‘Twin Suns’ get a slightly longer Rebels Recon than usual, with Andi talking to Carrie Beck, Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, Pablo Hidalgo, Keith Kellogg, Kilian Plunkett, Stephen Stanton and Sam Witwer. Filoni also talked to io9 about the episode.
Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, and Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group discuss Rogue One with StarWars.com’s Andi Gutierrez.
StarWars.com reveals Rebels Easter Eggs in Rogue One, including a still of Chopper’s appearance in the film and a chat with Matt Martin about the experience. And although a random store sighting broke the news, we also get a look at Saw Gerrera’s upcoming appearance on the show.
Yes, Forest Whitaker is voicing him. Rebels returns January 7 on Disney XD.
Time for a new colossal-sized episode of Star Wars Story Talk as Yowie the Skunk, Baby Jawa, and I cover the latest in Star Wars stories, and we have a lot to talk about: a few recent Star Wars events and check out not one, not two, but three Star Wars books! I give a recap of all the Star Wars goings-on at Salt Lake Comic Con, held at the beginning of September, plus talk a bit on Star Wars Day at the San Diego Padres, and dive into three books: the newest Star Wars Little Golden Book: I Am a Princess, and Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy by Jason Fry and the newly released Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History, Updated and Expanded Edition by Pablo Hidalgo. Plus an update on Wear Star Wars Every Day and a triple dose of Baby Jawa fun time! Continue reading
Debuting (sort of) on the latest Star Wars Show is the U-wing, or Incom UT-60D, a new ship we’ll see in Rogue One… Which was also in the very first piece of Rogue One concept art we saw! That’s the movie still above, and here are a few screenshots:
Learn more from our old pal Matt Martin of the Story Group, who stops by with more details. The show also features “Weird Al” Yankovic.
They also announced a second show, The Star Wars Aftershow, which launches Thursday on Verizon’s Youtube. It’ll be hosts Andi and Peter along with “other Lucasfilm employees” talking about the week’s news in a round table setting.
Lucasfilm’s Story Group began as an initiative from Kathleen Kennedy to help guide the Star Wars franchise. Other members include Kiri Hart, Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee.
→ The New York Times had a great feature on BB-8 over Celebration weekend, revealing two things. First, that the version during filming was “a prop built on rollers” – not the fully functional one we saw on stage last week. As mentioned by Kathleen Kennedy onstage, Disney CEO Bob Iger connected the dots, bringing in Sphero to help produce a practical model. And secondly, that a mini toy version – about the size of an apple and controlled via smartphone – will be in stores this holiday season. Bigger versions will (naturally) show up at Disney Parks. Of course, if you can’t wait that long, you can always get a Sphero and make your own….
→ Also in the NYT, a nice look at the folks behind Celebration and Star Wars, including Mary Franklin and Matt Martin.
→ StarWars.com has posted many of the livestream bits (Day 1, 2, 3, 4) as standalone videos: Interviews with Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Peter Mayhew and John Knoll and a very beardy teaser breakdown
→ Tosche Station were MVPs this Celebration. They have a thank you to Kathleen Kennedy and a nice roundup of what we learned about The Force Awakens. They also recorded several panels, including John Jackson Miller’s Writing in a Shared Universe, an interview with Ashley Eckstein, the (painful) canon panel, Star Wars Journalism, Del Rey, the Aaron Allston tribute and What Leia Means To Me
→ Mike Cooper at Eleven-ThirtyEight didn’t join us in Anaheim, but he did do some analysis of the teaser and other things we learned about TFA there.
→ An ode to Gary Fisher.
We know Peter Mayhew is in, and that is a very good, dare I say, screen-ready Chewbacca… Though it was Alan Horn, not Bob Iger, that we know for sure would be in London around this time. But if this was a (new?) theme park Chewie, wouldn’t they have someone in it? And why would they post it on the official Star Wars Instagram instead of a Parks one? So yes, it’s not too much of a stretch to believe this is the Episode VII Chewbacca costume!
Noteworthy: StarWars.com’s Matt Martin says “The image was supplied to is without much context. No idea where/when it was taken.” And the official (well, verified) @StarWarsUK account says it is from Episode VII, but Matt says it was only speculation on their part. Curious.
Last Wednesday @StarWars posted the first-ever trailer for Star Wars; today they posted the first teaser for The Empire Strikes Back, mostly composed of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art.
Is it a sign? Maybe, maybe not. Furious Fanboys points out there’s only one Wednesday (for Revenge/Return of the Jedi?) between us and October 30th, aka the one-year mark of the original Disney sale/sequel trilogy announcement.
Whatever the case ends up being: Don’t get cocky, kid. It’d be nice, but how many times have we been burned by our own assumptions? I’ve lost count.
And Lucasfilm’s Matt Martin says:
Sometimes cool content really is just cool content & has no deeper meaning. Also, sometimes that content has actually been online for years.
— Matt Martin (@missingwords) October 17, 2013
The issue also features a short story by Christie Golden that ties into Crucible, a Padme piece by blogger Tricia Barr and a look back at The Clone Wars S5 from Eric Geller. The issue should be on newsstands on or around June 12.