Advice from Viggo Mortensen to the Next Actor to Play Aragon in Amazon’s Upcoming LOTR Series

While it may be hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the third and final #LordOfTheRings film was released in theaters, #Amazon is pouring tons of money into its new #LOTR series that will reportedly feature a younger Aragorn.

Actor Viggo Mortensen, who played Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy, has some advice for the actor to take on the younger version of the character:

“I would say, not only read the book, you know, very thoroughly, that giant book of Lord of the Rings, but you could read some of the Nordic sagas. You’ll get some clues there as to where Tolkien got his information. Like, Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, and the Volsunga saga. Read that.”

Mortensen also recommends watching Kurosawa films. Mortensen also discussed his unusual preparation for the films, for which he only had hours after replacing the original actor for the role:

Lord of the Rings was a case where I replaced an actor and they were already filming – not only filming, but they’d been rehearsing for months and learning all these skills they had to have for those movies – language skills, invented the Elvish, and swordplay, and horse riding, all this stuff. And I was kind of freaked out because I said yeah and I’m on the plane, on this 13 hour plane flight, and I’m looking at the book, which I had never read. But as I started looking at it, I was like, ‘Well, there’s something.’ There’s always something that you can draw on. I had read or been read to as a kid, stories about Vikings and Nordic sagas and stuff, and there was something there that was familiar, but it was still – you know, fortunately when I started doing that shoot it was physical stuff, not dialogue. So it was like sword fighting, so I could get my feet wet with that before I actually had to start speaking. It’s not ideal, but it seemed – my son was really into me doing it, and he was 11 at the time, and that kind of pushed me over the edge to say, ‘Yeah, okay.’ And obviously I’m glad I did it. It opened a lot of doors for me, and we had a lot of fun making those three movies. But it’s not ideal. I sometimes have said no because I’m not gonna be able to do justice to it.”




Disney Announces Another New Live-Action “Star Wars” Series

Earlier today, #Disney Chairman & CEO Bob Iger announced that #LucasFilm will begin development of a 2nd live-action series for its direct-to-customer streaming service. The series will be based on the #RogueOne rebel Cassian Andor before the events of that movie, and actor Diego Luna will be reprising the roll.

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Diego Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”


The announcement was also released on #YouTube:



Kathleen Kennedy Confirms no Standalone Boba Fett “Star Wars” Movie

Any hopes that #StarWars fans may have continued to have that a long-awaited #BobaFett movie would be filmed have been crushed. During an encounter between reporter Erick Weber and #LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy at a special screening of “Black Panther”, she reportedly told Erick that the “Boba Fett movie is 100% dead”.

While it had been announced one day before the “Solo: A Star Wars Story” movie opened in theaters that James Mangold would write and direct the Boba Fett movie, its poor box office receipts caused LucasFilm to put all of the one-off standalone movies on hold.

The reason that Kathleen Kennedy gave for killing the Boba Fett movie is the upcoming live action series “The Mandalorian”.



Police Investigating Theft on Set of “Star Wars” Series “The Mandalorian”

Police are investigating a theft that occurred on the set of the upcoming live-action #StarWars series #TheMandalorian on Oct. 24, 2018. #Lucasfilm is scrambling to ensure that no major secrets to the show have been compromised.

The theft includes a lot of expensive equipment from the camera department that may also contain a memory card storing sensitive information about the upcoming series.

Both Lucasfilm and the Manhattan Beach Police Department have launched investigations to try and locate the missing equipment. Crewmen responsible for the cameras have been questioned.


George Lucas Visits Set of the Live-Action “Star Wars” Series “The Mandalorian”

#StarWars creator George Lucas paid the set of the upcoming live-action streamed series #TheMandalorian a surprise visit where he met with writer & producer Jon Favreau, as well as Dave Filoni, who produced the animated “Star Wars” series #TheCloneWars and #Rebels. Dave Filoni will direct the first episode of “The Mandalorian”, which follows the lone bounty hunter “in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

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New “Star Wars” Live Action Series Announced: “The Mandalorian”

#StarWars today revealed the name of its upcoming live-action internet series: #TheMandalorian. They also revealed the first image of the main character. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The story follows “the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic”.

The series will be written and executively produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau. Dave Filoni (of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) will direct the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).

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“The Mandalorian”

The following view update was also released on the official “Star Wars” YouTube channel:

On his Instagram account, Jon Favreau said the following:

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