Category: Star Wars

Updated: Untitled Han Solo Film loses directors; Ron Howard will finish the movie

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The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change after its co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller both decided to leave the project. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

Lord and Miller commented “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Christopher Miller (left) and Phil Lord. Photo: THR.

However, Variety is exclusively reporting that the directing duo known for hits like 21 Jump Street and the Lego Movie were fired after months of conflict on the set. A person with knowledge of the production said that the chemistry between the directors and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was never right. “It was a culture clash from day one,” the source said. “She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”

The directing pair also apparently clashed with the film’s writer, Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan. Like Kennedy, he questioned many of the pair’s directing choices. “Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said the source. “It became a very polarizing set.”

Variety is reporting that Lord and Miller did not exit voluntarily but were fired. The article also goes on to say some Hollywood insiders believe Kennedy is looking to hire “indie” directors but ultimately not give them creative control. The film’s release date has not been changed and several weeks of reshoots are still scheduled for later this summer. That’s quite a big task for a new director to take on.

The Han Solo film will focus on the Millennium Falcon pilot’s early days as a smuggler. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich in the role Harrison Ford made famous. The cast includes Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke. The untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 2018 release.

Updated: Ron Howard to finish Han Solo movie

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Academy Award winning director Ron Howard has officially stepped in to complete the young Han Solo spinoff movie for Lucasfilm. In a surprising turn of events, original helmsmen Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired earlier this week after clashing with producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Since the film remains on track for a May 2018 release, the studio was under pressure to find a replacement soon in order to maintain the schedule. They wasted no time finding a new captain for the Millennium Falcon, and now the creative team will get to work on getting the project across the finish line.

Howard was one of the first names to pop up as a possible candidate in the wake of Lord and Miller’s departure, with Joe Johnston and Kasdan also being considered. The veteran Star Wars writer was ineligible to step in due to Directors Guild regulations, so Lucasfilm had no choice but to look to the outside for help. Howard is now on board to make the second Star Wars anthology film.

Lucasfilm made the announcement today on StarWars.com. Per THR, Howard will now travel to the set to meet with the principal cast – including Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Woody Harrelson – to calm things down and review a first cut to determine what needs to be done to finish Han Solo. According to Kennedy, filming will resume on July 10. Prior to Lord and Miller’s dismissal, there were three-and-a-half weeks left of principal photography and five weeks of standard reshoots. You can read Kennedy’s statement below:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

It will be interesting to see how fans react to this news. Howard is obviously a distinct change in style from the irreverent nature of Lord and Miller and could be perceived as a “safe” choice for viewers who were hoping Han Solo could be something more out-of-the-box. There’s also the matter that some of Howard’s most recent directorial efforts, like Inferno and In the Heart of the Sea, disappointed critically and commercially. On the other hand, he has demonstrated much talent throughout his career, calling the shots on acclaimed dramas such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind (among others). Howard certainly possesses the ability to make a quality film, and his history as an actors’ director should ensure the rest of production goes smoothly.

Interestingly enough, this is not Howard’s first rodeo with Lucasfilm. Nearly two decades ago, he was approached by George Lucas to direct The Phantom Menace, but passed on the opportunity. Now, the galaxy far, far away comes calling to the former Richie Cunningham again, and he’ll be under intense scrutiny to make Han Solo as strong as it can be. Moviegoers were already skeptical of a Solo-centric prequel, and are now even more dubious. This’ll be a change-of-pace for Howard, but hopefully he’s up for the challenge.

Rogue One Pixel Art by Mikołaj Birek

According to Wikipedia, Pixel Art is a form of digital art, created through the use of software, where images are edited on the pixel level. The majority of graphics for 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, as well as other limited systems like graphing calculators, is pixel art.

But if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was designed to be a video game? How would the characters look like? To answer this question, Poland Illustrator and Digital Artist Mikołaj Birek has created this amazing series called Rogue One Pixel Art. Visit Mikołaj Birek Page for more details. Source: Tumblr.

