boat, a love affair, pirates and bounty hunters!
might be onto something really big here...
23, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
I want to combine some recent reports from various
sources into one exciting new plot theory. I believe
that an important series of events takes place on
the rumored boat we've been hearing about.
On that boat, Padme and Anakin will grow closer to
each other, but I've also reasons to believe that
we'll see an important action scene on that
same boat. What's more, I even think we've already
SEEN the interior of this boat on the official Star
start with the rumors about the boat itself. The
Force.net recently posted an interesting report:
of the vehicles in Episode II will be a large
boat that Anakin and Amidala will spend some amount
of time on. Apparently this is one of the main
vehicles because its design was one of the first
to be rushed through production. It will also reportedly
be one of the first toys to be made."
indicates that the scenes on the boat are going
to be more than just a few seconds long, and that
they might actually be quite important.
there was the exciting scoop of Juice.net:
informant drew particular attention to a scene that
sees Anakin and Queen Amidala in the confines of
an intergalactic hotel spacecraft (the rooms have
a bar on one side serving red cabbage, bread
and wine, with beds in capsules on the
The two are in the ship's cargo hold, ..."
convinced that we've already seen the set of this
"cargo hold" in one of the Episode II
select pictures (the Quicktime VR movie one). Take
a look at these screenshots:
picture definitely fits the description of some
kind of bar, serving various sorts of food.
With some imagination you can even recognize
pieces of bread and the 'red cabbage' mentioned
in the report.
the other side of the room, facing the bar,
are some strange objects. Could these be the
"beds in capsules" that slide out
of the wall if you press a button?
largest part of the room, on the other side
of the bar, really looks like a cargo hold.
The architecture of the room, the various boxes
on the ground (the cargo) and the low ceiling
seems to indicate that we're in some sort of
'storage room'. And take a look at the light
shining through the grating in the ceiling:
it looks just like the interior compartments
of ships in old pirate movies, with light coming
in from the deck.
Juice.net report continues:
Anakin Skywalker playing bodyguard to the
Queen, who's on the run for her life. In
the scene, which features the two characters
getting closer and closer, Natalie is dressed
in a stiff, bright green, A-line travelling dress
the always alert Anakin wears standard Jedi garb
complete with dirty big plaited rat's-tail hairdo.
Also included in the scene are a whole bunch of
other humans and aliens, many of whom are wearing
latex costumes that are so heavy and hot that production
assistants are kept on hand to deliver resuscitating
blasts of fresh oxygen as required".
Padme is on the run once again, and Anakin is her
bodyguard. That reminds me a lot of a similar relationship
between the princess and her jedi bodyguard in the
old Star Wars drafts (their names change from draft
to draft). (You can find these drafts in the
Multimedia section of The Force.net).
these perilous situation, Anakin and Padme fall
in love. It's great to finally understand a bit
more how this love affair starts!
since the Queen is on the run, there might also be
an ennemy who persues the two. This could either be
one person (like Darth Maul in Episode I), but danger
could also come from a group of persuers. I personally
believe that danger will come from a group of 'pirates'
who at some point attack the boat. This opinion
is based on a casual, but very revealing remark made
by Samuel L. Jackson in an interview with Australia's
Sunday Telegraph (posted at Sir
L. Jackson: "It's Errol Flynn, it's Robin Hood,
it's an outer space pirate picture."
the light of the previous analysis, doesn't this remark
become suddenly very interesting?? Will we
see an attack on the boat by 'pirates'? Could these
pirates be the BOUNTY HUNTERS that are hired to find
and capture the queen??? That
would solve the important question of how these bounty
hunters (including Aurra Sing and Jango Fett) get
involved in the story!!
will have to defend the Queen, thereby showing that
he is indeed her 'bodyguard'.
theory, don't you think? Head over to the
forums for feedback and discussion!
spy picture of Temuera Morisson on the set reveals
Jango Fett's look
22, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
Force.net just received news of a new 'spy' picture
that was taken on the set in Australia. According
to the report, the photo "shows Boba Fett's Dad
(Temuera ?) He is wearing a long coat to cover his
costume, but you can see the legs. It looks like Boba
Fett's jumpsuit in blue, with silver armour plates
on the legs and knees"
report confirms the rumors circulating already for
a long time, that Temuera Morrison plays a character
that looks a lot like Boba Fett, and could be "Jango
Fett", Boba Fett's father. I love the idea of
silver colored armour plates. It gives Fett almost
the appearance of a medieval knight. In the picture
above, I've tried to depict a rumored scene that takes
place on Tatooine, where Bounty Hunters gather for
some unknown reason, and in which we'll see Aurra
Sing and Fett together!
"intergalactic hotel spacecraft" ?!?
21, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
has posted an extremely cool spoiler report about
a scene with Anakin and Padme that takes place on
"an intergalactic hotel spacecraft"!!
scoop gives us some very important plot information.
Head over to The
Force.net for a full report! I'll add some comments
on this scoop later!
you hear that?
