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Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes

Updates from around the Holonet

Star Wars Rebels: Update Coming Soon

Yesterday, Lucasfilm publicist Tracy Cannobbio tweeted:


Previous reports had the return in February and included information on two episodes. So, we’ll all be waiting — not only for the drop of the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer — but the presumed mid-season trailer for Star Wars Rebels and the accompanying info.

That said, Tracy, who graciously connects with fans over social media, had this to say regarding the sadness many fans feel at the end of the show’s run.

That’s great to hear (again), as Filoni and Co. were unable to complete Star Wars: The Clone Wars as they had intended.

A dispatch from the “3rd Rock”

Another interesting tweet came in on Tuesday:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a.k.a. the voice of Slowen Lo in The Last Jedi, has an interesting take on his friend Director Rian Johnson’s take on character arc of Luke Skywalker.

Gordon-Levitt wrote:

Think about how rare this is. A trilogy of movies is made with a young protagonist played by an actor in his 20s. Then, no fewer than 40 YEARS LATER (A New Hope came out in 1977) this actor gets to play the same character as an older man. I don’t know how many times that has ever happened in the history of movies. Has it ever happened? This gives the filmmaker and the actor an extraordinary opportunity to tell a story about one of the most universal truths in human experience — getting older.

I don’t believe I’ve heard this particular thought previously, and enjoyed the essay immensely, particularly in his conclusion, where he added:

That a big Hollywood studio would take such risks on such a big property — again, to present their central hero in a drastically different light than ever before, to unflinchingly deliver the ominous message that even the most pure-hearted idealists can struggle through darkness and doubt — these are not the kinds of decisions that get made when short-term profitability is prioritized above all else.

Be sure to read the entire think-piece at Medium.com.

Qui-Gon waits for the call

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan take on Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I wanted to take a look at the source material.

Liam Neeson recently told Yahoo Movies UK’s Hanna Flint, “In the Star Wars world anything is possible.” Speaking with the press about his current film The Commuter, Neeson was queried about oft-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film.

“This is the first time I’m hearing of this,” the actor admitted. “No one’s been in touch with me.

“In the first one, The Phantom Menace, I died, but we know, you know, Jedis come back and stuff but no one’s been in touch. We’ll see.”

We’ll see indeed…

Keeper of the Holocron

Ezra explores the depth of a Sith holocron in Star Wars Rebels.

Recently SyFy.com’s Jordan Zakarin wrote, “No matter how much you know about Star Wars, Leland Chee knows more.

“Chee is the creator and keeper of the Holocron, the deep-cut name given to the internal database that stores all knowledge about the Star Wars universe.

“And thanks to Star Wars’ resurgence, it’s become one of the coolest and most high-pressure jobs in geek media,” added Jordan.

In a terrific article about one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter, Zakarim dives into Chee’s duties at Lucasfilm.

However, Chee, as a current member of the famed Story Group, had the best quote I’ve ever heard about the demise of the Expanded Universe.

Chee, speaking of the decisions the Story Group made before his joining, he explained:

There’s no way that I’d want to do an Episode VII that didn’t have Chewbacca in it and have to explain that Chewbacca had a moon fall on his head. And if we were going to overturn a monumental decision like that, everything else was really just minor in comparison.

For more from Chee and SyFy Wire, check out the podcast.

I’m home with the kids on a snow day, so please free to check in via @jmbishopjr. JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com 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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