This is about the same timeframe that as The Force Awakens‘ home release, so I don’t see any reason to be particularly doubtful. TFA also did a staggered release, with the digital copy coming a few days early.
The date also gives us a slight buffer before The Last Jedi promotion begins in earnest at Celebration in mid-April.
As revealed on this week’s Star Wars Show, the Barnes & Noble edition of Aftermath: Empire’s End will come with posters featuring Norra Wexley and Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. Also, more Rogue One behind-the-scenes action with Pablo Hidalgo, and Ando chats with the film’s co-producer, John Swartz.
Rogue One nabbed two Oscar nominations today, for Visual Effects and Sound Mixing. Big Shiny Robot has a couple of statements from John Knoll and sound designer Chris Scarbosio. As for Star Wars alumni, Natalie Portman has received her third nomination, this time for lead in Jackie. She won the category for Black Swan in 2011.
Rebels returns with ‘Ghosts of Geonosis,’ Saw Gerrera and a brand-new Imperial officer. Andi talks to Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Pablo Hidalgo, Henry Gilroy, and Dave Filoni. Also, behind the scenes footage of Chopper on the Rogue One set!