Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-off Possibly in the Works; New STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors Revealed

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While our attention is mainly on Star Wars: Episode VII (as it should be), we have to keep in mind that in addition to the sequels, we’re also getting spin-offs.  Personally, I wish these spin-offs would expand the universe with new characters and new worlds, but early rumors indicate that the focus will be on established characters such as Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda.  Now another spin-off rumor has surfaced, and it claims that an Obi-Wan Kenobi will have his own movie.  “For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters,” reports Making Star Wars, “But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.”

Hit the jump for new rumors on Star Wars: Episode VII.  However, be warned that these rumors for Episode VII could be possible spoilers.

New BATMAN V SUPERMAN Batmobile Image Charges a Stormtrooper with Grand Theft Auto

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Filmmaker Zack Snyder continues to make excellent use of social media when it comes to teasing fans, with the latest being a new Batman v Superman Batmobile image with yet another Star Wars tie-in.  This is the third such Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars mash-up, as Snyder previously tweeted a photo of Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi and another photo of Batman hanging out with R2-D2.  This new image offers another look at Ben Affleck’s formidable-looking Batmobile, as a Stormtrooper is seen being arrested by GCPD for the theft of said vehicle.  It’s clearly a joke, but Snyder seems to be laying on the Star Wars love pretty thick.  Is he simply a big fan, or could those long-ago rumors of a Snyder-helmed Star Wars spinoff have some truth to them?  Whatever the case, the filmmaker’s tied up in the DC universe for the next few years as he’s poised to shoot Justice League directly after BvS.

Take a look at the new Batman v Superman Batmobile image after the jump.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice storms into theaters on March 25, 2016.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Elements Could Pop Up in STAR WARS REBELS; Daisy Ridley’s Costume Revealed?

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We did just get a look at the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing ships, but how about getting the chance to see even more from Star Wars: Episode VII including locations, weapons and more?  It’s being reported that you’ll get that opportunity if you watch Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels takes place five years before A New Hope.  It’s a dark time in the galaxy thanks to the Galactic Empire, but the crew of the starship Ghost is hoping to change that.  The show is set to kick off on the Disney Channel on October 3rd before moving over to Disney XD for the rest of the season.  Hit the jump for more on the Episode VII elements that Star Wars Rebels may tease as well as a sketch of Daisy Ridley’s costume.

Mark Ruffalo Wants Rian Johnson to Cast Him in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

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Rian Johnson is a big shot these days, now that he’s the man in charge of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the dream job of every writer/director of his generation.  Mark Ruffalo worked with Johnson when he was still and up-and-comer on his second feature, The Brothers Bloom.  Ruffalo told us at TIFF that they rekindled their relationship recently because he “desperately” wants to join Johnson in his Star Wars adventure.  Ruffalo said he sent an e-mail to Johnson that read:

“Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing.  And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”

Hit the jump for everything Ruffalo had to say about Star Wars, as well as his passion for motion capture and how the two opportunities could intersect.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set Pics Reveal Life-Sized Millenium Falcon and X-Wing Ships

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I’m almost shocked that there isn’t restricted air space around the Star Wars: Episode VII set, such is the intensity of director J.J. Abrams‘ desire for secrecy.  But even Abrams doesn’t have that kind of clout, and so now we have some overhead pics that got snagged by a local flying school.  And they detail what look to be like life-size models of the Millenium Falcon and a (tarp covered) X-Wing fighter. So, just in case you were in doubt about those ships’ presence in the film after all of the prior evidence, don’t be.

Hit the jump for the pics.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015, and stars Mark HamillCarrie FisherHarrison FordAnthony DanielsPeter MayhewKenny BakerJohn BoyegaDaisy RidleyAdam DriverGwendoline Christie, Oscar IsaacAndy SerkisDomhnall GleesonLupita Nyong’o, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow.

Check Out STAR WARS Prints from Acme Archives’ “Star Wars Alliance” Collection

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Starting today, Acme Archives has a special “Star Wars Alliance” timed release of Star Wars-inspired prints.  The list of artists includes Steve Anderson, Brad Bishop, Joe Corroney, Brian Miller, Mike Kungl, Dave Nestler, Tim Proctor, David Rabbite, Jason Reed, Gary Shipman, James Silvani, Cat Staggs, Chris Trevas, Jerry Vanderstelt, Charity Wood, Brent Woodside, and Kayla Woodside.  The timed release runs through September 15.  Check out some of the prints available after the jump along with details on how you can buy them.

Check out Matt Ferguson’s and Bottleneck Gallery’s STAR WARS Original Trilogy Posters

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If you feel like your walls are sorely lacking when it comes to quality Star Wars posters, Bottleneck Gallery and artist Matt Ferguson have you covered.  Ferguson has created prints for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and they each do a good job of capturing the atmosphere of the locale they represent (Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor, respectively).  These posters will be on sale from Thursday, September 4th at 12pm EST to Sunday, September 7th at 11:59pm EST.  Each print costs $35 or $100 for the set.  Each print will be numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Ferguson.  The number of the edition will be determined after the sale on Sunday.

Or you could also just try to win a set from us.  Hit the jump for more details on these posters and to find out how you can enter to win a set.

