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Around the Star Wars Galaxy: News Roundup – 8.28.17

ICYMI: Star Wars Notes & Reports

Like many folks, the fine folks at MSW packed the last few days of summer with Earthly activity.

However, the leaves are changing, the kids are going back to school, and Star Wars: Episode VIII drops in around 109 days. So, as we wait for The Last Jedi and continue to search out the latest and greatest Star Wars news, enjoy a selection of notes and quotes to catch you up…

Force Friday II is Imminent urges fans to “Find the Force” on Force Friday II.

The official Star Wars homepage reports…

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT GLOBAL EVENT…FORCE FRIDAY II ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. The first chance for fans worldwide to take home new products inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi…To celebrate Force Friday II, fans can reveal new and favorite characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi in augmented reality, and help the Resistance find information about key personnel:

  1. Download the Star Wars app (for iPhone® and Android™) and launch the “Find The Force” feature.
  2. Starting September 1, look for Star Wars graphics with the “Find The Force” logo at participating retail locations and websites. Click here for full list.
  3. Scan these graphics using the “Find The Force” feature to reveal AR character experiences.
  4. A data chip will be unlocked each time a new AR character experience is revealed. Unlock digital rewards as you collect more data chips!
  5. Each graphic reveals a different AR character experience every day from September 1-3.
Check out in order to scan Rey’s image and unlock an AR character.

Force Friday Includes Star Wars-themed Sessions at Apple Stores

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On Sunday, August 27, reported that Apple Stores will present some Star Wars-themed sessions and workships timed with Force Friday II, September 1, continuing through Saturday, September 9.

Sessions include Coding the Droids from Star Wars and Build Your Own Star Wars Trailer:

Most stores will offer a one-hour session called How To: Build Your Own Star Wars Trailer using an iPad and iMovie:
Explore how to create a Star Wars trailer with authentic footage from the films. You’ll discover signature Star Wars trailer-making techniques in an exclusive video from The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. Then you’ll create your own trailer complete with titles, transitions, sound effects, and official Star Wars music using iPad and iMovie.

There will also be Kids Hour: Coding the Droids from Star Wars, in which children ages six to 12 can learn how to program a BB-8 droid:
Join us for an exciting Kids Hour starring the galaxy’s favorite droids. Using the same code developers use every day, kids will bring Star Wars droids to life by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their droids through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero robot, or we’ll provide them.

Back to Jedha

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Picking up on a note we reported earlier this summer, caught up with Marvel Star Wars writer Kieron Gillen to talk about Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids’ upcoming trip to Jedha. In the Q & A, Gillen explains:

We’re taking Leia to a planet that was shot by the Death Star. For a survivor of Alderaan that’s everything. Then Luke is searching for the spirituality of the Jedi and he’s taken to a big hole where their holiest site used to be. That’s an enormous visual that expresses the problem that Luke is facing. [Laughs] What he’s looking for isn’t there anymore.

As Gillen said, “The idea of dropping, Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids into a post-apocalyptic wasteland is pretty fun.”

Read the full Q & A here. Star Wars 38: The Ashes of Jedha, Part I is due to release on November 8, 2017.

Eagerly anticipating Gonk Droid, A Star Wars Story

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the Star Wars Show was throwing some shade last Wednesday.

After Andi Gutierrez did her best Tuskin Raider “shaking a stick” impression, she and co-host Anthony Carboni announced that their show was the only program “eagerly anticipating the Gonk droid standalone movie.”

They even pushed a Gonk droid off stage, saying,”Not yet, not yet.”

Obviously, the big story recently was The Hollywood Reporter story that said Stephen Daldry was in negotiations to direct standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film. That movie now seems a foregone conclusion, even without official word from Skywalker Ranch.

However, our friends at the Star Wars Show may not agree.

“Lucasfilm hasn’t officially announced it yet,” said Carboni of the would-be feature, Gonk Droid: A Star Wars Story. “But we know it’s coming.” To which Gutierrez added, “It’s just logical.”


Two New The Last Jedi Vehicles Teased – Officially

The AT-M6 (All Terrain Megacaliber Six) Walker has been rumored to hit the screen since Jason Ward teased the First Order “GorrilaWalker” in March (see above).

But the Star Wars Show officially revealed the walker, which will debut it’s simian-like stride in The Last Jedi, as well as a First Order Dreadnought; a huge, heavily armed delta shaped ship, reminiscent of the Original Trilogy’s Super Star Destroyer.

This ship seems also to have been teased by Jason back in April.

The co-hosts ran through all of the fearsome vehicles stats and specs, giving details that should only heighten fan anticipation of Episode VIII, due December 15.

Meanwhile, Design supervisor Kevin Jenkins discussed the creation of “the First Order’s latest tools of tyranny” in a Q & A.

Social Media Snippets

Rian Johnson dropped some “details” about Episode VIII.

Over on the set of the untitled Han solo standalone, Director Ron Howard tweeted:

Howard followed that tweet up with:

Keep it on MSW for the latest and greatest news and notes from the Star Wars galaxy. JB


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