The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (the newly announced, official title for Episode IX, the upcoming conclusion of the Star Wars Skywalker saga) is here, and Lucasfilm has given fans a surprising amount of footage to dissect. There are virtually no details on Episode IX’s actual plot or story in the trailer, just a lot of disconnected scenes, but there are still plenty of hints about what to expect from The Rise of Skywalker. We’ve broken down all the key moments of the trailer below, along with our best guesses at what it all means. The trailer opens with a shot of Rey on an unknown desert planet. (Jakku? Tatooine? Geonosis? Somewhere new?) “We’ve passed on all we know,” Luke Skywalker intones in a voiceover. “A thousand generations live in you now.” She’s holding her lightsaber, which seems to have been repaired from when it was split in half at the end of The Last Jedi. A ship — similar in appearance to … [Read more...] about Breaking down all the key moments of the first Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer
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Last year, author Michael Moreci released his debut novel, Black Star Renegades, about a young man named Cade Sura who finds himself chased by agents of an extremist galactic empire when he comes into possession of a powerful weapon. If that sounds a bit like the plot of a Star Wars film, that’s by design: the book is an admitted homage to George Lucas’ franchise. Black Star Renegades is a fun, pulpy, familiar read: a dash across space with a lovable band of misfits trying to stay one step ahead of Queen Ga Halle of the Praxis, an evil empire with plans on total galactic domination. Cade and his brother Tristan are brought into a group of spiritual warriors known as the Rai, and after Tristan is killed, Cade discovers that he can wield the Rokura, a mythical, unstoppable weapon, and confronts Ga Halle, ultimately destroying a Praxis superweapon, the War Hammer. One of the more appealing elements of Black Star Renegades was the idea of taking something like Star Wars down … [Read more...] about Michael Moreci on writing a Star Wars-but-not-Star Wars adventure
In context: On May 6, 2013, Disney and Electronic Arts announced that the two companies had signed a ten-year deal to make Star Wars games. It was an industry-changing deal that, in retrospect, looks like a big mistake for both parties. The deal, which was largely put together by EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, came just four weeks after the collapse of the storied developer LucasArts. Gibeau, CEO John Riccitiello, and their executive team had discussed all sorts of variations on this deal, as I reported in my first book. Would they buy LucasArts outright? Continue development on the much-hyped action-adventure Star Wars 1313 and the near-finished shooter Star Wars: First Assault? Ultimately, they decided to buy the exclusive license to Star Wars, ensuring that EA and only EA could make console games based on the most popular franchise in the galaxy. (Mobile and social games would continue to be a free-for-all.) Back in 2013, Star Wars was in a rough place. The most recent movie had … [Read more...] about Opinion: EA’s troubled decade of Star Wars games
> One of the first things that stands out about Ben Solo, the villain known now as Kylo Ren in the new trilogy of Star Wars movies, is his lightsaber. It's a jarring, unusual design, but more than that it's just about as far as you can get from the "elegant weapon for a more civilized age" we'd come to know these sabers to be. The energy coming from the hilt is jagged and sputtering, and the little beams coming from the sides make what we know as traditional lightsaber combat all but impossible. It's an eye-catching thing, and in most of the first movie, it's the most interesting thing about the character. When Lenovo announced it was working with Disney to bring Kylo Ren's lightsaber to its Star Wars: Jedi Challenges headset, I was so excited. With the addition of PVP combat in the game, it would now be possible for people to wield Rey and Kylo's lightsabers against one another in the game and really get into the combat. But today, having spent the last two weeks holding this … [Read more...] about Should you buy the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Kylo Ren Lightsaber?
This week’s cancellation of a feature film starring the bounty hunter character Boba Fett tell us just how much trouble the Star Wars franchise is in. LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy finally bit the bullet this week, finally revealed what we all knew to be true — that the Star Wars movie universe is contracting, shrinking, and doing so in a very serious way.If you recall, the original plan was for Kennedy and Disney to Marvel the Star Wars series, to mine the mythology and wealth of characters in a way that would guarantee a mega-hit for Disney once or twice a year. After the mind-boggling success of the reboot, 2015’s The Force Awakens, that all seemed possible. The country was crazy for Star Wars. It was 1977 all over again. We could not get enough, our goodwill exploded, and Kennedy was going to keep ’em coming… On top of this latest trilogy — in what is known in the Skywalker Saga — there would be spin-off sagas, and these … [Read more...] about Cancellation of ‘Boba Fett’ Movie Reveals a ‘Star Wars’ Franchise in Serious Trouble