Star Wars Episode 8 title

Stop right here if you think this post has any leaked information or rumors from sources, because it does not. The following post is just my humble speculation about what the title of Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII could possibly be and when we might expect an announcement. Its all obsessive nerdery, so leave now if that doesn’t sound worth reading.

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Star Wars Land Rendering

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A very cool update on Disney’s Star Wars theme park land.
  • Words of wisdom from Carrie Fisher and Kathleen Kennedy.
  • Not one, but two Obi-Wan Kenobi actors speak out.
  • An admittedly cool Star Wars/Game of Thrones mash-up.
  • Lawrence Kasdan is ready to retire from Star Wars.
  • J.W. Rinzler talks about the upcoming Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens book.
  • George Lucas‘ new museum may have found a new home.
  • Fantasy Flight Game reveals the newest Star Wars: Imperial Assault expansions.
  • A bunch of video games are heading to Star Wars Celebration.
  • And more!

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episode 8 set photos

In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Oscar Isaac continues comparing Star Wars: Episode 8 to an independent film.
  • John Boyega praises his new co-star Kelly Marie Tran.
  • Carrie Fisher is heading to Star Wars Celebration.
  • Footage of Daisy Ridley on set has shown up online.
  • A very interesting airport arrival time…
  • Pictures of the Millennium Falcon being constructed in Ireland.
  • Notes on Lucasfilm’s security on the Irish sets.
  • Will Ireland allow some of the sets to stay standing as tourist attractions?
  • A rumor about IMAX cameras…and an accident.

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Rey's Mother in Star Wars

Update: The book preview images turned out to be an unintentional leak, and we were asked by Disney to remove the images from the site as the leaked information contained on them. As the pages were not final, Disney is claiming the information is not completely accurate. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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rey's island

The big questions coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are who Rey’s parents are and where she comes from. Daisy Ridley‘s character even quips that its “a big mystery” early on in the film, and there are certainly a lot of theories going around to who it might be. One piece of evidence that many fans seem to be holding on to comes from John Williams‘ score from the film. We’ve posted about this in the past, but fans have analyzed Rey’s theme (the best song from the new movie) and have drawn some conclusions from that piece of music.

But did John Williams even know who Rey’s parents were when he wrote that piece or orchestration? If not, surely Oscar-nominated editor Maryann Brandon must have been told when she was helping J.J. Abrams shape the flow of the story in the editing room, right? The answer may surprise you — find out after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode VIII Details

Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production right now on the other side of the world, and while set photos have leaked here and there, showing off some of the new locations and the return of ships like the Millennium Falcon and some X-Wings, any significant details are still firmly under wraps.

But John Boyega, who played the new character Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently took a break from filming to stop by the Cannes Film Festival (he received the Chopard Trophy along with Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley), and he ended up chatting briefly about Episode VIII, including what we can expect from the sequel, and one thing that we probably shouldn’t count on in the romance department.

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pixel art

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Cool Star Wars: The Force Awakens pixel art.
  • The end of Marvel’s Darth Vader series.
  • Jack O’Connell on auditioning for Han Solo.
  • A look at one of the Mos Eisley cantina’s forgotten denizens.
  • Notes on the creation of Star Wars: Bloodline.
  • Yeah, Cate Blanchett wouldn’t mind being in a Star Wars movie.
  • A glimpse at a mysterious Star Wars video game.
  • And more!

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star wars bloodline

If you are planning to read Star Wars: Bloodline, this article is not for you. But I will say this much: Claudia Gray‘s second Star Wars novel is very good, a brisk and well-written thriller that captures the voices of many iconic figures, creates a few memorable new characters, and manages to blend tantalizing details of the post-Return of the Jedi universe into a plot dense with politics and intrigue. Unlike other Star Wars books I’ve read in the past year, this one didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out. I enjoyed it very much, especially how well Gray captures Leia Organa, who gets to the be the no-questions-asked lead character of the story.

But I know some Star Wars fans don’t have the time or inclination to dive into the new books taking place in the gaps between the movies and filling in the new Disney-supervised canon. If you’re a Star Wars fan who wants to know the state of the universe, who wants to know what went down between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how the Resistance was formed and what’s up with the First Order, I’ve got you covered.

Spoilers ahead, of course.

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Young Han Solo Actor

Disney has locked down actor Alden Ehrenreich to be their new Han Solo in the spin-off film that will be directed by The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord & Chris Miller. In total, over 2,500 actors auditioned for the role including Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Emory Cohen, Jack Reynor, and Taron Egerton. But Ehrenreich came out on top. While his work as an actor speaks for itself, Ehrenreich had someone in his corner who vouched for him, and it just so happens to be iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

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