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A New Spy, Mr Moto, Decides To Speak About EPISODES 2 & 3, Possible Spoilers are contained.

Alrighty folks, I’ve got a new spy working within the great world of George Lucas’. This new spy, who I will call MR. MOTO, will hopefully be with us for some time to come. This spy approached me, and asked to be tested, so I tested Mr Moto. And like that great sleuth of yesteryear, he passed with flying colors. Answering a question that only someone in possession of the script would know the answer to. A question and an answer that has yet to appear on the net. I hope it never does, as it’s the easiest and most direct way to tell if someone is full of dung.

Mr Moto, is tired of all of us talking and examining each and every minute detail of Episode One. He believes this will ultimately lead to being burnt out, and wants the focus to shift from Episode One, which Mr Moto believes to be passe, to Episodes 2 and 3.

”That’s all fine and dandy,” I told him, “but those films are so far off, what could you or anyone tell us about the films of the next thousand year cycle?”

Mr Moto smiled, as only an emoticon can, and replied, “You see my dear Harry-san, we at Lucasfilm/ILM/Lucasarts/THX/Skywalker Sound, we are a GREAT FAMILY united with the love of STAR WARS.” I started gagging at this, but he continued, “All of us, each and everyone are dedicated Star Wars fans, just as you are, but we have an advantage Harry-san.”

”What is that Mr Moto?” I said with a curious glee.

”We work on these films. Still, even though we are here where the magic is woven, we rarely get the Big Mysteries solved. Our dear Mr Lucas, he’s a secretive fellow indeed. It will be a big day when we discover the secret of how Anakin will ultimately fall from grace. I almost don’t want to know.”

At this point I begin to think that I’ll never get any info out of Mr Moto. So I finally say, “What can you tell me, Mr Moto?”

The emoticon spoke volumes. I could just picture the wise ass smile across this secretive agents curled evil grin. “Most of us know the basic storyline for Episode 2-3 here in the Valley of Lucas, but honestly, Mister Knowles, I will not tell you everything I know today or tomorrow or a thousand days from now when the second film is a scant 6 months away. I have great respect for the honorable Mister Lucas, and that bond is stronger than even the slithery silicon font you send to me. And before we begin you have to realize that everything I say can not by definition of it’s nature be 100% confirmed, due to the advanced nature of things, until the script finds it’s way to a more permanent stature of existence.”

I told Mr Moto, “I understand that, so how should we procede?”

”Tell me Harry-san, what is it that you know about Episode 2 & 3? The information you know for certain and not in the realm of rumor that is.” Mr Moto emoted.

This caused me pause, I mean... What do we know... for fact? Not the vicious rumors, or the popular beliefs whose origin began somewhere within the mists of the past, but actual facts. So, hoping to score, I said, “I’ve heard that casting is already underway for the role of the older Anakin Skywalker, and that that dude from “DAWSON’S CREEK” is up for the role.”

”Ahhhhh, I see. Well my dear Mister Knowles, the ‘DAWSON’S CREEK’ actor will not be Anakin Skywalker, at this point. If you want my prediction, he will never become Anakin Skywalker. Next Fact please.” He wrote abruptly.

Argh, but who will be Anakin, who are the candidates, what type a fella is he looking at. Sigh... Mr Moto didn’t want to discuss it further, “At this time” so I went on to the next ‘fact’ that I could think of. With a certain amount of cockiness I said, “I know that Naboo will appear in all three prequels!”

Mr Moto replied, “Sure my dear Harry. It is our friend, Palpatine’s homeworld. He is the Senator of Naboo, and the planet will change a great deal over the course of the three movie arc. Starting in Episode 2, the feel of Naboo will never ever be the same. There are some events, impactful events, that occur between the end of Episode 1 and the beginning of Episode 2 that will have an impact on all of this. Afterall a decade or so is a very long span of time my friend. Next fact please.”

God I can’t stand this coy teasing stuff. Without the ability for follow up, it just kills me. But... well the dishing out of knowledge is very much in the hands of our friend, Mr Moto, so just like in Die Hard With A Vengence, I had a game to play, and he has all the rules. SO, to be a smart ass I say, “Well, Episode 2 and 3 will be filmed in Australia!” Ha, that will show him.

”Harry, come now, that’s a fact that brings no comments. Sure, Mister Lucas will shoot in Australia, it’s easier for him to shoot there, especially for the exterior and the interior scenes. Next Fact Please, and do try not to bore me Mr Knowles,” Mr Moto said.

Oh damn. This guy’s a bit of a stickler and picks up on sarcasm like no tomorrow. Gosh... Ok, so I begin thinking so hard my brain begins shaking. “Episode 2 will be darker than Episode 1 and Episode 3 will be very very disturbing.”

”Ahhhh, much better Mister Harry. First you should know that Episode 2 is very much like Episode 5, I will tell you more about that later, but for now know that Episode 2 is a story with a HUGE climax and many secondary stories. One of the main characters that figures into one of these Secondary Stories, will in fact be someone we have not yet seen even in Episode One, but this character will be so important in the overall saga... Oh we’ll continue that later. Episode 2 is really about ‘The Force and The Jedi Knights.’ Still, Anakin is the main character of 2 & 3. Oh we will have Obi-Wan and Yoda, but forget about them, Anakin will be THE MAN in the next two films. Even though Ewan as our dear Mr Kenobi is, to put it mildly, mind-blowing in the prequels, Anakin Skywalker will be the most interesting and nuanced and loved character of Episode 2, and possibly 3, of that I am sure. Next Fact Please.”

Wow, that’s alot of information to process, but the next fact hits me, just straight away. “Lucas has said that Boba Fett will have a beefier role in Episode 2.”

