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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII to skip comic-con

It's that time of the year again. That's right, the San Diego Comic Con (often referred to as SDCC). Of course, there are many other comic conventions across the world, but San Diego is undoubtedly the biggest and most important. Over 100,000 people come every year (almost always in elaborate costumes) to here exclusive news and previews of their favorite comics, TV shows, films, and much more.

So, understandably, it's a disappointment to all Star Wars fans that Episode VII will not have a panel this year. Ideally, the director, producers, writers, and cast members would all appear to discuss the film, but that won't be happening.

As usual, starwars.com released this news first and foremost, and regarding the lack of an Episode VII panel, they simply said that the films creators are "deep in production in anticipation of the film's December 18, 2015 release". Perhaps the comic-con panel was considered in the past, but due to Harrison Ford's broken leg, they don't have any time to waste in the production of the movie.

But have no fear comic-con attenders, there will still be plenty of Star Wars to keep you occupied. The full schedule of events can be found here, but the main attraction is the Star Wars: Rebels panel. 

According to starwars.com, there will be a "big sneak peak" of "Rebels" at SDCC, as well as a panel appearance with writer Dave Filoni (also responsible for Star Wars: The Clone Wars), executive producer Simon Kinberg (known for producing X-Men: Days of Future Past), and several of the voice actors from the show. The show is set to debut sometime this fall on Disney XD. 

What do you think of Star Wars: Rebels? What classic characters do you hope to see on the show? Tell me in the comments! 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Episode VII Rumors: Mandalorians, Nightsisters, Carrie Fisher's daughter and more

Recent Episode VII rumors have claimed that Mandalorians and Nightsisters will be the primary villains in the film. Both of these groups have had major appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

Apparently, the Nightsisters will be hiring the Mandalorians to track down/kill Jedi, though one wonders why they can't just do it themselves. These rumors could quite possibly be false, but I thought I'd just give some background on these mysterious villains.

The Nighsisters of Dathomir are neither Jedi nor Sith. They are witches who use magic to cast spells. They are also expert warriors. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, they often wield bows with laser-arrows, and are capable of spells such as enhancing someone's strength and durability (Savage Opress), blasting green lighting from their hands (similar to Count Dooku and Darth Sidious), and reincarnating Nighsister corpses as ferocious zombies.

By far, the most well-known examples of Mandalorians are Boba and Jango Fett. These honorable warriors are sometimes just highly-paid mercenaries, and sometimes bent on galactic domination. They've had a rough history with the Jedi, so they might jump at a chance to kill them again. 

Another popular rumor is that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will have a role in the movie. Lourd could either be playing one of Leia's daughters (presumably with Han Solo as her father), or a younger version of Leia herself. As seen by the picture, the 22-year-old does (understandably) bear a resemblance to Carrie Fisher. Whatever her role may or may not be, it will definitely have some kind of connection to Princess Leia. 

Other rumors have speculated that the main villains will be Inquisitors, force-wielding warriors used by the Empire to hunt down Jedi. In the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels cartoon, the primary villain is an Inquisitor. This rumor reported that Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong'o would be portraying 2 Inquisitors.