Our next book will be the paperback of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Empire’s End on August 29, followed by Force Friday on September 1, with our first wave of The Last Jedi merchandise. That includes the novels Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson and Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray. See more in our book release schedule.
Today’s first Entertainment Weekly story tweaks Rey’s parentage, which may not be the bombshell some are hoping for. “You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It’s not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape, especially in the Star Wars world,” Daisy Ridley says.
“There’s always room for bad people to make good decisions and vice versa,” she says later.
Finn’s background will also be explored, although more on the recent end of things – his time in the First Order, since we know he’s going undercover there with Rose – than his early life.
The final article is a bit of a grab-bag, covering Kylo Ren, Han Solo’s (figurative!) ghost, Chewbacca, Captain Phasma, and Maz Kanata.
Delilah Dawson’s Phasma will have three store-exclusive double-sided posters. One side of each poster will feature Phasma, while the other will have new characters from the novel . Del Rey is calling them First Order (Barnes and Noble,) The Resistance Fighter (Target,) and The Mysterious Man (Walmart).
Entertainment Weekly’s second day on The Last Jedi brings a look at Leia, Poe and the new-isolated Resistance, including Laura Dern’s mysterious Vice Admiral Holdo.
We also learn that Benicio Del Toro’s DJ is a “codebreaker” – aka a slicer. Did that term make the Legends cut-off? We’ll see soon.
Tomorrow, more on Rey.
Ron Howard is keeping it up, sharing yet another image from the Han Solo set that we have to zoom in on. Looks pretty fancy for a bunch of scoundrels… On Instagram he has prop food (also fancy!) and a safety meeting (not fancy.)
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has a great interview with Donald Glover, where he reveals Billy Dee Williams’ Lando advice.