There’s so much good news! Today’s Star Wars Land column includes word of the first footage from “The Last Jedi”, BB-8 at Launch Bay and another year to fight for the Rebels. But first…“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.”
|Indiana Jones Returns In 2019!
“…Indiana Jones. I always knew someday you’d come walking back through my door. I never doubted that. Something made it inevitable.”
– Marion, “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
In a surprise press release this week, Disney announced that Indiana Jones is returning to the big screen in 2019. Yayyyyy!!!!
“Spielberg and Ford Reunite as Indiana Jones Returns to Theaters July 19, 2019
Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.” – Disney Press Release
This has been rumored for a while, but progress has been held up with story issues. Apparently that has been taken care of and it’s full speed ahead. Two years is pretty quick for a big production like this. I would anticipate cameras are rolling soon.
One of my favorite parts of Indy’s story came from The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones television series that aired from 1992-1993 and was followed with four television movies made between 1994-1996. Harrison Ford even did a cameo in one of the TV movies. While the show focused on Indy’s younger days, a crotchety old man with an eye patch and scar introduced most of the episodes, telling a story to whomever would listen to his ramblings. This was old Indy. And I want to see how he got this way. Hopefully the new movie will bridge that gap.
How do you feel about another Indy adventure? The last movie had its problems, but I’m excited.
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|The Last Jedi Footage
This week at the Disney Investors Conference, the first footage from The Last Jedi was screened. According to a source for /film, the sizzle reel included the following shots:
- An interior shot from Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring Luke Skywalker (in some sort of cave or maybe one of the stone huts seen on his island?) saying “Who are you?”
- Poe Dameron in his X-Wing yelling “It’s now or never” as it cuts back to BB-8.
- Fighters flying through a line-up of the Resistance fleet – had a feel similar to Rogue One over Scarif.
- Chewbacca roars.
- A shot of Captain Phasma.
- Finn dressed as a First Order Officer on the bridge of a First Order ship. Actress Kelly Marie Tran was standing to Finn’s left, also dressed in a First Order uniform.
- Several shots of Rey igniting and spinning Luke’s lightsaber.
- Rey’s hand, in slow motion, with all five fingertips touching the ground and pebbles and dirt hovering around her hand.
- Leia turning to the camera with a hologram of the fleet behind her
- An X-wing flying into a hangar, possibly the Resistance’s since it looked like another X-wing was parked there – with the nose of the X-wing flaring/popping upwards as the X-wing braked quickly in the air.
- There was also a wide shot of the island, with Rey out on the point of a ridge practicing with her lightsaber as Luke is farther up the ridge, looking down towards her.
When the news hit the Internet, it was initially reported that the first line of the movie, which takes place immediately following The Force Awakens when Rey hands Luke the light saber, was “Who are you?” The interwebs blew up speculating on any relationship between Luke and Rey. But later, people who actually saw the footage clarified that’s not where the line came from. Hopefully we’ll see this and more at “The Last Jedi” Panel at Star Wars Celebration on April 14.
|Star Wars Rebels Renewed
The lingering fear that season three might be the end of Star Wars: Rebels was alleviated this week when the announcement came that there would be a season four as well as a panel at Star Wars Celebration which promises a peek at the new season. Star Wars: Rebels is a fantastic show that doesn’t get a lot of credit because it’s on the kid-oriented Disney XD channel. But there’s a lot of backstory for the Star Wars Universe that takes place on this show.
Showrunner Dave Filoni has said that the story they have planned has a definitive end point that takes place before the events of Rogue One. This season featured appearances by Saw Guerra, Mon Mothma and in an upcoming episode, a rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. New episodes air Saturday nights on Disney XD.
|BB-8 Debuts At Galactic Nights
Last week we talked about the Premiere of Star Wars Galactic Nights taking place at Disney Hollywood Studios (you can see the complete rundown HERE). News came out this week that BB-8 would be making his debut in the park at the event.
Disneyland features two Star Wars character meet and greets at Launch Bay daily. Those are usually Darth Vader, Kylo Ren or Chewbacca. And once in a while Boba Fett will appear at the Cantina Set.
Throughout the day, First Order Stormtroopers roam Tomorrowland and stop for photos. Florida will also have Captain Phasma roaming with the Stormtroopers. And now BB-8 is joining Launch Bay in Florida. But what about Disneyland? So far, no word.
Would you like a photo op with BB-8 at Disneyland? What other Star Wars Characters do you want to see in the park?
|Star Wars Land Construction
This week in our Star Wars Land Construction Update, we’ve got more trees, less view, and something curious coming together in the Battle Escape. Let’s start with an areal shot of Disneyland’s Star Wars Land from Nearmap.
MiceChat created a graphic that shows what the area was like before, and what we expect the layout to look like when complete. This map was created prior to the beginning of construction and has been subject to change. So the size and locations are approximate.
Although the Battle Escape show building is going up rapidly, we can still through the framework at what’s going on in the north end of Star Wars Land.
In the adjacent Northeastern section of Star Wars Land, a berm has been built to separate the atmosphere of Star Wars Land from the newly re-routed Disneyland Railroad.
This part of the berm is partially visible from Big Thunder Mountain where you can see the train tunnel entrance just through the trees.
The Southeastern area is where the Fantasmic backstage will be along side the entrance to Star Wars Land from Frontierland.
The outer side of the new berm, which faces Frontierland is getting the skeleton of its rockwork installed. And what was grey cement sculptures just a couple weeks ago is getting paint detailing to look like desert rock and wood.
The south section of Star Wars Land is where the Disneyland Railroad will pass on the outer wall in front of a waterfall into the Rivers Of America and a walkway will go from Critter Country around the Hungry Bear Restaurant and into Star Wars Land.
The big news in this area is the planting of trees on the berm. This will go along way to help isolate the two lands from each other.
Switching around to where the Hungry Bear Restaurant pathway will start in Critter Country, we can see the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure is finally starting to be obscured by the planting of new trees.
Peeking through a knothole, we can see some of the process on the pathway and banks of the Rivers Of America.
The western portion of Star Wars Land is where the massive Battle Escape Attraction is taking shape.
The left side of the building is two stories of ironwork right now.
Moving to the middle section, we can see where the excavation has taken this part of the building underground.
On the right side of the structure, the concrete circle that started underground is now going vertical.
Now, having taken a tour of the current state of construction for Star Wars Land, here’s a look at how things are laid out in the new aerial photo. The blue line is the new path for the Disneyland Railroad. The orange lines are the three entrances to Star Wars Land: from Critter Country along the path going in next to the Hungry Bear Restaurant; from Frontierland at Big Thunder Mountain; and from Fantasyland.
Finally, something interesting is being assembled near the left side of the Battle Escape building.
At first I thought this might be the bridge for the Disneyland Railroad to cross over the pedestrian path coming from Critter Country. But looking closer, the ends are closed off and it’s too short for the train to pass through. Then I thought it might be some part of facade of the building. But that’s awful sturdy to be something like that. The only other thing I could think of that shape is an AT-AT.
Are we getting Walkers in Star Wars Land? They aren’t in any of the concept art. But a boy can dream. Hmmmm…
Check back next week and we’ll see what this thing really is.
That’s it for this week’s update. If you want to follow along on previous construction, you can check out the archives of Star Wars Land News here.
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