Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Chewie, get us Star Wars Bits! This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:
- Japan has a Star Wars train to go with their Star Wars plane
- The Star Wars monorail is also up and running at Disney World
- Apple bought the motion-capture company that worked on The Force Awakens
- Watch the trailer for The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity 3.0
- French arthouse theaters want more copies of The Force Awakens
- A new look at the Anakin & Obi Wan comic coming in January 2016.
- A glimpse of a possible new wookiee in Rogue One or Episode VIII?
- Details on Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront
- What is the first word spoken in The Force Awakens?
- Read a memo sent to executives about Star Wars in 1976
- See a new image of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens
- A video runs through every Jedi in Star Wars canon
- A Chrome extension can block Star Wars spoilers for you
- Fox News reporter received death threats after making a Star Wars joke
- Omaze launches a new charity contest to win trip to The Force Awakens premiere
We know Japan has a couple sweet Star Wars planes flying around now, and the country has just added another Star Wars themed mode of transporation with a train. It’s decked out in The Force Awakens promotional imagery and is now in service. So if you happen to be in Japan, hop aboard the Star Wars train, though it won’t make the jump to lightspeed. See more images over at Kotaku.
Speaking of Star Wars transportation, Disney World has their monorail all covered with The Force Awakens images too. From Rey’s speeder to BB-8 to TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon, the monorail is a literal representation of the hype train headed to The Force Awakens. See more photos at Inside the Magic right here.
In tech news, Apple has bought the motion-capture company Faceshift, who is fresh off working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The company created software that was used to make non-human characters more human-like in their expressions, and Apple has decided that they need to have that company in their efforts to take over the world. [TechCrunch]
Here’s a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity 3.0, arriving December 18th.
There’s a bit of a strange battle being waged among cinemas in France right now as some arthouse theaters battle for the right to show Star Wars: The Force Awakens on their screens. Some believe Disney is denying certain theaters the chance to show the movie, who want to screen it due to their general love for movies and for a bit of profit to help keep them going as arthouse cinemas, but the studio already has The Force Awakens booked in about 282 arthouse theaters across France. It seems like a very odd predicament, but everyone wants a piece of the Force pie. Get the full story over at Deadline.
Above is a sneak preview of the forthcoming comic book Obi-Wan & Anakin, available in January of 2016. It’s a a five-issue miniseries from Marvel by writer Charles Soule and artist Marco Checchetto, set between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, finally pulling back the curtain on a previously unexplored era, when they were just Master and apprentice. See a couple more pages at StarWars.com right here.
— i hope u are all enjoying this — star wars bonanza — pic.twitter.com/1s6atohmJg
— Phil Tippett (@PhilTippett) November 24, 2015
Phil Tippett (who worked on the Tauntauns in The Empire Strikes Back and the Rancor in Return Of The Jedi) recently posted this image on Twitter. That doesn’t looks like Chewbacca, so is this a new wookiee that we’ll see in Star Wars: Rogue One or Star Wars: Episode VIII? We’ll have to wait and see. [MakingStarWars.net]