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Last December, Hollywood was hit with the tragic news that Star Wars saga actress Carrie Fisher had passed away. She had already completed filming on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but reports indicated that her character General Leia was meant to have an even bigger role in Star Wars: Episode IX. One of the options being discussed in order to fix this issue was making changes to General Leia’s role in The Last Jedi to reduce the problem of her not being in Episode IX. But that apparently won’t be necessary.

Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared today for a chat at the USC Marshall School of Business, and when conversation turned to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he brought up the passing of Carrie Fisher and how it was being handled behind the scenes.  Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The first picture ever taken of Luke Skywalker.
  • Executive producer Dave Filoni talks all about that episode of Star Wars Rebels.
  • A collection of updates on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • Is Boba Fett plotting a left-field comeback?
  • A big group of Star Wars actors are heading to this year’s Celebration.
  • The Han Solo movie is seeking 250 extras.
  • Frank Oz talks puppetry versus CGI.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Celebration 2017 Here’s what we have cooking in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • New rumors about locations and characters in Han Solo‘s spin-off
  • Additions to the Star Wars Celebration roster
  • An interview about how Space Mountain became Hyperspace Mountain
  • A small change with how Lucasfilm references the other films in the Star Wars saga
  • Rian Johnson clarifies the meaning of “The Last Jedi“, but not really
  • John Boyega reveals a gift that Rian Johnson got him after wrapping The Last Jedi.
  • Find out more about the background of General Hux

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In addition to his work with the Muppets and directing a number of good films (including Little Shop of Horrors, What About Bob?, and BowfingerFrank Oz is probably best as the voice and puppeteer behind Jedi Master Yoda in the Star Wars movies. This week, Oz has been doing press for a new documentary that premiered at SXSW titled Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched…and that means Star Wars questions.

During an interview, Oz was asked about the rumors that he might reprise his role as Yoda as a force ghost in the upcoming Skywalker saga film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His answer raises more questions than it does provide answers, but to me, it sounds like an inadvertent confirmation of Yoda in The Last Jedi. Let’s take a closer look.

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Yesterday, the first footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi was screened during the Disney investors’ conference. The initial reports, which came via tweets from a Los Angeles Times reporter, spread like wildfire around the galaxy (or at least the internet). But the brief social media posts offered very little in the way of description.

Last night, I was contacted by someone who was also in attendance at the meeting and provided me with the full Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage description.
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The general public likely won’t see the first footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi until Star Wars Celebration next month in Orlando, but Disney Shareholders were given a sneak peek on Wednesday during the Disney shareholder meeting in Denver, Colorado. The footage appears to reveal the Episode 8 opening. Find out what was shown, after the jump.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer Description

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • What is the state of the universe at the start of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
  • The Last Jedi may be undergoing some reshoots very soon.
  • J.J. Abrams (jokingly?) says that Mark Hamill should win an Oscar.
  • We may not learn the Han Solo movie title until July.
  • A new video explores Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s VFX process.
  • The origins of Jedha, revealed!
  • Voice performer Tiya Sircar on Sabine’s big decision on Star Wars Rebels.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer Description

It’s a foregone conclusion that Disney will release almost all of their tentpole titles in the IMAX format, even if they weren’t shot natively on the large format. However, in the case of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we now know that director Rian Johnson shot some key sequences from the sequel with IMAX cameras, just like J.J. Abrams did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney has just announced a new deal with IMAX that includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi being released on the giant screen, along with Star Wars: Episode IX, the Han Solo spin-off that just started production this week, all of the future Marvel Studios releases, and much more. Read More »

Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: the Force Awakens introduced Supreme Leader Snoke to Star Wars canon, and over a year later, we still don’t know much about this mysterious figure. The new book Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End might give us some new information on the inexplicable power behind the First Order. Hit the jump to learn more about how Empire’s End may reveal Snoke’s origins.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • It looks like we now know when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit Blu-ray and DVD.
  • Cinefex dedicates their next cover story of Rogue One‘s digitally recreated Tarkin…
  • …as ILM releases a video showing off their process in creating him.
  • A new rumor claims to know who Benicio del Toro is playing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • Lupita Nyong’o talks about Star Wars secrecy.
  • The cover of the next issue of the Poe Dameron comic teases new (but familiar) Star Wars ships.
  • And more!

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