”As the Spielberg guy would say, ‘Oh My God.’ Yes, Harry-san, Fett is going to be there but in a capacity that I believe will surprise many fans. The problem I have is this: Noone around these parts is entirely 100% sure if, when Lucas says, ‘Fett will be in Episode 2,’ if he means that the Bounty Hunter will be there, or if he means that the Mandalorians will be there. If Fett is to be the name of the man who will lead his Army to the ‘promised land,’ well then Lucas is right in both ways.”

Then as I was preparing my next ‘Fact’, Mr Moto said, “It’s only a beginning; Infinity to go.” Then silence.

Our Mr Moto here loves his games and Cat and Mouse seems to be of quite a fancy, but it seems he’s a man with a lot on his noggin. And well, there’s a bit here for us all to think about. He says that pieces could change, which heck, we still know is true with Episode One, I can only imagine and marvel at the fluidity that the plans of Episode 2 and 3 must be. Let’s hope our friend, Mr Moto, comes back to play.

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  • Nov. 30, 1998, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by petherin

    Lots of interesting stuff. I think I should play Anakin Skywalker in Episode II because I tend towards the evil side sometimes (attacking Rebel forces, trying to take over the galaxy, that sort of thing). If Lucas is reading this, he should bare me in mind. I can't act, nor have I ever acted, apart from in school plays and a play when I was in the cubs. But an interesting point to note is, I got my Dark Side of the Force badge during my first month as a cub scout. This is all bollocks, but it's Monday morning and it cheers me up to write shit in Talkback.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Mr Moto is toying with us all.

    by Jman

    Harry, First off... I mean no disrespect towards either yourself or Mr. Moto. I believe he is on the inside because as you noted he answered a question that only a "secure" person could. The thing that gets my goat here is that he doesn't really tell us anything that one couldn't rationalize by looking at what we already know of Episode One and then looking at where Episodes 2 & 3 will fall in order to come into line with Episodes 4-6. I mean seriously.... he agrees with you when you mention that Episodes 2 & 3 will be darker. To me, this is a no brainer... no offense Harry, it's not an insult or anything... my guess is that you rationalized that they'd be darker because somewhere, somehow, little Anakin has to become a mean s.o.b. in the ways of the force. One does not become the Dark Lord of Sith overnight me thinks. Myself, I agree with you 100%... only thing is, so does Mr. Moto. This guy is on the inside right? So then he MUST have a better idea of what's going on than what he told us. Great... he says 2 will be more like 5 and 3 will be very disturbing. Oooooo... earth shaking news. I couldn't have guessed that stuff myself. What about the other character lines? I don't think it's enough to say they movies will focus on Anakin... Anakin is more or less the only "main" character that follows through the entire series (1-6) so OBVIOUSLY he'll play a large part in 2 & 3. Okay, I'm done ranting... I'll be quiet. I just hope Mr. Moto comes with information that will surprise us next time, not put us to sleep. peace all. Jman

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by Pilgrim

    What Mr. Moto is saying is very interesting. Especially with a new character introduction. I Now it is a long shot. But Could it be one of the Characters from the books. Perhaps Callista or another..? The othe thing was the 'Promised Land' for the Mandalorians. Which made wish a little hareder that they would speed things up, at Lucasfilm. I hope that Mr Moto speaks the truth, or we will be very disappointed. But the great Harry says he is on the up-side, then we must trust him.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Mr Moto

    by Imaril

    WE have learnt what exactly? that we are still as clueless as we were before. This poses far more questions then it answers. Still this is a fab story and I am bursting with anticipation - by its release date I'm going to look like stephan dorff at the end of Blade. Sorry if this sounds stupid but how old is Anakin going to be in episode 2. This is probably a really stupid question to Star Wars fans so I apologise. And sorry 'guy from Dawsons creek' but thank God it's not you. (I would be a much better choice)

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Most impressive...

    by Sardonicus

    I applaud you, Master Knowles. Your magnificence has attracted yet another treasured source of information of the coolest variety...I hope. Is this to be the start of a series of slight but meaningful insights into the making of the Precious Prequels, or an offense to those of us who hold Master Lucas in the highest regard reserved for mortals? If Mr. Moto is absolutely genuine, then it is good that he has come forth to share stories 'round the fire...but if he is not, if he is a vapor manufactured to trick us all, then he does not deserve to attire himself with the name of such a wise and noble character as Moto. I have waited long for these new episodes, long after the masses thought they were never to be, long after those rumors that all the prequels were completed in the 80's and would be released upon the twentieth anniversary, long after the world had forgotten what it was like to journey to that far, far off galaxy. I will remain in hope for Episodes Seven through Nine in my lifetime (and in Master Lucas' as well). I will remain the truest of fans...but if Moto is not what he says he is, he will know the vengeance of Sardonicus. We shall await your next dispatch most anxiously, Mr. Moto. May you remain in that great Lucasfilm family you speak of and not be cast out by an angered master. May you remain our friend. And to you, Master Knowles, our family gives gracious appreciation.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Okay, that's IT!

    by Alan Cerny

    Look everybody, first, what in the hell is the point for some Deep Throat type of guy supposedly inside Lucasfilm throwing out tidbits with no hard facts? "You're on the right track, Woodward and Bernstein, but this goes even higher...all the way to the WHITE HOUSE!!!" It's just better not to know, and let the surprises come on opening day. Look, I'm a sucker for all things Star Wars, but this is just a little bit too much. I would have gotten more info than this talking to my Magic 8-Ball. Answer Unclear, Try Again Later. People, let's practice a little restraint. Jesus, now all that's left to do is just mix our genres and bring Mulder and Scully in on this. And what, exactly, did this guy say that was so earthshattering? Lucas himself said Fett in some way would be in 2 and 3, so what's so revealing about that? Cheaper to film in Australia? We all knew that, and Peter Jackson has known that for sometime. (Granted, he's filming in New Zealand, but still...) Harry, if this guy doesn't place the scripts for 2 and 3 in your hands then there's no sense in even bothering. And if this guy is some sort of miracle worker and manages to do just that, you should refuse him. Don't ruin it for yourself, or us. Guys and gals, in ten years we'll know all about this anyway. In the span of your lives, ten years ain't shit. Patience. In time, George will seek us out. He has grown strong. I love Star Wars. These films are a direct path to my childhood, and I want to keep it that way. Anybody who's a kid nowadays for these movies has my envy. So let's just all calm down, and enjoy it as they were meant to - in the theater. Let's not speculate on Palpatine's nose hairs or what kind of Q-Tip does Jar Jar use. That's it.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:49 a.m. CST

