Sunday, March 29, 2015

In Case You Missed It: March 21st - 28th, 2015

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By: Benjamin Hart

In Case You Missed It is back with another big dose of Star Wars news! This week we get more from The Force Awakens, Rogue One, Celebration Anaheim, books, comics, games, rumors & more!


Films

JJ Abrams Talks 'The Force Awakens' Spoilers
The director weighed in on all of the Episode VII leaks and, surprisingly, he's pretty cool about it.

Felicity Jones Calls Her Star Wars Role "Really Exciting"
She's been sworn to secrecy, understandably, but that didn't stop her

Report: Disney and Paramount Reach Agreement Over Similar "Rogue" Titles


Television

Another Star Wars Episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' is Coming April 2nd
The ever popular geeky sitcom will be parodying Star Wars once again.


Literature

'Star Wars: Dark Disciple' Based on Eight Unproduced Episodes of 'The Clone Wars'
The author confirmed the number of episode scripts that will be adapted into the upcoming novel.

Report: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Novel in the Works
It appears a new book connected to the upcoming game is in the works.

First Five Pages Of 'Kanan - The Last Padawan #1' Revealed
Get a look at a big chunk of the upcoming comic book!


Celebration

ReedPOP's Mary Franklin Tweets Picture of the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Schedule
We got our first look at the physical list which was later revealed online...

Full Celebration Anaheim Schedule Released
You can now plan out all four days of the convention with schedule in it's entirety.

Doug Chiang, John Knoll & Others Confirmed For Celebration Anaheim
A plethora of new guest from The Force Awakens crew & beyond were announced!

Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank to Attend Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
The directors of the two upcoming stand-alone films are officially coming to Anaheim.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Group Patch Set
Some awesome goodies you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for!


Gaming

'Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions' Mobile Game Launched
Play as your favorite Rebels characters on your Android or IOS device.


Fandom

Full 'TIE Fighter' Retro Anime Short Released
Some awesome fans worked to create this throwback animated short.


Rumors

'The Force Awakens' Lego Code Names Revealed
Here's some hints at what you will be spending all your money on later this year.

'The Force Awakens' Opening Shots Revealed
Spoilers! Check out how the movie will begin.

'The Force Awakens' Concept Art Description
Details on some cool new concept work.

'The Force Awakens' Escape Scene Breakdown
More descriptions of possible scenes.

Ben Mendelsohn In Consideration for Starring Role in 'Rogue One'
He could appear alongside Felicity Jones in the first stand alone.

'Lords of the Sith' Character to Make the Jump to the Big (and Small) Screen
It appears a book character could have a much bigger role in the Saga overall.

Production Details About Upcoming Star Wars Live Action TV Series
Might we finally be getting that long awaited live action show?


Also Check Out...

This week's SWU Podcast, featuring an interview with Boba Fett actor Dicky Beer

The Clone Wars Strikes Back's latest episode, where the guys discuss the Onderon arc from Season four!



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Another Star Wars Episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' is Coming April 2nd

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By: Dominic Jones

It seems that yet another Star Wars episode of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is in the works.  Our friends over at The Bearded Trio spotted a description for an episode that will feature Leonard and Sheldon breaking in Skywalker Ranch and trying to meet George Lucas.   The episode is titled "The Skywalker Incursion" and will air on April 2nd.  Guest stars will include Tate Ellington as Mitchell and Michael Dempsey and Mark Barrett as security guards.

Via The Bearded Trio,
"When Leonard and Sheldon are invited to speak at UC Berkeley, they take a detour to try to meet an idol. Also, when Bernadette and Howard battle over the fate of his Dr. Who TARDIS, Raj and Amy offer to settle the dispute with a game of ping pong."

I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory so I can't say I'm really looking forward to this. I'm also disappointed by how similar this sounds to the wonderful movie Fanboys.  Fanboys is really one of my favorite films and I just can't see a The Big Bang Theory episode with a similar plot being anywhere near as good as that.
 
