Star Wars Weekly Buzz: New Rogue One Concept Art; Forest Whitaker Coming to Celebration and More

This week on our Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets 2 MTV Movie Awards nominations; Forest Whitaker will be joining the rest of the already announced guests at Celebration Orlando; ILM takes a closer look at the Rogue One design; Dan Brooks speaks with Production Designer Doug Chiang; Del Rey shares the first two lines from the upcoming Trawn novel and more.



First we start with a very cool article posted by ILM about the Rogue One design, featuring multiple new concept art images and interesting info.


Much of the work in Post Visual Development is pure design. We design digital environments and sets, we alter designs from pre-production, we create ships, weapons, and creatures.

Designing digital environments after plate photography allows flexibility in storytelling. For example: the Citadel sequence. The modular design and concentric circles allowed Gareth visual cheats: a character can jump huge distances geographically as needed for the plot, but the audience is not lost visually because the symmetry of the design.


For the full article click here.





Rogue One got 2 nominations at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards. The first Star Wars spin-off movie was nominated for Movie of the Year and Best Hero (for Felicity Jones). Also Riz Ahmed got a nomination at the Next Generation award.

You can vote here.




Riz Ahmed shares his untold stories from playing pilot Bodhi Rook.







Hal Hickel and Alan Tudyk revealed the secret past for the droid K-2SO recently caught up with animation supervisor Hal Hickel and actor Alan Tudyk ahead of this week’s Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD release of Rogue One. The two spoke briefly about how K2 was saved by the Rebellion and where he actually came from.

“The backstory was pretty limited. Knowing that he was in the Empire, he was sort of reborn when Cassian gave him his reprogramming. He was enslaved, in a way. He was more of a stoic character. He had to follow orders. Basically, he just scurried around. He did lots of security stuff. He had a big bunch of keys that hung off his belt.”


Hickel also mentioned that they tried to create an historical backstory for K-2SO’s:

“You glimpse another enforcer droid in the Imperial facility and we had him look really spotless. No paint chips or anything, whereas K-2 is all scratched up. We actually considered whether they [the Rebels] might even completely remove the Imperial insignia on his shoulder. We decided to keep it, it’s kind of scratched up, but you can still see it. We figured the Rebels are kind of rough and tumble and they’re not going to be too precious about it. But we did give it lots of history, scratches and dents, to really communicate that he had seen a lot of action with Cassian.”


You can view the complete video interview at Comicbook.



But Wait. There’s More on K2!

Asked by reporter Ryan J. Downey at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters if K-2SO could return, Alan quipped to animation supervisor Hal Hickel:

“You’re more in touch with the people that pull those triggers.”

Hal replied:

“I would love to see that, because I love the character, I love being a part of bringing a new Star Wars droid into the Star Wars Universe.





New cool video about Luke’s and Rey’s Star Wars journey has been posted by our friends at Star Wars Alert. Check it out:







Also’s Dan Brooks shared yet another great interview with Production Designer Doug Chiang. Make sure to follow the link and check it out:





And now some self explanatory tweets.
























Stay tuned for more next week.



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5 thoughts on “Star Wars Weekly Buzz: New Rogue One Concept Art; Forest Whitaker Coming to Celebration and More

  • April 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm


  • April 8, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I might be more excited for the thrawn novel than TLJ trailer. So curious to see what zahn cooked up.

  • April 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I’m weird, but the in the Doug Chiang interview on, they have an image of the Death Star docked inside Scarif..and I like it. 😛

  • April 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    So I may be late to the game, but Pablo Hidalgo doesn’t do SW questions anymore?

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