Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dave Filoni Talks 'Twilight of the Apprentice' and Teases Season Three of 'Star Wars Rebels'

By: Dominic Jones

After last night's Season Two finale of Star Wars Rebels, "Twilight of the Apprentice", insight about what happened and what's to come continues to flood in from the cast and crew of the series.  Executive Producer Dave Filoni recently chatted with io9 about how the season wrapped up and what we can expect from Season Three.

On what happened to Ahsoka, Filoni said,
"I’ve already been devising certain specifics around the future of that character, where she is, what’s happening, if she dies, how would she survive if she did? All of those questions. I think they eventually need to be answered—but I wouldn’t look to that, frankly, anytime soon."

Filoni also touched on the green crossguard lightsaber that Ezra picked up, saying,
"Kylo Ren was really fascinating to me because he seemed to be a student of history, especially Sith history and Jedi history.  So I asked if I could put a cross guard saber among the artifacts among the ruins of this temple. I just wanted to put it in for one shot as a nod to [The Force Awakens team]. That thousands of years ago, there were some other Jedi who had it. So it absolutely was a Jedi’s."

On the future of Maul on the series, Filoni said,
"We tend to lean more towards Maul being the foil on the Darker side of the Force for our heroes in the next season.  You will see more of Maul, which I think is a great thing for the show."

Filoni also addresses the potential for seeing more Inquisitors on the series after three were killed off in the finale.  He told io9,
"Will there be another Inquisitor? We’ll have to wait and see.  But we are getting ever closer to the time period of A New Hope, and I’ve trying to live a little bit more by the rules you see in that film. And there isn’t a mention of Inquisitors in that film. It might be something you see less and less of."

On how aware the show is of what's going on with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which hits theatres this December and takes place right before A New Hope), Filoni said,
"One of the most important things that has less to do with the timeline of the story itself, is I want the awesome things in [director] Gareth [Edwards]’s movie to be special when it comes out.  I would never want our series to get ahead of that. Whatever you see in that film, with our time periods being closer, we want to make sure there are things that make sense between the two and we’re very careful about that as we’ve been with A New Hope. Things we are doing are leading towards that."

And finally, on what to expect in Season Three of Star Wars Rebels, Filoni said,
"Season 3 introduces some titanic differences from the other seasons we had.  You’re going to start to see the struggle of this Rebellion take even stronger shape. We’ve kind of been scaling that up every season underneath the character development, but it’s clear by A New Hope that the Rebellion has gotten pretty organized and a lot larger than the Empire thinks it is. So one of the ideas running about is there’s a group within the Empire, and you kind of see this portrayed in A New Hope in the Imperial Fleet, when they say ‘These Rebels are a threat,’ and then he says ‘To your star fleet, but not this battle station.’ So there’s a division within the Empire [about] how dangerous the Rebels are. And we need to kind of get us up to earning that. So you’re going to see a little bit more of an increase to what the Rebellion is.

We are [also] going to delve a bit more into things with the Mandalorians and Sabine’s story,” Filoni said. “Sabine’s story will grow greatly in importance in the third season, and she kind of comes up to stand next to Ezra as far as being an important player on the show. And she isn’t as much a supporting character, which I think is a great transition for her as a character."


Ewan McGregor Talks About the Possibility of an Obi-Wan Kenobi 'Anthology' Film

By: Dominic Jones

The possibility of an Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology (stand alone) film, is something that has been rumored for a while, and anytime someone brings it up to Ewan McGregor he seems excited by the idea.  Collider recently spoke with McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy and for one line in The Force Awakens, and asked him about the possibility of doing an Obi-Wan Anthology film (or three), the possibility of him returning as Force ghost Obi-Wan in Episode VIII or IX, and his experience seeing The Force Awakens.  Check out the video below,

McGregor definitely seems to be hinting at something (though he could always just be messing with us).  I would love to see McGregor back as Obi-Wan for more films, so hopefully Disney can make this happen.

Would you like to see an Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology film?  Let us know in the comments!


BREAKING: Ahsoka Tano Novel Coming In October

By: Benjamin Hart

Just mere hours after the thrilling and shocking season two finale of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars fans have awoken to yet another shocker; an Ahsoka Tano novel is coming! "Twilight Of The Apprentice" featured Ahsoka's long awaited, and much dreaded reunion with her former master. Now this new novel, titled "Ahsoka", will tell the story of what happened to the Togruta after she left the Jedi Order in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and before she became the mysterious "Fulcrum" in Rebels.

