New Chewbacca Joonas Suotamo Has a Message for Star Wars Fans

Joonas Suotamo, the new Chewbacca, tweets a lovely message to Star Wars fans

New Chewbacca Joonas Suotamo has a message for Star Wars fans

Chewbacca, the Wookie companion to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the Star Wars films, has been played by Peter Mayhew since the beginning. It’s been 40 years since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and by the time we got to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the fan-beloved Mayhew had young actor Joonas Suotamo take over some of the performance. Suotamo will take over the role completely in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie). Suotamo just tweeted a lovely message to Star Wars fans about his role in the film, as reported by io9. The as-yet-untitled movie released its first set photo featuring some of the cast and crew, including Suotamo in his Chewbacca costume. You can read his letter below.

Related: Chewbacca Will Also Feature in the Han Solo Movie

The Han Solo film will look at the early years of the rogue pilot before the events of A New Hope. We’ll also see some of his early exploits with a young Lando Calrissian, originally played by Billy Dee Williams. The cast includes Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Community) as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).

The film is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce. Joonas Suotamo has also appeared in the video documentaries The Force Awakens: Crafting Creatures and Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Why ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Deserves the VFX Oscar

This breakdown of special effects used to create Jedha and Scarif proves that ILM should once again prevail at the Academy Awards.

Let’s be honest: there were more than a few moments in Rogue One where the use of CGI was more than evident. The decisions to bring Moff Tarkin back from the dead and reproduce a young Leia were divisive, to say the least, among Star Wars fans.

But for all the times you notice the VFX, the reel Industrial Light & Magic compiled below will show you just how many times you may have missed it.

It’s clear that there was only so much that Gareth Edwards could do with practical effects for his epic war story. That’s where ILM comes in. What’s most impressive about their work is not the massive explosions or stalking imperial marchers, but the subtle details they used to create the environments of the planets Jedha and Scarif.

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Hasbro Toy Fair Gallery: Marvel, Star Wars & Transformers

Hasbro Toy Fair gallery: Marvel, Star Wars & Transformers

Hasbro Toy Fair gallery: Marvel, Star Wars & Transformers & SuperHeroHype attended Hasbro’s 2017 Entertainment Brand Preview at the New York Toy Fair this weekend, and we came away with a gallery of over 85 images of products from the Marvel, Star Wars and Transformers toy lines. Check out the Hasbro Toy Fair gallery below!

In the galley, you’ll find amazing toys from Marvel Studios‘ big 2017 releases Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, including your first good look at Kurt Russell’s Ego The Living Planet and Michael Keaton’s Vulture. While Thor: Ragnarok was teased during the presentation, no images or toys were forthcoming. Guardians 2 opens on May 5, Homecoming on July 7 and Ragnarok on November 3.

On the Star Wars front, you’ll find lots of new Black Series figures and much more, though nothing from Star Wars: The Last Jedi beyond the initial packaging. The Last Jedi doesn’t open until December 15, 2017, so don’t expect too many toy previews until we get closer to Force Friday II on September 1.

Finally there’s an abundance of toys from Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, including an actual movie prop of “Sqweeks,” the cute Vespa Transformer from the June 23 release.

Which Hasbro toys are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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‘Star Wars’ just dropped a major bombshell about ‘The Last Jedi’


Since the Star Wars: Episode VIII title dropped in January, fans all over the word have one pressing question in their mind: 

Is The Last Jedi singular or plural?

If the title is singular, you can assume that The Last Jedi refers to Luke Skywalker. Or maybe Rey? Who knows. 

If it’s plural, it might refer to Luke and Rey. Nobody really knows. 

However, the official Italian Star Wars Facebook and Twitter account have posted what appears to be a major hint to the real meaning of The Last Jedi. 

It translated the title to “Gli ultimi Jedi”, which unequivocally refers to more than one Jedi:  Read more…

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The Legacy of Mandalore in New Star Wars Rebels Video and Images

The Legacy of Mandalore in New Star Wars Rebels Video and Images

The Legacy of Mandalore in new Star Wars Rebels video and images

Lucasfilm and Disney XD have released a clip and images from the next episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Legacy of Mandalore,” which premieres on Saturday, February 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD. You can view the clip and five images below.

Hoping to enlist her family to help the rebels, Sabine returns to her home world with Kanan and Ezra, but soon finds herself embroiled in her family’s power struggle for Mandalore.

Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, have been strengthening the rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. In season three, Ezra and Sabine take on new roles and challenges as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.

Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is executive produced by Filoni and Kinberg, and co-executive produced by Henry Gilroy.

The returning voice cast for Rebels season three includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, Captain Gregor and Commander Wolffe, Sam Witwer as Darth Maul and David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus. New to this season are Tom Baker (Doctor Who) as the intriguing Force-wise Bendu and Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards) as the voice of Grand Admiral Thrawn.

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Han Solo Movie To Feature Star Wars’ First Female Droid

star wars first female droid

Last week it was reported that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be joining the Han Solo movie as a performance capture character. At the time I speculated that this either meant that she would be playing some sort of alien creature or a new Droid. A new unconfirmed report claims that Phoebe will be playing the first significant female droid in the Star Wars universe. Learn more about Star Wars first female droid, after the jump.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Star Wars First Female Droid?

The new info comes via Jeff Sneider, a former Hollywood trade reporter now working for Tracking Board, who claims that Waller-Bridge is definitely going to be playing “the first significantly-featured female droid in Star Wars history” in Disney’s second Star Wars standalone movie.

