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Star Wars: Episode VII: This May Be The Most Bizarre Rumor Yet

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SheamusHi kids, it’s weird-ass Star Wars rumor time, but don’t worry, there’s actually some factual information here as well. It recently came out that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII would film on the lovely island Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. That much is true, as is the fact that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, was on location and just completed three days worth of shooting. The truly strange and curious part, which could possibly link to this bit of real news, is that professional wrestler Sheamus might be involved, and might play Darth Vader.

Yeah, we were under the impression that Darth Vader was dead, too, but according to the Irish Daily Mirror, that’s the scuttlebutt that’s been going around. The Ireland-born WWE Superstar recently returned to his homeland, Tweeting that he was on his way to, you guessed it, Skellig Michael.

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The Star Wars Prequels As Seen From R2-D2’s Point Of View

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R2FeatR2-D2 and C-3PO are the unifying thread that runs through all six of the Star Wars films (and soon to be nine). They’re the Star Wars version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or maybe Forrest Gump — forever in the middle of huge, heroic events that reshape the galaxy. Sometimes they’re just serving as witness. Other times — when one of them is carrying around the plans for the Empire’s massive, planet-destroying space station, for instance — they’re helping create the future themselves. That unique perspective is the idea behind a new nine-panel comic strip called A Certain Point of View, which examines the events of the Star Wars prequels through the eyes — er, sensors — of R2.

Taking its title from an infamous bit of semantic bullshittery by Obi-Wan, A Certain Point of View is the creation of artist Chris Gugliotti, and it may actually be more entertaining than the prequels themselves. I’m hoping Gugliotti plans to give the same treatment to the original trilogy — if he was only going to do one or the other, I’d much rather we got to see his take on the story of Han, Luke, Leia, and the rest. Still, even his take on the prequels is pretty charming. And I love the idea of that last panel, of R2 passing on the story on to Luke.

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Check Out Star Wars Spinoff Director Josh Trank’s Star Wars-Inspired Short Film

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StabbingDisney has been making some smart, unexpected choices when it comes to hiring directors for their resurgent Star Wars universe. Handing the keys for Episode VIII and IX to Rian Johnson, a brilliant filmmaker who is nonetheless far from a household name, was a decision that made me want to fly to Disneyland just to high five Mickey. But, while unexpected, it actually fit with Disney’s decisions in the weeks before that announcement, which included hiring Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and Chronicle’s Josh Trank to direct two of the Star Wars spinoff films. While it’ll still be years before we get to see what these guys’ visions of Star Wars will look like, Trank has actually already played around in the Star Wars universe. Well…sort of, anyway.

Wherever Trank’s Star Wars spinoff takes us, it probably won’t involve the unfortunate intersection of a teenage kegger, a room full of bros, and a pair of lightsabers, but that’s exactly what’s in the mix in Trank’s 2007 short film Stabbing at Leia’s. With Stabbing clocking in at a brisk 85 seconds, Trank actually spent less than a dollar a second to make it: it cost him $80 and the time it took to track down a couple of toy lightsabers and stormtrooper costumes. See how things all went wrong on the eve of Princess Leia’s 22nd birthday party:

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Rian Johnson Talks Star Wars: Episode VIII, Drops A Holiday Special Reference

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JohnsonOne of the most exciting announcements of the post-Disney-buyout era of Star Wars was the news that Looper’s Rian Johnson would be writing and directing Episode VIII (and possibly Episode IX as well). Even if you’re one of the fans unhappy with the decision to let J.J. Abrams direct Episode VII, Johnson’s hiring is a compelling reason to get excited about a return to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. During a recent podcast appearance, Johnson was unsurprisingly tight-lipped about his plans for the franchise — he told the audience, “I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you.” He did, however, talk about why he took the job and what he’s doing to prepare for it. Hint: it involves the movie Twelve O’Clock High.

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Star Wars Rebels Touts The Glory Of The Empire With Propaganda Posters

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ProtectIf there’s one thing any evil empire worth its salt needs, it’s propaganda. Well, that’s probably not the one thing, but it does come in handy in keeping the general populace cowed and obedient. We never got to see the fruit of the Imperial Marketing Department’s labors during the six Star Wars movies, but thankfully the team behind the upcoming Rebels animated series have nipped that oversight right in the bud. Hence the snazzy Imperial propaganda posters accompanying this story, which were available this past week at San Diego Comic-Con.

The poster designs were originally debuted earlier this year as exclusives to several different websites, and limited-edition cards featuring the artwork were sent out to 2,500 fans around the world. As reported by io9, the Rebels Comic-Con posters were accompanied by the following cheerful message from your divine and benevolent Emperor Palpatine:

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Marvel’s Star Wars Age Begins With Three Newly Announced Comics Series

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Star_Wars_1_Cassaday_covcroppedIn the aftermath of Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm back in 2012, the House That Walt Built began an ongoing process of consolidating its newly acquired Star Wars franchise on every front. LucasArts was shuttered and Star Wars game development shuffled to other entities. Clone Wars was wrapped up and much of its crew shifted over to Rebels. Indeed, the entire long-running and convoluted Star Wars Expanded Universe canon was swept aside to make way for a new interconnected fictional reality anchored by the upcoming Star Wars films. And now this streamlined Star Wars canon will be spreading to the comics page, thanks to three new Marvel titles announced this week at Comic-Con.

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