GAME OF THRONES’ Miltos Yerolemou Joins STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Those darn limeys don’t observe Labor Day, and it’s for the best since they’ve got some new Star Wars: Episode VII casting.  According to the BBC, Miltos Yerolemou, who played swordsman Syrio Forel on Game of Thrones, has joined the upcoming Star Wars sequel in an undisclosed role, although it will probably be a minor one.  Yerolemou is probably best known to American audiences for his performance on Game of Thrones, but he’s also played other roles that involve sword fighting, so don’t be surprised if you see him wielding a lightsaber.

Yeromelou is the second Game of Thrones alum to join Episode VII following the casting of Gwendoline Christie back in June, although Lucasfilm declined to comment on his casting.  In case you’ve never seen Yerolemou on Game of Thrones or just want a refresher, hit the jump.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Max von Sydow.

New STAR WARS REBELS Short Is “Not What You Think”

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For your Labor Day viewing enjoyment, Disney XD has released a new Star Wars Rebels short.  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  This new short gives us an introduction to Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), who shares the same irreverent attitude of Sabine and Zeb.  I’m curious to see how the show will develop and differentiate these characters, and how their playful jabs at the Empire will stack up when faced with powerful foes like Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor.

Hit the jump to check out the new Star Wars Rebels short, “Not What You Think”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Jason Isaacs, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.

New STAR WARS REBELS Short “Entanglement” Highlights Zeb and His Tardiness

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Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels short, and this one shines the spotlight on Zeb Orrelios (voiced by Steve Blum).  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  Looking at this short and the one we saw last week, I’m starting to get interested in this series.  The characters are likable and rambunctious rather than trying too hard to be hip and edgy.  It’s still a kids’ show, but it looks like it could be a good one.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, “Entanglement”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Tiya Sircar.

Rumor: STAR WARS Sequels to “Redefine Longform Storytelling”; Will Integrate Cartoons, Books, Comics

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By the time Star Wars: Episode VII opens next December, I feel like I’ll know everything about it.  That’s not to criticize the film itself; that’s just the nature of the online reporting, especially when you cover every trailer, TV spot, Vine, Instagram, Twitpic, and social media technology yet to be invented.  However, with where the Star Wars universe is headed, there may be too much to cover.  The entire expanded universe canon has been “scrapped” (I don’t know if you can say something was discarded when it was never seriously considered by its originator), and Star Wars is starting afresh.  But the sequels may be more than a way of launching new tie-ins.  Lucasfilm might be trying to legitimately make these tie-ins a rewarding part of the Star Wars experience.

Hit the jump for more on the plans for the Star Wars sequels, spin-offs, and more.

Disney XD Sets Dates for 1-Hour Movie STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION and the STAR WARS REBELS Series Premiere

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Disney XD has announced their multi-platform rollout for their new animated series, Star Wars RebelsDeadline reports that the one-hour debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will premiere on September 29th on WatchDisneyXD.com and the Watch Disney XD app.  Spark of Rebellion will then make its global TV broadcast on various Disney channels on October 3rd at 9pm (U.S).  Finally, the animated series will have its premiere on Disney XD at October 13th at 9pm (U.S.).  “The series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households,” according to Disney.

It’s a huge rollout for the show, which takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it’s important to remember that The Clone Wars set a high bar with young fans of animated Star Wars, and now they’ll need to be convinced that Star Wars Rebels is a worthy successor.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Adam Driver Highlights the Importance of Keeping STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Grounded

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When you’ve got a story that takes place in space and involves distant planets, lightsabers, epic battles and an abundance of alien creatures, “grounded” is probably not the first word you’d think to use to describe it, but for Star Wars: Episode VII star, Adam Driver, it’s those relatable, universal themes that make the Star Wars franchise a standout.

Even though the web’s been flooded with Star Wars: Episode VII talk lately, there’s been little to nothing from the stars of the upcoming installment – until now.  Hit the jump to read what Driver had to say about what makes the Star Wars films so special.

New STAR WARS REBELS Short “Art Attack” Shows off Sabine and Her Unique form of Rebellion

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Disney XD has released a Star Wars Rebels short online.  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  While we’ve had featurettes introducing the villains and even the first seven minutes of the series, this short is interesting because it directly introduces a character even though I’m not sure this will be part of an episode.  If it stands alone, it’s a neat way of introducing Sabine (voiced by Tiya Sircar) without any talking heads explaining who she is.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, “Art Attack”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum.

Rian Johnson Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII; Praises the Use of Practical Effects on EPISODE VII

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Have you had enough of all the Star Wars: Episode VII news today?  Well, you’re in luck because now we’re going to focus on Star Wars: Episode VIII!  There’s been talk of a Star Wars trilogy film hitting theaters every other year with a Star Wars spinoff movie in between, so if that really does pan out, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII could be heading towards a 2017 release.  Three years may seem like a lot, but when you’ve got to write, direct and then take a film of this magnitude through post-production, the time is going to fly by fast.

Johnson has talked about taking the gig a little bit since being hired back in June, but not to the extent he just did in a new podcast.  Hit the jump to find out what Johnson had to say about jumping into the Star Wars universe, his thoughts on practical versus digital effects and more.

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