Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News 9.29.17

USA Today teases Boba Fett’s return to Star Wars canon materials

Star Wars 40th Anniversary has lent a  staggering stash of swag to fandom’s overcrowded shelf, but it might just be a book that’s the year’s most powerful piece of paraphernalia.

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View – 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years looks to be that kind of must-have read, and might just bridge the gap between hardcore fans and casual moviegoing admirers.

On April 7, 2017, StarWars.com explained:

In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.

Fast forwarding to Sept. 28, and USA Today provided an exclusive excerpt from one story in the book, “Added Muscle.” In it, Boba Fett accompanies Jabba the Hutt to meet a pair of smugglers. Brian Truitt asked author Paul Dini for a synopsis:

Boba is stopping over on Tatooine when he’s called on by his old associate Jabba the Hutt to help collect a debt. Naturally this is the money owed to Jabba by Han Solo. The story is a monologue going through Fett’s head while he backs up Jabba and stares down Han and Chewie.

A bonus for this preview is the inclusion of a snippet from Jon Hamm’s read of the story (which, by the way, does NOT include Hamm attempting a caricature of Temuera Morrison – it’s a straight-ahead read).

“As Don Draper, Jon excelled at playing a character who was ruthless, cunning, and yet undeniably charismatic,” Dini said to Truit. “There’s a lot of that in Fett,”

The whole excerpt and the audio clip may be found on USAToday.com.

K2SO Returns, Too

In another exclusive, Nerdist reports that Alan Tudyk has brought K2SO back to life; this time with Tudyk writing a story for IDW’s Star Wars Adventures.

Nerdist’s Eric Diaz writes, “Tudyk is co-writing a backup story in that issue titled ‘Adventures in Wookiee-Sitting’: an adorable all-ages Star Wars tale featuring K-2SO, rebel Captain Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna in Rogue One), and some baby Wookiees. And seriously, what kind of Grinch doesn’t love baby Wookiees?”

Diaz quotes Tudyk saying:

I wrote some of K-2SO’s words in this. I know how he speaks and thinks since I spoke and thunk him in Rogue One.

Look for Star Wars Adventures No. 3 when it hits store shelves on Oct. 11.

Bring Your Cushion

Screen Rant is reporting that at a possible 150-minutes, The Last Jedi might be Star Wars longest cinematic adventure to date.

Screen Rant’s Chris Agar explains:

A posting on ticket booking site CineWorld for Episode VIII mentions the film is 150 minutes, which is exactly 2.5 hours. This has not been confirmed by Lucasfilm, but if true, it means The Last Jedi will sport the longest running time of the nine live-action films. Attack of the Clones is currently the longest officially at 142 minutes. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One were a little over two hours, coming in at 135 minutes and 133 minutes, respectively.

Agar also posed questions about how the film’s rumored length might impact ticket sales, noting that a longer film tends to mean fewer showings. However, Agar adds, that may not matter to the powers that be and the folks in the seats.

“What matters most to Lucasfilm and the fans is that The Last Jedi is a worthwhile and exciting chapter in the saga that celebrates the property’s 40th anniversary on a high note. All signs are pointing to a memorable experience,” he wrote.

Domhall Dumbfounded

General Hux

Meanwhile, Domhall Gleeson spoke to Collider.com about his first read of the The Last Jedi Script.

Adam Chitwood quotes the “General Hux” actor:

When I read it I needed to talk to him, and I think that’s always a good sign. I was like, ‘Wow there’s some stuff there which is kind of—not scary but different to what I expected,’ and that’s a really, really nice thing. I think that’s a really positive thing, I think that’s important for those films that we don’t repeat ourselves. So I just wanted to talk to him, and when I talked to him he was so clear and so confident, not in a brash way but he knew the film he wanted to make, and it was a really lovely thing.

Watch the whole interview, conducted by Steve Weintraub, below.

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