Star Wars Fan Art

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Watch a Star Wars fan film set during Rogue One
  • Find out about Episode 9’s early box office prospects
  • Check out new photorealistic action figures
  • Who stole equipment from the set of The Mandalorian?
  • All that and more!

As we get ever closer to Episode IX there are going to be more and more speculatory pieces like this one from Inverse which argues that it’s obvious Darth Vader will appear as a Force Ghost in the third part of the new trilogy. It’s a popular fan theory and would fit in with J.J. Abrams plan “to reunite the trilogies,” but we’ll have to wait until December next year to find out!

General Leia in Star Wars Episode 9

Though the last two entries of the Star Wars franchise have been record breaking smash hits, there’s still interest and speculation around whether or not Episode IX will follow in their footsteps. A recent article at Forbes argues that the landscape is looking better than ever for the last part of the new trilogy after massive films like Wonder Woman 1984 and Jungle Cruise have been moved to 2020.

“The Star Wars franchise can indeed be affected by potent competition. Spider-Man’s stunning $114 million debut and leggy $403m domestic run put a hurt on Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones ($310m) in the summer of 2002. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($403m from a $36m Fri-Sun frame) and The Greatest Showman ($174m from an $8.8m Fri-Sun debut) did a number on The Last Jedi last Christmas, specifically because the Star Wars movie wasn’t the only big game in town. The Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart/Jack Black/Karen Gillan action comedy and the Hugh Jackman/Zac Efron/Michelle Williams musical were both kid-targeted entertainments that took money that otherwise might have gone to a second or third The Last Jedi screening, especially when fewer folks go to the movies just to go to the movies.”

We recently shared the exciting news that Star Wars: The Black Series would be releasing a second wave of so-called archive figures based on some of the most sought after collectibles. StarWars.com got the inside scoop from senior brand manager Patrick Schneider and design director Steve Evans about the exciting new line. Evans explained what exactly makes the series so special.

“The figures themselves are essentially the same. We’re using the same molds and using the same kind of tooling. Yoda in particular is a perfect example of where Photo Real really comes into play. I wasn’t satisfied with the deco previously. It’s Yoda! You have to deliver Yoda really well…. When you look at the puppet or the CG character, there’s a lot more soul in those eyes. I think with Photo Real we can take those images and apply them directly onto the sculpt and therefore give a much more sophisticated palette for the eyes, which as everyone knows are the windows to the soul. For Yoda, that’s really, really important.”

In more action figure news from StarWars.com, we got a great look at some a new addition to the Vintage Collection, Han’s BFF and co-pilot Chewie, who design director Steve Evans waxed lyrical about in an interview about the new line:

“Chewbacca is an eternal favorite for both adult collectors and younger fans. He will be presented on a Star Wars: A New Hope Vintage Collection cardback for the first time and is a favored sculpt that we last saw in the 3.75-inch Black Series line in 2015. We are sure he is an offering that will make classic fans, as well as the newer collectors of the Vintage Collection, happy to see on that quintessential Star Wars cardback.”

There’s been plenty of incredible fan art inspired by The Last Jedi, and recently The Star Wars Underworld Twitter account shared this gorgeous piece called “Luke Confronted” by Tony Warne. It’s a moving reimagining of the moment that Rey begs Luke to help the Resistance on Ahch-To, but in this version as Luke lies on the floor and Rey wields his lightsaber above him the Force Ghosts of both Obi-Wan and Anakin stare down on the pair judging the scene.

the mandalorian

Trouble’s been brewing on the set of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, as The Blast reported that police were called to investigate a theft from the high security set which left Lucasfilm worried about potential leaks. Supposedly a bunch of expensive equipment was stolen overnight from an on location studio in Manhattan Beach. Apparently Lucasfilm is particularly worried about a memory card which went missing and might contain sensitive information about the $100 million show.

Fancy watching a Star Wars film set during the time of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Well this new fan movie has you covered. Though the plot sounds a little like Claudia Grey’s brilliant Lost Stars, this is clearly a labor of love and will likely bring you joy if you’re a fan of the Empire and the battle between the light and the dark.

