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Movies: The Last Jedi and Untitled Han Solo Standalone Film

BooksLost Stars, Aftermath, Aftermath Life DebtBloodline, and Bookish Gift Guide: Star Wars Edition

Movies

Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

star-wars-last-jedi-viiiHaving taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. In theaters December 15, 2017.

Characters

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Rey: Rey is a Jakku scavenger, a survivor toughened by life on a harsh desert planet. Despite dismissing herself as “no one,” she learns that her life is being shaped by the mysterious power of the Force. The end of Force Awakens finds Daisy Ridley united with Luke Skywalker. Played by Daisy Ridley.

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Captain Phasma: Clad in distinctive armor of salvaged chromium, Captain Phasma commands the First Order’s legions of stormtroopers. A tough veteran commander, she has no use for fancy titles or complex war rooms, preferring to lead her troops in battle against the First Order’s enemies. Played by Gwendoline Christie.

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Luke Skywalker: Luke Skywalker was a Tatooine farmboy who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known. Along with his friends Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke battled the evil Empire, discovered the truth of his parentage, and ended the tyranny of the Sith. A generation later, the location of the famed Jedi master was one of the galaxy’s greatest mysteries. Played by Mark Hamill.

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General Hux: A young, ruthless officer in the First Order, General Hux has complete confidence in his troops, training methods and weapons. A rival of Kylo Ren’s, Hux eagerly awaits the day when the First Order will bring down the hated New Republic, and considers it his destiny to rule the galaxy. Played by Domhnall Gleeson.

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Poe Dameron: Poe Dameron is a commander in the Resistance’s Starfighter Corps and one of Leia Organa’s most-trusted operatives. The son of a rebel fighter pilot and a rebel commando, Poe grew up on stories of Alliance campaigns. A decorated X-wing pilot, he can fly anything – which is fortunate given how often his headstrong nature leads him into trouble. Played by Oscar Isaac.

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Kylo Ren: A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. As a leader of the First Order and a student of Supreme Leader Snoke, he seeks to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi. Played by Adam Driver.

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Maz Kanata: Maz Kanata is more than a thousand years old, a diminutive being with vast experience at surviving in the underworld. From her castle on Takodana, Maz has seen galactic powers rise and fall and felt the Force ebb and flow, seeking an elusive balance between darkness and light. She has given many a young smuggler a start by offering credits, equipment or connections, and helped many an old friend rediscover a lost path. Played by Lupita Nyong’o.

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Leia Organa: Princess Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. Daughter of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, sister of Luke Skywalker, and with a soft spot for scoundrels, Leia ranks among the galaxy’s great heroes. But life under the New Republic has not been easy for Leia. Sidelined by a new generation of political leaders, and struck out on her own to oppose the First Order as founder of the Resistance. These setbacks in her political career have been accompanied by more personal losses. Played by Carrie Fisher.

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Finn: FN-2187 was trained since birth to serve the First Order as a stormtrooper, but a skirmish on Jakku awakened his conscience and drove him down a different path, one that proved both heroic and dangerous. He helped Poe Dameron escape the First Order – picking up the nickname Finn in doing so – and then sought his own freedom alongside Rey and BB-8. Played by John Boyega.

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Chewbacca: A legendary Wookiee warrior and Han Solo’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca was part of a core group of Rebels who restored freedom to the galaxy. Known for his short temper and accuracy with a bowcaster, Chewie also has a big heart — and is unwavering in his loyalty to his friends. He has stuck with Han through years of turmoil that have changed both the galaxy and their lives. Played by Peter Mayhew.

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C-3PO (See-Threepio): C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the years, he was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles — and is fluent in more than seven million forms of communication. Played by Anthony Daniels.

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Supreme Leader Snoke: The Supreme Leader of the First Order, the mysterious Snoke has no permanent base of operations, preferring to contact his underlings from a mobile command post. Snoke is powerful with the dark side of the Force, and seduced Kylo Ren into abandoning the Jedi path to become his apprentice. But Snoke also commands General Hux and the technological war machine the First Order has engineered to destroy the New Republic and Leia Organa’s Resistance. Played by Andy Serkis.

