Star Wars costumes

Even as we wait to find out exactly why Episode VII made John Boyega all emotional, production is in full force for Episode VIII and Rogue One. After the jump:

  • R2-D2 tries to find love in an adorable short film
  • A Stormtrooper helmet from A New Hope is up for auction
  • The Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit might hit NYC
  • Are a Clone Wars Legacy story reel and comic coming in 2016?
  • John Boyega cried when he read the Episode VII script
  • The debate over whether Luke is the last Jedi continues
  • A Rogue One actor reports for duty on the Iceland shoot
  • New reports surface about Daisy Ridley‘s role in Episode VIII

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The galaxy can feel like a big, lonely place when you’ve got no one to share it with. In “Artoo in Love,” a short film by Evan Atherton, R2-D2 searches for a soulmate, and finds… well, see for yourself.

Who knew that little droid was such a romantic? “Artoo in Love” is part of the ongoing Sploid Film Festival. Vote for it by liking it on YouTube.

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If that Slave Leia costume is a bit too rich for your blood, maybe this original Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be more up your alley. One of only a few such items known to exist in private hands, it’s expected to go for around £60,000 (or $90,000 USD) at the Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Auction in London on September 23.

Stormtrooper helmet

“The stormtrooper is one of the quintessential costumes of the ‘Star Wars’ films,” said Prop Store COO Brandon Alinger. The menacing helmet instantly said so much about the world George Lucas had created. Today it may be one of the most recognized designs in film history. To own an original helmet is perhaps the ultimate ‘Star Wars’ collectible.” Visit the Prop Store website to watch the auction or place bids.

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Okay, so maybe not all of us can afford a $200,000 Slave Leia costume or a $90,000 Stormtrooper helmet. Happily, it looks like the rest of us will be able to enjoy original Star Wars costumes through the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibition. According to Stitch Kingdom, the touring display will be coming to Discovery Times Square in New York City once it ends its debut run at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

The exhibit features over 60 costumes including Darth Vader’s iconic outfit, Boba Fett’s armor, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi robes, and C-3PO and R2-D2 costumes. Although the Smithsonian Institution has yet to officially announce the show’s New York run, it’s expected to from November 14, 2015 through September 5, 2016.

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Take this one with a grain of salt: Rumor has it Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy will get a new story reel and a five-issue comic book series in 2016. The reel will include at least two story arcs, featuring Ahsoka Tano in the Coruscant underworld, according to a report on Reddit, and the comic, titled Star Wars: The Invasion of Mandalore will reveal what happened on the planet following the events of Season 5.

Supposedly, the idea is to tie into Ahsoka’s reappearance on Star War Rebels. Disney / Lucasfilm has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors at this point, so we’ll update you if and when they comment.

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On the next page, John Boyega talks Episode VII, Daisy Ridley has been spotted working on Episode VIII, and a certain someone has reported for duty on Rogue One‘s Iceland set.

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