Rogue One A Star Wars Story - U-Wing Fighter

The American Society of Cinematographers has interviewed Rogue One production designer Doug Chiang, who revealed that the U-Wing and K-2SO were the hardest designs to nail:

It would be the U-wing — and Kay-Tu, the robot [played by Alan Tudyk]. Our film needs to dovetail seamlessly with Episode IV, but we also wanted to add a component of new. I think it’s very important in a Star Wars film that you add that small percentage that’s fresh. Episode V had the walkers and Episode VI had the speeder bikes. You need that little bit to keep the audience engaged and to build the world more thoroughly, because it is an expansive universe.

You can read the much, much larger interview at the link above.

star wars the screaming citadel

The last time Marvel’s Star Wars comic series had a crossover, we got the very fun Vader Down, which saw Darth Vader stranded on a planet with an army of Rebel soldiers (or was it the other way around?). Now, the next crossover has been announced and it will feature the cast of the core Star Wars comic and the new Doctor Aphra series coming together for a new adventure, which is being described as a “gothic horror story.” Titled The Screaming Citadel, the five-issue crossover will be written by Jason Aaron (of Star Wars) and Kieron Gillen (of Doctor Aphra), with Marco Checchetto drawing the first issue. Here’s how Aaron described the story of the crossover in an interview with

It starts with Aphra and Luke together, which is a pairing we didn’t really see at all in Vader Down, and that really drives this story. That’s probably been the most fun part for me, so far — reading what Kieron did with those two characters together and then carrying on from that. It starts with them venturing into a very dark and scary situation on a faraway alien planet and winding up in the clutches of a sinister alien queen. There’s symbiotes involved. There are Aphra’s two murderous droids and best-friend Wookiee, and then, of course, the cast of my book. Han and Leia and Sana Starros come running into the fray, as well, and there are several new villains who are at play.

The Screaming Citadel will kick off in May.

Star Wars Rebels Thrawn

Grab a snack: io9 has gone ahead and put together a comprehensive list if everything the new Star Wars canon has reintroduced from the old expanded universe. It’s a fairly robust list.

Star Wars Rebels season 3 mid-season trailer

The official synopses for the final five episodes of Star Wars Rebels season 3 have arrived online, should you want to get a taste of what to expect when the season concludes next month:

3×18 “Secret Cargo” – 3/04/2017
When a routine refueling mission goes wrong, the Ghost crew find themselves transporting an important rebel leader across the galaxy, pursued by Imperial warships.
3×19 “Double Agent Droid” – 3/11/2017
Chopper and AP-5 team up to infiltrate an Imperial station to steal needed codes, but an Imperial specialist turns the droids against the crew to cause chaos.
3×20 “Twin Suns” – 3/18/2017
Reacting to a vision of Maul, Ezra defies Hera and Kanan to travel to a remote planet in hopes of stopping the former Sith lord from carrying out his plans.
3×21 – “Zero Hour – Part One” – 3/25/2017
In final preparations for their attack on Lothal, Phoenix Squadron’s plans are disrupted when Grand Admiral Thrawn discovers their location.
3×22 “Zero Hour- Part Two” – 3/25/2017
Trapped on Atollon with the rebel base under siege, Hera and Kanan fight to keep the squadron alive, as Ezra attempts to rally help from an unexpected source.

For more, you can look to the latest episode of Rebels Recon, which dives into the making of “Trials of the Darksaber.”

Speaking of the Darksaber, here’s a clip from the upcoming episode “Legacy of Mandalore,” which debuts of February 18, 2017.

While this is nothing more than her having a little bit of fun on Twitter, actress Rosario Dawson has made it pretty clear that she’d be down to play a live-action Ahsoka Tano, should the character follow Saw Gerrera to the big screen.

Because it wouldn’t be Star Wars Bits without it, here’s the latest episode of The Star Wars Show.

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