ciena ree

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Our first official look at Ciena Ree, the main character from Lost Stars.
  • Christopher McQuarrie pitches a Star Wars movie.
  • Mark Hamill shares a few interesting stories on Twitter.
  • New art re-imagines Yoda as a Sith Lord.
  • Star Wars: Aftermath is currently dirt cheap.
  • The guys behind Roxy the Rancor are back with a new creation.
  • New Star Wars Celebration pins have been revealed.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront sequels will feature single player.
  • New footage from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived.

Imperial pilot Ciena Ree was introduced in the pages of Claudia Gray’s novel Lost Stars and now we know exactly what she looks like. The character’s likeness was put to paper for an upcoming expansion of Fantasy Flight Games’ fantastic Star Wars: Armada miniatures game, where she will be a featured character. This particular piece of art implies that she will be piloting a TIE Interceptor in the game, although Lost Stars does she her taking command of a Star Destroyer at one point.

If you’re not following Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie on Twitter, should should change that. He’s one of the most consistently interesting working filmmakers on social media, sharing useful writing tips, fun anecdotes, and occasionally just spitballing terrific ideas in full public view. Case in point: McQuarrie responded to a question about when he’d around to making a Star Wars movie by suggesting a Lando Calrissian solo adventure starring Michael B. Jordan. That’s almost as great at Guillermo del Toro’s “Jabba the Hutt rises to power” pitch from a little while back.

You’d think that the actor behind the main character in the original Star Wars trilogy would have seen the movies more than anyone else, but Mark Hamill recently admitted that he hasn’t watched the movies since the special editions were released in 1997…and that he’s only ever seen them in theaters. In retrospect, this actually doesn’t feel too surprising – would you like to continuously rematch a movie starring you? In any case, maybe Hamill is on to something here. Absence does make the heart grow fonder.

While we’re sharing Mark Hamill sharing stories on social media, here he is explaining exactly how they managed to get his face inside Darth Vader’s severed helmet during his vision on Dagobah. Spoiler alert: he put his head through a hole in the floor. Movie magic!

dark side yoda

If you’ve ever wondered what Yoda would look like it he decided to forget about the whole light side of the Force thing and go full-on Sith Lord, artist Daryl Mandryk has got you covered.

Star Wars Aftermath

The eBook version of Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath novel is currently marked down to $1.99 on Amazon, iBook, and Kobo. This sale, which surely exists to promote the upcoming sequel, Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt, won’t last long, so act fast if you want to give it a read.

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