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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Good Morning America teases some kind of major Star Wars announcement.
  • Some possible insight about future Star Wars movies coming in the years ahead.
  • Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher named Disney Legends.
  • Star Wars: Episode 9 inches forward, possibly to a summer start date.
  • Two new videos show off Rogue One Easter eggs and Gareth Edwards shares more on-set stories.
  • Bad Lip Reading finally gets around to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • And more!

Star Wars Celebration kicks off later this week, but the party is really getting started tomorrow. Good Morning America is teasing some kind of major announcement and while the details are scarce, they do suggest the involvement of Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. Take from this what you will. Could it be the first footage from the new The Last Jedi trailer? Unlikely. An announcement that the theatrical versions of the original trilogy are coming to Blu-ray? Slightly less unlikely. Hmm.

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Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher will soon be more than Star Wars legends – they’ll be Disney legends. Literally. Both of them will soon be recognized at the Disney Legends Awards, joining the ranks of entertainers like George Lucas, Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Tim Allen, and Robin Williams. Here’s Disney CEO Bob Iger’s official statement:

The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company. It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.

Other new Disney Legends being honored this year include Stan Lee and Oprah Winfrey. The ceremony will be held at the D23 Expo this summer.

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Omega Underground and My Entertainment World (via Coming Soon) are both reporting that Star Wars: Episode 9 is set to begin filming this summer. In July, to be specific. There has been no official announcement and we’re still months away from seeing The Last Jedi in theaters, so you should take all of this as a rumor for the time being. However, director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that they’ve finished at least one draft of the screenplay, telling MTV:

We’re writing, we’re designing, and there is a draft. You know, we’re throwing 110 percent of our souls into it, so there will be nothing left of me when I’m done.

Ewan McGregor Gets Comfy as Obi-Wan

While we’re taking things with a grain (or a fistful) of salt, Star Wars News Net spoke with an inside source at Lucasfilm, who filled them in on many of the company’s future plans. Of course, any truth here is subject to change and anything else could be out of date or misunderstood. But for now, let’s just enjoy it as fun chatter, shall we?

First of all, their source commented on Bob Iger’s statements about there being plans for years and years of more Star Wars movies. Most of these ideas are barely on the drawing board:

The creative process regarding the status of Star Wars projects across multiple mediums is said to be rather fluid in nature – most titles that are being talked about right now are simple concepts that don’t have particular talent or crew in mind.

However, the source made it very clear that those rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie starring Ewan McGregor are true and that Lucasfilm wants to make it happen:

Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of Lucasfilm fully intend to make an Obi-Wan movie set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Ewan McGregor in tow. […] I want to emphasize that it’s a movie, singular – not a trilogy. […] An announcement of an Obi-Wan movie might just be one of the big surprises at Celebration Orlando.

They also say that the Boba Fett movie that Josh Trank was going to direct at one point is still alive, even if no one seems to be working on it:

Rest assured, the Boba Fett movie is not dead. […] It’s not strictly a Boba Fett movie, but a film about an ensemble of bounty hunters on an adventure.

While there are plenty of other interesting tidbits at the link above, let’s end with this one:

There seems to be a plan for a hiatus on Star Wars movies – a plan that will happen after a few years after the end of the Sequel Trilogy.

And honestly, this seems like the wisest move possible. Getting to see Star Wars movies is a very special and very cool thing. The last thing Disney and Lucasfilm want to do is make Star Wars feel tired. A break every now and then will allow audiences to recharge their batteries and get excited once more.

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