STAR WARS NEWS
"People are standing up." "That's what a reckoning sounds like." Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Andor, the new spin-off series from Rogue One focusing on the character of Cassian Andor - a rebel spy. This is one of Disney's next new Star Wars series coming to streaming this summer, landing on Disney+ to watch right after the Obi-Wan Kenobi series wraps up these next few months. Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the series follows rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion. It's showurn by writer Tony Gilroy, which is a huge get for this. Diego Luna returns to stars as Andor, with a cast featuring Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, as well as Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma; plus Forest Whitaker back as Saw Gerrera, veteran of the Clone Wars and the leader of a militant insurgent group. This looks like an ensemble thriller about various people rising into the Rebellion, which is right on the zeitgeist and very much an inspiring concept for these days.
"You can't win, Obi-Wan! You can't escape him!" Ohhh hell yes, this looks GREAT! Disney has debuted the full official trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi, their next big Star Wars streaming series debuting later this May. The series begins with Obi-Wan watching over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and takes the character on a "rollicking adventure." The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Featured in the cast as well: Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton (returning in this as Owen Lars), Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, plus Benny Safdie. I'm LOVING these teasers for this - it looks like the best Star Wars TV show yet, even better than The Mandalorian. I'm so ready to start.
"The key to hunting Jedi… is patience." Get ready - this might give you the chills! Disney has revealed the first teaser trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi, their next big Star Wars streaming series debuting this summer. It will drop on Disney+ starting in May. The series begins with Obi-Wan watching over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and takes the character on a "rollicking adventure." The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton (returning in this as Owen Lars), Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, plus Benny Safdie. Using the iconic "Duel of the Fates" song in this teaser is almost a cheat, c'mon!! It's too much. Everything about this looks incredible so far! Let's just hope it's as thrilling as the other series - can't wait to see more.
"Are you an angel?" Check out this trailer remake for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, put together by video editor Nelson Carvajal. This new version focuses on the relationship between Anakin & Padme, in comparison to the relationship between Alana & Gary in PTA's Licorice Pizza. "This age gap controversy had me thinking about a similar scenario," Nelson explains in his intro. "Anakin is very much a child and Padmé is an adult. No sexual line is ever crossed. Yet because it is a prequel and we know their eventual romantic fate, the age gap is very underlined. But does that make the movie immoral? I don't think so either." He's cleverly pushing back against the moral police from the film criticism world, who've been getting louder & louder the last few years. So why not add the Licorice Pizza trailer music with this footage?
A whole new era for Star Wars! Lucasfilm unveiled a cinematic trailer for their new Star Wars Eclipse video game currently in early development. This was first revealed during the Video Game Awards show last night, and is an impressive trailer that plays more like a movie than a game. Set during the High Republic era, Star Wars Eclipse is an intricately branching action-adventure game that can be experienced in many ways, and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands, created in collaboration between Quantic Dream and Lucasfilm Games. If this was a trailer for a movie, we'd all be losing our shit right now. WOW! Not only is it an exciting trailer with the drumming and all kinds of crazy footage. But there's Yoda! And lightsabers! And big armies! And space battles! This is the kind of thrilling step-a-new-direction Star Wars needs to take. If only this was a movie! We have to post this trailer just because you have to see this. Even though it's a video game, this really does feel like something that should be seen in a cinema. Enjoy.
"Left for dead… on the sands of Tatooine… I am Boba Fett." Disney / Lucasfilm have debuted yet another new 60-second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett, launching streaming on December 29th at the end of this month. This thrilling new sci-fi show finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett along with mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy's underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate… Temuera Morrison returns to star as Boba Fett, with a cast including Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, and more to be revealed with each new episode. This is the best trailer yet! Seriously epic vibes with this one. And a fun reminder that, oh yeah that's right, Boba was left in the stomach of the Sarlacc on Tatooine for years during ROTJ. But he's back! And returning with a vengeance. Yeahhh I think it's going to be good.
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.