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Reading Star Wars Bits ain’t like dusting crops, boy. Here’s what we have from a galaxy far, far away today:

  • The Force Awakens production designer at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Behind the Scenes of the Star Wars Weekends creative campaign
  • Details and cover art from deluxe edition of Star Wars Battlefront
  • Details on some tracks from The Force Awakens score
  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy mourn passing of Christopher Lee
  • Weird Al Yankovic records an a capella version of his song Yoda
  • Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back event is now open
  • Star Wars Rebels characters join Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Rumored details on locations, aliens and more in Star Wars: Rogue One
  • New shots of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series Stormtrooper
  • Industrial Light & Magic working on Star Wars virtual reality experience

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You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s read these Star Wars Bits and go home! Here’s all the good stuff we’ve got below for today’s round-up of Star Wars updates for the weekend:

  • Which Star Wars character does Brad Bird want to direct a movie about?
  • Lords of the Sith novel made The New York Times bestseller list
  • See a piece of concept art with an alternate version of Kylo Ren
  • StarWars.com counts down the best Star Wars costumes
  • Star Wars Weekends is getting some cool ice cubes and cupcakes
  • Infographic tracks the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars saga
  • Star Wars gets a new exhibit at Madame Tussauds in London
  • Potential Star Wars: Rogue One spoilers concerning returning characters
  • Two new Vinylmation figures coming to Star Wars Weekends
  • See a LEGO Super Star Destroyer destroyed in slow-motion
  • What planet are the X-Wings flying on in The Force Awakens trailers?
  • New Star Wars: The Force Awakens t-shirt at Star Wars Weekends
  • Millennium Falcon and more playable vehicles in Star Wars Battlefront
  • Sneak preview of Star Wars #5 comic book

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On Friday we ran some quotes from Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg talking about their work consulting on Star Wars: Episode 7 and writing the announced set of stand-alone spin-ff films set within the Star Wars galaxy. The Los angeles Times also caught up with Kasdan at the Final Draft Hall of Fame ceremony and got him to talk a bit more about the upcoming Star Wars movies.

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IGN was lucky to catch screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: The Last Stand) at last night’s Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards, where Kasdan was honored with the hall of fame award. Jim Vejvoda talked to them about the upcoming seventh installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga and the standalone spin-off films, which they are currently working on as “consultants”. While not much in terms of details were revealed in the chat, we do get a couple bits.

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Last night word broke that LucasFilm and Disney are planning to build the first standalone Star Wars film around Yoda. That rumor was the latest piece in a puzzle that also included tidbits about screenwriter Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan writing standalone films for George Lucas’s universe, and big plans on Disney’s part to exploit the Star Wars property on a regular basis going forward.

Now Disney CEO Bob Iger, in a television appearance, has confirmed plans for standalone films and that Kinberg and Kasdan are, indeed, writing films that won’t be labeled as primary Star Wars episodes. (Michael Arndt is writing Episode VII for J.J. Abrams to direct.)

Iger does not confirm any characters, despite being asked specifically to do so, saying “I’m going to leave it to Kathy and the LucasFilm team” to reveal details when they’re ready. He does say that Abrams is acting as consultant on the standalone pictures, and highlights Kasdan’s history, too. Read his quote and see video of the appearance below.

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Over the years there has been no shortage of speculation about what characters might end up being the center of a Star Wars film that focused on the history of one character, rather than the big ensemble. Boba Fett was always a fan-favorite choice, before the prequels took some of the air out of the character’s sails. As of a year ago, Joe Johnston still wanted to make a movie oriented around everyone’s favorite helmeted bounty hunter.

Robert Rodriguez has expressed his own interest in a Han Solo movie, and there is a grand list of characters that could be explored in films with an individual focus. Now we hear more news that Kathleen Kennedy and LucasFilm are definitely prepping a solo film or two, and that the first will center on Yoda. Could this be what Lawrence Kasdan is writing? Read More »

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