Just moments ago, Amy Ratcliffe revealed the news on Nerdist, along with some artwork by Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni. A description of the novel was also released from Disney-Lucasfilm press:

"Ahsoka Tano, fan favorite character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, will be the star of her own young adult novel from Disney Lucasfilm Press this October 11, 2016! Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance…."

Author E.K. Johnston will write the novel which is slated to be published on October 11th. Nerdist also briefly spoke with Dave Filoni about the novel:

“Ahsoka has a long history, and there is much more to it than the fans know,” says Dave Filoni, Executive Producer/Supervising Director [of Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars]. “I have always worked on her story, even parts that I know we will probably never see on screen. By broadening her story from the animated series to the written page, I feel we have a real opportunity to provide fans with details about her character that they would not know otherwise. We are also responding to the strong fan support that we have seen Ahsoka receive over the last eight years. The fans want more Ahsoka and we are going to give it to you, and since I’ve been there since the beginning I am dedicated to working with publishing to help make this book as authentic a part of her story as if we filmed it for the series.”

You can now pre-order the novel from various retailers as well!

Source: Nerdist


New Preview Clip From "Secrets of The Force Awakens" Documentary Featuring Oscar Isaac

By: Dominic Jones

The website io9 released a new preview clip from the feature length documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, which will be included on the home media releases of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The clip focuses on the character of Poe Dameron and features interviews with Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe in the film, director JJ Abrams, and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.  They discuss the character and the fact that Poe was originally going to die early in the film.  Check out the clip below,

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available digitally on April 1st and on DVD and blu-ray April 5th.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'Star Wars Rebels' Cast and Crew Discuss "Twilight of the Apprentice"

By: Dominic Jones

The Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale, "Twilight of the Apprentice" just wrapped up on the East Coast, and now the cast and crew are finally able to speak about what went down.  Be warned, if you haven't seen "Twilight of the Apprentice" stop reading now.  This is you SPOILER ALERT!

First up, Club Jade has posted a video of the Q&A which took place following the screening of the episodes at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank which took place on Monday.  The Q&A, moderated by writer Amy Ratcliffe, features executive producer Dave Filoni, executive producer Simon Kinberg, and voice actors Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger). Check it out below,

When asked if Ahsoka was still alive, Filoni said,
Is that what you saw? That’s so interesting. That’s so good. You know I think it says a lot about who you are, which is great. You’re an optimist, and I think that that’s strong, I think that that’s strong. [Laughs] It’s an interpretation. I mean, the thing for me in this moment in time with this story – and I was pretty clear about this from the beginning in that Rebels is not Ahsoka Tano’s story, nor is it Darth Vader’s story, and we worked really hard to bring those characters into the story. But ultimately, I have to service Ezra and Kanan, and the crew of the Ghost. So a lot of that episode is portrayed through their eyes, and especially Ezra’s, as he witnesses this kind of titanic thing happening.

It’s just so easy – especially in that situation – it’s so easy to have Ahsoka and Vader take over the show. And I think evidence of that is that even though they don’t encounter each other until act three, you immediately get the dynamic of what’s going on. I would say that – while I’m not a huge fan of being tremendously ambiguous as far as what happened – I would say that this is the one case where I think it’s alright with Ahsoka to leave things a bit open-ended. You wondered what happened to her before, but you knew she walked away. Now she kind of leaves in a state of conflict. I would just say that there are probably – and I’ll give you this as we go back a ways – there are probably more stories to tell with Ahsoka Tano, but I would not believe that that would happen necessarily on Star Wars Rebels. I’ve been wrong in the past, but I think that she has served the part of the story that she needed to for our characters here. Then we’ll have to see. I do like the character a lot, obviously, and I think that she’s developed her own kind of fan base within the Star Wars universe. So, you know, I think there are still more stories to be told. I think there are stories to be told prior to Rebels with her. I think there are a lot of stories that happen right at the end of Clone Wars that we’re unaware of yet.

You know, I think the thing that I’ve learned is that the character has a lot of strength to be on her own, doing things. And perhaps that means she’s still alive. I don’t know. There are clues to the actual answer in what I think throughout, I will say that. And some kids at the [finale] screening were shooting pretty close to the mark, or at least were decoding the [clues] that I have left for them. It’s one of those mysteries then where maybe, beyond hope, maybe there is a future, but we’ll have to wait and see.

