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The Empire can strike back in unexpected ways, with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman all complaining of a downturn in fortunes after their appearances. But the force is sure to awaken in the following five
It’s been called the curse of Star Wars. No, not Harrison Ford’s recent accidents at Pinewood Studios and in the air above Los Angeles, though these were worrying enough. We’re talking the famous inability of cast members to retain the spotlight once they have walked away from the iconic space opera saga.
It happened to Carrie Fisher, Aka Princess Leia, whose post-Return of the Jedi travails were documented in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge (later an Oscar-nominated film). And it certainly struck Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), who never secured the A-list status handed to Ford despite being the original trilogy’s central figure. The less said about »
- Ben Child
A new Star Wars infographic has clarified canon for all upcoming films, television shows, books and video games within the franchise.
7 obscure Star Wars characters we want to see make a comeback
This decision from Lucasfilm will move the franchise away from events established in past books, video games and other media set after the events of Return of the Jedi.
The upcoming paperback edition of the novel A New Dawn clarifies this new Lucasfilm stance by including an infrographic explaining where upcoming Star Wars projects across media platforms will take place.
Among the additions to this fresh continuity is the Disney Xd animated series Star Wars Rebels, which also fills in events leading up to 1977's A New Hope.
Star Wars news is a dime a dozen these days with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving later this year and news of 20 books that will be released between now and then to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and this new trilogy of films. It's this last bit we address today as the plot synopsis for several of the upcoming Star Wars novels and prequel comics have arrived. Let's have a look. amz asin="1484724984" size="small"Book Title: "Lost Stars" Author: Claudia Gray Pages: 304 Synopsis: This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends-Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell-who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. »
- Brad Brevet
As the Robotech film moves ahead, we look at the anime's history, knotty rights issues, cultural impact, and earlier failed film attempts.
"In the year 1999, high above Macross island in the South Pacific, a phenomenal event occurred in the skies which altered the cause of human history..."
With a blaze of animated light, a huge alien space craft bursts through Earth's atmosphere and collides with a city, reducing its buildings to atoms in an instant.
That dramatic opening heralded the arrival of Robotech - and American television had never seen anything quite like it. Here was animated show which told a sprawling saga set across multiple epochs, full of alien invaders and exotic transforming robots. Its characters seemed low-key and somehow real; there were brave pilots, nervy new-recruits, romances and love triangles. There was action, but also comedy, tragedy and pathos. It even provided a generous helping of bubblegum pop music. »
The "Star Wars" universe is getting bigger, and if you're not on your toes, even more confusing. Between now and the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," there's a staggering twenty books of all shapes and sizes, for all ages, coming to fill in the story gap from "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi" and the new sequel. But that's not all. There are TV shows too offering more tangents to the main narrative, so it's understandable if you're not sure where everything stands. But hopefully this little infographic will help. The eagle eyes at Star Wars Bibliothek (via Film Divider) noticed that in the Amazon preview for the upcoming book "A New Dawn" (which is set between Episodes III and IV, Fyi), there's handy timeline of where the upcoming novels, TV shows ("The Clone Wars" and "Rebels") and videogames ("Battlefront") fit in the canonical "Star Wars" timeline. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The full schedule for Star Wars Celebration 2015 has been released, with over 250 events jam-packed into the four-day event taking place from April 16 through April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can check out the full schedule if you clickHere, but we have laid out some of the highlights for you. Take a look at what Star Wars Celebration will have to offer below.
Thursday, April 16
Don't miss the big kickoff for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be on the Celebration Stage, joined by special guests. This panel is scheduled to be simulcast to the Digital Stage from the Celebration Stage. Celebration Stage
Information coming soon! »
Despite the arrival of the first trailer late last year, concrete facts about The Force Awakens are in meagre supply. We know Luke, Han and Leia are back - and that their progeny are likely to appear too. But Abrams is too canny a filmmaker to reduce the most beloved franchise in science fiction (sorry Star Trek!) to Family Fortunes in space.
If his Trek reboots are any guide, Abrams will be keen to keep fans onside by including other favourites from earlier instalments. It's probable the director will include relatively obscure aliens and humans from the annals alongside the better known. Who will make the cut? For now, only the director and an elite cabal of insiders can answer that question. However, it's fun to speculate – so here »
Have you ever wondered what the conclusion of the Original Trilogy of Star Wars films would be like without those furry, cute, possibly cannibalistic teddy bears known as Ewoks? Well, someone on YouTube did and decided to proactively see what it would be like. Now, this slickly edited version of the explosive end for the evil Galactic Empire in the Battle of Endor, as depicted in 1983.s Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, gives us a context-shattering new perspective on what we.ve known. A YouTube user named PrometheusOfVideos may have given the world the proverbial fire of knowing what the final battle of Return of the Jedi would have been like without those subjectively adorable Ewoks. The Battle of Endor was a colossal conclusion that would see the Rebellion finally prevail after being outnumbered by the Empire in every conceivable way, including the "we have a Death »
“It’ll be very cool. I’m very excited about it. I’m excited to see it, to see how it all comes together,” he told Moviefone, noting that the trailer was “very fun” and that “it was very fun to see that spirit get ignited again.”
“The first movie I remember seeing in a theatre was Return of the Jedi,” he adds as to why he took the role. “And then J.J., on top of the whole thing was J.J. Nostalgia can only go so far and at a certain point you have to have someone who has a real vision of what they want to do.”
