Star Wars Episode IX: New Character Concept Art and Reference Imagery Leaks Online!

While the plot and any imagery from Star Wars Episode IX has remained largely under-wraps… UNTIL NOW!!

We’ve  just seen a pretty significant leak of character images, these 17 reference pictures of characters from the new film were just posted online by JediPraxis over at the /StarWarsLeaks subreddit.

JediPaxis released the following comment with this post:

“These images come courtesy of a source who has previously provided me information on previous films that were eventually proven to be correct. This individual wishes to remain anonymous (for fairly obvious reasons) and that’s why I’m posting this on his behalf. The images have been compiled into a collage with the unimportant sections of each image having been altered in an attempt to obscure where/who they came from. I would also like to note that images H and O corroborate what Jason from MSW recently said about Rey’s hair and Lando’s costume in the film. I received these images prior MSW’s article being published which not only lends credibility to Jason’s sources but also confirms to me that my source is solid. In addition to those two images, there’s plenty here to analyze, discuss and generally obsess over. Enjoy!”

The pictures show several new aliens, a new droid, our first looks at the costumes of new returning characters in Episode IX.  As always if you are trying to avoid all Episode IX spoilers then stop reading now.

This is your official SPOILER ALERT!

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This is our first look at the characters played by Dominic Monaghan who looks to be a Resistance officer and Richard E. Grant respectively playing a First Order officer.   It is also our first look at Rey, Lando, and Kylo’s looks in the new film (though we had heard about Kylo’s red tweaks to his helmet previously).  We also get another look at Poe Dameron’s costume, which was previously seen in some leaked pictures from the set. The droid under label B matches up with existing descriptions of a droid called D.O., who is set to be BB-8’s biggest fan of sorts. One detail that’s really interesting, is the character under label G appears to be a younger Mon Calamari, the same species as Admiral Ackbar, will the resistance get some new Star Cruisers to fight back at the First Order!

Some cleaned up versions of the concept art showing character designs for Star Wars Episode IX …

D.O. …BB8’s new sidekick

DO Droid Star Wars Episode IX
DO Droid Star Wars Episode IX

Kylo Ren’s repaired mask

Kylo Ren New Red Mask Star Wars Episode IX
Kylo Ren New Red Mask Star Wars Episode IX

New characters portrayed by Richard E. Grant and Dominic Monaghan.

Rey & Poe

Lando

Lando Calrissian New Costume Star Wars Episode IX
Lando Calrissian New Costume Star Wars Episode IX

Lots of new alien designs

New Alien Character Star Wars Episode IX
New Alien Character Star Wars Episode IX
New Alien Character Star Wars Episode IX
New Alien Character Star Wars Episode IX
Star Wars Episode IX- New Character Concept Art Leaks
Star Wars Episode IX- New Character Concept Art Leaks

Star Wars Episode IX hit theaters on December 20th, 2019.  The film is directed by JJ Abrams, with a script by Abrams and Chris Terio.  The film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie Fisher.

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Star Wars: Balance of the Force?

Star Wars Episode IX Balance of the Force Title Logo 1 Hi Resolution HD
Star Wars Episode IX Balance of the Force Title Logo 1 Hi Resolution HD

Reddit, Internet, Twitter, blog sites, all are rife at the moment with speculation about the title of Star Wars: Episode IX, I tried to speculate the 10 possible titles for the film last year, back then one of my front runners was Balance of the Force, which I still agree with, as it was referenced in Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, when Mace Windu said to Qui-Gon Jinn about Anakin Skywalker You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it’s this…boy?“.

But later in Episode 3 : Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi, said to Anakin Skywalker You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!” 

…So what if the prophesy is not about ‘one’ Skywalker, but the entire family of them, Anakin, Luke, Leia and maybe even Rey, and collectively The Adventures of the Skywalkers will bring Balance to the Force…?

Star Wars Episode IX Balance of the Force Title Logo Hi Resolution HD
Star Wars Episode IX Balance of the Force Title Logo Hi Resolution HD

 

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 8

Topps who is celebrating the generational culmination of the Star Wars saga with a commemorative set highlighting some of the greatest moments from a galaxy far away. The Topps Star Wars Saga set features characters and iconic scenes from the original trilogy, prequels and newest films concluding with Episode IX. Topps will only bring out three new Star Wars Galactic Moment cards each week, as they countdown to Episode IX.

We’ve now left Star Wars: A New Hope behind and moved onto second week of cards from cards The Empire Strikes Back.

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 8

Boba Fett _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 22
Boba Fett _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 22
Boba Fett _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 22 Back
Boba Fett _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 22 Back
Storming Echo Base _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 23
Storming Echo Base _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 23
Storming Echo Base _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 23 Back.
Storming Echo Base _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 23 Back.
Aboard the Millennium Falcon _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 24
Aboard the Millennium Falcon _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 24
Aboard the Millennium Falcon _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 24 Back.
Aboard the Millennium Falcon _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 8 Card 24 Back.

NEW! Star Wars Celebration Poster by Cristiano Siqueira

Star Wars Celebration Poster by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Poster by Cristiano Siqueira

Many had said it was Paul Shipper behind the Star Wars Celebration Character Banner, I was skeptical as it didn’t match his style, so I did a bit of digging and found it was done by Cristiano Siqueira, a renowned vector illustrator from São Paulo, Brasil.

Here’s what he had to say about it on Facebook page.

“Very proud to finally be able to share this work with you!
I spent a good part of the last year second semester working on these Star Wars characters for Lucas Film. This work will be the key art of the “Star Wars Celebration 2019”, a big Star Wars fan event that happens in Chicago, at April this year.”

Star Wars Celebration Chicago Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira

Here’s selection of close ups of the key art he shared on Facebook.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago Vader Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Vader Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Phasma Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Phasma Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Palpatine Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Palpatine Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Luke Skywalker Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Luke Skywalker Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Lightsabre Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Lightsabre Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Key Art Padme by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Key Art Padme by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Han Solo Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
Star Wars Celebration Chicago Han Solo Key Art by Cristiano Siqueira
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star-wars-celebration-chicago-2019-poster-by-cristiano-siqueira-1

Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Punch it! Chewie!! …The Oscar nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards have been announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Amongst the nominees was Solo: A Star Wars Story by Ron Howard.  It has been nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar, done as always, by the folks at Industrial Light & Magic, the revolutionary visual effects company founded by the visionary George Lucas to help bring the original “Star Wars” galaxy to life. ILM have recently started sharing some awesome ‘behind-the-magic’ video’s on how they created the work for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

These ‘Behind the Magic’ clips demonstrates how the ILM artists layered together live-action and computer-generated elements to create over 1,800 separate visual effects shots Ron Howard needed for the film.

Rob Bredow, Head of Industrial Light & Magic, was the Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Producer on Solo: A Star Wars Story. He helped tell the story of the film, creating these grounded visuals with such a unique shooting style with the help of the 627 credited artists who worked on the project with him.

So what are the odds of Solo: Star Wars Story winning? …As Han would say, ‘Never tell me the odds’ but seriously the odds for them winning the Best Visual Effects is actually not bad. With that said, they are up against a real heavyweight and Odds-On favourite, Avengers: Infinity War which has some pretty outstanding effects, so would you bet the Falcon in a game of Sabacc in Solo winning?

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oscars2019_vfx_nominees
We’ll find out on Monday 25 February 2019…