Although fans at NYCC were treated to a whole episode, those of us playing along at home got this clip. Oh well!
The big fiction announcement at NYCC this weekend was… A Kanan ongoing series from Marvel. It’s being written by Greg Weisman (which may or may not explain his absence from the second season of Rebels) and begins with ‘The Last Padawan,’ in yet another prequel to the cartoon, this one going back to show how Kanan survived Order 66. Apparently if this does well, more Rebels focused comics may be on the horizon. But at the very least, it adds a different era to Marvel’s Star Wars lineup.
Amy Ratcliffe has a nice interview with Weisman on CBR.
There wasn’t a novel announcement at Del Rey’s panel, but we did learn that Palpatine’s first name (from George Lucas) is revealed in James Luceno’s Tarkin.
Random House has updated their blurb for Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi, the third of the new canon novels. It looks like we can count on there being at least two new female characters being vital to the plot. No, neither of them sounds like someone who will secretly end up to be Mara Jade.
Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.
A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.
Heir to the Jedi is scheduled for a February 17 release. (via)
The Star Wars Fan Film Awards have returned! Fan filmmakers can submit theirs through January 16, and they’ll go up on StarWars.com sometime in March for fans to vote on. The winners will be announced at Celebration Anaheim in April.
In the meantime, you can check out The Empire Strikes Back Uncut on StarWars.com now.
→ Yet more supposed concept art descriptions from Making Star Wars, including one that may be related to the big rumor/spoiler, the Greenham Common ‘extras’ and the turkey/goat looking dude from the first Force for Change video. They also note that casting for future projects is starting to heat up.
→ Latino Review’s Friday Star Wars column notes some Jedi theories that have been floating around.
→ Joel Edgerton reads Variety. Shocking!
The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Blu-ray and DVD sets coming November 11, per TV Shows on DVD.
With the rumor floating around about an Obi-wan movie (or movies,) it certainly didn’t take long for someone (Coming Soon) to ask Joel Edgerton if he’d be willing to take on the role of Owen Lars again.
Has anybody contacted you about possibly reprising Uncle Owen?
Joel Edgerton: The first I heard about it was today. When did that happen?
CS: A week or two ago it started to percolate.
Edgerton: So who would play Obi-Wan?
CS: Ideally Ewan, most likely in the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Edgerton: Well then I definitely have to be there, right? Or they’re gonna get someone else? Am I too old for that now?
Well, Lucasfilm has 20 years to play with and the convenient excuse that folks age more rapidly on Tatooine, so…
Edgerton, who will next be seen in Exodus: Gods and Kings with Christian Bale, also has some nice things to say about being in Star Wars and his own ideas about Owen’s past.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Piesse (AOTC’s Beru) says it “would be pretty cool!”
James Earl Jones returns to voice Vader on Rebels. Lucasfilm confirms via The Hollywood Reporter the reports that ‘Spark of Rebellion’ will air on ABC on October 26.
Look, ma! A week! It was a busy one, so here’s what’s below. Episode VII (references to the big rumor spoiler, but not any that gives it away,) Rebels reaction, the big Expanded Universe blowup, ranting about fan perceptions of Han Solo, and the usual nonsense.
Does an Italian video hint that Disney is trying to buy the complete distribution rights of Star Wars from 20th Century Fox? Ehh, maybe, but it seems like a big jump to make. In any case, it seems we’re going to get something big regarding streaming soon.