 
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 27/03/15

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic are back break down the latest Star Wars news and rumors.  But first, Dominic sits down Boba Fett Stunt Actor Dickey Beer to talk about his experience working on Return of the Jedi.  Then the guys delve into the latest Celebration updates including a pair of Star Wars directors attending and the (mostly) complete schedule revealed!  Plus updates on The Force Awakens, Rogue One, Dark Disciple, and the live action series.  All this and much more!

Episode Break down:
0:00:00 to 1:30:02 Dickey Beer Interview + News
1:30:02 to end of show: Spoilers
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rumor: 'Lords of the Sith' Character to Make the Jump to the Big (and Small) Screen

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By: Dominic Jones

The new canon Star Wars novels may be connecting with the films and television series in big way!  Jordan from Cinelinx is reporting that a character who will first appear in Star Wars: Lords of the Sith, the upcoming novel by Paul S. Kemp, slated to hit shelves on April 28th, will be appearing in one of the upcoming Star Wars stand alone films (possibly 2016's Rogue One) and the rumored new live action Star Wars TV series!  As with all rumors, there is a chance this could be false, but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars spoilers, then stop reading now.  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
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The character is Moff Delian Mors, who also happens to be the first LGBT character of the new Star Wars canon.  According to Jordan at Cinelinx,
"I've had two independent sources tell me that the Lucasfilm story group has plans for Delian Mors, plans that includes a big screen appearance, and possible outing in a live-action series.  The primary thing I've heard is that Lucasfilm really wants to include Mors in one of the Star Wars spin-offs.  My sources couldn't say specifically which standalone film, but were under the impression it could be Rogue One."
I have to say, i think this is really cool, if true.  I think it's exciting that characters could be crossing over to multiple mediums.  It's also nice to see that the LGBT characters will not be relegated to the books.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.

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Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank to Attend Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

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By: Dominic Jones

The future of Star Wars is being well represented at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!  Lucasfilm announced today that the directors of the first two Star Wars Stand Alone Films, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, will be in attendance at the official Lucasfilm convention next month.  They will be appearing on stage on Sunday at 11:00am on the Celebration Stage, along side Lucasfilm story group members Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo will be joined by directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, who will share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family. Learn how the teams came together and are collaborating to conceive and create the upcoming stand-alone films in the galaxy far, far away.

I'm very pleased to see that the stand alone films will be represented at Celebration, especially since it's the only time this summer that Disney can promote Edwards' film Rogue One.   Hopefully this will be the place where we get some cool announcements about the film (like the rest of the cast).  I wouldn't expect to learn too much about Trank's film, seeing as it's still three years away.  But would it be too early to expect a title announcement (probably) or an official release date (maybe)?

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim takes place April 16th-19th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.  Get your tickets here.  

 
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First Five Pages Of 'Kanan - The Last Padawan #1' Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

We have a lot of awesome Star Wars comics from Marvel to look forward to over the next year and beyond. One of those being the upcoming series "Kanan - The Last Padawan", which tells the story of how Star Wars Rebels' Kanan Jarrus survived Order 66. StarWars.com has unveiled a new preview of the comic which features the first five pages from issue #1, which you can see below:


It's very interesting that the story begins onboard the Ghost, much like an episode of Star Wars Rebels, with Kanan subsequently having flashbacks from The Clone Wars. I'm curious to find out if this will be a running theme throughout the series and if it could directly tie into future episodes of the series.

Be on the lookout for Kanan - The Last Padawan #1 when it's released on April 1st! The series is written by former Star Wars Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman with art by Pepe Larraz.

Source: StarWars.com

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'Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions' Mobile Game Launched

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By: Dominic Jones

Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm have launched a new mobile game for iOS and Android devices.  The game, titled Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is a side scrolling game starring Ezra Bridger.  Recon Missions is available for free now in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Check out the official preview below,

The official description of the game reads,
Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm today launched Star Wars Rebels™: Recon Missions for iOS, Android and Windows Devices. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is the first mobile action-platformer set in the Star Wars Rebels™ universe that lets fans play as some of their favorite heroes in this extension of the hit TV show.