The Virtual Edition now has
21, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
everybody! I've implemented a new, experimental feature
here on the Virtual Edition: Voice Chat! It
works a bit like a normal chatroom, but in this one,
you can actually HEAR each other and talk! I got the
idea from Movieheadlines.net
(great site - definitely worth a bookmark!): they
implemented a similiar chatroom some time ago.
actually haven't used it myself yet, but I'm eager
to try it out here on The Virtual Edition. CLICK
HERE or on the Episode I picture above to
enter the chat! (I hope you'll find some other visitors
there, if not, just hang in there for a while or come
back later). Have fun!
here to chat!
vs. Fett !!
16, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
to once of The Force.net's sources, the fight in the
rain will be between Obi-Wan Kenobi, and someone in
a Boba Fett-like armor.
could be the rumored Jango Fett, Boba Fett's father.
If that is true, what could be the reason for this
fight? Is Obi-Wan defending something/someone? Is
Jango a bounty hunter at all? What will be the outcome?
Will Obi-Wan kill Jango, traumatizing little Boba
so much that he'll later help the Emperor hunt down
the Jedi? Or will Jango survive the fight? Where will
this take place? On Naboo? In one of the new environments?
of food for thought. Let us know what you think in
raining Prequel news!
15, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
everybody, Roderick here! I'm back from my vacation
in France. The amount of Episode II news that has
appeared on the web while I was away definitely surpassed
my expectations. After all, Episode II is only going
to be released in TWO years from now. And yet, we
already know a LOT of things...
Let me first take the time to thank Nat Reed and Jom
for their updates while I was away. Great work! The
downside of going on vacation for me is the fact that
I know that I'll be without e-mail and internet access
(and Episode II news!!) for a few weeks. But this
time, I knew that the Virtual Edition would be in
I'm glad to be back, and I'm working through the huge
pile of e-mail and the incredible amount of Episode
II news everywhere on the web. One of the most exciting
Episode II newsfacts is the confirmed action scene
that will take place in the rain. After the sunshine
and sandstorms of Tatooine, the cold wind and the
snow of Hoth, it's cool to see that Episode II will
show us some new weather conditions! We don't have
many details about this 'rain-fight' yet. Could it
be a huge battle between a group of jedi and hostile
forces? Or will it be a man-to-man combat with one
jedi facing an evil Sith Apprentice? Or could there
be any bounty hunters involved in this fight? It's
definitely too early to say, but one thing is certain:
it's going to be an amazing scene!
made a picture to visualize what this scene could
look like. The real thing will -of course- be a hundred
times cooler :) You can look forward to a lot more
updates the next few weeks: there is so much new information
is peaceful, we have no weapons !"
august, 2000 - posted by Nat Reed]
Lee has now joined Episode II. His character, like
that of Liam Neeson's in the early days of TPM, seems
deliberately shrouded in secrecy : all we know is
that he plays a 'charismatic separatist'. Some suggest
that he could be a rogue Jedi, or even a 'Dark Jedi',
perhaps swayed by Palpatine, but nevertheless throwing
the highly respected Jedi Council into dissaray at
a time when it needs to remain focused. Others speculate
that this 'separatist' is a political figure, again,
perhaps under the influence of Palpatine, or alternatively,
working against the Sith Chancellor : we might even
learn that he is the founding figure of the early
Alliance rebelling against the onset of tyranny.
has been noted by theforce.net, in the early drafts
of Star Wars there was a vociferous and opinionated
(and corrupt) politician by the name of Count Sandage.
For convenience, I will assume that this is Lee's
character's name. We know Jimmy Smits - Prince Bail
Organa - figures prominently in Episode II : what
if it is to this influential figure the charismatic
Sandage turns to, to sow the seeds of doubt ? And
what if, as has already been speculated, Alderaan,
in this timeframe, is actually quite a powerful military
might, rivalling that which the Chancellor hopes to
oversee ? The Star Wars Radio Dramatisation indicates
this very fact. The Clone Wars perhaps cripple Alderaan,
and persuades them to renounce violence and become
pacifist ? Leia's lines aboard the Death Star become
all the more poignant, and Palpatine's and Tarkin's
know from the Return of the Jedi novel that
Mon Mothma of Chandrilla is the leader
of the Alliance, and has been since her days as a
Senator arguing against Palpatine. Of course, George
Lucas can re-write this 'history', but perhaps we
will see Sandage seeking to find 'young blood' in
the Senate, and Organa and Mothma may be the ones
he approaches to ensure his ideas, activist by necessity,
will be seen through : perhaps mon Mothma is forced
to assume full leadership upon the destruction of
with the failure of the Trade Federation to secure
Naboo ten years previously, as well as the loss of
his most able right-hand man, and the forthcoming
mortal victory for the Jedi in the Clone Wars, I think
we are to almost feel sorry for 'poor Palpatine' !!
All the Sith Lord wants is to have ultimate command
of the Republic, and he has to face political opposition
as well !!
recent Episode II Select image shows a cafeteria
area. It is far too 'clean' to be the rumoured cantina
setting. It looks to be either in the Senate or in
the Jedi Temple. If the former, this may be where
the Chancellor's influence works the best ; or perhaps,
under the secure privacy of the hubbub found in such
a place, Count Sandage may be weaving his charm ?
