“Star Wars” stars
The Force is strong with Entertainment Weekly’s new cover story about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” blasting off in December. That’s the prequel set right before Princess Leia stuffs the secret Death Star plans inside dutiful droid R2-D2 and ships him off to her only hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The news that’s exciting fans the most, but should really surprise no one, is that — cue the music — Darth Vader is back. Also:
▪ Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is a new villain, an ambitious Imperial officer trying to suck up to the Emperor and avoid Vader’s wrath.
▪ Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones of “The Theory of Everything”), a galactic outlaw, is trying to set things right by leading a mission for the good guys. Her father (Mads Mikkelsen) is a scientist sought by both sides.
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▪ Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) is a seasoned fighter who debuted in the animated “Clone Wars” series.
You probably heard that Anton Yelchin died in a freak accident Sunday when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his Los Angeles driveway and pinned him against his mailbox. The 27-year-old leaves us a few upcoming movies in various stages of development. First comes the role the Russian-born actor is best known for, Ensign Pavel Chekov in “Star Trek Beyond” with Chris Pine, due July 22. Filming was completed on the Portugal-set romance “Porto,” but it doesn’t have a release date yet. And Yelchin was set to lend his voice to Guillermo del Toro’s animated Netflix series “Trollhunters.” His most recent movie, the acclaimed thriller “Green Room,” is due on video July 12.
▪ “Breaking Bad” guy Bryan Cranston will be a good guy, Zordon, creator of the Power Rangers, in the 2017 film, says the Hollywood Reporter. His team of teenage superheroes will square off against evil alien Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).
▪ Harrison Ford might make yet another Indiana Jones movie after he’s done filming the fifth one, Disney chief Bob Iger tells the Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of ‘Star Wars,’ but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.”
▪ Kevin Hart will produce the comedy “Run the Jewels,” says Variety, about unsuccessful rappers trying to rob an eccentric hip-hop mogul.