Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.
SOLO'S DIGITAL RELEASE!
The biggest news today is the digital release of Solo: A Star Wars Story It's been months since Solo has been on the big screen and we've all been dying to see the film again.
We'll all be able to watch it as many times as we want. For me, that's going to be a lot. I haven't had this much fun in the theatre for a long time. I'm excited to get that experience at home.
With the release comes all kinds of bonus features. Like this one:
GOING INTO HYPERSPACE
The cast and crew of Solo: A Star Wars Story had a unique experience when it came to their time aboard the Millennium Falcon. In previous films, the cockpit of the Falcon was shot on a blue (or green!) screen. With Solo, the minds at Industrial Light & Magic were able to create a massive wraparound-screen so that the actors could actually see what it was they were acting against.
It's not a new technique; rear-projection has been around practically since the dawn of cinema, but it's never been very good. When they tried doing it for Star Wars: A New Hope it looked like garbage. Seriously, you can watch the scenes of Luke in his landspeeder on the deleted scenes of the Blu-ray set and they look like something out of a color film from the 1940s. Here's video proof:
For Solo, ILM had improved that old idea so much that they could actually film the effects sequences from inside the cockpit with these screens if it wanted to. But this created something special for the actors. When they went into hyperspace, they could actually see it.
There's even video showing how hard the cast geeked out when they first made that jump to hyperspace and it's a lot of fun to watch. Check it out here.
SAM WITWER'S DISBELIEF
Sam Witwer has been voicing Maul since his first appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and carried that role over to Star Wars Rebels. When he was first told that Maul was going to make an appearance in Solo, he didn't believe it, even though Skywalker Sound genius Matthew Wood kept telling him it was happening.
Who could blame him? I almost didn't believe it when I was watching it in the movie. Witwer talked to me in an interview for /Film and couldn't quite believe that the voice of General Grievous could be so cruel. "I believe [he] wanted to be the guy who taunted me, mercilessly by first teasing the information and then smacking me in the face with it and watching me bleed happy tears. I don't know," he said.
Witwer (along with Ray Park) shocked the world with Maul's appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. You can read the full interview here.
KEEPING POE DAMERON FLUID
Oscar Isaac has been doing press for his latest film Operation Finale and, as expected, has been pretty constantly peppered with questions about Star Wars.
The Huffington Post had the forethought to ask him about one of the most pressing concerns of people of all genders across the galaxy: Poe's sexuality.
"I'm all about keeping it as fluid as possible," Isaac said. "There are a lot of interesting people in the galaxy, it'd be a shame to cut off 50 percent. I think Poe's open to any kind of adventure."
Isaac has been open in his support of Poe Dameron's flexible sexuality for a while. He made similar comments on the press tour for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
What would really be fantastic is if the representation that everyone talks about wanting was actually talking about or portrayed in the films themselves. It's about time Star Wars joined the 21st century and gave us some LGBTQ representation on the silver screen. And who better than Poe to give it to us?
In a quick bit of news, Amy Ratcliffe (author of the upcoming Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy) and David W. Collins (host of The Soundtrack Show) have been announced as returning hosts on stages at 2019's Star Wars Celebration: Chicago.
I can't wait to see what they have in store!
HUX LEARNS ACCENTS
I'll leave you this week with a video of Domnhall Gleeson, who plays the fiendishly evil General Hux. His original accent is from Ireland, but he's something of an accent chameleon. Here, Insider caught up with him to see how he goes about donning an accent.
After watching, the thing I'm most curious about is what poem he uses to get into the mindset and accent of General Hux.
Until next week!