The Movie Bit reports that J.J. Abrams, crew and at least one actor (who I won’t name for the particularly spoiler-wary) have arrived on Ireland’s Skellig Michael to begin three days of filming. They’re expected to be there through Wednesday. Getty Images has photos of the arrivals. Stalkertastic! (via)
“The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy, ” Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson told podcast fans in Chicago Saturday night, “I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see.” (via)
Video: Kevin Smith talks about his Episode VII set visit. Because of course he does.
Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe panel tackled Star Wars first thing, but several sites were up just ahead: Newsarama and Coffee with Kenobi. There’s a new Star Wars ongoing, along with Darth Vader and Princess Leia showcases. StarWars.com has an article – with interviews and preview pages – up now as well.
Star Wars will be a ongoing monthly written by Jason Aaron with art from John Cassaday. It will begin two weeks after A New Hope, per the panel. Another monthly, Star Wars: Darth Vader will be from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, and sounds like it may be dealing with a chunk of underworld types as well, though Gillen says the “push and pull between Vader and the Emperor is at the heart of the book.” Both ongoings will begin in January.
Come March, Mark Waid is writing the Princess Leia mini-series, with art by Terry Dodson, also set after ANH – although it does sound like it might have flashbacks of her time on Alderaan, which is something we haven’t seen done before. Here’s some detail, which doesn’t support the flashback theory we had earlier, but IS something we haven’t really seen done in the Legends EU:
…Our story is about Leia not long after the end of Episode IV deciding, “Well, as the princess, there are still responsibilities that fall to me, like making contact with any stray Alderaanians out there who may not know what happened. It is my job as princess to deliver the bad news. It is my job to bring those who survived by being in other places, together. It is my job to help preserve some sort of cultural heritage of my people, so that everything my planet stood for and everything my people stood for doesn’t get forgotten.” So it’s a five-issue story [arc] that takes her across the galaxy in search of others of her kind to try and pull them together.
I totally don’t find that interesting because of my suspicions that some version of ‘New Alderaan’ is going to play into Episode VII. Not at all.
Jordan D. White is editing all three titles for Marvel. And yes kids, these will all be considered canon.
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The Del Rey crew at San Diego Comic-Con is remembering Aaron Allston today with Hawaiian shirts and giveaways of Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. Share your own Aaron memories by using the hashtag #AlohaAaron.
For news purposes today, we have Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe panel this afternoon (2:45 PDT/5:45 EDT) and of course the big movie panels in Hall H.
Although there was apparently some kind of rumor going around the con that Star Wars would make a Hall H appearance today, that is all kinds of unlikely as there is no Lucasfilm or Disney movie panel outside of Marvel Studios. The only Star Wars news we are likely to get today will be about comic books, not films.
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StarWars.com’s Collectibles panel liveblog. Dan Brooks strikes again with this recap of what’s coming from eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow. Kotobukiya has a Luke and Leia ARTFX+ set coming up, plus their next Bishoujo will be a female stormtrooper. Gentle Giant has an Amidala mini-bust and a Leia as Bouschh jumbo retro figure in the pipeline.
The Hasbro panel at SDCC seems to have been, well, a Hasbro panel. Dan Brooks liveblogged it for StarWars.com, and above you see the female figures: The Black Series Medal Ceremony Leia will be in the 3.75-inch line, and for Rebels, Hera and Sabine each come in two-packs with troopers.
Pictures from the Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show. Popsugar has clear looks t most of the fashions from last night’s show at SDCC.
Hallmark’s 2015 Star Wars ornaments. Rebelscum has a gallery of pictures from Hallmark’s booth and our first look at next year’s Christmas ornaments. They include Yoda and Luke, Admiral Ackbar, a Y-wing, and a pair from Rebels.