Friday, August 18, 2017

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 18/08/17

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic discuss the exciting report from The Hollywood Reporter that Stephen Daldry in talks to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.  They share their thoughts on what they'd like to see in the film, what other characters could get films, and their thoughts on Daldry's pedigree.  They also look at the rest of the Entertainment Weekly The Last Jedi stories from last week and discuss what they expect from the reveals about Rey and Finn's backstory in the film.  Plus, there's still hope for Star Wars on Netflix, Battlefront II reveals are coming to Gamescom, and what makes a Legends character a good choice for bringing into the new canon.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ron Howard Tweets New Picture of Chewbacca From the Han Solo Film Set

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By: Dominic Jones

Ron Howard loves posting lots of fun tidbits and sneak peaks behind the scenes from the set of the untitled Han Solo film, which he took over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director last month.  Today he posted a new image of himself looking at the footage being shot on a monitor, but it's what's on the monitor that's really exciting.  The footage Howard is looking at appears to be a close-up on Chewbacca with several extras in the background.  Check it out for yourself below,
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Report: Stephen Daldry In Talks to Direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi Stand Alone Film (Updated!)

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By: Dominic Jones

It looks like fans hoping the next Star Wars stand alone film would center around Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi may be in luck.  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Academy Award nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in early talks to helm an Obi-Wan film.  THR describes the film as being "in early stages" of development with no script having been written.  It is also not known whether Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy (and reprised the role for a vocal cameo in The Force Awakens), has been approached about starring in the film.  No release date is given.
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New Hasbro TV Spots Reveal 'The Last Jedi' Toys

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By: Benjamin Hart

Some unexpectedly awesome news just came to our attention(thanks, Chris!). Today, Hasbro uploaded a collection of TV spots that give us our first official looks at some of the toys from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Starkiller From 'The Force Unleashed' Almost Appeared In 'Star Wars Rebels'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Beyond the story and mythology of the saga, one of the most fascinating things about Star Wars is the behind the scenes stories, especially the big "what if" scenarios. Return Of The Jedi was nearly "Revenge Of The Jedi", Leonardo DiCaprio almost being cast as Anakin Skywalker, and many others. Now we have another one to add to the history books.
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Rian Johnson Talks 'The Last Jedi' On The Star Wars Show

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By: Benjamin Hart

It seems Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is everywhere these days, and his last appearance happened on the latest episode of The Star Wars Show.
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Ron Howard Tweets New Picture & Video From the Han Solo Film Set

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By: Dominic Jones

Ron Howard has been sharing lots of fun tidbits and sneak peaks behind the scenes from the set of the untitled Han Solo film since he took over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director last month.  Today, Howard shared a new picture of an Imperial helmet and blaster on a very Imperial-looking set.  He tweeted it with the caption, "The Empire Looms Large".  Check it out below,
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Video: F-105's "Rebel Girl"

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By: Dominic Jones

Our friends in the band F-105 have released a new music video for their song "Rebel Girl."  The song was inspired by the heroines of Star Wars and the video intercuts footage of the band performing with clips from all eight live action Star Wars movies as well as the animated series Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Check out the video below,
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Kathleen Kennedy Comments on George Lucas' Current Level of Involvement in 'Star Wars'

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By: Dominic Jones

Since selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, George Lucas hasn't largely stepped away from Star Wars.  He still pops up now then, visiting the set of Rogue One and at events like the world premier for The Force Awakens and the 40th anniversary panel at Star Wars Celebration, but he isn't really involved in Star Wars anymore.  That being said, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that he'll still offer little bits of advice about aspects that are important to him.
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Daniel Craig Talks About His 'The Force Awakens' Cameo

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By: Dominic Jones

Daniel Craig made news yesterday when he announced during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he would be returning as Jame Bond in the upcoming 25th Bond movie, hitting theaters in November 2019.  But also in that interview, Craig spoke with Colbert briefly about how made a secret cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Craig played the stormtrooper (playfully named JB-007 by fans) who Rey mindtricks into releasing her on Starkiller Base.  Prior to the film's release Craig denied having a role in the film, though the truth came out about a week after The Force Awakens hit theaters. You can see Craig explain how he got the role in the interview with Colbert below (the Star Wars talk begins around 7:40),

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New 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Trailer & Space Combat To Be Revealed At Gamescom

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By: Benjamin Hart

Next week we are slated to get some amazing news and reveals from the upcoming game Star Wars Battlefront II. EA has announced that they will be doing a special presentation at Gamescom this year and much will be revealed about Battlefront II.
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The SWU Podcast | Kanjikast #13

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On this episode, Dominic, Chris, and Ben are joined by SWU Patrons Rusty Zion, Jacob Campbell, Joey Mays, Katie Horn, Matt Taylor, Andy Seiner, and Eric Strothers to discuss a variety of Star Wars topics.  They review some of the Entertainment Weekly reveals and discuss whether those are revealing too much.  They also share their favourite character from the new era of Star Wars and their favourite scene from their least favourite Star Wars movie.  All this and much more!
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Mobile Strategy Game 'Star Wars: Rise To Power' Announced

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By: Benjamin Hart

Earlier today Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm announced a brand new Star Wars mobile strategy game that will be coming to your favorite devices sometime soon!
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Monday, August 14, 2017

New Official Synopsis for 'Star Wars: Phasma' Released

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By: Dominic Jones 

Del Rey Publishing and Lucasfilm have released a new official synopsis for the upcoming novel Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson.  The novel, which hits shelves on September 1st (aka "Force Friday II"), is part of the Journey to The Last Jedi publishing line and tells the backstory of Captain Phasma (the stormtrooper Captain in chrome-armor played by Gwendoline Christie in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi).  You can read the new synopsis below,
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

'The Last Jedi'-Themed Cups & Popcorn Buckets Surface

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By: Benjamin Hart

Considering all the recent news, it's clear that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not that far away. This is the time of year we start seeing merchandise from the new films begin popping up in various places. One of the latest reveals is one of the cooler ones, in my opinion.
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