The Star Wars News Roundup – 8.15.14


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!

Episode VII News and Rumors

Force for Change announced their big “Episode VII” winner, but J.J. Abrams also gave a peek at what appears to either be a droid hand, cyborg hand, or… Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand? Time will tell.

Star Wars: Force For Change Winner Reveal

Founding Members,

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, the generous Founding Members of Star Wars: Force for Change. Together, contributors from 125 countries around the world have united to raise over $4.26 million to benefit UNICEF Innovation Labs and programs! Along with an additional $1 million of support from The Walt Disney Company, this campaign has raised enough for UNICEF Innovation Labs to build the equivalent of 7 to 8 new Innovation labs, ensuring the development of projects like MobiStation, a portable kit that gives children access to quality learning anywhere and Rapid FTR, a mobile phone app that helps reunite family members during natural disasters. These are just a couple examples from this tremendous achievement, but the true impact goes beyond dollars and cents. So for establishing an entirely new branch of the UNICEF community and igniting a newfound awareness that holds immeasurable potential, we THANK YOU!

And now, without further adieu, we’re excited to announce that the winner of our very first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign is … D.C. Barns from Denver, Colorado!

During a donor video chat, D.C. shared that he first saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five, adding, “I loved it! … I just couldn’t get it out of my head of 35 years.” D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Check out his reaction in this video.

Again, what you have done together to benefit the remarkable work of UNICEF Innovation Labs is nothing short of amazing!

May the Force be with you,
The Star Wars Team

Daily Mail – Back to London, Han Solo? Star Wars’ Harrison Ford, 72, looks great after injury as he boards a private jet in Southern California

Yahoo! Movies – Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Awesome Reaction to Rian Johnson Getting ‘Star Wars’ Gig

So when we talked to JGL recently about his new role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (which, it’s worth noting, marks his return to noir), we had to ask him about the recent announcement that Johnson had scored what many would think the best gig in the galaxy: writer-director of Star Wars – Episode VIII.

As you could probably guess, Gordon-Levitt was very, very excited. “Dude! Aw!” he exclaimed, clapping his hands, a glowing beam of a smile lighting up his face like twin Tatooine suns. “I’m so happy. I’m so happy. I couldn’t speak to you about superlatively happy I am that Rian Johnson is gonna make Star Wars.”

Spinoff News and Rumors


Star Wars Rebels: “The Machine in the Ghost” Short

Star Wars Rebels Short Featuring Sabine

Around The Web

Revenge of the Jedi: Teaser Trailer


Books and Comics