    An end to the speculation

    by mpjb

    Mr Moto is a waste of time. 'In episodes 2 and 3 there will be stuff happening. Oh Yes. And the special effects and dramatic stakes will get higher as the trilogy progresses. Oh yes. And - uh - Boba Fett will be in it. Surprise surprise, eh?' Well... EXCLUSIVE!!! I can end all speculation about the casting of Annie right now ('Tomorrow... tomorrow... I love ya...'). The fact is that TWO actors are currently 'in negotiation' with Lucas to play the role. BOTH in EACH film. Surprised? Well it's true. Patrick Swayze is going to handle all the extravagent dance scenes while wearing a mask of the other actor who will provide the heavy-duty crying and gurning for close-ups. The other actor is... Dana Carvey. EXCLUSIVE!!! I can't WAIT!!! P.S. Boba Fett turns out to be Han Solo's old trumpet teacher, originally a good guy of the brass section, but one who was tragically tempted over to using 'synthesisers' on the dark side of the music faculty.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Mr. Moto's ideas

    by rogo0002

    With regards to "one of the main characters that figures into one of these Secondary Stories, will in fact be someone we have not yet seen in Episode One," I think that it will be the emergence of Anakin's wife. We know that Anakin is only a boy in Episode One, presuming to mature throughout the prequels, eventually forming a union (of love?) that will ultimately create two children, whom we are already familiar with. I have thought about the role that Luke and Leia's mother would take in the Star Wars universe, but then again, I have come to the conclusion that maybe my above theory is too hasty, and that it is common knowledge that there will be no role whatsoever for the character I have just described. Am I totally off the mark (or simply wrong), or are there any other readers who share my opinions?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 6:05 a.m. CST


    by mikey O

    Is it not possible that Mr Moto COULD be Lucas?, I mean Harry have you actually met him in person? It would be the best way to throw everyone wouldn't it, maybe he's been doing it from the beginning? I remember in the last three movies the pains he went to throw people of the scent (setting up a fake film with mechandise etc.) I can't see a spy getting away with letting out secrets this long without being obvious who it is at Lucasfilms. I'm probably wrong, but it does bear thinking about. Anyone else have any points on this?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Anakin's wife and the dark side

    by Dhigger

    Who is this mysterious character who hasn't even made an appearance yet? Is it Anakins eventual wife? Hmmm, now she would have to feature here, she would be a strong character definitely, especially to deal with Anakin, but even though she would be SO important, we wouldn't see her until Anakin was older and would never see her in 4, 5 and 6. Maybe Darth Vader comes about because his wife betrays him, or because a lancelot comes on the scene and he reacts in anger and hate at the betrayel by this Lancelot figure? That would add real poingancy to the end of Return of the Jedi because when Darth turns back to the good side, it is because of love, and that would be cool if it was love that turned him from the good side to start with...a real uroboros (spelling?)

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by No.6

    This is for all you dudes to think about and I'd particularly like to hear Harry's opinion on this..... Isn't Brian DePalma's 'Phantom Of Paradise' a version of the Anakin Skywalker story way before these new episodes. I mean I know its based on Faust and Phantom of The opera and those have similar themes to Vaders tale, but could DePalma be the first movie brat to..... Have a good guy get associated with an evil dude, get damaged physically due to what the association brings. Have the good guy re-invented as a black caped/costumed figure of vengeance who has/needs mechanical parts to his body, which in particular give him a dark mechanical voice. Also the good guy now pretty much sells his soul to the bad dude. Then finally the good guy kills the bad dude as the only way to stop him from killing the promising young new hope of the story, but in the process the good guy dies himself...... C'mon Lucas vs. DePalma !!!!!!! (lightsaber vs. Carlito !!!!)

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by Graven The Jedi

    Come ON, Harry! You can't tell me you believe this! Sure, he got his hands on the script, but what he "told" us is common knowledge that Star Wars fans, such as myself, already have gotten from your's and other sites. Maybe it's a set-up! Yeah! See, he gets you to trust him, then he tells you b.s. for the next few years just to fool you and the other followers of your Austin site. Maybe it's Lucas HIMSELF that's doing it! Trust no one, Harry! Believe the lie! The truth is out there!

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by Vast Yonder

    Since everyone is speculating about episode 1 & 3, here is a good one. Everyone thinks that Anakin and Amidala/Padme get married and have the twins, Luke and Leia. However, it has been pointed out that Amidala/Padme is too old for Anakin. My guess is that it is not Anakin who marries Amidala/Padme but Obi-Wan Kenobi. Their offspring, obviously a daughter, would then marry Anakin. This would make Kenobi the grandfather of Luke and Leia. Could this be true? Well here are some more facts to back up my theory. In the first movie Luke has an aunt, Beru, and an uncle, Owen. In the novelization of Return of the Jedi it is stated that Obi-Wan sent Luke to live with his brother Owen. Perhaps Owen is really Luke's uncle, a great uncle. If I'm wrong, so be it. If I'm right, then Mr. Lucas story of betrayal is going to have a lot of new twists.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Anakin's Wife

    by Quint

    I thought it was fairly common knowlegde that Queen Padme (Natalie Portman) was Anakin's future wife. As for the guy/gal who posted above about the character being from one of the books.... uggghhh. C'mon people. The books, while approved by Lucas, aren't the real Star Wars. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Shadows of the Empire as much as anybody else, but I knew when I finished that it was a fanboy's tale. It isn't the real Star Wars until it is on the screen. So far Lucas hasn't used Jack Squat from the books for Episode 1, why would he start now? -Q

