Star Wars: Episode IX (also) heads back to May

The Star Wars franchise’s return to May is complete: Episode IX has been officially scheduled for May 24, 2019, per StarWars.com. The fifth Indiana Jones film also got moved back to July 10, 2020.

The Han Solo film will be the first to return to spring on May 25, 2018.

The first two trilogies all had May release dates; The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars film to debut in December.

Star Wars out this week: Darth Maul #3

In the comics shops this week is Darth Maul #3. And while you’re there, you might want to pick up Poe Dameron #13, since I forgot to do a release post last Monday. Celebration!

Coming up next week are three things for the Rogue One fans – Beth Revis’ Rebel Rising, Greg Rucka’s Guardians of the Whills and the paperback edition of James Luceno’s Catalyst.

Meanwhile, our book release schedule has been updated to reflect some of the Celebration announcements.

Rumor: Mr. Robot creator in running to script a Star Wars standalone?

A site I’ve never heard of before, Omega Underground, is claiming that Lucasfilm has take meetings with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail about a potential standalone film. They go on to say said film is (of course) an Obi-wan one, and note that Esmail’s connections include Bryan Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s ex-husband and father to Billie. His resume isn’t very long, but Mr. Robot was fairly well-received, so it’s not entirely implausible.

I’m inclined to be particularly cynical about this one mainly due to the site coming into the Star Wars rumor game out of nowhere. And let’s face it. “Obi-wan spin-off” is an evergreen rumor that the fandom eats up with a spoon every time. Stay skeptical, friends.

Oscar Isaac: Carrie Fisher got “pretty intense” filming scene for The Last Jedi

Oscar Isaac shared a bit about filming The Last Jedi with Carrie Fisher.

“It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her,” Isaac, who plays the pilot Poe Dameron in the new “Star Wars” trilogy films, said. “I can’t give anything away but there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over. She relished the physicality of it, let me just say. It was pretty intense. It will be funny to see what they cut together based on that.”

Isaac’s The Passage opens Friday; The Last Jedi is due December 15.

Yes, Kylo’s scar is different (on purpose) in The Last Jedi

Star Wars fandom being Star Wars fandom, it didn’t take long for fans to note that Kylo Ren’s scar in The Last Jedi trailer is different from the wound he received in The Force Awakens. Why the change? For the aesthetic! “It honestly looked goofy running straight up the bridge of his nose,” director Rian Johnson said on Twitter.

It’s good an explanation as any, given we’ll be seeing a lot more of it in The Last Jedi and (probably) Episode IX than we did in TFA.

Speaking of Rian Johnson, there’s a new/old interview with him in this week’s Star Wars Show.

New alien reveal; Third spinoff news to hopefully come in the summer

There was nothing about any of the upcoming spin-of films at Celebration, but we did get this “behind the scenes” look at the Han Solo film with Warwick Dave and directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who revealed a new alien.


Meanwhile, Kathleen Kennedy clarified the faux-issue about Han’s name for MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “It’s obviously his name,” she said. “It will always be his name.” She also hopes to announce the third spinoff film “this summer.”

And finally, here’s a rumor that a prequel-era character may appear in the Han film. (I am side-eyeing this one a bit, but stranger things have happened.)

SWCO sets new Celebration attendance record

Another Celebration is in the books, and that means another attendance record. Celebration Orlando attendance was more than 70,000 people, StarWars.com says. That’s up from Anaheim’s 65K in 2015, and double our last Orlando outing in 2012. No wonder things got a bit… Messy. Attendees, look out for the surveys and be sure to fill them out.


We learned before the con that the next Celebration won’t be until 2019 – probably skipping the overseas outings that we had in 2014 and 2016. The leading speculation seems to be that we’ll be headed back to Anaheim, but since we didn’t get a location on Sunday we’ll be left hanging for a while longer. On the plus side, Pablo made a cannon canon.

In the meantime, here are a few other things we learned that I never got around to writing up, because cons are crazy.

→ Here’s a bit more from the Forces of Destiny panel.

→ Hasbro’s panel included looks at the new 6″ Thrawn and Jaina Solo figures, both of which will be available in the fall. Thrawn is also the SDCC exclusive, in a special box resembling his Rebels office. Also: The new Hallmark ornaments.

→ A few details on how the Star Wars lands will work. They’ll be “set” on a brand-new planet and be super interactive, which sounds like… Something. Something very new. Meanwhile, there’s a survey going around that seems to indicate that Disney is considering a Star Wars-themed resort hotel/experience in Florida that ties in with a lot of what they announced.

Doug Chiang talks Rogue One concepts and designs.

A bit of The Clone Wars and Rebels from Dave Filoni and Pablo. Filoni also told /Film that we won’t see the battle of Scariff on Rebels. (Though note that doesn’t count out other mediums.)

→ Meet the costume contest winners.

Rebels to end after Season 4; Another Thrawn trilogy character returns to canon


Two big things (for our purposes, at least) came out of Celebration’s Rebels panel. It will be the show’s final season, but Grand Admiral Thrawn’s bodyguard (in the books) Rukh will make an appearance before it’s gone for good. The character will be only the second character from the Thrawn trilogy to make it to canon on Rebels. And, the kicker: He’s being voiced by Warwick Davis.

Given the timeline, I wouldn’t expect him to play quite the same role in the show that he did in the books – but you never know.

The show itself ending is not a particularly big surprise, but as Dave Filoni pointed out at the panel, this gives him a chance to take it out properly. This certainly won’t be the last we see from Lucasfilm Anaimation – and I’m not talking about Forces of Destiny.

We also got to see the first episode of S4. I won’t say much, but it was the first part of a two-parter set on Mandalore.