The new Star Wars Episode 9 trailer included a laugh track you may’ve recognized.You probably reacted to the end of the first trailer for The Rise of Skywalker like Han Solo right after getting un-frozen from his carbonite block: “I know that laugh.” But we won’t know what it all means until the movie is released, right?As it turns out, JJ Abrams, director of this Star Wars film, was more than happy to lend additional confirmation to the hint given in the trailer.During the Star Wars Celebration 2019 event in Chicago this month, Ian McDiarmid appeared onstage.He didn’t just appear onstage for a Q session for Star Wars in general.He wasn’t just there because he’s one of the most important people in the entire Star Wars universe (thus far, anyway).
Nowhere was that better on display this weekend than the “Star Wars Rebels Remembered” panel, where executive producer Dave Filoni, along with actors Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Grey spoke about the concluded series and revealed some new secrets about how that shocking ending went down.The ending, of course, skips over the events of the entire Original Trilogy and sees Hera with a son, Ezra and Thrawn still missing, and Sabine and Ahsoka riding off to find them.It was an ending that Filoni only told a few people at Lucasfilm about, just to make sure it was okay, before writing Sabine’s narration on a piece of paper as he flew on Southwest Airlines from San Francisco to Los Angeles to record voices.On the panel, the cast explained that after recording their final day on the show, Filoni let everyone leave and asked only Sircar to stay.However, when it was just her, Filoni and the sound engineer remaining, Filoni took a folded piece of paper out of his pocket and handed it to her.It was Sabine’s narration revealing the true ending of the series.
Rey basically said "hell no" to the prospect of romance with Kylo Ren at the end of The Last Jedi (and actress Daisy Ridley reinforced that), but I ran into a couple that made it a reality at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.Walking to the convention last Thursday, I chatted with a lovely Swedish pair, Liv and Robert.Our paths crossed again on the show floor, but I didn't see them again all weekend.Turned out they had an experience that transcended The Rise of Skywalker revelations, The Mandalorian footage or the glimpse at The Clone Wars season 7.This pair, who met online and have been together three years, made Reylo a reality at the convention's Ahch-To photo display.Dressed as Rey and Kylo, they re-created an intimate moment by touching hands while cosplayer Phil portrayed Luke Skywalker.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B.Disney Plus will have to satisfy fans for the time being, as new "Star Wars" movies won't make it to theaters for some time.After "Solo: A Star Wars Story" disappointed at the box office, failing to crack even $400 million worldwide, Disney CEO Bob Iger said to expect a "slowdown."READ MORE: Disney revealed the details of its Netflix rival, Disney Plus, including its price and release dateLucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reiterated Iger's point during "Star Wars" Celebration over the weekend.Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly that the "Star Wars" movies are "going to take a hiatus for a couple of years."
Respawn Entertainment finally revealed the first official Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer during this year's annual Star Wars Celebration event.And while the official reveal gave us a lucrative taste of Jedi: Fallen Order's storyline, Respawn was a bit sketchy on details surrounding the title's actual gameplay mechanics and how combat would work.During the Jedi: Fallen Order panel, Respawn teased that the game would require "thoughtful combat", but what exactly does that mean?Well, thanks to a follow-up interview, we may have a better idea.Best PS4 games: the PlayStation 4 games you need to playMost anticipated games: upcoming titles for PS4, Xbox One and Switch
It was the first convention to reveal a title for a Star Wars saga movie, the first time anyone saw footage of a live-action Star Wars TV show, and oh so much more.Some have turned not liking a movie into a crusade of hate, which also happened to an extent after the release of The Phantom Menace and the character Jar Jar Binks.At Celebration though, every time she showed up somewhere, the chants of “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly” echoed through the convention center.The Rise of Skywalker and return of the EmperorA few months back, I wrote about the best Star Wars title reveal ever, which was for Revenge of the Sith.Which, at the time, seemed far-fetched.