In this side-scrolling adventure, players battle as Ezra Bridger to thwart the actions of the Empire and save the citizens of Lothal from Imperial control.  Fans can traverse across 35 levels while wielding a blaster, commanding an AT-MP, swinging a Lightsaber™ and more to battle Stormtroopers, Droids™, TIE fighters, and other Imperial forces.

Features include:
  • Engage in Imperial Battles: Battle the forces of the Empire as the blaster-bearing Ezra Bridger across 4 action-packed levels. Purchase and unlock Kanan Jarrus, the Lightsaber wielding cowboy Jedi, and Sabine Wren, the explosive artist, for an additional 30 missions as well as an additional boss battle.
  • Collect and Manage Resources: Rescue citizens who are hiding in fear of the Empire in order to raise “Hope” to earn boosts and collect Phoenix Emblems throughout the landscape to gain additional “Hope.” Discover secret rooms and Stormtrooper collectibles for hidden surprises.
  • Outfit & Customize Rebel Haven: Build and customize the Rebel Haven with homes, towers and generators, a Droid factory, building mods and more
  • Built in Metal: Dive into a life-like world with stunning graphics, enhanced shading, and dynamic visual effects that give players a true Star Wars™ experience on mobile.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Report: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Novel in the Works

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By: Dominic Jones


Star Wars fans may have another reason to look forward to the release of the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront later this year.  It has been all but confirmed that a tie-in novel, titled Battlefront will be released later this year.  Word got out about the novel because the Amazon preview for the paper back of John Jackson Miller's Star Wars: A New Dawn includes a look a the new timeline of canon novels.  The timeline includes and entry for Battlefront in between Episodes IV and V (well between Heir to the Jedi and Episode V to be more specific).  See the timeline for yourself below,
First off, I'm glad their bringing back the timelines at the start of the books (though I wish they'd include the comics in there as well, but that may be too much of an ask).  Secondly, I think its interesting that they're doing a tie-in novel of a video game.  I doubt the novel will be an adaptation since we expect the game to cover more eras than just between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  It sounds a bit like they're trying to capitalize off the popularity of the game.  I doubt there will be any significant cross over between the game and the book.  

As for when this will be release, we don't know for sure yet.  Random House publishing does have one more date in 2015 set aside for a Star Wars novel (November 3rd) and considering we expect the game will be released around that time, it would make sense for this to be the release date for the novel.  No word yet on the writer, but it seems likely that an announcement will be made before the paper back of A New Dawn hist shelves on March 31st (though I could also see them waiting to officially announce the book at Celebration Anaheim next month).

Source: Amazon
Via: Jedi-Bibliothek

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Rumor: Ben Mendelsohn In Consideration for Starring Role in 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones

Has Star Wars: Rogue One found its male lead?  Deadline is reporting that Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is in consideration to star opposite Felicity Jones in the 2016 Gareth Edwards directed film.  Mendelsohn's resume includes Exodus: Gods And Kings, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises, and the Netflix series Bloodline.  Disney did not comment when contacted by Deadline.

I can't say I'm familiar with Mendelsohn's work.  He does seem to fit into idea of casting lesser known actors in Star Wars films and I can support that.  We had previously heard that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Wrath of the Titans star Edgar Ramirez were in consideration for the male lead role, but this is the first time Mendelsohn has been connected to Star Wars.

As for when we can expect an announcement is unclear.  Lucasfilm doesn't appear to be repeating what they did with The Force Awakens and announcing the whole cast at once.  it will be interesting to see where casting announcements fall in the Disney/Paramount agreement that Disney will not promote Rogue One during the summer while Paramount is promoting Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  If they do count as promotion for the film then Disney only has a short window to get all their ducks in a row (not only for Mendelsohn, but for the rest of the cast as well) if they want to announce the cast at Star Wars Celebration next month (the one exception in the Disney/Paramount arrangement).

