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The First Star Wars Spinoff May Have Landed Its Lead, Get The Details

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orphan blackSometimes it seems like the universe isn’t on our side, and other times it feels like we own it all. This is one of those latter instances, when things seem just a little too perfect. The latest news out of the Star Wars spinoff abyss is that Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, an actress whose name we’ve been praising for ages around here, has landed a lead role. And if we’re lucky, she’ll be playing at LEAST six characters throughout the film, she has the skills.

The rumorish news comes from Total Geeks, whose sources have kept up with them since Maslany’s name was first put into the hat. The Canadian actress was reportedly a frontrunner from the very beginning, due to Disney and Lucasfilm being impressed with her, and their latest report says that she was offered the role and snatched it up.

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Boba Fett Concept Art Traces The Evolution Of A Bounty Hunter

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With the canon stripped down to its bare essentials, the Star Wars universe is about to expand massively under the aegis of Disney, this time with a much more tightly policed continuity. We’ve got Star Wars Rebels, and the new comics and novels, and of course the much-anticipated The Force Awakens due later this year. But next year we’ll get something possibly even more cool — the first standalone Star Wars spinoff film. We still don’t know what the movie will be about, but early rumors suggest Boba Fett may play a major role. So what better time to look back at the origins of one of the Star Wars franchise’s fan-favorite characters?

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Did Disney’s CEO Just Tell Us Who The First Star Wars Spinoff Is About?

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Star WarsHere at Giant Freakin’ Robot, we understand how the rumor mill works, and we have a massive ball of salt grains that we roll out whenever necessary. But we think we have a good idea on who the first Star Wars spinoff is going to be about, at least in a roundabout sense, and this tidbit didn’t come from Random Twitter User @ForzAwakenz or anything like that. It came from Disney CEO Bob Iger, who says Gareth Edwards’ standalone film in the Star Wars franchise will be based on characters from The Force Awakens.

Iger, who has gotten his hands and eyes on a large chunk of The Force Awakens, managed to reveal more about the future of Star Wars at one time than almost everything we’ve learned in the last two years. His relatively in-depth thoughts about The Force Awakens and beyond come from an annual report from Disney, which was shared by Get Your Geek On’s David Gremillion, who is a Disney stockholder. Give it a read and then we’ll break it down a little further.

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Ewan McGregor Is Waiting For Star Wars To Come Calling

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star wars revenge of the sithWhile the second set of Star Wars films, the much maligned prequels, were full of problems, one aspect that has remained largely unscathed is Ewan McGregor‘s performance as Obi Wan Kenobi. And though the very first Star Wars film sealed Obi Wan’s fate, many fans would like to see the actor return to the franchise in some form, perhaps for one of the spinoff films. McGregor is definitely still game to reprise his role, and in case anyone out there is listening, just call him!

McGregor is at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his new film, Last Days in the Desert, in which he plays Jesus, and MTV caught up with the jovial former Jedi to see if anything new is in the cards for Obi Wan. McGregor says he’s “still waiting for the call,” and that he’s heard nothing from anyone involved with Disney or Lucasfilm about coming back. In fact, he doesn’t even know how it would happen, not that it would stop him. He says:

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Watch Stormtroopers Give A 7-Year-Old Boy A 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm

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star warsIf you haven’t had a good cry yet today, this might just be the heartwarming story you’ve been waiting for all day. Liam Porter is a seven-year-old boy from Augusta, Georgia, and he was in dire need of a new prosthetic arm. His last device wasn’t working very well and he was having trouble with everyday tasks and the like. But he got a helping hand from some unlikely allies from a galaxy far, far away, as a group of stormtroopers presented him with a brand new, 3D printed arm.

Leaving an afternoon matinee one recent Saturday, Liam was shuttled to another area of the theater where he found a crowd waiting for him with a very special present. There were stormtroopers, clone troopers, and other members of the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison, and they presented the young boy with a new prosthetic.

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The First Star Wars Spinoff Film Just Hired This Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter

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BobaStar Wars fans have a whole new trilogy to look forward to once The Force Awakens hits theaters later this year, but during the off years between episodes we’ll also be getting standalone spinoff films featuring…well, we don’t really know yet. But the first of those spinoff films suffered a potential setback earlier this month when screenwriter Gary Whitta parted ways with the project. Now we know who will be taking Whitta’s place: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Chris Weitz.

The news comes via THR, who report that Weitz will be taking up Whitta’s lightsaber on the upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, which is currently slated for a 2016 release and is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Weitz is best known for co-writing/co-directing the 2002 flick About a Boy, based on the novel by Nick Hornby, which earned him and his brother Paul an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He also wrote and directed The Golden Compass in 2007, a failed would-be franchise starter based on Phillip Pullman’s controversial novel. More recently he tackled another YA franchise by directing The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The Twilight connection might unnerve some Star Wars fans, but that’s a case where it’s the source material that’s the problem, far more so than Weitz’s directing it.