And how the duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels would be in a 16-bit video game?

Darth Vader Comic #1

Can Darth Vader Comic save his infamous ‘Noooo’?

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Star Wars is either a masterpiece, a chipped modern classic, or a sad devotion to an ancient religion, depending on who you ask. No matter what your opinion, the cultural impact of the original trilogy is undeniable. So when creator George Lucas announced his intention to flesh out the rise of Darth Vader and the Empire in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, fans were ecstatic… at least at first.

The prequel trilogy succeeded in both clarifying and muddying the classic mythology. Defenders and detractors alike can agree on one thing: Lucas’ second trilogy had a few flaws. One of the most common critiques leveled at the films (we’re not going near Jar Jar) is its mishandling of Darth Vader, where Lucas turned the cinema’s archetypal villain into the byproduct of a tepid soap opera. In particular, many take issue with Anakin’s final transformation sequence into Vader, where the very Frankensteinian moment is (some would say) ruined by the villain’s baleful howl.

Marvel’s Star Wars comic, Darth Vader #1, revisits the villain’s origins. Can it reclaim the oft-derided sequence, though, and give Vader a truly meaningful “birth”?

Episodes I-III attempted to present a viable reason for Darth Vader’s fall – his rebelliousness against Jedi doctrines, his impetuous and emotional nature, and his authoritarian desire for order by way of imposing his own will. Lucas succeeded to some degree, but, nevertheless, many fans of the original trilogy were dissatisfied with the quintessential foe’s rise to power. In particular, his turn from an upstanding if rebellious Jedi Knight (aside from a few dozen dead Tusken raiders, anyway) into a padawan-slaughtering, wife-killing psychopath.

One of the most contentious moments in the film arrives after Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) has scooped up his apprentice’s remains from Mustafar and deposited them in a new, mechanized body. Palpatine informs Vader that his young bride Padme, as well as his unborn children, are dead by his own hands. The up-and-coming Sith’s reaction is certainly understandable, as he just accidentally killed his entire family, but for many fans, the agonized wail came across as too theatrical. Clearly, Lucas meant Anakin’s scream to echo that of his son, Luke Skywalker, who dealt with his own pain upon learning the galaxy’s worst menace was his father. But the impactful moment falls flat in Revenge, largely thanks to its imperfect execution, as well as Hayden Christensen’s wishy-washy portrayal (not entirely his fault) of the elder Skywalker up until his reconstruction.

Marvel has decided to revisit this oft-derided moment in their latest Darth Vader comic #1, which threatens to give Vader back some of his dignity. Written by Charles Soule with art from Giuseppe Camuncoli, the series will replay Vader’s transition and (hopefully) reclaim it from the Star Wars reel of shame. Marvel’s Star Wars editor Jordan D. White explores the reach of their latest Vader book, explaining (via Newsarama) that the galaxy’s biggest baddie will continue to tell his side of the story:

“With the all-new Darth Vader series, we will finally get the chance to witness iconic moments in the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of one of its most famous characters. With Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli  at the helm, we are going to spotlight the construction of Vader’s red lightsaber, the fallout of Order 66, the beginnings of the Inquisitor program, the rise of an Empire, and many more sinister moments never seen before!”

In Darth vader #1, Soule and Camuncoli spin the not-so-classic scene from Revenge of the Sith in a different light. Their version actually comes across as visually stronger than the original to a degree, in particular by providing more insight into the dark Jedi’s agony. The comic book deemphasizes Skywalker’s reconstruction into Vader, instead focusing on his rapidly dawning realization of the pain he’s caused and his own betrayal. As emblematic as Lucas’ Frankenstein parallel is, the homage actually undercuts its own emotional depth, accenting Vader’s “rise” with Palpatine’s reveal seeming more like a footnote (“by the way, you killed your wife”), rather than the emotional crux of the entire franchise thus far. Even though moviegoers are well-aware of the Emperor’s twisted machinations, even his smug, baked-bean smirk seems too sedate under the circumstances, not that the scene requires hammy hand-wringing.

