Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series is coming to PlayStation VR this month. The three-episode VR series is currently available on Oculus Quest, and by the end of the month, you’ll be able to experience it on PlayStation VR as well. The VR game lets players head to Mustafar, the world where Darth Vader hangs out in his big spooky castle, like Dracula.
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(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance.)
Samurai movies have long held a place in the inspiration of Star Wars. It began with The Hidden Fortress, which was one of the earliest influences on George Lucas’s creation of Star Wars, but Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is perhaps the latest in that line of important Jidaigeki films that brought new life to Star Wars. Even the word, Jidaigeki, which translates to mean “period dramas,” had a hand in shaping Star Wars and is thought to be where the word “Jedi” came from. What better place than Japan to take the name for a spiritual, futuristic samurai warrior with a blade and a code of honor?
The words “Lone Wolf and Cub” are some of the first to come to mind when one takes a look at The Mandalorian. Watching the Mandalorian (a culture rooted as a Samurai stand-ins) protecting a young baby and fighting through wave after wave of enemies evokes the very same feelings.
Lone Wolf and Cub’s influence on The Mandalorian is immediately apparent, and makes it a must-watch for cineastes and Star Wars fans alike. But there’s so much more to it.
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The Amazon Echo Dot has become increasingly popular as people have gotten more lazy about finding information themselves by putting immense pressure on their fingers to type on a keyboard. With Amazon’s home assistant, you can get answers to loads of questions, check the weather, and even hear some jokes. But the devices themselves can be somewhat of an eyesore. Thankfully, if you’re a Star Wars fan, there’s a way you can spruce up your Echo Dot to make it look like the cute floppy-eared asset from The Mandalorian who is lovingly referred to as Baby Yoda. Read More »
Earlier this summer, the first wave of The Mandalorian books were teased by Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books. On top of the anticipated The Art of The Mandalorian (Season One) coming in December, there was also supposed to be an original novel arriving around the same time. Unfortunately, fans will be waiting much longer to read that story, because it’s been pushed back to the fall of 2021. Read More »
Giancarlo Esposito picked up an Emmy nomination yesterday for his work on the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, where we last saw his Moff Gideon character holding an ancient weapon known as the Darksaber. Anyone who watched the series without first watching the Star Wars animated shows probably saw that glowing black blade and thought, “Cool, a new lightsaber!” But fans of the animated shows lost their minds, because the weapon actually has a deep history behind it.
In a new interview, Esposito explains how the Darksaber will factor into the show’s second season, essentially confirming that fans of this show won’t need to do any extra homework to figure out what the heck the story is behind that special blade. Read More »
Karl Urban was already part of the new Star Trek franchise created by director J.J. Abrams. But that didn’t stop him from making an appearance in the Star Wars universe. While making the publicity rounds for Amazon’s series The Boys, the Dredd star opened up about a secret cameo he made in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but you won’t see his face when you spot him. Read More »
Earlier this year, we learned Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio ILMxLAB was working on another Star Wars VR project, this time centered around the Black Spire Outpost locale at the center of the Disney theme park land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Following the release of some concept art earlier this month, an official first look video has provided the first story details on Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, coming to the Oculus Quest sometime later this year. Along with even more concept art, the first cast members have also been announced, each of them with previous Star Wars experience. Read More »
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 has confirmed which of the Star Wars movies she auditioned for, and we’ve added the answer to our original story from July 5 below. Read More »
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Lucasfilm Publishing has a major new publishing initiative being added to the Star Wars universe called The High Republic. Set 200 years before the Skywalker saga began, stories will unfold in a time when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at the height of their power, serving as true guardians of peace and justice around the galaxy. While Lucasfilm is still playing its cards pretty close to the vest with the upcoming stories in this older era of Star Wars, there were new details revealed during the company’s Comic-Con at Home panel today, including a new character with a connection to Star Wars canon during the time of the original trilogy.
However, if the High Republic side of things isn’t the kind of Star Wars content you’re looking for, then you might be happy to hear about the announcement of The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge book that’s in the works, or maybe some new details about the upcoming collection of tales inspired by The Empire Strikes Back in the next installment of the new From A Certain Point of View anthology. Get all the details on these upcoming Star Wars books below. Read More »
Star Wars: The High Republic, a series of books and comics set 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace, promises to go back even further than a long time ago, in a galaxy far away. And yet, despite its 200-year separation from the events of the Skywalker Saga, there are still major ties between the beloved films and the forthcoming series. One of which includes a mysterious character from The Force Awakens.
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