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First Look at 'Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett' Special Doc

Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett

"Despite his lack of screen time, next to no dialogue – he's everywhere." Disney has revealed the official trailer for their exciting 20-min documentary special called Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett. This fun film is a look back at how awesome Boba Fett is, not only in the original trilogy and especially Return of the Jedi, but how much fans have turned him into an iconic bounty hunter over the years. It's also a promotion for the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series on Disney+, which is picking up where they left off in The Mandalorian and ROTJ, with Fett taking over the Hutt's realm on Tatooine. In the original ROTJ, Fett was played by British actor Jeremy Bulloch. In the prequels, Temuera Morrison played his father Jango, with Daniel Logan as a younger Boba. And now Temuera Morrison is taking over for the upcoming Book of Boba Fett series. This is a captivating little doc that covers so much, with tons of interviews & more.

Temuera Morrison & Ming-Na Wen in 'The Book of Boba Fett' Trailer

The Book of Boba Fett Trailer

"Jabba ruled with fear, I intend to rule with respect." Disney has debuted a full official trialer for the next Star Wars series stremaing on Disney+, this one titled The Book of Boba Fett. It continues the story from the very end of The Mandalorian: Season 2, with the re-introduction of everyone's favorite bounty hunter - Boba Fett. New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison returns to star as Boba Fett - he was also in the Star Wars prequel movies as Jango Fett. Macau actor Ming-Na Wen also returns from The Mandalorian series as Fennec Shand. No other cast has been revealed yet, but I am sure there will be many surprises, as they always bring in some exciting talent for these series. After the success of Mandalorian, everyone has been expecting them to bring back Boba and now he gets his own story - facing off against old mobsters. I'm very curious to see what kind of stories they will tell with him, as this seems mostly set on Tatooine. Check it out.

Awesome Trailer for Japanese 'Star Wars: Visions' Anime Anthology

Star Wars: Visions Trailer

"It's the first time I've confronted such a darkness." Holy Jedi - these look AWESOME!! Disney has debuted the full official trailer for a new series of short films titled Star Wars: Visions - arriving this September. Lucasfilm has decided to finally go to Japan to let a selection of talented Japanese filmmakers tell their own Star Wars stories (rewatch the intro here). Star Wars: Visions is a series of nine entirely original SW short films made by seven different anime studios from Japan - each one listed below the trailer. "Each studio will use their signature animation and storytelling styles to realize their own visions of the galaxy far, far away." Reimagine the galaxy with Star Wars: Visions, an Original Series featuring stories from seven visionary Japanese anime studios, streaming September 22nd on Disney Plus. I am loving how incredible this looks, each one more unique than the other. Spinning lightsabers?! Get out of here. This is one of the most exciting new Star Wars creations in years, even more than the new trilogy. Cannot wait to watch every one of these!

Watch: 'Forsaken Mandalorian and the Drunken Jedi Master' Fan Film

Forsaken Mandalorian and the Drunken Jedi Master

"Hope hinges on two men with no hope." Grab a beer and watch this! Forsaken Mandalorian and the Drunken Jedi Master is an amusing Star Wars fan film made by the "Create Sci-Fi" YouTube channel creator - filmmaker Anthony Ferraro. He explains: "Deep into COVID lockdown, it occurred to me I could shoot a Star Wars fan film outdoors with a Mandalorian as a lead character. The Mando costume by design is full body PPE. I wrote two-person scenes to be filmed safely with a skeleton crew and cast myself as the Drunken Jedi.'" And now we can enjoy it. "The goal was to make a fan film driven by dramatic performances rather than winks & nods to the franchise. But not to worry, we do some winking & nodding." This Mando hunts down a Hutt Courier to recover an asset that leads him to team up with an outcast Drunken Jedi Master to fulfill his sworn duty. It also stars Jonathan Castile & Clint Carney. Good times in the desert.

First Look Trailer for Awesome Japanese 'Star Wars: Visions' Animes

Star Wars: Visions Trailer

"I am happy I directed a Star Wars episode as my final work." Whoaaaa this looks incredible!! Disney has unveiled a first look teaser trailer for a new series of short films titled Star Wars: Visions - arriving this September. Everyone knows that George Lucas was inspired by Akira Kurowasa while making the original Star Wars movies. Disney has decided to finally go to Japan to let Japanese filmmakers tell their own Star Wars stories. Star Wars: Visions is a series of nine entirely original SW short films made by seven different anime studios from Japan. "Each studio will use their signature animation and storytelling styles to realize their own visions of the galaxy far, far away." It seems they gave them creative freedom to tell any kind of story any way they want, and the results are jaw-dropping, unlike anything we've seen set in the Star Wars universe before. Anime fans NEED to see this. The first look video is more of a promo with interviews and behind-the-scene glimpses, without any finished footage yet, but I cannot wait to view more of this already.

Enjoy These 'Star Wars' Featurettes - '40 Years of Empire: The Legacy'

40 Years of Empire: The Legacy

"It felt real, it felt so believable, and yet so imaginative and creative." Disney has debuted a set of behind-the-scenes featurettes celebrating 40 years since Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back opened. The highly anticipated sci-fi sequel first hit theaters on June 20th, 1980, three years after the original Star Wars movie rocked cinemas in 1977. A few different videos have been released, along with an oral history of the Hoth Battle, and so much more. The featurettes including commentary and conversations with all kinds of people involved in and in love with Star Wars: Taika Waititi, Pedro Pascal, Deborah Chow, Leslye Headland, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Lawrence Kasdan. Growing up, I always remember Empire being my favorite of the original trilogy - just because it has everything, including the big emotional middle with Yoda training Luke. There's still so much to love about it even 40 years later.