At the same time, Revenge has the disadvantage of being viewed from a third-person perspective, whereas Soule, alongside Camuncoli can rework the somewhat cheesy sequence in Darth Vader #1 through Vader’s eyes and heart. Like Lucas, they keep the dialogue to a minimum, at first, transposing images of mechanization with flesh and blood moments, which creates a moving picture of Vader’s emotional state. The Emperor’s positively gleeful expression also highlights the true depths of his malevolence: every step his apprentice takes towards misery is another string for the puppet master to tug at.

Viewing the “iconic” moment directly through Vader’s perspective also allows Soule to add an explosive twist to the sequence, as a wave of Vader’s rage and anguish actually flings Sidious against the wall. Not present in the original scene, it’s unclear whether this is a retcon or simply the way Vader views things. Palpatine seems genuinely overwhelmed by the raw power of his apprentice, and Soule uses this to construct the first power struggle in the newly minted master-apprentice relationship.

Instead of begrudgingly accepting Palpatine’s explanation – and then cutting to him puppy-dogging behind the Emperor on the bridge of a star destroyer – Vader explodes at the Emperor, questioning his promise to save Padme, which is arguably what sealed his deal for joining Team Dark Side. Ever the manipulator, Sidious sidesteps his supposedly “miraculous” powers, urging his apprentice to use his wife’s death, channeling her “gift of pain” to complete his transition into an agent of evil.

Also it appears that Soule ups the ante for the dastardly duo. The conversation between them suggests that Vader really didn’t have as much say in his final conversion as audiences presumed. Everyone assumed that Vader, although clearly under Palpatine’s influence, made a final conscious decision to embrace the dark side. Soule’s revision of his Sith origin adds a new, coercive wrinkle the dark lord’s rebirth – something already explored to a degree in the recent, post-A New Hope series from Kieron Gillen. From how it looks, Marvel’s version establishes Palpatine’s dire threat to his apprentice much earlier on, which, so long as it doesn’t override Vader’s own complicity in his fall from grace, gives their relationship and eventual falling-out an extra layer.

In addition to tweaking (hopefully for the better) his transformation, the comic also promises to peel back the layers of Vader’s role in the “Great Jedi Purge” – something once explored by a number of non-canon Star Wars Legends’ comics Dark Horse, as well as several novels and video games. Star Wars: Rebels and other more recent comics have dealt with Vader’s genocidal quest, but much of the disturbing but fascinating story remains untold.

Soule and company will also delve into the legacy of the Inquisitors – a group which dominated the first few seasons of Rebels and were a welcome addition to the galaxy’s rich lore. While Vader’s rebirth and evolution should be the true highlight of his latest ongoing journey, giving readers more insight into the exemplary evildoer and further details into the fledgling Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy. Most importantly, it appears to give Emperor’s right-hand cybernetic man a chance redeem his somewhat cringe-worthy “origin” story.

“WHERE IS YOUR LIGHTSABER, LORD VADER?”

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Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber has been a central fixture of the Star Wars galaxy ever since Obi-Wan first presented it to his son, Luke, in A New Hope. It always held the weight of legacy in its hilt due to the legendary status of the former Jedi, only for it to be revealed that it was also the same weapon used to hunt down and destroy many Jedi Knights, including the younglings at the Jedi Temple, after Anakin turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader.

That same lightsaber was eventually lost when Vader himself severed it from Luke’s arm, along with his hand, with the saber falling into the depths of Cloud City, only to resurface decades later when it calls to Rey from the basement of Maz Kanata’s palace. Now the saber isn’t even considered Anakin’s or Luke’s, with Lucasfilm marketing, explicitly referring to it as “Rey’s” saber. But it’s not the only weapon to be wielded by the fallen Jedi, as Vader is probably most well known for the crimson blade he wielded in each movie from the original trilogy.

Now, thanks to Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader #1, from writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, the story behind the more sinister of Anakin’s weapons is finally being told.