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 9:42 a.m. CST

    number of episodes

    by rollo tomosi

    Could someone please refresh my memory. I think I remember Mr Lucas stating way back before the beginin And that there would be 9 episodes. And that Mark H. would be in the 9th. That there would be closure and complete story archs. Am I just wishfully remembering or what. Thanks for any info.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Casting Adult Anakin

    by Bundren

    I think that the most immediately intriguing question from this information is the question of who will (or, at this point, might) play Anakin, especially considering this guy's claims about Anakin being such a great and fascinating character in the sequels. I'm really not sure who would be good right now -- right now, I think it would be best if it went to a relative unknown. Then again, when I heard Ewan MacGregor was signed as Obi-Wan, I thought that was super-cool. He never occurred to me for that part, but now he seems like the perfect choice. Anyone have any ideas on who could pull off a role that requires him to go from great hero to great betrayer to Darth Vader himself? This might be one of the biggest casting searches since they tried to find a Scarlett O'Hara for Gone With the Wind. What a challenge -- everyone knows the character so well already, but the actor will also need to bring a lot of new stuff to the role as well. I wish I could think of some suitable candidates, but none a really coming to mind right now -- what a daunting task this will be!! You know, if he was younger, I think Russell Crowe could be really cool at it, now that I think about it -- he's good at playing heroes with a bad side/bad guys with a heroic side. Any other ideas from anyone?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by Salacious

    Harry, I do not believe that your test question is so difficult. Ask us and you will see. I bet that 50% of the people will know the answer without reading the script.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Reihan

    Elijah Wood, though not quite blond, would make an excellent Anakin Skywalker. Mind you, the prospect of discovering a talented unknown is appealing, but it introduces an unnecessary uncertainty that may detract from the film. Episodes II and III will need to feature a young actor comparable to Natalie Portman in talent. This Dawson's Creek fellow, though he may well be quite popular among pubescent girls, doesn't strike me as the man for the job. As for Mr. Moto, I trust Harry's instincts and his questions--after all, he's had reliable information in the past. However, I agree that Moto has told us very little that is useful. I eagerly anticipate future reports, and I hope that they are more substantial.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Re TEST, above.

    by Condorman111

    Harry's "test" was not published in his email message. It's a secret. THAT'S THE POINT. Keep up the good work, Harry.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:21 a.m. CST

    No way, duuuuuuddddddddeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Tito

    Duuuuuuuddddddddeeeeeeee, that rocks, duuuuuuuuddddddddeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Mr. Moto rocks, duuuuuuuuddddddddeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Thrash the pit, duuuuuuddddddeeee!!!!! Boba Fett rocks hardcore, duuuuuuudddddddeeeeee!!!!!!!! Go mandalore, it's your birthday!!!!

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:28 a.m. CST

    3 years and counting

    by deebee11

    It's going to be three years until we see these films do you really want to know everything NOW! I think there should definatly be a Jedi love triangle between Anakin Obi Wan and the Queen. Although it would be nice to see a strong female character like a female Jedi Knight in there some where all this queen and princess stuff is a bit sexist.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:45 a.m. CST

    books as source material

    by Jeff Wright

    To a previous poster. I believe the origin for the name Coruscant came from one of the continuation books. I believe it was the Last Command trilogy.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Disney Acquires Rights to SW VII - IX

    by Mr. Bigglesworth

    Disney had a closed door meeting this week to confirm long range goals which include acquiring the rights to Star Wars Third Trilogy. They have made arrangements with the Department of Justice to forcibly seize the rights to these films by paying-off federal judges and with threats of portraying government officials negatively in upcoming films. Executives at Disney are looking to make a fully animated Star Wars trilogy with Pixar. Elton John will be replacing Williams in composing the score. Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Bebe and Cece Winans, Jewel, and Stuttering John have all signed to write and perform the 30+ songs to be incorporated into the films. In a surprise move, Disney officials are claiming that the "Force is a bit too intellectual for our audiences" and instead plan on centering the final trilogy around an interspecies romance between a Taun-taun and a Dewback. Voices for the animated characters will be provided by Ellen DeGeneres (Tootie the Taun-taun), Harvey Fierstein (Doogie the Dewback), Sandra Bernhardt (Lana the Lesbian Stormtrooper), Rosie O'Donnell (R2D2), Penny Marshall (C3PO), Robin Williams (Bib Fortuna), Billy Crystal (the Spirit of Yoda) and Chris Rock as the flatulent Boobie the Bantha. Lets all keep our fingers crossed. This looks to be a great new image for Star Wars and Disney.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Um...yeah....that's cool and stuff.

    by Lak-Sivrak

    What is this completely unorganized gibberish??? Not only is this so called interview very very unprofessional, it is highly irregular. You should try testing your sources to see if they can color within the lines before you go ahead and post dialog that either came from a 3 year old on crack or a semi-intellectual source.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Boba Fett--what do we know?

    by TrueFan

    Hey all: What, really, do we (the fans) know of Boba Fett? Anyone? Don't list rumors--list facts. What do we KNOW? Could Boba Fett be related to Anakin (or Han or Obi-Wan) as a previous poster listed? Could it be that Boba Fett is a clone of Obi-Wan (or could dear Old Ben be the 'Obi-1' clone of Boba Fett?) Why does Boba Fett live on Tattoine (he certainly seems to have been living at Jabba's Hutt at the beginning of RotJ)? Is it possible that the reason Boba Fett is never seen out of his uniform and mask is because if he WERE to remove that mask, everyone (including the audience) would have recognized that him? Is he a twin to someone? It's VERY obvious in the Special Edition versions that Lucas has SOMETHING deep in mind for Boba Fett (the glance at the camera in dead center screen during the end of the Han/Jabba scene in Ep IV is very clearly a 'look who it is, surprise' moment. But that only makes sense if --when the entire 6 movies are done--you would be 'surprised' to see him there if you were watching them in order.) So come on, fan boys and lassies, what do we KNOW of Boba Fett--and what do you really think the answer is? Harry, you can post, too. Give us the knowledge you have, if you will. TrueFan

