Thursday, June 30, 2016

Spotlight: A Visit to Ahch-To (Skellig Michael)

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A photo from my trip to Skellig Michael...I can't believe I just said that!
By: Dominic Jones

One of the most visually stunning new locations seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the island where Rey finds the missing Luke Skywalker hiding out at the end of the film.  The shooting for this scene took place in late July 2014, when director JJ Abrams and stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley travelled to County Kerry to film on Skellig Michael, an island off the west coast of Ireland.  This week, in advance of my trip to Star Wars Celebration Europe in London next month, I made the same journey out to County Kerry to see the iconic location for myself.


(NOTE: Though Luke’s hide-out planet is not named in the film, the script revealed that it is named Ahch-To--pronounced "Act Two".  Given that this is a nod to the fact that it is setting up Episode VIII, the second act of the trilogy, the planet may very well get a new name when we return there in December 2017).
After flying from Toronto to Dublin, I travelled across Ireland by train and bus to the town of Cahersiveen where I stayed for two nights.  With my arrangements set to visit Skellig in the morning, I went to bed the night before feeling like it was Christmas Eve.  In the morning, however, I awoke to a sight I feared: rain. Lots of rain.  It looked like my trip to the island would be cancelled.  And sure enough, when the local man who had arranged my trip to Skellig arrived, he informed me that all trips to the island had been cancelled.

Disappointed, I began to look into seeing how difficult it would be to rearrange my trip to allow me to stay another day and take another stab at visiting Skellig Michael (the answer: Very).  Fortunately, not half an hour later, I received a phone call saying conditions had improved enough for boats to go out to see the island but not actually land there.  This was good enough for me, so fifteen minutes later I was in the car on my way to Portmagee (the town from which the boats to Skellig Michael leave).

When I got to Portmagee, these were the first things I saw,

A photo posted by Dominic Jones (@dominicj25) on

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From there we boarded the boats and were given some "highly fashionable" light blue rain jackets and life jackets.  The boat's captain informed us that there was a small chance that we would be able to land at the island and to keep our fingers crossed (without getting our hopes up too high).  We then set off for Skellig. The seas were rocky, and a few of my fellow passengers got seasick as a result.  But soon enough, the iconic island was in sight.

Before we go any further, may I suggest some mood music,


Unfortunately, conditions were still deemed unsafe and we were not able to land on the island.  While it was certainly a disappointment that I wouldn’t be able to step foot where Rey and Luke had stood, simply seeing the island with my own eyes was extraordinary.

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A photo posted by The Star Wars Underworld (@theswu) on



Just being able to see the island and some of those locations, even from the boat, was fantastic.  Skellig Michael is awe-inspiring and beautiful location.  Seen up close, you can really understand why JJ Abrams and the Lucasfilm crew chose to film there.  It is also incredible to see that there was virtually nothing done to enhance the location in post production.  In an age when so many stunning locations are created or enhanced, to see a location fit so perfectly with the needs of the story is amazing.

Visiting Skellig Michael, even though I never actually got to set foot there, has been a highlight of my Star Wars fandom.  Getting to see in person some of those locations we saw on screen  is something I will never forget.  And the fact that I wasn't able to actually walk around on the island it just gives me the excuse to go back one day!

For more about Skellig Michael, check out the behind the scenes featurette from The Force Awakens,
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'Ahsoka's Untold Tales' Panel To Be Held At Star Wars: Celebration Europe 2016

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Clone Wars fans prepare to get excited for a special 'Ahsoka' panel which is to be held at Star Wars: Celebration Europe 2016. Lucasfilm have named this panel 'Ahsoka's Untold Tales'. According to the description of the panel, the focus will be on looking at untold anecdotes of Ahsoka's past, from Plo Koon's discovery of Ahsoka to the stories which were to be told in unproduced episodes of the Clone Wars.

The panel is scheduled to take place on Friday July 15, 2016, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM (GMT). This means that this will be the first panel of the day and what a way to get people hyped for the rest of the day's events at Star Wars: Celebration.


The panel contributors will consist of Dave Filoni (Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars: Rebels), actress Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars & Rebels) and Pablo Hidalgo (member of Lucasfilm Story Group).