A bit more information about Rey’s parentage was revealed this week amid release of the New Star Wars 9 trailer.This movie, called Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, will be directed by J.J. Abrams, like The Force Awakens.In commentary this week at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Abrams lent some welcome insight into the future of the most important character of this trilogy.An interview with ABC News this week it was made clear that the answers given to the mystery of Rey’s parentage in The Last Jedi were not satisfactory.Kylo Ren is one with the Dark Side, after all – deception and deceit are weapons of his.When Ren (Ben) said that her filthy junk trader parents abandoned her and were dead in a pauper’s grave – that… might have been a stretch of the truth, at least.
At yesterday's 20th anniversary panel for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace at Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas sent in a taped video message to thank fans for coming – and to talk, very briefly, about the film’s legacy.[The Phantom Menace] one of my favourite movies and of course Jar Jar is my favourite character.Ahmed [Best], you did a fantastic job.It was very very hard.Also for John Knoll and all the guys at ILM, I made it impossible for them.We broke a lot of ground.
Star Wars: Resistance will rise again.Fans of the CGI-animated series got a major sneak peek at season 2 Monday, the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.During a panel featuring the cast and crew, supervising director and executive producer Justin Ridge revealed that the second season will begin right where the finale of the first left off -- with the Colossus hurtling through hyperspace to an unknown destination.He then surprised the panel's audience by skipping the usual trailer and showing the whole season 2 premiere.We won't go into spoilery detail here, but the episode sees the Colossus coming out of hyperspace and problems with artificial gravity creating chaos on board.In the midst of all this, we discover there's a First Order spy on board.
After dangling little more than a title before us for months, EA and Respawn Entertainment finally revealed more about their new Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order over the weekend.What they revealed almost says more about the publishers than it does about the game — namely, that the lack of typical “EA-ish” elements means Electronic Arts may have finally let years of fan complaints sink into its skin.EA revealed the game‘s trailer during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, alongside a panel with Respawn founder Vince Zampella.Zampella told a cheering crowd, “No multiplayer.And no, we won't be adding them.— EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) April 13, 2019
Every saga has a beginning, and the cast and crew of the earliest movie in the Star Wars chronology came back together Monday to mark its 20th anniversary.Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, the first movie in creator George Lucas' prequel trilogy, hit theaters May 19, 1999, and showed innocent Anakin Skywalker's first steps to becoming the monstrous Darth Vader.Actors Ahmed Best, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park and Anthony Daniels joined crew members at a packed panel — preceded by Weird Al Yankovic's tribute song The Saga Begins and the classic 1998 trailer — on the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.The actor recalled how momentous it felt to be working on a Star Wars movie once again as he revisited Palpatine, whom he played as an older character in the original trilogy.McDiarmid recalled the actor saying.Park highlighted his cameo as one of Padme's guards during the final battle.
Episode IX Is Called The Rise of Skywalker—and It Looks AwesomeThe Source: Lucasfilm, via Star Wars CelebrationProbability of Accuracy: Accurate, if not necessarily direct.Yes, the official title and teaser trailer for the last episode in the Skywalker Saga are finally here, and now we know that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will feature the following things:Rey carrying both Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and Han Solo's blaster.(Note, too, that Mark Hamill's doing a new voiceover for the teaser, so chances are we'll see Luke's Force Ghost.)
Their journey didn’t quite end the way we wanted it to.It didn’t quite end the way perhaps even Lucasfilm had wanted it to, considering there were plans for plenty more stories to tell.But now, six years after it concluded, the Clone Wars animated series is back to tell Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan’s tales once more!For the first time since that shocking announcement at San Diego Comic-Con last year, at today’s panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago producer Dave Filoni and the gathered cast gave us a brand new look at what fans can expect for Clone Wars’ grand return.Unfortunately there’s no official upload of the trailer yet, but you can watch it in all its glory in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel video below – it starts at 52:23:Drawing on story ideas that remained after Clone Wars came to an end with the truncated sixth season of “Lost Missions”, the latest Clone Wars saga – 12 episodes set to run exclusively on Disney+ – will finally tell the tale not just of the Siege of Mandalore (a climactic battle intended to be a major part of Ahsoka Tano’s journey beyond her time as a Jedi), but several other stories previously only glimpsed in half-finished animatics and concept art.