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Van Der Beek Action Figures

    by Schmegma

    To the gentleman named Tony who loves the guy from "Dawson's Creek." Do you really want to be playing with a Anakin Action Figured modeled after James Van Der Beek. C'on man slap yourself out of it. Also I've seen scenes of him in Paramount's VARSITY BLUES, and he seemed pretty dull.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:14 p.m. CST

    star wars episode one banner

    by shameaboutray

    Hey guy's someone is selling a Star Wars episode one banner over at ebay. Perfect condition. Priced actually pretty low right now. Check it out here. it's about the only place i've seen offering them.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I'd sensed a disturbance...

    by Sardonicus I thought I'd check back in. As you can see from my earlier posting, I'd had a moment of doubt myself about Mr. Moto and his validity. However, after a liedown and peppermint-lotion foot massage, my mind is clear enough that I can see the truth. It is my belief that Moto speaks the truth, albeit very little at this point. His motives are pure and he must have a long-term relationship in mind with AICN readers if he hasn't shown his entire hand in one shot. He is real, he is not an alterego of Master Knowles, nor is he Master Lucas in disguise. The simplest truth is this: Why would Master Knowles lie to us all? To keep us reading? We'd be here anyway. There's enough news on all subjects to keep us interested. No, Hardseid, our loyalist, pusillanimous British blabbermouth, Moto is as real as you and me. Stop thrashing about in the crib and accept what is true...and by the way, you are right about Padme, but that's another discussion...

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Anakin...NOT Van Der Beek

    by Maul99

    Lucas needs a genuine actor to make us truly feel Anakin's fall to the dark side. Mark my words, George won't make the mistake of casting this guy. Even Joshua Jackson, Van Der Beek's co-star on Dawson's Creek, would be a better choice. George needs someone who has chemistry with BOTH Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. Just try to picture Van Der Beek in the Jedi cloak, holding a light saber, exchanging dialogue with McGregor. It just doesn't fit.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:29 p.m. CST



    Okay, I'm inviting geek flame with this one - but I do think an ideal actor to portray Anakin is Leonardo DiCaprio - all teen beat heartthrobbing aside, he is a discerning powerful proven competent actor excelling at dark emotions who'd hold his own up against Natalie and Ewan, and could conceivably be a cross between Jake Lloyd and that old fuck who dies in ROTJ.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 3:50 p.m. CST

    a nobody

    by The Cronick

    I hope to see a no name actor as Anakin. Someone who we have never seen before in our lives. I want to really be able to think hey, "That's Anakin", not "Hey that's the whiny punk from Dawson's creek" I want to get into these movies and live there for the 2 hours I'm in the theatre.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by Jeff B.

    You know, this weekend, I watched a cable MSNBC special, Then and Now, replaying some news coverage from directly after the release of ROTJ. I have to say, it was enlightening. There was an interview with Harrison Ford who stated that he felt that three Star Wars pictures were enough for him. Screen writer Lawrence Kasdan added comment that this first trilogy was, in fact, Luke's trilogy. Now, this is something I find important. If we take what Moto says to be true, then the prequel is Anakin's trilogy in the sense that episodes 4-6 were Luke's. Now, it's true that this is something the can be easily surmized, but when it comes to George Lucas, I feel it safer to not believe anything completely unless I hear it from a reliable source. Since I trust Harry and he trusts Moto, I guess I trust Moto. Remember seeing those early test readings with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill? Did anyone really know who Mark Hamill was prior to Star Wars? IMDB lists his career as essentially smaller television roles prior. That, or someone completely unknown, is what is needed to win the fans over. We need to see this person as Anakin, not some cute flavor of the month.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Tommy Terror has lost his mind...

    by Jeff B.

    I have to reply to this, Tommy. I'm sorry. It's my obligatory anti-Leo sentiment for the week. I've seen the guy in quite a few things now, and they only power he comes off as having to me is the ability to portray himself in the most ludicrous of lights. It's as if he feels that by invoking the slightest changes in wardrobe, hair, and manner of speech that he can be considered one of the greats. Well, no. He would KILL Anakin in my eyes. This man could NEVER go on to be the bmf that Vader was. Now, the dying crusty old coot, in ROTJ? Maybe with intense reprisal of his Basketball Diaries performance, you know, druggie? But even then it lacks the...shall we say, manliness? To take a Star Wars film and cast someone as he? Well, let's just say if George Lucas heard you say that, he might cry with laughter. I mean, the kid wouldn't show up when Star Wars was winning all it's awards and his excuse would be, "It still ain't my thing, bro." What sort of American claims Star Wars ain't his or her thing? A communist, maybe. Or a nazi.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Yes! Someone else thinks so, too!

    by Ben

    Yes, M Oakley! Yes, yes, yes! I'm glad I'm not the ONLY one who thinks all this info is fake planted BS. COME ON! It's the most anticipated film EVER. Don't you think Lucas would use ANY technique availible to conceal its mysteries? I still think the script AND the trailer are fake. Yes, I said the trailer was fake. The CG was too cartoonish to be real. Hell, 5 year old Jurassic Park looked better. But I won't get started on that again. Sure, blow 5 million on a fake trailer, why not? Lucas makes that much while taking a dump. Also, if people are TRUE Star Wards fans they would be more critically of things (because they want PERFECTION) instead of accepting everything that comes along. And Portman is only 7 years older than Jake Llyod, I believe. Why can't they GET IT ON in a decade or so? PS. That rival Bond idea is HORRIBLE. PS. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich suck because people thought the uninspired films Stargate and ID4 were good, so they took that lameness to the next level, GODZILLA! The Batman syndrome, I call it!

