Yahoo News meldt dat George Lucas in AustraliŽ is begonnen met de opnames van Star Wars: Episode II. Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor en kleine Natalie zijn weer van de partij en Jar Jar Binks komt opnieuw de kleuters vermaken. De rol van Anakin Skywalker wordt vervuld door ene Hayden Christiansen. Vorig jaar gingen er nog onheilspellende geruchten dat Anakin in SW2 gespeeld zou worden door Leo DiCaprio, die wij eerder onder groot genot zagen verdrinken naast een zinkende Titanic...
The still-untitled Episode II, the first installment in the Star Wars saga to go all-digital, is scheduled to wrap up in August in Australia before moving on to a month of shooting on location in Italy and Tunisia.
Monday's big day began with Lucas returning to a bluescreen-filled set from Episode I shooting scenes with actor Ian McDiamid (reprising his role as the conniving Senator Palpatine), which take place in the senator's apartment on the Republic's capital world of Coruscant.
"It's hard for me to remember if I'm still shooting Episode I, the special edition, the DVD or Episode II," writes Lucas, a man who's obviously got a lot on his mind. Other crew members were pumped up for the shoot as well.
Adds casting director Robin Gurland: "I felt like it was the first day of school, except I knew everyone in the class."
[...] And speaking of bounty hunters, Boba Fett fans will be happy to learn that the ruthless bounty hunter and Han Solo nemesis will be making an appearance in Episode II. How much of an appearance is debatable, though, since Lucas is mum on the storyline as usual.