Avid Star Wars fans immediately recognized the significance of the title Rogue One when the movie was first announced. During the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker famously flew under the call-sign of “Rogue Leader”, which has also been referred to as “Rogue One”. In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Gareth Edwards talks about several possible different meanings of the title.
While there have been plenty of rumors and speculation that Disney and Lucasfilm would get around to telling the tale of Obi Wan Kenobi’s self enforced exile to Tatooine as the personal protective shadow of baby Luke Skywalker, there’s no spinoff film on the Star Wars docket. All those years in the desert, there is certainly a story to tell there, perhaps more. Disney might not be thinking about a Kenobi spinoff, but fans sure are. Fans like Rich Williamson, who put together an interesting fan film trailer for a Kenobi movie, featuring actual footage of Ewan McGregor from his recent film Last Days in the Desert. (more…)
It comes with great sadness to report that Kenny Baker has passed away at the age of 81. To many, his real name may not sound that familiar, but the Star Wars actor was probably the most popular out of the entire cast. How? Baker was the man inside R2-D2; he’s the person who literally brought the character to life. And while he may no longer be here in body, as long as there are Star Wars fans, the thought of Baker will live on forever.
Lando Calrissian is one of the Star Wars Original Trilogy’s (OT) unique characters. When first introduced to us in Empire Strikes Back, he was the somewhat untrustworthy “friend” of Han Solo who is the administrator of Bespin, the cloud city. Ultimately Lando betrays his longtime buddy to The Empire getting Han Solo encased in carbonite and on his way to Jabba The Hutt via Boba Fett (God Empire was so awesome!). After he reluctantly betrays his friend and their rebel compatriots, he makes amends and tries to rescue him, showing the audience that he did have a good heart. He gets the ultimate redemption in Return of the Jedi when he leads the assault on the Second Death Star and ends of being the hero who destroys the Empire’s weapon. While many of the OT cast and characters returned for The Force Awakens, Lando was noticeably missing, upsetting some fans. While there are some rumors that he may appear in the next Star Wars sequel, that doesn’t mean he’s completely missing from further adventures of the Star Wars Universe. Recently a young Lando showed up on Star Wars Rebels. Now it looks like we’ll see Young Lando somewhere else.
Star Wars Rebels has become a fan favorite show among the legion of Star Wars fans. The show largely filled the gap that was left after the cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which was rushed off air so quickly the final season became a Netflix exclusive). The show is comprised of largely the same team, following the same art style who have actually managed to close a few plot threads from the other show—however, while Clone Wars followed young Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano and her master Anakin Skywalker between the Episode II and III films, the new series is set years later, showing the formation of the early Rebel alliance pre-Episode IV. The show has been successful enough that it is already gearing up for the third season. (more…)
Star Wars is pretty much a part of our culture. Since 1977, we have been able to see George Lucas’ dream flourish on our big screens. After the Original Trilogy we thought that was it, but then we got the Prequel Trilogy. We have been able to enjoy Star Wars for the most part on the big screen. We have also been able to enjoy Star Wars though other Lucasfilm merchandising efforts including toys and video games. We have also been able to see Star Wars on the small screen through various cartoons including Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans have always wanted to see a television adaptation of Star Wars on the small screen as well. Well, it looks like we may finally be getting our wishes.
You hear about it all the time: a fan, or team of talented and creative fans, like a property something so much, they band together to create a fan-game. A not-for-profit, totally labor of love style endeavor that should fall into the realm of “fan art”, but always seems to tick off the rights owners of those properties. It’s happened on multiple occasions with Chrono Trigger, the canned fan-remake of Metal Gear, and then there was that weird My Little Pony fighting game that got hit with a cease and desist… almost immediately after raising $200,000 in donations for breast cancer research. Classy move, Hasbro. All in all, it seems like companies don’t like to reward their fans time and effort when it comes to creating fan content in the form of games… and unfortunately, it seems the trend continues with Star Wars. (more…)
In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, The New York Daily News reports that Lucasfilm and Disney are in talks to produce more Han Solo movies. In what has become the norm in Hollywood, Alden Ehrenreich, the recently confirmed casting choice for young Han Solo, has been quietly signed on for a three film contract, which if it comes to fruition will no doubt make many fans giddy with happiness. (more…)
After Disney bought Lucasfilm, Star Wars has come back full force (excuse the pun, it was unintentional). There’s been a plethora of comic books, video games, merchandise, theme park additions, novels, a new tv show, and most importantly, movies. Last year we got The Force Awakens—the movie we had been arguably waiting for since Return of the Jedi in 1983. This year we’re getting Rogue One, which we’ve more or less been waiting for since A New Hope in 1977. Now, the follow-up to Force Awakens (which is currently untitled) has wrapped up on production. (more…)
As we begin San Diego Comic-Con, we’re ready for all sorts of goodies for upcoming TV shows and movies in the world of geek, and the world of geek doesn’t get at bigger than Star Wars. One of the coolest aspects of the Star Wars world is that it is uniquely alien. From the first cantina scene on Mos Eisley in A New Hope, we got to see a totally different world. The latest film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is coming in December, and a new character has just been unveiled.