Artwork courtesy of Joshua Stolte
Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII announcement or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
We’ve only got a few stories this week, but I want to get right to the big announcement from Lucasfilm yesterday that has reignited fan speculation about Star Wars Episode VII. According to a statement on StarWars.com, filming will begin in May, the movie will be set thirty years after Return of the Jedi, and the cast will include “a trio of new young leads” and “some very familiar faces.” Without getting too far into speculation about those “familiar faces,” I will say that I’m very excited to see the new young characters. The Star Wars sequels are widely expected to portray a transition to a new generation, and even if the returning characters include the three biggest names on the original trilogy film posters, the future of the franchise will depend in part on who gets cast in the young lead roles and how their stories unfold. Although fans had long anticipated yesterday’s news, the announcement was still a great reminder that nothing lights up the Internet like Star Wars. I’m excited to learn more about Episode VII as we get closer to December 2015.
It has been a few weeks since The Clone Wars hit Netflix and brought the new sixth season with it, but reflections from the cast and crew are continuing to surface online. Over at IGN, Dave Filoni dived deep into the implications of the bonus content, exploring what he and George Lucas had intended to convey in the Order 66 and Yoda story arcs. Meanwhile, actress Jaime King discussed her work on The Clone Wars –– including her performance in the final story arc and what she thought of that role –– in an interview with ComingSoon.net. In both interviews, you can see Filoni and King’s passion for their work, as well as the thoughtfulness that they bring to their jobs and the enthusiasm they have for talking to Star Wars fans. Both are recommended reads.
Let’s wrap up this short HoloNet Digest with some literature news. Del Rey has announced that the next two issues of Star Wars Insider (#149 and #150) will feature a two-part short story by David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams about “an elite squad of rebel B-wing pilots on a suicide mission during the Battle of Endor.” The story is inspired by a famous piece of promotional art for Return of the Jedi (see below). The art depicts B-Wings flying away as a Star Destroyer explodes in the background. The scene isn’t in the movie. Williams and Williams’ story is called “Blade Squadron,” and it will feature artwork by Chris Trevas. Look for the first part of the story when Insider #149 is released on April 22.
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He co-hosts The ForceCast podcast and manages social media for Star Wars fan sites TheForce.Net and Rebelscum.com. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.