Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production right now on the other side of the world, and while set photos have leaked here and there, showing off some of the new locations and the return of ships like the Millennium Falcon and some X-Wings, any significant details are still firmly under wraps.
But John Boyega, who played the new character Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently took a break from filming to stop by the Cannes Film Festival (he received the Chopard Trophy along with Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley), and he ended up chatting briefly about Episode VIII, including what we can expect from the sequel, and one thing that we probably shouldn’t count on in the romance department.
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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Cool Star Wars: The Force Awakens pixel art.
- The end of Marvel’s Darth Vader series.
- Jack O’Connell on auditioning for Han Solo.
- A look at one of the Mos Eisley cantina’s forgotten denizens.
- Notes on the creation of Star Wars: Bloodline.
- Yeah, Cate Blanchett wouldn’t mind being in a Star Wars movie.
- A glimpse at a mysterious Star Wars video game.
- And more!
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If you are planning to read Star Wars: Bloodline, this article is not for you. But I will say this much: Claudia Gray‘s second Star Wars novel is very good, a brisk and well-written thriller that captures the voices of many iconic figures, creates a few memorable new characters, and manages to blend tantalizing details of the post-Return of the Jedi universe into a plot dense with politics and intrigue. Unlike other Star Wars books I’ve read in the past year, this one didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out. I enjoyed it very much, especially how well Gray captures Leia Organa, who gets to the be the no-questions-asked lead character of the story.
But I know some Star Wars fans don’t have the time or inclination to dive into the new books taking place in the gaps between the movies and filling in the new Disney-supervised canon. If you’re a Star Wars fan who wants to know the state of the universe, who wants to know what went down between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how the Resistance was formed and what’s up with the First Order, I’ve got you covered.
Spoilers ahead, of course.
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Lucasfilm this morning has announced that company president and producer Kathleen Kennedy will join Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards for Star Wars Celebration Europe. The duo will appear along with “special guests” for an opening day event at the fan gathering this July. Also StarWars.com has launched a new weekly web series called The Star Wars Show. Find out more about all of the above, after the jump.
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Yesterday, the 2016 fiscal earnings for Electronics Arts were revealed by the video game company, revealing that Star Wars Battlefront has sold 14 million copies so far. The game was one of the #4 best selling title of 2015, and it’s been selling more and more each month, largely thanks to the expansion packs adding new characters, levels and game variants. With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise that a sequel is on the way.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been confirmed by Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen during this year’s earnings call, but it won’t arrive until 2017. And it’s just one of a handful of Star Wars games intended to be released over the next few years. Find out more after the jump. Read More »
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We have some bad news for anyone who has thrown down cash for Disney Infinity over the years. The House of Mouse has just announced that their Disney Infinity video game is coming to an end. After June, there will be no updates for Disney Infinity, which means you won’t be able to have any new Star Wars and Marvel battles after this summer. You’ll just have to settle for all the figures and environments that are already out there.
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In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:
- Rumored titles for Star Wars: Episode 8 are here and they’re all probably bogus.
- A rumored scene showcasing Luke Skywalker’s abilities.
- New photos from the film’s Irish sets.
- A strange cameo by Tom Hardy has apparently been shot.
- John Williams comments on whether or not he’ll return.
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Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? This is one of the biggest questions fans had after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are plenty of theories out there, some crazy, some sensible. But one of the more predominant guesses from fans about the origins of the First Order villain who has trained Kylo Ren in the ways of the dark side has just been debunked.
Pablo Hidalgo is the Creative Executive of the Lucasfilm Story Group, the collective responsible for the official continuity of all things Star Wars. Nothing is canon unless Hidalgo says it’s canon. And in a recent exchange with some inquiring fans on Twitter, Hidalgo seems to have debunked the theory that Supreme Leader Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essays about the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.
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