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Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes - Feb. 12, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story behind-the-scenes footage shown at D23 Expo in Japan

Okay, the news is varied and decently sourced, but there’s not much in the way of meat to it.

You’ve got to scroll way down on the blog for this one, but the official news out of Japan is:

The Walt Disney Studios presented a special panel dedicated to Marvel and Star Wars. Marketing President Ricky Strauss was brought to the stage by none other than R2-D2 and C-3PO to talk about the massive success of the Star Wars saga… and give a peek at what’s to come. J.J. Abrams, hard at work co-writing Episode IX before directing it this summer, filmed a special greeting for the audience. And then Ricky unveiled never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Obviously, that’s not very juicy or different from the other sites, but it is official (as D23 is the official Disney fan club). But I’ve seen very little in the way of a quote or reaction to the footage beyond the below:

So, if you have seen the behind the scenes footage, or have the quote from J.J. Abrams on the Episode IX production, please hit me up on Twitter @jmbishopjr. We’ll update or post a new story if we get anything good.

More from D23

We do have a bit more substantial news from D23 regarding the upcoming Star Wars Resort at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Again, this is official, and gives some pretty interesting details, including this gif-like concept art:

By the way, the above is “unlisted” via YouTube–that makes me think there may be more coming during the workday in the United States. Keep an eye out.

However, the low down–officially–is:

At the resort, guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.

Sounds pretty exciting. Given that all the guests from that resort may be dressed in Star Wars gear, the result in Galaxy’s Edge will be an unprecedented immersive experience.

Another Neat Detail from the Galaxy’s Edge

Screen shot: Travel Weekly (click pic for link)

Travel Weekly added another layer to the news out of D23: Travel Weekly reported:

At the Galaxy’s Edge lands in Orlando and Anaheim, guests will be able to explore a street market run by a Toydarian, a character introduced in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Among his wares will be handcrafted toys made by local artisans.

I’m pretty sure the above graphic is only illustrative, but it does give insight into just how far Disney and Lucasfilm will go in terms of providing a Star Wars experience, which is seamless.

The End is Nigh

Nothing to report here besides the emotional attachment (and the shorter second-half teaser linked by Stephen Stanton):

Obviously, the show included some uneven spots, but I truly miss the weekly dose of new Star Wars. I hope that Disney and Lucasfilm don’t wait too long to give us a substitute. Otherwise, it is going to be a LONG slog between May 2018 and December 2019 (for folks who can’t make it to Disneyland or Walt Disney World for Galaxy’s Edge).

Forbes asks whether Star Wars is “Still Special”

Dani Di Placido, who recently mused about the success of Solo: A Star Wars Story, reprised his role as devil’s advocate:

Di Placido wrote:

…the semi-mystical aura that surrounds the opening of a new Star Wars film is slowly fading away, like light from a dying star. It’s difficult to imagine the next generation of Star Wars fans having their minds absolutely blown – at least, not in the way the original trilogy infected the imagination of a generation.

To which I repeat, “Hmmm…”

More eloquent folks than I have written volumes on Star Wars, its longevity, and the generational tendencies of the fandom.

But my retort would be in the guise of the “memorable” visage of my 22-month-old son–lying on the changing table yesterday while I put him back him “back together”–trying to force push me away.

But hey, maybe I’m just a proud dad waxing poetically. Time will tell.

A curious juxtaposition.

Here’s a fun inclusion to end today’s reading:

The best quote? John Boyega speaking to ITV.

Read on:

I did personally apologise to them [the Princes] yesterday and said, ‘Sorry you were cut out of the film.’ And Will was like, ‘I probably just need to work more on the skills.’ I was like, ‘Maybe, bruv.’

Here’s some footage from the premiere:

“Maybe, bruv…” Indeed. John Boyega is so cool… 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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