Star Wars The Last Jedi poster

We’re still seven months away from the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so I hope the chair in which you’ve decided to wait this one out is still accommodating your backside. And since we probably won’t be seeing another trailer for Rian Johnson‘s chapter in the beloved saga for some time yet, are you up for a quick hit of Star Wars news? Just a little taste to get you through the day?

If so, just know that the latest round of The Last Jedi rumors dip their toe into possible spoiler territory. You’ve been warned.

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Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars Trailer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year so far, you probably already know that this year marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Throughout the year there will be a myriad of events and memorabilia commemorating the milestone anniversary, and one famous Los Angeles has one of the most unique offerings that fans will be able to enjoy this year.

Cinefamily hosts plenty of cool events and screenings each year, and rather than just settling for a screening of Star Wars, they decided to put together a video called Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars, a 77-minute assembly of some of the strangest footage with ties to the classic sci-fi saga. There are vintage commercials, fan films, sketches, outtakes and even pornography. You would think the latter would be the most disturbing portion, but it’s actually a quick clip of C-3PO rapping.

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“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

Those seven words, some of the first we’ve heard from the mouth of Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy era, set the internet ablaze last month when the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Whether you’re a die-hard fan who takes in every bit of Star Wars you can find or a casual fan of the movies, those words had a heavy sensation to them: what in the galaxy could Luke mean?

Of course, with that question comes worry and speculation. If the Jedi end, what does that mean for the galaxy? What does it mean for the Force? What does it mean for our heroes like Rey, who ostensibly wants to train as a Jedi? We’ve been taught by decades of Star Wars storytelling that without the Jedi there can be no balance to the Force. It’s literally in the opening dialogue of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, courtesy of Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka.

But let’s face it: The Last Jedi, or even the “end” of the Jedi, won’t be the end of Star Wars. With games, TV series, movies, books, and comics all in development for after the film’s release, it’s obviously not the end of the franchise, or even of the story of the Skywalker family and the Jedi as a whole. So what does it mean? Well, some of those other canon projects may be gearing us up for a new understanding of the Force, and a new type of Force user altogether.

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Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Original Ending

Even though Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel trilogy in the Star Wars saga, it’s still a far cry from measuring up to the original trilogy. One of the biggest issues with the final chapter in the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) became Darth Vader is how the former Jedi’s relationship with his secret lover Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) comes to an end.

On one hand, seeing Anakin’s judgment clouded by the dark side, so much that he nearly kills her, is a powerful tragedy. But the fact that Amidala ends up essentially dying because she “lost the will to live” is a bit silly. It doesn’t help that Padmé, who was once a strong, independent leader, never willing to walk away from a fight, just cries and whines when Anakin clearly isn’t himself anymore. But in the original ending, she didn’t take Anakin’s betrayal the same way. In fact, in the Revenge of the Sith original ending, Padmé made some bold moves to stop him. Find out more below. Read More »

Han Solo Movie First Look

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Han Solo spin-off star Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about the movie.
  • A fan petition wants Peter Mayhew to cameo in the Han Solo movie.
  • Could Ian McDiarmid play Emperor Palpatine on Star Wars Rebels?
  • Ewan McGregor is still not opposed to an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
  • Read excerpts from two Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel novels.
  • Rogue One finally finishes its theatrical run.
  • And more!

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Star Wars The Last Jedi 8-Bit Trailer

Last month Star Wars fans were rocked with the arrival of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was the first real footage from the movie we’d seen, and now we’re left wondering when we’ll see the next trailer for the movie (our gut tells us around the time D23 or San Diego Comic-Con is happening in July, but we can’t be sure). In the meantime, why not enjoy the first trailer that you’ve watched dozens of times by now, but in a whole new way: in the form of an 8-bit video game trailer.

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Snoke Darth Plagueis Theory

Star Wars fans are notoriously detail-minded. Just look at the selection of Star Wars-related books that publisher DK releases. There are ultimate guides, visual dictionaries, atlases, blueprints of weapons and ships; it goes beyond the scene-by-scene breakdown and crosses into in-universe knowledge you won’t necessarily find on screen, all to help make the characters, objects, and places of Star Wars all the more real for the die-hard fans.

And in those details, fans may sometimes find some hints about what’s to come in the feature films that sell billions of dollars worth of tickets, getting a leg-up on those who only hit the theater each year. They’re not necessary to understand or enjoy the core story of the Skywalker Saga, but they can certainly build it up and enhance it. Such has been the case since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, and the Story Group at Lucasfilm has started coordinating everything related to Star Wars. If there’s a book or comic or animated series or narrative-driven game in the works, it gets the Story Group stamp, as they help storytellers bring the world of Star Wars into a whole new galaxy.

And if you’re willing to do some detective work, it certainly looks like the recent books have been laying the groundwork to explain Supreme Leader Snoke, the villainous leader glimpsed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as the uncharted areas of the Star Wars universe.

Spoilers ahead for recent Star Wars novels.

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han solo movie

We may be getting a blast(er) from the past with the upcoming Han Solo standalone movie.

The newest entry in the Star Wars anthology series follows Rogue One by taking us to a time long ago, before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. We already knew that it would follow a young Han Solo and his origin as one of the most infamous smugglers in the galaxy, but new set photos reveal that we may see a familiar location in the still untitled film: Tatooine.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at how Christopher Nolan played a key role in the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out who won the fan vote to become the new Hasbro Star Wars figure, see video from Rian Johnson‘s editing session with John Williams, Daisy Ridley says that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is “more ominous,” take a first look at Kylo Ren’s new starship from The Last Jedi, Christopher Patrick Nolan who played a Rebel Trooper in the Darth Vader sequence from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals some inside information about the making of that sequence, find out which Last Jedi scenes played in full-screen ratio in the IMAX cut of the trailer and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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warwick davis in han solo

There are Star Wars actors and there are Star Wars mainstays, the performers who seem perfectly happy to be linked to the massively successful film series. Warwick Davis made his film debut in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, playing Wicket the Ewok, and he’s been attached at the hip to the saga ever since. In addition to playing roles in the various films, he’s also become one of the franchise’s figureheads, hosting events at Star Wars Celebration and generally appearing whenever an affable face is needed.

So yeah, of course he’s in the Han Solo movie.

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