Actor Topher Grace made some headlines in 2012 when word leaked that he’d privately shown an 85-minute version of all three Star Wars prequels. That’s unlikely to ever see the light of day, but he and friend/collaborator Jeff Yorkes have now released a 5-minute “mega-trailer” for the franchise, including both complete trilogies, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Solo. It’s absolutely worth a watch, and the perfect thing to come out as we await Episode IX.
The week begins with the Solo junior novelization, and ends with Solo itself on digital, with some comics in-between.
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.
There’s one book, two new comics, two reprint collections and an Insider out this week. Tuesday, July 10 means that William Shakespeare’s Jedi the Last by Ian Doescher will be on the shelves.
The Last Jedi and Rebels were both winners at last night’s Saturn Awards. Mark Hamill won Best Actor, with Rian Johnson winning Best Writing and Bob Ducsay taking Best Editing. Star Wars Rebels was named Best Animated TV Series.
Black Panther was the night’s biggest winner, with five awards, including Best Comic-to-Film, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Danai Gurira.
The eighth episode has arrived on Netflix (at least in the U.S.) for anyone who wants yet another way to watch the film. It’s part of Disney’s deal with the streaming service: Rogue One was the first Star Wars film on the service under the deal. (Again, domestically; The Force Awakens did appear in some countries, while it aired on Starz here.)
Because it’s Monday, let’s all gather around our computer screens and watch Jenny Nicholson, porg aficionado, rate all the stuffed porgs.
Glasgow University academic Dr. Rebecca Harrison analysed most of the Star Wars films by the percentage of screen time for women. The Last Jedi (43%), The Force Awakens (37%) and Rogue One (35%) top the list, with A New Hope (15%) and Revenge of the Sith (17%) having the least. The rankings only take into account characters with speaking parts, she tells the BBC.
I have FINALLY ranked all of #StarWars based on screen time for women. This is now canon. Don't @ me.
43% Last Jedi
37% Force Awakens
35% Rogue One
23% Return of the Jedi
22% Empire Strikes Back
20% Phantom Menace
18% Attack of the Clones
17% Revenge of the Sith
15% A New Hope
— Becca Harrison (@BeccaEHarrison) May 28, 2018
Meanwhile, here’s what the box office is telling Lucasfilm, in the wake of Solo‘s less-than-stellar take: More women, please.
Youtuber Lindsay Ellis explores the ideology of the sequel trilogy’s First Order… And yes, she even namechecks Bloodline.
The Last Jedi will arrive on (U.S.) Netflix on June 26, Buzzfeed reports today. Netflix has first-run rights to all Disney movies through at least the next year or so; 2016’s Rogue One was the first Star Wars film to hit the American version of the service last July.
Disney is expected to launch their own streaming service sometime in 2019. It’s still unclear how that may impact 2018 films like Solo.