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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Star Wars live-action show

Just last month, ABC again confirmed they’ve had discussions with Lucasfilm about a live-action Star Wars television series. So far it seems a potential TV show has only been discussed. Nothing is for sure yet. According to the head of ABC, fans should remain patient, because a Star Wars show on ABC isn’t happening in the near-future.

Below, learn more about the live-action Star Wars TV series.

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stormtroopers with jetpacks

With a bevy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story merchandise gearing up to hit stores on September 30th, 2016 (a marketing event called “Force Friday”, or is it “Rogue Friday?”) we are finally seeing a lot more designs for the first Star Wars standalone movie. One of the designs to be released as a toy is a Stormtrooper with a jetpack which has got some Star Wars fans wondering if we’ll be seeing Stormtroopers in flight (i.e. Jump troopers) in the new film.
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star wars: the force awakens adam driver as kylo ren

We don’t really know much about the story in Star Wars Episode VIII aside from Force Awakens co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan calling it “weird” and Rian Johnson revealing it will begin moments after the conclusion of Episode 7. We know a lot all the people involved in the production, but not much about the story itself. So any little piece of information is something. So when Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, compares the tone of Episode 8 to Empire Strikes Back, we take notice.
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Young Lando Calrissian

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Donald Glover deftly dodges a question about playing a young Lando Calrissian.
  • The BB-8 theory so preposterous that it actually makes perfect sense.
  • A new trailer for Star Wars Rebels season 3.
  • Dave Filoni talks about Dark Vader, Ahsoka Tano, and their ongoing dynamic.
  • Voice actress Ashley Eckstein weighs in on the fate of Ahsoka.
  • Newly released concept art from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Check out a new clip from the Star Wars Rebels season 3 premiere.
  • Updates on Thrawn, Ezra, and Maul.
  • A review of a life-size BB-8 that may look a little familiar…

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Lupita Nyong'o Episode 8 filming hasn't begun yet

Production may have wrapped on Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode 8 but Lupita Nyong’o has yet to reprise her Force Awakens role as Maz Kanata. We’ll explore the possible reasons why the Lupita Nyong’o Episode 8 filming has yet to begin, after the jump.
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What If Mark Hamill Didn't Return for Star Wars Episode 7

In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Mark Hamill teases a big scene in Star Wars: Episode 8.
  • An artist draws the rumored costumes for Luke and Rey.
  • A brief description of an Episode 8 action scene.
  • Watch Mark Hamill’s complete Salt Lake Comic-Con appearance.
  • A crazy rumor claims to know the identity of Snoke.
  • Could we get more Rey flashbacks in Episode 8?
  • Another rumor about a certain character returning for the new movie…

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