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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 a movie announcement or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
The rumor currently buzzing around the Internet is that Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed Looper, will do the same for Star Wars Episode VIII. TheWrap reports that Johnson is set to take over these roles for the eighth episode, and that he will also write the treatment for Episode IX. Johnson’s producing partner, Ram Bergman, will produce Episode VIII, according to this report. Lucasfilm and Disney are silent as of right now, although Johnson’s spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times that the story is true.
In more concerning Star Wars film news, Harrison Ford’s publicist Ina Treciokas has confirmed that the actor broke his leg on the set of Episode VII. Treciokas added that Ford’s “surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly.” Following rumors that Ford would be out for six months instead of two, and that a meeting was held at Pinewood Studios to discuss delaying the film’s release, Lucasfilm confirmed to TheForce.Net that the release date would remain the same: December 18, 2015.
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Star Wars Rebels has been the voice of the Imperial Inquisitor who serves as the series’ main villain. Well, we at The ForceCast have a well-placed source who has resolved this mystery. If you don’t mind the mild spoiler, click here to find out who is voicing the Inquisitor, as well as which familiar character we can expect to see in the one-hour series premiere on Disney Channel. I have to say, I’m thrilled by this choice for the Inquisitor. He has both the talent and gravitas to pull it off and the name recognition and performance history to inspire fans’ confidence. That’s exactly the combination of traits you would want for the actor behind the lead villain in a TV series. I’m also interested to see how the familiar character mentioned above will be incorporated into the story. I have my guesses, but I won’t go into it here. (Make sure you check out The ForceCast’s Rebels Roundtable when we review the premiere!)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues to receive the recognition it deserves. On Friday night, the series received two more Daytime Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and one for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (for Christopher Voy). The Clone Wars received the former award, which represents top honors for a daytime animated series, last year as well. Dave Filoni and members of the production crew were on hand to receive the awards. Congratulations to that entire team for these much-deserved awards!
Three of Del Rey’s four upcoming Star Wars novels were in the news in the past week. First, Del Rey unveiled the stunning back cover art for what is sure to be my favorite book in this initial slate, Star Wars: Tarkin by the masterful James Luceno. Then, the company announced that it was shuffling two release dates to better fit Random House’s publication schedule. Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne will now be released on February 17, while Lords of the Sith by Paul Kemp will be out on April 21.
Exciting news for you fans of Her Universe: Ashley Eckstein’s fangirl-centered clothing company has announced plans to carry Marvel products inspired by such characters as Captain America and Ms. Marvel and organizations like the dreaded Hydra. (The Hydra tank top glows in the dark!) Her Universe’s new collaboration with Disney Consumer Products and Marvel has allowed Eckstein and her team to “create a fashionable collection of empowering Super Hero apparel for the ever-growing female fan base of Marvel comics, films and television series,” per the press release. Eckstein has done so much for female Star Wars fans in just four years. It’s exciting to see her branch out to other popular properties as well.
And a few “quick hits” for you to round out this week’s HoloNet Digest:
- Disney launched new iOS apps that let you reimagine classic scenes from the Star Wars saga using 3D models and authentic visual and audio elements. Star Wars Scene Maker includes both free and paid content, with more content packs from both the films and Star Wars Rebels coming in the future.
- Disney Interactive teased a new combat strategy game called Star Wars: Commander. They are beginning a testing period for iOS and Android users. No further details were announced.
- Simon Kinberg, the Star Wars Rebels executive producer and Star Wars spinoff film consultant, has joined Twitter as @Kinberg.
- Finally, Star Wars meets Guardians of the Galaxy in one of the most fun mashup trailers I’ve seen in a long time. Check it out below.
Eric Geller is a journalist from the Washington, D.C. area. He co-hosts The ForceCast podcast and manages social media for Star Wars fan sites TheForce.Net and Rebelscum.com. He also contributes to The Official Star Wars Blog and Star Wars Insider.