The Star Wars News Roundup – 10.11.13


The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!

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Episode VII Movie News Summary

Empire Online spoke to Saoirse Ronan about her audition for “Episode VII”:

“Yeah, I did [audition for Star Wars Episode VII]… I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that ne needs.”

“But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!”

You can hear the audio for yourself at the link.

The Huffington Post also confirmed that Michael B. Jordan also auditioned for a role:

Finally, there’s “Star Wars: Episode 7,” to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Jordan, who met George Lucas through “Red Tails,” says he auditioned for an unspecified part but didn’t wield a lightsaber.

“I mean, everybody’s going in on this project. They’re trying to figure out what they want,” he said. “That’s another incredible franchise. It’s pretty crazy! … We’ll see how it happens. I don’t know how I can do everything.”

The Mirror also recapped an episode of the “Graham Norton Show” where Harrison Ford addressed “Episode VII.” Coincidentally, Benedict Cumberbatch was also on the show:

Star Wars royalty Harrison Ford says he has not decided yet whether he will star in the new addition to the sci-fi franchise.

“I’ve not quite made the choice,” he says on Friday’s Graham Norton Show.

Both Harrison and Benedict Cumberbatch, who also appears on the talk show, have been mentioned in connection with the film, but refuse to confirm anything.

The Sherlock star, who has previously said that JJ Abrams ‘knows about’ his interest in Star Wars Episode VII, admitted he has dreamed about being Han Solo.

Speaking about the first time he met Ford, he says how embarrassed he was: “When I met you in LA at a party we talked and I made a complete idiot of myself.

“You were very nice but I said, ‘I am a really, really big fan, I used to fantasise about you…’

“What I meant to say was I used to fantasise about being Hans Solo and Indy. You took it very well and said, ‘It takes all sorts!'”

Meanwhile, Latino Review reported that Chloë Grace Moretz denied going in for an audition:

“No, no rumors I don’t know how they get started. But it would be great to be a part of it. I don’t think Disney doesn’t know what’s really going to happen. I don’t even think they cast the principle roles yet.”

Comic Book Therapy reports that James McAvoy would like a chance at auditioning:

“I have not auditioned for Star Wars. Something is rotten in the state of equity, I’m telling you. No. Although I have just been working with one of the writers of the new series, Simon Kinberg. I slipped him a couple of coffees, felt his bum a wee bit, you know what I mean? “Any chance big man?” So yeah, I’ve put in the work.”

As for what we can expect in the way of official announcements, Jedi News UK reports that news could be coming soon:

23rd October looking like the date we may see the first official major Episode Seven cast news drop.

One problem may be Apple announcing today a product launch on 22nd and they are a PR drain. They want to avoid the last week of the month to give Thor chance to get the press as it starts international on 30th with US opening 8th Nov.

Announcements have been held back at Harrison’s request so he can do his world press junket without having “to endure” SW Q

Jedi News UK adds some trailer rumors:

A Non live action teaser trailer will be aired on 4th April 2014, the release date of Marvel Studios Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The teaser will be similar to the recent Star Wars Rebels trailer in style and will be the first official reveal of Episode VII’s release date of 11th November 2015 (11/11/15).

While we wait on official info, Uncle George’s son Jett Lucas was giving a little bit of information himself. We summarized the report from “Flicks and the City” which you can see below:

“We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and king of researching, starting his whole little process,” Lucas said about his father. “About half way through that process was when the idea of selling to Disney came up…It’s nice because he’s happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.”

He also mentioned Lucas was very torn on working on the film and letting it go, comparing him to a parent sending their kid off to college. “I knew that he was very torn on the matter, he was like a kid who had turned 18 and was ready to leave the house. Every parent has wanted to let their children go, but they want to hold on to you.”

When asked what he thinks will happen in the new trilogy, Lucas boasted “I already know what happens. I’m happy with what’s going to happen.”

Finally, more buzz on what may be coming soon:

Forbes – Is ‘Star Wars’ Without George Lucas Still ‘Star Wars’?


Star Wars Rebels: Teaser Trailer

Around The Web

Star Wars: Teaser Trailer – Watch the original Star Wars teaser trailer from 1976, featuring the world’s first look at Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and other classic characters and locales from a galaxy far, far away.

