Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Conan Reveals Hilarious Young Han Solo "Auditions"

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By: Benjamin Hart

While all of the recent Star Wars news has been amazing and exciting, it's always good to take a moment have a good laugh. The team over at Conan are notorious for bringing the laughs, especially Star Wars related ones. On a recent episode of the nightly talk show, host Conan O'Brien pulled off a hilarious sketch involved the reveal of some "audition tapes" for young Han Solo, obviously in response to the recently confirmed casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic smuggler.


The skit featured an assortment of well known actors and comedians, such as Melissa McCarthy, Adam Sandler, Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum and many others. Interestingly, Bill Hader was included in the line up, and he actually has a history with Star Wars. Hader, along with Ben Schwartz, worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens as "BB-8 Vocal Consultants" and helped develop the beloved Droid's unique beeps and boops.

Be sure to watch the video below!

(Be warned: NSFW language is included near the end.)




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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Han Solo & Hayden Christensen Will Not Appear In 'Rogue One'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Along with all the amazing news and reveals from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we've been getting recently, a large amount of speculation and rumors have also surfaced. While most of this information circulates throughout the web without any solid confirmations or denials(until we actually see the film), occasionally the creators will take it upon themselves to set the record straight.


Star Wars Celebration Europe recently took place in London and a host of the cast and crew members from Rogue One were on hand to discuss the film in detail. Extra was there and spoke with director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. The interviewer levied some big questions to the trio regarding some rumors that have been floating around, and they didn't beat around the bush with their answers.

First off, speculation and rumors have circulated that both Hayden Christensen, as Darth Vader, and Han Solo could make an appearance in the film. The casting of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, and the recent rumor that Ehrenreich was signed for three films, added to the discussion that the beloved smuggler could have a cameo in Rogue One. Kennedy and Edwards swiftly shot down both of those rumors in the interview. Specifically regarding Solo, Gareth Edwards states:

"I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do this, but I think I should.... Han Solo's not in the movie."

In addition, a rumor recently surfaced stating that Rogue One will end ten minutes prior Episode IV: A New Hope. While Kennedy doesn't outright deny the rumor, she did seem to find it quite amusing:

“I love that it has been reduced to that precise amount. It definitely leads into ‘New Hope’ that is very intentional, but it is a completely new and separate set of characters and it is a story that sits outside of anything anyone would necessarily know in ‘New Hope.’”

You can watch both of those interviews here:



Furthermore, Edwards commented on the intense speculation surrounding the Rogue One reshoots and as well the misinformation that runs rampant online. You can see more from the interviews over at Extra!

It's always fun to speculate about rumors, and the Han Solo and Hayden Christensen rumors were ones that I considered could be true. But I certainly appreciate Kennedy and Edwards being willing to put these to bed.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th!

Source: Extra

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens 'Prequel Trilogy' Expansion Pack Trailer Released

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By Ciaran Duggan,

In the last hour, LEGO Star Wars has publicised a video about the newest DLC pack for the new Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens game. The company has disclosed a trailer of a 'prequel' DLC pack. The characters of this pack include Jango Fett, Captain Panaka, Padme Amidala, Watto and Darth Maul. There is plenty to be excited about with this DLC pack, if you are a Prequel lover. For a more detailed look, take a glimpse at the recently released trailer:



I believe that the younger generations - Prequel and Clone Wars fans - will love this teaser because it allows fans to realise that Disney and Lucasfilm have not forgotten about the 'dark times' before the Empire.

What do you make of the trailer? Are you happy that Prequel characters will be used? Or, do you expect much more? Let us know in the comments below.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Rumor: Alden Ehrenreich Signed For At Least Three 'Han' Movies

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Today NY Daily News has reported that Alden Ehrenreich will star in at least three Star Wars films, in which he will play young Han Solo. According to NY Daily News, Disney have been privately laying out plans for the creation of more than just one Han Solo movie. The media outlet spoke to one of it's movie insiders about the Han Solo film:

"There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo move and its potential. Given that Han's early adventure do not need to be tied to the Empire, it leaves story lines open with the opportunity to give fans something different. They can explore new galaxies and crazy creatures and bring in a wide array of new characters. They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies. They're keeping things under wrap the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies."


