Star Wars News

'Go Asians!': J.J. Abrams Talks Diversity in 'Star Wars' Casting
7/14/2015, nbcnews.com

The Force was strong for a few Star Wars fans who asked director J.J. Abrams about diversity casting in upcoming installments of the beloved space opera. The exchange took place at a large discussion panel at San Diego Comic Con, a massive pop culture and comic book convention that draws tens of thousands fans and entertainment aficionados over five days.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Won Comic-Con Without Firing A Shot
7/13/2015, forbes.com

It can be argued that there are few movies that less needed the hype and “preach to the converted” adulteration less than Walt Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While Marvel made news by skipping the whole show this year, mostly because they didn’t have anything to show beyond the ten seconds of Captain America: Civil War footage they could have cobbled together, the case could very well have been made that the Star Wars crew could have sat it out as well. J.J. Abrams’s sequel is dropping in December with pretty much maximum hype and interest attached to it, and it’s basically only a question of “Will it be good?” and “Will it end up in the top-ten or top-five all-time grossers list?”

JJ Abrams Just Ethered Every Other Fan Event With a Free Star Wars Concert
7/11/2015, wired.com

“WE DO IT for the fans” is practically a cliche at Comic-Con. It’s just what you’re supposed to say to people who slept outside to hear you give non-committal answers about your new movie or TV show.

JJ Abrams Just Ethered Every Other Fan Event With a Free Star Wars Concert
7/11/2015, wired.com

“WE DO IT for the fans” is practically a cliche at Comic-Con. It’s just what you’re supposed to say to people who slept outside to hear you give non-committal answers about your new movie or TV show.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Comic-Con 2015 Reel
7/10/2015, StarWars.com

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special look behind the scenes of Star Wars:The Force Awakens by director J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan. The filmmakers were joined on stage by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to the surprise and delight of fans.

Star Wars films to become Little Golden Books -- exclusive
7/9/2015, ew.com

As the world prepares for the release of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the now-legendary tales of Star Wars are being released in a brand new, kid-friendly format: For the first time, Star Wars retellings will be available as Little Golden Books from Random House, EW reports exclusively.

Star Wars App
7/8/2015, StarWars.com

The Star Wars app is your official mobile connection to a galaxy far, far away. With a dynamic interface, the Star Wars app immerses you in breaking news, rich media, social updates, special events, and interactive features.

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Anthology Film
7/7/2015, StarWars.com

The next adventure in the Anthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo on the multiple films they’ve collaborated on and are looking forward to applying their unique creative chemistry to the Star Wars universe.

Rebels: Season Two Fan Art Contest
7/1/2015, StarWars.com

The Ghost crew. Ahsoka Tano. Darth Vader. Star Wars Rebels has changed a galaxy far, far away forever, and StarWars.com is celebrating the upcoming second season of the hit animated series with a new contest: We want you to channel your inner Sabine and create the best Star Wars Rebels art you can! In the official Star Wars Rebels Season Two Fan Art Contest, you can creatively express your love of the heroes, villains, and creatures of the show — and enter for the chance to win cool prizes that would make Vizago jealous. Submit your entries from July 1 – August 31, 2015. We’d wish you luck, but in our experience, there’s no such thing as luck.

The Further Adventures of Star Wars: The Essential Atlas
6/29/2015, StarWars.com

In August 2009 Daniel Wallace and I cheered the publication of Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, our new Del Rey book and a labor of love. For me, the Atlas was literally a dream come true. I’ve always been interested in the geography of imaginary places — one of the biggest influences on the Atlas was Karen Wynn Fonstad’s 1981 book The Atlas of Middle-earth, which I pored over as a kid. (Fonstad’s book was also invaluable in convincing Del Rey that our proposal was merely crazy and not utterly crazy.)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor assures: 'It’s gonna be incredible'
6/22/2015, ew.com