For more information on the press release, such as the name of the venue and hall the panel will take place on, click on the link at the bottom of the article.

Who else is excited about more Ahsoka at Star Wars: Celebration?

Source: Star Wars Celebration
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'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Is Now Available On The App Store

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Lucasfilm and LEGO have today announced that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available for download in the App Store. The game will be compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This announcement comes just two days after the official release of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens on multiple other gaming platforms, including Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo and PC. You can take a look at the trailer that was posted, in conjunction with the announcement, down below:




Are you excited by this announcement? Do you want to see LEGO Star Wars come to other mobile devices, such as Android? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Source: LEGO Star Wars
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Rian Johnson Teases End Of 'Episode VIII' Filming

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By: Benjamin Hart

While we eagerly await the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this December, production on the following Star Wars film is currently happening in London. Being that filming has been going on for several months now we can expect principal photography for Star Wars: Episode VIII will be ending soon, and director Rian Johnson seems to confirm it with some recent social media posts.


Our friends at Club Jade alerted us to some minor tweets and Instagram shares that hint at the inevitable conclusion of filming for Episode VIII. First off, last week Johnson tweeted a photo of a piece of clothing with an embroidered "VIII" on it:


Next, on Instagram he shared an intriguing photograph of what appears to be inside a soundstage:

A photo posted by Rian Johnson (@riancjohnson) on


Then he shared an image of himself wearing a hat featuring a Panda in an Astronaut's helmet, which is an obvious nod to the film's code name "Space Bear"(We've seen other imagery like this in the past as well.):

A photo posted by Rian Johnson (@riancjohnson) on


And finally, the most glaring evidence that filming is almost done comes from this tweet:


While all of together still isn't a lot to go on, I think it's definitely a prelude to things to come. With filming wrapping up anytime now and Rian Johnson will be appearing at Star Wars Celebration Europe to talk about Episode VIII, I think there's a good chance the title will be revealed very soon, perhaps along with a teaser trailer. You may remember that the title for Episode VII was revealed alongside the announcement that principal photography. I'm thinking we could be looking at a similar reveal this time around.

Nevertheless, Star Wars: Episode VIII - [Insert Title Here] will hit theaters on December 15th, 2017!

Sources: Instagram, Twitter


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Even More SDCC Exclusives From Funko, ThinkGeek & More

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By: Benjamin Hart

Attendees of San Diego Comic Con will want to take note of the influx of news about exclusive collectibles over the past day or so. Yesterday Entertainment Earth, Mattel and others revealed what toys they will be offering up at the convention. Today we've gotten a brand new batch of similar news, this time coming from the likes of ThinkGeek, Funko and Beast Kingdom. Courtesy of the fine folks at Yakface, we have compiled all the latest exclusives below!


First off, Funko has revealed a new collection of Pop! vinyl figures that will be exclusively available at SDCC, and among them are some Star Wars figures, along with what appears to be the first ever Indiana Jones Pop. Included are Han Solo with Chewbacca's Bowcaster and BB-8 with his iconic thumbs up torch from The Force Awakens, as well as Indiana Jones with the classic idol from Raiders Of The Lost Ark.


Moving along, ThinkGeek unveiled several exclusive items, such as a mini Bounty Hunter plush set for $30 which includes Bossk, Dengar, IG-88 and Boba Fett. In addition, they will be offering plush of Han Solo in Carbonite for $12 as well as a Slave I plush that comes with an attached Han Solo in Carbonite plush also for $12. And if you spend $60 or more with ThinkGeek you will get a free enamel pin that features a slidable Rey on her Speeder.


Next up, Bluefin Tamashii Nations will be bringing their special edition Movie Realization Teppou Ashigaru Sandtrooper. The figure, which is meant to put a Star Wars spin on an ancient Japanease design, includes an assortment of features along with the incredible details of the figure itself. These will also be available at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London. You can find out more info about the figure here.


Furthermore, Gentle Giant revealed that in addition to the previously announced Luke Skywalker jumbo figures, they will be making two new mini busts available exclusively at SDCC. One is of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens and the other is an early concept design for Chewbacca created by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie. Each mini bust is cast in high quality polystone and costs $120 each. To learn more about them, click here.




