Another series of Star Wars animated shorts is debuting on Friday. Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures “will introduce the classic themes, pivotal moments, and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga to the next generation.”
More shorts are coming in December and throughout 2019 leading up to Episode IX.
Like Forces of Destiny, we’re not exactly the target audience here – they’re aimed at “providing a kid-friendly entry point” to the saga. (Although it does give parents another way to introduce the saga to their kids!)
They’ll have a dedicated website, StarWarsKids.com, and their own Youtube channel. A new Hasbro line debuts at Walmart on December 1, and nationwide in January.
One new book, one reprint and a brand new comic are coming to stores this week. Out Tuesday, November 27 is Millennium Falcon: Owners’ Workshop Manual by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas, as well as the paperback edition of Jason Fry’s The Last Jedi novelization. Fry has been tweeting some behind-the-scenes info about writing the book.
On Wednesday, November 28, we get Darth Vader #24, the second-to-last issue of the ongoing.
We meet a famous racer with a connection to Yeager in “The Platform Classic,” Sunday’s new episode of Star Wars Resistance.
Kaz uses the upcoming “Platform Classic” to reunite Yeager with someone from his past, Marcus – who happens to be in deep with the Guavian Death Gang. After Marcus’ mechanic is kidnapped, Kaz assists him in preparing for the race, learning more about Yeager in the process.
More pics and a clip under the cut. Continue reading “It’s race time (again) on Star Wars Resistance”
Just two comics coming on Wednesday, November 21: Star Wars #57 (the solicitation is very excited about “Shirtless HAN SOLO, chopping wood,” which I guess explains the American Gothic riff on the cover) and Solo #2, both from Marvel.
Continue reading “Out this week: Star Wars, Solo”
The Galaxy’s Edge parks at Disneyland and Disney World are inching towards completion in Anaheim and Orlando. New music for the parks from John Williams was unveiled today, and we have names for the two rides. (First reported by EW.)
The new theme, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as a look at construction progress at both lands:
The first ride will be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run:
And the second is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance:
There are also a new detail on the Star Wars resort (still no name, although a floor plan has been spotted.) Guests will enter the hotel via a “launch pod” – and the plans linked above show that the illusion is likely to be maintained with a shuttle from the hotel to Galaxy’s Edge.
Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland next summer and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios next fall. The resort, which will be adjacent to Hollywood Studios, doesn’t have an ETA yet.
The Mandalorian has gained another cast member: Ex-MMA fighter Gina Carano, The Wrap reports. Her previous acting roles include Fast & Furious 6 and Deadpool.
Yesterday, Variety and EW doubled down on reports that Pedro Pascal is going to lead the series. The show will be exclusive to Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, and we expect to see it sometime late next year.
In “Synara’s Score”, the next episode of Star Wars Resistance, the pirates are back and we learn a little more about Tam in our preview clip.
Doza enlists Yeager’s team to assist in the repair of a vital Platform defense. Tam and Kaz befriend Synara, a mysterious new resident of the Platform, while the pirates plot another attack.
More pics and a clip under the cut.
Continue reading “The pirates are back on Resistance in ‘Synara’s Score’”
Looks like Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos) is The Mandalorian’s lead after all. This was one of the very early reports on the show, and now it’s back, with Variety doing the heavy lifting. Pascal “has been offered the role and negotiations are underway,” they report.
It feels super odd to me that this show has supposedly been filming for weeks but they’re only now locking down a lead actor, but hey, at least maybe this means that we’ll get official word before the year turns over. EW’s Anthony Breznican doubles down on the casting, saying “production is already underway without a lead actor.”
Pascal is probably best known by genre audiences for his role as Oberyn Martell in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He played one of the Statemen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and has a role in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984.
The Mandalorian, written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, will be exclusive to the Disney+ streaming service, which is expected to go live in late 2019. Dave Filoni will direct the first episode of the series.
Two brand new comics are coming to stores on Wednesday, November 14 – Darth Vader #23 and Doctor Aphra #26.
Although there are no doubt plenty more comics coming, we’re down to only two books for the rest of the year- The Last Jedi novelization in paperback and the Millennium Falcon: Owners’ Workshop Manual will both be out on the 27th. Look ahead with our book release schedule.
Now that the streaming service has a name, the marketing for Disney+ has really begun… Along with some inklings of how it will work.
Per Vulture’s Josef Adalian, Star Wars will be one of the “five central content hubs” for the service (along with classic Disney, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic) so there won’t be much need for Netflix-style scrolling.
We also know that they’re aiming for the monthly price to be less than Netflix (cheapest plan: $7.99). Disney’s ESPN+ streaming service, which launched earlier this year, currently charges $4.99 a month. So I suspect we’ll be looking at something that’ll run fans $5-7 a month. (And maybe even some savings if bundled with an ESPN+ or Hulu subscription?)
But! The content. What’s coming for Star Wars? Here’s what we know for sure, some speculation about what else may be in play, and what we definitely won’t see.
Continue reading “What to expect from Star Wars and Disney+”