'A Disturbance in the Force' Doc Trailer About THAT Holiday Special

A Disturbance in the Force Trailer

"Nobody's allowed to mention it." An early promo trailer has debuted for a new fan documentary titled A Disturbance in the Force, co-directed by the filmmaker behind the Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made documentary. This crazy Star Wars doc is about the infamous, unbelievably bad Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978, digging deep into the behind-the-scenes story. The filmmakers explain to io9: "Most attention on the Holiday Special just focuses on how bad it is and doesn't go deeper. Our film is not going to be 90 minutes of dumping on it because no one wants to watch that. We're gone really deep in the research and like an onion, there are a lot more layers as to how the Special happened than you would expect." Sounds good to me. As much as I want nothing to do with that Holiday Special (although this year's Lego Holiday Special looks fun), I'm curious about this and what they learned from the people who made it.

Everyone's Back! Trailer for Wacky 'LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special'

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Trailer

"A time of joy, this is. A friendship. A family." Gather ’round, Star Wars fans! Disney has revealed the full-length trailer for the brand new 2020 LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, launching on Disney+ in just a few weeks. Directed by Ken Cunningham (of "Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar") the 44-minute animated LEGO special features all kinds of wacky stories and brings back pretty much every last Star Wars character - for one big crossover event (including Baby Yoda, the Ewoks, shirtless Kylo Ren, Zorii, Chewie, Vader, and many others). Plus there's time travel and pod races and so much more. Rey leaves her friends to prepare for Life Day as she sets off on an adventure to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure. Will she make it back in time for Life Day? This looks like it might be the absurdly entertaining, wacky new Star Wars Holiday Special we didn't know we needed.

Baby Yoda Returns! First Full Trailer for 'The Mandalorian' Season 2

The Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer

"You expect me to search the galaxy and deliver this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers?" "This is the way." Disney has unveiled the first official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2, and since we're such big fans of this show, we can't help but feature it anyway despite usually not posting TV series trailers. Plus it's more Star Wars! And with the Skywalker saga over, and new movies not due out for a few years, this is the best we've got. And I'm fine with that! Mando Season 2 stars Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin, plus Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito. The Mandalorian and "The Child" will continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy. Baby Yoda is back!! Of course he is, everyone's favorite character. Plus there's a brief appearance by Sasha Banks (in the hooded robe) in this trailer. It's all a tad cheesy, but this looks like a badass good time. I'll be watching.

Watch: Lightsaber Duel Star Wars Fan Film 'Power' from Avery Bazan

Power Star Wars Fan Film

"The Jedi speak of peace and carry the same swords." Another new Star Wars fan film to enjoy. Power is a 10-minute action film that tells a personal and introspective story through an epic lightsaber battle. Set in the dark times between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a master and his apprentice are undercover with an illicit group of smugglers. When one turns on the other, a lightsaber duel ensues with both physical and moral stakes. The film was shot over 9 days, shot on location, with a total of 217 shots in the final cut. Starring Avery Bazan as Kai (with the blue lightsaber; who also directed this) and Brandon Reddick as Goran (with the yellow lightsaber). The fight itself is pretty cool, but there's more to this fan film than just a lightsaber duel. I always appreciate when die-hard Star Wars geek filmmakers work in the mythology and lore of the universe, adding depth to the characters and reminding us it all takes place in the same universe.

Watch: 'Rogue Seven' - A Star Wars Fan Film Made by James Martinez

Rogue Seven Fan Film

"This is just an idea – but I heard spinning's a good trick." Fire up this impressive microbudget Star Wars fan film and enjoy. Rogue Seven: A Star Wars Fan Film is a fun short Star Wars film made on a $900 budget by Los Angeles-based filmmaker James Martinez. "With the situation the world is in right now, everyone is looking for an escape, and I believe this film is the perfect escape." Rogue Seven's story follows a thief who must save a group of X-Wing pilots from an Imperial armada and an overconfident bounty hunter. Made to exist in canon within the final trilogy of movies. Starring James Ham, Brittany Faith Rosoff, Dillon Wrich, Michael William Hunter, David Zuckerman, Rob Wight, and Wilsa Derro. There's some kick ass miniatures / models, and cozy X-Wing cockpits made from scratch, despite almost everything being made out of random junk or borrowed from home. This is how you do a "no budget" movie! Have fun.

Watch: Outstanding 'Kenobi' Star Wars Fan Film Starring Jamie Costa

Kenobi Fan Film

"The Empire doesn't know we're here. And they never will." While we wait for the official Obi-Wan Kenobi series Lucasfilm is developing (despite rumors it was scrapped, it is still in the works) there's an outstanding fan film to watch. Kenobi is a beautifully realized 18-minute short about Ben Kenobi living on Tatooine. Similar to the upcoming series, the film is about Ben protecting Luke when he's young, living in the desert watching over him from afar. Jamie Costa stars as Kenobi, with a cast including Tommy Snider as Owen Lars, Maxine Phoenix as Beru, Audie Rick as Luke, and James Arnold Taylor as Captain Leegus. This short has a lovely score, some great FX, and a fantastic performance by Costa. Highly recommend watching.

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