George Lucas Paid a Secret Visit to the Game of Thrones Set

Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for Disney
Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for Disney

Seeing Star Wars legend George Lucas hanging out with the cast and crew of Game of Thrones might just be every pop culture lover's dream. According to Entertainment Weekly, this meeting of Hollywood heavyweights did indeed happen in reality—even if there are no photos to prove it (at least none that anyone is sharing). While showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—whose next project will take place in a galaxy far, far away—were filming the final season of Game of Thrones, Lucas stopped by the set to check out the action.

The Star Wars creator is, of course, no stranger to secretive sets. So, keeping Lucas's visit to the set in Belfast was probably not very difficult. But it was Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth in the epic series, who spilled the details to Entertainment Weekly, sharing that Lucas's visit included a meeting with Weiss and Benioff and some of the show's producers as well as a tour of the set. It's also worth noting that this visit occurred a couple of months before it was announced that Benioff and Weiss would be creating a new Star Wars trilogy for the franchise.

“It’s funny, because George came here and talked to the boys, and the one thing the Star Wars franchise has been missing lately is decent storytelling,” Cunningham told EW. “There’s a lot of brilliant stuff in Star Wars, it’s an epic franchise, but occasionally, story-wise, it’s left a little to be desired. Dan and David are brilliant at surprises and can transfer the demographic from this show to that [franchise]. They’re incredible at adapting a world and making it their own and they could add a layer of complexity to it. I’d love it if they gave me some words to say, though I’d probably just be in a helmet.”

Because the pair’s trilogy had not been announced at the time of Lucas’s visit, there’s no way to know for sure if he gave them any advice on it, or was just coming by as a fan of the series. Perhaps it was a bit of both.

[h/t: Entertainment Weekly]

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Netflix

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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