In this week’s debut edition of The Week in Star Wars, we get a peak at Leia and Luke’s new look for The Force Awakens (sort of), plot details and a new cast member for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, clips from Star Wars Rebels Season Two and some new footage from Star Wars Battlefield…
Well, it was a week of leaked photos from The Force Awakens, but which ones were real? Having got our first look at returning Star Wars characters Han Solo and Chewie via the second teaser trailer as well as C-3PO in these leaked product images, we were treated this week to our first look at Carrie Fisher’s new look for Princess Leia for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At least we got a look until we were made to take them down by Disney. Boo! I guess that confirms that the images were likely to be real? Speaking of images that probably aren’t real, we also thought we got a first look at Luke Skywalker through this photo, but it was quickly disproved by a commenter on our Facebook page.
Want more photos? Well, we also got some more leaked photos from what could be Comic Con footage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie and our first look at Domhnall Gleeson. Check them out here.
Sticking with The Force Awakens for a moment and the chaps over at StarWars7News have uncovered some possible production photos that not only reveal details of Greg Grunberg’s character, but also two returning characters from Return of the Jedi. Not sure if these are real, but they possibly could be spoilers if you don’t want to know. Check out the photos here.
And speaking of returning characters, the second trailer for The Force Awakens that saw Han and Chewie announce they were home has just broken a YouTube World Record. The accolade was confirmed by Guinness World Records after the trailer officially earned over 30 million plays in 24 hours. Most impressive.
Moving away from The Force Awakens to the first spin-off movie, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, we got some rumoured plot details via the chaps over at JoBlo who seem to have the low down on the story for the movie. Edwards told us at Star Wars Celebration that the film would centre around “a band of resistance fighters [who] unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star”, and the JoBlo’s source has added that the story will be “darker and grittier” than any previous Star Wars movie. Hit this link to read more plot details, but remember these are just rumours for now.
Sticking with Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One for a moment as it was announced this week that Ghost Dog himself Forest Whitaker has joined the cast in an unknown role at this time. He joins Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Diego Luna (Elysium), who play Alliance fighters, and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) as the villain.
This week saw the year’s biggest gaming convention E3 and EA showed off two new trailers from their upcoming Star Wars Battlefront which will be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 17th. Check out the footage here and read the synopsis for the game below:
“Fight in epic Star Wars battles on iconic planets and rise through the ranks playing as the heroic Rebellion or the evil galactic Empire. In 2004, the original Star Wars Battlefront came onto the scene and took gamers – and Star Wars fans – by surprise. It was an ambitious action shooter that gave players the opportunity to step into the shoes of their favorite Star Wars characters, pilot quintessential Star Wars vehicles, and relive classic Star Wars battles. Fast forward nearly 10 years and gamers still have many of those same Star Wars gaming fantasies – but now they wish to experience those larger-than-life battles in magnificent high definition, with all of the amazing special effects, vehicle physics and gameplay intensity that the next-generation has to offer.”
Moving away from video games and movies to the world of comic books and Marvel gave us our first look at some of their upcoming titles through their solicitations for September. Titles include Star Wars #10, Star Wars: Darth Vader #10, Star Wars: Kanan #6, Star Wars: Lando #5 and Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1, the latter of which will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Click here to see the other covers and check out the synopsis for Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 below:
“For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.”
And lastly, we got a couple of clips for the first episode of Star Wars Rebels Season Two (which aired yesterday on Disney XD) titled ‘The Siege of Lothal’, which sees Darth Vader forcing (no pun intended) the crew of the Ghost to flee in fear. Check out the clips here and here.
Speaking of the Sith Lord, Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni has been discussing Vader’s involvement in the show, stating that: “I think you don’t want to overuse a character like that, and you don’t want to have characters like Darth Vader in a situation where he’s going to lose relentlessly. As we were figuring out the story of the rebels in Season 1, we didn’t want to put Vader in that position. So we waited until their skills kind of grew and as a group they became more formidable. We thought, ‘Okay, after Season 1 they’ve caused a lot of trouble, let’s send in the heavy artillery and kind of smack them down a little bit. Put them back in their place with Darth Vader.'” Click here to read Filoni’s thoughts on Ahsoka Tano returning to the show.
That’s it for this week, and may the Force be with you.
Luke Owen is the Deputy Editor of Flickering Myth and the host of the Flickering Myth Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @LukeWritesStuff.