“Odyssey is a WAR film set in the Star Wars universe. Our goal for this project is to show you the gritty and intense struggle that rebel squads faced in the years before the death star. The story follows a young rebel named Quinn on his first mission with Odyssey Squadron. When Quinn makes a decision to ignore his orders of not intervening in civilian affairs, the situation goes from bad to worse. The small six man reconnaissance squad must fight for their lives and beliefs as both are threatened in an all out battle with Imperial Forces.”

John Williams Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Theme

This morning, Disney Parks announced a slew of new updates from D23’s Destination D Mickey Mouse Fan Celebration, but the best stuff is obviously for the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion that will be opening at Disneyland next summer and Disney World next fall. We already know this place is going to be decked out like a real planet in the Star Wars galaxy, but another incredible piece of the saga’s history will be coming with it.

John Williams has composed new music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the theme he created for the Disney attraction has been released online. You can hear the John Williams Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme below, and find out a few new details about the various attractions coming to Disney Parks. This is going to be a hell of an experience. Read More »

Darth Vader Comic

Ever since Marvel took over the Star Wars comics, the galaxy far, far away has featured some outstanding story arcs that have helped to expand Star Wars canon in the wake of the erasure of all the Star Wars Legends that came before. When it comes to Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith’s own comic book series has done a much better job of fleshing out the villain than any of the episodes in the prequel trilogy. In fact, the current arc in Marvel’s Darth Vader could have major ramifications on the future of Star Wars, especially when it comes to the power of the dark side and The Force in general. Read More »

John Williams Across the Stars

Aside from lightsabers, lightspeed and the light side of the Force, there’s one thing that truly makes the saga episodes of Star Wars special, and that’s the music of John Williams. The brilliant composer has written music for Star Wars that is famous around the world, even to those who haven’t seen the movies. The orchestral arrangements that John Williams creates for Star Wars are so good that even his work on the prequels is incredible. Now Williams has created a new arrangement of one of the signature themes from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Read More »

Pedro Pascal Star Wars

Update: Variety reports that Pedro Pascal is officially set to lead The Mandalorian, confirming Making Star Wars’ scoop from last month. Details remain mostly under wraps, but Pascal will play “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” And he’ll also wear some sweet Boba Fett-esque armor. Our original story continues below.

With production on Lucasfilm’s live-action Star Wars television series about to begin, we should be hearing about casting for the show soon enough. However, one of the show’s leading men may have been revealed a bit early. If the latest report holds water (and we believe it may), actor Pedro Pascal may soon journey from the harsh land of Westeros and the harsher land of the American southwest to a galaxy far, far away…

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LEGO Star Wars All-Stars

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 the first animated shorts from the new LEGO Star Wars: All Stars web and TV series from Disney XD. Plus, director Jason Reitman breaks down a key scene from his new movie The Front Runner, and Kevin Costner looks back at his long career on the big screen, from Field of Dreams to The Bodyguard and more. Read More »

star wars resistance the force awakens

Despite the appearances of some familiar faces like Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), it was never quite clear when exactly Star Wars Resistance takes place. Now, a new report reveals that the timeline of the Disney Channel animated series from Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni will take place around the same time as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and possibly run parallel to the rest of the new Star Wars trilogy.

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Carl Weathers in The Mandalorian

Right now, production is underway on the first live-action Star Wars series that will be coming to the Disney+ streaming service next year. The series is called The Mandalorian, and while we have a plot synopsis and details on who will be directing all of the episodes in the show’s inaugural season, somehow Disney and Lucasfilm have kept a tight lid on the cast. But we might have word on at least one actor in the series.

Carl Weathers is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, not to mention hunting down a certain alien hunter in the original Predator. Now it sounds like he might be making an appearance in a galaxy far, far away if a new rumor is to be believed.  Read More »

Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

(Welcome to A Different Point of View, a column where we explore the supporting characters of the Star Wars universe and discuss why they deserve more time in the spotlight.)

This week’s article is an exercise in serendipity. Captain Cassian Andor is the name on everyone’s lips as of publication, but I swear to you I was already writing about his fascinating life history before Lucasfilm came crashing in with their latest announcement.

But just in case you didn’t see any of the ancillary Star Wars films, let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

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Move over, The Mandalorian – you’re no longer the only live-action Star Wars show in Hollywood.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor in a new live-action series for Disney+, the new Disney streaming service. The show begins filming next year. Read on for more details about what Lucasfilm is calling their new “spy thriller.”

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