Joel Edgerton open to returning as Uncle Owen

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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!”

Exclusive: A spread from the Imperial Handbook

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Looking forward to Dan Wallace’s Imperial Handbook? We’ve got an inside preview at one of the pages from the upcoming book from Becker & Mayer. As you can tell from the image, we’ve got a section by Baron Fel on the various experimental TIE fighters, with notes from Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, and Crix Madine.

The deluxe edition of the Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide comes in mechanized protective case with inserts including an Imperial Order of Glory medal. The 160-page book goes on sale next week on October 14, and as previously announced, is considered Legends.

A look at the movement to ‘save’ the Expanded Universe

anakin_chokeEric Geller at TheForce.net posted a lengthy piece today looking at the ‘movement’ to ‘save’ the Expanded Universe.

It’s pretty ugly, this movement, so much so that even someone with a cast-iron case of trainwreck syndrome (hi) will want to look away. Yes, Eric quotes me, but I haven’t made a study of these people: What I’ve already run across in my regular travels on Facebook and Tumblr is more than enough. I love getting silly and (yes) occasionally childish with fandom (ahem, Tumblr) but the hatred and negativity of all this is just above and beyond. And I cut my fandom teeth flaming Star Wars authors for ‘bad’ books. I used to read Fandom Wank regularly, for fun. I moderated message boards during the prequel era. I can handle more than your standard amount of fannish negativity.

There’s nothing wrong with being sad, or even a little angry, about the Legends announcement. There’s nothing wrong with wanting that timeline to continue. But there is something wrong with letting things get quite this toxic over a bunch of novels, no matter how beloved they may be. It poisons the well.

I hope these folks are channeling something like the snotty, flaming 17-year-old I was once, and they’ll grow up and move on, with or without Star Wars. There’s little doubt in my mind that this will die down, regardless. But it’s beyond sad to see EU fandom, even if it’s just the fringes, reduced to such a sad state. We’re better than this. I hope.

Star Wars at NYCC: Rebels, Del Rey, Marvel

tarkin-posters-nyccThere’ll be a number of Star Wars events at New York Comic Con this weekend, but for our purposes, here are the big three:

The Rebels panel on Saturday will feature Vanessa Marshall (Hera) and be moderated by BBC.com’s Christian Blauvelt. No hint of news, but you never know.

Earlier, there’s Del Rey, who are still leading with A New Dawn. Vanessa Marshall will be on this one as well, joined by author John Jackson Miller, Lucasfilm’s Jennifer Heddle and Del Rey’s Shelly Shapiro. News? Your guess is as good as mine. They will be giving out Tarkin posters and those A New Dawn paperbacks t their booth, plus signings with Miller and artist Joe Corroney.

And on Sunday, Marvel’s Axel-In Charge panel promises “an inside scoop on the upcoming Star Wars line.” Writer Kieron Gillen, who’s doing their Darth Vader title, will be there.

Today in Episode VII: Concept art, Imaginarium visits, editor talk and diversity

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→There’s another concept art description from Making Star Wars today, perhaps one from the same sequence as the battle art we saw a few weeks ago.

→ Actor Pip Anderson was at the Imaginarium. Make of that what you will.

→ A report from a talk with editor Mary Jo Markey. She doesn’t talk about Episode VII, but you don’t really expect her to, do you?

→ New Tosche Station staffer Shoshana writes about diversity, race and Episode VII.

Disney: Rebels premiere movie pulls 6.5M viewers worldwide

rebels-ezra700Star Wars Rebels debuted to 6.5 million viewers worldwide, a Disney press release says today. The Friday debut on the Disney Channel has 2.7M viewers and did 52% higher than average in the “target demographic.” (Boys 6-11, because of course.) ‘Spark of Rebellion’ airs tonight on the show’s permanent home, Disney XD.

Meanwhile, the first official episode, ‘Droids in Distress,’ is free on iTunes right now. And StarWars.com has posted the second part of their interview with executive producer Simon Kinberg.

And, per New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes, it looks like ‘Spark of Rebellion’ will air on ABC on Sunday, October 26 with an additional Darth Vader scene.