In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars Pop! Retro Series by Funko
  • Star Wars Pinball VR by Zen Studios
  • Chewbacca Appears in Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #13
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special
  • And more!

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(Welcome to The Galaxy-Wide Star Wars Character Guide, where we give proper due to the smaller figures in Star Wars history.)

You can already tell the Disney Star Wars era will go down in history for some specific things. One will be a massive increase in content for sure. Another will be a slow takeover by Clone Wars and Rebels mythos. Somewhere on the list, however, needs to be an acknowledgment of the great improvement Star Wars droids have undergone in these new offerings. 

Save for BB-8, you probably don’t remember any of their names. Nevertheless, the Disney-era droids tend to be among the most exciting elements of a new Star Wars film or TV show. I’m not sure what unique characteristics I would assign to Cassian Andor, Jyn Erso or Bodhi Rook, yet I could talk all day about K-2SO, IG-11 or the subject of this article: L3-37. Both in writing and performance, these droids tend to outshine their human co-stars. It’s just a shame that they are almost all dead as a doornail. Or something worse, in L3-37’s case.

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solo vinyl soundtrack

Hey kids, remember Solo: A Star Wars Story? It was the film that effectively killed off the Star Wars anthology films because it didn’t blow up at the box office. But the Ron Howard-directed flick really isn’t as bad as its reputation suggests, and if you’re a fan of the film – and the film’s score, by John Powell – here’s some good news: Mondo is releasing a Solo vinyl soundtrack.

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George Lucas Star Wars Sequels Details

Before the new Star Wars trilogy came around, the prequels were the most divisive installments of the sci-fi saga. While older Star Wars fans love the original trilogy more, those who grew up with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith hold the movies in high esteem. So there’s plenty of interest in learning anything and everything about the making of those films with the benefit of hindsight. And a new Star Wars book has finally provided that.

The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005 is a new book from author Paul Duncan and specialty book publishers Taschen that pulls the curtain back on the making of the prequel trilogy more than any other piece of media. With 600 pages of material, this follow-up to the previously released The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983 digs deep into the Star Wars prequels, with some particularly fascinating insights from George Lucas himself, including a couple details on his plans for an eventual sequel trilogy that we never got to see. Read More »

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Toy Empire: The British Force Behind Star Wars Toys on BBC
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars Vr Series Is Coming to Playstation VR
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Stories of Light and Dark Audiobook Excerpt
  • First Editions of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising Pay Homage to the Grand Admiral
  • The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special to Premiere on Disney+
  • Funko Reveals New the Child Pop! Bobblehead
  • And More!

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Brie Larson Auditioned for Star Wars, Terminator and The Hunger Games

Brie Larson has been established as one of the strongest superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her role as Captain Marvel. But she’s been auditioning for a number of other major studio blockbuster franchises that just didn’t pan out for her.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Brie Larson started her own YouTube channel in order to allow her to bolster “deep conversations, anti-racist rhetoric, inclusive content.” But the actress will also use the outlet to express herself personally, not to mention talking about her career. When addressing the latter in her inaugural video, Brie Larson revealed that she auditioned for some major franchises, including The Hunger Games, Terminator, and at least one of the Star Wars movies.

UPDATE: Brie Larson clarified that she auditioned for not just one, but all of the new Star Wars films in a recent video where she went into further detail about her biggest audition “failures.” We’ve added her new revelation to our original story from July 5 below.

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Solo DeepFake

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch an impressive DeepFake in Solo: A Star Wars Story swapping out Alden Ahrenreich‘s face with a young Harrison Ford. Plus, check out a video essay on why time loop movies like Groundhog Day and Palm Springs are strangely comforting, and listen to Joseph Gordon-Levitt break down his most famous characters. Read More »

solo deleted scene

There have been recent rumblings about some kind of follow-up to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Though disappointing box office returns had pretty much already solidified the fact that the Star Wars origin story of Han Solo wouldn’t be getting its own new franchise, rumors have been sparking in recent weeks about some kind of continuation of the plot threads established in the movie. But when it comes to rumors of an official sequel getting traction, director Ron Howard has officially debunked them. Read More »

Mark Hamill Walk of Fame

Mark Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, but he’s also a renowned voice actor. That’s why Hamill also lent his voice to some extra characters in the galaxy far, far away, but it turns out there’s even more that Mark Hamill did as a voice actor than previously known.

Recently, the documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian revealed that Mark Hamill lent his voice to the droid EV-9D9 in an episode of the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. That prompted Hamill to confirm on social media that he has extra voice roles in the Star Wars universe outside of the ones we already knew about. Read More »

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Motion Capture Characters

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what the motion capture performances looked like behind the scenes of movies like Beauty and the Beast, the Shape of Water, Call of the Wild, and more. Plus, watch a gag reel of some movie mistakes from the set of Netflix’s new comedy The Wrong Missy, and listen as Scoob! and The Willoughbys star Will Forte improvises some voices for cartoon characters he’s seeing for the first time. Read More »