It’s weird to think that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a movie that opens up exactly two months from now, hasn’t had an official poster up until this point (minus that one of just the logo on a black, starry sky). But, if you thought the Force Awakens marketing campaign was a slow to get started, that’s all about to change as Disney and Lucasfilm kick things into hyperdrive. First stop: a proper, official, classic Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. Take a look, this very well may be hanging up on your wall one day.
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Back in 2012, Disney and Netflix struck a deal that would allow all of Disney’s films — including Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars properties — to stream exclusively on Netflix Instant, starting on January 1, 2016. As that date approaches, many have speculated openly about the Star Wars films finally coming to Netflix. There were even rumors recently that Netflix was prepping their database for the Star Wars movies, though Netflix denied those reports. While they have yet to comment specifically on the existing six films in the Star Wars library, Netflix did confirm that, as of now, they do not have the rights to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but are currently in negotiations to bring that title to their streaming library.
If you noticed, in neither of the first two Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers did you see the Disney logo; each opened with the classic Lucasfilm fanfare. According to Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, you won’t be seeing the Disney logo in front of The Force Awakens when you see it theaters either.
Lucasfilm has no shortage of interesting directors involved in the new era of Star Wars. J.J. Abrams kicks things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, followed by Rian Johnson on Episode 8 and Colin Trevorrow on Episode 9, with Gareth Edwards and Phil Lord and Chris Miller tackling upcoming Star Wars Story spinoffs. But where are the women? The president of Lucasfilm is a woman — which is excellent — but with each new director announcement, we can’t help but wonder why it’s so difficult to get a woman on board.
Alright, Star Wars fans, what are you doing on Monday, October 19? Nope, sorry. Whatever you thought you were doing, you might want to readjust your plans, because you’re going to be sitting in front of your computer, watching the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and pre-ordering your tickets for December 18. At least that’s according to multiple early reports, as well as some of our sources as well.
Though it was announced as part of the Disney Infinity plans quite a while back, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens figures and Play Set hadn't been shown or teased at all beyond its mere existence. Today, Disney Interactive finally unveiled the first four figures planned, though they shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention to the Force Awakens release plans since Force Friday. Heroes Rey and Finn will be included with the Play Set itself when it arrives on Dec. 18, with Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron being offered as separate figures on the same date. Little is known about what we'll be doing in the Play Set itself (shocking, I know), but it will be compatible with all the other Star Wars figures that have been released to this point. So yes, you will be able to team Darth Vader with the man rumored to be his biggest fan, and give Rey a chance to hang with Han and Chewie before they had so much gray in their hair.
Following the highly-publicized drama and subsequent disappointment of Fantastic Four, Josh Trank exited (or was let go from) Lucasfilm and Disney’s Boba Fett solo film. The studios are reportedly still planning on making that film, and a new rumor suggests that they came close to hiring Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray for the gig — but even more interesting is who they want to play the famed bounty hunter.
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.
Last week, we learned the surprising news that Buffy vet Sarah Michelle Gellar would ignite Star Wars Rebels Season 2 as a new inquisitor, rather than a young Princess Leia. Still, the erstwhile vampire slayer is all menace in the latest clip from Season 2, as Ezra attempts to hold his own in an interrogation.
Yes, we’ve known for a while that Luke, Leia and Han (and Chewie, and R2, and C-3PO) figure into Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that it’s very likely that one of the new cast members is a part of the Skywalker family. But it’s been unclear if the rest of the trilogy will continue the Skywalker story or pass the legacy on to another heroic character. According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, we can expect all three of the new films to be Skywalker-centric.