On the potential for a Vader vs. Maul showdown next season, Filoni said,
[Laughs]I wouldn’t count on that. What I think is interesting is that Maul has an awareness of him. I think that that’s a particularly interesting thing. Maul obviously has been somehow keeping tabs on what’s going on in the galaxy and probably wishes he was more a part of it. That’s another bit of wonderful story, which is: What has Maul been up to? How did Maul get on this desolate planet? And we obviously don’t answer those questions at this time, but it is stuff we’ve considered when we wrote these stories. It never came to be that he would face off with Vader, at least not yet. Again, the main reason being that, while that’s a fun notion in a lot of ways, the personal story of the relationship between Ahsoka and Darth Vader as Anakin is way too compelling and needed all the screen time. As we were working out how this episode was going to go, it became clearer and clearer to me that I couldn’t have all these other people in play when we got to Darth Vader. It’s too distracting. At one point we had several of the characters still battling Inquisitors and Darth Vader was in the mix. I just felt like everybody kind of had to be thinned out and exhausted, and then here comes the worst thing of all. So you really feel like you have no chance whatsoever. So just organically, it happened that way over a period. We’ll have to see. You never know, you never know. The nerd-tacular obsession with Vader vs. Maul. It’s hard to say – I mean, Vader is hard to top. Something George is pretty adamant of all the time was that Vader, you know… You never want to do anything to diminish him.

Filoni also addressed seeing and hearing a little from Anakin in this episode,
As far as how Vader would treat Ahsoka and react to her, I base that interaction – the attitude, if not the dialogue – on my conversation with George about how that would go. I asked him pretty pointedly, “How would this conversation go? How would he feel about her?” We both agreed that the one thing that Ahsoka can’t represent in any way is any path of redemption for Vader, or the hope that that’s there because Luke is the only one that’s going to be able to make that happen. And that’s the story that we see. It was our belief that we could have this moment, but it’s not even a moment of hesitation for Vader. Because he says then, “You will die,” and he means it. He is going to destroy her, and the reason that is, is that she has knowledge of him as a good person. She represents and is a vessel for everything that he once was, and he finds such pain in that, and hatred, and anger. He doesn’t want to face what he’s become, but he just wants to destroy anything that reminds him of that former self. He doesn’t even talk about Anakin in the movies, at first, and if he is that person. “That name no longer means anything to me.” So we have to establish that Darth Vader and the destroyed character of Anakin. The moment you see it reach out in hope is when he says her name finally, and you hear the voice of Anakin. That’s the only thing, is beyond this horrible person is this trapped person inside that calls to her.

I believe that also in that moment, she realizes that, what can she possibly do for him? Her strength as a character saying, “I will not leave you. Not this time. I’m not going to abandon you, I’m going to see how this plays out, here and now.” Whatever that means, that maybe that show of kindness and strength towards her old friend helps.

Honestly, and you’re the first person I’ve told this to, I have already been looking for ways to – in whatever form – play out what happens once that door closes. I just think it’s too compelling and too interesting, and while it might not be something for Ezra’s story, or Kanan’s, it would be interesting down the line if I got to show everybody what happens once that temple closes. I think what we’ve created is an interesting point in Star Wars history and time, and time will tell if we ever actually get to see that. I do believe that Vader – and why he’s fighting her at the end, which was important – is that he wants to destroy her. So she’s really kind of stuck. And perhaps even in that moment herself thinks, “Well maybe this is the end for me.” We’ll have to wait and see.

He also talked a little about blind Kanan, saying,
Well, it was something that I was interested in, and Henry Gilroy was interested in. We would talk about it. You see this type of loss via the hand and we’ve seen that more than once. There’s something about taking something away from your characters, really challenging them and seeing how it affects them. I was talking to Simon [Kinberg] about this last night – really when you see this two-parter, it’s the first half of a story that continues to play out in Season 3. Where these characters go through some growth. You have a character in Kanan that was really hiding from who he was for a long time, and now has come out of that and kind of reclaimed who he was, or who in a way he was meant to be as a Jedi teaching the students. But that doesn’t mean that that choice comes without a cost. Again, we’re going to face challenges in life, and now Kanan is going to face this big challenge and what it means for him as a crew of the Ghost that he’s suffered this injury, and can he overcome it. It definitely plays out next season.