Picking up during the ending of Revenge of the Sith, right after Anakin gets his fancy new black armor, the comic reveals that the infamous “NO!” yelled by the new Sith not only damaged the droids and medical equipment, but also knocked back Sidious himself. The Dark Lord of the Sith attacks Vader, taunting his new apprentice, saying “where is your lightsaber, Lord Vader? Use its power! Defend Yourself!” When Vader tells him it had been lost during the duel with Obi-Wan on Mustafar, Palpatine corrects him: “That blade belonged to another. A Jedi. You are a Sith.”

It was already revealed in the Ahsoka novel that Sith lightsabers are red due to a the kyber crystal inside being made to “bleed” when a Sith exerts his control over it. The comic goes into more detail, with Palpatine saying that Sith lightsaber blades are indeed colored by their crystals, just as Jedi blades are. But since the Sith don’t manufacture these kyber crystals, nor do they excavate them from natural sources. Sith steal their kyber crystals from the lightsabers of Jedi. After a crystal is extracted, the Sith who stole it pours all of his or her pain and rage into the crystal, effectively torturing the living force within the kyber crystal, causing it to “bleed,” turning it red. A process that is actually reversed by Anakin’s former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, when she steals her kyber crystals from an Inquisitor, turning the blades white.

This continues a trend in modern Star Wars canon’s depiction of the Force that shows the Sith as usurpers, not simply tapping into a “dark side” of the mystical energy field, but actually corrupting its natural flow, perverting its original intent to serve their will, as opposed to surrendering to its will as some of the more wise Jedi, like Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi urge in their teaching.

“THE SABER OF A SITH IS NOT GIVEN. IT IS TAKEN.”

With Order 66, and contributions from Vader himself, having just killed thousands of Jedi, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda is hosting a public destruction of the Jedi weapons, declaring the Empire safe from their “Separatist plots” after their “attempt to assassinate” Emperor Sheev Palpatine. Vader notes that Palpatine is not giving him one of these lightsabers, deducing that it must be because “the saber of a Sith is not given. It is taken.”

In what appears to serve as a sort of right of passage for the new Sith apprentice, Darth Sidious takes him to an unnamed planet on the Mid-Rim, where he leaves him unarmed to track down his Jedi victim, claim his weapon, and bend its kyber crystal to his will in the black hilt of his new lightsaber. The obvious question is who will Vader’s victim be? Jedi bear a much more intimate connection with their Kyber crystal, and Ahsoka even recognized the presence in the crystals she claimed from the Inquisitor for her own. Will the Jedi that supplies Vader’s new kyber be one familiar to fans, and will this in any way reflect on his continued legacy?

Regardless, the lightsaber inherited by Luke – and later by Rey – was only the property of Anakin for a few years during the Clone Wars, whereas this new blade, presuming he doesn’t need to regularly replace it as well, has several decades of legacy behind it, so its only fitting for the very first story in Vader’s post-Mustafar career to revolve around its theft and construction, including a depiction of the former Jedi bleeding one of the crystals with which he used to share a much more intimate bond.

Whatever happens, with hundreds – if not thousands – of Jedi possibly still on the loose, the new Sith Apprentice has his work cut out for him once he claims his new crimson blade and continues to finish what Palpatine started with Order 66.

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Star Wars 40th Anniversary: There will never be another Star Wars

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It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armoured space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…

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It’s the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars. Exactly 40 years ago as you read this, people were queuing around Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the other cinemas that Fox had been able to push the weird throwback space fantasy from that American Grafitti guy into, desperate to get a glimpse of Luke Skywalker’s hero’s journey. To put this in context, that’s the same period of time Anakin Skywalker went from plucky slave racer to galactic dictator before being redeemed out of love from his son.

That’s no doubt a crazy thought for those who worked on the film, from director George Lucas down to the Elstree set hands, and frankly unfathomable to those who’ve grown up with the Force as permanent a fixture as the film medium itself. After all, those queues weren’t a fleeting fancy; in the months that followed the landmark release, George Lucas’ B-movie would become the biggest film ever made, over the years evolving into the biggest entertainment franchise in the western world, “ending” two times already and yet coming back even bigger to enthral a new generation.

