Category Archives: Star Wars

Disney Releases Behind The Scenes Video For Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Disney has released a behind the scenes video for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In it, we get to see some of the film being made, a glance of the amount of puppetry involved, and some sights of new characters.

It also contains bits of interviews from the movie’s stars.

Some of the interviews discuss how this movie is different from any Star Wars movie before now.

Carrie Fisher’s words hit hard, in the emotional sense, as her talk of family reminds us that this will be the last time we all see our beloved princess.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 15.

R2-D2 And Other Star Wars Props Sold in Auction

An R2-D2 and other props, used in the filming of the original trilogy of Star Wars movies, were sold in auction.

Profiles in History handled the auction, which took place no Wednesday.

R2-D2 sold for $2.76 million.

The droid shell was used for shots in Episodes I, II, IV, V, and VI.

Also included in the auction were, a copy of Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber that Luke used in Episodes IV and V, Darth Vader’s helmet and shoulder armor from Episode IV, one of C3PO’s feet used in Episode V, and a Death Star Turbolaser Turret from Episode IV.

Darth Vader’s helmet and armor went for $96,000 and the Skywalker lightsaber sold for $450,000, while the rest went for undisclosed amounts.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

Disney is preparing to release their new show Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

The animated show focuses on various female characters from the Star Wars universe.

Each show will be done in 2D animation.

They will show them in never before seen adventures that occur before, during, and after their already known stories.

Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) narrates the show, which will feature Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Leia Organa (Shelby Young), Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar).

Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Finn (John Begoya) will also be making guest appearances.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny premieres July 3 on YouTube and then July 9 on Disney Channel.

Star Wars Brings in Ron Howard to Direct Han Solo

Star Wars has found their replacement for the directors who were fired from Han Solo, earlier this week.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired after they repeatedly clashed with the movie’s writer Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan was one of the writers for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi and helped shape the character of Han Solo.

He returned to writing Star Wars specifically for this movie.

Now Kathleen Kennedy has found a much more dependable director.

On Thursday, Kennedy announced the hiring of Ron Howard as the new director for Han Solo.

Howard has worked with Lucasfilm before, among his other film credits.

Deu to the quick transition, there are no expectations for delays in production.

Filming is set to resume on July 10.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is still scheduled for May 25, 2018.

Excerpt From Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

Today we have an excerpt from Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, which is by Christie Golden.

It was originally posted at USA Today.

The excerpt focuses on Lieutenant Iden Versio, during the Battle of Yavin.

As we know that the book takes place after the battle, this is likely a prologue or maybe from the very first chapter.

We also know that the book is a prequel to Star Wars: Battlefront II the video game, which follows Versio as she leads Inferno Squad after the Battle of Endor.

“Attention, pilots,” came the voice of her commander, Kela Neerik, in Iden’s ear, and for a brief, beautiful instant Iden thought her squad commander was going to explain what was going on. But all Neerik said was, “Death Star is now six minutes out from target.”

Iden bit her lip, wondering if she should speak up. Don’t. Don’t, she told herself, but the words had a life of their own. Before she realized it, out they had come.

“Respectfully, Commander, with only six minutes until the entire moon’s destruction, why are we out here? Surely thirty one-person ships won’t be able to do anything resembling damage to the Death Star in that amount of time.”

“Lieutenant Versio” — Neerik’s voice was as cold as space — “don’t assume your father’s position gives you special privileges. We are here because Lord Vader ordered us to be here. Perhaps you’d like to put your question to him personally when we return to the station? I’m sure he’d be delighted to explain his military strategy to you.”

Iden felt a cold knot in her stomach at the thought of a “personal” conversation with Lord Vader. She’d never met him, thankfully, but she had heard too many chilling rumors.

“No, Commander, that won’t be necessary.”

“I thought not. Do your duty, Lieutenant Versio.”

Iden frowned, then let it go. She did not need to understand the rebels; she needed only to destroy them.

She targeted the nearest X-wing and fired. Green lasers sliced through the enemy ship, and then only pieces and a flaring sheet of flame remained.

As if they sensed her renewed resolve, the rebel pilots suddenly upped their game. There was a brief flash at the corner of Iden’s vi­sion, and when she turned to look, she realized with sick surprise that this time the debris hurtling off in all directions was black.

