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.

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Star Wars Live Action Series Details Revealed

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Jon Favreau has revealed the title and synopsis of his upcoming live-action Star Wars television series for the Disney Streaming Service. Titled The Mandalorian, the synopsis can be found below. Additionally, Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman 1984) is rumored to be the front-runner for the lead in the series.

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…

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.

Analog EP62: Skyfall Is a Great Movie, Dammit!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for another slow news day! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Casting for Joker and Star Wars, a bevy of directors lining up for upcoming movies and series, and an adorable message in Black Panther on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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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.

PhE3: EA Play

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The Electronic Arts keynote has come and gone, and EA decided to play it safe this year. Releasing new info on several previously announced games, including a more in-depth look at BioWare’s highly anticipated, Anthem.

In addition, we received some Star Wars news, as well as a couple surprising new titles from the publisher, one of which is available now. Hit the jump to check out a run-down of what EA revealed at this year’s E3.

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James Mangold Set for Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm have set Academy Award-nominated director James Mangold (Logan) to write and direct their long-rumored Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story. The film was initially set to be announced a couple years ago from Josh Trank, but after his Fantastic Four meltdown, the film was shelved.

Disney and Lucasfilm are simultaneously developing multiple Star Wars films, including Episode IX, Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Story, and a new trilogy from director, Rian Johnson.

Disney Announces Opening Seasons for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge has revealed that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the much-anticipated Star Wars land at the two US-based Disney parks, will open in summer 2019 at the Disneyland Resort, and late fall 2019 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Spread across 14 acres of land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will transport guests to the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes. In addition to the announcement, Disney released another promotional teaser for the highly anticipated Star Wars -themed land, that you can check out after the jump.

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Disney Reveals Star Wars: Resistance

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We knew that after the end of Star Wars: Rebels earlier this year, it wouldn’t be long before we knew the future of the animated Star Wars universe. Now, it seems the newest chapter in Lucasfilm’s world is leaving behind the past to tell a new story set in the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The new story, produced by Dave Filoni of Star Wars: Rebels will follow a young pilot named Kazuda Xiono, recruited by General Leia Organa’s Resistance for a top-secret mission to survey the growing power of the First Order. The series will focus on Kazuda and a cast of ace pilots, but will also feature plenty of familiar faces from the new trilogy in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron, and Captain Phasma, with both Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie reprising their respective roles for the series.

Xbox Backwards Compatibility Hitting This Month

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Microsoft has revealed that the original Xbox Backwards Compatibility program will begin this month, with titles dropping in the next couple of weeks. The list includes Sega’s Panzer Dragoon Orta, Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind and BioWare’s Jade Empire. The list also includes a half-dozen Star Wars games, like the original Battlefront shooters and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of games, and the day they each drop.

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New Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Disney and Lucasfilm have finally shared a new full trailer for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it is a vast improvement over the last footage we saw of the film. The new trailer gives us plenty of new footage, and does a much better job at spotlighting the star-studded supporting cast, which includes Woody Harrelson (Venom), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Atlanta), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), among others.

The Ron Howard-directed film premieres at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on May 15th, before making its debut on May 25th.

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.”