Cassian Andor Finds its Showrunner

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Deadline is reporting that Stephen Schiff has been tapped to serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars spin-off series, Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising the role as the titular character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Before jumping aboard LucasFilm, Schiff served as showrunner for the critically acclaimed FX series, The Americans, about a husband and wife set of Russian spies posing as a normal American family. While that’s great news, let me know when Alan Tudyk is confirmed to return to the role of K-2SO, the best character in all of Star Wars.

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First Photo from The Mandalorian

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Jon Favreau has confirmed that his live-action Star Wars series, officially titled The Mandalorian, has gone into production. To celebrate, he revealed the first photo from the series, seen above.

In addition, he also revealed the list of directors for the series, and it’s quite impressive. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by  Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), making for quite the eclectic cast of all-star directors. The Mandalorian will debut in late 2019.

LucasFilm Extends Kathleen Kennedy Through 2021

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Kathleen Kennedy has officially renewed her contract to remain the president of Lucasfilm through 2021, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. Kennedy became head of LucasFilm after the studio was acquired by Disney in 2012, and is said to act as the studio’s version of Kevin Feige.

Films under Kathleen Kennedy have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office, with Star Wars: Episode IX currently in production as the finale to the Skywalker Saga. Her tenure has been met with much skepticism after numerous creative clashes with directors, and several films under her eye being forced into heavy re-shoots and director changes.

First Look at Star Wars: Resistance

The Disney Channel and LucasFilm have posted a first look trailer at the upcoming animated series, Star Wars: Resistance. The series takes place prior to the events of The Force Awakens and expands the Star Wars universe, taking flight with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, October 7th.

The incredible voice cast includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives) as Kazudo Xiono, Suzie McGrath (East Enders) as Tam Ryvora, Scott Lawrence (Legion) as Jarek Yeager, Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor) as Torra Doza; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Neeku Vozo; Donald Faison (Scrubs) as Hype Fazon, respectively; Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Poe Dameron; and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Captain Phasma. The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels).

Billy Dee Williams Returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the long-standing rumor that Billy Dee Williams would be returning to a galaxy far, far away and will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. After the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and the sad, real life death of Carrie Fisher, it makes sense to bring back the other fan-favorite classic character, particularly after the character’s revival in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

In Star Wars: Episode IX, Williams will join returning franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomer Keri Russell.

Star Wars Story Spin-Off Films Now On Hold

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Thanks to the terrible showing at the box office that Solo: A Star Wars Story has had, Collider is reporting that the other spin-off films in the Star Wars universe have been put on hold at Lucasfilm. This includes previously announced films for Obi Wan Kenobi from director Stephen Daldry, as well as the Boba Fett film from James Mangold.

The Saga films, including Star Wars: Episode IX, and the new trilogy from director Rian Johnson will continue to move forward.

First Trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Lucasfilm debuted a small teaser for the film during the Super Bowl, but shortly thereafter, revealed the full teaser for the long-awaited spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film looks pretty decent, but doesn’t quite have the bang that we’ve come to expect from other Star Wars trailers.

Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, Beckett, while Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.

Rian Johnson to Direct a New Star Wars Trilogy

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In what is probably one of the most unexpected pieces of news to hit the world all year, Lucasfilm has handed the keys to the kingdom to Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, and given him the green-light to develop a new Star Wars trilogy from the ground up. The new trilogy will be separate from the main Skywalker saga, and introduce all new characters and settings.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm today. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.” 

Han Solo Spin-Off Film Gets a Title

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We’ve speculated for the longest time what the Untitled Han Solo Film will be officially titled, and with so many options to choose from, it only makes sense that my choice was right. Director Ron Howard took to his Twitter to announce that the film will be officially titled Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The official logo for the film can be seen above, with what somewhat seems like the most bland branding, ever.

Second Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Journalistic professionalism be damned. Holy shit. Disney and Lucasfilm have released the second trailer, the first in 6 months, for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it is incredible. Filled to the brim with new footage, and plot secrets.

We get new looks at Snoke, Finn, Rey and Luke, as well as shots of a several incredible battles, and character fights. If you’re looking to avoid spoilers, it’s in your best interest not to watch this, as the ending shot is sure to leave you breathless. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017.

Star Wars: Episode IX Delayed to December 2019

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Following the addition of J.J. Abrams as writer and director on Star Wars: Episode IX, the film has been officially pushed from its May 2019 slot, to December 2019, placing the finale of the Star Wars saga firmly in contention with Wonder Woman 2 in its second weekend.

Disney didn’t leave that May 2019 slot empty for long, though, as their upcoming live-action Aladdin adaptation has dropped into the release date.

J.J. Abrams Returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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Following the troubled departure of director Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams will return to the franchise to take the reins of the final chapter in the new trilogy of films. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Star Wars: Episode IX is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. This is a picture-perfect choice for the director to step back in to the franchise he helped modernize in such spectacular fashion.

Rian Johnson Reportedly Top Pick for Episode IX

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, is reportedly the top pick to take over for Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX. Johnson supposedly has done some incredible work with The Last Jedi, and fully earned the trust of Kathleen Kennedy and the brass at Disney and LucasFilm, which appears to be a challenge in and of itself these days.

While far from confirmed, we’ll have to wait and see just who ends up behind the lens this time around, but Johnson is a safe bet, as he’s already started his desire to return to the franchise again.

Colin Trevorrow Out on Star Wars Episode IX

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Disney and Lucasfilm has announced that the studio has parted ways with Colin Trevorrow who was set to direct Star Wars Episode IX for the studio. Rumors about his departure have been rampant since the release of his last film, and with the constant changes in staff the last several films, and the shift in direction to more experienced directors, it was only a matter of time.

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

Currently, there is no replacement set, but we should expect to learn something very soon about who the next in line is.

UK Royal Mail Unveils New Star Wars Stamps

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The United Kingdom’s Post, Royal Mail, has officially unveiled an incredibly gorgeous new set of stamps to commemorate the upcoming release of Stars Wars: The Last Jedi. They feature Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, the newly introduced adorable Porgs, and the droids BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Rogue One’s K-2SO.

They’reillustrated by UK digital artist, Malcolm Tween, and are available for pre-order with a release date of October 12. Royal Mail says the four droid stamps have hidden details that can only be revealed through a UV light, which makes for an awesome detail for collectors.