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News and information from a Galaxy Far Far Away, and sometimes a little closer to home.
    Before Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, it was announced that the director was already working on a new Star Wars trilogy of his own, that would be set apart from The Skywalker Saga, much like Rogue One. However, after the mixed reaction to his stab at the main series, and the subsequent lackluster box office performance of Solo, things went quiet on the anthology film front.
    Recently, Johnson was caught on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival, and was asked about his Star Wars project:
    This has cast further doubt on the fate of his trilogy, which was expected to pick up on a few of the seeds sown in The Last Jedi.
    In May 2019 several Star Wars film release dates were confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger, with the next spin-off film being pencilled in for 16 December 2022 and confirmed to be the David Benioff & DB Weiss project which is heavily rumoured to be set in the Old Republic era.
    Lucasfilm and Disney have yet to make any official statement about the status of Johnson's future in the Star Wars franchise, nor have they confirmed any details for the Star Wars movies set for release in 2024 and 2026.
    Deborah Chow has been chosen to direct the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, it has been announced. The announcement came via the official Star Wars Instagram, and later confirmed via an interview with Variety.
    Chow's TV credits include Better Call Saul, the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods novels, and Netflix/Marvel show Jessica Jones, as well as already having a hand in upcoming show The Mandalorian.
    Ewan McGregor will be reprising the role of Obi-Wan, which he made his own in the Star Wars prequels. Not much is known about the show, except that it is set eight years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, which puts it at around 11 years before the original Star Wars movie.
    The Obi-Wan TV series, which will be a Disney+ exclusive, doesn't have a release date yet, but is expected to begin shooting next year.
    A new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order entitled "Cal's Mission" has been revealed, and appropriately teases some of the trials that Cal Kestis will face in his journey to become a Jedi.
    After inadvertently revealing his latent Force powers, former padawan Cal finds himself on the run from the Empire's Inquisitorius - an elite special unit tasked with hunting down and destroying any remaining Jedi that managed to survive the purge. The trailer shows Cal and BD-1 teaming up with a band of outlaws, including Cere Junda and Greez Dritus, to fight back against the oppression of the Galactic Empire. 
    Cal appears to be searching for "something very precious to the Empire", a search that will take him to several planets with dangerous foes and Imperial pursuers hunting him down every step of the way. Check out "Cal's Mission" below:
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is released on 15 November 2019.
    Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind the box office success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been drafted in to help create a new era in Star Wars storytelling, it has been announced.
    According to reports, Feige had discussed a role within the Star Wars franchise during meetings with Kathleen Kennedy and Disney Studios executives earlier this summer. At present Kathleen Kennedy remains at the helm of Lucasfilm, and there appear to be no plans to change this, but bringing Feige into the fold surely signals that Disney are prepared to bring out the big guns to ensure future success for the franchise post The Rise of Skywalker. 
    Feige's impressive track record at Marvel include some of the highest-grossing movies ever, including last year's Avenger's: Endgame. It is unknown how much involvement Feige will have in the already announced titles, such as Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy (which news has been worryingly quiet about lately) and the project currently in progress by Game of Thrones TV adaptation creators David Benioff & DB Weiss.
    The newest edition for Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series, 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer is prepped for launch, and this one is the largest Star Wars set so far. The new set may have a small brick-count than the UCS Millennium Falcon, but it makes up for it in sheer length, with it's 4,784 pieces combining to make a model that is just over a metre long.
    As with the previous UCS Imperial Star Destroyer, the set includes a same-scale miniature of the Tantive IV, perfect for re-enacting the opening sequence of A New Hope. It also comes with a stand (trust me, you'll need it), plaque, and two Lego mini-figures: an Imperial Officer and an Imperial Crew Member.
    It will be available for Lego VIP members on 18 September, and for everybody else on 1 October. If you want to recreate the Star Destroyer fleet scene from the The Rise of Skywalker trailer then you might want to start saving: One of these bad boys will set you back around US$699.99, CA$849.99, £649.99, or €699.99, depending on your region.

    This is the fifth version of an Imperial Star Destroyer that Lego have released so far. 2007 saw a 1,367 piece set as well as the previous UCS set which clocked-in at 3,096 pieces. A Midi-scale set with 423 pieces was released in 2010 saw a Midi-scale set with just 423 pieces, and a 1,359 piece version was released in 2014. With 4,784 bricks, the new Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer is the largest and most detailed version yet.