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Full 'TIE Fighter' Retro Anime Short Released

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By: Benjamin Hart

The new animated series Star Wars Rebels has been wowing us recently with some most impressive Star Wars storytelling. But, as the title implies, that series is focused on the Rebel Alliance. What if there was another series that explored the Empire's point of view, and also was done in the animated style of 1980's Anime? Well, thanks to a new fan made short film, we now have a taste of what that might look like. Filmmaker Paul Johnson has created just that in the form of a more than seven minute long short film featuring a space battle between the Rebellion and the Empire. The brief but incredibly detailed animation primarily focuses on TIE Fighter pilots as they engage X-Wings and Y-Wings near an Asteroid field. There is no dialogue, rather a limited amount of sound effects, and a lot of rock music, are used to compliment the animation, In the video's description, Johnson explains that it took him "over 4 years' worth of weekends" to complete it, along with help from Zak Rahman, who provided the music, and Joseph Leyv, who did the sound effects. You can check out the full film below:


If you're thinking you've seen this before, you'd be right, but only partially. Johnson previously uploaded a 2 minute long version of the video which has been going viral over the past few years. It has only now become apparent that that video was simply a preview for what was to come. The full version has garnered(as of writing this) approximately 1.5 million views since being uploaded yesterday.

And they are well deserved, I must say! Bravo to Paul Johnson and his team for creating this magnificent piece of animation! The creativity of Star Wars fans never ceases to amaze.

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Felicity Jones Calls Her Star Wars Role "Really Exciting"

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By: Dominic Jones

Just a few weeks ago we learned that Oscar nominated actress Felicity Jones would be staring in the first Star Wars stand alone film Rogue One.  She had been rumored to be in the film for several weeks prior to that and even had to dodge the Star Wars question on the red carpet at the Oscars.  Now that she's been officially cast she can say, well just slightly more than before.  The Associated Press caught up with Jones and asked her about her Star Wars role, to which she replied, "I can't talk about it. It's really, really exciting but I can't talk about it."

Felicity Jones better get used to giving non-answers like this and fans better get used to getting them from her.  Production on Star Wars films are notoriously secretive and we can expect Rogue One to be especially secretive thanks to an agreement between Disney and Paramount, that was struck when both studios announced films with "Rogue" in the title, which prohibits Disney from promoting Rogue One at all this summer (with the exception of Star Wars Celebration next month), until Paramount's Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is released.

Star Wars: Rogue One starring Felicity Jones hits theaters on December 16th, 2016 and is directed by Gareth Edwards with a script by Chris Weitz.

 
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The Clone Wars Strikes Back | Episode 30

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On this episode Dominic and Ciaran discuss the Onderon arc from the beginning of Season 5.  The delve into how this arc relates to the current Star Wars Rebels series, the failures of the Jedi, and the politics of the planet Onderon.  Plus they look at Ahsoka's growth in these episodes and examine the characters of Lux, Steela, and Saw.  All this and much more!

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Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Opening Shots Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have posted a new rumor about the opening scenes of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This is mostly an elaboration on a lot of the previous rumors we had been hearing for several months.  As usual, there is a chance this information could be false but if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you do want to read the spoilers, please be conscious of those that don't.
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On December 18th, 2015 you will read an opening crawl and then:

Exterior Night-Space/Savannah A lightsaber tumbles through space, crashes towards the ground.

Exterior Day-Savannah Lightsaber lands – dawn into day – a strange hand appears.

Exterior Night- Outskirts of Village BB-8 is troubled by something coming and hurries off.

Exterior Night – The Village BB-8 pushes towards the vicarage.

Interior-Night – The Village Vicarage Vicar hands over the lightsaber. Poe is grateful, BB-8 rolls in.

Exterior Night – The Village Vicarage Poe sees Imperial Transports approach. Vicar tells Poe to go.

Exterior Night – Village Poe and BB-8 rush through village as residents prepare for battle.

Exterior Night – Rise near village/X-wing Poe gets his ride ready, BB-8 too. Poe sends message.

