That Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer pretty damn awesome. Even months later I still watch it at least once every other day or so. But while it introduces us to most of the key new additions to that far, far away galaxy, it’s noticeably light on familiar faces. That, of course, was a very conscious choice, and J.J. Abrams admits that there has been a great deal of back and forth as he and Lucasfilm try to decide what to show, what to leave out, and how to best market their film.
As the first new addition to the post-Disney canon, Star Wars Rebels has been a pleasant surprise. Definitely aimed at a younger audience, it’s still enjoyable for us grow folks as well, full of swashbuckling action, not to mention the fact that it’s featured tons of familiar faces from the franchise. The end of the first season is upon us, and they’re going to bring back one fan favorite character for the finale: Darth Vader, which you can see near the end of this new promo.
Vader, voiced by James Earl Jones, showed up in an extended version of the first episode of Rebels, “Spark of Rebellion,” and he’ll make his presence known once again in Monday’s installment, “Fire Across the Galaxy.” The iconic villain doesn’t play much of a role in this video, though all you need is a flash of his presence to know that you’re in for a harrowing time.
Lots of us grew up as Star Wars fans (many of us never really outgrew that phase), but a relative few of us have wound up in a position to actually contribute to that far, far away galaxy in any capacity. Gary Whitta is one of those fortunate enough to do just that, and he has a lot to say on the matter, from talking about fandom to what it was like to be a part of the Star Wars universe.
Pumping up his new book, a dark fantasy called Abomination, he stopped by /film to chat. As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for the topic of discussion to turn from his book to Star Wars—Whitta turned in a draft of the first standalone movie in the franchise, directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and due out in 2016, and departed the production to pursue other avenues.
Most of the recent attention focused on Star Wars centers on The Force Awakens. That makes sense, as it’s the first new film addition to the franchise since Revenge of the Sith in 2005, and it drops in less than ten months. Still, in addition to the Episode films, we also have a variety of standalone projects in the works, and one of them may have just found their lead.
Be warned, there are potential spoilers for the standalone Star Wars films beyond this point.
For many of us, that moment on December 18, when we sit down in that movie theater and the lights go down for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is going to be something we’ve been waiting a long, long time for. It’s hard not to get a little bit giddy about the prospect of seeing new Star Wars on the big screen, and now, thanks to a new report making the rounds, we’ve got an idea of what we’re going to see right off the bat.
As usual, there are potential SPOILERS beyond this point. Also, this is an unconfirmed rumor from an unnamed source, so take it with a grain of salt and make of it what you will. PSA over.
At this point, what would a day talking about sci-fi be without a potential spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? That would probably be a day we slept through, or maybe the day the internet finally breaks. But today is not that day, so there is the obligatory potential SPOILER, and it’s a doozy, like, maybe you don’t necessarily want to read this one.
Seriously, there are SPOILERS beyond this point, like the kind we feel a little bit bad about posting. But you’re grownups and can make your own decision.