And finally, Beast Kingdom has pulled back the curtain on their exclusive Star Wars products, which includes a Chrome Stormtrooper figure going for $100, a gold Sandtrooper figure also priced at $100 and a Captain Phasma figure going for $85. All the figures stand at 6-inches tall, come with an assortment of accessories and feature over 20 points of articulation. In addition, they also revealed a floating Millennium Falcon Egg Attack statue. All the products will be available at booths #2845 and  #401. For more information, click here.


San Diego Comic Con runs from July 21st through the 24th at the San Diego Convention Center!

Sources: Funko, ThinkGeek, SDCC Unofficial Blog, Comic-Con.org, SDCC Unofficial Blog
Via: Yakface

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James Cameron Shares His Thoughts on 'The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres back in December it was an international hit, finishing third in the all time box office list.  One person who was less than excited about the film was the man who's films currently occupy the top two spots on the aforementioned list.  An interview with director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) recently appeared on YouTube (and has since been removed) where shared his thoughts on the seventh instalment in the Star Wars saga.


The director was critical of the film's visual style, saying he felt it was lacking when it came to visuals. Cameron, who is a friend of Star Wars creator George Lucas, said,

"I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before. And it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So for me the jury’s out. I want to see where they go with it."

Here's the thing, Cameron's not wrong.  The Force Awakens was a return to what made audiences fall in love with Star Wars back in 1977, especially when it came to story beats and visuals.  That was the point. The Force Awakens had to set up a brand new story and to do that it had to tread over some familiar ground, both to give the characters a solid foundation from which they can go off in new and exciting directions, and also to make mainstream audiences excited about Star Wars again.  And it succeeded, I would say, on both accounts.

Cameron alludes to the fact that he wants to see where all this is headed in the next two films, and that too is a fair assessment.  The sequel trilogy may have had a familiar beginning, but it is crucial that its sequels explore new grounds (narratively and visually).  If Episode VIII feels like a retelling of The Empire Strikes Back, then I'll be concerned too.


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Episode VIII, Han Solo Film Directors Confirmed For Star Wars Celebration In London

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By: Benjamin Hart

While we can assume Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be getting a lot of attention at Star Wars Celebration Europe in just a few weeks, fans looking forward to learning more about other Star Wars films will be delighted by the following news. Today on The Star Wars Show a brand new panel was announced titled "Future Filmmakers" that will be happening on Sunday of the convention. As the title implies, attending the panel will be Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson and the directors of the still untitled Han Solo film Phil Lord and Chris Miller, alongside Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and senior vice president of development Kiri Hart. The panel will be hosted by Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group and promises to be an "informal" discussion among the creators and will give fans a glimpse into the future of Star Wars filmmaking.


The panel is set to take place on the Celebrate Stage at a currently unspecified time on Sunday, July 17th. The convention itself runs from July 15th - 17th at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London England!

Update: The official Star Wars Celebration site confirms that the Future Filmmakers panel will take place at 3:00pm on Sunday and will be immediately followed by the closing ceremonies.

Source: StarWars.com

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Prototype Boba Fett Hot Wheels Car To Be Celebration Europe Exclusive

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By: Benjamin Hart

With Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 right around the corner we're finally getting our first look at some of the exclusive collectibles that will be available at the convention. Our friends at Jedi News received word from Mattel that a brand new prototype armor Boba Fett Hot Wheels car will be among the items for sale exclusively at this Celebration.


The design is based on an early concept for Boba Fett(seen in this video) that had the infamous bounty hunter appear in an all-white version of his iconic armor. The toy itself includes twin turbo engines that mimic Boba's jet pack, a range finder and several weapons extending from the hood. Senior Hot Wheels designer Bryan Benedict spoke briefly about translating Fett into car form:

“I am a huge fan of Star Wars, so to get the opportunity to recreate classic characters as part of my job is a huge honour. I am excited to be amongst the fans and to unveil our exclusive Boba Fett car that I designed as a rat rod, because to me Boba Fett is basically a walking rat rod - with his banged up helmet and cool attitude.  But this is a rat rod with super-advanced technology, and, in the case of our Celebration exclusive, he’s been given a pristine white paint scheme to match the prototype armour.”