You may recall that leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was a lot of speculation that BB-8 would be the first significant female droid in the Star Wars universe. We learned that while Neal Scanlan and the droid and creature designers initially imagined the ball bot as a girl, director JJ Abrams ultimately decided to make the robot male in gender, and cast Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader as the voices of the character.


Some Star Wars fans believe TC-14 from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is the series’ first female droid, although that robot was voiced by actor John Fensom.

There are a couple of droids introduced in the Clone Wars animated series, including BD-3000 and Bettie-Bot VJ, who are said to be female in gender.


Other female droids have appeared on screen in background roles, like PZ-4CO, a protocol droid who serves Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd’s character Lieutenant Connix in the Resistance base. The character has appeared in Star Wars novels like Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, which has confirmed the droid’s female gender.

Aly San San

Allison Janney voiced a droid named Aly San San who appears in Disneyland’s Star Tours: The Adventures Continue as a spokesbot of the Star Tours Travel Company. The character appears on the monitors in the ride queue and even got her own action figure, but Star Tours is not considered part of new Star Wars canon.



There is also the touching story of R2-KT, a pink Astro mech droid who appears very briefly in the background in Force Awakens, who was created by the 501st Legion/R2 Builders Club for a young girl named Katie Johnson who died of a brain tumor.

Whatever the case, it sounds like Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be playing the first significant female droid introduced into the Star Wars galaxy. And beyond that, Phoebe will be the first female actress to play a droid in a live-action Star Wars movie, both voice and performance.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar Opening in May, Star Wars Lands in 2019

Pandora - The World of Avatar Opening in May, Star Wars Lands in 2019

Pandora – The World of Avatar opening in May, Star Wars Lands in 2019

Today, during their quarterly earnings conference call, CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger confirmed that Pandora – The World of Avatar will officially open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27. In addition, Iger confirmed that the long-gestating Star Wars Lands at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are on target for a 2019 opening.

The yet-to-be-named Star Wars Land will include new rides and shops from a galaxy far, far away along with Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teams already hard at work adding a new mission to Star Tours featuring elements from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which arrives in theaters December 15, 2017. The second standalone Star Wars Story, focusing on Han Solo, is set to open in 2018.

Pandora – The World of Avatar will transport guests to a visually-stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two excursions that will truly push adventure to the next level. First, the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.

As far as Avatar 2, there’s no new updates. The release of the first Avatar sequel is still expected to be in December 2018, with the second to follow in December 2020, and the third and fourth to follow in 2022 and 2023. Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment.

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When Will We See the First Footage from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’?

Star Wars The Last Jedi Footage

Since the official title for Star Wars: Episode VIII was announced not too long ago, fans are hungry for the first footage from the highly anticipated sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But when will we get to see it?

With the Super Bowl coming up, there have been rumors spreading that we’ll get the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer in the form of a TV spot during the big game. However, a new rumor says not only will there be no Star Wars Super Bowl spot, but we’ll be waiting a couple more months before we see any Star Wars The Last Jedi footage.

StarWarsNewsNet has a source saying there is no Super Bowl spot planned for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, despite what rumors have said. That shouldn’t be surprising since there has never been a Super Bowl spot for a Star Wars movie. When you think about how much those spots cost, it would just be a waste of money when Disney and Lucasfilm know they can get just as many viewers whenever they decide to release the trailer on their own.

Instead, word on the street is that the first Star Wars The Last Jedi footage will debut at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, which is happening from April 13th-16th. That’s much earlier than last year’s Star Wars Celebration, which happened in the middle of July. Plus, let’s look at the timeline for footage releases from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Teaser Trailer #1 – November 28
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Teaser Trailer #2 – April 16 (Star Wars Celebration)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Behind the Scenes Reel – July 10 (San Diego Comic-Con)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Theatrical Trailer – October 19
  • Rogue One -Teaser Trailer – April 7
  • Rogue One – Behind the Scenes Reel  – July 15 (Star WarsCelebration)
  • Rogue One – Theatrical Trailer #1 – August 11
  • Rogue One – Final Theatrical Trailer – October 13

Releasing the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens so early was a unique circumstance because this was the return of Star Wars in a huge way, and Disney and Lucasfilm didn’t have a Star Wars movie hitting theaters around the holidays for them to focus on. Therefore, it would make sense for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to debut their first teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration.

What’s interesting about this new rumor though is that supposedly the first footage we’ll see from the movie won’t be a teaser trailer. Instead, StarWarsNewsNet‘s source says the first footage we see from Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be one of those behind the scenes reels like the ones released for The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

While fans will be happy to get any footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it seems a little odd that we may be heading into Star Wars Celebration without having seen any footage from the movie yet. There might be a chance we’ll see some images hit the web before then, but then again, maybe we’ll be completely in the dark until Star Wars Celebration hits.

On the other hand, we’ve heard rumblings that there might be a teaser trailer attached to Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast. But that’s just as much of a rumor as anything else out there, so take that with a grain of salt. Considering the fact that Beauty and the Beast will arrive on March 17, a month before Star Wars Celebration, and that movie will reel in huge audiences, that would be a good spot for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer.

For now, we’ll just have to be patient and hope that the first Star Wars The Last Jedi footage is released sometime in the near future.

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Star Wars News: Two Landos Meet, Daisy Ridley Won’t Spill Secrets, and More

Star Wars News: Two Landos Meet, Daisy Ridley Won't Spill Secrets, and More

Star Wars News: Two Landos meet, Daisy Ridley won’t spill secrets, and more

The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the last week in one location, including a recent meeting between the two Landos! If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!

The Last Jedi News and Rumors

Rogue One News and Rumors

Han Solo News and Rumors

Around The Web



Video Games



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