Imagine your best friend is directing a Star Wars movie and he wants you to be in the film. That’s what happened to actor Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Lost), who was called by his longtime buddy and frequent collaborator J.J. Abrams after the Star Trek director landed The Force Awakens. Below Grunberg, who is signed for three films and reportedly plays an X-Wing pilot, shares his infectious enthusiasm for the eagerly awaited seventh Star Wars feature, which is scheduled to open on Dec. 18. Though Grunberg doesn’t give away any spoilers (of course), it’s tough not to feel excited about the new film after hearing his perspective—including how the production was so Abrams-esque secretive, even iconic stars like Carrie Fisher couldn’t take their scripts home to memorize their lines (which might explain why The Force Awakens script hasn’t leaked, even though several plot points from the film apparently have).

Ewan McGregor is still interested in an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off
6/22/2015, ew.com

Speaking at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Ewan McGregor, who played young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, said that he’s definitely be up for another trip to the galaxy far, far away. And he has a very specific idea about how it could come about.

A Guest of Star Wars Weekends, Frank Oz Will Be
6/12/2015, StarWars.com

Are you looking for one of the greatest stars of the Star Wars saga? Well, fear not. After all, fear is the path to the dark side. You seek Yoda. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Yoda you shall find!

Sir Christopher Lee Passes Away
6/11/2015, StarWars.com

Legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, who played the evil Sith Lord Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), died on Sunday in London at age 93. With a commanding voice, towering height, and powerful presence that combined nobility with a menacing flair, he brought some of cinema’s most memorable antagonists to life in unique ways. This included his Shakespearean portrayal of Count Dooku, a dark-side mirror to the elder Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Lee infused with a captivating arrogance and mercilessness.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and More Coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2015
6/10/2015, StarWars.com

The power of the Force is coming to San Diego Comic-Con, and StarWars.com has your opening crawl for the megaevent’s Star Wars programming. Check out our guide below for information on panels that cover Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hasbro’s latest action figures, new novels based on the original films, and much, much more. (If you can’t make it, don’t worry; visit StarWars.com for exclusive real-time liveblogs!)

An Imperial March to Remember
6/4/2015, StarWars.com

When the love of your life — your soulmate — dies much too young, you feel cheated. You go through all the stages of grief — slowly — until a powerful idea grabs you, shakes you and just won’t let go. Which is why Minnesota artist, Star Wars fan and member of the 501st Legion Kevin Doyle is setting out on a 630-mile walk down the California coast to San Diego Comic-Con International dressed as a stormtrooper, and then back again.

Capturing a Galaxy: An Interview with Annie Leibovitz – Exclusive
5/28/2015, StarWars.com

Han Solo lounges in the cockpit of the Falcon. His head is tilted, his smile is sly, and his eyes betray an ever-youthful bravado. To his right are two new faces — Rey and Finn. They look confident, excited, cool. In the background is BB-8, the ball-shaped droid. He could be powered off, he could be on. He appears curious and innocent all the same. Above them all is Chewbacca, towering as always, but with a grin and welcoming demeanor. Suddenly, Han’s eyes suggest a here-we-go-again wariness, and he now seems almost protective of his younger companions. We’re home.

Armor Up with ANOVOS’ Stormtrooper Helmet – Exclusive Preview!
5/25/2015, StarWars.com

It’s iconic, it’s cool, it’s the face of the Empire. It’s the stormtrooper helmet, and StarWars.com is excited to reveal ANOVOS’ stunning new standalone version!

What It’s Like to Be Lucasfilm’s Resident Star Wars Geek
5/22/2015, vanityfair.com

Pablo Hidalgo’s official title at Lucasfilm is creative executive. Unofficially, he is the company’s in-house Star Wars geek, a repository of everything known—history, planetology, starship specifications, alien taxonomy, proper spellings—about the galaxy George Lucas created.

Set a Course for Star Wars Weekends This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
5/22/2015, StarWars.com

Our Star Wars Weekends event for 2015 is well under way and better than ever! And this week, the incomparable Warwick Davis is among the celebrity guests visiting from that galaxy far, far away.

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