Skywalker, powerful warrior was he
The first Select
July, 2000 - posted by Nat Reed]
to the Virtual Edition ! Below is a sharpened detail
of the Episode II Select image showing, we believe,
Hayden Christensen in full Padawan Battle-Dress. I don't
think that that is a Padawan pony-tail at his head,
rather a highlight on the shoulder mantle. Clearly it
harks to both Luke's tunic in ROTJ, as well as the early
TPM costume concepts for the Jedi. The question, of
course, is where, and when, this is taking place,
and who or what is around him. Is that a black-robed
Sith Lord just behind him, holding two red 'sabre
props ?? Or is the focal aperture of the camera quite
narrow, and all we are seeing are stagehands ? Has the
Sith Lord just suddenly materialised, a battle trick
that was rumoured a few weeks ago ? Similarly, the Jedi
are supposed to be able to 'shimmer' and re-appear ....
as was hinted at in TPM when the two Jedi run from the
rumoured that Obi-Wan is to wear the black version of
this tunic to indicate his Knight / Master status. There
is now a suggestion of Anakin's Master wading through
fields of StormTrooper 'hatchlings' wielding his lightsabre,
and clearly this implies cloning. However, my
co-editor Jom stands by his conviction that 'cloning'
is too 'Sci-Fi' for Star Wars .... unless it
isn't drowned out in 'technobabble' or personalised
to characters we know, like Anakin or a Sith Lord. Remember
the very first official sketch we saw for Episode II
? Roderick thought that was a huge cloning factory.
Perhaps he was right ......
Watch's editorial is suggesting we have already seen
the Sith Temple, it's design based on the older Jedi
Temple of Coruscant : the Emperor's Tower at the north
pole of the Second Death Star ! They have convincing
confirm the original McCallum quote that the origins
of the Sith and the Dark Side will be explored further.
And today, there is official reference to the original
Sith and the rogue Dark Jedi who enslaved them,
the history to be detailed in a new book to be released
in the autumn : now this is definately 'Expanded Universe'
material, but it is interesting that the official site
is promoting this at such length, along with reference
to Darth Bane, at a time of great fan
interest in Christopher Lee's character. But the Sith
Temple : do we see Darth Sidious train his new Apprentice
? Ten years have passed. Is this Apprentice even ready
? Do we see the Master asking for guidance from a previous
Sith Lord ...?
they say Anakin and Amidala's wedding will be under
'unusual circumstances' : is this because of an arranged
political marriage proposal ? Is it because the Wedding
of a Queen and a Jedi Knight is carried out under the
setting suns of Tatoo One and Two ?? I suggest
this because of today's NEW Episode II Select picture
argued by theforce.net, it certainly suggests Padme
as sitting on the catwalk just outside the subterranean
garage of the Lars Farmstead. Her jawline is too strong,
perhaps, for it to be Bonnie Piesse. She looks a little
sad to me, forlorn or perhaps just deep in thought.
Then again she could just be waiting for those stage
hands to finish their rigging !! But does this mean
that the Lars are already on the desert planet ? Or
will they soon move in to one of these rock dwellings
are indebted to your bravery, Roderick Vonhogen
News and thoughts
19th July - posted by Nat]
Rod is away on holiday for 3 weeks, he asked myself
and Jom, two long-term members of the Virtual Edition,
to care-take it. If he is ever able to go online ....
I hope he won't be too disappointed by what he sees
! The Virtual Edition is primarily a storyboarded version
of what we think we will be seeing in Episode II, official,
unofficial and created images collated together based
on what are the current news releases and speculative
rumours. Of course, the other life blood of the site
is the lively Discussion Forum [follow the link to the
left], where a lot of Rod's images begin their genesis.
Feel free to read the threads ... and join in !
The explosion in official information over the last
few weeks has got everyone thinking hard ! Lots of Bounty
Hunters, groups of children, ambitious Senators, even
a waitress and a Proprietor ! As a crazy old hermit
once said, "We must be cautious" : who are these
people, and, more importantly, how big are their
roles ?? We could have had a significant official splash
about the fruit and 'frog' sellers of Tatooine, or the
Royal Advisors to Queen Amidala on Naboo, and be mistaken
for thinking these were pivotal to The Phantom Menace.
Much of the thought in the VE Forum is split down the
middle about the children : if we return to the early
drafts in the 1970s, we could be seeing the introduction
of a valiant tribe, perhaps on Tatooine, perhaps brave
slaves ; at least one of these may be sensed by Anakin
as having great potential in the Force, and he may try
to bring these hopeful padawans back to Coruscant for
training. However, they may simply be one of the many
'cells' of Padawans in the Jedi Temple who we will see
in passing, as Anakin struggles to learn the Jedi Code.
The official Episode II picture suggests Anakin in a
tunic reminiscent of Luke in ROTJ : we must remember
that Lucas always modelled the Jedi on the Samurai of
Feudal Japan, and it is highly likely that what we are
seeing, like the many ceremonial kimonos of the Samurai,
is the 'Formal Battle Dress' of the Jedi in war. Luke's
tunic, then, both represents his Dark heritage, but
also his actions in a time of rebellious civil war.
And we are probably now hearing about Mr Fett (Temeura
Morrison), his living quarters, that ship, and his son
going on vacation...
But the Virtual
Edition will go on!
18, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
July 18 until August 10, I'll be on vacation in France.