Exterior – Night – Village Imperial Transports land – Stormtroopers get into disagreement with villagers.

Interior – Night Village - Stormtrooper Transport Finn and Stormtroopers leave the transport under fire.

Exterior – Night The Village Finn’s buddy is not well. He leaves a mark on Finn. (Note concept art depicts the mark as blood from a wound, the friend touches Finn’s helmeted face leaving three blood marks on it)

Exterior – Night Rise Near near village/X-wing Poe sends message, sees another Imperial arrive.

Exterior – Night – The Village A huge Imperial shuttle lands beside the Stromtrooper transports.

Exterior – Night – The Village Vicar watches Flamethrower Stormtroopers. Finn spares a villager. Kylo Ren arrives.

Exterior – Night Village/X-wing Poe watches Kylo Ren’s arrival from a distance.

Exterior – Night The Village Vicarage Kylo Ren confronts the Vicar.

Exterior – Night The Village/X-wing Poe watches the confrontation and BB-8 wants to get moving.

Exterior – Night- The Village – Vicarage Kylo Ren out is out of patience, says “goodbye” to the Vicar.

Exterior – Night – Rise Near Village/X-wing Poe sees sudden end, hides lightsaber in BB-8. They go their separate ways.

Exterior – Night – Village/X-wing Stormtroopers make a mess of Poe’s X-wing.

Exterior – Night – Outskirts of Village (Desert Location) BB-8 watches as Stormtroopers depart, huge fireball.

Exterior – Night – Outskirts of the Village BB-8  watches as Stormtroopers destroy Poe’s ride (backlot)

CG Exterior – Night - Star Destroyer in the Distance Imperial Troop Transporters and Kylo Ren’s shuttle head for the Star Destroyer.

I think it is pretty clear that Poe’s X-wing is blown up and the Vicar perishes. Regarding Max von Sydow, we get emails stating his part is  “a waste of a legend.” Is good acting ever wasted? This is the opening of the film, it needs to be made believable and I think a great actor like Sydow is going to do that. Is there any chance we’re wrong about Sydow being the Vicar? Sure. But there’s really not a role in a movie that seems fitting. 

This sounds like a very intriguing and exciting opening to the film.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Doug Chiang, John Knoll & Others Confirmed For Celebration Anaheim

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By: Benjamin Hart

Today, along with the reveal of the full schedule for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the official Celebration site has updated it's guest list to include several new high profile attendees. Included are some behind the scenes talent from the upcoming film The Force Awakens; Rick Carter (Production designer), Darren Gilford (Production designer) Doug Chiang (Concept artist, LFL vice president) John Knoll (Chief Creative Officer & Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor, ILM). 

Also included are some familiar faces from the Star Wars literary front, namely Tony DiTerlizzi (The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight), Adam Gidwitz (The Empire Strikes Back Illustrated Novel), Tom Angleberger (Return of the Jedi Illustrated Novel) and James Luceno (Star Wars: Tarkin, & many others). And last but not least, Dennis Muren (ILM Creative director).

You can check out the entire guest list here and the full schedule here! Star Wars Celebration Anaheim takes place at the Anaheim Convention center, April 16th - 19th in Anaheim, California! Get your tickets here and get ready for the biggest party in the Galaxy yet!

Source: StarWarsCelebration.com

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Full Celebration Anaheim Schedule Released

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are now only 22 days out from the beginning of the biggest party in the Galaxy hitting Anaheim, California! Many fans have been anxiously awaiting the believing of the full official schedule for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and today it finally happened. The official Celebration site has just been updated with a super long list of panels, art shows, Podcasts and various other activities and exihbits that will be available to attend during the four day event, as well as a special preview night happening on Wednesday available exclusively to VIP ticket holders.

You can read through the entire schedule by click here!

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim takes place at the Anaheim Convention center from April 16th - 19th! You're not going to want to miss this one, so get your Celebration tickets here now!

Source: StarWarsCelebration.com

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