On Ezra touching the Dark Side, Filoni said,
I think - again going over this with the writers over the year and the Force – our Dark Side is something everybody is challenged with. You can access great power. It is a quick and easy path for results. Ezra’s been raised by a group of rebels who are causing conflict and fighting all the time. You have to start to wonder, what does that start to do to him as a young person, where conflict is kind of the way to resolve most of the issues? They don’t have with them the negotiators so much. Kanan attempts this a little bit in the Mandalorian episode we did, where he’s like, “Perhaps we should negotiate with Fenn Rau.” And eventually he pulls that off, but after a lot of conflict. We had to explore Ezra’s dark side, and one of the hardest things about that was making it believable that Maul could coerce [him]. I mean, you’re not exactly dealing with a character that doesn’t look exactly like the devil in Maul!

I was kind of chuckling to myself last night. I kind of wish I had a line in there from Ezra, which is like, “Well I know he looks bad, Kanan, but he’s not.” So Kanan’s like, “You think? He looks bad, really?” I think that was kind of the beauty of Sam [Witwer], was his performance in the episode. He did a great job of making the audience believe that Ezra could believe that he’s on their side. That’s kind of the lure of the Dark Side. A lot of what he’s saying about “Use your abilities, use your strength, use your anger and you can overpower these enemies.” It’s really close to a lot of the dialogue, if you notice, that Ahsoka was saying earlier, which is sometimes, “If you want to defeat your enemies, you have to learn about them. You have to learn about their knowledge and what they are.” Ezra gets a little bit of his wires crossed there, when Maul’s and Ahsoka’s teachings are coming pretty close together. But Maul is definitely on the side of extreme, and that “We’re going to have the power to destroy our enemies, not just defeat them.”

When asked about the voice heard in the holocron (portrayed by Nika Futterman), Filoni revealed the source of that voice, saying,
To me, that voice you hear is actually the ancient, ancient Sith Lord that created the temple. She was a powerful Sith Lord. I like the idea of this powerful, ancient woman that has domination that we’ve never heard of before, that was creating this massive weapon. And in the midst of the construction of this thing, when it was nearing completion, it got assaulted by ancient Jedi Knights. They have this huge battle at the foot of the temple, basically, and the weapon fires or malfunctions and everyone gets turned to stone. We had a lot of different versions of the story where – at one point, we see that thing fire initially when Ezra turns it on and it sends up that sphere. We were going to show that the one Eighth Brother had actually survived the fall and was scrambling towards his ship. Because he could use the Force probably to help himself land, and he was going to get hit by this wave. You would see it turn him to stone. Maul, because he would have been on a lower level when he saw the blast coming, would have survived it. And that’s how Maul winds up in the Eighth Brother’s TIE Fighter. He actually feels it and that’s when he flies out of there in the end. But yeah, there’s this ancient Sith Lord that Nika was playing, and I’m still going over the dos and don’ts of the continuity of all that. But I wrote the history down, I just put it out there in case people want to pick it up later when they’re working on things, and give some continuity. I won’t reveal the name – I have named the character, but I have to make sure everybody’s cool with it.

And finally, on how Maul knew Ahsoka, Filoni said,
That was somewhat of a challenge, but I kind of just put it to my mind as if I was writing this and we had never made Clone Wars. And I was thinking, “Well, I know these characters have met, so they have to act like it.” I laid out for Sam and Ashley how that episode arc actually went. It was easy because we had actually written the episodes, so I know how they go. As you can imagine, Witwer was a rapt audience and just wanted to soak all of that in; all that goodness in. It was important for them because I never know when we’ll actually get to go back and do things. So I want to make sure that points in the timeline that I know happened – even if they haven’t been committed to a TV series, or a film yet, or a comic book, or what have you – that it’s represented so the continuity will all hook up much later. Kiri Hart always knows, and we’ve gone over it and I’m like, “I do believe that these things happened.” So everybody’s like, “Cool,” and we now how to proceed.

They got a bit of the story, it was really an epic confrontation and it is a decent spoiler…

It is the last story arc of the Clone Wars TV series that we were doing, was this story about Ahsoka and how she crosses with Maul. What was significant about that was that it was the story that was really going to draw her possibly back into the Jedi Order, because the motivation around this conflict with Maul was her knowing the personal history between Maul and Obi Wan, who was their dear friend. So she was caught up in that, and basically she says point, “The last time I saw Anakin, he was rushing off to save the Chancellor.” She was actually planning with Obi Wan and Anakin the capture and attack that would get them Maul, because she had figured out where he was towards the end of the Clone War. But before they can go through with this plan together, Obi Wan and at one Anakin get called away to Coruscant to save the Chancellor, which leaves her with Rex – and some other exciting characters – to basically go and deal with Darth Maul, once and for all. That’s kind of a good brief of what that was about.
You can read the entire interview with Filoni over at IGN.  We picked some highlights to feature above, but I highly recommend checking out the entire thing.