On Wednesday, May 25, 1977, Star Wars began its theatrical run on thirty-two U.S. screens, including the legendary Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. The rest, as they say, is history.

Most people reading this won’t remember what it was like at the start. In fact, the majority won’t have even been alive when that happened. Many won’t have even seen the film we’re talking about – for the twentieth anniversary, George Lucas redid the trilogy with added scenes and the most economical CGI 1997 had to offer and began to suppress the previous versions. That’s right, we’ve now had the rightly reviled Special Editions longer than the untampered versions.

Of course, you don’t have to have been there at the start to appreciate Star Wars. That’s why it endures. Millennials grew up with the prequels, yet many were truly welcomed into that galaxy far, far away through the original adventures, and an entire subculture of YouTube wouldn’t exist if the next generation weren’t shocked by the “I am your father” reveal as toddlers; viewed in original 35mm, on VHS taped off the TV or a spanking new Blu-Ray, the original film is still powerful (and no version of CGI Jabba will change that). But Star Wars is more than the movies and the ephemera. It was a game-changing phenomenon, something that those not there in 1977 will never experience anything like. There will never be another Star Wars.

Of course, The Last Jedi will be a bona fide event and other movies can and will reach similar financial heights, but Star Wars really is “Year Zero”. As a culture we love to mark out dates as “The Beginning”; our entire date system is built around the start of a new religion, while modern western society is defined either from the end of World War II in 1945 or of the Cold War in 1990. In cinema, there’s a litany of turning points; the advent of sound, the introduction of color, the rise of computer-generated effects and animation. But if you want to cite a Year Zero for cinema, a moment where everything before becomes ancient history and everything following is contemporary, you can’t get much better than 25th May 1977.

That’s not intending to downplay every other film before or since and it’s recognized that to single out one movie as “most important” is internet hyperbole personified, but in terms of irreplaceable cultural and societal impact Star Wars is a once-in-a-century event. There’s been imitators, inspirations and massive, industry-altering successes besides, yet none have been as seismic or all-in-one.

The majesty of the original Star Wars (we’ll have no A New Hope here) is well-documented – from the wonderful, recognizable characters to symphonic score it rightly deserves to be regarded as of the greatest movies ever made – so we won’t spend excessive time on that here. Instead, we want to focus on what releasing such a great movie of such broad appeal meant. There’s so much within Star Wars that people love to discuss – how astounding the special effects were, the way it made merchandising essential and how it only got better with the sequel – but any artistic influence on film language is only half the story.

The Journal of the Whills explained

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For Star Wars fans, this past weekend’s Celebration in Orlando, FL was a treasure trove of insider information, a glimpse of the future, and a heavy dose of nostalgia. While it might still take some time to unpack all of the great moments, the highlight was easily the debut of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With a little more than half a year before the film hits theaters, anticipation was high for a proper look at the movie. So far, the project has been veiled in more secrecy than even The Force Awakens was two years prior. Now, the marketing push will kick off in earnest, giving us new insight into the upcoming film.

While we wait, fans have been eagerly dissecting the short teaser for any clues as to the future of the franchise. One particular moment that has the Internet buzzing is a shot of the Jedi Order’s logo on an old book. Appearing to be in Luke’s possession, fans are already declaring it to be the fabled Journal of the Whills. While its identity is still unknown, there’s plenty of evidence that the Whills, once relegated to the Expanded Universe, will make a proper debut in the new Star Wars canon after being teased for years. But just what is the Journal of the Whills, and what does it mean for the future of Star Wars?

