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Everyone’s making plans for Star Wars Day on May the 4th. After the jump:

  • Future Star Wars games will be canon, says Lucasfilm
  • Timothy Zahn weighs in on the EU and official canon
  • Chris Miller points out his own contribution to the canon
  • See a promo for The Big Bang Theory‘s Star Wars episode
  • Browse some Star Wars Day prints from Dark Ink
  • Get details on Disney’s Stormtrooper-centric art exhibit
  • Watch the first full Star Wars Rebels trailer on May 4
  • In the meantime, flip through some Star Wars Rebels pics
  • … and read a lengthy interview with RebelsDave Filoni

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Some of the principals behind Star Wars Episode VII have been discussing the film recently, plus the resurgence has brought out a few new pieces of pop culture ephemera. Below, read about all this and more:

  • Mark Hamill spoke about Star Wars Episode VII this weekend, confirming he’s had one creative meeting.
  • Episode VII producer and spin-off writer Simon Kinberg talked about his film.
  • Check out a gallery of 1138 behind the scenes photos from the Star Wars films.
  • The BBC talked to J.J. Abrams about Episode VII.
  • Watch videos of Abrams and his Star Trek Into Darkness cast talking about the new Star Wars film.
  • Some of Timothy Zahn‘s Star Wars novels are becoming audio books.
  • A black series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.
  • One fan built the Mos Eisley Cantina.
  • Tons of stars such as Nicolas Cage and Sir Ben Kingsley give their thoughts on new Star Wars movies.
  • J.J’s Place is a comic book blending Star Trek and Star Wars.

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Everyone has an opinion in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • Zachary Quinto and Roberto Orci are happy for J.J. Abrams,
  • Read the official statement from Disney announcing the spinoffs,
  • Author Timothy Zahn has thoughts on young Han Solo casting,
  • Check out an epic, action-packed fan-made trailer for Episode VII,
  • And legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn has died at the age of 98.

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Episode VII isn’t coming out for a few years yet, but 2013 promises lots of non-cinematic Star Wars releases, including a new comic book series, a novel by Timothy Zahn, and an expansion to The Old Republic. After the jump:

  • George Lucas once had plans for four Star Wars trilogies
  • Kathleen Kennedy teases an Episode VII update coming in January
  • Ewan McGregor wants to return, maybe as a hologram
  • Samuel L. Jackson is also willing to return as a ghost
  • Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman talk Star Wars: Legacy
  • Timothy Zahn discusses his novel Scoundrels and Episode VII
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting an expansion

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Less than a week after the bombshell that a new Star Wars movie is two and a half years away, the Internet has shifted into full on minutia-examination mode. Every single quote, angle and rumor is being overanalyzed. While the film world still tries to gets its head around this news, here are just a few of the most recent bits of news, rumors and more.

  • Novelist Timothy Zahn discusses his novels and predictions for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch what Mark Hamill said about Episode VII almost 30 years ago.
  • George Lucas talks his post LucasFilm filmmaking plans and if he’ll have an hand in choosing the director.
  • How one U.S. state is already making their plea for Episode VII to shoot there.
  • Rumors of storylines, a fourth trilogy and a director short list including Neill Blomkamp, Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn & Alfonso Cuaron.

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A day after the biggest movie news in recent memory, reactions and speculation about the future of Star Wars are still in hyperdrive.

A new Star Wars trilogy kicks off in 2015 and details about the movies, specifically the opener Episode VII, are in high demand. For most fans, thoughts immediately turned to the Expanded Star Wars Universe: books and comic books set after Return of the Jedi. These feature the original trilogy’s popular characters: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. It seems almost too easy to grab one of the books, such as the well-regarded Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, and adapt a screenplay from it.

That’s not likely to happen. We all know George Lucas had a much bigger story in mind during the early years of Star Wars. It’ll likely be those stories the new films are based on. A source tells E! News that the new trilogy will not be based on previously released material, saying “it’s an original story.” Additionally, a Lucas biographer, who has been privy to the director’s private notes, calls chapters seven through nine “the most exciting” stories of Lucas’ old outlines. Read their quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

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