MakingStarWars.net are reporting that two new Star Wars characters have names. They are characters set to feature in the Han Solo movie, due to hit cinemas in May next year. Read on for more...
First is a character named Val. Believed to be the character played by Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. The character is said to have been involved in a stunt sequence on set at Pinewood and is rumoured to be a top billed character. Not much more is know at this time, but there is a chance that this is in fact a code name used onset, much like Maz Kanata being known as Rose and Rey being referred to as Kira during production.
Now this is interesting. This character is named Mother Proxima and is said to be a puppet of some description, controlled by BB-8 puppeteer Dave Chapman. MakingStarWars.net are suggesting that this character may be voiced by one of the main actors in the movie.
This got me thinking. We heard early on the Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be playing a performance capture character. Is there a chance that Phoebe's character is a droid, a droid with a particularly eccentric design? I speculated previously that maybe this droid would be the reason Han has so little time for C-3PO in the original trilogy. What if Miss Waller-Bridge is playing a skeletal droid and part of the process is to use a puppet for the character, perhaps when it has to interact with the live action actors in certain sequences.
Many people will remember the technique used to bring C-3PO to life in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. A puppeteer would wear a rig that placed the skeletal form of C-3PO in front of the puppeteer with the puppeteer removed from the scene in post production. Could Mother Proxima be a skeletal droid that combines these different disciplines?
We have seen in both The Force Awakens and Rogue One that the filmmakers are willing to blend multiple special effects processes to bring the characters, especially the droids to life. I remember first hearing that BB-8 was a practical element on set, and element that helped the actors connect with the character during production. And in Rogue One we had K-2SO brought to life with performance capture techniques that saw Alan Tudyk onset in a grey body stocking. Perhaps Mother Proxima will use these techniques.
Also, that name, Mother Proxima, my first thought was of the cold computer in alien called Mother (MU-TH-UR 6000). I wonder if that is intentional?
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