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Today’s edition of Star Wars Bits is jam-packed with galactic-sized goodness, so we don’t even time for a proper introduction. We don’t! Honest! We really just need to dive into the details as fast as possible and not waste time at the top here. Cool? Cool. Okay, here’s what you’ll find contained within:

  • Princess Leia arrives on the next episode of Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega teases a dark future for Finn.
  • J.J. Abrams has advice for the young Han Solo actor.
  • A glimpse of a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story X-Wing.
  • Jabba the Hutt may return in a future Star Wars movie.
  • A Kickstarter-funded Star Wars documentary has found a distributor.
  • Benicio del Toro chats about Star Wars: Episode 8 and his villainous role.
  • A fascinating interview with the man who played Jar Jar Binks.
  • Take a look at every type of lightsaber out there.

It’s about time! The next episode of Star Wars Rebels will feature Princess Leia, making her debut appearance on the animated show. They got Lando Calrissian on this thing before they secured the presence of the most badass royal rebel in the universe? How’d that happen? Anyway, the news broke via TV Insider, who received this quote from showrunner Dave Filoni:

“We thought we had an opportunity to show her learning to be a leader, experimenting with the personality that becomes the stronger more resolute character you see in A New Hope,” Filoni says. “One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in Rebels is that we have to remind the audience that at this point she is part of the Empire. She doesn’t believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost a double agent.”

This young Leia will be played by Julie Dolan, who also voices the character in the Star Wars: Uprising mobile game. Above is a quick look at her episode, which will premiere on January 20th.

john boyega

Vogue recently sat down with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, who got things rolling in the best way possible – by finally yelling major plot points of the movie in public:

Yes, at last! Han Solo dies, OK? He dies. Phew. It feels good. But now, we just starting work on Star Wars VIII, the next film, so I’m back to keeping secrets again.

And he’s serious about the “keeping secrets” thing. With cameras set to roll soon on Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode 8, this is all Boyega could say about the film’s screenplay:

It’s great. Much darker, but we’re very excited.

In this case, darker would be appropriate. If this film follows the template established by The Empire Strikes Back in the original trilogy, it will be the murky middle chapter where everything goes wrong for everyone. Although he couldn’t say much out of fear of death, Boyega did reveal that the next movie will test him physically:

My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more.

Consider the amount of fighting and running he endured in The Force Awakens – it sounds like Finn is in for a pretty rough time.

return of the jedi han solo

Variety, who recently broke that story about the current actor shortlist for the young Han Solo, caught up with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and asked him if he had an opinion on the matter. His response is classic Abrams:

Nope. I wish I had something to say, but I don’t. I haven’t turned my attention to that.

Thanks for that, Mr. Mystery Box! But we kid because we love and we love him even more after he offered this bit of advice for the actor who has to pick up Harrison Ford‘s mantle:

Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there.

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