Cassian Andor TV Series Announced

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So much for the slow down…

From the official Star Wars site:

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced today that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+, the Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. The series, which will go into production next year, follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”

The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. A release date for the series has not yet been announced.

Well, this was unexpected.

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Announcing… The Mandalorian!

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This week has seen a flurry of news about The Mandalorian, the upcoming live-action Star Wars TV show from Lucasfilm and writer/director Jon Favreau. It may be Disney but what we know so far actually looks (dare I say it) quite exciting…

Things kicked off on Thursday, when we had an Instagram post from Favreau announcing the show’s title and synopsis:

The Mandalorian

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…

This little snippet was followed up the next day with a still from the first day of production showing the titular character in full regalia.

It’s all looking decent, right? I’d go so far as to say that this project is the most promising development in Star Wars right now.

This is what we know about The Mandalorian so far – and why the signs are looking good…

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Force Visions: The Star Wars Art of Kilian Plunkett

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Titan Publishing’s Star Wars Magazine was essential reading back in the early days of the internet; a monthly hit that created a regular gateway to that galaxy far, far away. In 1998, while visiting my Nan in Hemel Hempstead, I picked up the latest issue and instantly lost myself between the covers.

Featured amongst the interviews and pictures of that sweet, sweet merchandise was an exclusive comic about two alien swoop punks on the harsh desert sands of Tatooine. It was a savage, world-expanding story with stunning art – my first exposure to the work of Kilian Plunkett.

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Force Visions: The Star Wars Art of Cam Kennedy

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If you’re a fan of a certain age, the phrase ‘Star Wars comics’ evokes memories of Dark Horse, bold ideas and vibrant imagery. And if you’re anything like me, those vibrant images you’re conjuring will be in the distinctive style of Cam Kennedy.

No other artist made an impact on the early Star Wars Expanded Universe like Kennedy, the Scottish artist who rose to four-colour fame with the classic UK sci-fi anthology 2000 AD. Yet as iconic as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper are to comic fans, it was one particular EU tale that elevated the artist to legendary status…

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Is Battlefront II the Sequel Star Wars Needed?

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If you have even a passing interest in Star Wars, gaming or pop culture, you may have heard one or two rumblings about EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront II game this last week…

The sequel to 2015’s Battlefront (which was in turn a sequel to 2005’s Battlefront II, itself a sequel to 2005’s Battlefront oh my god it rhymes) launched on November 17th amid a storm of controversy concerning micro-transactions and EU gambling laws, leading to EA’s (temporary) u-turn on in-game spending. You can find out more about the situation here and here.

As fascinating as this stuff is, it’s not what we’re here to talk about today. We’re looking at Battlefront II‘s campaign mode – or more specifically, the story within – and how it relates to the Star Wars we know.

Needless to say there are spoilers for the game ahead, so consider yourself warned!

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