Gugu Mbatha Raw in Jupiter Ascending

As if that earlier Star Wars Episode VIII shortlist — which included Orphan Black‘s Tatiana MaslanyJane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘s Olivia Cooke — weren’t intriguing enough, a new report claims there’s one more name in the mix. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is reportedly also in the running for film.

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First Order Snowtroopers

Who’s in the mood to speculate about a totally bonkers casting rumor? After the jump:

  • Telefonica announces a Star Wars pop-up channel in Spain
  • What was the most best selling Force Friday toy?
  • Hot Toys unveils a 1/6 scale First Order Snowtrooper figure
  • One fan argues the Star Wars spinoffs avoid origin stories
  • A handy chart outlines the Star Wars canon chronology
  • Luke and Vader will be playable in Battlefront; get the details
  • A nutty rumor says Hayden Christensen is in Episode VIII
  • … and another rumor claims Darth Vader will be in Rogue One

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Star Wars costumes

Even as we wait to find out exactly why Episode VII made John Boyega all emotional, production is in full force for Episode VIII and Rogue One. After the jump:

  • R2-D2 tries to find love in an adorable short film
  • A Stormtrooper helmet from A New Hope is up for auction
  • The Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit might hit NYC
  • Are a Clone Wars Legacy story reel and comic coming in 2016?
  • John Boyega cried when he read the Episode VII script
  • The debate over whether Luke is the last Jedi continues
  • A Rogue One actor reports for duty on the Iceland shoot
  • New reports surface about Daisy Ridley‘s role in Episode VIII

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Before you go off to spend your weekend chilling like Chewbacca here, we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s new in the world of Star Wars. After the jump:

  • Check out an awesome fanmade Holochess table with augmented reality
  • Take a peek inside Chewbacca‘s upcoming solo comic series
  • The Slave Leia costume and other Star Wars lots are up for auction
  • See the Force Awakens pins on sale at Disney parks
  • This Battlefront deluxe edition comes with a Han Solo mini-fridge
  • The Star Wars Battlefront beta will be open to everyone
  • Watch a preview of Star Wars Rebels Season 2
  • What accent will Daisy Ridley have in The Force Awakens?
  • General Hux actor Domhnall Gleeson defends the First Order
  • Rian Johnson thanks the good people of County Kerry, Ireland
  • Rest assured no Skellig Michael wildlife was harmed in the shoot
  • Mark Hamill has been spotted pulling pints in Ireland
  • Episode VIII might be shooting in Greenham Common now

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Three Sith Moon

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Preparations are underway for Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney World
  • Star Wars Weekends and Disney Star Wars characters may be on their way out
  • Watch an adorable video of BB-8‘s big day rolling around Disneyland
  • Take a peek at the Star Wars and Darth Vader annuals coming from Marvel Comics
  • Will the Star Wars books and comics become required reading for the movies?
  • New Force Awakens merch offers a new look at characters like Tasu Leech
  • Jimmy Vee has been spotted on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII
  • The first set photos from Star Wars: Rogue One have hit the web

(Header image: “Three Sith Moon” by 6amcrisis; buy the shirt here.)
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Benicio Del Toro star wars role

As you know, Benicio Del Toro has been cast in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII (currently untitled). When the casting was first reported by industry website The Wrap, they claimed that the role was the villain role for the upcoming installment. But now the actor is hinting that he might not be actually playing the villain in the new film, but is this just a bit of misdirection? Find out more about the Benicio Del Toro Star Wars role, after the jump.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill was apparently saved from falling down a mountainside on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The first day of filing on Star Wars Episode VIII was canceled due to rough seas. 
  • Some photos from the Episode 8 shooting location, including one photo from Mark Hamill’s son Nathan.
  • Star Wars saga to get first ever digital release in China.
  • Six major easter eggs in the canon novel Star Wars: Aftermath.
  • Eight new Star Wars LEGO mini movies give clues as to how the Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets fit into the film’s storyline.
  • The evolution of the Stormtrooper helmet in one photo.
  • Watch C-3P0 & R2-D2 attend the unveiling of Japan’s new Star Wars-themed airplane

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspeed to get started.”

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Star Wars Episode VIII shortlist

How do you feel about seeing Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black in a Star Wars movie? She’s been rumored for a role in the past (in Rogue One, which ultimately went to Felicity Jones), and now she’s one of three names on a shortlist of young women who are reportedly in contention for a primary role in Star Wars Episode VIII.

Note that potential very vague spoilers for the new films follow along with the full Star Wars Episode VIII shortlist is below.

Update: This list may only feature two people now, as Olivia Cooke has reportedly been cast in Ready Player One. (Story on that forthcoming.) While it might not be totally impossible for her to do both Episode VIII and Ready Player One, chances are she would really only be able to do one or the other. Original story follows.

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Star Wars Episode VIII shoot

Writer/director Rian Johnson is getting to work on the new Star Wars film, with the Star Wars Episode VIII shoot set to begin this month in Ireland. We know this because a report out of the country initially indicated that The Force Awakens reshoots were being undertaken.

In fact, however, the new work is the beginning of production on Episode VIII. Now, whether this is a bit of second-unit shooting before the real production begins, or the official start of production, remains to be seen.

Note that some potentially minor spoilers for The Force Awakens follow.

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