Hero Fan Productions makes some fantastic videos over on YouTube, including two of my favorite Star Wars videos ever in The Chosen One and The Last. While those videos highlighted the Skywalker clan, HFP has just released a tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Using his initial meeting with Luke in A New Hope as the pivot point, the go through Obi-Wan’s entire life as we’ve seen it thus far from Episodes I, II, and III, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels (SPOILER WARNINGS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN REBELS).
Whether or not we’re going to get a Kenobi spin-off film starring McGregor that would cover Obi-Wan’s time between Episodes III and IV seems still up in the air. Director Stephen Daldry was attached to the project, but McGregor hadn’t been signed as of writing. No 2020 Star Wars film has been announced, and it is unlikely that Rian Johnson or the Game of Thrones creators will be ready with their new series of films by then. Kenobi seems to be the one spin-off most fans want, even the ones who don’t like the “Star Wars Story” concept. McGregor certainly has campaigned for returning to the role, and I think they could make a great film out of that mysterious time period in SW lore. In the meantime, check out HFP, and enjoy Kenobi’s story thus far.
Hero Fan Productions is a channel you MUST be following on YouTube. A week ago, I shared their video “The Last”, which depicts Luke Skywalker’s journey through Episode IV to the trailer to Episode VIII (click here if you missed it). In “The Chosen One”, HFP looks at Luke’s father, Anakin, from Episodes I-VI (and Rogue One) plus footage from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Vader’s legacy still loomed large over his family in Episode VII. Even 30 years after his death, Anakin’s fall was still dividing and hurting his family, the irony being that it was the mad protection of his family that drove him from them into the arms of the Dark Side. Everyone has their own view on the Prequels, but the information provided from them (mostly from Episode III and the 10 years of animated series) makes Vader’s story even more tragic. The notions of “balance to the force” and “the chosen one” appear to be something that we’re going to be dealing with again in The Last Jedi, which is promising the BIGGEST jaw-dropping plot twist in the Saga’s history. HFP does a great job with this (I wish they’d have stuck to using Williams’ score instead of epic music that gets a little distracting), and it gets you thinking about those parts of Anakin’s story that still may affect the stories yet to come.
Not unexpected, as Kenny Baker was too ill to make the London premiere of Star Wars Episode VII, but still very sad news today that the British actor that brought R2-D2 to life in the first six Star Wars films has passed away after a long illness. The British actor brought life to the little droid long before he became a completely electronic creation, and also had roles in Flash Gordon, The Elephant Man, and Amadeus (among many others) during his distinguished career. The Hollywood Reporter’s full obituary is below along with a Tweet from co-star Mark Hamill who may have summed it up best: “He was the droid we were looking for.” Kenny Baker was 81. Continue reading R.I.P. Kenny Baker (1934 – 2016) *Farwell, R2-D2*→
YouTuber, Tom F., is an extremely talented guy; the same talent that brought us the modern day versions of trailers for Episodes I-VI using Episode VII’s music (click here if you missed them). If you check out his YouTube channel, he’s done a number of modern day trailers for classic movies, but he’s just put up these two pieces contrasting the parallel betrayals of grandfather and grandson: Anakin Skywalker and Kylo Ren. Obviously, the full scope of what turned Ben Solo into Kylo Ren will be a huge part of Episodes VIII and IX, but patricide is a heck of a start. Check out these tragic tales from the Star Wars Universe, and get pumped: the full Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer will be released on Friday!
Awhile ago, we did a piece featuring the fantastic trailers YouTube wizard, Tom F., made for Star Wars Episodes I-VI; giving each a modern trailer set to the music composed for the epic The Force Awakens trailer (click here for that compulsory viewing). He’s back at it; this time creating a trailer to that same piece of music (which I think we can conclusively say works for EVERYTHING) that showcases the entire Star Wars Saga this point from The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens. Check it out, because I doubt the Rogue One trailer is coming for a few more months.