Knights of Ren Movie

There’s a whole slate of Star Wars films coming out over the next few years with every other one being A Star Wars Story, a spin-off adventure that takes place outside of the primary saga storyline. The first one will be Rogue One this December, followed by a Han Solo standalone movie a couple years later with Alden Ehrenreich inheriting the role from Harrison Ford. There’s rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off to follow in years to come, but we’ve yet to get confirmation on that front.

But if J.J. Abrams had his way, there’s one other spin-off movie he’d like to see involving some characters who were revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens who we don’t know much about. Find out more below. Read More »

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The Force Awakens

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic book adaptation has been extended.
  • Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Timothy Zahn on the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • A clip from LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
  • Star Wars: Force For Change wraps up with a goodbye video.
  • A breakdown of who has the most screen time in The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on Starz this September.
  • Rian Johnson plays Pokemon Go on the set of Star Wars: Episode 8.

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David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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mondo comic-con

If the bylines seem a little inconsistent on /Film over the next few days, that’s because Peter Sciretta, Angie Han, Ethan Anderton, and Jack Giroux are all en route to San Diego Comic-Con, where they’ll be covering every must-see panel and event firsthand and reporting their findings straight back to you. Maybe you’re also heading there. If so, have fun! If not, welcome to the club! We can attempt to enjoy the festivities from a safe distance.

Although things don’t really kick off until Thursday, let’s get things started with a look at some of the cool stuff Mondo will have for sale at their booth this year. If you’re in the market for posters and vinyl centered around Star Wars, the Marvel universe, and Pixar characters, you’re in luck.

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rogue one death troopers

In their original incarnation, the Imperial Stormtroopers were grunts, working stiffs who suited up for the Empire because it was a job because being cannon fodder for characters with names and faces was something that paid the bills. Over the years, it became easy for fans to justify just how disorganized these guys were and how they seemingly couldn’t hit the broad side of a Sandcrawler at ten paces with a blaster – these guys aren’t the most elite bunch.

Now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems poised to finally explain where the cream of the crop from the Imperial Academy actually went – they’re the Death Troopers, specialized soldiers who are instantly recognizable from their black armor. But like so many new pieces of Star Wars lore, their origins lie in in the distant past of the saga’s real life history.

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rogue one cameos

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was all about rekindling your love for the Star Wars saga by embracing the familiar and the nostalgic, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems to be all about taking a hard left turn. We already know that the film will feature a different tone from the main episodes and it probably won’t even feature an opening title crawl. This is Star Wars‘ chance to get weird and be different and director Gareth Edwards certainly appears to be embracing that.

And yet, that doesn’t mean he can’t include the occasional callback or include a recognizable cameo. If a little bit of internet detective work is to be believed, Rogue One will feature small appearances from characters who will be more than a little familiar to seasoned Star Wars fans. Naturally, potential spoilers lurk below, so proceed with caution.

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star wars celebration Europe 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several days — or, more likely, too busy playing Pokémon Go to pay any attention to the rest of the internet — you’ve surely heard that Star Wars Celebration Europe took place over the weekend. You may have even read some of our reports from the major panels, including new details about Rogue OneEpisode VIII, and the Han Solo spinoff, as well as RebelsBattlefront, and more.

But just in case you’ve missed anything, we’ve compiled every last bit of coverage for you. Below, run down our Star Wars Celebration roundup of all our stories from the event.  Read More »

han and leia

Lucasfilm was reluctant to reveal too much about the plot of Star Wars Episode VIII at Star Wars Celebration Europe, aside from the juicy tidbit that it’ll pick up right where The Force Awakens left off. But star Carrie Fisher may have let one other major detail slip about a certain key scene in the movie. Be warned potential spoilers for Episode VIII are ahead — nothing too terribly major, but if you’d rather go into the film knowing as little as possible you may want to err on the side of caution.  Read More »

Rogue One Opening Crawl

There’s been plenty of buzz about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the past month. Plenty of new details and photos were revealed in a big Entertainment Weekly spread (including confirmation of Darth Vader’s return), such as the reveal of Forest Whitaker starring in the film as a character borrowed from the Clone Wars animated series, clarification on the reshoots that were taking place this summer, and much more. Plus, this past weekend brought a stunning new teaser poster and a revealing sizzle reel showing tons of behind the scenes footage. You can find out much more in our recap of the panel previewing the film.

Now with Star Wars Celebration over, we have one more update from the convention this past weekend, and it’s something that is likely to rile up some fans. Despite the fact that Kathleen Kennedy was previously unsure if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have an opening crawl like the rest of the films in the Star Wars saga, she seemed to have a slightly more definitive answer at Star Wars Celebration. Read More »