Iden didn’t know who had just died. TIE fighters were so uniform as to be practically indistinguishable from one another. Their pilots weren’t supposed to think of their ships in the warm, fuzzy way the rebels were reported to do. A ship was a ship was a ship. And Iden understood that, as far as most in the Empire were concerned, a pilot was a pilot was a pilot: as expendable and interchangeable as the ships they flew.

We all serve at the pleasure of the Emperor, her father had drilled into her since she was old enough to comprehend what an emperor was. None of us is indispensable. Iden had certainly seen Imperial ships shot down before. This was war, and she was a soldier. But in­dispensable be damned.

The half smile she’d been wearing during most of the combat van­ished, and Iden pressed her lips together angrily. She veered, perhaps a touch too violently, to the right and targeted another X-wing. In mere seconds it exploded into a yellow-orange fireball.

“Gotcha, you—” she muttered.

“No commentary, Versio,” warned Neerik, her voice rising a little; more hot than cold, now.

Iden targeted the closest Y-wing, locked onto it, and blew it to pieces. Watching the fragments of the starfighter hurtling wildly was some small compensation for the deaths of her fellow pilots.

“Death Star is two minutes to target. Be aware of your distance from the planet.”

Ah, so that was why Neerik was giving the countdown. Iden had to give the pilot of a nearby Y-wing credit for courage, albeit of the foolish kind; the ship was now racing away from the Death Star at top speed. Were they heading back to Yavin’s moon, nobly choosing to die with their base, or were they just trying to evade her?

Not happening, Iden thought, and continued her pursuit. She got the vessel in her sights and fired. She didn’t slow as the ship exploded, but simply pulled back and looped up and over the fireball and de­bris, snug in her crash webbing, and smoothly dipped the TIE fighter in front of the Y-wing for the perfect shot.

The pale moon-shape of the Death Star loomed behind the vessel, its gargantuan size making the rebel ship look like the toys she’d been allowed to play with as a child. The Y-wing was making for Yavin as fast as it could, swerving erratically enough that Iden frowned as she tried to get a lock on it.

A sudden scalding brightness filled her vision.

Temporarily blinded, Iden hurtled wildly, her TIE fighter tum­bling out of control. As her vision returned, she realized debris was coming at her as intensely as if she had suddenly materialized inside an asteroid field. Her focus, always powerful, narrowed to laserlike precision as she frantically dodged and swerved, maneuvering around the biggest pieces and wishing with all her being that TIE fighters had shields.

Iden pivoted and tumbled, breathing the mercifully still-flowing oxygen deeply and rhythmically. But she knew in her heart it was just a matter of time. There was too much debris, some of it the size of a standard escape pod, some of it as small as her clenched fist, and she was right in the thick of it. The smaller pieces were pelting her TIE fighter already. Sooner or later, one of the big chunks would hit her, and both Senior Lieutenant Iden Versio and her ship would be noth­ing more than smears on what was left of Yavin’s moon.

Somehow, she’d wandered too close to the Death Star’s target and had gotten swept up in the chaotic sweep of its destruction—exactly what her commander had been warning her against.

But how was that possible?

“Mayday, mayday,” Iden shouted, unable to keep her voice calm as she desperately dipped and dived to avoid disaster. “This is TIE Sigma Three requesting assistance. Repeat, this is TIE Sigma Three request­ing assistance, do you copy, over?”

Silence. Absolute, cold, terrifying silence.

Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad is due out on July 25.

Han Solo on Hold After Directors Are Fired

Disney’s Han Solo film is currently on hold after both of the movie’s directors were fired.

Kathleen Kennedy fired both Phil Lord and Christopher Miller after the two repeatedly clashed with the movie’s writers.

The movie script was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon.

Kasdan was one of the writers for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi and helped shape the character of Han Solo.

He returned to writing Star Wars specifically for this movie.

Apparently, Miller and Lord had been trying to twist the movie into more of a comedic direction than Kasdan had written.

Production of the movie is currently at a standstill until a new director is selected.

At this point, there is no effect on the movie’s release date and there likely won’t be as long as the spot is filled quickly.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled for May 25, 2018.

Star Wars Crawl Scarves Coming Soon From Mighty Fine

Star Wars crawl scarves are coming soon.

The scarves will show the word crawl from the beginning of one of the original trilogy movies.

Mighty Fine is making the silk scarves happen.

Customers will be able to choose whether they want A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, or Return of The Jedi.

Each of the scarves has the entire crawl on the, but at the angle seen in the movies, so while the bottom is in large print, the top is tiny.

The collection will be available starting in September.