star wars classified

As much as I enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this whole “Disney buys Lucasfilm and resets the Star Wars canon” thing has been worth it for the new comics. The new books being published by Marvel have been solid all around and often sublime, capturing the voices of beloved characters and sending them on fantastic missions to every corner of this sprawling universe. Marvel has not been treating this as a cash-in side project – they’ve been routinely attaching upper tier writers and artist to these series and the results have been, more often than not, wonderful.

Another new Star Wars comic from Marvel has appeared on the horizon from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Kev Walker and there’s no title yet. In fact, it’s just being called Star Wars: Classified at the moment, with retailers being encouraged to order issues before the premise is even revealed.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • New character details are revealed for the new Star Wars: Battlefront Death Star DLC.
  • Explore a beautifully crafted Mos Eisley developed by some game designers in their free time.
  • Meet Bendu, the new Star Wars Rebels character voiced by Tom Baker.
  • Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund explains his contribution to the Star Wars universe.
  • The Star Wars Rebels season one soundtrack is finally available for purchase.
  • Learn what else you can do with Sphero’s new Force Band accessory.
  • And More!

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Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye

In 1976, Alan Dean Foster was contracted to ghostwrite a novelization for Star Wars, as well as a second novel which would have been used as a basis for a low-budget sequel to A New Hope in case the film was not successful. Of course, Geroge Lucas’ film opened to great acclaim and massive box office so that Star Wars sequel was never produced.

The novel was instead released in 1978 under the title Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, taking place between A New Hope and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back, making it one of the first pieces of what would become the Star Wars expanded universe. That universe is no longer canonized, but a new video essay takes us back in time for a look at the lot Star Wars sequel. Hit the jump to find out the story behind Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and discover what could have been.
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Star Wars #26 comic yoda's past

When it was first revealed that Disney would be making standalone anthology movies in the Star Wars universe, one of the many rumored projects in development included a Yoda film which would have been focused on the master Jedi in his early years. We even heard rumors of filmmaker Zack Snyder pitching Lucasfilm on a Seven Samurai-style movie which would have featured a younger Yoda.

Now Lucasfilm has revealed that a new Star Wars comic book series will explore Yoda’s past adventures. Learn more after the jump.

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rogue one bits

Last night it was revealed that Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino would be replacing Alexandre Desplat to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. When I heard the news after arriving at a press screening of The Magnificent Seven, I was met with two conflicting emotions: excitement and dread. Here’s why.

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Rogue One Michael Giacchino

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is making a last-minute switch. Michael Giacchino has just been set to score the movie, replacing the previously announced Alexandre Desplat. The reason for the change? Blame those much-talked-about reshoots.  Read More »

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ILM Art Department Challenge Star Wars Concept art

Industrial Light & Magic, Wacom and ArtStation have teamed up to give thousands of artists the opportunity to possibly work as a concept artist in the world of Star Wars with the ILM Art Department. The winners have been chosen and the resulting Star Wars concept art is both incredible and beautiful. Hit the jump to check it out.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Turner has acquired the broadcasting rights to all current (and a few future) Star Wars movies.
  • Showrunner Dave Filoni goes in-depth on the Star Wars Rebels season 2 finale.
  • Katee Sackhoff‘s Star Wars: The Clone Wars character is returning.
  • An update on Amy Hennig‘s Star Wars video game.
  • Ahsoka voice actress Ashley Eckstein will read the audiobook of the upcoming Star Wars: Ahsoka novel.
  • Preview DK’s two new Star Wars books.
  • The known history of Lando Calrissian, post-Return of the Jedi.
  • New Han Solo comic book covers.
  • Every Easter egg in Star Wars: The Clone Wars season one.
  • Star Wars Battle Pod now has a level inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • And more!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Felicity Jones reveals which character was her chief inspiration for Jyn Erso.
  • Alan Tudyk hilariously discusses what it is like to play a hulking droid.
  • A look at the known and unknown history of Mads Mikkelsen‘s Galen Erso.
  • Check out a magnet-powered U-Wing toy that hovers in place.
  • A Star Wars Target ad that works far better than it has any right to.
  • The chief problem facing Lucasfilm and Disney as Rogue One‘s release date approaches.

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