FiveThirtyEight takes on Star Wars. This is all from one survey, probably not well populated by hardcore fans. Take it as you will, but it’s pretty interesting.
Is harassment at comic conventions really that big a problem? Yes. Yes it is. In this survey, 25% of the respondents said they have been sexually harassed in the industry. Twenty five percent.
Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci has even more on what he’s heard about Episode VII, namely why he believes that Gwendoline Christie’s role was gender-swapped – and may actually be the same role that Benedict Cumberbatch was in talks (or ‘in talks’) for.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard that Christie’s character was gender-swapped, and I’m still not convinced it was due to the casting uproar, or if it was Geena Davis or something else in play. But if there’s any nugget of truth in this, I’m glad – in part because I am so, so sick of hearing about Cumberbatch.
Earlier, on Twitter, Faraci clarified that what he revealed the other day was only the beginning of the film, but “the basic premise/set-up” and “ending at the equivalent of Luke and Ben coming to Mos Eisley.”
A new trailer for Rebels showed up in the middle of the night, because why not, I guess. This one contains some new footage in addition to what we’ve seen in the first few clips and trailers, plus a date of ‘October.’
They’re also having a preview screening at SDCC.
Oh, look who’s being adorable again. Every week with these two!
Meanwhile, our next big book release is, I guess, a bunch of Rebels stuff on July 21, including Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide. (I’m not sure if the street dates on DK stuff are particularly strict, so you may be seeing these sooner. May.) John Jackson Miller’s Rebels prequel novel, A New Dawn, is due out September 2, and his Kenobi will be out in paperback on July 29.
Could Kevin Rubio’s Tag and Bink return with Marvel? I’m all for it. If they want to revive the Tales anthology series – or at least the humor bits – I will forgive all. Best thing Dark Horse ever did with the license, IMO, and it never even got an omnibus. Shameful.
Devin Faraci at Badass Digest claims to know the plot of the film. He keeps some details vague, but there is a basic outline that mirrors A New Hope in a few ways.
It does fit in with a few things we’ve heard, like the involvement of Han Solo in a search for Luke Skywalker, and at least one thing we know: Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on a desert planet. But it also raises a few, let’s say sciencey, questions.
Is it plausible? In a galaxy where we have things like sound in space, sure. I guess. Could it be true? No idea. As always, I’m skeptical, but it’s an interesting nugget to hold onto regardless, even if we end up laughing about it in the future.
UPDATE: Faraci follows up with a few more details – including some things we’ve also heard elsewhere about Boyega’s character.
A few more nuggets from Faraci – possible spoilers, etc. – below the cut:
Marvel announces release dates (but not actual films) through May 2019. Honestly, the only reason I’m noting this is that although they are claiming May 3 in 2019, there are no May dates for 2017 and 2018. Could Disney be keeping them clear for the return of Star Wars to our rightful month? I freely admit I’m grasping at straws, but for the moment we are still expecting Episode VIII in 2017 and a second standalone in 2018… Stay tuned.