I don't know if I'll have internet access over there,
so I've asked some people to update the Virtual Edition
while I'm gone.
the last couple of weeks we've been getting some exciting
glimpses of the production of Episode II, but now things
seem to go in Prequel Overdrive! We've seen the first
official picture of Anakin running towards the camera
(in the blurred background you can see some people,
as well as what I believe to be C-3PO's head in the
left bottom corner), 'spy' pictures of the SFX magazine
(with a piece of the senate set and a ship that looks
like an early version of a star destroyer, with two
engines instead of three). And of course, there's all
this casting information that also gives us hints about
the plot of this next installment of the Prequel Saga.
It's a great time for Star Wars fans!
case I can't get online during my vacation, I wish you
all some great summerweeks, and I'll see you again in
Edition Episode I
Part of an illustrated
18, 2000 - posted by Roderick]
the years, I've made hundreds of pictures for the Virtual
Edition. I'm going to post them on this website
in the form of an illustrated screenplay. I've taken
the text of the screenplay of The Phantom Menace, and
illustrated it with pictures I made for the Virtual
Edition. Most of those pictures were made long before
the movie came out. If you click on Virtual Edition
Ep. 1 on the left, you'll be able to see the first part
of this illustrated screenplay. There are pictures in
the sections opening - the escape.
I'll add more pictures in the future. Enjoy!
about Episode II characters
pieces of the puzzle!!
July 11, 2000]
give us food for thought and speculation, I've gathered
most of the recent character information released on
the official SW website (I'll hope to find some time
soon to add some comments, as well as elaborating on
Owen Lars' character). With all this new information
(not to mention the 'spy' reports on several fansites),
we've got lots of pieces of the puzzle already, so it's
slowly getting time to start working on a first draft
of the Episode II plotline. It'll be quite a task to
integrate all the elements we have now into one coherent
(and plausible) storyline, but hey: that's what makes
working on this site fun! As soon as I've written a
first draft of the plotline, I'll post it in the Episode
II section of this website!
A charismatic separatist
is pleased to announce the casting of acting
legend Christopher Lee in the role of a charismatic
separatist in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode
II currently filming in Australia for release
in summer 2002"
chiseled, handsome features and deep voice give
his characters a captivating intelligence and
class - whether as a ruthless villain like Dracula
or as a noble hero like Sherlock Holmes."
his role in Star Wars, Lee had this to offer:
"It will be more than another part. It will
be another 'arrow in my quiver.' I'm looking
forward to it enormously."
Piesse will play the role of Beru in Episode
II, the woman who -- along with Owen Lars --
will go on to raise Luke Skywalker on Tatooine"
A Jedi academic
McGrath has been selected to play a Jedi academic
in Episode II."
An unsavory troublemaker
Matt Doran, cast as an unsavory troublemaker
in Episode II"
is set to play a waitress in Episode II."
A loyal security
Jay Laga'aia should be well prepared to play
a loyal security officer in Episode II."
A skilled bounty
the role of a skilled bounty hunter in Episode
II is Leeanna Walsman. Casting Director Robin
Gurland said, "The bounty hunter is an extremely
physically oriented role. One evening I was
at a play in Sydney and saw this actress hanging
from a bar with one arm while delivering a stunning
performance. It was amazing! Leeanna was just
who I envisioned for the role. She has this
wonderful pixyish, femme fatale look."
to play a handmaiden in Episode II, Rose Byrne"
Segura will also play a handmaiden in Episode
A high ranking
Bowers will portray a high ranking Senate official."
Rowan has been selected to play an indulgent
politician in Episode II."
Logan, a thirteen-year-old New Zealander is
set to play a mysterious young boy in Episode
About Mace Windu
Windu's fighting abilities are second only to
Yoda," Gillard smirked. "If he gets within range,
there's no question... you're dead."
course, he's the chosen one," whispered Gillard.
"The audience will want to see that manifest
itself. There needs to be flashes of brilliance.
He's more skilled than Obi-Wan. Anakin always
attacks. He's better and he knows it, which
means he's brash on occasion."
and Ewan will both be doing all of their own
stunts and swordfighting." According to Gillard,
Ewan McGregor's fierce-fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi
quickly returned to his Phantom form "
about the vague references to Yoda in action?
"I can't talk about that one yet," Gillard replied
was three years ago, to the day, that Episode
I began shooting on June 26, 1997. One of the
first scenes shot that day involved Senator
Palpatine in his apartment on Coruscant. Three
years later, Ian McDiarmid reprised his role
as Palpatine and a bluescreen-filled set once
again became the Republic's capital world. "
thrill for me today was seeing C-3PO reborn.
I got to put the faceplate on Anthony Daniels.
The character suddenly came alive."
About the Bounty
course, not everyone in the Star Wars universe
is a Jedi. "The bounty hunters have so much
weaponry," Gillard explained. "Comparing them
with Jedi is like comparing a tiger with a shark.
The styles are just so different. Within three
feet, nothing can stop a Jedi. Bounty hunters
fight from a long range for as long as possible."
casting director Ros Breden spent Tuesday afternoon
in Australia looking for the pre-school-aged
extras needed for Star Wars: Episode II."
before I forget: like some of you have already noticed,
there's now a ranking system for the local users of
the discussion board (just for fun). Based on the number
of posts, you'll go from candidate to padawan to Jedi
knight and higher....
Lars=Anakin's stepbrother? Whoa!!!
Part of an
illustrated screenplay on-line!
July 3, 2000
- posted by Roderick]
just read the report on theForce.net that Owen could
be Anakin's stepbrother. If this is true, it would
have an incredible impact on the overal plotline of
the Prequels. It would also influence the way we percieve
Episodes 4-6 considerably, just like Lucas has always
said. I've got to think about all the possible implications
for the plot and I'll post them next update.
can still hardly believe this shocking rumor!! :)
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