The Force Awakens comes to ABC on Sunday

The Force Awakens will debut on network TV this coming Sunday (February 17) airing at 8:00/7:00 p.m. on (where else) ABC.

This has no effect the TBS/TNT deal, which is for basic cable rights, not broadcast – The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the first two trilogies will continue to air there as well.

Rumor: Big Episode IX costume leak

Last night, a poster on Reddit shared a set of small, blurry photos that claim to be costumes and concept art for Episode IX. I usually don’t post about Reddit leaks, but this one is big enough and looks like it could be possibly legit – they collaborate several other rumors, including another set of spy photos. I’m not posting the pictures, but basic details (without any descriptions or spoilers) and the link are below the cut.

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Episode IX: Costume rumors, Daisy Ridley sighting

→ Another fruitless few days of official Episode IX stuff (though Rey and Kylo are getting Galaxy of Adventures figures) but at least Making Star Wars has a something something, this time about costumes. And a brief on what role Billy Dee Williams’ Lando plays in the film. But, more importantly – what is he wearing? What will Rey really do with her hair? What… Threepio is wearing? And some more Black Park pictures.

→ But back to Rey, John Boyega did share a photo of Daisy Ridley the other day. Obviously, she’s not in costume, but it does point to her still being filming.

Richard E. Grant was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and of course Episode IX came up.

→ And as an added bonus, Claudia Gary’s Bloodline, which is still really the only original novel to get fairly close to the new films, is on sale for $1.99 in Kindle today.

→ Meanwhile, Kiri Hart, who established the Lucasfilm Story Group, now has a new gig as as creative advisor for the Rideback TV Incubator, a program to help boost TV writers from diverse backgrounds. She’s still a consultant for Lucasfilm.

Celebration Chicago: Guest list gets even longer with Mayhew, Eckstein

Since we last checked in with Celebration Chicago, they’ve added even more guests, including OG Chewbacca Peter Mayhew, The Clone Wars/Rebels and Her Universe head Ashley Eckstein, and lots and lots of others. From the films, there’s Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan, Ken Leung, John Ratzenberger and Katy Kartwheel. Animation guests Donald Faison, Jason Isaacs, Vanessa Marshall, Myrna Velasco, Tom Kane, Catherine Taber and Dee Bradley Baker.

→ We’ve also got the full list for the Podcast Stage, which seems longer this year. Did any of your faves make it?

→ Some tips from Jennifer Landa on perfecting your costume for the con.

→ And on that note, tickets for the big fan club party (The 501st, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, the Dark Empire, Droid Builders, Saber Guild and Galactic Academy are all involved) are now on sale to the public at SWBash.com.

Episode IX rumors: Concerning the Knights of Ren, and the movie’s MacGuffin

As we patiently (or not) await the Episode IX title, Making Star Wars has a nice set of rumors/possible plot details to briefly sate (or enrage) hungry fans. First up, we have a little something about the Knights of Ren, alongside a bit of speculation as to what it means. Then, and just as mysterious, what is the movie’s big MacGuffin? They don’t know, but there’s a bit here on how it (may) drive the plot.

Let’s all remember that the one big thing about rumors, though: It’s all a game of telephone, and sometimes guesses and assumptions made along the way get all mixed up in a tiny bit of truth. Remember, MSW had Knights rumors from last time that turned out to be nothing. As always, I recommend not taking these things too much to heart – at least until we have proof in the form of something official, anyway.

All we’re getting from official sources are firm silence and some minor teasing, so rumors have to do. For now.

Stormtrooper disguise shenanigans come to Resistance

Kaz gets hold of some stormtrooper armor in Star Wars Resistance’s ‘The New Trooper.’ I’m sure it will go swimingly.

When Kel and Eila seek out Kaz’s help after accidentally knocking out a First Order stormtrooper, Kaz dons the trooper’s armor in an effort to collect more information on the First Order.

We also learn why the First Order is so interested in the Colossus in the preview clip. That and more pictures under the cut.

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Another droid done: BB-8 wraps on Episode IX

Another important character has wrapped in Episode IX – BB-8, per puppeteer Brian Herring, who shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi for the occasion.

So who’s still working? John Boyega, for one.

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