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Kathleen Kennedy Didn’t Discover Star Wars Until Film School

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy recently gave a speech to the Archer Film Festival where she revealed she had not seen Star Wars until film school.

“I know J.J. (Abrams) was here last year. He gets to say that he was 7 when he saw Star Wars. I wasn’t. My introduction to Star Wars was a little different. Ironically, I was in film school … so it was a meaningful introduction. What I realized when I stepped into this role was that it was important to people. Recognizing that it was this modern mythology that had formed a lot of the culture of filmmaking for so many people, it carried with it a huge responsibility. I was stepping into something that wasn’t mine. It was George Lucas’, who created the whole thing. But then it belonged to the fans. That is what I had to recognize and learn about so I could carry that on and meet those expectations.”

She has a bunch of other great quotes, which you can read here, especially talking about how she is a big fan of 70’s films and filmmakers.

First Look At Star Wars/Doctor Aphra Crossover The Screaming Citadel

The Star Wars and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic books are having a crossover event, and Marvel has released a first look inside Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1, the first chapter in a blockbuster five-part story kicking off May 10, 2017.

Superstar writers Jason Aaron (Star Wars, The Mighty Thor) and Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra) join forces once again to combine their two hit series for an epic crossover in the mighty Marvel manner! “We’re so excited for The Screaming Citadel because it brings a whole new tone and feel to the Star Wars characters we know and love,” says series Editor Jordan D. White. “The titular citadel is our version of the dark and mysterious castle on the hill, and our cast of rebels and rogues are the adventurers who face a stormy night exploring the darkness. Kieron and Jason write these characters so vibrantly, it’s awesome to see them thrown into a new situation like this…get ready for a good one!” Rebel pilot and rogue archaeologist wander side-by-side into the darkest corners of the galaxy as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams with Doctor Aphra! The good Doctor has an offer for this flyboy farm boy – help her, and she’ll provide him with information crucial on his quest to become a Jedi. With an offer he can’t refuse on the table, this unlikely duo finds themselves deep into the heart of the infamous Screaming Citadel! Can Luke find what he’s looking for? Can Aphra be trusted? Or will the Citadel’s Queen and the dark forces lurking within make their journey a one-way trip?!

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Meetings For Future Star Wars Spin-Offs Will Happen Soon

Spanish outlet eCartelera (via: SWNN) has a quote from Kathleen Kennedy from Celebration, talking about the development of Star Wars spin-offs beyond Episode IX. When asked about these spin-offs – with the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie being specifically mentioned by the reporter, she gave the following answer (note: rough translation):

“To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film ‘Han Solo’ and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX directed, so we have a lot of work at the moment. In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here. After 40 years of adventures, fans have so much information and so many theories about the way that can take these stories and theories that emerge are sometimes new ideas for us that we hear, read and pay attention to everything what is said. It is clear that the franchise is owned by the as much by the fans as it’s owned by [the people at Lucasfilm].”

How Thrawn Was Promoted to Grand Admiral in an Alien-Hating Military

A new video from Star Wars Explains gives us a primer of the new information included in the recently released Thrawn novel, explaining how Grand Admiral Thrawn was able to rise to one of the most powerful positions in the Galactic Empire despite being a nonhuman.

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Han Solo Filming On The Canary Island of Fuerteventura

SWNN reports that the filming for the Han Solo film will take place over the course of three weeks on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, specifically around Cofete and La Pared, a beach on the island. They are looking for some people who live on the island to appear as paid extras and/or support staff. Some are speculating that the beach could be a representation of Corellia or that maybe they are using some northern inland areas to replicate Tatooine.

Watch John Boyega Surprise Star Wars Superfans

And in case you missed it, Lucasfilm has released a new video promoting Star Wars: Force For Change — the charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney that donates to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power — featuring John Boyega surprising fans at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017.

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