Other News

Star Wars Episode VIII Is Apparently Way Further Along Than We Thought, Dirk Libbey, Cinema Blend, August 15, 2016.

John Williams Begins Scoring Star Wars: Episode 8 Shortly, Will Screen Early Cut, Max Evry, ComingSoon.net, August 15, 2016.

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’: John Williams Says He’ll Begin Composing Score in a Few Weeks, Michael Nordine, IndieWire, August 14, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Wraps Shooting, StarWars.com, July 22, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode 8 What We Know So Far, Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend.

Interesting Articles

Big ‘Star Wars 8’ Theory Connects Luke Skywalker, Rey, Snoke & Palpatine In A Dark Way, Jack Carr, Movie Pilot, July 21, 2016.

‘Star Wars Episode 8’: Did Carrie Fisher Just Reveal a Key Scene? Angie Han, Slash Film, July 18, 2016.

Learn more at IMDB and StarWars.com

Untitled Han Solo Standalone

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The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. The untitled Han Solo film is scheduled to be released on May 26, 2018.

Characters

young_harrison_ford_in_star_wars_and_alden_ehrenreic_split-Han Solo: Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. But after the Battle of Endor, Han would face difficult times in a galaxy plagued by chaos and uncertainty. Played by Alden Ehrenreich.

donald_glover_lando_calrissian_split_h_2016Lando Calrissian: Once a smooth-talking smuggler, Lando Calrissian changed from a get-rich-quick schemer to a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire. From adventures with the Ghost crew of rebels to the attack on Death Star II, his quick wit and daring proved to be invaluable. Played by Donald Glover.

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Character name and back-story currently unknown. Played by Emilia Clarke.

Other News

Emilia Clarke Joins the Han Solo Stand-Alone Film, Star Wars, November 18, 2016

Donald Glover cast as Lando Calrissian in Young Han Solo Star Wars Film, Jonathon Dornbush, IGN, October 21, 2016.

Lando Calrissian appearing in Han Solo standalone film, Tony Hicks, The Mercury News, August 11, 2016.

Star Wars Celebration 2016: Alden Ehrenreich is Officially Young Han Solo, Joe Skrebels, IGN, July 17, 2016.

Star Wars Celebration: Han Solo Standalone Directors Phil Lord And Chris Miller Offer An Update (And A Brand New Star), Kate Erbland, Indie Wire, July 17, 2016.

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Anthology Film, StarWars.com, July 7, 2016.

Interesting Articles

10 Storylines To Expect From The Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off Movie, Peter Sciretta, Slash Film, July 7, 2016.

The Plot of the Han Solo Movie Might Come From an Old ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Idea, Sean Hutchinson, Inverse, May 13, 2016.

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Learn more at IMDB and StarWars.com

Books

Lost Stars

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Summary (from Goodreads): A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.

After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.

The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead…

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Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

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Summary (from Goodreads):

Journey to The Force Awakens.

The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.

Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.

And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting…

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Aftermath Life Debt by Chuck Wendig

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Summary (from Goodreads):

Set between the events of “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens, “the never-before-told story that began with “Star Wars: Aftermath” continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig’s “New York Times” bestselling trilogy.

“It is a dark time for the Empire. . . .”

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee s homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han s disappearance.
Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the “Millennium Falcon’s” last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs

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Bloodline by Claudia Gray

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Summary (from Amazon): WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .

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Bookish Gift Guide: Star Wars Edition

Giving a gift is a universal way to show interest, appreciation, and gratitude, as well as strengthen bonds with others. When shopping for a gift for a book lover, it can sometimes be difficult to know which book to pick out for them. There are so many genres, authors, and topics that it can be tricky to choose a book that will align with your bibliophile’s literary tastes.

However, if your book lover is also a Star Wars fan like me, then look no further. Check out my Bookish Gift Guide: Star Wars Edition for some of my favorite Star Wars inspired gift ideas, ranging from books to electronics to artwork and posters.

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