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Young Vader Actors

    by Swingline

    Okay, this idea may seem a little bit strange, but how about Ewan McGregor's costar from 'Shallow Grave', the actor Christopher Eccleston? He is a good, serious actor. Check out his stuff if you can find it. Okay, and here's an image that made me grin: Imagine each of EMcG's four costars from Trainspotting as a youthful Vader: Ewen Bremner (Daneil "Spud" Murphy), Jonny Lee Miller (Simon David "Sick Boy" Williamson), Kevin McKidd (Tommy), Robert Carlyle ((Francis (Franco) Begbie))!

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Mr. Moto is GOD

    by Germster

    This was a great article and whoever Moto is, an imposter or not, his words were some of the best stuff i've read on the prequels in a while. Obviously TPM is gonna be the shiznits but Ep. 2 is gonna KILL it, i mean just think about it, The Clone Wars, Harry, you should've asked about that!!

  • What mades Anakin turn to the dark side? Something so powerful, so desireable, that nothing can stop it. My guess -- revenge. Revenge on Obi Wan Kenobi for stealing his wife. Yes, they do have the kids, Luke and Leia, but why does Vader turn on his old master, a friend from childhood? It just seems logical to me, and given the fact that there has to be some kind of love story arc like in all the other films, this is my big guess. What do you guys think?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Portman will only briefly be in the sequels!!!

    by dennis

    I suppose they could make her look older, but it will be a decade later, she's be in her mid-to-late twenties. I don't think Portman can play that old. Padme is not too old for Anakin, and of course she is the mother of Luke and Leia, not this Obi Wan sires a daughter who marries Anakin stuff...I mean, c'mon! Maybe Obi Wan inadvertently causes Padme's death and pushes Anakin over the edge. But I suspect the Lancelot arc as well, with Obi Man on the make with Padme. But, overall, I belive the Moto guy, I mean, his hints are so broad that we could've guessed them ourselves. I think Boba Fett is possibly Han's dad, because of Lucas' father/son betrayal kick he's always on, and the earlier suggestion that Han was raised by space gypsies, which would make Boba Fett a deadbeat surprise there.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 6:03 p.m. CST

    James Van Der Bek??

    by Corran Fox Horn

    Is it just me, or did the original rumor about the "Dawson's Creek guy as Anakin" that came out a while ago state that the co-star Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter) would be Anakin. He looks a lot like Sebastian Shaw (Darthie with his helmet off) and somewhat like Jake Llyod, and recently has been sporting a badass blond 'do (complete with beard stubble, hehe). I think he'd be a much better choice then James, but what about unknowns or lesser-knowns that Lucas likes to (or used to like to) use?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Camp Vader

    by Brad S Wise

    Hmmm...Russel Crowe's not bad...but how about Johnny Depp? He's pulled off every other strange and challenging role. Vincent Gallo springs to mind - hey, I wanna here Anakin talk some shit! Vince Vaughn - I could maybe see him as psychopath. Then of course, there are the more obvious choices, like Leo - Leo

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Anakin casting

    by Jim

    Somebody mentioned DiCaprio's name while discussing the casting of Anakin. I think that most of us know it's not going to happen, and it's not even worth discussing. But the reason I bring it up, is 'cause there's an actor out there who started out on the same TV show as DiCaprio, and in my humble opinion, this guy would be a pretty decent choice to play the part of Anakin Skywalker. His name is Jeremy Miller, and you might remember him as Ben Seaver on the sitcom, "Growing Pains". In the earlier episodes of the show, Miller looked A LOT like Jake Lloyd does now. According to the IMDB, he's now in his early twenties (perfect age for the part in II & III) and hasn't been working much lately. As for acting skills, he's at least as good as Mark Hammil. O.K. that doesn't say much, but he does have the right look - tall, dirty blond Skywalker-style hair, and dark, bushy eyebrows quite similar to Sebastion Shaw's (old Anakin) in ROTJ, and quite convincing as a decade-older Jake Lloyd. "Growing Pains" reruns are still shown on the Disney channel. Check 'em out, and feel free to agree with me. Also, anyone ever notice that on the show, Miller's character was named "Ben", and DiCaprio's character was named "Luke"?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Mr. Moto KICKS MAJOR ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Narm

    Mr. Moto has got to be toying with us, either on his own accord, or directly under Lucas himself, and if this teaser information is correct, thats great. If it is completly wrong, well it was nice hearing aout Episode 2 and 3. Episode 2 and 3 are important too, so THANK YOU Mr. Moto, WHATEVER your TRUE MOTIVE MIGHT BE. ( No matter what evil designs you have)

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Mace Windu: Where for art thou?

    by Dino

    Or some Shakesperean crap like that... Samuel Jackson says he didn't die and he's apparently a resaonably important Jedi. Will he be returning? I hope so. I want to see each and every member of the Jedi council (excepting Yoda of course,) go down in some cool-ass fight scenes to the Dark Lords.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:29 p.m. CST

    The Next Anakin

    by hoober

    I about Jed Carpenter...? Ehh?

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:41 p.m. CST

    New Character

    by Kelsey


  • Nov. 30, 1998, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Anakin vs. Obi-Wan

    by Bailey

    What if Anakin did marry and have kids with Padme. Obi-Wan then suspects that Anakin may have leanings to the Dark Side, wether those leanings are true or not at the time. Obi-Wan then convinces Padme to leave and hide the kids. This of course ticks Anakin off and he takes his revenge on Obi-Wan, thereby bringing him to the Dark Side. Just a thought.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 9:29 p.m. CST

    me and moto and the summer of love

    by Orbitus

    boy that moto guy sure sounds weird doesn't he. all cryptic and shit like he's friggin' yoda or some bullshit. that's because my friends he is. he is a puppet with a hand up his back and he moves his mouth when someone else moves there's inside his sweaty, plastic head. i don't know how much i believe joe dipshit who comes out of nowhere with his plot information. i mean, doesn't it seem really early for someone to be disclosing things about the second and third films. maybe it's just a snitch race to see who can get out the most info. first. anyway, it makes for good readin' when your on the shitter. that's right, you heard me. i have my computer in the bathroom so when i crap i can still be part of the cyber community. it's what bill gates does.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 10:07 p.m. CST