The cars will be available at booth #S502 on the Celebration floor, and Bryan Benedict will be there Saturday morning for a car signing. In addition, those who attended the Hot Wheels panel on the Behind-The-Scenes stage on Saturday(4:30 PM - 5:30 PM) will get a first look at the upcoming line of Star Wars Hot Wheels cars and will be able to give their two cents on what the next Celebration exclusive will be.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is happening July 15th - 17th at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, England!

Source: Jedi News, Hot Wheels(Twitter)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

EW Releases High Quality Versions Of 'Rogue One' Photos

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By: Benjamin Hart

Last week Entertainment Weekly made major waves with a plethora of reveals from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Among the them were galleries of images from the film giving us glimpses at the various new characters, vehicles and locations that will be seen in Rogue One. Now EW has gone the extra mile to provide us with high quality versions of some of the previously released images with less intrusive watermarks. These images are great for wallpapers, Facebook cover photos, or you can just simply stare at them and zoom in to to see the finer details of the shots. A few of them can be seen below, and the rest can be found over at EW:



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

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Mattel, Entertainment Earth & Gentle Giant Reveal SDCC Exclusives

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By: Benjamin Hart

The convention season is heating up over the next few weeks with some of the biggest events happening in all corners of the globe. Arguably the biggest convention on the planet is San Diego Comic Con, which is kicking off on July 20th. While it's still unclear what kind of presence Star Wars will have at this year's SDCC, we do have an idea about what kind of exclusive merchandise will be available there. Today, Gentle Giant LTD, Mattel and Entertainment Earth unveiled the collectibles that they will be bringing to SDCC. You can check them out below!


First off, Yahoo Movies reports that Mattel has revealed a Hot Wheels version of the classic Death Star trench run from A New Hope. The set features four Hot Wheels cars in the form of an X-Wing, two TIE Fighters and Darth Vader's TIE Advanced fighter. The cars are packaged in Death Star trench inspired packaging that lights up. The set can be pre-ordered on MattyCollector.com and will be available at SDCC for $50. You can see more photos here.


Next up, Yakface alerted us to the news that Entertainment Earth will have an 18-inch vac-metal C-3PO figure with a red arm, as he appeared in The Force Awakens. The limited edition figure is from Jakks Pacific and features 7 points of articulation. They will be sold exclusive at booth #2343 for $60 each. More details can be found here.


And finally, Yodasnews provided a first look at Gentle Giant's jumbo Farmboy Luke action figures. The two figures, one with brown hair and one with yellow hair, is a 1:6 scale replica enlargement of the original 1983 3 ¾” Return Of The Jedi figure. Both figures feature full articulation to match the original, including the classic yellow retractable Lightsaber. Both versions are limited to 250 pieces and will be available exclusively at SDCC for $80 each. For more photos and information, visit Yodasnews!


San Diego Comic Con's preview night begins July 20th and convention will run from July 21st through July 24th!

Sources: Entertainment EarthYodasnews, Yahoo Movies

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Opinion: Villainous Vader A Choking Hazard For Rogue One?

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Last Wednesday Entertainment Weekly publicly announced their 'exclusive' Rogue One preview edition. This edition revealed a number of exclusive details about the upcoming film, including the return of the mighty Sith Lord, Darth Vader, to the big screen. EW's front cover was a visual set-piece featuring the new 'Rebels' characters, new vehicles and new environments. Quite clearly, the edition's emphasis centered on the 'new' rather than the 'old'. Undoubtedly Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains of cinema history, but he also resonates closer with the 'Original Trilogy' of the 1970s and 1980s, rather than recent Star Wars folklore in the late 1990s and noughties. In fact it wasn't until late morning on Thursday that Entertainment Weekly published an article solely dedicated to Vader's return, this after EW had announced the profiles of the new 'Rebels' characters, including the revelation that Forest Whitaker would play 'Rebel extremist' Saw Gerrera, on the Wednesday. In my mind this cements the idea that Lucasfilm and Disney want to ensure that Rogue One is not perceived to be a 'Vader' movie because the central focus of the film centres on the 'Rebellion', headed by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)



