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Michael Leader, the man who played the Stormtrooper that famously hit his head on the blast shield doorway has died. Metro.co.uk has the full story. Special thanks to JTA reader Marc G. for the alert!

UPDATE 1: It looks like Metro.co.uk has an inaccurate story. Although Michael Leader did pass away, apparently he was not responsible for this famous Star Wars blooper. Wookieepedia goes on to explain that the actor who hit his head was actually Laurie Goode (who is alive and well).

UPDATE 2: This story may be accurate. Wookieepedia documents that BOTH Michael Leader and Laurie Goode recall bumping their heads as stormtroopers. We'll let you decide.

The Clone Wars Film Hits Eight Years Old

Posted by Paul | August 16, 2016 at 07:48 AM ET |

Speaking of The Clone Wars, we neglected to say Happy Anniversary to The Clone Wars film yesterday. It turned eight (8) years old August 15th. Reminisce with us about it in our comments!

After the news broke that Disney was searching for an actor to play a young Lando in the upcoming Han Solo movie, speculation about who could possibly replace Billy Dee Williams began. Now a new report suggests that there is already a frontrunner. Birth. Movies. Death. is reporting that Donald Glover (Community, The Martian) is the first choice to play young Lando. You could do a lot worse than Donald Glover. I like Glover and he has proven himself as both a comedic and dramatic actor. But is he a good choice for Lando? I don't know. As with Han Solo and Harrison Ford, it's difficult to accept someone besides Billy Dee Williams as Lando. Although I won't write the movie off yet, especially with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing, I still don't like the idea of a young Han Solo movie. Han Solo has one of the most complete character arcs in the entire saga, so at least on paper this film seems unnecessary to me. In addition to my discomfort with recasting Han and now Lando. At least bring Billy Dee back for Episode 8! What do you think about the potential casting of Glover as Lando? Let us know in the comments!

Watch The New Rogue One Trailer Online And Discuss!

Posted by Chuck | August 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM ET |

The new Rogue One trailer is out! What did you think? And what was up with the headless guy walking around? Click through to discuss and have another watch!

Lando Joining Han In The Upcoming Han Solo Movie?

Posted by Chuck | August 11, 2016 at 10:51 PM ET |

Lando is now rumored to join Solo in the Han Solo movie. This is not really unexpected, and casting the right Lando is almost as important as casting the right Han Solo. Lando has a strong connection to Han's past, so adding him in the movie is a good move! Let's hope it's true, and done right! Cinema Blend has the full report! People are hating on this movie before it's made. I'm personally looking forward to it. Sound off in the comments!

Tune in right now to this evening's coverage of the Olympics on NBC to catch the premiere of the new Rogue One trailer. No time is listed for the airing, but you can bet they will do it either on the half-hour or the hour. Of course, you can always wait and see it (probably immediacy after) online.

UPDATE: The trailer is now live on the official Star Wars YouTube channel. Click through to have a look and discuss!

Star Wars Rebels Season Three Premiere Date Announced

Posted by Mike_Taber | August 10, 2016 at 05:54 PM ET |

Star Wars Rebels will return for its third season on Saturday September 24th at 8:30 p.m. The hourlong season premiere entitled "Steps into Shadow" will introduce Grand Admiral Thrawn into the world of Star Wars Rebels. Head over to StarWars.com for a more in depth preview of the highly anticipated season premiere! 

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray will feature J.J. Abrams commentary. Never-before-seen deleted sequences will also be added to the Nov. 15 release. EW.com has the full story.

Rogue One Trailer Snippets Mixed In With Olympics Promo

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2016 at 04:42 PM ET |

In case you haven't seen it yet, Screenrant has posted an EPK that shows clips of the new Rogue One trailer mixed in with scenes of the Olympics. Odd. But check it out anyway!

Rogue One Trailer This Thursday After The Olympics!

Posted by Paul | August 07, 2016 at 06:41 PM ET |

There will be a Rogue One trailer this Thursday after the Olympics. Gizmodo has the full story!

Rogue One Reshoot Drama Returns

Posted by Mike_Taber | August 06, 2016 at 02:59 PM ET |

When the news broke that Rogue One would be undergoing several weeks of reshoots, some people jumped to the conclusion that Rogue One was a troubled production and that the sky was falling. I never bought into that theory and the reaction seemed entirely overblown to me. Virtually every movie of this size will experience reshoots. It happened with The Force Awakens and I'm sure it will happen with Episode 8. The Hollywood Reporter has finally provided some clarity on the secretive Rogue One reshoots though ... Click through for more!

