Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Game Of Thrones Swordsman Miltos Yerolemou

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Miltos YerolemouHave you ever rewatched the first season of Game of Thrones, specifically those scenes when young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) learns to fence from maestro Syrio Forel, and thought, “What’s that dude been up to? He should be in way more stuff.” If you have, you’re in luck, because that actor, Miltos Yerolemou, has just been cast to appear in a galaxy far, far away in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Surprise, surprise, there’s no word on his role, but the BBC reports that he has indeed joined the cast in some unspecified role. According to the article, Yerolemou’s presence is not expected to be a particularly major one, but given his background and penchant for handling a sword, you better believe everyone is going to suspect that he’ll wield a lightsaber at some point. That sounds like a pretty safe bet from where we sit.


Star Wars Rebels Short Is Not What You Think

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Before we even get to the new animated series Star Wars Rebels, the first official post-Disney buyout addition to the canon, it looks like we’re going to get to know the main core of characters. Lucasfilm has released a stream of shorts, each one focusing primarily on one piece of the main group—we’ve hung out with the sassy astromech Chopper, the Mandalorian graffiti artist Sabine, and muscle-bound badass Zeb—and now they’re back with another.

Titled “Not What You Think,” this three-minute short gives you the chance to spend some time with Ezra Bridger, and get to know the new addition to the Star Wars universe. Though, in the grand scheme of things, he fits into the Luke Skywalker mold, there’s also a bit of Han Solo to Ezra as well. Rebels is set in the between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, where the Empire is tightening its sinister grip on that far, far away galaxy, and there are seeds of rebellion popping up in the outer rims.


Comic(s) Relief: Marvel To Republish Select Dark Horse Star Wars Comics

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star_wars_the_empire_coverAs part of the whole post-Disney buyout restructuring of pretty much the entire Star Wars media empire, one of the groups left holding a shorts straw was Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse held the Star Wars comics license for over two decades, publishing a ton of memorable series beginning with the Return of the Jedi follow-up Dark Empire all the way back in 1991. But since Disney already owns a major comics company — Marvel — it made good business sense for them to move the Star Wars comics back in house. The good news is that Marvel isn’t just ignoring those 20+ years of Dark Horse/Star Wars history. In addition to publishing new Star Wars comics, Marvel will be republishing select Dark Horse material as well.

This mirrors the approach Disney and Lucasfilm have been taking with the volumes of existing “Expanded Universe” material that has been rendered non-canon as part of their attempts to create a more cohesive Star Wars universe going forward. The old EU material will remain in print and available, but under the banner of “Star Wars Legends,” to denote that it’s not part of the new canon. The comics will follow suit as part of the Legends line, and Marvel will be republishing the Dark Horse Star Wars comics in their “Epic Collection” format, full-color volumes which typically bundle together 20 or so issues of a series.


Star Wars: Episode VII’s Villains May Have Been Hiding In The Shadows All Along

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Star WarsHey, did you know that there’s another Star Wars movie being made? I know, we were as shocked and surprised as you. Apparently the guy who created that Alias show (remember that?) is directing it. News is sparse, but a hot-off-the-presses report has a bunch of fresh rumors for you to mull over.

It should go without saying, but I’m going to throw this out there anyway, there are potential SPOILERS for Star Wars: Episode VII beyond this point. Use that information as you will.


Star Wars: Despecialized Edition: Watch One Fan Undo All George Lucas’ Mistakes

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It seems like it happens every few years, but recently rumors began to make the rounds that Disney was going to release George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, the unaltered versions—the ones we saw in the theaters as kids before he went back, added a bunch of crappy CGI, and made Han shoot first—on Blu-ray for the first time. We’ll get into why that’s probably not going to happen any time soon later, but one enterprising fan isn’t content to sit back and eat whatever scraps fall from the proverbial table.

A super fan who goes by the name of Harmy (which, once you hear his voice, is somehow oddly fitting) has taken it upon himself to manufacture an original version of the trilogy, which he calls Star Wars: Despecialized Edition. This featurette documents the process he is using to lovingly restore his favorite movies (at least I hope they’re his favorites, because this is going to take a lot of effort).


Was George R.R. Martin Partly Responsible For Chewbacca’s Iconic Look?

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chewbaccaI’ll never understand why people are shocked when they find out one of their favorite things is just a slight rip off of something that came before. That’s how the world works, usually. And when that world is George Lucas’ Star Wars, it should surprise people even less. Stories have been circulating for years about how Chewbacca’s iconic design may have been inspired by a George R.R. Martin short story published in a July 1975 issue of Analog magazine. And it looks like those stories were right, at least in part.

When the brilliant artist Ralph McQuarrie first began designing Chewbacca, he looked like a bug-eyed alien that came from a planet populated by Salem’s Lot vampires, with a mouth perpetually open in shock. As McQuarrie put it, “George said he wanted Chewbacca to look like a lemur, so he had great big limpid eyes in some of my early sketches.”