Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News 9.18.17

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With less than three months to go before the première of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, anticipation is at an all-time high.

But will the box office for Episode VIII vie for a top spot?

The Last Jedi: Frontloaded?

Forbes, in a story entitled, “Box Office: The Last Jedi May Be The Most Frontloaded Star Wars Movie Yet,” speculates as to just how much money the eighth Saga film could rake in during its opening nights. Scott Mendelson writes:

As far as how well The Last Jedi will perform compared to its predecessor, that’s somewhat of an open question. On one hand, The Force Awakens was essentially a movie 32 years in the making, a genuine sequel to Return of the Jedi with several major returning cast members no less. It was as anticipated as any movie in recent memory, and it clobbered all realistic expectations to earn $248 million on opening weekend and $937m total in North America alone. So you can certainly make the argument that the same level of hype won’t be matched this time out, if only because The Last Jedi will be more of a known entity and merely a sequel to a well-liked mega-hit from two years prior.

We shall see. We shall see…

Gleeson on Abrams

Domhnall Gleeson, a.k.a. General Hux—in a piece entitled “Star Wars: General Hux Actor Gleeson on Abrams Replacing Trevorrow for Episode IX“—told IGN.com that J.J. Abrams’ return is exciting. Jim Vejvoda quotes Gleeson as saying:

…with J.J., he’s a great director. I think that he did a brilliant job on the first one and it makes absolute sense why after they parted company with Colin that was the place they looked and I think it’s very exciting for the fans of the film that he’s back.

Gleeson also stepped lively (or un-lively) around questions about Episode IX, saying “obviously nobody knows what’s going to happen with The Last Jedi–whether I’ll be involved in that film or not.”


Casing Crait

Star WarsNerdist reports, “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Prequel Comic Sends Luke and Leia to Crait.” Blair Marnell writes:

This December, writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker will join forces with artist Mike Mayhew for Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait, a new one-shot that takes place during the original trilogy. Within the comic, Luke and Leia attempt to find a location for the new Rebel Alliance base.  Marvel also released the cover for the first issue by Star Wars: Journey to The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma artist, Marco Checchetto.

Earlier this year, MSW indicated that the OT characters would make their way to Jedha.

Hamill’s a joker…

Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker himself–actor Mark Hamill–“Jokingly Begs Fans to Avoid Vintage ‘Star Wars’ Comic Containing ‘Last Jedi’ Spoilers” in a recent The Hollywood Reporter post, citing the following tweet:

The site, noticing that they may have taken the Star Wars joker (pun intended) too seriously, updated their article, writing: “Sept. 17, 7 a.m. Hamill said he was indeed only joking about the comic.”

For his part, Hamill tweeted again, stating:

Ha – Ha – Ha!

Coming Soon: Star Wars Rebels

Finally, our friends at Jedi-bibliothek.de, uncovered the names of the first four episodes of Star Wars Rebels Season 4.

  • 4×01-02 „Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1 & 2“ (15. Oktober 2017)
  • 4×03-04 „In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1 & 2“ (22. Oktober 2017)
  • 4×05 „The Occupation“ (29. Oktober 2017)
  • 4×06 „Flight of the Defender“ (29. Oktober 2017)

In their latest about Season 4, StarWars.com reports Star Wars Rebels Season 4 premieres October 14th on Disney XD.

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