The surprise new stop on Star Tours has been revealed, and it’s Batuu. The new planet will serve as the setting for the upcoming Star Wars land, Galaxy’s Edge, that will debut in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in California.
In Time, Kelly Marie Tran and Laura Dern talk representation, plus an anecdote from Dern on Silent Running. (It starred her father and the robots in it are one of the inspirations for Artoo. )
Newsarama has the Storms of Crait #1 preview pages. The comic is set during the original trilogy and will give some background on the planet we’ll see in the movie. (Crait also appeared in the Claudia Gray novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan.)
Are there any stormtroopers in The Last Jedi that won’t be played by famous (yet unseen) faces? John Boyega apparently confirmed the persistent rumors that Prince William, Prince Harry, and Tom Hardy donned the white stuff for cameos in the same scene. Daniel Craig, what have you wrought?
Another new commercial has a few new snippets of Finn footage, plus some new dialogue from him. (And a bit of new blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Rey as well.) There’s also a new international trailer in Spanish, but it doesn’t feature any new footage.
There’s a whole slew of new stuff in the latest SciFiNow , and Tumblr MVP up. Sleemo has been tying them up. The main story, plus interviews with Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Plus, from SFX, Kelly Marie Tran and producer Ram Bergman
Solo director Ron Howard has peeked his head out of post-production to share a new picture. It’s stuff! And things!
New footage spotted! A brief look at Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico in action is a highlight of a spot for EDF Energy (okay…), while General Organa and Poe have a great exchange in a new commercial. (Another recent spot features new Finn footage!)
There’s also a great profile of Tran at Buzzfeed which is definitely worth a read. She talks about her background, Harry Potter, and Carrie Fisher in the gym. She teases that Rose has “has an interesting relationship with war.” She’s also one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Talent picks.
The Disney ride Star Tours is going to split off the sequel-era content from the stuff based around the first two trilogies, WDW News Today reports.
It appears that there may be a Padme Amidala YA novel in the works – at least per the franchise’s German publisher, Panini. There’s not much info – no author, no details on where it might be set in the prequel era – so there’s still a lot to wait for in an official announcement. Still, this does seem a natural followup to the recent Leia and Ahsoka novels, so I can’t see any real reason to doubt it’s happening.
UPDATE: Panini asked Jedi Bibliothek to remove the listing. Curious.
Also dropping today – officially – is a preview of the Thrawn comic, which adapts Timothy Zahn’s canon novel from earlier this year. The series will kick off with #1 in February, and it brings back long-haired Thrawn to boot.
And one from last week- an excerpt of Canto Bight, The Last Jedi novella tie-in that’s out on December 5. The excerpt is from John Jackson Miller, but the collection also includes works from Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson and Mira Grant.
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has clearly made quite an impression over at Lucasfilm, because they’ve just announced that he’s developing a new Star Wars trilogy. The new trilogy won’t be part of the episode/Skywalker cycle, and will “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” He will write and direct the first film at least, along with producer Ram Bergman.
There’s no release dates for these new movies yet. J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX is the last film on the schedule currently, with a release date of December 20, 2018.
Johnson’s The Last Jedi is next up, on December 15.
Some of us have been speculating that a standalone trilogy might fill the gap between IX and the (nigh inevitable) second sequel trilogy, and this indicates that may be how Lucasfilm is leaning as well… But we’ll just have to wait and see.
And on the other side of the coin… A live-action Star Wars series will be coming to Disney’s streaming service, Bob Iger announced alongside the news of Rian Johnson’s new trilogy. No other details were revealed, but the service is expected to debut in 2019.
It’s too early to tell much, but for now I maintain my longstanding side-eye of live-action Star Wars TV projects.
Entertainment Weekly has a new The Last Jedi photo of Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico, and some new info about the character as well. Much is made of the object on her necklace, which is “definitely something that is significant to Rose’s backstory,” Tran says.
Elsewhere, theater owners tell the Wall Street Journal that Disney’s requirements for screening The Last Jedi “are the most onerous they’ve ever seen.”