However, if it is found in the Jedi Temple, could
the scene be related to that young actor enigmatically
cast as an 'unsavoury trouble-maker' ? Perhaps he
entices Anakin into horseplay or worse ; perhaps these
two end up fighting here ?
points out that the rumoured cantina setting could
be where the Jedi go to discover the whereabouts of
the Slaves, or Shmi in particular. It may be that
the Chancellor's edict to free the slaves has now
been passed, and the Jedi are following this through,
but the slave-owners, ultimately the Hutts, may have
'rounded up' their slaves and will fight for them.
This would lead to a scenario where Shmi Skywalker
would be in great danger .....
out beyond the Dune Sea"
of August, 2000 - posted by Nat Reed]
is a lot of new detail coming out about the new locations
for Episode II ! Christopher Walken says he is not
starring in the new film .... but are we still to
see Darth Bane ?? The recent announcement of a Sith
book scheduled for publication suggests that we are
being prepared for this. Temeura Morrison says he
is "the source for the new stormtroopers" ;
Hayden's role is a very physical one. We will be introduced
to the lower societies of the Naboo.
According to the Insider magazine, Spain has
now been re-confirmed : is this to be the much-rumoured
Lanzarote location, that volcanic island ? Or is it
on the mainland, perhaps the grassy plains of the
Interior ?? Could this be Alderaan, as inspired by
the Ralph McQuarrie concept paintings and the original
location concepts discussed for The Empire Strikes
Back ? Will we see Kettle Brae ?
There is also a new planet to be derived from
shooting in Tunisia ! We know we are to return to
Tatooine - to Free the Slaves - so clearly we are
to be introduced to a second desert planet. However,
how will George Lucas show a desert planet and make
sure the audience doesn't think they are looking at
Tatooine again ? He has shown us the dune seas and
rocky mesas ; perhaps he intends to use another exotic
location for dwellings or interiors, similar to the
way the Ksour grain silos were used for The Phantom
A lot of environments will be partly or wholly created
in CG. We are hearing of often one or two actors being
filmed against blue screen, to be later joined by
a host of creatures in an alien setting. We heard
of Obi-Wan Kenobi wading through stormtrooper 'hatchlings'
with his lightsabre drawn : this scenario would easily
fit in with what we have here ; and might earn him
his title of 'General' along the way !! The Fett apartments
are supposed to be extended with CG - though this
was common practice in TPM - and the second
Select picture shows the Lars garage in conjunction
looking New Zealand actor Temeura Morrison is playing
a bounty hunter. Most fans speculate this to be 'Jango
Fett', owner of the Slave 1, wearing a modified
suit of armour, and father of the young Boba Fett.
We hear now he is to be the 'source' of the stormtroopers
! Is this to mean he is to be the host cloning stock,
the subsequent stormtroopers being variants of Fett
? Or simply his armour and armoury are what inspires
the Chancellor in the equipping of his Republic army
Christensen will be showing us why he was a "powerful
warrior", with very demanding stunt scenes. We must
'root' for him in this episode, for it is at this
stage in his life that he will succumb to Pride and
Arrogance and Power-thirst. We will be intrigued to
see flashes of the Darker Side appear in him, and
start to recognise the path he must follow, but he
will still be the Hero of the film. His Republic-saving
actions will seal his fate.
having glimpsed the Royalty of Theed in Episode I,
we will be introduced to the middle and lower echelons
of Naboo society. What could this mean to the storyline
?? Will we see something of Amidala's home ? Are her
Handmaidens more involved in this episode ? Is it
truly significant that the official site has 'overlooked'
the listing for 'Queen Amidala', and mentions only
Padme ? Or is it simply the case that if Natalie Portman's
character is in danger or visits these more 'modest'
locations in Theed, then she would obviously go under
her 'Padme' guise ?
The third Episode II Select image clearly shows the
blue-skinned Senator seen briefly in TPM, Senator
Orn Free Taa.
know, from the TPM Visual Dictionary, that this Senator
is confident in the power of money. Palpatine's senatorial
quarters will have been upgraded to that of the Supreme
Chancellor, and no doubt he will have retained his
blood-red colour scheme !! Senator Taa is obviously
being quizzed by Palpatine : either he is in the service
of the Chancellor, or he is about to willingly accept
a bribe !
Interestingly, George Lucas isn't simply showing us
glimpses of Episode II : through his selection, he
is telling us its story ! We are shown a brave Padawan
in battle dress at a time of War ; we see a young
Queen, sad and thoughtful, on a dusty world far from
her own ; and we are party to the attraction of political
power ... and corruption. It will be interesting to
see what the new images will be and what part of the
story they tell.
recently went to the Art of Star Wars exhibition
at the Barbican, in London : it was well worth the
visit ! I don't know what impressed me most : being
inches away from encased models of the Millennium
Falcon and the Executor ... marvelling at the detail
in the costumes (and seeing masking tape holding together
some of the 20 year old costumes !!) ... gazing in
admiration at a matte painting from ROTJ ..... or
seeing the 'Fabulosi' stamps on some of the Lucas-confirmed
concept sketches !!
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2000, Roderick Vonhögen - The Netherlands