And, just like every week, Rebels Recon offers some great insight into the episode, as well as teases for Season Three (hints about a Rogue One tie in?) and what to expect at Star Wars Celebration London this July.  Check it out below,

Sources: Club Jade, IGN


John Boyega Appears At 'Secrets Of The Force Awakens' Screening, Talks 'Episode VIII'

By: Benjamin Hart

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just days away from hitting Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD making the hype real once more! To celebrate the upcoming release, the highly anticipated documentary "Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey", which will be included with the Blu-ray, was screened in London earlier this week. In addition, Finn actor John Boyega surprised fans with an appearance and Q & A during the event. Lucasfilm has released a video which features Boyega at the screening discussing the documentary, describing a deleted scene and talking a bit about Episode VIII. You can watch that here:

What happens when John Boyega surprises Star Wars fans at the screening of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey documentary screening?
Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Additionally, Metro reports that during the Q & A, Boyega teased that his new co-star Kelly Marie Tran will have a big role in Episode VIII:

"John told the packed and delighted audience to look out for ‘Kelly’ in the next film  – who he described as the ‘new star’ of Episode 8."

Tran's role in the film has remained a mystery, but it's nice to hear she will be a big part of the story, perhaps even as big as Rey and Finn. We're definitely looking forward to seeing what John's talking about when Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15th, 2017.

Also, before he left, John took a moment to take a selfie with the crowd:

Sources: Star Wars UK(Facebook), Metro
Photo via: BBC


Preview of Target Exclusive 'The Force Awakens' Bonus Features

By: Dominic Jones

Back when the home media release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced, it was also revealed that the Target exclusive version of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack would include a download code for twenty minutes of additional bonus features.  Today, Target released a preview of that bonus content.  The 15-second clip shows some behind the scenes footage of the climactic lightsaber duel between Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren being filmed.  It also features voice over from an interview with actors John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey).  Check it out below,

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available as a digital download on April 1st and on DVD and Blu-ray on April 5th.

Source: Target


Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Ashley Eckstein Preview Tonight's 'Star Wars Rebels' Season Finale

By: Dominic Jones

Season Two of Star Wars Rebels comes to an end tonight with the one hour finale "Twilight of the Apprentice", which features both the long awaited confrontation between Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader, and the return of Darth Maul.  Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg, and Ahsoka voice actress Ashley Eckstein spoke with IGN recently to get fans set for the finale.

On the return of Maul, Filoni said,
"It had to happen. It just seemed like one of those things -- we had to tie up some of these threads on Clone Wars, and we've done a good job of integrating them so they're important to our characters on Rebels. But Maul was just hanging out there. In a lot of ways, I feel like, "Boy, I'm responsible for that. I helped resurrect this guy, and I'm going to have to deal with that." I talked with Story Group awhile about it, and we couldn't do it early on, because we wanted to establish this show in its own right. But now that we've kind of moved forward, it seemed right. Ezra's ready now to deal with some of these characters. You couldn't put that kid up against Sam Witwer in Season 1. There's no way! Sam would eat Taylor [Gray] alive. So, now he's more ready."

On the showdown between Ahsoka and Vader, Kinberg said,
"We talked about whether or not to bring in Clone Wars characters. The Ahsoka character for us was, we only wanted to bring her back if we had real, emotional story to tell with her. And this is obviously a big, emotional story with a potentially big, emotional reveal. So we started to build toward what we thought was a culmination of her character story."

Eckstein added,
I think Ahsoka has realized at this point that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader. I think in the beginning of the season, she just couldn't even comprehend it. Anakin is family, and no one wants to believe that their family member is capable of such heinous things as killing so many people. So she's been forced to come to terms with it, and I think now what will be interesting to see -- and obviously I don't know the outcome [Laughs] and I don't know how much I can say -- but, you know, she's no longer a Jedi. So I think realizing, okay, she's no longer a Jedi and Anakin is now Darth Vader… Anakin is gone, so what they knew is gone. So we'll see what happens, but I think we all want to go back to the old days of Anakin and Ahsoka, but they're not the same people anymore. Now it's two different people facing off.

And on the extra secretive nature of this season's finale, Eckstein said,
"Usually Dave gives us answers ahead of time. He gave us no answers this season. And that's kind of why I'm pausing with a lot of my answers! I feel like I don't have answers, because there's actually still a lot I don't know. So Dave has been very much on a need-to-know basis. He'll tell you what you need to know for your performance, and the rest of it we're discovering with everyone else here today. So I'm excited! I want more answers."

The Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale airs tonight at 9pm on Disney XD.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dave Filoni Reveals Intriguing 'Star Wars Rebels' Details At Season Finale Screening

By: Benjamin Hart

Tomorrow the Star Wars Rebels season two finale episode "Twilight Of The Apprentice" will air on Disney XD and we can only assume it will be an eventful and emotional end to the season. Last night Lucasfilm and Disney hosted a press event and private screening of the episode. Afterward, a Q & A was held, modrated by Amy Ratcliffe, which included executive producer Dave Filoni along with other members of the cast and crew. Filoni has become infamous for being coy about answering certain questions regarding his projects, but it seems he was being a bit candid last night. Our friend Bryan Young from Big Shiny Robot was there and tweeted a few interesting things Filoni said during the event.

First of all, ever since it was revealed that Captain Rex would be joining the cast of Rebels, there has been an interesting theory floating around connecting the series with Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. The theory states that the older, bearded Rebel soldier seen on Endor is actually Rex. While he doesn't necessarily confirm the speculation, it appears Filoni does subscribe to this theory:

Secondly, we get something more concrete from Filoni regarding a connection between Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels. We previously learned in the Star Wars Rebels episode "Shroud Of Darkness" that [Spoiler alert!] The Grand Inquisitor, seen in the first season of the series, was previously a Jedi Temple guard. Several guards were seen in The Clone Wars season five finale episode "The Wrong Jedi", but Filoni specifically confirms that the Grand Inquisitor was among the guards that arrested Ahsoka Tano and Barris Offee in that episode:

It's always fun to hear what Dave has to say, espcially when he's dropping nuggets of information like this! I, for one, will never watch The Clone Wars or Return Of The Jedi the same way again.

Source: Bryan Young(Twitter)
Photo via: @MediocreJedi(Twitter)


Exclusive: Ashley Eckstein Talks Ahsoka & 'Star Wars Rebels' Season Finale At WonderCon

By: Benjamin Hart

Things are getting intense for Star Wars Rebels fans! We're mere hours away from the premiere of the final episode of season two, "Twilight Of The Apprentice". It will feature the long awaited meeting of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader, which has inspired a massive amount of speculation about its outcome.

WonderCon happened over the weekend in Los Angeles, California and Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka, was in attendance. Our very own Chris Seekell caught up with Eckstein and spoke with her about the upcoming finale. She reflects Ahsoka's beginnings in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and discusses what she does, and doesn't know about the fate of her character. You can watch the full exclusive interview below:

Stay tuned to The Star Wars Underworld for more coverage of WonderCon, along with all the latest Star Wars Rebels news!


Rey With X-Wing Helmet Funko Pop! Figure Is Coming

By: Benjamin Hart

There was a time when I didn't understand all the excitement surrounding Funko's Pop! bobble head figures. But once I was given one as a gift it finally hit me, and now I've got a shelf full of them. Like many of you, I too am always looking forward to any new and upcoming figures. Courtesy of @MayTheFunkoBeWithYou on Twitter(via Yakface) we have learned that a brand new Pop! figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the way and that it will be a Gamestop exclusive. An image from a Gamestop database listing confirms that a Rey with X-Wing helmet Pop! figure is coming. The figure will be based on the brief scene in which Rey wears a scavenged X-Wing pilot's helmet while she's eating dinner on Jakku. The listing also further confirms several other figures that we previously heard about, such as Luke Skywalker, General Leia, battled damaged Kylo Ren and General Hux.

No word yet on when this figure will be hitting Gamestop shelves, but when the info surfaces we will be sure to share it.

Source: Twitter


Adam Driver Talks Life After 'The Force Awakens', Gives a Brief Update on 'Episode VIII'

By: Dominic Jones

Adam Driver was taking part in a Q&A, hosted by Entertainment Weekly, following his latest film Midnight Special and, of course, the topic of Star Wars came up.  Driver is set to return as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo in Star Wars Episode VIII, and he gave a quick update on how filming is going.  He said, "They’re still at war. It’s still Star Wars. They’re not at peace."

He went on to elaborate a little bit, when discussing the differences between The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams and Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.  Driver stated,
“Their temperaments are different. I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one – just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was. There’s a lot of that anxiety is gone, because people have developed a language. I think it’s more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it [his own]. I can’t wait to get on set, just because he’s so unassuming and intelligent and approachable. The script they’ve come up with is really great.”

