STEVE BLUM, VANESSA MARSHALL, DAVE FILONI (DIRECTOR), TIYA SIRCAR, FREDDIE PRINZE JR., TAYLOR GRAY

Star Wars was born from George Lucas. Right below him on the influence list, however, is Dave Filoni. Before J.J. Abrams took a stab at the series, Filoni was only the fourth person to direct a Star Wars film (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). He was showrunner on all six seasons of the show, which many people feel is leaps and bounds more exciting than Lucas’ prequel films. Now he’s an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, a role that will let him work in a fertile and important time in Star Wars history.

While Filoni (above, center) and his team work on the animated TV show, men like Abrams, Rian Johnson, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank are all getting to direct live action Star Wars movies. One would think Filoni, a walking Star Wars encyclopedia, super-fan, and the person primarily responsible for keeping the franchise relevant for the past decade, might want to get in on the fun.

If all goes according to plan for Disney, they’ll be releasing a Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future. So, when I sat down with Filoni to talk about Star Wars Rebels, I asked him if he would be interested in helming a spin-off. His answer was not surprising. He’d be honored to, especially since he’s already talking to Johnson and Edwards about their films. Read the Dave Filoni Star Wars spin-off question below. Read More »

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Star Wars Rebels Trailer 3

One of the highlights of San Diego Comic-Con for me was Star Wars Rebels. Not only did I finally get to see and revel in the fantastic pilot, I got the chance to discuss it with two of its executive producers, Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg. In a 15-year professional career, it was the first time I got to sit down and discuss Star Wars with people directly involved in Star Wars. It was pretty exciting.

Over the course of the next few days, we’re going to share the highlights of these one on one interviews. To start, I talked with both men about where, when and how Star Wars Rebels fits into the overall canon of Star Wars, what that means, how it effects their storytelling, and linking into the original trilogy. Read their quotes about the Star Wars Rebels plot connections below. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Trailer 2

Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus:

  • Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn
  • Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress
  • Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures
  • Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg casting
  • … but Simon Pegg himself isn’t saying anything either way
  • Mark Hamill discusses his “contractually obligated beard”

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Millennium Falcon cockpit

There’s lots of Star Wars Episode VII rumor and speculation, along with merchandising and original trilogy memories, in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • The Episode VII Millennium Falcon dice were reportedly bought for $37 on eBay
  • Daisy Ridley comments on her role in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • John Boyega tweets about Star Wars character names.
  • More rumored details leak about sets being built at Pinewood for Episode VII.
  • Star Wars Rebels producer Dave Filoni seemingly confirms a Comic-Con appearance.
  • Watch John Ratzenberger talk about his role in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Multiple new licensing partners will be making Star Wars merchandise.
  • How many Lightsabers are bought per year?

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Star Wars Episode VII fan header

That’s not an official image, it’s an awesome fan made poster for Star Wars Episode VII. See the full thing below and read about the following in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Watch famous musicians audition for the Star Wars Cantina Band.
  • Read a potential Episode VII casting call.
  • Rumors are still swirling that Zac Efron and Lupita Nyong’o could appear in Episode VII.
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger takes a selfie with Chewbacca.
  • George Lucas in Love celebrates its 15th anniversary.
  • Executive producer Dave Filoni talks all things Star Wars Rebels.
  • The official Star Wars t-shirt contest has been decided.
  • Watch Lego minifigs build a 5,000 piece Millennium Falcon.

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May the 4th - She's Fast Enough for You Old Man by Tim Anderson

Everyone’s making plans for Star Wars Day on May the 4th. After the jump:

  • Future Star Wars games will be canon, says Lucasfilm
  • Timothy Zahn weighs in on the EU and official canon
  • Chris Miller points out his own contribution to the canon
  • See a promo for The Big Bang Theory‘s Star Wars episode
  • Browse some Star Wars Day prints from Dark Ink
  • Get details on Disney’s Stormtrooper-centric art exhibit
  • Watch the first full Star Wars Rebels trailer on May 4
  • In the meantime, flip through some Star Wars Rebels pics
  • … and read a lengthy interview with RebelsDave Filoni

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Star Wars Weekends

Exclusive merchandise, essential Star Wars stories and Episode VII what-ifs. Read about it all in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Check out the limited Star Wars merchandise available during Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will continue later this year.
  • Rumor has it digital versions of the full Star Wars saga will be made available this winter.
  • In case you forgot, all of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now on Netflix including The Lost Episodes.
  • Dave Filoni calls the final episodes of The Clone Wars “very important to understanding the overall saga.”
  • Previously sold out Star Wars maps by artist Andrew DeGraff are back on sale from Gallery 1988.
  • Jon Favreau would have done Star Wars Episode VII… if anyone had asked him.

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Star Wars Rebels Chopper

We’ve got Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Episode VII and super secrecy in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Chopper, a new droid from Star Wars Rebels, has been revealed.
  • Dave Filoni talks setting, connections and visuals of Star Wars Rebels.
  • J.J. Abrams‘ office gets completely covered in black when he’s writing Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Abrams also thinks there will be “compromise” between keeping secrets and revealing stuff to fans.

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