Friday, October 20, 2017

Video: Tested Unveils 'Battlefront II' Messenger Droid Cosplay At NYCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

Cosplay is truly an art form unto itself that's practiced by millions of people each year at conventions and other various events across the globe. As always, Star Wars fans in particular are always finding ways to push it to the next level, and some brand new Star Wars Battlefront II cosplay that just popped up has been turning a lot of heads.
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 20/10/17

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On this episode, Chris, Ben, and Dominic discuss the news that the Han Solo movie now has a title, Solo: A Star Wars Story.  They share their thoughts on the title, why it took so long for it to be revealed, and when we can expect to see a trailer for the film.  They also discuss the news that EA is shutting down Visceral Studios and pivoting the Star Wars game they had been working on to something new.  Plus, a new Battlefront II trailer, new The Last Jedi images and dialogue, a Rebels update, and Tag and Bink are canon.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fan Artists Collaborate On Amazing 'Star Wars Rebels' Season Four Artwork

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By: Benjamin Hart

The fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels is upon us! "Heroes Of Mandalore", the hour-long season premiere, aired on Disney XD earlier this week, starting off the final set of episodes that will wrap up the hit animated series' story. In accordance with all the bittersweet excitement surrounding the new episodes, fans of Rebels just did something truly amazing to celebrate the last season.
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JJ Abrams Talks Briefly About His Approach For 'Episode IX'

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By: Dominic Jones

Last month it was announced that JJ Abrams would be returning to write and direct the final installment in the sequel trilogy.  Abrams has been mostly quiet about his return to Star Wars, but he did speak briefly about it during an appearance on the BBC Radio 4 program Today alongside composer Michael Giacchino (who wrote the music for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).  Obviously, Abrams didn't say much about Episode IX since he's still in the early stages of writing it with Chris Terrio, but he did talk briefly about how he approaches Star Wars movies.
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New 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Story Trailer Released

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By: Dominic Jones

As promised, Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts have released a new trailer for the upcoming video game Star Wars Battlefront II focused on the game's highly anticipated story mode.  The trailer focuses on Inferno Squad commander Iden Versio (voiced by Janina Gavankar) and the Empire's response to the death of the Emperor aboard the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor.  The trailer also features quick glimpses of familiar Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Maz Kanata.  Check it out below,
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Live From Lothal | "Heroes of Mandalore"

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On this episode Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Ciaran (briefly) discuss the season four premiere of Star Wars Rebels, "Heroes of Mandalore."  They talk about the return of Bo-Katan, the introduction of Sabine's father, and the current state of affairs on Mandalore.  They also delve into the episode's "bait and switch" moment and how that impacted the episode.  Plus, general hopes for the final season!
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New 'The Last Jedi' Inspired Adventure Coming to 'Star Tours' on November 17

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By: Dominic Jones

The Disney Parks Blog announced the launch date for a new adventure coming to Star Tours II: The Adventure Continues that will tie in with The Last Jedi.  The new addition to the attraction will be set on the planet Crait, seen briefly in the trailers for The Last Jedi.  The Crait Star Tours adventure will launch at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on November 17, at Disneyland Paris November 22, and, as previously announced, at Tokyo Disneyland December 15.
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New Story Trailer for 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Coming Tomorrow

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By: Dominic Jones

It was announced on The Star Wars Show this week that a new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II will debut online tomorrow.  The trailer will focus on the highly anticipated story mode, which follows Iden Versio and Inferno Squad in the aftermath of the Empire's defeat at the battle of Endor and ties into the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  A teaser for the trailer featuring Iden making a daring escape was released during The Star Wars Show, which you can watch below,
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Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera Featured In New 'Star Wars Rebels' Preview Clip

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By: Dominic Jones

It's a Rogue One reunion of sorts on next week's episode of Star Wars Rebels.  A new preview clip from the next episode, titled "In The Name Of The Rebellion," features a show down between rebel leaders Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera.  Both characters are voiced by the actors who played them in live action in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year (Genevieve O'Reilly and Forest Whittaker, respectively).  You can check out the clip below,
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Rebels Review: "Heroes of Mandalore"

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By: Dominic Jones

The fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels kicked off on Monday with the two part episode "Heroes of Mandalore", which saw Sabine return to Mandalore and lead a rescue mission to save her father.   In some ways these two episodes were the perfect way to start off the final season as they embody some of the best and worst aspects of the series.
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New Image of Vice Admiral Holdo Revealed on 'Ellen'

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the new characters we will be meeting when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this December is Resistance Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Emmy winning actress Laura Dern.  Dern appeared on The Ellen Show this week and she spoke briefly about her role in the new film, telling the story of how she made "pew pew" noises on set while shooting her blaster.  In addition, a new still image of Dern as Holdo was revealed on the show.  You can watch the clip below,
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Benicio Del Toro's DJ to Star In Upcoming Comic Book One Shot

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Marvel announced today a new upcoming one-shot comic book issue that will explore the backstory of the character played by Benicio Del Toro, known as DJ, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The book will be written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, who are also writing the Storms of Crait one-shot for Marvel which will also tie-in with the upcoming film.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi – DJ #1 will feature art Kev Walker and is slated to hit shelves in January.
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EA Shuts Down Visceral, Production of 'Star Wars' Game to Continue With New Studio

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By: Dominic Jones 

Electronic Arts announced today that they are shutting down Visceral Studios as a result of the "evolving" video game industry and that production of the Star Wars game the studio had been working on will be taken over by a team at EA Studios in Vancouver.  This move means that the game will "pivot in design" as the new team takes over.  EA Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund said in a statement,
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Ron Howard Announces the End of Production and the Title of the Han Solo Movie

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By: Dominic Jones

Director Ron Howard took to twitter today to announce that filming had wrapped on the upcoming Han Solo stand alone film, and that the film is officially titled Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Howard made the announcement in a short video released on his Twitter account where he thanks the cast and crew for their hard work and is handed (by a familiar Wookiee) a sign with the film's official title on it.  Check out the video below,
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Andy Serkis "Absolutely" Knows Snoke's Backstory

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that has had fans talking most since the film's release in 2015 is Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order, with theories about his backstory becoming a running joke in Star Wars fandom.  Based on the recent trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi we can expect to see more of Snoke in the upcoming film than we did in The Force Awakens (although not that much).  Following the release of the trailer, IGN spoke with Andy Serkis, who portrays Snoke in the films, about the character and if he knew the character's mysterious backstory.
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