Harrison Ford, from Carpenter to Star Wars – How did Harrison Ford become Han Solo and why did he almost turn it down? Hear his conversation with Jennifer Siebel-Newsom as he received the Maverick Spirit Award at Cinequest Film Festival.

George Lucas Interview: War Stories – In a recently recovered interview from Lucasfilm vault, George Lucas discusses crafting the story of Darth Vader and Star Wars. In the original Star Wars trilogy, viewers watched as Luke Skywalker redeemed his father, but it would take the prequel films to show how Darth Vader fell from grace.

Reddit – “I thought r/starwars might like the Halloween costumes my Avengers action figures are wearing”

Variety – Christopher Lee Tapped for Top Brit Film Honor

Variety – J.J. Abrams set for award at Nov. 25 gala for International Emmys

Joe Johnston Q&A – Episode 3

“THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW” (1977)(PART 2)(WITH “STAR WARS” CAST) – “Star Wars” co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill join Carrie Fisher and host Mike Douglas in this segment of a July 1977 installment of the long-running “Mike Douglas Show”.

Den of Geek – Robert Watts on producing Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more

Donald Faison’s “Star Wars Episode VII” Lost Audition

Books and Comics

io9 – An Exclusive Look at Rare and Never-Before-Seen Star Wars Concept Art

You’ve seen a ton of Star Wars concept art before — but this galaxy still contains endless marvels that your eyes have not beheld. A brand new book called Star Wars Art: Concept features loads of artwork, selected by George Lucas himself, that tells the story of Star Wars from the beginning up to now. We’ve got some exclusive glimpses.

Wall Street Journal – The Most Committed Fans at Star Wars Reads Day (Photos)


Bleeding Cool – Matt Kindt To Write New Classic Star Wars Comic


MiceChat reports that Disneyland’s Tomorrowland may be getting an extensive Star Wars makeover:

The aesthetic of most of the land will change to take on the appearance of the Star Wars universe, particularly in the back eastern half of the land.

Disneyland fans will cheer when they learn that the Astro Orbiter will be torn out and removed from its current location at the front of the land, which only served to make that area of the park feel more congested and claustrophobic instead of kinetic and full of energy. The re-Imagineered Rocket Jets spinner is currently planned to land up on top of the Space Mountain Concourse, tying in with a repurposed Starcade upper level next door.

And the old Rocket Jets spinner and PeopleMover platform gets an extreme makeover, as a landing pad in the Star Wars spaceport that forms the loose theme for the new land. And what’s a landing pad without a spaceship, right? The craft that will have landed there won’t be any old spaceship however, but will be the famous Millennium Falcon that will act as an elaborate walk-through attraction and meet ‘n greet location for your favorite Wookie co-pilot. In the shadow of the landing pad is the old Tomorrowland Terrace dining facility, made over into the rowdy Cantina on Tattooine where we’d told you previously that those tests in the Golden Horseshoe last month were for an interactive dining/entertainment concept using the Star Wars universe.

The back of the land is where the big new headliner attraction sits, in the place of the existing Innoventions and Autopia. After abandoning previous attempts to utilize the existing PeopleMover track and loading area, the Innoventions building gets gutted and in its place is the pre-show and boarding area for the new Speeder Bike thrill ride. The majority of the track heads outdoors and to the north, demolishing the Autopia freeways and taking over most of that area for the new ride. The outdoor Speeder Bike course is set on the forest moon of Endor where the Ewoks live, and an Ewok village and walk-through attraction will house dining and shops as the Speeder Bike ride zooms nearby. Imagineering has had dueling proposals for this area; one that retains the 1959 looping course of the Monorail and disguises it amongst the forest, and one that cuts out much of that track and shortens the Monorail route to open up more of the Ewok forest visuals. It should be noted here that Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has an aging aesthetic with a sprawling and underutilized Autopia attraction taking up space.

Visit the link above for much more.

Video Games

Variety – Disney, LucasArts to Launch ‘Star Wars: Tiny Death Star’ with ‘Tiny Tower’ Creator


Join the battle and customize the ultimate starship to become a legendary Starfighter pilot in the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ universe! Today, BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), and LucasArts announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic is adding Player-vs-Player (PvP) combat in the Free-to-Play Digital Expansion: Galactic Starfighter. With a variety of unique starships, a wide set of customization and upgrade options, multiple battle zones and gameplay modes, Galactic Starfighter brings the thrill of epic 12v12 space battles to Star Wars: The Old Republic for the first time.