Disney's concerns are not unreasonable. EW's 'Vader' article received a high level of traction. On our website alone, the 'Vader' story has become the second highest read news story this past week, receiving over 40,000 hits. This demonstrates that Vader's return to live-action Star Wars is 'big' news and that official confirmation has rekindled mainstream interest. For instance, now some mainstream audience members have been pleasantly surprised at the news that James Earl Jones would reprise his role to voice Vader in Rogue One (Rebels viewers will be less surprised at his return). Now that we are aware of Vader's on-screen re-appearance, how much of Vader can we expect to see in the new film?
According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, we will not be seeing much of Vader this movie. Kennedy stated that Vader will "loom large" at a "key strategic moment", but will be used "sparingly"in the film. Kennedy's statement is a welcome one because it shows that Disney recognise the value of these 'iconic' characters and that the movie will not be dominated by Vader in order to provide fan service and generate financial profit. It shows that Disney and Lucasfilm care about the franchise.

On our latest SWU podcast one of our paetron members, named Rusty, reminded listeners that Vader's on-screen appearance in A New Hope lasted no more than 12 minutes. I found this to be an astonishing statistic because I felt Vader's presence was pervasive throughout Episode IV. I have no doubt his presence was pervasive, but it refutes the notion that the longer a character is on screen, the more of an impact they will make. Just look at Marvel's Days of Future Past and the introduction of Quicksilver, which generated instant impact and has now become a popular character amongst many Marvel fans. I would be shocked to see Vader in the movie for longer than 12 minutes to be frank and yet I imagine his significance in the film will seem to be much more grandiose than the actual screen-time appearance of Lord Vader.
Finally, Vader's on screen presence does not necessarily mean that 'Vader' won't be used as a marketing ploy by Lucasfilm to encourage people to see the film and get bums on seats at theatres. In just under three weeks time a little known event called 'Star Wars Celebration' may reveal more on the Vader front. Keep an eye out for the Rogue One panel on Friday 17 July from 4-5pm (GMT), 11am (EST), 8am (PST), as I anticipate Disney and Lucasfilm will release a new Rogue One trailer. This trailer may well feature an appearance from the infamous Sith Lord, the first live-action reprisal of Vader since over a decade, in a style comparable to Han's "Chewie, we're home" line at the end of the second trailer of The Force Awakens

How significant do you think Vader's role will and should be in this movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The SWU Podcast | Kanjikast #4

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On this month's Patreon sponsored Bonus episode of The SWU Podcast, Chris, Ben and Dominic are joined by Patreon supporters Gary and Joey to discuss some fun Star Wars topics.  They look at what the Sequel Trilogy might have been had the Original cast not returned, the potential of other characters from Star Wars animation making it to the big screen, and does Rogue One have the potential to be their favorite Star Wars movie.  Plus, Ben and Dominic discuss other fandoms of theirs, Rey parentage theories, and more convention stories.  All this and much more!
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Lucas Museum Moving Back To California After Chicago Plans Fall Through

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By: Benjamin Hart

Earlier this week some unfortunate news came out of Chicago concerning George Lucas' proposed museum. After years of planning and many months of controversy surrounding a proposition to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Museum in Chicago, Illinois, George Lucas has officially retracted the proposal in response to heavy resistance from the local non-profit organization Friends of the Park. In a statement released on Friday, the Star Wars creator expressed his disappointment with the situation and resilience to move forward with the project and build the museum in California instead. You can read the full press release below:


CHICAGO, June 24, 2016 — The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced today that in light of extensive delays caused by Friends of the Parks, Chicago will no longer be considered a potential site for the museum. The board of directors and executive leadership of the museum confirmed that California will be its future home. 

“No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot,” said George W. Lucas, founder and chairman of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. “The actions initiated by Friends of the Parks and their recent attempts to extract concessions from the city have effectively overridden approvals received from numerous democratically elected bodies of government.” 