When asked about Star Wars: Episode VIII, »
- Luke Owen
Last week, Disney finally confirmed that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Disney setting a May 26, 2017 release date for this follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course, no other details were given in regards to the story, or what characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be back for the follow-up. It is widely believed that the new characters introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be at the center of both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, but the entire trilogy is still shrouded in mystery. Oscar Isaac, who plays X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is doing press for his sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, where he was asked how he felt about working with Rian Johnson in Star Wars: Episode VIII. His answer essentially confirms that he »
Last week Lucasfilm teased its new publishing initiative Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – which is set to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII – by releasing a promo image for the Marvel Comics series Shattered Empire, and now the official Star Wars site has debuted the cover to Chuck Wendig’s upcoming novel Star Wars: Aftermath…
The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?
Star Wars: Aftermath »
- Gary Collinson
A lot can happen in 30 years, and we.re about to discover exactly that in the context of the Star Wars universe. Disney recently announced that they will soon be putting out Star Wars: Aftermath, the first in a planned trilogy of novels that will pick up in the wake of Return of the Jedi and begin carving a new path of official continuity that will lead into J.J. Abrams. upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what exactly can we expect this material to cover? Well, there are definitely some major issues that need to be addressed. We.ve always had some lingering questions about what happened in the Star Wars universe following the destruction of the second Death Star, and while many of those questions were answered - or at least dealt with - in the sprawling expanded universe, all of that was vaporized when Disney »
We've already learned there will be upwards of 20 books released between now and this December when the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, hits theaters. These books will connect the original trilogy, which ended with Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi with this new batch of films, the first to be directed by J.J. Abrams and the books will fill the timeline between features. So what happens in these booksc Well, that information is beginning to be released as StarWars.com has revealed the plot to one of the books, "Star Wars: Aftermath", which will begin on Endor, where Return of the Jedi ended. Here's the official plot: "The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. »
- Brad Brevet
Though there have been many "Expanded Universe" novels and comics that have taken place after the events of Return Of The Jedi, we now have a whole new batch of stories on the way that are set in the new canon that'll be established by The Force Awakens, and will bridge the 30-year gap between the movies. Chuck Wendig's (author of Blackbirds, Mockingbird, Under the Empyrean Sky) novel, Aftermath, takes place immediately after the Battle of Endor from Jedi, and will be our first step on the road to finding out a lot more about J.J. Abrams' movie. Specific plot details are under wraps, but apparently it will introduce "a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favorite from the films." You can check out the cover and a synopsis below. “The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumours are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, »
Many Star Wars super-fans were probably left disappointed when, much like the planet Alderaan, the canonical standing of the long-running post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe of novels and comic books was destroyed by the proverbial Disney Death Star in one big blast. That being said, the recent news of Disney.s plan to essentially reboot the Expanded Universe with at least 20 new books that will be connected to the continuity with the movies seemed to offer a glimmer of hope. Now, the title and synopsis for the first of these novels has been released, and let.s just say that the optimism is justified. In a press release today, the title and synopsis of one of Disney.s critical new canon-redefining novels has been officially revealed. The title of the book will be called Star Wars: Aftermath, written by Chuck Wendig, and it will be released in September. »
Remember how Disney announced there would be 20+ books coming out to bridge the gap in Star Wars lore? And remember how HitFix Harpy postulated that a power vacuum created by the death of the Emperor would create a race to fill it? “Star Wars: Aftermath” suggests that’s just what happened. Image Credit: Disney/ Del Rey Books “Aftermath” will be written by Chuck Wendig, best known for his novels “Blackbirds,” “Mockingbird,” and “Under the Empyrean Sky.” Wendig also dabbles in writing for comics, such as the upcoming on-going The Shield by Dark Circle Comics. Obviously, the plot of “Aftermath” is being kept tightly under wraps for now. The synopsis is purposely vague in the official announcement: The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, »
- Donna Dickens
Last week, it was announced that Disney and LucasFilm have teamed with DelRey to release at least 20 books this fall through multiple publishers. These novels and activity books will bridge the 32-year gap between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hitting theaters December 18. One of the more important books storywise, hitting store shelves on September 4, is Star Wars: Aftermath, which has just become available for presale. We have your first look at the cover art, and more details about how this epic adventure will actually bridge the original and the impending trilogies with both old and new characters alike.
The book will be written by "Blackbirds," "Mockingbird,"  and "Under the Empyrean Sky" author Chuck Wendig. About his experiences writing the novel, and why it means so much to him, he states:
"My earliest - and still one of my »
Star Wars has the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and soon we’ll see the sequel trilogy. Before that new series bows, however, we’ll get the book trilogy. One of the first books announced for the large-scale publishing event Journey to the Force Awakens is called Star Wars Aftermath. We’ve previously written about the plot of the book, which […]
- Germain Lussier
We already know that there is a massive series of canon Star Wars books, comics and other media on the way from Disney/Lucasfilm and their associated corporate pals under the umbrella title Journey To The Force Awakens. One of the first announcements came via Marvel about a comic, and now the franchise’s official site has put out word of the first novel, Aftermath, from publishers Del Rey. Chuck Wendig is the man tasked with writing the tome, which will look into the events occurring right after Return Of The Jedi. You want more? Here’s more: “The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumours are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? »
Details are now out regarding another one of the twenty books being published by Disney and LucasFilm that will fill in the 32 year gap between "Return of the Jedi" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
"Star Wars: Aftermath" hits September 4th and has been penned by Mockingbird" and "Under the Empyrean Sky" author Chuck Wendig. It is one of the most important of the new batch as it deals directly with post-Jedi events and what unfolds within it is considered official canon. Here's the just released official synopsis and artwork:
"In Star Wars: Aftermath, the second Death Star has just been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? »
- Garth Franklin
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