THE JOURNAL OF THE WHILLS

Despite being one of the oldest bits of Star Wars lore, there’s not much definitive information on the Whills. Back when George Lucas was crafting the script for the first film in his trilogy, he imagined them as stories recorded by an ancient race of immortals. Known as the Whills, they would pass the knowledge they gained on to chroniclers who would put them into journals. In the story, Lucas imagined R2-D2 would be one of these Keepers. He also at one time imagined that he’d be one himself, and in this way could connect the story of Star Wars to our own reality.

“Originally, I was trying to have the story be told by somebody else; there was somebody watching this whole story and recording it, somebody probably wiser than the mortal players in the actual events. I eventually dropped this idea, and the concept behind the Whills turned into the Force. But the Whills became part of this massive amount of notes, quotes, background information that I used for the scripts; the stories were actually taken from the ‘Journal of the Whills’.”

In the end, Lucas phased out mention of the Whills and turned the idea into the Force. One vestige remained, however, in the form of the opening crawl. These recaps of events were meant as versions of entries into the Journal, and were being told to the audience by the Whills. This is further hinted at in the usage of the phrase “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” setting up the possibility of the events of Star Wars happening somewhere in our own universe.

THE WHILLS IN THE NEW CANON

Over the years, ideas of the Whills were peppered throughout the Expanded Universe, and hints were given in behind-the-scenes materials for the prequels. The concept almost appeared in the Clone Wars animated series, but was later abandoned. Then, with the novelization of The Force Awakens, the Journal of the Whills was finally mentioned in the new canon during an opening quote.

“First comes the day
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray
Through refined Jedi sight.”
― Journal of the Whills, 7:477

 By including the passage, the Whills were finally made canon and their religious themes were brought to the forefront. Last year, Rogue One made the Whills an even more explicit part of Star Wars by introducing Chirrut Îmwe as a Guardian of the Whills. When we meet the blind warrior, he and his companion Baze are said to be former acolytes from the Temple of the Whills in Jedha City. Thanks to tidbits of knowledge from the movie, its novelization, and a new book centering around Chirrut and Baze, we have a better idea of the who the Whills are.

While the Guardians weren’t Jedi, they worshipped the order and their power. Many, in fact, were Force-sensitive themselves, and had an affinity for the Kyber crystals that came to the planet long ago. Eventually, those crystals would power both lightsabers and the Death Star. As a Guardians of the Whills, Chirrut’s role is still somewhat unknown. It’s likely, however, that his purpose is to preserve knowledge about the universe and the role of the Force in all things. In doing so, the early ideas that Lucas had for the Whills are kept alive and integrated into the Force-focused world that became Star Wars.

Considering how much the Whills have been referenced in Star Wars lore in the past few years, it makes sense that they’d eventually get a larger role in the movies. While there’s no way to confirm the book seen in the teaser is the Journal, it makes sense. And even if it isn’t the exact book, it could be something similar. Another shot in the trailer also highlights the old books Luke has, with the one Rey touches being specifically highlighted. Even if it isn’t the Journal, it’s clear it’s an ancient book having to do with the Jedi. It’s also important enough to factor into at least one scene in the movie and two shots in the first teaser for the film.

Considering Luke’s journey over the past few decades, and ominous declaration at the end of the teaser, he’s clearly been doing lots of research on the Force and the Jedi. As such, the book could be the Journal of the Whills, or simply his collection of knowledge on the Force. Either way, it adds up to much the same thing and will likely be packed full of knowledge that’s long been relegated to Expanded Universe material.

New Star Wars Novel to explore Chirrut & Baze’s backstory

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The Force has been strong these past few years. The animated series Star Wars Rebels and The Force Awakens have both been huge hits for Lucasfilm and Disney, and a never-ending stream of comics and novels have helped to flesh out the all new canon of the Star Wars universe. Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has proven that a standalone film set in the galaxy far, far away can be every bit as successful as the movies focused on the Skywalker family. Rogue One has already made half a billion domestically and joined the $1 billion club globally thanks to massive approval from fans and critics alike.

