Now that the box office haul for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has crawled to a snail’s pace we can now truly start looking forward to the release of its sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Speculation over what the blockbuster will consist of has been swirling since The Force Awakens first arrived in cinemas. And now, even though we were recently disappointed with the news that Star Wars: Episode VIII will actually be delayed by six months, we’ve learned that a cult character from the original trilogy will return.
Obviously there are some of you out there that won’t want Star Wars: Episode VIII to be ruined in any way, shape, or form. So, here is the obligatory SPOILER WARNING for those of you that want to look away to click to another page.
Are they gone? Good. That’s because Star Wars: Episode VIII will feature the work of Mike Quinn, the puppeteer responsible for the movements of Nien Nunb. Penascon, which is the Penascola Comic Con, took to their Facebook page to confirm that Mike Quinn wouldn’t be attending their event anymore because he had to return to work on Episode VIII.
Struggling to remember exactly who Nien Nunb is? Well then have a quick look at a picture of the cult character that debuted in Return Of The Jedi below.
Nien Nunb debuted in Return Of The Jedi, where he appeared as Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot. Nien Nunb was instrumental in bringing down the Death Star, working along other Rebel pilots to fight against the evil Empire.
Nien Nunb then made a triumphant return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he was seen flying one of the X-wings as they attacked the Starkiller Base. This suggests that, with 30 years separating Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens, Nien Nunb is rather highly ranked amongst the Rebel pilots. Especially since quite a few of them were seen to have perished in the epic battle.
While Star Wars: Episode VIII has indeed been delayed for six months, so that some re-writes can be conducted, it’s thought that early shooting on the Rian Johnson directed film has already begun.
It was previously alleged that Star Wars: Episode VIII would undergo extensive re-writes so that the focus could be focused away from the new characters that were set to populate the blockbuster. Lucasfilm and Disney now want the film to focus on Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and John Boyega’s Finn.
This information was first revealed by a reporter for The Wrap while he was speaking on Meet The Movie Press, via Cinema Blend.
“I said before there were two young female roles, now I actually heard that the rewrite will make these roles smaller. They want to get to know better the characters they already have.”
“So the new rewrite is shrinking the new roles in order to spend more time with Rey, Poe, and so on,” they continued.
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 30, 2016
Just a few days after this speculation first appeared, it was confirmed that rather than being released on May 26, 2017, Star Wars: Episode VIII would instead hit cinemas on December 15, 2017.
But rather than this news immediately sparking fears that the production had fallen into disarray, it was instead suggested that the re-writes were entirely positive and based entirely on the fact that audiences had reacted positively to the new characters and want to learn more about them.
[Image via Lucasfilm]