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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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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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Actor Adam Scott appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (which was guest hosted by Kirsten Bell). Since it was Star Wars Day (May the 4th), he told the story of how he was obsessed with Star Wars as a kid and invited Mark Hamill to his birthday party, but he never showed up. The late night show took the opportunity to surprise the Parks and Recreation star with Luke Skywalker himself and I think the short three-minute video is worth watching.

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Carrie Fisher‘s tragic death rocked the world and a galaxy far, far away. But while the world had to come to terms with losing a beloved star, Star Wars: Episode 9 had to grapple with losing their General.

And after they mourned the loss of Fisher, the team behind Episode 9 had to rethink how they were moving forward with the sequel to The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. In the end, the only option was to not have General Leia Organa appear at all.

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Star Wars Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mash-Up

Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of The Beatles, you probably know their famous album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Personally, I think it’s one of the band’s best albums, but some genius went and made it even better by adding more than a little Star Wars to the mix.

YouTube user Palette-Swap Ninja has taken the entirety of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and rewritten the lyrics to tell the story of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s an incredible piece of parody work that may even make Weird Al Yankovic a little jealous. Marvel as the titular track from the album is turned into “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” and Luke Skywalker gets made fun of with lyrics saying “Luke is in the desert and whining” set the tune of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

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Mark Hamill Pranks Star Wars Fans

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you and all that jazz! In honor of today’s makeshift holiday that celebrates the saga from a galaxy far, far away, we have a new video to share as part of Omaze’s ongoing Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, this time benefitting Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For Star Wars fans, there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting the actors who played the heroes (and even the villains) that they grew up loving. So imagine being asked to record some memorable Star Wars lines as part of some montage of fans showing their love for the saga or something silly like that, and then suddenly being interrupted by none other than Luke Skywalker himself. That’s exactly what happens in this video where Mark Hamill pranks Star Wars fans by surprising them in some pretty hilarious ways, including appearing as a cheap Darth Vader stand-in and more. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Interviews with Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran
  • The Last Jedi may feature a confrontation between Leia and Snoke
  • Download a cancelled Star Wars first person shooter
  • Disney Stores are planning special events for May the Fourth
  • J.J. Abrams talks about shrinking theatrical release windows
  • And more!

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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

When I got out of the premiere for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the first questions I got was: how does the first Star Wars standalone film compare to JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? And for me the answer was simple, while both movies are good, The Force Awakens is better because it offers better-written characters and a story in which I became more emotionally invested in.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, Lessons From the Screenplay, has just published a video essay taking on this exact topic and I want to share it with you since it says everything I have felt about the differences between these two stories.
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In news that everyone and their mother could have predicted, Universal’s upcoming Doctor Dolittle movie has vacated its May 24, 2019 release date…mainly because a little movie called Star Wars: Episode 9 decided it wanted that Memorial Day weekend and Star Wars gets what Star Wars wants and a talking veterinarian (even one played by Robert Downey Jr.) cannot stop it.

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