Meanwhile, connections between the movies and other media continue as Rebels makes more and more connections to Rogue One. Saw Gerrera has already popped up on the series (voice by Forrest Whitaker) and there’s a good chance some of the other characters from the film could follow suit. It looks as if Lucasfilm has no plans on slowing down either. The upcoming book titled Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills will focus on Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus. The book is written by bestselling author and comic book scribe Greg Rucka, known for his work on Black Widow, Elektra, and Daredevil.

“Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the Whills, who looked after the Kyber Temple on Jedha and all those who worshipped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. When a man named Saw Gerrera arrives with grand plans to take down the Empire, it seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha. But will it come at too great a cost?”

Though the book is aimed at young adults, it will still likely appeal to many Star Wars and Rogue One fans. The Whills is one of the deepest aspects of Star Wars lore and Rogue One marked its first mention on screen. Not only does it connect Chirrut and Baze to the Jedi and Force, but also to A New Hope and the other films as the opening crawls are all based on journals from the Whills.

Though this part of the canon has been fleshed out plenty in older tie-in media, it’ll be interesting to see how it fits into the new mythology. As the Guardians of the Whills are essentially a religion built around the Jedi, diving into Chirrut and Baze’s past will likely shine a lot of light on the lore connected to the Force, the Kyber crystals that power the Death Star and lightsabers, and what the temple on Jedha was once like. The book will also be intriguing as it will fill in the story of two of Rogue One‘s most mysterious characters and how they connect to Saw. Hopefully, we’ll see the Ghost crew interact with Chirrut and Baze on a future episode of Rebels, but the upcoming book looks like it will be both fun and informative.

2017 Star Wars release schedule

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This is a big time to be a Star Wars fan! So, if you’re sulking about the fact Star Wars Celebration is over, fear not, for we still have much to look forward to in 2017! Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store for the rest of the year…

TV:

  • Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny (July)
  • Star Wars Rebels, Season 4 – Final Season (September/October)

Novels (JR = Junior Reader Novels/YR = Young Reader Novels ):

  • Rebel Rising (May 2)
  • Trouble On Tatooine (May 2) – YR
  • Han And The Rebel Rescue (May 2) – YR
  • Guardians Of The Whills (May 2) – JR
  • Adventures In Wild Space: The Rescue (May 4) – JR
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (July 25)
  • BB-8 On The Run (September 1) – YR
  • A Leader Named Leia (Septemeber 1) – YR
  • The Legends Of Luke Skywalker (September 1) – JR
  • Leia: Princess Of Alderaan (September 1) – JR
  • Phasma (September 1)
  • The Prequel Trilogy Stories (September 26) – YR
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View (October) – Short Stories
  • Join The Resistance: Escape From Vodran (November 7) – JR

Comics:

  • Poe Dameron, Issue 13 (April 19)
  • Darth Maul, Issue 3 (April 26)
  • Rogue One, Issue 2 (May 3)
  • Poe Dameron, Issue 14 (May 3)
  • Lost Stars, Issue 1 (May 4) – Webcomic
  • The Screaming Citadel, Issue 1 (May 10)
  • Off The Rails (May 10)
  • Star Wars, Issue 31 (May 17)
  • Poe Dameron, Issue 15 (May 17)
  • Doctor Aphra, Issue 7 (May 31)
  • Darth Vader: Dark Lord Of The Sith, Issue 1 (June 7)
  • Rogue One, Issue 3 (June 7)
  • Star Wars, Issue 32 (June 14)
  • Darth Vader: Dark Lord Of The Sith, Issue 2 (June 21)
  • Darth Maul, Issue 4 (June 21)
  • Doctor Aphra, Issue 8 (June 28)
  • Poe Dameron, Issue 16 (June 28)
  • Darth Maul, Issue 5 (July 19)
  • Captain Phasma, Issue 1 (September)
  • Star Wars Adventures, Issue 1 (October 17)

Video Games:

  • Star Wars Battlefront II (November 17)

Oh and…

Films:

  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (December 15)

As you can see, there’s nothing for us Star Wars fans to complain about… we have more than ever to look forward to. Possibly too much?… Never!