It sounds as if Driver has not yet started filming Episode VIII.  Interestingly enough, Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) also recently said that he had not yet started filming on Episode VIII either (coincidence?) Production began on Episode VIII over a month a go, so based on this it sounds like the filming that's been taking place so far is focused on the good guys (well, mostly).

When asked if the success of The Force Awakens had changed him, Driver said,
“I didn’t turn into a new person. Nothing happened to me. But a lot of people saw it, and that was good. I guess my Christmas is kind of easier now – the toys and things for family. Kids is a big thing: I feel like before parents kept me away from their kids; now it’s like, go get a picture.”

You can see Driver's answers in the video below,


New Preview Clip from 'The Force Awakens' Bonus Features, Featuring John Boyega on the Falcon

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits home media later this week, being released digitally on April 1st and on DVD and Blu-ray on April 4th.  One of the most anticipated aspects of the release is bonus features included with the film, specifically the feature length documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey.  The Wall Street Journal released a new preview clip from the documentary, featuring Finn actor John Boyega talking about being on the Millennium Falcon for the first time.  Check out the clip below,

Source: Wall Street Journal


Monday, March 28, 2016

D23 Expo 2017 Dates Announced!

The cast of The Force Awakens at the 2015 D23 Expo
By: Dominic Jones

Disney announced that their convention, D23 Expo, would be returning in 2017.  Disney announced that the 2017 convention would take place from July 14th-17th at the Anaheim Convention Center.  At the 2015 convention, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, as well as stars Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong'o were on hand to preview the film and reveal the convention exclusive The Force Awakens poster by legendary Star Wars poster artist Drew Struzan.  In addition, Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement that Star Wars theme parks would be coming to the Disney Parks in California and Florida, the cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was announced, Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of Episode IX and Star Wars creator George Lucas was on hand to receive his Disney Legend Award.

With Star Wars Episode VIII slated for a December 15th, 2017 release date, it would not be unreasonable to expect a preview of sorts at D23.  Plus, the Han Solo Anthology film is still slated for a May 25th, 2018 release date, so it's always possible we might get an preview for that.  That being said, it has been pointed out that D23 2017 will be taking place the week before San Diego Comic Con 2017 is expected to take place.  It makes me wonder if Star Wars will have a big presence at both conventions (granted we might have the same problem this year with Celebration Europe taking place one week before SDCC, though the fact that they are on different continents makes it seem more likely that Star Wars will be at both).  If it comes down to one or the other, I would expect Disney would want to preview Star Wars at their own convention

Regardless, The SWU will have a presence at the 2017 D23 Expo and we're very excited to be headed back to such a great event to cover it for those who can't be there!

Check out the official press release below,

JULY 14–16, 2017, IN ANAHEIM, CALIF.
Advance Tickets on Sale July 14, 2016, for the Biggest Disney Fan Event Ever
BURBANK, Calif. – March 28, 2016 – All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents D23 Expo 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of July 14–16. Each of Disney’s magical worlds will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, gaming, and films, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel. 
Highlights planned for D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge andMousequerade will be forthcoming.)
The 2017 Expo will feature a massive show floor full of immersive experiences and special opportunities to see what’s next for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain guaranteed seats for some of Expo’s most popular presentations, and StorePass, which allows priority entry to select shopping venues at the event, will once again enhance the guest experience. Hall D23, the popular presentation and performance venue featuring more than 7,000 seats, will return, as will Stage 23, Stage 28, and Center Stage.
The fifth event follows the success of D23 Expo 2015, which drew tens of thousands of Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Guests were treated to appearances by such celebrities as Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Evans, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Dwayne Johnson and watched performances by Ne-Yo, Sabrina Carpenter, the cast of Teen Beach 2 and stars of Disney’s shows on Broadway. Guests previewed costumes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and were the first to hear about the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. They also enjoyed a look back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products coming from Disney.
Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will go on sale at beginning July 14, 2016. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Charter Members will also be entitled to special benefits at the 2017 Expo. Gold Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities. Ticket prices will be announced this summer.
About D23 Expo
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. Presentations, talent, and schedule are subject to change. For the latest D23 Expo news, visit To join the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.
About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a member-exclusive website at; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at and at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

New Clip From 'Secrets Of The Force Awakens' Doc Reveals Daisy Ridley's Audition

By: Benjamin Hart

We're now just days away from getting Star Wars: The Force Awakens on home video, along with a ton of awesome bonus features. Arguably, the feature that fans are the most excited to see is the 70-minute behind the scenes documentary "The Secrets Of The Force Awakens" which promises an in-depth look at the film's production. Today, BuzzFeed has given us a new glimpse into the documentary with a new clip they just released. The short video focuses on the casting process for the character Rey and features director J.J. Abrams and other discussing how they came to select Daisy Ridley for the role. The clip even features a sneak peek at Daisy's audition. You can watch the clip by clicking here!

