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Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of news from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. In today’s jam-packed edition:

  • A galactic map of the Star Wars universe.
  • A look at some of the new planets being introduced in The Force Awakens.
  • Steven Spielberg has already seen the new movie…three times.
  • Mads Mikkelsen chats about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The complete soundtrack listing for the Force Awakens Soundtrack.
  • Google will now translate your words into Aurebesh.
  • A dive into the original Star Wars novelization.
  • A look at some awesome Stormtrooper toys that will break your wallet.

One of the most most fun aspects of any fictional world or universe is the map that comes with it. You can spend hours poring over a map of Middle-Earth and Westeros, learning the geography of these fictional lands and how one area leads to another. Now, a new map of the Star Wars galaxy, created for the upcoming The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary and premiering in Empire eagazine, has arrived online. Have you ever wanted to chart a road trip from Jakku to Dagobah to Tatooine? Here you go.

As you see, that map is a mixture of old and new names, with Endor and Naboo sharing space with the likes of Takodana, D’Qar, and Hosnian Prime. Interestingly, there’s even a spot named “Starkiller Base Origin Point,” which certainly lends credence to this being the second (third?) coming of the infamous Death Star. Empire was able to shed a little bit of light on some of these new locations, although they’re relying on a few new LEGO sets as sources. Then again, LEGO sets have been awfully reliable suppliers of movie details in the past few years. Just ask Avengers: Age of Ultron. Anyway:

Joining Tatooine, Endor, Naboo and the already-revealed desert planet of Jakku are Takodana, D’Qar and Hosnian Prime. Little is known of these mysterious orbs. Takodana will, if LEGO’s tie-in kits are to be believed, be the site of a major battle in the movie, while rumours have D’Qar as a resistance base. Hosnian Prime? Well, that’s a mystery to all.

Meanwhile, new snippet of footage seemingly played on Sports Center and someone managed to snag a screenshot. Yes, that is the Millennium Falcon and a squadron of X-Wings flying toward an unknown planet. Internet scuttlebutt suggests that it may be D’Qar, aka, the home of the secret Resistance base.

star wars soundtrack

The full track list for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack has arrived online and you should view it with caution. While there aren’t any actual spoilers on display here (nothing is titled “Kylo Ren Kills BB-8”), it does hint at the film’s basic structure. So feel free to look at your feet and scroll past it. In any case: Hey! A new John Williams Star Wars score is right around the corner!

1. Main Title and the Attack on the Jakku Village
2. The Scavenger
3. I Can Fly Anything
4. Rey Meets BB-8
5. Follow Me
6. Rey’s Theme
7. The Falcon
8. That Girl with the Staff
9. The Rathtars!
10. Finn’s Confession
11. Maz’s Counsel
12. The Starkiller
13. Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle
14. The Abduction
15. Han and Leia
16. March of the Resistance
17. Snoke
18. On the Inside
19. Torn Apart
20. The Ways of the Force
21. Scherzo for X-Wings
22. Farewell and the Trip
23. The Jedi Steps and Finale

BB-8 Sounds

Entertainment Weekly has put together a fun little video exploring the history of BB-8, including how the cutest droid in the Star Wars universe was designed, its ever-fluctuating gender, and the many secret gadgets hidden inside its body. Most importantly, we are given some cool details on its personality. Apparently, this adorable little thing is slightly treacherous and should not be trusted.

mads

While interviewing Mads Mikkelsen about the third season of Hannibal (which is just about to hit Blu-ray and DVD), IGN talked to the fantastic Danish actor about his mysterious role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Although he didn’t say much, he does confirm that this will be a different view of the Star Wars universe, filtered through director Gareth Edwards:

I believe that is true to a degree. It’s still the Star Wars universe, but there is… There might be a personal take on that from Gareth [Edwards], as well. And it should be like that, right? And tomorrow you will find me dead in a river somewhere because I said that.

When asked if it’s surreal to be in a Star Wars movie, Mikkelsen gave the kind of response that every actor should have when it comes to acting in big properties like this:

It is a big thing, but so was Hannibal and so was Bond. The thing is, we don’t go to change the “thing” about it. We address it as a job. We focus on the character and start working. We also are aware that it’s the Star Wars universe. We are aware. But that hat, we can’t wear all the time. We have to focus on each individual scene. So I think this is one of these things that will dawn on you later when you actually see the film. In the midst of it, it’s a different thing.

Google Translate will now translate your boring language of choice into Aurebesh, the written language of the Star Wars universe. It’s not quite a universal translator, but it’ll do. For now. Maybe Apple will build an X-Wing to show up Google.

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