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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 last week.
Lucasfilm has announced that Dave Filoni will be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next April. Filoni is currently one of the executive producers on Star Wars Rebels and has been an active force at the top of the franchise since The Clone Wars debuted in 2008. Also in that announcement on StarWars.com: this Celebration will feature a podcasting stage!
Disney CEO Bob Iger said during an earnings call yesterday that his company will announce big plans for Star Wars theme parks next year. According to Variety, Iger told analysts, “When we grow Star Wars’ presence, which we will do significantly, you will see better bets being made that will pay off for us than were made in the past.”
Disney XD aired the first seven minutes of the Star Wars Rebels premiere on Monday night, and Lucasfilm has posted it online. Check it out below and see what you think:
Slashfilm has been posting its interviews with Rebels executive producers Filoni and Simon Kinberg. Filoni told Slashfilm’s Germain Lussier that he would love the chance to direct a live-action Star Wars film, while Kinberg talked about his “creative consultant” role on Episode VII, his views on Star Wars canon, and the fact that he “read[s] everything [he] can on the Internet” when it comes to Star Wars news.
Blastr spoke to Peter Mayhew at Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con, where he said that Episode VII “will be the best Star Wars film I will have seen.” He also said that it would be light on special effects, that Harrison Ford almost “throttled” him in a hug when they met for the table read, and that young actors like Hayden Christensen considered him an “old professor” during the prequels.
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.