The Force Awakens

The dream of the Lucasfilm Story Group is that everything will be connected: the movies, the books, the games, the comics, the VR experiences, everything. So far the books seem to be feeding off of the movies, explaining after the fact how we got to our current place in the Star Wars timeline. But as we progress in this new trilogy, the books and the movies will be interwoven, telling the story of this galaxy in unison. At the DK Publishing presentation at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the books are already beginning to inform future Star Wars stories. In fact, an old expanded universe book resulted in changes to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.

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Star Wars Episode 8 title

Stop right here if you think this post has any leaked information or rumors from sources, because it does not. The following post is just my humble speculation about what the title of Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII could possibly be and when we might expect an announcement. Its all obsessive nerdery, so leave now if that doesn’t sound worth reading.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essays about the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.

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Kylo Ren helmet ashes

One of the questions I had after seeing Star Wars: the Force Awakens was: Why does Kylo Ren put the mask on a table filled with what appear to be ashes? Some interesting theories have floated around since December, but now we finally have an answer thanks to director JJ Abrams. Find out the answer to the Kylo Ren helmet ashes mystery, after the jump.

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the grand inquisitor from star wars rebels

Earlier today we told you how a character created for the Star Wars animated series may have already appeared in one of the original trilogy films. Well, that’s not the only bit of Star Wars canon retcon we have for you today. Did you know that we already saw The Grand Inquisitor during The Clone Wars?

During the first season of Star Wars Rebels, the Grand Inquisitor was tasked by Darth Vader with taking out the possible Jedi in our hero’s rebel faction. We never got to find out the backstory of the Grand Inquisitor, but his appearance in an episode of Star Wars Rebels season two got some fans wondering about his origins. And as it turns out, show runner Dave Filoni confirms that we’ve seen the Grand Inquisitor before. Learn the details of The Grand Inquisitor’s backstory after the jump.

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new star wars images 2

The awakening is coming, can you feel it? We are now 7 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is a look at what we’ll be talking about in today’s Force Awakens Bits:

  • A look inside the Star Wars writers room.
  • J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley on whether you should see the film in 3D, 2D or IMAX.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been shortlisted for an Oscar.
  • Harrison Ford says Han Solo’s lines in The Force Awakens trailers aren’t what they seem.
  • In India, Force Awakens could be upstaged by Bollywood holdovers.
  • Learn about Harrison Ford‘s contributions to the script.
  • NASA says BB-8 isn’t well designed.
  • Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy explains George Lucas‘ involvement with Force Awakens and the future of Star Wars.

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Oscar Issac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Marvel Comics’ four-issue miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire has come to an end, and it doesn’t really tell us much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does end with some questions which I wanted to dive into. For instance: what does that tree at the end of the story mean for The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars galaxy? What does the comic book series suggest about Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron? Letls try to unlock the mysteries of that Shattered Empire tree and figure out what it might all mean.

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Jason Edmiston - Boba Fett Eyes final

“Boba Fett is both simultaneously alive and dead in the Sarlaac Pit until a story pulls him out.”

That’s Pablo Hidalgo, one of the members of the Lucasfilm Story Group, trying to explain how and why their team makes story choices. The Story Group is a new group of Lucasfilm employees, headed up by Kiri Hart and created by President Kathleen Kennedy, whose job is to make sure every single Star Wars movie, TV show, book, comic book and video game tell one, big Star Wars story. At Star Wars Celebration Hidalgo and fellow Story Group member Leland Chee sat on a panel called One Big Story, along side editors from Del Ray Books, DK Publishing, Disney Publishing and Marvel Comics, to talk to fans about this new initiative to make sure all Star Wars stories tell the same story.

Unfortunately, there were no definitive big answers given about fan questions such as Boba Fett’s fate or The Old Republic, but there was lots of teasing and insight. Plus there was discussion on the overall plan the Story Group has, how they interact with creative people, their willingness to explore new things in the Star Wars Universe, the Expanded Universe and the potential length of this plan. Read all about the operations of the Lucasfilm Story Group below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 fan posters

Today in Star Wars Bits, we take a look at:

  • Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo clarifies his Comic Con “no flashbacks” comment.
  • Were all the recent Episode 7 rumors fake and actually passed off from the Dark Horse comic book series Star Wars: Legacy?
  • Star Wars spin-off director Gareth Edwards accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge in the LucasFilm Yoda fountain.
  • Harrison Ford more active after leg injury
  • Read the rumored plot synopsis for Christie Golden‘s upcoming Star Wars novel featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos
  • The special features included in the Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD/Blu-ray
  • The trailer and release of the Star Wars: Commander iOS game.
  • Also: The above three posters were fan created, by AndrewSS7.

All this and more, after the jump.

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