Werner Herzog, Who Is Starring in an Upcoming Star Wars Series, Has Never Seen a Star Wars Movie

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Andreas Rentz, Getty Images

Werner Herzog has done a lot of things in his prolific film directing career. He perused prehistoric art while creating the Cave of Forgotten Dreams documentary. He visited a jungle (and hated it). He ate his own shoe in front of a live audience. But one thing he hasn't done is watch a Star Wars movie.

"I have to confess I never saw a single one," he said while shaking his head in an interview with the Associated Press. "I've seen some trailers. I've seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so—it's all a new mythology."

This wouldn't be all that unusual, except for the fact that he's starring in The Mandalorian, Disney's forthcoming series set in the Star Wars universe. According to AV Club, Herzog will be playing the role of a "mysterious villain" in the show, which was created by Jon Favreau. Herzog said he will likely appear in two or three episodes.

Despite this lack of a proper introduction to the Star Wars world, Herzog said he didn't have any misgivings about being part of the project. "I looked at the screenplay and I had the feeling of—though I know very little about Star Wars—I had the feeling, 'Yes, I could do it,'" he said.

He praised filmmakers for eschewing the "artificiality" of the green screen in favor of a more tangible approach. "[The Mandalorian] brings movie-making back to where it should be. It's a phenomenal achievement," he said.

According to the official synopsis of the series, "The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic." It will premiere on Disney's streaming platform, Disney+, sometime this year.

[h/t AV Club]

Harry Potter Fans Are Waiting 10 Hours or More to Ride Hagrid’s Roller Coaster

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Muggles will do anything to be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando opened up its newest ride this week at its version of Hogsmeade, the village that surrounds Hogwarts castle. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes wannabe wizards and witches on a twisting, high-speed flight through the mystical Forbidden Forest.

Diehard fans began waiting overnight outside the park in anticipation of the ride, and it looks like just about everyone had the same idea. At 8:30 a.m. on opening day, the line was already eight hours long, and quickly stretched to 10 hours long by 10:30 a.m., CNN reports.

The line is worth the wait for many fans of the franchise. As Potterheads already know, Rubeus Hagrid, beloved friend of Harry Potter and the gang, has a special affinity for mysterious creatures. So who better to see the beasts of the forest with than the half-giant?

Participants on the ride can choose to sit in Hagrid’s sidecar or in the driver’s seat. The winding track includes appearances by some of our favorite wizards, like Arthur Weasley, and creatures benevolent and otherwise, such as Cornish pixies, massive spiders, and the three-headed dog, Fluffy.

Fans aren’t the only ones wanting to experience the ride. Some of the stars of the film series had a little reunion in Orlando this week to celebrate the opening, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

Unlike the fans, however, they have magic (fame) to keep them from having to wait in 10-hour lines.

Happy riding, Potterheads!

[h/t CNN]

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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