Disney has announced that we can expect the next set of Forces of Destiny shorts on Monday, March 19. All eight new episodes will debut at 10:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. ET) on Disney’s Youtube and Disney.com. The special will air on the Disney Channel the following Monday (March 25) at 9:50 p.m. ET/PT.
Voices include Mark Hamill (Luke), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Catherine Taber (Padmé) and Matt Lanter (Anakin).
Iron Man director/actor Jon Favreau will be executive producing and writing the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV series, Lucasfilm announced today.
Favreau’s formal Star Wars connections began in The Clone Wars, where he voiced Pre Vizsla. He also has a voice role in Solo.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
The series, which doesn’t yet have a release date, will debut on Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer platform, which isn’t expected until 2019.
Today’s Star Wars Show features a new deleted scene from The Last Jedi, details on a live Facebook chat with Daisy Ridley, an interview with writer Cavan Scott and a look at a special screening of the Rebels finale.
Star Wars Rebels takes the series out with ‘A Fool’s Hope’ and ‘Family Reunion – And Farewell’. In the final Recon, Andi Gutierrez talks to Dave Filoni, Caroline Robinson Kermel, Keith Kellogg, Tiya Sicar, Taylor Gary, Steve Blum, Carrie Beck and Joel Aron. Pablo Hidalgo answers a question about portals.
The Last Jedi failed to break Star Wars‘ 34-year streak at the Oscars, losing in all four categories it was nominated in. Both sound awards went to Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 took VFX, and John Williams lost out on score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.
The Shape of Water was the night’s big winner, taking home four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro.
Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 did present Best Animated Short and Feature, the highlight being BB-8 getting scratchies:
No Star Wars film has received an Oscar since 1984, when Return of the Jedi was awarded a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. But hey, we did get to see a porg on the Oscars, so that’s something.
The series finale of Star Wars Rebels is on tap for Monday. The episodes ‘A Fool’s Hope’, and ‘Family Reunion – and Farewell’ begin at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD. Sizzle reel and more pics under the cut.
Rebels is back, and Recon with it. Andi Gutierrez talks to Dave Filoni, Kilian Plunkett, Carrie Beck, Caroline Robinson Kermel, Steve Blum, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, Joel Aron, Keith Kellogg, and Pablo Hidalgo about ‘Jedi Night’ and ‘Dume’. Plus, Pablo answers a question about X-wings.