It seems director J.J. Abrams is too serious about Star Wars: Episode IX script security. Actor Mark Hamill who is set to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the next Star Wars saga installment, most probably in the form of a Force Ghost, or in flashback, or both, recently revealed that he is yet to shoot most of his scenes for Star Wars: Episode IX.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hamill revealed that he is still waiting for script rewrites, which will arrive in a somewhat covert form. He acknowledged how much the level of script secrecy has changed since the time he read the first Star Wars script back in 1977.
“You know how it is these days, every time you sign NDAs,” Hamill said. “I remember back when I read the first Star Wars [script], I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the goofiest thing I’ve ever read.’ I gave it to my best friend to read, and I said, ‘What do you think of it?’ He said, ‘It’s really wild, it’s crazy, can I give it to Meredith?’ ‘Sure, go ahead.’ It went around to all my friends. Of course back then nobody cared. Nowadays it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA. They’re going to send rewrites over to Prague on this dark red paper that gives you a headache to read.”
Notably, the use of dark red pages for the script hinders copying as photocopying it will render dark red pages as black and unreadable.
Hamill noted he was allowed to keep a physical script while filming for The Last Jedi, but he was not allowed to do so while filming Star Wars: Episode IX.
“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill said. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
Latest reports suggest the adorable rollerball droid BB-8 will be getting a new pal with a cone-shaped head in the upcoming Star Wars film. The droid will likely be named Dio, which could also mean its name is D-O.
The first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer is expected to get rolled out as soon as Christmas. The film is set to hit theaters on December 20th, 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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