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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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

  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says a woman will direct a Star Wars movie and Elizabeth Banks says she is ready for that job.
  • Alan Tudyk talks about his time on set filming Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • How Star Wars played a role in Brie Larson‘s drama Room.
  • Find out how to buy the Luke Skywalker’s lost hand limited edition action figure.
  • Watch the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 press conference from NYCC.
  • The George Lucas Museum secures city parks approval in Chicago.
  • Watch Darth Vader take out a snow speeder with his lightsaber in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Read the plot synopsizes for four upcoming Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens short stories by Landry Quinn.

All that and more, in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Lucasfilm Promises Female ‘Star Wars’ Director

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Directors J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) are all white dudes. All very talented white dudes, mind you, but they’re white dudes. This has caused a slight uproar amongst Star Wars fans, but Lucasfilm promises there will be a female Star Wars director. Read more after the jump.

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The Force Awakens final cut

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, many fans of the galaxy far, far away have been worried about the House of Mouse corrupting the sci-fi saga they love so much, as if all the merchandising done previously hadn’t already vigorously milked the cash cow. Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams has good news for concerned fans as he says the studio is “not trying to Disney-fy” our beloved Star Wars.

In a recent talk for Vanity Fair, Abrams sat down with Apple designer Jony Ive for a conversation moderated by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer. Some interesting details on the future franchise surfaced, including that the director has control over Star Wars: The Force Awakens final cut. Read More »

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As the Star Wars saga barrels forward with new settings, new gadgets, new vehicles, and new characters, one thing remains the same. At heart, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, it’ll still be a story about the Skywalker family. And that likely includes at least one new The Force Awakens character. Read Kennedy’s quote about plans for the Skywalker family after the jump.  Read More »

Han Solo spin-off

Han Solo is coming back to movie screens, and it won’t just be through the return of Harrison Ford to the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm is also developing a Star Wars Anthology movie focused on a younger Han Solo. And, given that the Star Wars prequels featured a very young, perhaps too-young Anakin Skywalker, we’ve wondered what the story will be for the Han Solo film, and how old he’ll be.

While we still don’t know the story for the film that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) will direct for a 2018 release, we do know that Han will likely be in his late teens or early ’20s in that film. Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm has a lot to say about the spin-off, even at this early stage, and we’ve got her comments, along with talk from co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, below.  Read More »

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Star Wars Episode 8

Even though we’re still 127 days from seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this movie is the beginning of a plethora of projects all set in a galaxy far, far away. That means there has been a lot of planning behind the scenes with regards to the story arcs of the new characters and returning heroes in Episode VII, and thanks to all the Star Wars details emerging today, we have a better idea of how the future is being planned for the new trilogy.

Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke about mapping out the new trilogy and emulating the themes of the original movies. There’s also chatter about just how much creative freedom director and writer Rian Johnson has on Star Wars Episode 8, despite having a basic idea of where the characters in the Star Wars universe are headed. Read More »

JJ Abrams not directing Star Wars Episode 9

A slew of new goodies from Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web today, from new photos of our new heroes and villains, to juicy new details on Adam Driver‘s First Order bad guy Kylo Ren. Now some details about the future of the new Star Wars trilogy have surfaced.

J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he will not come back to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, though as we know from an earlier interview, he will be executive producing the second and third installments of this new trilogy. In addition, the director revealed what finally convinced him to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after initially turning down the job. Read More »

Amy Schumer gets a little dirty with Star Wars

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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