Before I give my thoughts on the quote of NY Daily News' source, it is vital to stress that their article remains a rumor due to the fact their source has yet to be corroborated by any other outlets or reporters. Notwithstanding this caveat, I have chosen to highlight two compelling insights that this source gives us. Firstly, the notion of 'potential' is intriguing and this the first time we have heard this word used for these so-called 'Star Wars Stories'. For instance Rogue One is viewed as a stand-alone film and of course there can be no real follow up to the movie because it is supposed to lead right into A New Hope. Will this be the same for the Han Solo movie?

Secondly, the idea that there will be at least 'three' movies in which Han will be a central character is exciting, but also concerning. Of course, Han is one of the most popular characters of the Star Wars Saga and it will be thrilling to see a film concentrated solely on his character. However, I hope that Han's popularity won't lead to the 'milking' of a fan favorite, which Disney looks upon as a 'cash cow'. Disney and Lucasfilm need to be realistic and ask themselves two questions:

1) Is there enough compelling content which could be used in a trilogy of Han films?
2) Will fans be missing out on other character-centric films, such as Obi Wan, Yoda or Ahsoka?



In spite of these caveats, I am sure that Disney and Lucasfilm will do a stellar job with this project. We have to be patient, but we also have to see how Rogue One performs because that film will set the precedent for future Star Wars 'Stand Alone' stories to come. Yes, each stand alone film will be unique in its own way, but these unique elements can also be looked on as connecting tissue. In essence, we know that each stand alone film will possess a different score, different characters, different visual effects and a different tone. Will these different factors contribute to the success or failure of these films? We won't get a conclusive answer after Rogue One and Han Solo, but we'll certainly get a very good idea. 

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

SDCC 2016: Marvel Cup O'Joe Panel Recap

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By: Dominic Jones

Relatively speaking, it has been a light weekend for Star Wars news here at San Diego Comic Con.  There have been a few book announcements and Hasbro unveiled their new slate of action figures for this year, but in comparison to previous years it hasn't been much.  This trend continued at the Marvel Cup O'Joe Panel where Star Wars writer Jason Aaron, Darth Vader writer Kieron Gillen, and editor C.B. Cebulski joined Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, and a few other Marvel creatives, on stage to talk about what's to come in Marvel comics.  While both writers shared some details about their work in the galaxy far, far away, there were no announcements regarding what will be replacing Darth Vader (which wraps up with issue #25) as an ongoing series or what mini series will come after the current six issue Han Solo series.


Despite the lack of announcements, both Aaron and Gillen did share some interesting insight into what it's like working on Star Wars stories and the process of creating the story with the Lucasfilm Story Group.

Both began by giving updates on their current series,


Later in the panel, during the Q&A, a fan asked about what it's like working with Lucasfilm,


Marvel editor C.B Cebulski was also on the panel and chimed in at this point about an encounter he had with the maker himself, George Lucas, at the opening of Disneyland Shanghai,


And finally, both Gillen and Aaron shared other tidbits about the experience of working on Star Wars,

Even though there was no announcements, we did get some interesting information out of this panel. Mainly that George Lucas is keeping up with the Marvel comics!  When the picture of him buying them in Midtown Comics in New York popped up online a few months ago, I assumed it was staged and that George was buying something else!  Now, it seems he was actually there to buy them.

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Alexander Freed To Pen 'Rogue One' Novelization, More Details On 'Thrawn' Novel Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

In addition to all the amazing films and television we have to look forward to, there seems to always be awesome new Star Wars books on the way. Last week at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London we learned about a plethora of new books, including several that will connect with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as the surprise announcement of Star Wars: Thrawn.

Our friends at Club Jade alerted us to some book news that was inconspicuously dropped on the Celebration live stream on Sunday. At around 4:36:25 in the video, host Andi Gutierrez interviewed Penguin Random House UK's marketing manager, Matthew Ruddle, who gave away some interesting tidbits about several books.


