doctor aphra star wars comic

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Doctor Aphra, introduced in the pages of Darth Vader, is getting her own comic book series.
  • An interview with the actress who played young Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller describe Alden Ehrenreich‘s Han Solo audition process.
  • The lawsuit over Harrison Ford‘s leg injury has finally concluded.
  • Yes, Ewan McGregor still wants to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again.
  • Timothy Zahn talks about Thrawn and Star Wars Rebels season 3.
  • The coolest Star Wars shot glass ever made.
  • LEGOLAND doubles down on Star Wars.
  • Various updates and videos concerning Star Wars Rebels season 3.

After much speculation, Marvel has officially revealed that the top secret new Star Wars comic series being written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Kev Walker will focus on Doctor Aphra, the morally shady archaeologist and adventurer introduced in the pages of Gillen’s own fantastic (and officially finished) Darth Vader series.

doctor aphra star wars comic debuted the news with a lengthy interview with Gillen, where the discussion bounced between the final issue of Darth Vader and the Doctor Aphra series. As Gillen himself points out, this new series is the first Star Wars comic to be focused on a character actually created within the pages of another comic:

It’s Marvel’s first ongoing starring an original character not from the movies. There’s so much to like about Star Wars, I sort of sit back and say, “Oh, I should be more freaked out than I am.” [Laughs] The story I always tell is, Empire Strikes Back was the first movie I saw in the cinema. So essentially, me writing the lead-in to my own entry into pop culture [with Darth Vader], that should be some existential crisis. In actual fact, it’s been joyous and freeing and actually, incredibly good fun. In the same way as this, but with a weird level of pressure upon it as a character who’s been a big part of this story. But you know, she’s not like, somebody in the movies. She’s not somebody with a built-in fanbase. The idea of doing something like that, oh yeah, that’s certainly intimidating…but I like intimidating. It keeps it fun.

Gillen also described the plot of the series, which will pick up a few unresolved threads from Darth Vader and feature familiar faces like Black Krrsantan, Triple Zero, and Beetee in major roles:

Basically, it picks up kind of where, if Darth Vader ever finds out Aphra survived, she’s dead again. So she’s living in hiding. She’s trying to get back to her life of archaeology and she’s dealing with the fact that she has enormous debts. She owes Black Krrsantan, the Wookiee, enormous amounts of money, so she has to try to pay him off, but the bigger problem is that she promised to help locate the people who trained and tortured him. She is trying to deal with the droids [Triple Zero and Beetee], and the droids are a ticking-time bomb, shall we say. In the last series, Vader obviously was the big threat you were meant to be scared of, and the droids become increasingly serious.

For far more details on what to expect, click that link above and head over to the full interview.

Cailey Fleming (young Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Nerdist has a fun interview with Cailey Fleming, the young actress who played Rey in the much-dissected flashback scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It turns out that she didn’t even know she was in a Star Wars movie until she arrived on the set:

Indicative of the high level of secrecy of Abrams’ productions, those auditioning for Young Rey did so with no idea what movie they were signing up for; Fleming herself remembers submitted a tape for “Untitled Feature Project.” No context clues were found in the audition sides, as no selections of the Force Awakens script was provided. Fleming was simply asked to cry.

“You had to cry for one minute straight,” the petite starlet said. “I just started crying for a minute. Maybe a minute and three seconds.” Did she know why her character was crying? “Nope. I didn’t until I got on set. Because I didn’t even know it was Star Wars.”

“‘J.J.,’ I said, ‘What is this film even called?’ He said, ‘Have you ever heard of Star Wars? It’s called Star Wars.’ Which I’d heard of it. But I didn’t watch it or anything.” So, the first Star Wars movie the Mississippi native ever saw was the one she starred in!

For more details, including who Fleming thinks Rey’s parents could be, follow the link above.

Elders React to The Force Awakens

And like that, it looks like the lawsuit surrounding Harrison Ford’s on-set The Force Awakens injury has finally come to a close. Months after officially pleading guilty, Foodles Production has been fined £1.6 million ($2 million) for violating health and safety codes. Francis Sheridan, the judge in the case, explained the reason behind the fine:

The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one? That is the most serious breach here. … If only they had included Mr. Ford in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid.

The lessons to be learned here: be careful, talk to your team, and don’t let spaceship doors fall on Harrison Ford.

Ewan McGregor Gets Comfy as Obi-Wan

Another day, another “Ewan McGregor would love to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again, thank you very much!” story. In a new interview, he once again floated the idea of playing a middle-aged Obi-Wan in a series of movies that would bridge the gap between the prequel trilogy and the original Star Wars:

I’ve always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness’ first one… It would be fun to film that story now I’m older. I’d be the right age. I’m forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them!

I hope that they’re going to explore different genres under the Star Wars banner. And one of those could be an Obi-Wan Kenobi feature film. Or two! The Obi-Wan Kenobi Story Part 1 and Part 2!

Marvel’s excellent Star Wars comic currently has a regular flashback storyline involving Obi-Wan living alone on Tatooine, keeping a watchful eye on Luke and getting into all kinds of adventures and solving his fair share of problems. It’s easy to imagine a slightly older, slightly more grizzled McGregor fitting in perfectly with these kinds of stories. So why not?

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