I’ve talked about how much I enjoy Matt Gourley’s podcast I Was There Too, and the latest episode had a couple interesting snippets from the guest interviews.
The first interview features Lauren Lapkus discussing her role in Jurassic World during which she mentions auditioning for Star Wars Episode VIII. She and Gourley briefly discuss whether or not the script she was given was the actual script and if the character she auditioned for might have been some type of bounty hunter. However, Lapkus, bound by confidentiality, is unable to provide many details.
The second part of the episode is where it gets really interesting. Gourley speaks with a mystery guest referred to only as “Starship One” who describes auditioning for Episode VIII and the process involved. Although speaking through a voice modulator, I’m pretty sure Starship One is a woman. Based on the information given, Gourley speculates that this mystery guest also auditioned for the same role as Lapkus.
Starship One signed a non-disclosure, so they also didn’t go into any real details either. However, they did mention that the script they were given for the audition was on red paper to keep it from being photocopied, and that it involved them meeting with someone else on a planet and discussing what sounds like plans for an attack that, “…we gotta win.”
At the end of the episode, Gourley gives a disclaimer stating the interview had been edited to ensure no details were released that would violate the nondisclosure act. Even with as little as we get from the interview, it’s still fascinating to hear about the audition process for such a secretive film from a personal perspective.
Adam Driver recently discussed in an interview with Collider that he felt the script for Episode VIII showed a shift in tone that was similar to Empire Strikes Back. And with the somewhat vague description of bounty hunters during the interview, this leaves the door open for a lot of speculation. Episode VIII needs to raise the stakes, and I can imagine Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order will certainly be seeking payback for the destruction of Starkiller Base.
Rumors have also been floating around since before The Force Awakens about Boba Fett returning. Because of his appearance in the last Battlefront game, which some people considered canon, this at least proves it’s possible since he clearly escaped the Sarlacc Pit. But we all know that the video games and their place in the Star Wars mythos is “complicated.”
According to the new official canon of Star Wars, after the collapse of the Galactic Empire and signing of the Galactic Concordance, the Empire’s remaining faithful servants fled to the Unknown Regions, far from the New Republic, and eventually created the First Order. They gathered strength and soldiers from the furthest parts of space before beginning to wage war on the New Republic. At the end of The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke orders General Hux to come to him, along with Kylo Ren, in order to “complete his training.” I think it’s safe to say that Snoke is somewhere in the Unknown Regions; he doesn’t strike me as a lead-from-the-front type of guy. I believe at least a portion of Episode VIII will take place at the First Order’s base in this area and from that base, as Kylo Ren trains, they will hire a group of bounty hunters to track down our heroes who are spread throughout the galaxy. We can assume Rey will be training with Luke Skywalker (do or do not, there is no try); while Finn and Poe Dameron set up with the Resistance in a new base. The bounty hunters, or one of them, will track down and possibly capture Finn and/or Poe, (or more), and Rey will need to rescue them. Maybe Boba Fett will make some kind of appearance, even if it’s nothing more than a nod to the character.
The Force Awakens shared many similarities with A New Hope, and I feel like that trend will continue with Episode VIII. What do you guys think? Is there anything we can learn from these scant details? You can listen to the full episode here.