First off, Ruddle revealed that Alexander Freed, who recently penned the novel Battlefront: Twilight Company, will write the novelization for Rogue One. Ruddle explains that Freed is the perfect choice for the book because of the "Rebels-eye-view" type of story he did for Twilight Company. Ruddle also went on to mention the Rogue One prequel novel, Catalyst, is a must-read for everyone looking forward to seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters this December:

“If you’re going to be watching Rogue One, you need to read Catalyst... It ties in, it connects dots.”


In addition, he gave out more details about the upcoming Thrawn novel, which is being written by the legendary Timothy Zahn. He confirms that the book will be a prequel to his appearance in season three of Star Wars Rebels, in which he will be the main antagonist. He then added:

"You're going to get to see how Thrawn basically got to his position of power, how he became so respected in the Empire, and just what makes him such a brilliant villain and tactician... He's one of the most intelligent admirals in the Imperial fleet and a real threat to the Rebels."


Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, written by James Luceno, is due for release on November 15th. The novelization of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be out in eBook format along with the film on December 16th, and the hardcover will be available on January 3rd, 2017. Star Wars: Thrawn will be released in April of 2017.

Source: The Star Wars Show
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Ahsoka Tano Funko Pop! Figure Coming This Fall

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By: Benjamin Hart

Speaking from experience, Funko Pop! vinyl figures are very addictive to collect. They seem to have every character you can possibly think of, and the ones they don't have seem to be on the way. One of the newest characters to get the Funko treatment is none other than everyone's Torgruta Jedi, Ahsoka Tano.


Last week at the Ahsoka's Untold Tales panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, the voice behind Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein, announced that a new Ahsoka Pop! figure is on the way and it will be exclusively available at Hot Topic. Ahsoka will reportedly be kicking off a brand new line of Star Wars Rebels figures that are coming soon.

The Ahsoka Pop! figure will be available in Hot Topic stores this Fall.

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Hasbro Announces Thrawn 3.75'' Figure & More At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

Lots of awesome collecting news came out of Hasbro's Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic Con on Friday. In addition to some amazing 6-inch Black Series action figures, and even a walking AT-ACT from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there were also some very notable 3.75-inch figures announced.


Fans of Star Wars Rebels and Legends alike will be excited to get their hands on the 3.75-inch Grand Admiral Thrawn figure that was unveiled. The figure is based on his upcoming appearance in season three of Rebels and includes a blaster pistol.


In addition, also from Star Wars Rebels, we have a 3.75-inch Fenn Rau figure. You may remember the Mandalorian from the season two episode "The Protector Of Concord Dawn". This figure includes a blaster pistol, removable helmet and winged jetpack.


And lastly, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have a 3.75-inch Poe Dameron versus Snowtrooper two pack. Both figures come with blasters, and an additional accessory is included.


Stay tuned to the SWU for further coverage of all things Star Wars at San Diego Comic Con!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Hasbro Reveals 'Rogue One' Walking AT-ACT & More At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

Today's Hasbro panel at San Diego Comic Con was full of surprises, including the reveal of several upcoming 6-inch Black Series figures. In addition, we got our first look at some more toys for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Yesterday a covered display case was spotted at the Hasbro booth, which led us to believe more action figures from Rogue One would be unveiled, in addition to the recently announced Jyn Erson Black Series figure. As it turns out, they didn't just have action figures to reveal.

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At the panel the Hasbro team showed off 3.75-inch scale AT-ACT, as seen in the trailer for Rogue One. By far the biggest selling point the vehicle has to offer is the fact that it actually walks! The walker can be controlled via your smartphone and can even fire Nerf darts. The previously covered display case turned out to be a Scarif diorama that included three of the walkers in motion. The sides of the walker fold out and can carry action figures.

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In addition, they revealed three 3.75-inch figures that are included with the AT-ACT; Jyn Erso, a AT-ACT driver and Imperial Astromech. You can see those in the Photo below, courtesy of Toy Ark:


We can assume this set, along with all other Rogue One collectibles, will be in stores on Force Friday on September 30th.

