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D23 Expo – Saturday, July 15, Roundup

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A Busy Day in Anaheim

Frankly, there’s something futile about creating a news roundup. Much like the poor Rebels in the trenches on Hoth, you can see the onslaught approaching in the distance. You know it will overwhelm your forces, but you handle the situation as best you can.

So here goes nothing…

Saturday, July 15th,  began with a bang as the D23 Expos’ Walt Disney Studios Live Action Films presentation stomped onto the scene at 10:30 AM (PST).

Footage Revealed

With a large contingent of the cast and crew on stage, a “Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind-the-Scenes” short gave a new look at December’s upcoming film, complete with insights from Director Rian Johnson. reported:

Johnson debuted new behind-the-scenes footage in a thrilling sizzle reel, offering us even more of a glimpse into the film. It features new shots of the Millennium Falcon, Rey, Luke, never-before-seen practical-effects creatures, Captain Phasma, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley training for fight scenes, and much more.

The full article is available here.

Meanwhile, a press release with a synopsis of the film hit mailboxes.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

MSW’s Corey reports on the news release here and on the reel here.

Delivering a Unique Message

D23 Expo also took a moment to think about the decisions that led to the behind the scenes reel being the most significant Star Wars release of the day.

MSW mused:

Given the nature of the short shown by Lucasfilm, “blowing the roof off” didn’t seem to be Disney’s aim. No, a more nuanced method is in play. With the troubles that occurred on the set of the untitled Han Solo film, the re-shoots that frightened fans before the release of Rogue One, and accusations of a “soft re-boot” of A New Hope levied at The Force Awakens, today’s montage mission seems clear.

Read the whole editorial here.

New Posters Unveiled

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Lucasfilm/Disney continued the red-letter day — literally — when new posters hit the net.

Each new advertisement for The Last Jedi used copious amounts of red throughout the design.

Corey blogged:

The posters have a very gritty vibe to them, especially with the red effect. My favorite posters are definitely the Rey and Luke Skywalker.

The full post may be found here.

Battlefront II Update

Next, the scene shifted to smaller screens, where attention was paid to the upcoming video game Battlefront II.’s Dan Brooks reported:

The Lucasfilm Story Group’s Steve Blank and actress Janina Gavankar made a special appearance today at D23’s “Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase,” discussing the beyond-highly-anticipated Star Wars Battlefront II. In its ambitious single-player campaign, the game follow’s Gavankar’s Iden Versio, commander of the Empire’s elite Inferno Squad, in a story picking up right after the destruction of the second Death Star.

Check out Dan’s full post here and watch “Star Wars Battlefront 2: Behind the Story” below:

What’s Next?

Looking at Sunday’s offerings and schedule, it’s not obvious if there’s any more Star Wars news to be had at D23 Expo 2017. However, keep your browser locked on MSW — we’ll keep you up-to-date.

In the meantime, enjoy Saturday’s best offering from the Twitterverse…


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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