Star Wars Expanded Universe Art Will Make You Long For What Episode VII Could Be

DuelJediIt’s rare that a week passes here at GFR without at least one Star Wars: Episode VII rumor coming down the pike. And sure, rumors are always going to vastly outnumber confirmed facts at this early stage in the movie’s production, but it’s kind of fun to imagine the various different paths Episode VII might take. At least until those aforementioned facts arrive and start narrowing those paths down to only a few possibilities. One thing we have maddeningly little information about at this point is whether the new Star Wars films will respect any of the Expanded Universe content as canon. If you’re a fan of both Star Wars and the EU content, this batch of artwork is almost certainly going to make you long for what Episode VII could be…even if that isn’t the path it follows.

This gorgeous Star Wars artwork was created by artist Darren Tan for the Star Wars Essential Readers Companion. It features many of the EU characters many fans have come to know and love: Luke Skywalker as an elder Jedi Master, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, the Solo and Skywalker children. While Episode VII is said to involve older versions of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo, as well as their children, it seems unlikely that the new trilogy will directly adapt any of the EU content, so these images may be the closest we’ll come to seeing these characters and moments brought to life outside of the written word.


Video Game Round-Up: Badass Titanfall Gameplay, A Metroid Film Kickstarter, And More

With the annual Gamescom trade fair unfolding in Germany this week, there’s been all manner of new video game news and footage hitting the web, so I’m gathering some of the more intriguing tidbits here in one handy-dandy package! First up: the rather badass footage from Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall up above. If you’re a multiplayer game junkie and you’ve always wished your favorite FPS would let you climb inside an agile and deadly mech, Titanfall should be right up your alley.


George Lucas’ Original Star Wars Script Becomes A Comic, Read The First Seven Pages Here

The Star WarsGeorge Lucas gets a ton of criticism for the Star Wars prequels. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, are as much Star Wars as anything in the original trilogy. But just imagine that you’re Lucas and you’re following up the smash hit American Graffiti with a science fiction film. You’re first genre attempt, THX-1138, was widely unseen, and you’re trying to connect with a broad audience. In 1977, Lucas delivered Star Wars, and the rest is cinematic history. While the film was something of a hit, the theatrical film was not how Lucas originally envisioned his space opera.

According to ScienceFiction.com, Dark Horse Comics has the rights to various Lucasfilm properties, and over the years the publisher has released titles like Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, and Star Wars: Dark Times — A Spark Remains. Now the Portland, Oregon-based publisher will release a comic based on Lucas’ initial vision. Now the first seven pages of issue number one are available for your reading pleasure. The Star Wars is an eight-issue arc that will be like watching the beloved films through a Lewis Carroll-like looking glass, while upside down.


Star Wars Fan Replaces Emperor Palpatine’s Dialogue With Mark Hamill’s Joker

Actor Mark Hamill was one of Hollywood’s bright and shining stars in the late ’70s and early ’80s. His leading role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy was like a double-edged sword (or lightsaber). On one hand, Hamill gained celebrity and success, while on the other hand (or no hand), he was typecast, as casting directors couldn’t see him as anyone but Luke Skywalker. Nevertheless, Hamill found a new direction for his career as a voice actor in various animated series and video games over the years, such as The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. But his best-known animated role was lending the Joker a delightfully evil voice on Batman: The Animated Series.

A clever YouTube called Parry Hotter recently mashed up Hamill’s The Joker with Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, putting a new spin on the thrilling climax of Return of the Jedi. In this iteration, The Joker’s voice replaces Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid), while The Dark Knight Rises‘ Bane (Tom Hardy) voices Darth Vader. The result is a strange melding of pop culture. It gets even stranger when Lando Calrissian’s assault on the Death Star and Han Solo’s infiltration of the Imperial base on the moon of Endor remain virtually unaffected.


Harrison Ford Offered $1,000 To Divulge Episode VII Info To Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien is no stranger to getting big stars to unveil important information about upcoming projects. Granted, the info is either fake or slightly exaggerated half of the time, so it’s no surprise that he didn’t get a lot of key information about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII out of Han So…I mean, Harrison Ford for his most recent appearance on Conan’s show. Not that anyone would really expect rumor-trouncing facts from a pre-taped late night show. Some audience member would have put any pertinent info on Twitter immediately.

Considering Ford has been answering questions about Star Wars longer than I’ve been alive, it’s understandable that he’s probably sick of getting the same old fanboy inquiries. But he plays it all gamely, with such professionalism, you might even think he secretly enjoys it. Just see his panel work from this year’s Comic-Con to see what I mean. But you know Conan is always going to do something different from some random fan at a Q&A. And pulling $1,000 out of an inner jacket pocket isn’t normal behavior for anyone, much less someone seeking Star Wars info.


Darth Vader, Or At Least The Actor Who Played Him, Wants To Return For Episode VII

Darth VaderMany actors who have appeared in Star Wars movies in the past want to get in on the next trilogy. Recently, Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGregor have both been linked to Episode VII, as Emperor Palpatine and Obi-Wan Kenobi, respectively. Now it looks another original cast member is interested in returning that galaxy far, far away.

According to THR, British actor David Prowse, who we all remember as the man in the Darth Vader costume in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, wants to be a part of the new films. Here’s the kicker, though, he doesn’t want to reprise his role as the Dark Lord of the Sith. Instead, Prowse wants to be a different character for J.J. Abrams. “Unfortunately, Darth Vader was killed off,” he admitted to his hometown newspaper, Hull Daily Mail, adding that, “it would be nice to come back and do another character, because no one’s ever seen my face. I was never unmasked.”