Disturbances in the Force, October 2, 2021
1. A surprise drop of the official poster for the next Star Wars Disney Plus series dropped last week for The Book of Boba Fett. The image features the titular character sitting casually on the throne we saw in the post credits teaser from the Mandalorian and features the official premier date of December 29, 2021. The armor worn by the infamous bounty hunter appears to be a further variation from the two versions seen in the Mandalorian. While not dramatic, it is clear his gear has gone through some evolution. It’s safe to assume fans will learn why when the show begins after Christmas this year.
2. Hollywood Reporter covered the poster drop and came in with some additional Disney Plus news. They claim in addition to Book of Boba Fett QUOTE: “The streamer also has a limited series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi in the works along with two Mandalorian spinoffs, Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. All told, Disney plans to air 11 Star Wars series in the next several years.” This number is slightly more than what Kathleen Kennedy revealed in the Disney Stockholder meeting at the end of 2020. No further information was provided but more is expected on Disney Plus Day on November 12, 2021.
3. On Wednesday morning Star Wars fans woke up to a new series of shorts on Disney Plus called Galaxy of Sounds. Similar to the previously released Biomes and Vehicle Flythroughs, this anthology offers clips from the live action Star Wars films and television shows without dialog or music allowing the soundscapes receive the spotlight. The series is made up of seven episodes averaging seven minutes in length and feature specific types of Star Wars moments including, Wonder, The Dark Side, The Light Side, Beeps and Oddities. Also this week, the highly anticipated Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales debuted featuring the voices Tony Hale and Christian Slater is a 46 minute Halloween comedy that shows that Star Wars can have fun and not always take itself so seriously.
4. A Hasbro Black Series action figure was announced on Wednesday that features the likeness of George Lucas in classic stormtrooper armor. The toy was announced on Tuesday and pre-orders sold out on Amazon almost immediately. The George Lucas Black Series action figure will be released in early 2022.
5. Diego Luna was interviewed by Deadline and confirmed that shooting for his new Disney Plus series Andor has officially wrapped shooting. This comes on the heels of news that the Obi-Wan series completed shooting the week before. Luna, who is reprising the role of Cassian Andor, confirmed that QUOTE: “you’ll definitely see familiar faces.” He went on to say QUOTE: “While I can’t say much, what I can tell you is that the experience was literally a transformation for me. It’s something that I really wanted to do and thought that I was not going to be able to. I’m more than happy.” This is not the first time Diego Luna has been seen playing Andor on screen since Rogue One was released in 2016. Luna appeared as the character as part of the hyper reality experience in Disney Springs called “Secrets of the Empire” which has since closed. There is no official release date yet for Andor but it is expected to land on Disney plus in mid-2022.
6. Screen Rant interviewed Giancarlo Esposito – Moff Gideon from the Mandalorian – while on a press tour for the new video game, Far Cry 6, and asked him about the final scene of season 2 featuring the surprise return of Luke Skywalker. He said, QUOTE “I got to tell you they are really good at keeping secrets and allowing us to know just enough but not enough really get what’s happening. None of us knew, I mean it is such a great thing that they’re able to keep a lid on that.” Season 3 of the Mandalorian is rumored to begin shooting soon and is expected to drop in December 2022.
7. The Hashtag show dot com is reporting that after the successes of both Marvel’s What If and Star Wars Visions, Lucasfilm and Disney are looking at new concepts for further animated content. Their sources say that there are three animated films under consideration based on the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art style for the original trilogy and that the stories would reimagine the basic telling of A New Hope and expand into Empire and Jedi. The story says that the second two films will feature elements of Lucas’ second draft for the 1977 film while keeping things familiar from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The project is reportedly in very early development and should not be expected until after next year.