The location — a parking lot near Soldier Field — was originally selected by Chicago’s Site Selection Task Force in May 2014 and subsequently approved by the City Council, Park District, Plan Commission, Department of Zoning, Illinois General Assembly and the governor. When the city offered McCormick Place East as an alternative to the parking lot, Friends of the Parks announced plans to block consideration of that location as well as any lakefront site or park in Chicago.  

On behalf of his wife, Mellody Hobson, and other members of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Board of Directors, Mr. Lucas expressed gratitude to the many people throughout the community who worked tirelessly to bring the institution to life on Chicago’s Museum Campus. "We are deeply appreciative to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and countless others for all the time and effort they invested in trying to secure the museum for Chicago," said Mr. Lucas.

The education-focused public institution remains dedicated to expanding public understanding and appreciation of narrative art in all its forms, providing inspiration and learning, especially for young people. 

Mr. Lucas stated, “While Chicago will not be home to the museum, my wife and I will continue to enthusiastically support a wide variety of educational and cultural activities throughout the city.” 

Prior to June of 2014 the museum was originally envisioned to be built at the Presidio in San Francisco near where Lucasfilm headquarters are located. After meeting some backlash over the Presidio location, and some invitations from Chicago city officials, such as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the decision was made to move the project to Chicago. The museum soon drew controversy over it's proposed placement on the Chicago Lakefront, leading to location revisions and eventually a lawsuit being filed by the Friends of the Park in November of 2014. Since then the project has been deadlocked in litigation, forcing Lucas to ultimately return it to his home state of California.

While it is unfortunate to see the Chicago plans fall through, it will be exciting to see the museum finally be able to break ground in the Golden State, weather it be San Francisco, Los Angeles or another city. May the Force be with George Lucas as he continues to work to make this museum a reality!

Source: LucasMuseum.org

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'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Droid Character Pack Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

This Tuesday will see the release of the long awaited video game Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The game will allow fans to play their way through the story of  The Force Awakens, which has been completely recreated in the classic Lego style. In addition, there will be a ton of cool extras that will be available, including an assortment of DLCs.

The latest DLC to be announced is a Playstation exclusive Droids character pack. While Droids like R2-D2, BB-8 and C-3PO are already playable in the game, this bonus content adds an assortment of Droids from other eras of the saga.

Included in the pack will be the Astromech with a bad motivator R5-D4, bounty hunter IG-88, the Protocol Droid ME-8D9 seen in Maz Kanata's Castle, Lando Calrissian's droid W1-LE from Star Wars Rebels, and a variety of battle Droids from The Clone Wars, including the Captain Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, and Captain Commando Droid.

But by far the biggest character included in the pack is none other the Supreme Commander of the Separatists, General Grievous, who will be playable with his classic four Lightsabers. In addition, the Vulture-Class Droid Starfghter will be among the ships made playable in the flight levels, and a microfighter version of the Droid fighter will be available to fly in free play areas.


A trailer for the character pack was released as well, which you can check out below:



The Droids character pack will only be available on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 and will be released alongside the full game on June 28th!

Source: Playstation.com

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Exhibitors List & Panel Schedules Released For Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are now just twenty days away from the kick off of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London! Lots of new has been dropping recently, and the most recent reveal gives us a ton of much needed information about the convention. The official Celebration web site has just been updated with the the full list of exhibitors that will be filling up booths on the show floor, as well as the schedules for all the various panels that will be happening over the course of the event. To see the full list of exhibitors, you can click here.


And speaking of which, you might recognize one of the exhibitors in particular. If you're attending this Celebration, you'll definitely want to stop by booth S342 because that's where The Star Wars Underworld's first ever convention booth will be set up! Please be sure to pay us a visit, we'd love to see you all there!

Also revealed today was the schedules for the various stages, including the Celebration stage, Fan & Collectors' stage, Galaxy stage, Behind-The-Scenes stage and the One Force Stage. You can see all of those schedules by clicking here!

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 takes place July 15th - 17th at the ExCel Exhibiton Centre in London, England!

