The Rise of Kylo Ren and More Star Wars Books Announced at SDCC!


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The Rise of Kylo Ren, Marvel comics

The Lucasfilm Publishing Panel went down at San Diego Comic-Con to let us know what new Star Wars books and comics are coming up, leading all the way into The Rise of Skywalker! Get ready to stack your TBR list…

Here are the titles that were announced:

  • For the kids there will be Star Wars Creatures Big & Small by Katie Cook
  • Delilah S. Dawson will be penning The Skywalker Saga, presumably Episodes I-IX, told in a fairy tale style
  • Star Wars Myths & Fables by George Mann will feature lovely illustrations

  • In September, Marvel will be releasing Star Wars: Age of Resistance comics centering on Rey, Rose Tico, Supreme Leader Snoke, and Kylo Ren
  • There will be a “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker” publishing program starting ...

io9 Reveals the First Look at the New Star Wars Book Thrawn: Treason


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Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn

Publishing this month, Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Treason is the third installment in the Star Wars: Thrawn series, and takes place before the battle for Lothal’s liberation, as depicted in the series finale of Star Wars: Rebels. And io9 has a first look at the book. Some initial details ahead!

Not only does General Admiral Thrawn find his TIE Defender project on hold in favor of Director Krennic’s future Death Star plans (as depicted in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), but an unexpected run-in with his former protégé Commander Eli Vanto redirects Thrawn’s attentions back towards his people, the Chiss. Essentially, Thrawn finds his loyalties being tested and split once more.

So, what exactly has Thrawn been up to in the events leading up to Thrawn: Treason?

  • After rescuing Force-sensitive Chiss from the Grysk, Thrawn continues to check up on his TIE Defender prototype with a visit to ...

The Star Wars Novel Tracy Townsend Wants to Write, Plus More from Her AMA


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Earlier this week, author Tracy Townsend dropped by r/Fantasy to celebrate her book The Fall, book two in the Thieves of Time trilogy. The resulting AMA is stuffed with excellent writing advice, great book recs, Thieves of Time lore, some gentle Tolkien shade (don’t worry, you’ll get it later), and one very interesting-sounding unwritten Star Wars novel. Here are some highlights!

On the Star Wars novel she would write if she could, given no canon restrictions:

I think I’d want to write a buddy adventure story featuring Poe and Finn for the fun of it, but the “honestly, Tracy, do whatever you want” project I’d dive into with the mix of fear and eagerness that always tells me this is what I SHOULD be writing is story of Padme Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s super-forbidden, super-almost-happened-but-never quite romance. (See this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQypAxAYv3Y)

On The Fall’s first title, ...

First Trailer for Rian Johnson’s Knives Out Gives Us Serious Clue Vibes


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Rian Johnson seems to be having a lot of fun, post-The Last Jedi.

A trailer has just dropped for Johnson’s new whodunnit movie Knives Out, and it’s going to be a doozy. 

A darkly affectionate send-up of Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mysteries, Knives Out takes place at a sprawling-but-claustrophobic gothic estate, where its fabulously wealthy patriarch Harlem Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) has just been found dead at his own birthday party. The trailer begins with the arrival of the detectives at the scene of the crime. After attempting to question Thrombey’s obnoxious family (Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Michael Shannon, all competing to massacre the scenery), the detectives decide to lock everyone in the house until a Southern-accented, Poirot-parodying Daniel Craig can figure things out.

If you’re starting to have serious Clue flashbacks, you’re not alone.

Naturally, it all goes to hell from there. People turning on ...

Was 1999 the Year Nerd Culture Began to Take Over the World?


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In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

If you asked me point blank, I’m not sure I could pinpoint a time in life when the words “nerd” or ...

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The Mummy, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Mystery Men, 1999
Sleepy Hollow, 1999
GalaxyQuest, 1999

Was 1999 the Year Nerd Culture Began to Take Over the World?


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In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

If you asked me point blank, I’m not sure I could pinpoint a time in life when the words “nerd” or ...

Screencap of TheForce.net from April 1999
The Mummy, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Mystery Men, 1999
Sleepy Hollow, 1999
GalaxyQuest, 1999

The Star Wars Universe Is Somehow Big Enough for Eight Kloo Horn Players


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I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

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The Star Wars Universe Is Somehow Big Enough for Eight Kloo Horn Players


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I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes features two notable kloo horn players: ...

