else do we see jedi in full battle in the sega? .. I can’t think of any.

    I could see Luke being kidnapped this way and R2 finds a way to make contact and that leads Han Solo leading the charge to rescue his friend. Plagueis comes in similar to Bane did to Yoda in The Clone Wars except he found a way to become physical form again.

    For now, this is all guessing but, I could see Plagueis as the villain.

    http://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2014/05/speculation-case-for-darth-plagueis-in.html .. Here’s the story for all unfamiliar with the story.

  • Joe12Hawk

    Also here’s the action figure of Darth Plagueis. He fits and looks the mold of a “Darth Vader like villain”

    http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Series-Plagueis-Figure/dp/B00CG5WY0Q

  • Joe12Hawk

    And yes, I apparently like being off topic lately. Haha :)

  • Joe12Hawk

    As far as Bubo, maybe they return to Jabba’s Palace thinking it’s the Hutts that kidnap Luke but, find out it’s not them. Though the Hutts do seek some sort of revenge for what happened to Jabba and a small battle happens.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read all the novels so far and Luke has not been missing for 30 years. Han, Luke, Leigh, chewie, and Lando has been on many adventures together in those 30 years. If the next trilogy is 25 to 30 years after the Return of the Jedi that puts them smack in the middle of the Yuzon Vong War. The Vong are one mean enemy from onother galaxy that almost takes over the Star Wars Galaxy. Their ships and weapons are all biological. The Vong hate anthing mechanical. Jedi can’t sense them in the force so they are hard to track and hard to kill. Han and Leigh have three kids, twins that are about 17 and the youngest about 15. They are powerful in the force. Luke is a Jedi Grandmaster and is married to Mara Jade (used to work for Palpatine) and will have a kid named Ben. Not sure about a hand floating through space and Han not seeing Luke for 30 years. Does not follow none of the novels. I really hope that’s just a rumor. I know they can do what they want in the movies but this would totally turn true Star Wars fns away from any future movies. I hope Disney and J.J follow the novel storyline. If you have not read the New Jedi Order series I would urge you to read the first book in that series called “Vector Prime.” That’s where Star Wars 7 should start.

    • Shawshank

      Literally none of that ever happened.

  • Roger

    A friend within Disney whom I trust says they’re seriously considering returning the release to May 15, due to the “simplicity of scope”. The industry term would be “Story economics”, which is a trickle down effect. I don’t know much about Star Wars, but If the new film has a smaller scope on par with the original, and it is set in a time of relative peace (with no major battles sequences to edit and render) then opening it sonnet makes sense.

    • Anonymous

      Assuming JJ is true to his word and it has none of the CGI overkill of the prequels, then moving it’s release date forward would be universally welcomed by fans who can’t wait to see it. But even it what you say is true, I doubt very much that it would be moved forward, putting it back until 2016 would seem more likely.
      However, if Disney have got everything set and ready to roll with VII and IX and the spin-offs, then they might feel the urgency to get events moving much sooner.

  • Ian

    Makes sense for a few key reasons:
    -Summer release tradition
    -Aligns with SWCelebration, which has always occurred within a month of release (not 8 months).
    -Audiences won’t be going to theaters in the middle of January.

  • BeArthoe

    Couldnt agree more about Celebration. The point has always been to get hyped for the film with panels, media, games, etc. As things stand now, we’ll all attend the event and depart basically saying “Well…that was great guys, see you in AMOST A YEAR!”.

  • Pavel Langsholt

    I sent him this photo via FB and asked if it was him and he said ‘it isn’t me buddy’

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