In this world of social media and the Internet, where news travels faster than lightspeed, actor Richard E. Grant discussed the intense measures Disney employs to keeping its films secret, especially for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX.
"They don't give you a script, you have to go to a room where there are bodyguards outside, closed circuit television cameras, and it's printed on crimson pages so you can't photograph it," Grant said on The One Show. "You have to read it in there, and then leave." When asked how they are able to memorize their lines, Grant said, "You're given the pages on the day that you work, and you have to sign for them and sign out for them as well."
In addition to security guards on set, steps are taken to escort the actors to and from the studio in order to prevent unsuspecting camera drones that may be hovering nearby from taking any advance photos of people in costume.
Grant is one of the latest additions to the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel, although his role has yet to be disclosed. Grant's credits include roles on Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Downtown Abbey, and in the films Bram Stroker's Dracula, Logan and his award-winning role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
When asked if he could discuss his new role in the movie, Grant couldn't even give the tiniest of details. "I'm not allowed to tell you anything. Otherwise I would be fired. It's a complete lockdown on any information whatsoever."
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on December 20.
(via Digital Spy)