ABC Boss Talks Star Wars TV Show Possibilities

Posted by Mike_Taber | August 06, 2016 at 02:01 PM ET |

Stating the obvious, ABC president Channing Dungey expressed her desire to introduce a Star Wars TV show on ABC. She went on to say that talks with Lucasfilm are ongoing. Variety has the full report. So what's the first Star Wars TV show we should expect? Cheers set in the cantina? Let the Star Wars TV show puns begin! I'll start with The X-Wing Files. (Alternate puns included: Who's the Bossk?, I Love Lando, Mr. Lobot, and Band of Bothans). As for the prospect of an Star Wars TV show on ABC, it has me a little nervous. I think Netflix would probably be a better fit for Star Wars. What do you think? Let us know in our comments! 

Don't forget that coming to ABC tonight at 8 PM is "Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" which will also include a Rogue One trailer. Set your DVR if you can't watch it live! TV Guide has more information HERE.

Official Rogue One Poster Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 01:05 PM ET |

Check out the official The Rogue One poster!

The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey Coming To ABC July 15th

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2016 at 09:36 PM ET |

Coming to ABC July 15th at 8 PM is "Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" which will also include a Rogue One trailer. Set your DVR folks! TV Guide has more information HERE.

Get To Know The Characters Of Rogue One

Posted by Mike_Taber | June 22, 2016 at 02:55 PM ET |

As part of their exclusive look into Rogue One, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the names and descriptions of the major Rogue One characters. The most interesting news is regarding the character played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. Apparently, long time fans will immediately recognize the character when his name is revealed later today. Click through to meet the characters of Rogue One

Update: Click through for more information on Forest Whitaker's character as revealed today! Minor spoilers apply.

Darth Vader Officially Confirmed To Appear In Rogue One

Posted by Mike_Taber | June 22, 2016 at 01:02 PM ET |

Although assumed by many for months, today we received official confirmation that Darth Vader will indeed make an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Entertainment Weekly revealed the news as part of their exclusive Rogue One first look. Click through for the full story

StarWars.com Asks What The Best Scene In The Force Awakens Is

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2016 at 10:11 AM ET |

StarWars.com has posted an article asking what the best scene in The Force Awakens is. Weigh in on your own opinions in our comments!

That's what this article claims at least. Screenrant.com is reporting that the canceled live action television Star Wars show would have focused on Emperor Palpatine's origin. It looks like Darth Plagueis was "this close" to being canon. Check out the full story here. Special thank to Paul B. for the alert!

Rebels Season 2 Comes To Blu-ray And DVD August 30th

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2016 at 10:43 PM ET |

Rebels Season 2 comes to Blu-ray and DVD August 30th. StarWars.com has the full story!

Well, the drama is back! (Supposedly.) CosmicBookNews.com is reporting from source Latino Review that there is indeed major drama surrounding Rogue One, that the problems aren't overblown. In fact, they accuse Entertainment Weekly of shilling for Disney. Per the source, they're claiming that things are so bad that a new director is being brought on board and half the film needs to be reshot because it is much too dark for Disney's tastes. (What a shame if this is indeed true.) We're just presenting this for you to come to your own conclusions. But if it is true, it certainly provides some clarity on how Disney is much too involved in the creative process.

The Truth Behind The Rogue One Reshoots

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2016 at 07:07 AM ET |

Sometimes it takes a "crazy" rumor to get the truth. Hey, whatever it takes. Still, Lucasfilm has mostly decide to not respond to the rumors. EW.com has the full story on the truth they were able to confirm surrouding the Rogue One reshoots and other changes required to help finish it up. Click through for more!.

Uh-oh. Unrest there always seems to be at Disney when it comes to Star Wars. First Arndt leaving, now Rogue One is suffering some supposed turmoil. According to the Daily Mail, Disney chiefs have deemed Rogue One "so bad" that they're requiring four weeks of reshoots and the blame is being placed on director Gareth Edwards. (Or maybe it's actually so good in a classic Star Wars sense that they need to completely rework it to make some characters more invincible perhaps?) Check out the story!

Maybe there is some precedent set for a Star Wars film getting released in December. Maybe The Force Awakens isn't alone. The Academy Film Archive has revealed a supposedly never-before-seen "Revenge Of The Jedi" teaser yesterday which shows that Episode VI was planned to have a December 1983 release date. Check it out!

Happy Birthday To A New Hope And Return Of The Jedi!

Posted by Paul | May 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM ET |

Happy 39th Birthday to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (you're over the hill next year)! And also Happy 33rd Birthday to my most favorite Star Wars film of all: Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi!


We missed the birthday of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back yesterday (May 21st), so we have to celebrate it today! Reminisce on this fan favorite Star Wars film!

Has The Title of Star Wars Episode VIII Leaked?