    a bizarre hypothesis

    by lebowitz

    what if anakin has a child before luke and leia. the emperor sees this child as a means of getting to anakin. the emperor takes this older child under his wing. this child is then trained by the emperor. this child comes up,kills and betrays jedi, alongside the emperor. anakin's offspring comes up against obi-wan.while anakin tries to save his son, obiwan kills his eldest son before anakin can stop obi-wan. obi-wan gave in to his hate. anakin, while fearing for his son's life, develops a hate for obi-wan. this could be how anakin is turned...just a wild stab at a possibility. anakin tries to save his family, and loves them all. this is the love that turns him.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Dr. Sardonicus

    by Shadowdancer

    Yo, doc. I caught you on "Just Shoot Me" last week, stealing Mark Hamill's fork. Nice acting, keep up the good work, babe.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Anakin in Episode II

    by 4-Lom

    What about the guy who was in the wheelchair in Gattica? I forget his name. He seems like a good choice for Anakin in Episode II.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Interesting Reading, but Moriarty write this type a lot better.

    by Joe Tate

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:10 p.m. CST

    For those who can't wait!

    by kordell

    I'm pleased to announce Kordell's Coma Club! Why wait the next six years knowing that the script will leak and yer know yer gonna read it, leaving you with no surprises at all! With the Coma Club its like getting to see all three movies tomorrow! Shortly after New Years you will be taken to luxurious Kordell estates where you will sedated into a coma until May of 99! You will be taken to the first matinee, then dinner and drinks to discuss the movie, then the late show, and afterwords a chance to play with the new toys before bedtime! Then its back to sleep to be woken up in the next two years for 2 and 3! Sign up today! Kordell PS I tend to believe that Boba Fett will do mostly what he did before..just stand around lookin' cool.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Joe Davis' choice

    by Sardonicus

    The actor you speak of is Jude Law, also of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. An intense presence, to be sure. Excellent choice.

  • Nov. 30, 1998, 11:30 p.m. CST


    by table26

    You want spark, fire and an actor that jumps off the screen? See 'Primal Fear' for the Anakin learning to be the Jedi. Then see 'American History X' for the Vader. What's in common? EDWARD NORTON. He looks like the combination of Jake Lloyd and Sebation Shaw. Plus he has the talent for it. Think hard and imagine. If you still have trouble with his talent see 'Rounders' and 'People vs Larry Flynt'.

  • Dec. 1, 1998, 12:07 a.m. CST

    I heard that when Boba Fett's identity is revealed in EP2, it's

    by superninja

    He is, indeed, Han Solo's half-brother from a union with Jabba. Just kidding. Wouldn't THAT suck? Well, I'm all for the Jedi love triangle. Someone's comment on the lack of female characters: Lucas has never been strong on anyone but the single white male. I mean, let's face it, Mace Windu is the second black man in outerspace after that smooth talkin' Lando. How many leading female roles can you count? Leia, Aunt Beru, Anakin's Mom, Padme...on one hand, no doubt. I mean, Leia was pretty tough talkin' , but I'd like to see a cool female sith. But, it's obviously a male dominated future folks. Before I get flamed about how this is George Lucas' vision, I still love the franchise, don't get me wrong. Maybe all of Harrison's guffawing is leading up to him taking off the Boba Fett mask...that would be interesting, but I don't think Harry's up for any more Star Wars.

  • Dec. 1, 1998, 12:49 a.m. CST

    The Clone Wars?

    by Heywood

    Curious about the extent that the Clone Wars will play in Episodes 1, 2, and 3? A quick summary of any info, rumors, etc. that are known at this time would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • Dec. 1, 1998, 1:51 a.m. CST

    The rise of Vader

    by kordell

    I see episode 5&6 as a trap, the whole of the action is basically the emporer's trap for Luke which, until vader's turn, had gone exactly as he had planned. I see the action of 2&3 in the same way. If Ben had to train the boy himself, then he would have to do it far from the Jedi council. At this point the dark sides of the force would know of Anakin and begin to plot to bring Luke to the dark side. To complete his training Luke had to face Vader. This suggests one event that will shape the path taken by the Jedi. There is the training, the attempt to focus the mind, but the decision is made in battle, the facing of their greatest adversary/fear. Sacrifice leads to the dark side, and mercy to the light. I see the Emporer interrupting his training by threatening those that Anakin loves until it brings him into a direct confrontation with the Emporer, where he would make the sacrifice. Vader's motivation in the 5&6 is to regain his son. I think somehow the Jedi council, as they first reject anakin, are somehow responible for the tearing him apart from his children, and it is this that causes him to turn to the dark side and wage war on the jedi. Just some late late late night thoughts

  • Dec. 1, 1998, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Russell 'THE MAN' Crowe

    by No.6

    He might be a little old but he's perfect, perfect good size,great voice, atough guy that could credibly turn real bad. So listen up 'Modesto boy' if you are out there, give this a think, a good hard could be impressive.....most impressive....

  • Dec. 1, 1998, 4:59 p.m. CST

    "He can see things before they happen..."

    by ABBA 21

    Then why can't he see himself wrapped up in a big dark helmet? I think Tobey Maguire would be ideal for an older Anakin Skywalker!

  • Dec. 1, 1998, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Food For Thought

    by SickMonkey

    If you Harry(a Non-ILMer) Can know the answer to the "un-answerable" Episode I question and know NOTHING of Episode 2 and 3, who is to say this MOTO guy couldn't also got access to the script, but also not a ILMer and also really knows NOTHING of Episodes 2 and 3 that we too couldn't guess arbitrarily? Just a thought.