Keep following us on Twitter and Instagram for more updates from San Diego Comic Con and more!

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'The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Unveiled At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

A lot of Star Wars news has been coming out of San Diego Comic Con today. Earlier this afternoon the Star Wars publishing panel took place where we got some new info and reveals. One of the big reveals of the panel was cover artwork for the upcoming book The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Like the long line of "Art Of" books before it, this one will surely give us a glimpse into the conceptual stage of Rogue One and the artwork that inspired the film. The cover art, which features artwork of K2-SO prominently, was shown at the panel, which you can see below:


The book is written by Josh Kushins with forwards by Doug Chiang, Niel Lamont and Gareth Edwards. It is slated for release on December 16th, the same day Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters!

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Six New 6'' Black Series Figures Announced At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

The Hasbro Star Wars panel just ended at San Diego Comic con and we were treated to a ton of awesome collecting news. A standout reveal at the event was the unveiling of a plethora of new 6-inch Black Series action figures, including the announcement of the winner of the Black series poll that started earlier this week. Including in this batch of figures from the Prequel and Original Trilogies, Star Wars Rebels and even Legends. The SWU team was in attendance and reported back on what was revealed there. Lucasfilm has also released some high quality images of the figures, all of which you can see below:




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Which of these figures are you excited to pick up when they hit shelves? Let us know in the comments below. Also, keep it here at the SWU for further coverage of all things Star Wars at San Diego Comic Con!


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Rear Cover Of 'Aftermath: Empire's End' Revealed #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

While Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt was recently released with much positive reception, and even debuted on $9 on the New York Times Best Seller list, we're already anticipating the next chapter in the series. Earlier today at the Star Wars Publishing panel at San Diego Comic Con, author Chuck Wendig, among other panelists, revealed the rear cover art for the third an final installment in the Aftermath trilogy, Empire's End. While we previously saw the front cover, which features a seemingly doomed Imperial Star Destroyer, the back includes a downed AT-AT with the words "Every end is a new beginning."

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The fallen walker looks very similar to the one Rey lives in on Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Chuck Wendig mentioned at the panel that the title Empire's End is very literal and the Battle Of Jakku will be featured heavily in the book.

The book is due out on January 31st, 2017 and is available for pre-order now

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SDCC 2016: Report From Preview Night and Day One

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By: Dominic Jones

The first full day of San Diego Comic Con 2016 has come to a close, and while there haven't been any big Star Wars announcements (any announcements will likely come tomorrow), Star Wars has had an unmissable presence on the convention floor.  It's hard to miss the Lucasfilm Pavilion, which features an exhibit of costumes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and many licensees have their Star Wars products featured front and center.

The big feature is, of course, the Lucasfilm pavilion.  Sporting a revamped look, it is designed to make fans feel as though they are entering the Rebel base on Yavin IV, it features a surprise reveal of a new character from Rogue One, Edrio Two Tubes, alongside some more familiar costumes.

Here's what we saw during Day One and Preview Night,

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Many other licensees can spotted around the pavilion, including Del Rey publishing, Santa Cruz, and Air Hogs,
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Hasbro, who have three convention exclusives (Jyn Erso, a helmetless Kylo Ren, and an Old Ben Kenobi) also have a massive Star Wars presence (with more to be revealed at their panel tomorrow),
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Sideshow Collectibles also featured their Star Wars products quite heavily at their booth,
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Gentle Giant's booth also featured some awesome Star Wars collectables,
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And, finally, Lego also got in on the fun with a life size Death Trooper from Rogue One built entirely out of Lego,
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While the first day of Comic Con hasn't been the most eventful for Star Wars fans, there certainly has been some exciting stuff to see.  We can expect a few announcements tomorrow during the Hasbro Star Wars, Star Wars Publishing, and Star Wars Collectibles update (all of which we will be live tweeting as they happen, follow us @TheSWU).  

For more updates on SDCC be sure to follow us @TheSWU on Twitter and Instagram

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