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Star Wars: Episode VII Just Got This Official Title

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Han SoloWell here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced there will be more Star Wars movies. We’re not talking about any official plot details or looks at the movie or anything like that, but now we do know what the J.J. Abrams-directed film is subtitled. Meet Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

This is…a title. To be honest, I don’t have particularly strong feelings on it either way, it’s just kind of bland. It’s also a serious departure from the super dramatic monikers like The Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace, and Revenge of the Sith. Then again, Return of the Jedi isn’t the liveliest title ever. I have to say it’s better than The Ancient Fear, which was rumored to be the working title a while back.

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C-3PO Made Some Bold Claims About Star Wars 7, Find Out What He Said

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c-3poThe Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as the greatest sequel ever made, especially in geekier circles. One actor, however, thinks the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII may claim that throne next year, and, unlike most people, he’s in a unique position to spout off on such a topic.

Anthony Daniels is one of only two actors (Kenny Baker as R2-D2 is the other) to appear in all six, soon (ish) to be seven, Star Wars movies. Even if you can’t picture what he looks like in real life, you know his beloved, prissy golden droid C-3PO, a prominent part of the franchise from The Phantom Menace all the way through Return of the Jedi. Like everyone else in the world, he’s all over social media, and now that Episode VII has wrapped principal photography, he took to Twitter to let the world know what he thinks of the film, and as it turns out, he’s got a high opinion of the project.

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Check Out This Photo Of Joss Whedon And Nathan Fillion Dueling With Lightsabers

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And here is the most geektastic thing you will see all day (and yes, I hate myself a little for using that term, but nothing else seems to capture the precise nerdiness of this photograph). Just in case you forgot what huge dorks both Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion actually are, here’s a photograph of the two of them fighting with lightsabers, just for the hell of it.

Whedon Fillion

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Tarkin Is Center Stage As The New Star Wars EU Expands: Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf

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This week the new Star Wars Expanded Universe opens up just a little bit more with Tarkin by James Luceno. It’s the second novel in the new EU, following on the heels of the Rebels prequel A New Dawn, which released a few months back. While that book was set during the “dark times” after the massacre of the Jedi order and the ascension of Palpatine to Emperor, Tarkin is set in the days leading up to A New Hope, with the first Death Star still under construction and Tarkin one of the most powerful men in the Empire. As for Luceno, he’s no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having penned Darth Plagueis, the Dark Lord Trilogy, and more.

Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

Tarkin“Star Wars: Tarkin” by James Luceno

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel — by intimidation…or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin — whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy…and its enemies’ extinction.

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Star Wars: Episode VII’s Villain May Wield This Medieval Weapon

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Star WarsJust because Star Wars: Episode VII has wrapped up principal photography, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop hearing news and reports and rumors floating around the airwaves from all different directions. We just won’t see any more set photos taken from planes circling overhead or from spy drones (seriously, that’s mind boggling). In fact, another one is making the rounds and claims to offer some details about a potential villain.

There are, this should be obvious by now, possible SPOILERS beyond this point. There’s nothing too specific, but if you’re trying to maintain the mystery, maybe you should do something else. Also, these are unofficial, unsubstantiated reports, so take them with a grain of salt.

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Star Wars 7: Read The Note J.J. Abrams Sent The Cast And Crew On Their Last Day

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Star Wars: Episode VIISo apparently Star Wars: Episode VII has finished shooting, or at least wrapped up principal photography—odds are that, over the next year plus, there will be the need for some reshoots pick ups or things of that nature. But for now, that side of the film is done. There’s such a veil of secrecy covering the production, if you were involved, and someone said, “Oh yeah? Prove it,” you might not be able to. Until now. J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burke, and the rest of the higher ups, sent this sweet note out to all of the members of the “extraordinary cast and crew.”

While this is just a nice little gesture (isn’t it always pleasant to get a touch of praise from your boss? Even if you hate your job it feels good to be recognized), like I said, part of the motivation for this is so that those involved have something to show off. A piece of the letter reads: “How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof.”