darth maul

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Darth Maul is getting his own comic book miniseries.
  • A Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five storyline was almost its own movie.
  • Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown would like to play Princess Leia.
  • New Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich has not met Harrison Ford yet.
  • Yeah, J.J. Abrams is a little sad that he’s not directing Star Wars right now.
  • Updates on Visceral’s new Star Wars video game.
  • Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic sheds light on the Battle of Jakku.
  • And more!

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jedha

One of the new planets introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a small desert moon located in the galaxy’s Inner Rim called Jedha. Director Gareth Edwards has described the world as “a Mecca or Jerusalem within the Star Wars world” where people who believe in the Force come to worship. In the years before Star Wars: A New Hope, the planet has become occupied by Galactic Empire and serves as a key location in this first Star Wars standalone movie.

However, a new fan theory suggests that Rogue One might not be the first time we’ve seen Jedha on the big screen. Some fans believe that the planet was later used by the First Order as Starkiller Base, as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is it true? Could it be possible? Let’s explore the Jedha Starkiller Base theory, after the jump.

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saw gerrera rogue one

A few months back it was revealed that Forest Whitaker‘s character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Saw Gerrera, the Onderon rebels leader who fought alongside Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. In Rogue One the character has become “a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists” and wears an armored suit for flight and maintenance. So when I got a chance to talk with Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars showrunner Dave Filoni, I had to ask about how his creation ended up in the first Star Wars standalone movie.

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm and unified Star Wars canon across all storytelling mediums, it created the possibility of characters introduced in the books, televisions shows and video games crossing over into the live-action big screen movies. And Star Wars Rebels producers Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni have both expressed interest in that possibility in previous interviews. But it turns out that one of the characters created for the Star Wars animated series might have already appeared in a live-action Star Wars film. Filoni talked about the possibility at the world premiere of the Star Wars Rebels season two finale (no spoilers for that episode, I promise). Learn the details after the jump.

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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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Star Wars Card Trader

Sure, you’ve already watched the new Force Awakens footage and cooed over that adorable BB-8 magazine cover. But there’s still more where that came from. After the jump:

  • A Star Wars: Card Trader explainer for those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon
  • More details on the Skellig Michael shoot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Is that a lander we see in these new Star Wars: Rogue One set photo?
  • The original Star Wars trilogy radio adaptations are getting rereleased as audiobooks
  • Get info on the Star Wars Force Friday merchandising event at Disney parks
  • Here’s how you can snag a Drew Struzan Episode VII poster on Force Friday
  • Target prepares for Force Friday with Star Wars-themed conveyor belts

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Rise Against The Empire trailer

The following report comes from our video game writer Jon Christensen:

With E3 Expo 2015 happening this week in Los Angeles, a lot of Star Wars video game news has been unleashed upon us. Yesterday we wrote about the new digital collectible card game Star Wars: Galaxy Of HeroesStar Wars: Battlefront trailer showing 5 minutes of assault on both gameplay footage and a first look at Star Wars: The Old Republic—Knights of the Fallen Empire.  Today we have even more, Disney Infinity 3.0 has released the Star Wars: Rise Against The Empire trailer showcasing the second playset in the upcoming line, which features the reveal that infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett will be included in the new set. Also EA has released another Star Wars Battlefront video, this time a Co-Op Missions Gameplay Reveal featuring “Survival Mode” on Tatooine. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Hoth Shield McQuarrie

There are secrets, there are games, there are rumors and there’s so much non-spoiler awesomeness in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following

  • See the first images of Star Wars Disney Infinity.
  • Rumors have begun to swirl of an AMC Star Wars Movie Marathon in December.
  • A simple Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser poster has been spotted in theaters.
  • Watch the unfinished Bad Batch episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • The full Untold Clone Wars and Bad Batch Celebration panels are online.
  • Where did the Millennium Falcon‘s new satellite come from?
  • Check out yet another Ralph McQuarrie influence in the design of The Force Awakens.
  • Stunt doubles for several stars of The Force Awakens reportedly did reshoots recently.
  • Watch Kathleen Kennedy and Daisy Ridley talking Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Japan.

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Star Wars Celebration T-Shirts

Star Wars Celebration is in the spotlight, but there’s also movie and TV news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Rumored Rogue One star Ben Mendelsohn talks Star Wars fandom.
  • The Star Wars Battlefront trailer will debut at 10:30 a.m. PST April 17.
  • London fans can watch The Force Awakens Star Wars Celebration panel live.
  • Watch Oscar Isaac talk about how his uncle got an extra role in The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars was nominated for 7 Daytime Emmy Awards.
  • See official, exclusive Star Wars Celebration apparel.

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Star Wars spin-off casting

One, maybe two, Star Wars actresses walking the Oscar red carpet highlight this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Felicity Jones and Lupita Nyong’o talk Star Wars from the red carpet of the Oscars.
  • Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew lead the latest group of Star Wars Celebration attendees.
  • See a trailer for Wookie the Chew, a Winnie the Pooh/Star Wars mash-up.
  • Check out a massive custom Lego of the Sarlaac Pit.
  • There could be new Star Wars: The Clone Wars content coming.
  • Some new, potentially massive spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are online.

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