Leia's lightsaber

One of the best things about Star Wars is how it distilled dozens of unrelated inspirations into a sci-fi world that felt simultaneously familiar and unlike anything people had ever seen. Tasked with wrapping up the entire Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t have quite the same freedom to innovate as George Lucas’s scrappy original 1977 film, but distilling reference material into new things is still an essential part of the franchise’s fabric.

Case in point: some new concept art has revealed that Leia’s lightsaber from The Rise of Skywalker was inspired by an art deco lamp. Check out the artwork below. Read More »

general leia

Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) returned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a general. She was mostly left on the sidelines during J.J. Abrams‘ sequel, but she still played a pivotal role in the film. The former princess was wiser and more confident, filled with grief and regret. Author Claudia Gray plans to explain that evolution in her book, Star Wars: Bloodline.

Read an excerpt from the novel below.

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