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This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.

  • John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
  • Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
  • Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
  • Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
  • A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
  • Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
  • Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
  • Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
  • Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.

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Star Wars Rebels tv movie

Editor’s Note: This is our review of the first episode of Star Wars Rebels from San Diego Comic-Con 2014. We’re republishing it because the show premieres Friday October 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Disney Channel. It then replays Monday October 6 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Disney XD. It’ll then air every Monday at 9 p.m. EST/ST on Disney XD in the United States.

Disney Channel and LucasFilm premiered the Star Wars Rebels one hour television movie debut in San Diego on Thursday night of Comic Con 2014. Germain Lussier and I were in attendance at the exclusive screening at the Gaslamp Reading Cinemas. After the jump you can watch a spoiler-free video blog reaction we recorded shortly after the premiere of the Star Wars Rebels tv movie. I have also included some brief thoughts in print as well as three new clips including a new Star Wars Rebels trailer.

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Agent Kallus Star Wars Rebels

The animated series Star Wars Rebels premieres on the Disney Channel tonight (at 9 ET/PT) and will then bounce to Mondays on Disney XD, beginning October 13.  The show is set in the period between episodes three and four — so between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars — and features some original trilogy vibe as it tracks the rise of the Rebellion.

It sounds like we’ll see (or at least hear) the return of Darth Vader in the show — something that has been hinted at and rumored for months. And it seems as if James Earl Jones will be back to voice him. Below, check out that info, along with all these Rebels bits.

  • The official Star Wars site has an interview with producer Simon Kinberg.
  • Dave Filoni and Joel Aron talk about lightsabers in Rebels.
  • See a Rebels clip featuring Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla and some creatures.
  • Another clip features a lightsaber duel involving the Inquisitor.
  • Watch Rebels red carpet interviews with the cast and crew.
  • Exec producer Greg Weisman will leave Rebels after the first season.

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Empire Strikes Back Lightsabers

There’s no end to the amount of rumors and speculation surrounding Star Wars Episode VII. Like, literally no end. The second we read, analyze, and write about one, another two pop up in its place. This is how things are going to go until J.J. Abrams and friends gives us some actual fat to chew on in the form of real information. Who are the actors playing? What’s the most absolutely basic plot description? What’s the title? Any of that would change the conversation immediately.

For now, without any of that, we continue to feed on bits and pieces. Scraps of information presented in digestible form from all over the internet. Today’s example are several rumored scenes and tidbits regarding the reveal of a lightsaber, a new droid and a reference to Empire Strikes Back. To reveal more would be considered a spoiler, so read about the rumored Star Wars Episode 7 spoilers below. Read More »

first day of new Star Wars shooting

A great new article offers a peek behind the curtain into the brand-new Lucasfilm. It’s a profile of Kiri Hart, the company’s vice president of development, who is described as the Star Wars version of Kevin Feige. She’s the one primarily responsible for making sure all of the new Star Wars stories connect to each other and are up to the level of quality Star Wars fans expect. We’re talking TV shows, movies, video games, theme park attractions, the works. Basically, she has one of the best jobs in the world.

In the interview, one piece of information really jumped out. It’s the fact all the ideas for the upcoming Star Wars movies – both the main Episodes and spin-off films – have come from within Lucasfilm. They were created by Hart and her story group, approved by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and then assigned to filmmakers Hart and her colleagues thought were worthy. So stories of Zack Snyder going to Lucasfilm and pitching a Seven Samurai style film a few years back were exaggerated. Read More »

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Fan art isn’t just for the consumers, its also for the creators. Joshua Viers, a concept art illustrator who formerly freelanced at Industrial Light and Magic, sent us a look at a serious of Star Wars concept art illustrations he has created just for fun. Sorry, these aren’t for Star Wars Episode 7 or a new video game, although they have the professional quality and polish of something you’d find in the real thing. Hit the jump to see more of Joshua Viers Star Wars concept art.

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Star Wars Rebels

The first step to Episode VII takes place Friday night when Star Wars Rebels debuts on The Disney Channel. Set between Episodes III and IV, the cartoon is the first piece of new content being released under the Disneyfied Star Wars umbrella, which boasts a fully connected universe. Rebels is 100% part of the Star Wars canon and will not only set the tone for Episode VII next year, it will have teases toward it too. Plus, on it’s own, it’s a fantastic thrill-ride seeped in what makes Star Wars great. That doesn’t hurt.

For those reasons, Disney has the utmost confidence in the show and, the day before the first season premieres, they’ve already renewed Star Wars Rebels for Season 2. Read More »

Daisy Ridley

A day without Star Wars rumors is like a day without sunshine. Earlier today, we ran a few of the latest and like any good virus, a bunch of others have sprouted up around them. The most interesting has to do with the the home of Daisy Ridley‘s character, referred to on set as Kira. Multiple sources confirm not only where she lives, what she lives inside, and it’s probably a good size spoiler.

The second has to do with the role played by Max Von Sydow. We know he’s cast in the movie, but we haven’t heard much about who he’s playing outside of speculation. A new report has an idea, and it’s not at all what anyone guessed. Read more about the latest Star Wars 7 rumors below. Read More »

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