Seeing red: Sith troopers reign over Star Wars at SDCC

The Rise of Skywalker’s new Sith trooper is on display at San Diego Comic-Con, and you can get a closer look at StarWars.com. There’s also a video playing at the booth, where J.J. Abrams talks about them:

Here’s the quote:

“The materials, the color, the lines, there was something about the aesthetic of it that just felt absolutely right,” said J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer/director, in the exhibit’s video. “I cannot wait for people to see the work that everyone’s done.” Indeed, the mini-documentary offers a tantalizing glimpse behind the scenes at the making of the armor, and the results are striking.

The trooper display is at the Lucasfilm pavilion (#2913) at SDCC.

The First Order comes to Kashyyyk in October’s Star Wars Adventures

The Lucasfilm publishing panel – our best hope for fresh Star Wars news – is Friday afternoon at SDCC, but there’s already one publishing announcement related to The Rise of Skywalker. IDW will begin a three-part post-The Last Jedi Chewbacca storyline beginning in October’s Star Wars Adventures #27.

The storyline, written by John Barber with art from Derek Charm, has Chewbacca and his fellow Wookiees fighting the First Order on Kashyyyk. The backup take, from writer Michael Moreci and artist Tony Fleecs, has Threepio, Artoo and BB-8 recruiting for the Resistance.

As for what’s coming, all we know is that the Lucasfilm Publishing panel features Lou Anders (Pirate’s Price), Katie Cook (Creatures Big & Small), Zorida Córdova (A Crash of Fate), Delilah Dawson (Black Spire), E. K. Johnston (Queen’s Shadow), George Mann (Myths & Fables), Brian Rood (The Skywalker Saga), Cavan Scott (Dooku: Jedi Lost), Kevin Shinick (Force Collector), Charles Soule (Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith), Timothy Zahn (Thrawn: Treason), and Rebecca Roanhorse (Resistance Reborn), plus Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain and Jennifer Heddle.

It seems likely we might get some additional information on the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker program, the bulk of which was announced in May. There’s also the movie novelization author – Jason Fry (The Last Jedi) was announced at SDCC in 2017 and that he wasn’t actually there, which means the list of possible contenders isn’t restricted to the panelists.

Rise of Skywalker’s Sith Trooper to debut at SDCC

Our first – and maybe only? – bit of The Rise of Skywalker news out of San Diego Comic-Con has arrived, as Lucasfilm introduces the Sith trooper. Armor from the movie will be on display in Lucasfilm’s pavilion at the con, along with many of its trooper predecessors: Imperial stormtrooper, TIE pilot, death trooper, shoretrooper, biker scout, First Order stormtrooper, First Order TIE pilot and Captain Phasma. Various Sith trooper products will also be on sale at the con.

More about SDCC on this week’s Star Wars Show, which also includes an interview with Lando’s Luck and Spark of the Resistance author Justina Ireland:

Daisy Ridley on her Rise of Skywalker stunts, that Carrie hug

In an interview with USA Today, Daisy Ridley talks about Ophelia, The Rise of Skywalker, IX fan theories and more. On the stunt seen in the trailer:

I had learnt a version of it, but there was a risk of breaking ankles so I couldn’t do the full thing. But there’s a bit in the film where you see me upside down. It’s funny because I did 95% of my (stunts), but that’s the one thing I didn’t fully do. People are like, “Oh, that’s so cool,” and I’m like, “Ugh.”

And with Vulture, she discusses self care and the Leia hug we see in the trailer.

She was actually whispering, “This is a fucking long hug.”[Laughs.] I was trying to do my acting, like, “Oh my god, Carrie!” There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do.

Carrie Fisher: Always On Brand.

Daisy Ridley: The Rise of Skywalker is “a brilliant end to the story”

Daisy Ridley is doing press for Ophelia, which opens this week, but naturally the Star Wars questions are flying. On Good Morning America today, she and discusses the emotional impact of finishing up. She has seen “a couple bits” of the film, which was “very exciting.” It’s “the most excited I’ve felt.”

Drag it to 3:45 for her full Star Wars comments. Overall, she said that The Rise of Skywalker provides “a brilliant end to the story” and that J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio “have done a wonderful job.”

“I think people are going to feel very satisfied” in the movie, she said.

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Rise of Skywalker editing done on-set

The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon talks about editing the film on-set – over J.J. Abrams’ initial objections.

“I was like, ‘just try it, so I can start turning over shots.’ So I was on the set the entire time, and he got so used to it that he was like, ‘you need to be less than ten feet away from me at all times’ – so if the camera would move 10 feet, I would move 10 feet. I was everywhere! Outside, in a water tank…”

The timeline for this one was tighter than The Force Awakens, which Brandon also edited, by four months. The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters on December 20, 2019.

What we learned about The Rise of Skywalker from Vanity Fair

Per usual, the Vanity Fair story on the upcoming Star Wars film – The Rise of Skywalker, the final episode of “the Skywalker saga,” the grand finale of all three trilogies, etc. – was chock full of information. Granted, most of it’s peicemeal, but that’s where we tiny fan blogs live, isn’t it? Let’s dig in.

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