Rogue One: Saw Gerrera’s armor isn’t just for show (or a Dark Forces homage)

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This afternoon’s Rogue One item from Entertainment Weekly is a look at Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera. Turns out he shares a couple traits with our old pal Darth Vader… That bulky armor isn’t just for show – or, as we joked back before we knew the character was from The Clone Wars, the modern take on Kyle Katarn’s oh-so-90’s shoulder pad. The armored suit is helping him repair “some of the many injuries he’s had,” says Whitaker. Also touched on: His relationship with Jyn, and his hair changes.

Today in Rogue One: Alan Tudyk on K-2SO, Databank updates and more

ro-k-2so-cropAlan Tudyk drops some details on his Rogue One character, the droid K-2SO, over at Entertainment Weekly. He adresses Kaytoo’s past as an Imperial security droid, his accent, and his relationship with Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, and even describes a scene – or part of one, anyway. EW this week has also covered the planet Jedha and spoke to Riz Ahmed about his character Bodhi Rook.

→ Speaking of Bodhi, Birth Movie Death’s Siddhant Adlakha looks at what the character and the casting bode for the new era of Star Wars being more inclusive.

→ A whole bunch of Rogue One stuff has shown up in the StarWars.com Databank. Most noteably, we learn that Jedha is “small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter” and “home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force.” We also learn what Orson Krennic is director of, more about the death troopers and where Saw Gerrera has been hanging out. Also up: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus, Bodhi Rook, K-2SO, shoretroopers, AT-ACTs and Scarif.

→ Donnie Yen talks to Extra about one reason why the Empire may be so interested in Jedha.

Rogue One has an official synopsis. It’s nothing we don’t know already.

The Force Awakens out on Blu-Ray 3D (plus Abrams commentary) in the fall

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A second The Force Awakens Blu-Ray set is on tap for fall, this time in 3D. The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition features a few new extras, most notably an audio commentary from director J.J. Abrams.

The release, which contains a Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DVD, will begin rolling out on October 31 and arrive in the U.S. and Canada on November 15.

No word yet on that rumored prequel 3D set, though.

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Rebels returns on Saturday, September 24

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The third season of Star Wars Rebels will debut Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD. The hour-long season premiere ‘Steps into Shadow’ features the introduction of classic villain Grand Admiral Thrawn into canon – the first character to make that leap since the old Expanded Universe was reclassified as Star Wars Legends.

As we learned at Celebration, the new season also introduces new looks for Rebels characters Ezra and Sabine, plus a new character voiced by Doctor Who’s Tom Baker. Here’s a new teaser:

New Rogue One trailer coming Thursday

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NBC will be premiering a new Rogue One trailer during their Olympic coverage on Thursday, @starwars has announced. For those who aren’t stuck to the pole-vaulting and all that other stuff going down in Rio, we expect the trailer will be up on the official Youtube quickly thereafter.

Like the Monday Night Football debut of a major The Force Awakens trailer last year, the purpose of this is to reach a mainstream audience beyond us fandom mainstays – something a standalone like Rogue One may need even more than TFA did.

Here’s the spot that ran this weekend, advertising the premiere: