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Forces of Destiny returned with a half-hour television special earlier this month. The special mixed existing material with four brand new micro-episodes.  Click through to read our review of the first Forces of Destiny television special!

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Star Wars Rebels Returns Next Monday

The return of Star Wars Rebels is almost here! The fourth and final season will debut on Monday, October 16th. Lucasfilm has sent out a press release previewing the highly anticipated premiere and a new video that recaps the first three seasons. Click through to find out more!

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The Last Jedi Theatrical Poster Revealed

In the lead up to the new trailer, StarWars.com has revealed the theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Click through to check it out! What do you think? How does it compare to previous posters? Let us know!

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Battlefront II Beta Extended

Good news, everyone! In case you missed the Battlefront II beta or if you just can’t get enough of it, EA has extended the beta’s availability until October 11th. The event was supposed to end today, but this extension gives fans two more days of gameplay. If you haven’t played the beta yet, what are you waiting for? It’s a blast!  

 

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How Long Is The Last Jedi?

Are you patiently waiting for the new Last Jedi trailer? Well, this isn’t the trailer but AMC recently revealed some interesting information about the film. AMC has listed the run time for The Last Jedi at two hours and thirty minutes. If their listing is correct, The Last Jedi is the longest Star Wars film to date. Currently, Attack of the Clones is the longest film in the saga with a run time of two hours and twenty-two minutes.

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Forces Of Destiny: Episode 11 - Teach You, I Will

Ahsoka, Yoda, and Anakin return in the latest episode of Forces of Destiny. Click through to watch and discuss Episode 11: Teach You, I Will.   

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From A Certain Point Of View: Jon Hamm Is Boba Fett

I rarely ever read Star Wars novels and even I’m excited about Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. The latest release from Del Rey will hit shelves October 3rd. The book is made up of forty short stories that reimagines a moment from the original film through the eyes of various background and supporting characters.  For example, Paul Dini wrote a story titled “Added Muscle” which focuses on Boba Fett. To make things even more enticing, Jon Hamm(!) will portray Boba Fett in the audio book version. USA Today has an exclusive excerpt from Dini’s story, check it out! You can pre-order From a Certain Point of View right here . 

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Forces Of Destiny Returns With Two TV Specials And A New Trailer

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars Forces of Destiny is returning with two half-hour television specials that will debut on Disney Channel this October. Click through to read the full announcement and watch a brand new trailer! 

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Star Wars Rebels Season Four Schedule Revealed

Lucasfilm has issued a press release that reveals the schedule for upcoming fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels. We’ll be getting back to back episodes, a new night, and multiple airings. Click through to check out the full press release! 

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Guest Post: Three Generations of Rings - Rey

Today we are releasing the final installment in Tomas Pueyo Brochard’s series of guest posts focusing on the Star Wars Rings. In this post, Tomas turns his attention to Rey and how the Star Wars Rings may help us predict where her story is going. Once again, we would like to thank Tomas for taking the time to write this thought provoking series. Don’t forget to check out his new book, The Star Wars Rings! Click through to read the final installment!

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Guest Post: Three Generations Of Rings - Luke Skywalker

Tomas Pueyo Brochard, author of The Star Wars Rings, is back with part two in a series of guest posts that focus on the Star Wars Rings how they thread a storyline across three generations of Jedi in Anakin, Luke, and Rey. Today, he focuses on Luke Skywalker’s ring and what it might mean for his story moving forward. Click through to read the latest guest post from Tomas!

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Trevorrow Is Out: Could Rian Johnson Or J.J. Abrams Take Over?

Colin Trevorrow’s dismissal from Star Wars: Episode IX  has left Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy searching for a replacement, and it looks like they may turn to a familiar face. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams are the top choices to replace Trevorrow. Furthermore, their sources indicate that continued issues with the script led to the Trevorrow’s dismissal. At the moment, Rian Johnson seems like the most likely candidate. Johnson is a well respected writer and may be better suited to finish the script. The word is that Johnson was a perfect fit for The Last Jedi and had a seamless working relationship with Lucasfilm.  It makes sense that Lucasfilm would want to work with him again. What do you think about the possibility of Rian Johnson or J.J. Abrams returning to direct Episode IX? Let us Know!

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Today we are releasing the first in series of guest posts from author Tomas Pueyo Brochard. Tomas’ new book, The Star Wars Rings, will be available on September 19th. In this series, Tomas will explore the Star Wars Rings and how they thread a storyline across three generations of Jedi in Anakin, Luke, and Rey. Click through to read the first guest post from author Tomas Pueyo Brochard which is focused on Anakin Skywalker!

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Marcia Lucas Talks Star Wars In A Rare Interview

Marcia Lucas, who won an Oscar for editing the first Star Wars, has rarely talked about her experience working on the film or her relationship with her ex-husband George Lucas. Many have pointed out her importance during the early days of the saga and that her contributions remain underappreciated. Athena Studios interviewed Marcia, along with Emmy-winning editor Duwayne Dunham, at the 40th Anniversary ILM reunion in May. In the interview she talks about Star Wars, George, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more. Click through to watch the full interview!

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Home Video Review: Star Wars Rebels Season Three Blu-Ray

The fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels will be here before you know it. In meantime, the Blu-ray release of Star Wars Rebels season three has arrived. It’s the perfect opportunity to revisit some of the series’ best episodes. Click through for our full review!

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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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