Collider Jedi Council! CG Leia in Future Star Wars Films, Rian Johnson Talks ‘Episode VIII’ Title

On this episode of Collider Jedi Council:
Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, Tiffany Smith and John Rocha extensively discuss Rian Johnson’s comments on the ‘Episode VIII’ title; is Disney really thinking about a CG Princess Leia for future films; thoughts on Woody Harrelson joining the cast of the ‘Han Solo’ spin-off; in depth talk on the creators use of Star Wars: Rebels ships in ‘Rogue One’, ‘What’s the Deal with Canon’ and much, much more!







Don’t forget to send your questions on Twitter to @kristianharloff. Keep in mind the shows hashtag of – #ColliderJediCouncil.



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16 thoughts on “Collider Jedi Council! CG Leia in Future Star Wars Films, Rian Johnson Talks ‘Episode VIII’ Title

  • January 13, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I knew Carrie got her lips botoxed but never knew she had her nose done but it looks pretty prominent in that comparison pic. My own canon is that it got singed by a blaster in between VI and VII then got it fixed.

  • January 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    To this date I’m still not entirely sure why people say that Tarkin looked alright in Rogue One while Carrie Fisher was the one that pulled them out of it… I watched it first in iMAX 3D, then regular iMAX and also in standard viewing. In all of these formats Tarkin clearly looked the most CGI whenever he was on screen, even though they did a great job the texture of his skin and to an extent the lesser facial movements (natural forming wrinkles), and his gait (movement due to the fact that they had to dig deep into Cushing’s repertoire since he was mainly shot from the waist up in ANH) took away slightly from his realism. But on CGI alone, Princess Leia looked perfect and perhaps that’s due to her only having a small amount of screen time… but all in all I think she looked the most dead on and realistic in comparison to Tarkin so I just personally don’t get why the overwhelming consensus that I’ve seen in the past weeks is the opposite. Anyone else have a few cents to throw in?

    • January 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      I don’t have an issue with the Tarkin as character-wise he was used perfectly.
      The cgi is not there yet and the body movements did look jerky and unreal – I wonder if they completely replaced Guy Henry with an entirely cgi Tarkin as opposed to just mapping Tarkin’s head onto Guy’s body as the reports will have us believe ( I’m unconvinced there is any of Henry’s physical performance even left onscreen – as when Tarkin turned or moved it was too computer-like ).

      I personally felt that cgi Leia was far LESS convincing, but I’ve seen so many fans who completely bought into the cgi Leia, so fair play there.

      • January 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm

        Right on, yeah I think you’re right w/ respect to Henry’s performance. I didn’t even remember to think about the fact that there was supposedly an actor underneath all of that. The dichotomy of Tarkin Leia presentation interests me. I wonder if its the fact that this is the first time we’ve seen Cushing since his death in 94, in addition to SW fans not really watching any of his other movies so their only logged memory of him is in ANH wherein he does have some screen time but its nothing in comparison to Leia. I need to get the blu-ray and just watch it again to see if I’m missing something lol.

    • January 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      They both looked off to me, I think the effects in Terminator Genisys were vastly superior. Then again Arnie is still alive for reference.

  • January 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    The rumours for EP 8 seemed to indicate that Leia suffers an injury and is incapacitated for large parts of the movie – I wonder if there is a way to shift her injury across EP 8 and 9, and then keep for EP 9 the scenes where Leia is revived and her reunion with Luke/confrontation with Kylo Ren ( if those latter two elements had already been filmed and intended originally for Episode 8 ).

  • January 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Another way to deal with the Leia issue may be to do it the way STAR TREK BEYOND did it for Leonard Nimoy’s passing – that tribute was poignant, relevant, and informed the plot elements for Spock ( Quinto ) in that movie.

    • January 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      I agree. In case the reunion with a few cast members wasn’t yet filmed, well, have Luke or Ben see her timb, and maybe her in a crystal grave or something. That can make the thing emotional.

  • January 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I hope the first scene where Leia ignites and use a lightsaber had already been recorded. Hope this was the great last scene planned to EP VIII, not IX. If this scene be made with CGI will feel sad

    • January 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I don’t think Leia has a lightsaber.

    • January 13, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Yoda told Luke to pass on what he had learned.

      Leia would’ve been the 1ST person he trained and I think it was a travesty she wasn’t clearly said to be a Jedi in ep. 7.

    • January 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

      Didn’t Abrams already say Leia decided against taking the path of a Jedi? And I thought that was already made quite explicit in TFA. I don’t think Rian Johnson would’ve decided to change that in VIII.

  • January 13, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    RE: the need to time-jump forward or not during EP 8 after the Ahch-To scene between Luke and Rey:
    I think they don’t need to do anything – who know how many weeks passed from the time Rey left the Resistance base ( near the end of TFA ) to her arrival on Luke’s planet ( at the climax of TFA ) – conceivably it could be weeks ( assuming naturally that Ahch-To is very, very far off ).

    After we finish with Rey and Luke’s first encounter, see what the First Order have been up to, and get back to Finn, Po etc. Finn could already have started his convalescence, and everyone will be where they need to be to pick up the rest of the story – no need for an unnatural time-jump forward.

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