The week begins with the Solo junior novelization, and ends with Solo itself on digital, with some comics in-between.
With Thrawn: Alliances out now for more than a month (and being the first non-adapted Star Wars novel to be an NYT #1 since Heir to the Empire), James talks Thrawn, Vader, Padme and Anakin and spoilers with Timothy Zahn.
For more Zahn, check out Tosche Station’s DragonCon recordings: A full Thrawn panel, plus the author panel, which also features Kevin J. Anderson, Michael A. Stackpole, Christie Golden, and E.K. Johnston.
Lucasfilm releases our first official photos of Solo’s Maul, and Ray Park talks about returning to his most famous role (and dropping hints on Instagram), in Forbes.
USA Today has our first cut scene from Solo. Taken from early in the film, it features Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on the run from Lady Proxima’s guards, where they take a brief refuge in – eww – a vat of eels.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will receive an honorary Oscar at the Motion Picture Academy’s 10th annual Governors Awards. Kennedy and her husband and producing partner, Frank Marshall, are being honored with Thalberg Award, given to producers “whose body of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” Kennedy will be the first woman to receive the award, which was last given to Francis Ford Coppola in 2010.
Kennedy has been nominated for 8 Oscars, due to Best Picture nominations for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, War Horse, and Lincoln.
Kennedy joined Lucasfilm in 2012 as George Lucas’ hand-picked successor.
The Last Jedi Blu-ray is topping the bestseller list for 2018 – at least so far. It’s sold almost 400K more copies in the U.S. than the next title, Marvel’s Black Panther.
This week we have the Solo novelization and two comics. Tuesday, September 4 brings Mur Lafferty’s Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition. And on Wednesday, September 5, you can pick up Star Wars #53 and Doctor Aphra Annual #2 (variant).
They’re filming Episode IX, but Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac both have movies coming out (The Little Stranger and Operation Finale) and are making the press rounds. They can’t say much about IX, obviously, but there are a few things of note, plus a check-in with Keri Russell and Dominic Monaghan.
Jason at Making Star Wars is back with another check-in at Episode IX’s Black Park set, where it appears that a second location has emerged. There’s some speculation, and, as always, possible spoilers.
Oga’s Cantina will be coming to the Star Wars parks at Disneyland and Disney World when they open next year, Disney says today.
Oga’s Cantina is the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy. And you never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up. Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!
But for Star Wars fans, the headliner may be RX-24, the droid who piloted the original Star Tours, who will make his return as the cantina’s DJ. He was replaced by Artoo and Threepio when the ride was redone in 2011, but was last spotted on Rebels in 2014.