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Kieron Gillen, the award-winning writer of Marvel’s Darth Vader comics and the writer of their primary Star Wars comic, is leaving the franchise this year. “I have three issues left to write in THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN,” he said. “That’s issue 67, the end of my story, and I’ll be off. No present plans to write anything else in Star Wars – I suspect I’ve said all I’ve wanted to about these characters in comics. At least in this period, anyway.” No word yet on who’s going to take over writing duties for that title.

Star Wars meets Shakespeare in this moody little short film (via io9).

We could all use a little more Orson Krennic in our lives, and Hot Toys is here to fill that need with a 1/6 scale collectible figure. Who wouldn’t want Ben Mendelsohn‘s Rogue One character staring at you from your work desk every day in his sharp white uniform? The figure includes “multiple interchangeable hands, a magnetic cape, a poncho, a removable magnetic hat, a blaster pistol, ammo clips, two code cylinders, and a specialized figure stand.” Get more details about it here.

Star Wars Episode 9

Deadline reports that J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode 9 will not be dropping a trailer during the Super Bowl on Sunday. “The thinking is that Episode IX can feasibly create its own weather whenever Disney decides to launch the trailer; it doesn’t need a big 103 million-viewed event to prop the December 20 release.”

Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo explained why a TV show version of Star Wars 1313, one of the company’s abandoned video games, never came to fruition: local residents rejected Lucasfilm’s plan to build more sound stages. But as of a few years ago, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told us she still wanted to develop that story, so it may appear in some form down the line.

Hear Winnie the Pooh voice actor Jim Cummings read a clip from Star Wars: Pirate’s Price, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Puppeteer Brian Herring, who brought BB-8 to life in the new trilogy, shared a few special photos on Twitter.

Anthony Daniels marked C-3PO’s final day on the Episode 9 set, and then delivered a touching follow-up.

The Mandalorian set photo

MakingStarWars relays the info that the lead character of The Mandalorian will be using Scarif Trooper and Death Trooper parts on his costume as the series goes on. They also bring word about a new character in the show:

Supposedly there is a secret enclave of Mandalorians our hero is affiliated with. It is in this enclave that an armorer resides. It appears this woman is the key to his major upgrades. It almost sounds like she’s Q from James Bond for our hero, but I might be overstepping with that comparison. It isn’t clear how much of the costume is older Mandalorian armor and how much are parts he’s acquired in his adventures or misadventures especially as the story moves on. But I did see him fighting a lot of Death Troopers and I’m assuming that’s where he gets those pieces. That is kind of cool when you think about it as the Empire is dying post Return of the Jedi and the Rogue One Death Troopers are about to be a thing of the past that he carries into that new era. It also sounds like that enclave is going to be really inspiring for future Star Wars content.

In the 1977 Star Wars, Luke Skywalker originally purchased R5-D4 from the Jawas, but their time together was short-lived. “Red” blew a gasket, so Luke got R2-D2 and C-3PO instead. But Jon Favreau recently shared this photo of ol’ R5 from the set of his Disney+ series The Mandalorian, so it appears that gasket problem ended up getting fixed after all.

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Discussing hyperdrive technology on set.

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Tesla founder Elon Musk also dropped by the set and was able to wield some sort of double-barrel weapon. Your guess is as good as mine as to who will actually be holding it in the show.

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