Licensed to fill out: from Stranger Things to Star Wars, the tie-in novels continuing the story


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After the credits roll, have you ever wanted to know what happened next? Authors explain how they win the blessing of Hollywood – and fans

If you’ve ever wondered what Han Solo did after the Battle of Endor, or whether Doctor Who would enjoy the Isle of Lewis, then you’re in luck. These days, fans of the biggest movie and TV franchises can discover depth and texture in the lives of their favourite characters with a wealth of tie-in fiction.

The novels aren’t just movie adaptations, spin-offs or fan fiction, they’re added to the canon of the film or TV series that inspired them – stories that haven’t made it to the screen but are officially part of those universes.

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Here’s What It Felt Like to See The Phantom Menace For the First Time


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The supposed fan backlash to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999 is as legendary today as it is mysterious. Unlike cultural events that are documented in real time in 2019, the real zeitgeist reaction to The Phantom Menace is tricker to pinpoint. But, I remember. I was there. And unlike now, there wasn’t an immediate consensus formed on the internet. Instead, 17-year-old kids like me had to search their feelings about The Phantom Menace without an echo chamber. 

In 1999, I thought the film was excellent. Disturbing, but excellent. And now, exactly 20 years later, after having held a variety of differing opinions in-between, I think my first reaction was the right one: The Phantom Menace is great because it is a deeply weird movie. I shocked me and rattled me to my core. Here’s why that mattered.

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Disney Confirms the Next Star Wars Movie Will Come from Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss


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David Benioff D.B. Weiss Game of Thrones Star Wars

When the Walt Disney Company recently announced that the next Star Wars films would be released starting in 2022, it was unclear if the movies to follow The Rise of Skywalker would come from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson or Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. (Both projects had previously been announced.) Today, while speaking at the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications summit, chairman Bob Iger confirmed that the next Star Wars film would be the latter project.

According to io9, Iger said, “We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs. And we’re not saying anything more about that.” Note that he said “movie” and not “trilogy,” so it could be that all three untitled Star Wars films are standalones, or ...

Disney Reveals Release Dates for Next Star Wars Trilogy


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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has released a massive slate of upcoming projects both from its own studios and from Fox. This list serves as the announcement for a number of date changes to and cancellations of various projects including James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, Fox’s X-Men slate—and the release dates for the next, as-yet-untitled, Star Wars trilogy.

After The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters on December 20, 2019, the next Star Wars trilogy will be released December 16, 2022; December 12, 2024; and December 18, 2026.

It is unclear if this is Rian Johnson’s trilogy, which will focus on a non-Skywalker corner of the galaxy, or the projects being developed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

It makes sense that the studio would take a three-year break between The Rise of Skywalker and the next trilogy. That said, in the interim there ...

9 Star Wars Books to Fulfill Your Very Specific Fandom Needs


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May the 4th is upon us, and that means that Star Wars fans are ready to get their… Force on? That sounds right, we’ll go with it. We were worried that you might be missing out on some of the excellent Star Wars novels out there, so we’ve got a handy shortlist to help you get started, no matter what kind of fan you are! The weekend is here, and it’s the perfect time to stock up on some adventures from far, far away.

 

If You Miss the Old Legends Canon: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars, Thrawn and Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

What if you were a fan who read Star Wars books in the ’90s? Do you miss those hallowed tomes, relegated now to inspiration and reference for the larger Star Wars universe? Well, you might be happy to know that Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the most beloved and terrifying villains of the Expanded ...

Star Wars, Bloodline by Claudia Gray
Dooku: Jedi Lost audio drama Star Wars Cavan Scott Count Dooku Darth Tyranus Asajj Ventress
Star Wrs, Last Shot by Daniel José Older
Star Wars, Ahsoka by E K. Johnston
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Star Wars, Queen's Shadow by E. K. Johnston and Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray

Peter Mayhew: 1944-2019


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We are sad to report the passing of Peter Mayhew on April 30th. A memorial service for friends and family will occur on June 29th, while a larger ceremony for fans will take place in December. Mayhew, best known for his portrayal of the wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, was seventy-four years old.

At 7’3″, Mayhew was a natural pick for the giant wookiee, but his legacy came from the warmth and kindness he showed his coworkers, friends, and fans all over the world. Mayhew played Chewie through the original Star Wars films, the prequels, and then in 2015 for the start of a new trilogy in The Force Awakens. (He had gone through knee replacement surgery before filming, but worked tirelessly through his physical therapy to be able to play the part one last time.) By The Last Jedi, Mayhew elected to serve as a ...

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Avengers: Endgame, and What It Means to Reach the End of an Era


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Avengers: Endgame trailer

Many of us will be watching Avengers: Endgame tonight, or over the weekend. And I almost wish we weren’t, because I’m not quite ready to let go.

