Although Lucasfilm and Disney decided that the old Star Wars Expanded Universe will no longer be considered canon moving into the new era of the franchise, there’s still a fairly large and ever-growing Star Wars universe — between the classic films, prequels, the new trilogy and its spinoffs, the books and TV shows, we have a lot of story to consider. Thankfully, someone made a handy infographic to put all of these bits of the franchise in chronological order.
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Star Wars is the kind of movie franchise that commands borderline religious devotion from its fans. So no one batted an eye when September 4, 2015 was declared “Force Friday” and it was revealed that this very specific holiday would see the release of the first wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. And while some people in the Church of Lucasfilm would prefer to keep all merchandise (and any potential spoilers it brings) hidden as long as possible, Hasbro has released a catalog of each and every toy they are releasing on this Blessed Day. Naturally, this catalog has now ended up online.
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From The Force Awakens, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, a Star Wars tabletop game drops something very interesting, Drew Struzan gets hyperbolic, and J.J. Abrams discusses his new bad guys.
By the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this December, it will have graced the cover of every major magazine in the world. Following cover stories in Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly, the highly anticipated sequel to the world’s most popular movie trilogy has landed on the cover of Empire. Heh. Empire. Because, you know, Star Wars. Insert your own joke there. And, like any magazine issue that fancies itself a collector’s item, Empire’s 2015 Winter Preview issue will have two covers – one for the heroes and one for the villains.
Disney kept Star Wars Rebels out of Comic-Con 2015 and only had so much to offer at D23, but us New Yorkers are in for a treat come NYCC in October. Not only will New York Comic-Con screen the first two episodes of Star Wars Rebels Season 2, but so too have we intercepted the Empire’s panel plans.
It's Monday, which means it's time for even more Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise leaks. Proving no single company is safe from the deluge of discoveries of just what's in the box in the storeroom at your local Walmart/Target/Toys 'R Us, Lego's upcoming slate of TFA pieces has been loosed upon the world. Seven different building kits will be available for the first time on Force Friday (Sept. 4), and unlike the Hasbro figure leaks we've seen, all of Lego's purported products are focused exclusively on the new film. While there are no prices or piece counts available on these preliminary images, we do still get more than a sense of what to expect from each build, and what all the new figures will look like. There are seven planned sets to kick off the line, including the familiar Millennium Falcon making a return appearance for the first time since the original trilogy version was retired by Lego. The new Falcon shares some similarities with the 7965 model previously released, but there are some design differences throughout that are immediately visible on the exterior. Unfortunately, there's no imagery of the interior, so we don't know what kind of changes are in store for the ship's quarters.
D23, Disney’s massive fan convention, took place over the weekend including the best from all of Disney’s many properties, including Star Wars and Marvel. As part of the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens presentation (which included appearances from John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Harrison Ford), all the fans in attendance got an extra special treat: a limited edition copy of the Drew Struzan poster for the film.
Sony will join the dark side of the Force with a Star Wars-themed PlayStation 4 console that will be bundled with Disney Infinity 3.0 and Star Wars Battlefront.
And the Star Wars news keeps coming. In addition to officially confirming Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode 9 and revealing the first photo (and new casting) for Star Wars: Rogue One, Disney chief Bob Iger gave fans another treat: Star Wars lands are coming to Disney theme parks, and they’re going to be friggin’ huge.
During Comic-Con, a rumor began circulating that Colin Trevorrow was attached to direct Star Wars: Episode 9. The convention came and went without Disney and Lucasfilm acknowledging the rumor, but during today’s live-action presentation at D23, the studios made formally announced the Jurassic World director to helm the final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy.