Story by: Jack Foley
HOT off the heels of playing Harry Potter 'villain', Sirius Black,
in Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban, it has been confirmed that the British
actor is in talks to provide the voice for the new Star Wars bad
guy, in the final film in the trilogy.
Even though his agent refused to reveal which role Oldman had
been offered, strong rumours exist that he will take on the role
of General Grievous, the military leader of the Separatist armies.
Not only is the character a skilled strategist, but he is also
the greatest ever hand-to-hand Jedi killer - which would account
for the longest ever fight sequence we have been promised.
He is part-alien, part-robot - which would account for the vocal
Oldman is no stranger to playing the bad guy role, having also
provided scene-stealing turns in the likes of Hannibal,
True Romance, State of
Grace and Dracula.
POSTED EARLIER: Star Wars fans rejoice (in America
at least), as George Lucas has announced a US release date for
Star Wars: Episode III - with a UK date sure to follow shortly.
Lucasfilm confirmed that Episode III will come out on Thursday,
May 19 2005 exactly three years to the day since the release
of The Phantom Menace.
An official statement goes on to reveal that there will be 'a
near-simultaneous release around the world', with only Japan having
to hold on for a further two more months, until July - which is,
apparently, the 'traditional month for Star Wars premieres'.
As hype builds ahead of the release of the movie, further leaks
have been coming from the StarWars.com website, including details
of the longest fight scene in cinema history, and more plot revelations
(as if any were needed, anyway!).
In a further statement released by Lucas, a brief premise has
been sketched out for the third prequel, which is sure to complete
Anakin Skywalkers journey to the Dark Side of The Force,
and his inevitable transformation into Darth Vader.
The statement in question reads: "After three long years
of relentless fighting, the Clone Wars are nearly at an end. The
Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring the deadly leader
of the Separatist droid army to justice.
"Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has
grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary
Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally,
Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the
promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him to the
In relation to the fight scene, however,
fans are promised something to rival any of the sword play in
recent hits such as Kill Bill
and The Last Samurai, with
the added bonus of any confrontation involving the revered light
According to Episode III stunt co-ordinator, Nick Gillard, the
Jedi-style swordplay is derived from all of the great sword styles
and has only been mastered by about 12 people on Earth - himself
Hayden Christiansen, who plays Anakin Skywalker, is, however,
the toughest of the apprentices, and possesses the skill of having
his feet in the right place.
More importantly, however, Gillard is quoted, in an interview
with The Times and on Empire online, as stating that, in
the next film, Ewan McGregor has more than 1,000 moves, which
are more complicated to learn than dialogue. The climactic fight
scene is, at 12 minutes, the longest fight scene in cinema history."
For those waiting impatiently for their next fix of The Force,
however, further details of the original Star Wars DVD box set
have been released.
With only five months to go before release, another Star Wars
fansite, TheForce.net, has published a full list of special features
The first three discs will, of course, contain the original movies,
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, while
the much sought-after fourth disc will contain:
Star Wars: The Independent Films - A 150-minute documentary
charting George Lucas's vision, and the way he revolutionised
the film industry.
The Evolution of Characters - A 30-minute look at the
formulation of the series' characters, from early concept art
to the final realisation.
The Influence of Star Wars - A 20-minute documentary on
how the effects pioneered in the trilogy opened the doors for
a new generation of visual effects.
Lightsaber Fights Featurette - A 10-minute special on
the lightsabers we all know and love, including everything from
the idea behind them and the actors that wielded them to the effects
that made them possible.
1977 Featurette - A 20-minute documentary showing the
saturation of popular culture by Star Wars, newspaper coverage
of the day, toy adverts and songs inspired by the films.
Episode III Behind The Scenes - George Lucas and Hayden
Christensen talk us through the final instalment and the birth
of Darth Vader.
Not to mention, teasers, trailers and TV spots for all three
original films, and their 1997 Special Edition re-releases; about
300 never-before-seen photos from the films, poster art and classic
artwork, and a Star Wars Battlefront computer game demo.