Many of the upcoming season's storylines and a trailer reveal were shown Sunday at Star Wars Celebration.Executive producer Dave Filoni and many members of the cast took the stage to discuss how they found out about the new season, the events the season will get to depict and teed up a major moment between Tano and Maul.and some surprise guests are lifting the curtain on the revived show at a Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel.The show focuses on trainee Jedi Ahsoka, her master Anakin Skywalker and his master Obi-Wan Kenobi as they battle in the titular galactic conflict between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.Ahsoka actress Ashley Eckstein found out about the show's return while in line for a ride at Walt Disney World, remarking that she got into a furtive text conversation with Dee Bradley Baker following the news.Eckstein has since played Ahsoka in Star Wars Rebels, which takes place many years after The Clone Wars series.
Fans who watched The Mandalorian panel online during Star Wars Celebration Sunday missed one key thing: never-before-seen footage for the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series.In the room, executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni showed a behind the scenes featurette as well as full scene and trailer.Cut to a table and on one end is Greef, played by Carl Weathers, and the other, The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal.His walk is slow, like an actor wearing too much costume, but probably because this guy also isn’t in a rush to get where he’s going.He arrives at a door, knocks, and out pops a TT-8L/Y7 gatekeeper droid, just like at Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi.The hallway leads to a door.
It's been quite a weekend for Star Wars trailers – perhaps something to do with the Star Wars Celebration event that's just been held in Chicago.Our latest 'first look' comes for the long-awaited Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game.Although the trailer doesn't feature any actual gameplay, it does flesh out the story a little: a single-player, third-person perspective story, free from microtransactions and with no multiplayer component.We now know the main character is called Cal, as previously rumored – Cal Kestis.He's a Padawan in hiding, with a strict creed: don't reach within, don't stand out, accept the past, trust no one, and trust only in the Force.If these two-and-a-half minutes are anything to go by, consider us interested in what EA and Respawn Entertainment have been putting together.
Fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago got to take in debut look at The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars show, at a Sunday panel.Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) will play the titular role and wear armor similar to that of classic character Boba Fett.The entire panel, with exclusive footage blacked out, is still available to watch on the Star Wars YouTube channel, but we've also embedded it here and recapped below:Executive Producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni first took the stage to set up how they created the show.Cast members Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and and Carl Weathers hit the stage, with the reveal incoming on who they are playing."The Mandalorian is a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy," said Pascal.
The adventures of Ahsoka Tano will continue when Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 hits Disney Plus streaming service, but we don't know much yet.That'll change on Sunday, when executive producer Dave Filoni and some surprise guests lift the curtain on the revived show at a Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel.The show focuses on trainee Jedi Ahsoka, her master Anakin Skywalker and his master Obi-Wan Kenobi as they battle in the titular galactic conflict between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.You'll be able to stream the panel from the Star Wars YouTube channel at 1:30 p.m. PT, and we'll embed the livestream video here as soon as its available.
We're finally getting our first proper look at The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars show, at Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel on Sunday.It'll be released on the Disney Plus streaming service when it launches on Nov. 12, but we've only gotten scraps of info about the show since it was announced.Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) will play the titular role and wear armor similar to that of classic character Boba Fett.Executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will present Sunday's panel at the convention, but it's likely that Pascal and other cast members will join in the fun.You'll be able to stream the panel from StarWars.com or the Star Wars YouTube channel, starting at 12 p.m.ET, 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. UK.
At this year’s Star Wars Celebration the creative team behind Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order took to the stage to debut the game’s first trailer and discuss Star Wars’ newest Jedi: Cal Kestis.In Fallen Order, a single-player, combat-focussed game, you play as Cal Kestis (voiced by Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan) a Jedi-in-training who managed to escape Order 66 and who is now on the run and working to keep his identity as a Force sensitive secret from a group of Purge Troopers – elite Storm Troopers specifically trained to fight Jedi – who are on the hunt for him.While Cal shows off a variety of Force abilities suggesting that he was rather far along in his studies of the Force, the game’s development team teased that the lightsaber seen in the trailer might not be his and, over the course of the story, it’s going to change and evolve.Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order hits stores November 15.