Mark Hamill Completely Disagreed with Rian Johnson’s Take on Luke Skywalker in THE LAST JEDI

This week marks Star Wars 40th Anniversary and Vanity Fair has given us an inside look at the upcoming The Force Awakens sequel, The Last Jedi. And for most fans of Star Wars this sequel is very important because, for the first time since Return of the Jedi, we will have LOTS of Luke Skywalker (if you don’t count the seconds he appears in The Force Awakens.) Many fans have a certain expectation of what Luke may be like in his later years. They are of course basing it on what they have seen him do in the previous films. Certainly Luke himself, Mark Hamill is one of those ‘fans.’ In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill recalls the first time he read through The Last Jedi script:

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ROGUE ONE Writer Has Another STAR WARS Project In The Works

Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor and writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story John Knoll has another Star Wars idea. According to THR, Knoll told attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters his idea is still a work in progress:

“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with, It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”

Did you think he was gonna run his mouth about a pitch before talking to the big dog?! Rogue One writer or not, that’s an easy way to get walking papers in the Disney family. Obviously, just the news alone is a reason to be excited as I think the Rogue One team did a better job capturing Star Wars nostalgia than The Force Awakens team. I wonder what story Knoll could be looking to tell?

Star Wars Spotlight: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

Luke and Leia fight for their lives and try to escape the Empire!

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

Blowing up the Death Star at the end of “A New Hope” might have seemed like a final nail in the coffin to some viewers back when the film came out, but as we all saw in the ensuing sequels, the Rebellion still had its work cut out for it. In the wake of those heroic events, Luke and Leia continued their efforts to unify more people against the evils of the Empire as seen in adaptations like SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE by Terry Austin and Chris Sprouse.

The story began with the siblings who didn’t yet know they were related flying to Circarpous IV, but having to land on the fifth planet in the system due to Leia’s ship being damaged. While trying to land, the pair find themselves hit by a strange energy that downs both ships. Eventually, the two heroes of the Rebellion—as well as R2-D2 and C-3PO—met up with one another and discovered the source of the unusual signals they’d received: An Imperial mining operation! To survive, Leia and Luke dressed as miners and infiltrated the colony.

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Kathleen Kennedy Clarifies That Han Solo’s Name Is Actually Han Solo

Kathleen Kennedy is doing some cleanup work following the conclusion of Star Wars Celebration. Among some other confusing statements, Kennedy cleared up some remarks that led some fans to believe that Disney CEO Bob Iger was implying Han Solo’s real name isn’t Han Solo. Kennedy responded to the statement (via Slashfilm) saying she’s not sure what Iger meant by the statement…

“I’m not sure that’s entirely what Bob [Iger] meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name.”

Could you imagine the fan outcry if all the sudden we learned that Han Solo was just a front and our beloved smuggler was once known under a different name? I guess ultimately it would depend on how it was handled, but we all know how fans of Star Wars react when the past is changed. The new Han Solo film is due out May 25th, 2018.

Carrie Fisher’s brother says she’ll appear in Star Wars: Episode IX

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Comes Close To Explaining The Pokiness Of Vader And Obi-Wan’s ‘A New Hope’ Duel

In 1977, Obi-Wan Kenobi battled Darth Vader aboard the Death Star. At the time audiences had only a partial understanding of the relationship between the Jedi and the Sith, unaware the confrontation was the culmination of decades friendship and betrayal. After crossing blades and words, Obi-Wan took a final look at Luke Skywalker and accepted his fate, falling to Vader’s blade. But what looked like a battle of titans when Star Wars was first released started to resemble the frantic bumbling of two elderly men once fans realized what Jedi and Sith were capable of in the prequel trilogy.

But with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year, and now the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm is laying the groundwork that could explain why the final encounter between the Master Jedi and his Padawan is so lackluster in hindsight.

WARNING Spoilers for both Rogue One and the “Twin Suns” episode of Star Wars Rebels beyond this point.

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New HAN SOLO Movie Details Reveal His Real Name Might Not Be Han Solo

Thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger, we’ve learned some new details about the Han Solo film that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently in production on.

We learn that the film will follow Han from the ages of 18 to 24-years-old. It will follow his adventures of how he acquired the Millennium Falcon and met Chewbacca. Lando obviously plays a big role in Solo’s life. This is what Iger told a group of students at a special USC lecture:

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Lucasfilm Is Looking at “Another Decade and a Half” of STAR WARS Films After Episode IX

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4 billion, we all knew we were in for the long haul of Star Wars movies. Disney’s not going to spend that much money and not make every effort to make as much money as they possibly can from it, and Star Wars is the kind of franchise that could potentially live on throughout many of our lifetimes if handled right.

While speaking at USC’s Marshall School of Business recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger talked about the future of Star Wars after Episode IX is released. As of right now, they are already thinking about films that they could make over the next decade and a half! Iger said:

“We’re just starting to talk about what happens to Star Wars after [Episode] 9. It’s way too early, and certainly, nothing that I can reveal, but we’ve got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It’s kind of mind-blowing to spend an afternoon with a creative team talking about that. Where could you go, where should we go?”

