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.

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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.” 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi “Awake” Trailer

The official Star Wars Twitter account has posted a new trailer featuring a load of new footage from the hotly anticipated sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the trailer, it appears as if Rey is taking on Luke, with the legendary Jedi seemingly outclassed. We also get a glimpse of Finn getting in on some action in a land-based ship battle.

The most goosebump-inducing shot, however, is most certainly of Luke entering the Millennium Falcon for the first time in years.

New Comic Books: October 18

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This was probably the most by-the-book Metal tie-in yet, with The Drowned’s origin being almost exactly what I expected, with no real crazy set-pieces or anything to wow the reader. It was still an OK read, but not quite up-to-par with its brothers to this point, though it was cool to see the first gender-reversed Dark Knight of the bunch.
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After building her up to be more of an anti-hero, with sympathy on her side, and a hint of caring in her character, the final issue of this Captain Phasma mini-series saw fit to tear her back into a cold and calculated villain that is ruthless and driven in her desire to cover the error that she was forced to commit. I wasn’t expecting that gut-punch but that’s exactly what made it so powerful, and restored her resolve to the First Order.
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The moment when Alfred revealed to the Bat-Family that Bruce had asked Selina to marry him will probably be one of my favorite in all of comics this year. Also, the pre-emptive measure that the two of them would attack Talia Al’Ghul before she inevitably attacks them is just really well thought out storytelling. Not to mention, Catwoman and Talia going head-to-head is going to be one hell of a fight. I hope it pays off.
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For some reason, it’s charming to see Lex Luthor genuinely being a good guy and working alongside Superman. It actually seems to fit him for some reason. As usual, though, things seem to have gotten a bit out of his control, with Apokolips coming to claim him as their rightful king. I wonder what Baby Darkseid has to say about this? The Trinity seem to be inching closer and closer to another showdown with the ruler of the Anti-Life Equation, and I’m into it.
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The finale to the Legacy arc was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The revelations that came out of this, with Diana’s abandoned son being born out of the darkness that was attacking them now, and the Lantern children basically single-handedly taking it out with their mastery of the Spectrum. That was awesome. Part of me wishes that the kids would get their own book at this point. A spin-off of a future dystopian Justice League, with them rebuilding their world after Sovereign and the darkness was destroyed in the present.
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You read that right. Marvel Legacy has reset the numbers of major titles to their original numbering, with The Mighty Thor hitting back at its 700th issue, with a massive beginning to the arc that we’ve been headed towards for almost 2 years, now. The Death of Thor, and the War of the Realms. This was a fantastic massive issue, and Jason Aaron proved once again that he’s the most prolific writer that Marvel has on payroll.

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.

Analog EP29: Oh No, Butthemoth!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for another ooky spooky October episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

This week, the gang tackle an army of trailers, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League, Runaways, Super Mario Odyssey, and so many more! Oh God, there’s so many! IT NEVER ENDS! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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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.