Episode VII roundup: Set reports, more concept art, Billie Lourd and Skellig Michael

rumors-swirl-falcon-esb→ Is this our final Pinewood set report for The Force Awakens? It could be.

→ Making Star Wars also has another concept art description… This one sounds a lot like it’s related to the very first piece of concept art that we saw. (And the only one we’ve seen officially, for that matter.) Well, mostly saw. Also very curious to go back and look at the comments on that post in the wake of the title announcement…

→ It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, but at her Vegas show, Debbie Reynolds did say that granddaughter Billie Lourd had been working on The Force Awakens along with Carrie Fisher, “Harrison Ford… and the other boychik.”

→ The Irish government is less than impressed at Unesco’s claims that the Star Wars shooting on Skellig Michael may have harmed the World Heritage site, the Irish Examiner reports.

→ Both Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart were asked about The Force Awakens in recent interviews. And Matthew McConaughey shows up 15 minutes late to the ‘I’d love to be in Star Wars‘ party with Starbucks.

Placeholders abound: Del Rey Star Wars novels and short stories for 2015 and beyond

Del Rey (logo)After finding books for young readers, Jedi Bibliothek (in English) now has the Del Rey listings.

There are short story ebooks from Jason Fry and John Jackson Miller for early 2015, which Florian thinks are 100% real.

However, keep in mind we don’t necessarily know that any of these will be Episode VII related, and both the titles and authors may be placeholders. There’s what appears to be parts of a trilogy called “The Duelist,” (#2 and #3) with Christie Golden listed as author. There’s also a single “Roundtable Trilogy #2,” with Troy Denning listed as an author. Only those three have authors listed – there are also three untitled novels. Again, both the titles and authors may be placeholders, as ISBNs can be reused, so don’t panic just yet. (For instance: What if ‘The Duelist’ ISBNs – and that title – were originally assigned to Sword of the Jedi? The same could go for Denning and that ’roundtable’ thing: Maybe they were originally assigned to another pre-Disney project that was planned but never announced.)

None of them are December releases – “Untitled Novel # 4″ has a date of November 3, which seems awfully early for the novelization, so it may be something else entirely. Looks like there’s some kind of nonfiction or reference book in there as well – “Untitled Novel # 33″ has a price of $38.00 and a January 2016 release date.

These are all fairly curious: I wonder when we’ll hear more? After that disheartening Stover fake-out, I’m wary of everything right now…

Journey to Episode VII: Kids books to get ahead of The Force Awakens

the-force-awakensThe folks at Jedi Bibliothek have discovered listings for our first Epiosde VII tie-in books for kids. The first batch is still fairly generic, but the second at least tells us that there will be four novels focusing on the era between the original and sequel trilogy:

Journey to Episode VII: Princess Leia Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724972)

Journey to Episode VII: Han Solo Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724958)

Journey to Episode VII: Luke Skywalker Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724965)

Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellio (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $17,99 USD, 9781484724989)

Plus a Star Wars Episode VII Character Novel for December. (Daisy Ridley? John Boyega?)

No, it’s not anything from Del Rey that we’re hoping to hear about soon – like the film’s adult novelization – but it is a sign that we’ll at least know something of the state of the galaxy going into Episode VII as soon as next fall.

Lucasfilm’s animated fairy musical, ‘Strange Magic’ out in January

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Remember the fairy musical that we heard Lucasfilm was working on way back before the Disney sale? It’s called ‘Strange Magic’ and it’ll finally see the light of day on January 23, 2015. Lucasfilm calls it “a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it’ll feature popular songs “from the past six decades.”

The film’s story is by George Lucas, and it’s directed by Gary Rydstrom. Voices include Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph. No sign of Brenda Chapman, though…

The film is being released by Touchstone, a division of Disney.

Out this week: The Clone Wars-a-palooza

tcw-lost-bluThere are no books or comics on the horizon until next year, but we do have two long-awaited releases this week regardless, at least if you’re a The Clone Wars completeist. There’s the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions and the series’ soundtrack.

Hero Complex has a brief behind-the-scenes clip from the former.

Another Star Wars film will be shooting at Pinewood

Day 1 at PinewoodIt’s certainly not a surprise, but Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy (via Variety) confirms that another Star Wars film will shoot at Pinewood. The Hollywood Reporter says this will be the mysterious spin-off from Gareth Edwards, which already has a December 2016 release date.

The BBC has video of Artoo’s appearance at the announcement. Reporter Lizo Mzimba also notes that per Pinewood’s website, The Force Awakened used their Exterior Tank.

We already know that Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII will film in London as well, and that there’s a ten-year deal in place with Pinewood so it won’t be the last.