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens comes to Digital HD on April 1st and DVD & Blu-ray on April 5th!

Source: BuzzFeed


New 'Star Wars Rebels: Twilight of the Apprentice' Preview Clip

By: Dominic Jones

USA Today just released a brand new preview clip from the Season Two finale of Star Wars Rebels, "Twilight of the Apprentice".  The clip features Ezra, Kanan, and Ahsoka walking through the temple on Malachor.  After a brief history lesson, including Ezra picking up a green lightsaber that is reminiscent of Kylo Ren's, the trio are attacked by a new Inquisitor.  Check out the clip below,

Wow!  If this scene is any indication, it looks like this Wednesday's finale is going to be intense.  I think it's safe to assume that Ezra being separated from Ahsoka and Kanan at the end of the clip is what will lead him to meet a certain "old master".

The Star Wars Rebels Season Two Finale, "Twilight of the Apprentice" airs Wednesday night at 9pm on Disney XD.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Billy Dee Williams to Return as Lando for Two Episodes of 'Star Wars Rebels' Season Three

By: Dominic Jones

Jedi News and Teekay-421 are reporting that Billy Dee Williams will be back for at least two episodes of Season Three of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels.  Williams, who portrayed Lando Calrissian in the Original trilogy and in episodes from the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels, spoke with Sander De Lange and Jelle Kuipers of Teekay-421 at the Dutch Comic Con, where he confirmed his return in Season Three of Star Wars Rebels.  He also confirmed that he would be recording those episodes in the next two weeks.

Williams last appeared as Lando in the Season Two premiere "The Siege of Lothal" and when he was away from his mineral farm on Lothal.  Hopefully we'll learn how the Empire's occupation of the planet (thanks to the actions of our heroes in Season One) has affected Lando's "operation" in Season Three.

Source: Teekay-421 and Jedi News


Win A Digital Copy of 'The Force Awakens' From VUDU & The SWU!

We're so excited this week to announce that we've got ten digital copies of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to give away, courtesy of our friends at VUDU!  The film will be available to download as of 12:00am (midnight) ET on April 1st.  To enter you must simply follow @TheSWU on Twitter and retweet the following tweet,

Winners will be contacted via direct message on Twitter on Wednesday March 30th. 

Our friends at VUDU also wish to invite everyone who pre-orders the film to join them in their Twitter viewing party at 12:00am ET on April 1st.  Fans can join in on the fun by using the hashtag #VUDUviewingparty to chat with other fans and be eligible to win some awesome prizes.  You can find all the details here.


Live From Lothal | "The Forgotten Droid" & "The Mystery of Chopper Base"

Live From Lothal is back with a double episode, discussing the Star Wars Rebels episodes "The Forgotten Droid" & "The Mystery of Chopper Base".  Chris, Ben, and Dominic are joined by Zac from The Intergalactic Peace Coalition Podcast and by SWU Patreon Supporter Rusty Zion.  They discuss the new character of AP-5, do droids have free will, and do the Rebels have a traitor in their midst?  Plus, the calm before the storm, what's the deal with those spiders, some predictions for next week.  All this and much more!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Report: 'Star Wars Rebels' Seasons 1 & 2 Soundtrack On The Way

By: Benjamin Hart

While there's a lot to enjoy visually in Star Wars Rebels, there's also plenty to hear. Composer Kevin Kiner has done a stellar job with the music of Rebels, paying homage to the classic themes of John Williams while introducing brand new scores for the show. Now it appears that the Rebels tunes will soon be available to enjoy on their own in soundtrack form. Wondercon is happening now in Los Angeles and Amy Ratcliffe tweeted on Friday that Kiner confirmed the soundtrack is coming on a panel:

Kevin Kiner also composed the music for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and for years fans lobbied for a soundtrack to be released, and it ultimately came after the series ended. It's awesome to see Lucasfilm is now ahead of the game with this soundtrack. Of course, we will provide updates on this story in the future as release dates and such are revealed. In the meantime, if you would like to enjoy to some Rebels music right now, Kiner previously made a collection of tracks available to listen on his website.

Source: Amy Ratcliffe(Twitter)
Via: Star Wars Rebels Transmission(Facebook)

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