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We’ve been calling Disney’s upcoming Star Wars land “Star Wars Land” by default, mainly because it hasn’t had an official name. Until now. At the theme park panel at this year’s D23, it was officially revealed that the immersive experience coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With this news came a number of other tantalizing tidbits about what we can expect from this new land…including a fun cameo from a certain droid beloved to Disney fans.

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Lucasfilm is not going to be presenting at San Diego Comic-Con International this year, so D23 Expo is our last chance to learn more about the eighth chapter of the Skywalker saga before the marketing campaign enters full swing.

The cast and crew of Star Wars: The Last Jedi all congregated at D23 to give details on the newest Star Wars film, how they are dealing with Carrie Fisher‘s tragic passing, and what the new cast members feel about joining such a beloved blockbuster franchise.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi behind the scenes reel

At the D23 Expo in California today, there wasn’t a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we got the next best thing.

Director Rian Johnson and star Mark Hamil presented one of those gorgeous behind the scene sizzle reels that reveals some of the sets, aliens, ships and action that we’ll be seeing on the big screen when The Last Jedi arrives in theaters this winter.

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Star Wars Land - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

On the eve before the Parks and Resort panel at D23 Expo 2017, it appears that the name of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Land may have been prematurely revealed. Find out more below. Read More »

Star Wars Land Model

Update: Elevation drawings of Star Wars Land have been revealed and you can take a look at them (and speculate what they could mean) at the bottom of the original post.

Last night, during a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the gigantic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This model will be on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” Pavilion at D23 Expo throughout the weekend. Check out our Star Wars Land model photos from the unveiling and find out everything we learned from studying the model and items on display.

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kylo ren and rey connection

Kyber crystals. Before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, they were probably not in your lexicon (and might not even be after it). Sure, if you watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, you might be a bit more familiar. The Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst, the young adult novel Ahsoka, and the just-launched Darth Vader series set directly after the ending of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith continue the expansion of knowledge. So why are Kyber crystals suddenly so front-and-center in Star Wars, and what does it mean for Rey (and her lineage) and Kylo Ren going forward, especially Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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Just when you thought fan outcry and demands for toys and games of popular female characters had been heard, Hasbro has gone and ignored them yet again.

A young fan of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Rey had written a letter to Hasbro a year ago after she couldn’t find her favorite character in the Star Wars Monopoly game, and the toy company went into crisis control. First Hasbro sheepishly claimed that it left out Rey due to spoilers, then promised the fan that it would release an updated version of the game with a Rey token. But Hasbro has walked back on that promise to release a version with Rey, citing “insufficient interest.”

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It’s no secret that we here at /Film are big fans of Mondo and their very cool output of posters and collectibles. So we’re pleased to exclusively reveal six prints that the Austin-based company is bringing to San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Fans of Star Wars, Attack on Titan, Samurai Jack, Labyrinth, Beauty and the Beast, and 2001: A Space Odyssey who will be attending this year’s con will want to bring some extra cash (and probably a poster tube). Everyone else can still admire these beauties from afar.

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Fukuoka Star Wars Float - Kylo Ren

Over the last two years, Japan has been going all-out with Star Wars promotions tied to local tourism: snow sculptures, sand sculptures, glow-in-the-dark parade floats. This year, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration, the city of Fukuoka has joined in the festivities, with a 2-ton, 42-foot-high Star Wars float being heaved through the streets by a team of men in loincloths.

If you have ever fantasized about seeing Star Wars at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, this is probably the next best thing. Below, check out photos and video of Fukuoka, Japan’s towering Star Wars float.

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Forces of Destiny 8

Back in April, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled their plans for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, a campaign consisting of toys, animated shorts, and children’s books intended to shine a spotlight on the female characters in a galaxy far, far away. The campaign kicked off last week, and we’ve updated this article with all of the Forces of Destiny shorts  so you can watch them all in one place. Take a look at the episodes and tell us what you think!
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