Star Wars Celebration 2017

In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
  • Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
  • An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
  • Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
  • And more!

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Darth Vader's castle concept art from Force Awakens

An obsidian castle rises out of boiling lava. Inside, the Sith Lord Darth Vader – seen out of his iconic armor – floats in a bacta tank and contemplates his evil plans, his constant pain eased by the rejuvenating water…

This was our most recent look at the planet Mustafar in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but new evidence suggests future Star Wars films will return to the planet again before the new saga trilogy is complete. Read More »

Darth Vader Comic Book

Written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli and colored by Richmond Lewis, the comic book Batman: Year One follows the early crime-fighting career of The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s film Batman Begins borrowed elements from that comic to tell the origin of Batman, and now Darth Vader will get a similar treatment in comic book form thanks to a new Marvel Comics series.

Writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli are working on a new ongoing Marvel Comics series that will follow Darth Vader. Marvel already published a comic series that followed Darth Vader during the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but this second series feels like it could be titled Darth Vader: Year One, providing insight into how Anakin Skywalker began to evolve into more machine than man after Revenge of the Sith.

Find out more about the new Marvel Darth Vader comic book series below. Read More »

David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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Darth Vader

For months now there has been speculation that Darth Vader would appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And unlike some of the other theories and rumors floating around, this one passes the sniff test: the timing lines up (the story takes place shortly before the events of A New Hope) and so does the premise (the Rebels are out to steal the Death Star plans). But it’s only now we’re getting ironclad confirmation.

Yes, we will see Darth Vader in Rogue One, as revealed on a new Entertainment Weekly cover.  Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay.
  • The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds.
  • When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? October? November?
  • New details on what to expect in the Star Wars Battlefront beta.
  • See the comic cover art for Darth Vader #15, the grand finale of Marvel’s upcoming crossover event “Vader Down”.
  • Benicio del Toro explains what he likes about his Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
  • See Paul Shipper’s amazing Star Wars: The Force Awakens character prints.
  • And the header photo is Daniel Hoogkamp‘s BB-8 pumpkin.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to get started.

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Star Wars - Darth Vader

Star Wars Bits is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it. Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away.

  • Dave Bautista wants to be in a Star Wars movie
  • EA reveals new Battlefront game mode
  • Interview: Star Wars Card Trader App producer and art director
  • Preview Marvel comic Darth Vader #8
  • New Hoth LEGO set on the way?
  • First look at Ken Leung in The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: Vader Down

There was so much news coming out of San Diego Comic Con International 2015 that we missed some of the smaller announcements that happened outside of Hall H. late last week we told you that Marvel Comics would be releasing a new Star Wars comic book series based on the character Chewbacca written by Gerry Duggan and artist Phil Noto. The other Star Wars comic book news coming out of the convention is a comic book crossover event between the ongoing Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoing series. Find out how this epic story will play out on the page, after the jump.

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Star Wars Rebels Second Season Premiere

The premiere of the second season of Star Wars Rebels is just a couple weeks away. We’ve already seen the season premiere thanks to Star Wars Celebration (check out our video blog from afterwards here), but everyone else has been waiting patiently. And now we have a new tease of the second season’s one-hour first episode, The Siege of Lothal.

It looks like Darth Vader is going to play pretty prominently, at least in this first episode, as he’s been dispatched by the Emperor to hunt down our heroes. Watch the Star Wars Rebels second season premiere teaser after the jump! Read More »

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Star Wars Princess Leia comic book

Marvel Comics announced at the annual Saturday Cup Of Joe panel at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International a new Star Wars 5-issue limited series comic book Star Wars: Princess Leia. The series by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will follow the famous now-Disney princess as she comes to terms with the destruction of her homeworld, Alderaan. After the jump you can see the first image of Star Wars Princess Leia comic book.
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