Posted by Paul | May 20, 2016 at 07:37 PM ET |

Has the title of Episode VIII leaked? A video has made its way to Reddit and it appears the title is now known provided it's legit. WARNING! Potential SPOILERS (if this isn't total bunk)!

Happy Birthday To Episode I And Episode III!

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2016 at 03:20 PM ET |

Happy 17th Birthday to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Happy 11th Birthday to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.



WARNING! SPOILERS! Site jedi-bibliothek.de has posted a complete description of main characters as well as posted an image of the Official Visual Story Guide from the film!

Happy Birthday Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones!

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2016 at 05:10 PM ET |

Happy 14th birthday to Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones! I guess I could say something sarcastic like " you sure look a whole lot better after Episode VII" but I wouldn't say such a thing. In all seriousness, you're responsible for creating our clone obsessions. And we hope Lucasfilm Ltd. finishes off that awesome "generator sequence" one day and re-releases it as a special edition or something.

Star Wars Show Coming!

Posted by Paul | May 10, 2016 at 05:31 PM ET |

StarWars.com has teased a new Star Wars Show trailer. More to come!

Take A Break and Watch This Star Wars/James Bond Mash-up

Posted by Chuck | May 09, 2016 at 08:38 AM ET |

Just in case you need a little Monday morning distraction, have a look at this cool video showing how Star Wars might look if it opened in the style of the James Bond movies. In this case, The Empire Strikes Back gets the Bond treatment...

Sources for Variety have confirmed that reported frontrunner Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) has been cast as Disney's new Han Solo. Yes, this is really happening. Ehrenreich will star in the Han Solo standalone film set before the events of A New Hope. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing and the still untitled film is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018. Lord and Miller are known for taking the worst ideas and turning them into something enjoyable, but this seems like an impossible task even for them. The idea of a young Han Solo movie has felt misguided since its inception to me. Maybe Lord, Miller, and Ehrenreich will prove me wrong, but I'm not holding my breath. What do you think? Comment and let us know! 

Speaking to animation director Rob Coleman, Lucas said of “his ultimate framing device” that: “The entire story of Star Wars is actually being recounted to the keeper of the Journal of the Whills—remember that?—a hundred years after the events of Return of the Jedi by none other than R2-D2.” (more....) Extra special thanks to JTA stalker Ayem Mayhem for alerting us to this very interesting article!

O.M.G. Did Entertainment Earth just spill the beans on Rey's last name? SPOILER WARNING! Click the image below to see what her name just might be! (As if you didn't know already!) Out of respect to others, do NOT discuss the name in the comments! But those who don't want spoilers should just stay away! Special thanks to JTA reader Barry J. for the detective work!

UPDATE: Pablo Hidalgo has "confirmed" via Twitter that Entertainment Earth's listing is NOT correct. It was fun speculating! EE has some updating to do on that case assortment listing now!

All those Constable Zuvio rumors are untrue, when you discover what JJ Abrams said about him. Find out more at EW.com!

What Standalone Star Wars Film Do You Want To See?

Posted by Mike_Taber | April 14, 2016 at 11:27 AM ET |

Now that we've had our first look at Rogue One and a front runner has apparently emerged in the search for a young Han Solo, the standalone Star Wars films are beginning to take shape. Rogue One looks promising but I'm still dreading the young Han Solo movie despite its strong creative team (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Lawrence and Jon Kasdan). I just think a young Han Solo movie is a fundamentally misguided idea. Hopefully Lord, Miller, and the Kasdans can prove me wrong. Right now Rogue One and the young Han Solo movie are the only confirmed standalone films, but what kind of stories do you want to see? The long-rumored Boba Fett movie? A Porkins origin story? A movie explaining how Admiral Ackbar knew it was a trap? Personally, my vote is for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie starring Ewan McGregor. Obi-Wan is one of the most popular Star Wars characters, Ewan is willing to come back, and you have the entire time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope to tell a story. Why hasn't this happened yet? 

   

Has Disney Found Its New Han Solo?

Posted by Mike_Taber | April 14, 2016 at 10:57 AM ET |

Deadline is reporting that Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich has emerged as the front runner in Disney's search for a young Han Solo. Apparently Ehrenreich pulled ahead of other actors who were up for the role after an impressive performance in a recent screen test. The still untitled film is scheduled to be released on May 25th, 2018. Check out the full story on Deadline.com.

   

Star Wars Original Trilogy Returns To Theaters!

Posted by Paul | April 12, 2016 at 03:28 PM ET |

CNN Money is reporting that the Original Trilogy is returning to theaters on a nationwide roadshow tour. Click through for details!

Official Rogue One Teaser Released, and It's Brilliant!

Posted by Chuck | April 07, 2016 at 08:30 AM ET |

After you watch it.... WATCH IT AGAIN! See the trailer after the jump!

   


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