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During D23, LATimes‘ Meredith Woerner asked Johnson about writing the opening crawl for The Last Jedi, which he starts to call “petrifying” and teased that the word “Decimated” appears in it somewhere:

“That was petri… Actually, you know, I just did it. I just started writing the draft. I wrote something, and it was terrible. And then I was watching one of the behind-the-scenes things and Lucas said, ‘It’s like writing a haiku.’ I realized as I was refining it what he meant. We didn’t finish the opening crawl and totally lock it until a few weeks ago actually. Because you’re like, ‘Do we need this word, do we need that word, what if we shift.’ It’s like a poem, there’s very little room for error in trying to get it just right. Which is awesome, it’s really fun.”

Now, does he mean “Decimated” as in 1/10th or in a more colloquial use?

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Mark Hamill recognizes that there are some “crazy old wizard” parallels between Luke in the sequels and Obi-Wan in the originals, and he did look to his memories of Sir Alec Guiness in his portrayal:

“I channeled his dignity and his composure. But Obi-Wan has a much different backstory than Luke, so although there are many similarities, you have to really sort of take ownership of your own character.”

Check out his full Yahoo interview for more on his acting relationship with the late, great Sir Alec.

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There are a ton of new books and comics coming out in the “Journey to The Last Jedi.” SWU put together the full list announced at SDCC, but we’re most excited for The Visual Dictionary for the film, as the last two, written by Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, have had tons of secrets and insights still being mined today.

There’s also a Thrawn comic adaptation of this year’s wonderful novel on the way, from Jody Houser, who adapted Rogue One to great acclaim.

And Kieron Gillen and Sal Larocca, who LaRocked the hell out of the initial Darth Vader comic from Marvel, will reteam to take over writing and art duties on the flagship Star Wars title starting with issue #38. In the first arc, Luke Skywalker goes to freaking Jedha, so that should be awesome.

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A writer who wanted to see just how messed up some open-access scientific “journals” are in their paper submission process wrote a fake “scientific” paper about Midichlorians, the much-maligned physical side to the Force from the Star Wars prequels. The text of the paper includes the entire text of “The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise,” so it should’ve been pretty obvious. Three journals published it (one with a fee). One peer-reviewed it, realized it was a joke, and added a joke comment of their own about properly citing George Lucas, Palpatine, and Calrissian, so they pretty much win. Gizmodo has the full story.

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MakingStarWars has a detailed description and artist’s rendering of Snoke in person and his beautiful blue eyes and creepy torn apart and wrinkled skin. Spoilers! They also have a sketch of Luke’s costume and his walking stick, which hopefully hides his lightsaber inside because if it doesn’t we’ll riot.

In announcing the Robot Chicken The Walking Dead special, Matthew Senreich and Breckin Meyer also reflected back on their series of Star Wars specials with Cinemablend. They pointed out that George Lucas, being sole owner of the property, was instrumental in making the specials happen and “he was the one who approached us” about doing fully dedicated episodes. “He could tell with our stuff, like the Emperor sketch and stuff, that these guys get it, and it’s fun.” They don’t know if Disney’s corporate structure would allow for more of these in the future.

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Spencer Wilding, who was under the mask of Darth Vader in Rogue One, has reportedly been cast in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, that doesn’t mean Vader will be in it – the actor is accomplished in fight choreography, and since he’s in a helmet in his first role, he can play basically anyone again here.

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A new domain name was registered to Lucasfilm for “Star Wars: Rise to Power” ahead of San Diego Comic-Con. There’s no associated trademark just yet, but it sure sounds like a title that could be for a game, a TV series, maybe a series of shorts. Look, it’s more Star Wars, and that’s always good news.

On The Late Late Show, Mark Hamill got a surprise question from Anna Faris, who posited, “Who did Luke lose his virginity to?” He deftly maneuvered away, saying “Did they ever address adult sexuality in those movies? I must’ve missed that.” We’ll let you see and hear his punchline to the question yourself, though.

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