LEGO Star Wars

I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I’m talking about the big Star Wars Bits now. Here’s the updates we have from a galaxy far, far away this time:

  • Are three live-action Star Wars shows planned for Netflix?
  • Bob Iger has already seen The Force Awakens…mostly.
  • Simon Pegg talks his experience on The Force Awakens set.
  • Game of Thrones actors in The Force Awakens confirmed?
  • New LEGO Star Wars photography book coming in November.
  • Gary Whitta talks Star Wars: Rogue One writing process.
  • J.J. Abrams on pressure of directing The Force Awakens.

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The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next the power of Star Wars Bits. This week’s news from a galaxy far, far away includes the following:

  • Details on The Battle of Jakku and more post-Return of the Jedi info
  • Harrison Ford gives advice to new co-stars, uses lightsaber as a cane
  • New info on Han Solo and Chewie in The Force Awakens
  • BB-8 on the cover of Make magazine
  • Comic-Con interviews with J.J. Abrams and cast
  • George Lucas to be honored at D23
  • Science Channel ILM documentary special teaser clip
  • Kevin Smith got screwed by Star Wars at Comic-Con
  • Production designer talks mandate for authenticity in Episode VII
  • Amy Schumer‘s saucy Star Wars photoshoot for GQ
  • New details on Star Wars Battlefront gameplay
  • Gary Whitta on Star Wars and the Comic-Con experience

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Force Awakens Breakdown

One of the highlights at Comic Con this year was a behind the scenes reel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When this was released over the weekend, I tried to pull together a piece dissecting the reel image by image, but the madness that is Comic Con prevented me from finishing it until now.

What follows is a breakdown of 13 things we learned from this footage, this includes confirmation of new and old characters, our first look at some of the cast, some story and character details put together from the new images matched with previous rumors, and some questions. Hit the jump to read our list.

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Madame Tussauds Millennium Falcon

Star Wars Bits is back and packed full of interesting stuff. Below, read about the following:

  • Star Wars Anthology writer Gary Whitta is writing for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Rian Johnson wrote Star Wars Episode VIII in Moleskine notebooks.
  • See an image of the works in the Star Wars canon.
  • A rumor surfaces about a post-credits scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • John Williams will record his Force Awakens score soon.
  • Watch a video on the new Madame Tussauds’ Star Wars exhibit.
  • For the the time in China, The Star Wars Saga will screen theatrically.
  • The website “How BB-8 Works” explains the obvious question.

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Star Wars Rogue One Concept art  - this is concept art from Star Wars The Old Republic

Thursday, Disney CEO Bob Iger made some pretty big Star Wars announcements during the Disney Shareholder Meeting, including a release date for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII as well as Felicity Jones casting confirmation and the title of the first Star Wars spin-off.

But that wasn’t all, Bob Iger also showed the first piece of concept art for Star Wars: Rogue One, which may surprise you. I think most everyone assumed that with a title like “Rogue One,” the movie would involve the first group of X-Wing pilots but the concept art shows something very different.

(please note: the images above and below are not the Star Wars Rogue One concept art, but images from various games like Star Wars The Old Republic)

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Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars news has been announced by Bob Iger on the Disney investor call this morning. The first Star Wars spin-off film, written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz) and directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters), based on a story by Industrial Light and Magic chief creative officer and effects legend John Knoll, will be titled Star Wars: Rogue One.

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Nerd Court Trailer

Today Skybound is launching their new web series Nerd Court. The brainchild of Star Wars spin-off screenwriter Gary Whitta (you probably know way too much about this guy after our interview feature last week) which brings two geeks into the courtroom to plead their case in a too-nerdy-for-television argument. I got a chance to visit the set a couple months back, and it is in some ways a send-up of the courtroom reality shows that clog daytime television, but with topics you might actually find amusing. Skybound gave us the exclusive Nerd Court trailer to premiere, which you can watch after the jump.

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On paper, Chris Weitz might seem like an unlikely choice to write a Star Wars movie. As a director, he’s best at realistic fare like About A Boy and A Better Life. He’s done bigger fantasy too, like The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but those are based on books. Even his latest film, Cinderella, is based on a very well known story and uses magic as sparsely as possible. Star Wars is a whole other beast, especially since he’s writing a standalone movie that could literally be about anything.

We were given the chance to speak to Weitz on the occasion of the release of Cinderella and, of course, had to bring up a galaxy far, far away. To recap, he was brought on to rewrite the first standalone movie, which comes out in December 2016 and will be directed by Gareth Edwards. Weitz, speaking to the press for the first time since the announcement, told us about his excitement going after the project, the security behind the process, how he’s using the film’s first screenplay by Gary Whitta, if he’s read the online rumors about the project and, finally, what fans should expect from the movie. Below, read our Chris Weitz Star Wars quotes. Read More »

Gary Whitta Starlight

Today is the last installment of our extensive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth). Promoting the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, Whitta talked to us not only about his career thus far, but the future and unproduced projects that haven’t happened.

Today in the fifth and final installment which primarily focuses on some of the screenwriter/producer’s future projects, including a big screen adaptation of Kick-Ass/Wanted creator Mark Millar’s Starlight, an adaptation of the 2000AD comic Rogue Trooper that Gary is trying to bring to the big screen (we even get an EXCLUSIVE look at some concept art that has been created for the movie), and we check in with the progress on trying to secure rights to The Last Starfighter remake. Read the Gary Whitta Starlight interview after the jump.

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