There are so many possibilities I imagine that any movie any fan would ever want to see happen is on the table. Whether or not those films happen or not is a different story, but we know that they are talking about them behind closed doors.

Iger went on to talk about losing Carrie Fisher and confirmed that they will not be changing anything about her character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi to reflect her death. They are leaving what they shot as is. He also says they will not be doing any CG digital work with the character:

“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VIIVIII and IX,” said Iger. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”

I’m sure that news will make fans happy. There was an uproar when rumors surfaced that they might bring Leia back in CGI form.

I’m just excited for the future of Star Wars. Lucasfilm has delivered two great films so far, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. It’s weird to think that I’ll probably still be watching new Star Wars films when I’m in my 50s and 60s!

Star Wars Spotlight: Vader Down

Can the Rebellion take out a stranded Sith Lord?

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

In previous installments of Star Wars Spotlight, we covered the second arcs of both STAR WARS and DARTH VADER. You’ll remember that, in the former book, Luke tracked down Obi-Wan Kenobi’s diary on Tatooine and used it to find out more about his father while in the latter, that same father discovered that Skywalker blew up the Death Star. Those two stories finally came to a head in the 2015 crossover Vader Down. The story starts with STAR WARS: VADER DOWN #1 before moving into DARTH VADER #1315 and STAR WARS #1314 by Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Mike Deodato, and Salvador Larroca.

The festivities began as Vader traveled to the Jedi temple on Vrogas Vas where his secret associate Doctor Aphra told him that Skywalker would be. When the Sith Lord arrived in orbit, he found himself facing three squadrons of X-wings that just so happened to be out for maneuvers at the time. Of course, Vader thought Aphra double crossed him, but that didn’t stop him from taking care of most of the ships himself. Once Luke joined the fray and smashed his X-wing into Vader’s TIE, sending them tumbling towards the planet, the battle ended.

Trying to take advantage of Vader being apparently stranded on Vrogas Vas, the Rebellion not only rallied anyone stationed from their refueling station on-planet, but also an entire battalion to the scene, including Princess Leia who hitched a ride on the Millennium Falcon with the usual suspects: C-3PO, Chewbacca, and Han Solo. Vader proved that even all those reinforcements would not do the trick as he activated the grenades worn by the hundred or so soldiers surrounding him—and that’s before he took out a tank with his lightsaber.

Not long after, the Falcon landed on Vrogas Vas with Dr. Aphra and her murder droids not far behind. To get back on her boss’ good side, she paints her protocol droid gold and has him zap Luke into unconsciousness near an old Jedi temple. While Han, Chewie and R2-D2 jumped in to save Luke, Leia rode off with other soldiers to find Vader. She ran directly into him in an effort to get him to a nearby location where all available ships would blast, most likely killing her in the process. Han, back in the Falcon, didn’t like that last part, so he took off to save her only to have the bounty hunting Wookiee Black Krrsantan crash into his ship.

Just as the Rebellion’s plan looked like it had legs, the Empire’s own cyborg Mon Calimari Commander Karbin appeared with a Star Destroyer in tow to get Luke for himself and also confront Vader, who he planned on usurping.

After a series of battles and switching allegiances, Leia decided not to take a shot at Vader as he fought Karbin, but instead went to save Han and Luke who had each fallen in battle. Instead, Aphra helped crush Karbin to death, Vader crashed the ship that carried the captured Luke to the Star Destroyer, and everyone walked away relatively unscathed, except Threepio who had his arms torn off, his head twisted around, and a hole punched in his chest by an enraged Wookiee. Leia did arrive in time to knock Aphra out as she attempted to hold the Falcon and all its usual inhabitants hostage until Vader showed up. With that, they all flew off to their next adventure.

From the Jedi Temple Archives

In the wake of the Vader Down story and in an attempt to offer readers a look inside of Obi-Wan’s journals, STAR WARS #15 examined one of the Jedi Master’s many adventures. By Aaron and artist Mike Mayhew, this particular tale kicked off with Luke flying through Beggar’s Canyon and promptly crashing his ship while Ben Kenobi looked on. Uncle Owen yelled at his young charge and declared that he’d never fly again. Feeling that young Luke might need those skills in the future, Obi-Wan made a deal with the Jawas to help them with their Tusken Raider problem in exchange for handing over the tools that the boy would need to fix the downed ship. Owen figured out who did this and once again asked Kenobi to stay out of the boy’s life, asking, “Haven’t you murdered enough Skywalkers, Kenobi?” Surely that stung, but not as much as the upcoming confrontation with the Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan that we’ll see in the next flashback issue.

Next week we check back in on Jahan Cross as he returns to his home planet of Alderaan in STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE – HARD TARGETS by John Ostrander and Davide Fabbri.