Part of the charm to Disney’s Star Wars Rebels has been the opportunity to hear Original Trilogy stars reprising their iconic roles, from James Earl Jones’ Darth Vader to Billy Dee Williams’ Lando. We’ve even heard Frank Oz’s Yoda, but now the character is confirmed for a full Season 2 appearance, along with another major returning character from the franchise.
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The amount of Star Wars news flooding the internet could fill an entire galaxy, near or far, but the latest will take us a bit longer ago than The Force Awakens. Star Wars Rebels will officially return for Season 3 in 2016, keeping the crew of the Ghost fighting the Empire for another year.
The DMV is run by sloths. This is the comic premise of one scene from Disney’s upcoming animated movie Zootopia, and not a fact of life from our own real world. Although I guess the two things aren’t mutually exclusive.
Among the vast crop of movies Disney has planned inspired by previously established classic properties, we haven’t heard much — if anything — of a young Merlin movie. In addition to the studio’s planned live-action Sword in the Stone, Disney is also developing a film based on The Merlin Saga, and has just hired a screenwriter well-suited for the world of fantasy.
It started out as a sort of interesting bit of trivia for Star Wars fans: the adorable new droid first introduced in last year’s teaser for The Force Awakens is actually a girl. BB-8 has already become one of the upcoming film’s most popular characters, and while gendering a robot seems a little silly, it was neat to know that in addition to having Daisy Ridley playing a leading role in the next phase of the Star Wars saga, something as small and seemingly irrelevant as the gender of a droid was being given more nuanced consideration. And that’s when things got complicated.
It’s been over a year since Robin Williams’ shocking, heartbreaking suicide. His career has definitively ended, and his posthumous films Boulevard, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Absolutely Anything have all come and gone from theaters. Robin Williams movies are no more, and a specific clause in the beloved comedian and actor’s last will and testament, as noted by the New York Post, will ensure that it stays that way.
Disney’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction has been around since 1994, and if you grew up in the ’90s you may recall that it was already the inspiration for one film — a 1997 Disney TV movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Steve Guttenberg. It was one of the studio’s first attempts at translating a theme park attraction into a film, and it’s now one of their latest as Disney is reportedly developing a new movie based on the popular ride.
As a general rule, fan theories are typically over-reaching, laughably terrible and unnecessary. But one such fan theory has actually been confirmed by the directors of the film. In this case, it’s the long-running fan theory about Robin Williams’ Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, the rare bit of fan speculation that’s actually harmless and kind of cute. You win this round, fan theorists — sort of.
Marvel’s animated Guardians of the Galaxy have given us a chance to catch up with the adventures of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot before its cinematic inspiration arrives for Volume 2 in 2017, and the TV branch will reach another milestone before the film. Disney XD’s Guardians will return for a second season, and crossover with The Avengers as well.
Earlier today, Star Wars Rebels gave us a closer look at Season 2 with a clip of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s villainous “Seventh Sister,” but the Disney XD drama had so much more in store for New York Comic-Con 2015. A brand new trailer sees Ahsoka taking on the Inquisitors, with some surprises in store for the Ghost crew in Season 2.