Source: StarWarsCelebration.com

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Even More 'Rogue One' Photos Revealed From EW

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By: Benjamin Hart

This has been an amazing week for Rogue One news! Entertainment Weekly has been providing us with plethora of new announcements, photos and information about the film. Today EW's Anthony Breznican has revealed yet another batch of photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that didn't make it into the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which goes on sale today. Including in the stills are shots of our heroes, including Jyn(Felicity Jones), Cassian(Diego Luna) and Chirrut(Donnie Yen), as well as a stunning view of the black-clad Death Troopers and a behind the scenes shot. Check them all out below:



In the article Breznican also hints that Chirrut uses a Bowcaster type weapon and further discusses that Jyn and Cassian's relationship may not be what you think it is. Director Gareth Edwards also responds to fans concerns about the lack of aliens in the film, saying that there are indeed non-humans among the Rebel squad, they just aren't front and center. You canlearn more by checking out the article on Entertainment Weekly!

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

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Mon Mothma To Have A 'Significant Role' In Rogue One

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Politics has been dominating the discussion around the World today, following Britain's 'Brexit' from the European Union. I guess then it's only fitting to discuss EW's latest revelation about the return of the former 'political' Senator Mon Mothma to the cinematic screen. 

In the time period of Rogue One, Mon Mothma is responsible for unifying the divided star systems who are facing terror and tyranny from the evil, Galactic Empire. EW and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy have made it clear that Mon Mothma's role in Rogue One will be "significantly larger" than her last on-screen appearance in Return of the Jedi. 


Kathleen Kennedy: We actually see quite a bit of her (Mon Mothma). The Rebel Alliance is in disarray. Pretty panicked. Up against it. And she is trying the best she can to provide the leadership, in amongst a wide variety of Rebel soldiers that have very differing opinions as to what to do.

EW have termed Mon Mothma as the "Mother of the Rebellion" and based on Kathleen Kennedy's words it seems as though Mon Mothma will take that mantle on, as she leads the newly formed, yet diverse, Rebel Alliance in its fight against the Empire. 
Mon Mothma will be played by Genevieve O'Reilly who bears a striking look to Caroline Blakiston (the actress who played her in Return of the Jedi, 33 years ago).

What do you make of the fact that Mon Mothma will play a "significant role" in this movie? Are you excited? Leave a comment in the description down below.

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 24/06/16

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On this episode Ben and Dominic are joined by The Watchers of Westeros host Ciaran Duggan and SWU Patreon supporter Rusty Zion to discuss this week's massive Rogue One news.  They celebrate the fact that Forest Whitaker is playing Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars and Chris joins them to discuss some of the other new characters.   They also discuss the low key announcement of Darth Vader's return, the new photos, and whether or not the film should have a crawl.  Plus a Celebration update and Rebels Season Two coming to blu-ray.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy Discuss the 'Rogue One' Reshoots

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By: Dominic Jones

Not too long ago, rumors began to swirl about massive reshoots taking place for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  According to the rumors, not only would a large portion of the film be reshot but the reshoots would alter the tone of the new film from that of a war movie to one that better matches The Force Awakens.  Though many of the reshoot rumors were debunked, no one associated with the production had publicly spoken about them, until now.  As part of his Rogue One coverage this week (which also includes the confirmation that Darth Vader would be appearing, new pictures, and the reveal of a character from The Clone Wars being in the film), Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican spoke with director Gareth Edwards and Producer Kathleen Kennedy about the rumored reshoots.


Edwards said,
"I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit".

Kennedy added,
"There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography.  I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make."

Kennedy also addressed the tone of the Star Wars Stories (also known as Anthology films) saying,
"One of the things we’re doing with these Star Wars stories is embracing the uniqueness of the different genres, and we’re very deliberately leaning into the various styles of directors that we’re approaching so that each of these movies will very intentionally have a very different tone and style from the saga films."

Along the lines of making the films stylistically different, a question that has been raised about Rogue One and the other Star Wars Stories is whether we can expect classic Star Wars elements like the opening crawl.  Kennedy was asked about this and her response was non-committal, saying,

"We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing.  The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what  will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that."

It's been discusses at length how reshoots are simply a part of the film making process and are no cause for concern, however it's always nice to hear from the filmmakers about it.  As for the crawl, personally I hope they choose to include it.  I understand the desire to make the Star Wars Stories different from the saga films, however I think the crawl is one thing that should remain consistent across all the films.

 
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