This year marks the end of a particular pop culture era, as we reach the finish (for a relative definition of the word) of several major storytelling arcs: Game of Thrones, the Star Wars “Skywalker Saga”, and the first major conclusion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These stories have been going for years—the MCU clocks in at 11 years (with comic influences reaching back over half a century), Game of Thrones came to HBO 8 years ago (but the first book was published in 1996), and Star Wars has been thrilling fans for 42 years. And sure, it can feel silly being so invested in the lives of space rebels, or fantasy kingdoms, or costumed superheroes, but I don’t think it’s just ...

Avengers: Endgame, and What It Means to Reach the End of an Era


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Avengers: Endgame trailer

Many of us will be watching Avengers: Endgame tonight, or over the weekend. And I almost wish we weren’t, because I’m not quite ready to let go.

This year marks the end of a particular pop culture era, as we reach the finish (for a relative definition of the word) of several major storytelling arcs: Game of Thrones, the Star Wars “Skywalker Saga”, and the first major conclusion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These stories have been going for years—the MCU clocks in at 11 years (with comic influences reaching back over half a century), Game of Thrones came to HBO 8 years ago (but the first book was published in 1996), and Star Wars has been thrilling fans for 42 years. And sure, it can feel silly being so invested in the lives of space rebels, or fantasy kingdoms, or costumed superheroes, but I don’t think it’s just ...

Hey, Star Wars: Episode IX — Don’t Retcon Rey Into a Skywalker


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Star Wars: The Last Jedi left many fans with the answer they’d been hoping for—Rey is not a Skywalker! In fact, Rey’s parentage is of no importance whatsoever. It seemed like we got lucky and the new generation would not be related to this dominant clan of hyper-capable Force-users (with the exception of Kylo Ren). But now Episode IX is sneaking up on us, and according to director and writer J.J. Abrams: “I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode 8 [didn’t happen]. We have honored that. But I will say that there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”

So… there’s still more to the “Rey’s parents” saga ahead.

Can we still just say no to this?

I’ve gone on about this at length before, but the idea of her being a Skywalker is just so boring and tired. Rey is a fundamentally ...

Ahsoka Gets Her Lightsabers Back in Newest Trailer For Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars


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Star Wars, The Clone Wars, season 7 trailer #2, Ahsoka with lightsabers

A brand new trailer for the upcoming season of The Clone Wars, set to premiere on Disney+ in 2020, has arrived courtesy of the Star Wars Celebration, and we hope you’re ready…

The feelings. They’re coming…

We get to see Ahsoka! She’s with Rex! She gets her lightsabers back from Anakin! They’re blue this time! She’s gonna fight Darth Maul!

We cannot wait to see this story reach its deserved conclusion. Is it 2020 yet?

Everything We Know About the First Live Action Star Wars Series: The Mandalorian


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The Mandalorian

Creator Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni took the stage at Star Wars Celebration to talk about the upcoming live action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Here’s what we know now about the show, set to premiere at Disney+’s launch on November 12th.

This marks The Clone Wars and Rebels creator Dave Filoni’s first gig directing live action. Favreau and Filoni met while the former was directing Iron Man and that latter was working on the Clone Wars, and quickly got on. Favreau pitched The Mandalorian after Kathleen Kennedy took over Lucasfilm, and she was instantly on board. The show is set to draw from the Western and Samurai genres, which are essential to the makeup of Star Wars.

According to Favreau, the show is set after the fall of the Empire, in that time of chaos and change after a galactic regime topples. They brought three actors to ...

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The Mandalorian, television preview, Star Wars Celebration
The Mandalorian, television preview, Star Wars Celebration
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The Mandalorian ship, special effects
The Mandalorian ship, special effects
Mandalorian, 501st Imperial Legion

That Death Star Wreckage in Star Wars Episode IX is Probably the First Death Star


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Star Wars Episode 9 Death Star wreckage

One of the many eyebrow-raising moments from the first trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is the shot of our heroes looking out over the Cliffs of Moher at the wreckage of a Death Star.

But which Death Star?

It sure seems like this is Endor. The Death Star from the trailer has the same patchy look as the Death Star II from Return of the Jedi, and what the falling debris did to the Ewoks is a long-running fan theory (it even has its own moniker: Endor Holocaust), so it’d be appropriately tongue-in-cheek to reference that.

But look again, fellow Star Wars fans. We’re on a moon of Yavin!

To be sure, we have to look up close at three items: Death Star I, the half-done Death Star II, and the wreckage from the trailer.

 

Death Star I

Death Star 1 Star Wars

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Death Star laser dish close up
Death Star 2 laser dish close up