    Classic Star Wars games, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy have both been announced for the Nintendo Switch and Sony's PlayStation 4.
    Lucasfilm is working with developer Aspyr to bring the beloved Force-powered action/adventure games back to consoles. Both games will include the multiplayer aspect of the game as well as the single player story mode, and will support Gyro Aiming on the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.
    Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast was the 2002 follow up to the equally classic Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, which followed hero Kyle Katarn on his journey from Rebel spy to Jedi Knight. Jedi Academy followed in 2003, and allowed the player to create their own character to take on the role of Katarn's apprentice. Both games featured a variety of multiplayer options, including Capture the Flag, Free For All, and various other team and solo-based match types.
    Jedi Outcast will release on Switch and PS4 on 24 September 2019, giving us something to do while we wait for Jedi: Fallen Order. Jedi Academy will release some time in 2020.
    Lucasfilm has released a Special Look trailer for the upcoming final instalment of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which takes a retrospective look at the story so far along with a tantalising glimpse of things to come. 
    The trailer reveals a few new scenes and locations via some previously unreleased clips; some of which are more intriguing than others!
    Check out the D23 Special Look below:
     
    A new poster has also been released earlier this week, featuring a climactic duel between Rey and Kylo, with the Emperor looming in the background. 

     
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas this December.
    Disney have revealed some details about a new Star Wars themed hotel currently under construction at Walt Disney World, Florida. The hotel will be an immersive experience titled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser; and, as the name suggests, guests staying in the hotel will feel like they are taking a voyage on a star cruiser.
    In-universe the star cruise is called Halcyon, and is operated by Chandrila Star Line. The starcruiser has 32 cabins available to guests, with a mix of standard and first-class cabins catering for up to five people.
    Fans may recognise Chandrila as one of the worlds of the Core Worlds which served as an interim capital of the New Republic following the defeat of the Empire, and is also the homeworld of Loyalist Committee member and Alliance leader Mon Mothma. Chandrila is also the homeworld of Ben Solo.
    The hotel will tie-in to the Black Spire Outpost Star Wars themed area of the Disney resort, and guests will be able interact with Disney cast members who will remain in character allowing you to explore their stories during your voyage. Guests will also reportedly be given a backstory for their character while staying at the hotel.
    Prining and opening date details have not yet been released, but Disney have released some concept art, below:

    After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the first official trailer for The Mandalorian is here. It has been almost 15 years since fans were first promised a live-action Star Wars TV show, and this new show from Jon Favreau looks set to fulfil the bargain when it launches along with Disney+ this November.
    The trailer was revealed at the D23, and confirms previously speculated details, such as the shows setting between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. While the Mandalorian remains his silent mysterious self, we do see a few snippets of action, including firefight with IG-11, a new character based on everybody's favourite assassin-droid-turned-bounty-hunter IG-88.
    The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, supported by MMA fighter and actress Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef, as well as a host of other famed actors. 
    Ming-Na Wen (Mulan, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD) has also been added to the list of cast, after being announced by Disney chief Bob Iger. Wen has had her eye on a role in Star Wars for a while now, but it is still unknown what role she will play in The Mandalorian.
    The return of Ewan McGregor to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi has been rumoured and speculated about for years, and now several news outlets, including Variety and The Guardian, are reporting that fans will finally get their wish.
    The role of the Jedi Knight made famous by Sir Alec Guinness first became McGregor's in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and he continued in the role throughout the Star Wars prequels. Kenobi was previously all but confirmed to return in a standalone movie before the spin-off anthology films were canned, following the underwhelming (according to Disney execs) performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. 
    The new word on the grapevine is that Disney has commissioned a TV series that will develop the story of Obi-Wan, with McGregor signing on for his return. The show would presumably be set during the dark times between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and follow the exiled Kenobi on Tatooine.
    The series would of course find a home on the Disney+ streaming service which launches later this year, and would sit alongside The Mandalorian and the as yet untitled Cassian Andor series.
    No concrete details have been revealed yet, but with the Disney D23 Expo just around the corner, we are sure to hear something very soon, but until we see Ewan McGregor walk out on stage with a cheeky "hello there!" I certainly wouldn't blame anybody for taking this news with a hefty pinch of salt.
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