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Han Solo Film Loses A Cast Member

Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) was among the most exciting cast members to join the still untitled Han Solo film.  Unfortunately, the actor revealed in an interview with Deadline that his role has been cut from the film. Williams told Deadline, “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in.” Williams is currently filming The Red Sea Diving Resort in South Africa and was unavailable for the reshoots. Instead of pushing back the Han Solo film to accommodate his schedule, Williams’ role was cut altogether. His character was described as “half-human, half-animal.” Head over to Deadline to read the full interview!

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An Obi-Wan Standalone Film Is In Development: What’s Next?

The Hollywood Reporter recently broke the news that the long rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film is finally in development. Click through to read our breakdown of this news and our thoughts on the future of the standalone films.

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New Battlefront II Starfighter Assault Gameplay Trailer

EA has released a new trailer that features gameplay from the Starfighter Assault game mode in Battlefront II. The gameplay shown in the trailer spans every era and revealed new locations including Ryloth. Listen closely to the Ryloth portion of the footage, that sounds a lot like Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein to me. Could Anakin and Ahoska be among the playable heroes in Battlefront II? Check out the trailer! 

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The latest animated Star Wars series, Forces of Destiny, debuted last month. The first eight episodes of the micro-series have been released so far. Now that the Forces of Destiny figures have begun to show up at retail, we thought this would be the perfect time to review the latest animated expansion of the saga. Click through to read our overall thoughts on the series and in-depth reviews of the first eight episodes. 

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Is Disney Considering An All Star Wars Streaming Service?

Earlier this week, Disney announced plans to launch their own streaming service in 2019. The new service would include existing content and original programming, following the Netflix model. Disney has opted to end it’s existing distribution deal with Netflix. Beginning with their 2019 releases such as Toy Story 4, Disney’s proposed streaming service will be home to all upcoming Disney movies. While this deal will include Disney’s live action and animated films and upcoming Pixar releases, the company’s Star Wars and Marvel films were not mentioned.  According and to a report from TechCrunch, Disney CEO Bob Iger said they are still considering how to integrate Marvel and Lucasfilm titles and that they may launch their own standalone streaming services. What do you think about the possibility of an all Star Wars streaming service? Would you pay for a one stop shop for Star Wars content? Let us know! 

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EW Previews Leia's Role In The Last Jedi

Entertainment Weekly continued their coverage of The Last Jedi by focusing on Leia’s role in the film, her relationship with Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and Carrie Fisher’s legacy. Click through for more! 

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Composer Announced For Han Solo Film

The Star Wars Show announced that John Powell will score the upcoming Han Solo Film. Powell is a composer known for films such as How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, and the Jason Bourne franchise. He received an Oscar nomination for his work on How to Train Your Dragon. Powell is just the the third composer to score a live action Star Wars film. If you are familiar with Powell’s work, what do you think about this announcement? Let us know! 

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New Behind The Scenes Look At The Story Of Battlefront II

Over the weekend, EA released a new video that offered a behind the scenes look at the story of Battlefront II. The video also introduces the members of Inferno Squad and features gameplay from the campaign. Check it out!  Full Story

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The 2017 Emmy nominations were announced this morning and Star Wars Rebels and Carrie Fisher were among the nominees. Star Wars Rebels was nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program while Fisher received  a posthumous nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Catastrophe. 

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Forces of Destiny: Episode 8 "Bounty of Trouble"

The eighth episode of Forces of Destiny was released late last night. The latest installment found Princess Leia and Sabine trying to escape IG-88. Although it was great to see IG-88 show up since he’s an underutilized character, this was probably my least favorite episode so far. Check it out and judge for yourself!

 

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Forces of Destiny: Episode 7 "The Stranger"

The latest episode of Force of Destiny has been released and this time Jyn Erso is the focus. Felicity Jones returned to voice Jyn for this episode. It’s a pretty fun episode and it was nice to see Jyn again since she probably won’t be featured in many upcoming stories. Check it out! 

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Forces Of Destiny: Episode 6 "The Imposter Inside"

The latest episode of Forces of Destiny is one of the best ones so far. This time, Ahsoka teams up with Padmé to fight an assassin. Check it out!

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First Forces Of Destiny Episode Debuts Online

The first episode of the new animated micro-series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny premiered on Disney’s YouTube channel this morning. Click through to watch the first episode! 

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The Star Wars Show revealed today that Star Wars Rebels season three will arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 29th. For the first time, audio commentaries will be available on select episodes. Other bonus features will focus on the Grand Admrial Thrawn’s introduction, Maul’s fate, and the return of Saw Gerrera. Head over to StarWars.com for the full list of bonus features! 

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Ron Howard To Direct The Han Solo Film

Following the shocking news that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been fired over four and a half months into production, rumors began to swirl that Oscar winner Ron Howard was the top choice to take over the directing duties on the Han Solo film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ron Howard has officially been named as the new director of the Han Solo film. Howard will take over a contentious set, Lord and Miller were fired after clashing with Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. It’s extremely rare for a director to be fired this far into production, so a veteran director like Howard is a smart choice to finish the film under these bizarre circumstances. Head over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full story.  

Update: Click here to read to read the official announcement and a statement from Kathleen Kennedy at StarWars.com.

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In a stunning development, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer direct the upcoming Han Solo standalone film. They have departed the project over creative differences with Lucasfilm. The search for a new director is underway. Head over to StarWars.com to read the full statements from Kathleen Kennedy and Lord and Miller. 

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Mark Hamill generated a lot of conversation after he stated that he fundamentally disagreed with The Last Jedi director Rian Johsnon about direction of Luke’s story. Variety caught up Hamill at the Tony Awards and he clarified his recent comments. Hamill said, “I got in trouble, because I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke, and it was inartfully phrased. What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience.” Check out the full video! 

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Possible Han Solo Film Title And Logo Revealed

We’re a little late to the party with this news, but I still think it is worth sharing. MakingStarWars.net recently obtained pictures of the crew shirts from the upcoming Han Solo film. The shirts reveal what may very well be the working title and logo for the film, Star Wars: Solo with Han’s signature blaster standing in for the “L.” What do you think about the potential title and logo? What about the film as a whole? Despite the talented directors and cast, I’m still concerned. Head over to MakingStarWars.net to check out the full gallery! 

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Star Wars Battlefront II Gameplay Trailer

Today EA unveiled a stunning trailer for Battlefront II. The latest trailer features multiplayer gameplay from the prequel, original trilogy, and sequel eras and offered another glimpse of the single player campaign. Check it out!

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In a discussion with CinemaBlend, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow talked about the process of creating the next chapter in the Star Wars saga without Carrie Fisher. Although Trevorrow’s comments weren’t particularly revealing, he did admit that his options are limited because there are only certain things they are willing to do. Lucasfilm already ruled out using a CGI recreation to continue Leia’s story without Carrie Fisher, which is a wise choice. How the creative team will honor Carrie Fisher and handle Leia’s story is what I am the most anxious about heading into The Last Jedi and Episode IX. What do you think? Click through to read the full quote from Trevorrow.

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