  • Dec. 2, 1998, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Dicaprio as Anakin(F*&^ OFF)

    by Madforit

    Please tell me that dicaprio is not going to be Anakin it will be the death of Star Wars i know who would be good Jude Law from Gattaca who has a dark presence oh and apparently a clone of Anakin will be the main character with luke as the ob1-type character if they make the sequel trilogy.

  • Dec. 2, 1998, 1:14 p.m. CST

    ponder this

    by holonet

    Something to reflect on.....take it with as much salt as you like Padme has leanings towards the Dark Side due to her hatred towards Numadians (sp? glactic dictionary needs an update). Mainly due to the fact they wiped out Padme's family and well...Naboo as a whole. She is the one to take a step towards the darker path..seeking what she believes is justified vengeance. Obi Wan steps into the fray...perhaps doing what any noble Jedi should do to a darker one. Perhaps. Anakin in a fit of rage (which we know to be very, very bad), duels with Obi Wan...thinking that the Jedi as a whole have betrayed him. This is the point in which Anakin takes his step towards that dimly-lit corner of the Force.

  • Dec. 2, 1998, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Anakin's Mother/Last shot of Episode Three.

    by Groucho

    Don't forget Anakin's mother as a factor in his turning to the Dark side. As for myself, I can't wait for the last shot of Episode Three. Obi-Wan leaves Luke with Owen and Beru and turns and walks into the desert, alone. Of course it's 'The Searchers', sue me I don't care.

  • Dec. 2, 1998, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Anakin Casting

    by Bundren

    Hey, just thought I'd say that Jude Law sounds like he could be pretty cool. Was he also in Dark City, or is that another guy? Can't remember. The more I think about it, Russell Crowe would be perfect if he was 5-7 years younger. The biggest problem is that he would need to look significantly younger than Ewan MacGregor, while in fact he's at least 5 years older, if not more. But I can just see that guy climbing into the Vader suit. Still, I imagine Lucas is looking for someone much younger. And I'm willing to be optmistic. I remember hearing rumors that Kenneth Branagh would be Obi-Wan, but then Lucas flatly denied it, saying he was too old. I thought Branagh would have been a cool choice, but when I heard about Ewan MacGregor, I thought that was a great choice. As for Tobey Maguire -- good actor, but too damn goofy. Jonathan Brandis? Only in my nightmares.

  • Dec. 2, 1998, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Ending of Episode 3

    by Bundren

    Hey, I love the idea for the Searchers-type ending. That would be sweet -- I hadn't thought about it, but it's true, old Obi Wan Kenobi going to pay a big price by the end of this trilogy, going from being a leading Jedi Knight to an old hermit in the desert haunted by the past.

  • Dec. 3, 1998, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Last Shot of Episode 3

    by Jambalaya Gumbo

    I think its fairly obvious that the "Luke sees space Battle/Talks to Biggs" scenes from Star Wars will probably make their way into the end of Episode 3 - at least in some capacity, either as a single shot or group of shots - Just a thought. And all we know about the whole twisted family history of Luke and Leia is what is told in the films: Owen is Luke's Uncle, Beru is his Aunt, Leia is his sister, and Anakin is his dad. My own wild-ass specualtion? The Emperor is Anakin's dad, and just as Luke "saves' his father, Anakin kills his. Just my thought. This is all that is set in stone: Vader leaves Obi-Wan fairly early in his life ("When I left you, I was but a learner..yadda yadda yadda.") Vader doesn't even know about Leia until Luke gives her up. " have a twin sisssster...Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me...", but Vader obviously knows about Luke, but doesn't take much note of him until he blows up the Death Star. Luke, on the other hand, knows jack over squat about his mom. "I have no memory of my mother..." So Luke is fairly visible to Vader, but mom and Leia aren't. Mom spends some time with Leia, but "goes away" (i.e., dies). Leia "hides in plain sight" as a Princess from the warm-fuzzy U.N. planet Alderaan. Mom obviously bites the bullet, maybe even at Vader's hands. I think Obi-Wan kicks Vader's ass so hard Vader has to don his suit for life-support. I can't think of anything more rediculous than Darth Vader going at it with Yoda. "I find your lack of height disturbing." Anyway -- off topic -- here's a few goofy things a friend of mine allegedly wrote -- might bring a smile to your face. 25 Lines from Star Wars that can be improved if you substitute the word "Pants" 1.A tremor in the pants. The last time I felt this was in the presence of my old master. 2.You are unwise to lower your pants. 3.We've got to be able to get some reading on those pants, up or down. 4.She must have hidden the plans in her pants. Send a detachment down to retrieve them. See to it personally Commander. 5.These pants may not look like much, kid, but they've got it where it counts. 6.I find your lack of pants disturbing. 7.These pants contain the ultimate power in the Universe. I suggest we use it. 8.Han will have those pants down. We've got to give him more time! 9.General Veers, prepare your pants for a surface assault. 10.I used to bulls-eye womp-rats in my pants back home. 11.TK-421. . . Why aren't you in your pants? 12.Lock the door. And hope they don't have pants. 13.Governor Tarkin. I recognized your foul pants when I was brought on board. 14.You look strong enough to pull the pants off of a Gundark. 15.Luke. . . Help me take...these pants off. 16.Great, Chewie, great. Always thinking with your pants. 17.That blast came from those pants. That thing's operational! 18.Don't worry. Chewie and I have gotten into a lot of pants more heavily guarded than this. 19.Maybe you'd like it back in your pants, your highness. 20.Your pants betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for your sister! 21.Jabba doesn't have time for smugglers who drop their pants at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser. 22.Yeah, well short pants is better than no pants at all, Chewie. 23.Attention. This is Lando Calrissean. The Empire has taken control of my pants, I advise everyone to leave before more troops arrive. 24.I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants. 25.You came in those pants? You're braver than I thought. Now you know why I'm the Eternal PA. Catch yall later --Jambalaya Gumbo