Major EP3 spoilers from a chat with Rick Macallum
Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) has a much larger and important role in Episode III (for obvious reasons).
Rick has been trying to convince George to do a cameo in the prequels but George refuses.
The emphasis of Ep3 is as much story as Visual FX.
Ep3 will have the same emotional depth as ESB.
Visually, Ep3 is the most ambitious film yet due to all the number of new planets.
The film will end on a sad note, but there is hope for the future of the story (Classic Trilogy).
Rick can neither confirm nor deny whether the character Tarkin will be in Ep3.
Three major lightsaber duels have been shot so far.
The underwater tank set will feature a scene where Obi-Wan fights with droids.
Rick asks that the fans have faith in the decision to go with the CGI trooper suits as opposed to actual costumes.
George is always making changes (likely to include the script to Ep3).
Rick's favorite film of the saga is Episode V.
Rick realizes the fan anticipation for this final film in the SW saga.
When asked if he had a favorite character in Ep3, Rick stated that he thought Palpatine was fantastic.
Three words that Darth Vader speaks in Ep3 are "I don't fear..." !!
The movie will explain all of Anakin's injuries except for one (the facial scar as noted in the recent HS set diary).
Currently, production is two days ahead of schedule, but the underwater scenes (with the water tank) are quite challenging.
Ep3 will provide the answers the fans have been waiting for, but may also pose some new questions.
The opening battle is entirely in space, but there will be land battles in the film.
Only small segments of the duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan have been filmed. The main action is yet to come.
September 19th will be Hayden's last day of filming.
Rick and/or George have never changed a scene for musical scoring purposes.
Kamino is not in Episode III.
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) will film his scenes in March of 2004.
The underwater scenes are not a battle, but a fight.
Count Dooku will only use one lightsaber in Ep3.
One character in the film will use two lightsabers at once "and he's bad."
A certain amount of Jedi will die in Ep3, but Rick would not specify how many.
There will be a scene when Anakin is given the name of Darth Vader and an explanation as to why he was given the name and what it means.
Rick refused to comment on the possibility of a volcanic environment or planet.
We will see Mace in a certain form of "space action".
Rick would not give any hints on the EU character that appears in the film.
All the hairstyles are bad in Ep3, which will link the film to the Classic Trilogy.
It won't be the special effects that make the Obi-Wan/Anakin duel so thrilling, it will be the betrayal.
Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars) will shoot one day's work of shooting in 2004.
We will definitely see Palpatine/Sidious use an "awesome display of the dark side of the force".
Beru Whitesun (Bonnie Piesse) will appear in the film along with Owen.
Rick felt saddened, shocked, angry and betrayed after reading the story of Anakin's downfall.
Chewbacca will be easily identified during his scenes and character depth will be added to the classic trilogy Chewbacca.
The originally planned six sets of alien armor have been reduced to one set.
The one character that will make the best action figure is the one character Rick is not allowed to discuss.
Dave Prowse will not be playing Darth Vader.
Many people believe the reason Anakin turns to the dark side is a love triangle between Anakin, Padmι and Obi-Wan.
John Williams will begin scoring the film in November of 2004.
The last ten minutes of the film will be "a dream come true" for all fans. ...
Until a final cut of the film is ready, it is too early to predict how the score may blend in with some of the Classic Trilogy musical themes.
Rick didn't confirm or deny that a major character in the film, other than Boba Fett, is a clone.
The story will move much quicker than the previous films.
About 80 pages of script have been shot so far.
"Birth of an Empire" is not even close to the real title of the film.
Currently, the script is 129 pages long.
Ewan McGregor may do a webchat in a few weeks.
Rick's favorite set to shoot for this film was the Classic Trilogy set.
Jar-Jar does not die in the film.
The animatics that Rick has seen for the film are "brilliant".
Ep3 will conclusively answer whether Palpatine is Sidious.
Kit Fisto will not use a double-bladed lightsaber.
The "rule of two" (Sith at once) remains true in Ep3.
There is still one big role that has yet to be cast.
Padmι is a Senator throughout Ep3.
Dormι will not return for Ep3.
Ep3 is a "2-hour turn to the dark side".
Boss Nass will not appear in Ep3.
At the end of the movie, the twins Luke and Leia are less than a month old.
We will see Padmι pregnant in the film.
Anakin will have scenes named "ceiling of a flooded room".
We will see female Jedi fighting in Ep3.
We will see who was born first, Luke or Leia.
We will see Yoda fighting again.