Josh Trank exits Star Wars

According to Star Wars Post, Lucasfilm trademarked a new title awhile back, though it wasn’t clear what the title was intended for. The trademark in question was for Star Wars: Rivals, and some think it could easily be a new animated series in development at Disney XD (since we’ve heard one is being worked on right now).

But ComicBook.com noticed that one of the two trademark entries is almost an exact duplicate of the one filed for the most recent Star Wars mobile game release, Star Wars: Force Arena. More than likely, this is a trademark for a Star Wars video game title, but we’ll have to wait and see when this new title pops up to know for sure. Star Wars - Hyperspace Mountain

The classic Disneyland theme park ride known as Space Mountain opened on May 27, 1977, just two days after Star Wars opened in theaters for the first time. Now the two pop culture icons have been mashed up together in an update of the classic ride called Hyperspace Mountain, a change that took effect about a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters.

If you don’t make it to Disneyland as much as our editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta does, the ride is very much the same, but it’s enveloped with visuals and sounds that make the rider feel like they’re in a Star Wars space battle, complete with Star Destroyers in the distance and TIE Fighters swarming around you as the music of John Williams blares throughout the attraction.

StarWars.com recently had an e-mail interview with Elissa Logozio, who is an associate producer at Walt Disney Imagineering and producer of Hyperspace Mountain, and she explained the process of updating the classic ride for Star Wars fans. Check out the full interview over here.

Star Wars Prequels

For Star Wars purists out there, a little detail about how the films of the core Star Wars saga are being referred to by Lucasfilm might be slightly perturbing. ComicBook.com recently noticed that press releases for Star Wars projects that refer to the primary episodes of the Star Wars franchise have stopped using the episode number along with the actual subtitle of the movie.

So instead of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, it’s just Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. This is something that we’ve done at /Film for awhile since it just seems redundant once we know the actual title of a given episode. Star Wars fans can be very finicky about little changes like this, but hopefully they understand that this is truly a much cleaner way to refer to each film in the franchise and it’s not something to get bent out of shape about.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer Description

While we’re still waiting for the first footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson offered up what some fans felt like might be veiled hints at what the title means. For most of us, the title’s meaning is pretty obvious. However, when Rian Johnson attempted to clarify that the title meant the “final” Jedi, fans really started deliberating about what that meant. Johnson had no idea the firestorm of discussion that fans were thrown into after this seemingly innocent response on Twitter, and when he further clarified, fans were left to go back to the drawing board with their theories:

The more important question is whether the Jedi in this case refer to Luke and Rey or if there might be a group of them who emerge again once Luke comes out of the shadows. But that’s something we likely won’t have an answer to until we see the movie this winter.

John Boyega posted the above photo to Instagram nearly two weeks ago (we know, it’s been awhile since we’ve done a Star Wars Bits!), and there’s an interesting detail worth pointing out. The poster in the frame is a gift from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, and as Boyega explains in the caption, it’s a reference with the actor’s “frustration with the most complex Star Wars lingo.”

We haven’t heard the word “bio-hexacrypt” in Star Wars before, but with Boyega saying we’ll find out more later, it sounds like something we’ll learn about in The Last Jedi. Plus, we’ll probably see a stream of bloopers with him messing up this line a bunch of times.

Finally, a new video from Star Wars Explained dives into some of the background details on Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux, mainly how he was abused by his father at a young age and that drove him to become the tyrannical man we know today.

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