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Rumor: Disney already casting for Star Wars live-action TV?

STAR WARS RUMORS: Take seriously at your own risk.Cinelinx reports today that Star Wars casting people weren’t just looking for folks for Episode VII, but for unannounced projects including “specials and mini-series.” (via)

Their speculation that includess the Darth Vader special we heard of seems off-base – I’d guess that’s more of a documentary/existing footage thing.

A live-action show is certainly not outside of the realm of possibility, though Disney and Lucasfilm have claimed that they’re focusing on Episode VII (and Rebels) right now. Waiting until the new movie era is firmly established – as Marvel did – would be the smart thing, I think.

Filoni: Rebels is on “a more human level”

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Dave Filoni is back in the Los Angeles Times, this time to chat up Rebels, addressing some of the fan concerns about what will be our our first real block of Disney-in Lucas-out content, how the show’s focus differs from The Clone Wars (“you won’t be watching those politics unfold”) and even a design element you might not expect:

“I know that Kathy [Kennedy] is a very big fan of [Japanese animator Hayao] Miyazaki, so I told [art director] Kilian Plunkett to look at his designs and what makes them so iconic and memorable,” Filoni said. That, combined with McQuarrie’s original “Star Wars” designs, is the look of the new “Rebels.”

He also touches on the Force (“a less-is-more scenario”) and, uh, fans talking about how certain characters will probably be killed off. (Guilty.)

Chee tweets the definitive Clone Wars episode order

TCW-maul-savage-vizslaWith The Clone Wars now more or less complete, Lucasfilm’s Leland Chee yesterday tweeted the chronological order of the series:

216 116 T 301 303 101-115 117-121 201-203 217-219 204-214 220-222 305-307 302 304 308 122 309-311 215 312-322 S4 502-513 501 514-520 601-613

(‘T’ is the debut movie.) He followed up with just the Maul arc: “314 421 422 501 514 515 516.”

UPDATE: There’s now a version of this on StarWars.com that won’t give anyone horrible math class flashbacks.

Dave Filoni thanks Clone Wars fans

Filoni sketchWith ‘The Lost Missions’ out in the world, Dave Filoni thanks fans of The Clone Wars on StarWars.com this afternoon.

While we weren’t able to tell every story in the Clone Wars era, there is plenty to look forward to. Every day there are amazing new Star Wars stories being developed here at Lucasfilm. I guess my intention here is to encourage you all to dream, to imagine, not just what these stories might have been, but what the possibilities are for other new stories which have never been told before. And maybe the person who tells those stories will be you. I hope you have enjoyed what was, and what yet might be, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

He shares a wealth of sketches from the show’s last story conference, and even gives a small spoiler.

Dave Filoni: Final Clone Wars arc is George Lucas’ “last statement” about Yoda and The Force

Yod (TCW: Lost Missions)Dave Filoni tells Entertainment Weekly that the last arc of The Clone Wars is George Lucas’ “last statement about Yoda and The Force and how things fit together” and “absolutely must-watch story content.”

We tried several seasons to tell a Yoda arc, but the problem is he’d come in and be able to solve a problem in five minutes. In the end, George finally decided to tell a big story about The Force and the balance of The Force and what it means when some people appear after they die and some don’t. Fans have long wondered about that. This goes a long way to explaining that issue. These are things that were the backbone of his Jedi ideas. How can a Star Wars fan not get excited by that?

Filoni also touches on Order 66 and what the future may hold for the untold Clone Wars stories. Be warned, there is another small spoiler in the interview, so it may be best to read this only after you watch the final arc.

The 13 ‘Lost Missions’ episodes are streaming on Netflix now, along with the show’s first 5 seasons and debut movie.

Clone Wars: Analyzing the Lost Missions trailer

TCW: Lost Missions Trailer #1 (Moriband)

On Monday, Lucasfilm released a trailer for “The Lost Missions” of The Clone Wars, coming to Netflix on March 7, along with all the previous seasons. < These thirteen episodes of bonus content bring together a mix of story arcs that would have been part of a sixth season of the show. Combining with what has been revealed previously, I’ve selected two dozen frames from the trailer, and try to figure out what they might teasing, including a translation of the file in Aurabesh.

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Rebels cast reveals spark discussion of diversity, representation

Rebels cast (concept art)

While we’ve focused on the female character introductions and (lack of) toys so far, Mia Moretti at Eleven-ThirtyEight takes on the issue of character races and representation – and the fandom reactions to it.

The importance of diversity is something that Bria and Nanci at Tosche Station wrote up not so long ago, while Brian took on some of the common arguments against it. While we’re a while from seeing if Rebels can deliver diversity beyond the main cast, it’s interesting to note that these discussions weren’t happening as openly even as far back as The Clone Wars debut.

As for the issue of female action figures, Amy Ratcliffe has some numbers.