Confirming our initial report from back in December, StarWars.com has posted the official announcement of “Triple Force Friday” (October 4) which commemorates the launch of Episode IX, The Mandalorian and EA’s Jedi: Fallen Order title. Stay tuned for more as we get closer.
Solo: A Star Wars Story managed to snag an Oscar nomination in the Visual Effects category for this year’s Academy Awards. It will have stiff competition against films like Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One both of which had visual effects supplied by ILM.
Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the high-flying animated series “Star Wars Resistance” for a fall 2019 premiere. The series follows Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Season one continues on SUNDAY, JAN. 13 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST/PST), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. The mid-season one trailer for “Star Wars Resistance,” featuring a first look at a major villain from “The Force Awakens,” was released today on the Star Wars YouTube page.
While the final cinematic chapter in the Skywalker story draws to a close in December 2019, there will (once again) be a huge marketing push and global launch for products for Episode IX. Rumor has it that this date is set a bit closer to the film launch than the previous installments — October 4, 2019. Barring leaks and official early first looks and preorders, this will be the hard street date for the copious amount of licensed products (toys, books, clothing, etc.) from not only Episode IX but from other sources throughout the franchise as well.
And yes, you can expect us to assemble our downloadable “unofficial” checklist for this event as well.
UPDATE: also of interest, Star Wars will be sharing a merchandise launch date with another popular and highly anticipated sequel. If you have young kids like I do, hopefully that won’t cause your bank accounts and credit cards to be Frozen, too.
If the newest official animation from Lucasfilm isn’t “doing it” for you, check out this amazing submission via Daz Tibbles for this year’s Star Wars Fan Awards. I’d love to see a series or feature length films in this style — it’s truly impressive.
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Smuggler. Rogue. Hero of the Rebellion. Scruffy-looking nerf herder. Han Solo has been called all these things and more since making his debut in the original Star Wars film back in 1977. Four decades later, the irrepressible Solo continues to be one of the most iconic and enduring elements of the saga.
Disney has just announced that a new prequel series to Rogue One is in development with Lucasfilm. Diego Luna is set to reprise his role as Cassian Andor and the live-action series will air on Disney’s new Disney Plus digital streaming service.
Industrial Light & Magic expanding its offering of best-in-class visual effects and animation services to include the streaming and episodic television market with a new division: ILM TV. The division will be based out of ILM’s new 47,000 square foot London studio and supported by the company’s global locations in San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore.
The ILM TV team will be lead by Visual Effects Supervisors Hayden Jones and Jonathan Privett alongside Executive Producers, Louise Hussey and Stefan Drury. Previously, the team set up and oversaw DNEG’s television division; winning a BAFTA for Special, Visual and Graphic Effects for their work on BLACK MIRROR.
ILM TV’s first projects will be Lucasfilm’s eagerly anticipated live action series based in the Star Wars universe, THE MANDALORIAN, being developed by Jon Favreau and Superman prequel series KRYPTON, now in its second season, based on DC characters from Warner Horizon Scripted Television for SYFY.