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Rumor has it that Disney will be completely changing the Star Tours experience in Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. Here’s how our theme park trip to a galaxy far far away may change.
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Jaina and Jacen Solo

Star Wars is steeped in wildly esoteric lore. Though Disney stripped down the expanded world of the Star Wars universe when they took control of Lucasfilm, fans of the franchise and its expansive decades-deep landscape still use the framework set up by the books and comics to theorize on what might happen next and who we might see appear in the current Star Wars canon. Ever since the first The Force Awakens rumors started creeping around the internet, there were rumblings that the film might include two of the expanded universe’s most pivotal characters: Jaina and Jacen Solo. Though the pair never materialized, their story may well be able to give us insight into the future of another pair in the new trilogy: Rey and Kylo Ren.

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Update: Electronic Arts has heard the internet loud and clear and has changed course on character unlocks for Star Wars Battlefront II. You can find all of the details below.

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The Star Wars Battlefront video games are glossy, expensive, highly polished experiences from a major developer. They are also just a sleek update on how you used to play with your Star Wars action figures – timelines don’t matter as characters from different eras clash against one another in locations they never visited. And that’s okay. That’s what playtime is all about.

A new live-action Star Wars Battlefront II trailer knows this, tapping into the nostalgia inherent in anyone who has grown up with this universe. It’s lovely, really. And of course, it arrives just as Battlefront publisher Electronic Arts shoots itself in the foot with the most hated Reddit comment of all time.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story First Look

We’ve heard plenty about next year’s new Star Wars spin-off focusing on Han Solo. After a troubled production saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller let go from the project, only to be replaced by director Ron Howard, the film wrapped back in October and was finally given the official title of Solo: A Star Wars Story. But when will we get our first official look at the movie? It might be today.

Thanks to a new piece of promotional material from the Hawkins Theater chain, it appears that we have been given the first image of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in the spin-off that dives into the smuggler’s origin story. Check out the Solo: A Star Wars Story first look below. Read More »

Luke Skywalker Force

Just how powerful is Luke Skywalker? Apparently, very powerful. In a new canonical Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker, it’s revealed that Luke once used the Force to pull-down a massive Star Destroyer like a boss. This reveal makes one wonder if we’ll be seeing any of that massive power in The Last Jedi. Probably not, but we can dream.

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This week in Star Wars Bits:

  • How Carrie Fisher inspired the jewelry of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • A new look at Kelly Marie Tran‘s Rose Tico
  • Learn more about the casino planet of Canto Bight
  • Kylo Ren is just a big baby, Adam Driver admits
  • Are Porgs the perfect balance of the force?
  • And much more!

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This year’s holiday movie season brings us arguably the most widely anticipated blockbuster of the entirety of 2017: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson’s follow-up to the massively popular revival of the Star Wars franchise in 2015, The Force Awakens, is still five weeks away from release, and is all but guaranteed to be a similarly massive, critic-proof hit. However, this weekend offers a glimpse into a possible future for one of the new stars of The Last Jedi, Daisy Ridley.

Ridley, a relative unknown before being cast as Rey in The Force Awakens, has her first non-Star Wars movie in wide release this weekend, as one part of the vast ensemble of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express. By the very nature of the Agatha Christie detective story that inspired Branagh’s film (as well as the Sidney Lumet-directed adaptation from 1974), Ridley is not stepping fully into the spotlight here. She plays one of a handful of suspects of a vicious killing on an upscale intercontinental train, as a forthright governess with — of course — a secret past. So this is not the equivalent of Hayden Christensen taking a break from playing the petulant teenage version of Anakin Skywalker by starring in the true-story drama Shattered Glass. But it might work toward Ridley’s benefit to gradually break away from Star Wars, expanding her talents as opposed to diving in headfirst to radically different roles.

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Rian Johnson Star Wars Trilogy

Yesterday, Lucasfilm dropped one of the year’s biggest pieces of movie news: Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is set to develop a brand new trilogy of Star Wars movies with no connection to the Skywalker Saga. And because we love Star Wars and because we the previous work of Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper), we have thoughts and opinions. Enough to fill an entire episode of an emergency podcast. Or enough to share below in written form.

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On the November 9, 2017, we gathered in the /Film bunker for an emergancy episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and Nerdist writer Amy Radcliffe to discuss the big breaking Star Wars news: Disney has announced a new Star Wars movie trilogy set outside of the Skywalker saga, to be helmed by Rian Johnson. They have also confirmed plans for a live-action Star Wars television series to debut on Disney’s streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019. Hit the jump to hear our geeky discussion.

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Following today’s bombshell announcement that Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is developing a completely separate and brand new trilogy of Star Wars movies, today also brings the news that the long-rumored live action Star Wars TV show is officially happening. And a new Star Wars show isn’t the only thing they’re working on.
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