Active Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers will be offered Early Access starting December 3 and Preferred Status Players* on January 14. Galactic Starfighter will be offered as a Free-to-Play Digital Expansion available to the public beginning on February 4. Each group will also receive special in-game items as part of this Early Access opportunity (detailed below). As a special benefit, active subscribers as of November 1 will receive an exclusive Galactic Starfighter early Gunship unlock and custom Gunship paint jobs.**

“Our goal with Star Wars: The Old Republic has always been to immerse players into their own Star Wars adventure and huge space battles are a vital part of fulfilling that fantasy,” said Jeff Hickman, General Manager of BioWare Austin. “Galactic Starfighter will be a deep experience that will continue to grow over time. We can’t wait for both our current and new players to get their hands on it soon.”

Players who subscribe to Star Wars: The Old Republic by November 1 will receive an exclusive Galactic Starfighter early Gunship unlock and custom Gunship paint jobs. Starting December 3, subscribers are eligible to receive special reward items along with the Early Access opportunity.

Subscriber Early Access Rewards (Subscriber Early Access opens December 3, 2013)

Early Access to Galactic Starfighter on December 3
Exclusive Paint Jobs***
Two Pilot Suits
Two Titles (“Test Pilot” and “First Galactic Starfighter”)
Subscribers get the maximum leveling and progression benefit (a Starfighter Pass will also be available for purchase in the Cartel Market beginning January 14)
Preferred Status players will receive:

Early Access to Galactic Starfighter on January 14
Two Pilot Suits
Exclusive Title (“Test Pilot”)

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a Free-to-Play, award-winning MMO set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies. Players team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles between the Republic and Empire, exploring a galaxy of vibrant planets and experiencing visceral Star Wars combat. Now players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly fee. The Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription offering, providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.

* Players gain Preferred Status by purchasing anything from the online store. Former Subscribers are automatically Preferred Status players. To qualify, a player must gain Preferred Status between January 14, 2014 and February 3, 2014 (Prior to the official public launch on February 4, 2014). The offer ends February 3, 2014 at 11:59PM PST / February 4, 2014, 7:59AM GMT.

** Subscribers as of November 1, 2013 receive the Early Gunship Unlock and Custom Gunship Paint Jobs. To qualify, a player must be a subscriber on or before November 1, 2013, 11:59PM PDT / November 2, 2013, 7:59AM GMT.

*** Early Gunship Role Unlock is offered only to Subscribers who qualify and is available in-game beginning December 3, 2013. Gunship Role is permanently unlocked in-game January 14, 2014. Subscribers between December 3, 2013 and January 13, 2014 (Prior to the launch of Preferred Status Early Access on January 14, 2013), are eligible to receive special items including exclusive Starship Paint Jobs for the Scout and for the Strike Fighter.

Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ “Conflict Rising” Trailer – Watch the “Conflict Rising” trailer and take your battle to space with epic 12v12 dogfights in the new Free-to-Play Digital Expansion: Galactic Starfighter, coming to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!


Tapecrafters – It has a light side, a dark side, and it binds the galaxy together

Rebelscum – Tenacious Collective Offers Super-Limited Artoo Collectible At New York Comic Con

Star Wars: A New Hope Radio Drama


In 1981, George Lucas’ Star Wars movie script was adapted to meet the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, producing an enhanced, expanded version of the story, with many episodes not seen in the film, adding a significant amount of backstory and a much greater emphasis on character development. As a result, Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama, published by HighBridge Audio, became something that is familiar yet completely new—an exhilarating, deeply satisfying fable for the mind’s eye.
Now, more than 30 years after originally airing on NPR, Topps is commemorating the expanded storyline of this auditory sensation with its new Topps Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope card series.

HighBridge is celebrating with the release of TWO LIMITED-EDITION, MP3 COLLECTOR’S VOLUMES: Star Wars: A New Hope – The Original Radio Drama, “Light Side” and “Dark Side.”

Each volume includes the original Star Wars: A New Hope radio drama, an exclusive card from the Topps series, plus rare audio content and interviews from the making of the radio drama.

Rebelscum – Randy Martinez Talks Topps’ Collector’s Editions Of A New Hope Original Radio Drama

We Love Fine – TIE Fighter Tux

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