Star Wars Land Decoded Ft. Justin Robert Young – SWR #291


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  • Special Guest Justin Robert Young!
  • Star Wars land… official name is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Star Wars Westward
  • The Last Jedi BTS sizzle (You Tube) I’t New! Did we mention it’s unexpected? Opposite? Different
  • Rian Johnson reveals one word from the crawl of TLJ (
    • But was there a particular phrase or word he was most proud to sneak into the first moments of “The Last Jedi”?
    • “It would be funny if it was ‘poop,’” he said with a grin. “Which is a first for the ‘Star Wars’ universe. That’s the whole crawl, just the word ‘poop.’
    • Then he answered seriously, turning to the side to avoid being caught on camera mouthing even one word from the highly secretive script
    • “Decimated,” he said, and he looked quite proud.
  • From SDCC panel, new Star Wars novels tie into TLJ (
  • Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney’s publishing and digital media: “There’s one shared universe, so the films connect to the games, which connect to the books, which connect to the animation, and so on. A story told through publishing enriches the larger universe.”
  • YA books reveal backstories for classic characters like Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker in their younger days while also containing details and motivations that will turn up in the new film.
  • The previous “Journey to The Force Awakens” book series had to avoid discussing Skywalker for the most part, preserving his mystery. Now that he has been found, a new collection of interlocked short stories will unlock parts of his past we don’t know.
  • Dave Filoni tweets that Ahsoka and Kanan knew each other as younglings
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  • Radio Flyer Landspeeder exclusively at Toys R Us (commercial)

The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu (Oct. 31)

  • Michael Siglain, creative director of Lucasfilm Publishing: “You know how Han Solo says, ‘It’s true, all of it’? Well, was it really?”
  • This book by Ken Liu presents its stories as rumors circulating through the galaxy. Then Liu unspools six different stories, including a first-person account (told second-hand) about a flea-like alien who claimed to be on Luke’s shoulder during some critical history.
  • “It’s a mole-flea named Lugubrious Mote that is present during the time of Luke’s interactions with Jabba, including his battle with the Rancor and the fight on the sail barge,” Siglain says. “The mole-flea is not present in The Last Jedi, nor on the ship to Canto Bight, though he does help to illustrate Yoda’s point that ‘size matters not.’”

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray (Sept. 1)

  • This book takes Star Wars fans back to when she was a teenager, not yet a revolutionary.
  • It will reveal Leia’s rise to power by showing how she first became an agent for the Rebellion — not long before we see her escape with the stolen Death Star plans in Rogue One.
  • It’s set on the eve of her 16th birthday.
  • Siglain:  “She decides to become involved in the fight against the Empire, regardless of what her parents think.”

Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson (Sept, 1)

  • She does have a secret in her past that she guards. And when that secret is threatened to be revealed, what will she do to keep that secret hidden?
  • Siglain:  “You will be afraid of this character. You will know why she is a captain in the First Order.”
  • Siglain:  This novel will “show how she got off the planet that she was on initially and came to the First Order and what did she have to do to get there and what will she do to protect her secrets.”  

Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller (Dec. 5)

  • Four short stories will focus on creatures from the glamorous casino world of Canto Bight, described as the galactic version of Monaco.
  • Siglain:  “It’s a city filled with opportunity. There are very high stakes in this city.  You’re going to follow four different aliens who will lead you through some of the gambling parlors and the racetracks and, you know, just this beautiful, lush city that’s as far from the Episode IV cantina as you can get.”

Star Wars Made Easy

  • This guide by former EW writer Christian Blauvelt is meant as a primer for little kids.
  • Siglain:  “Years ago, I went to a bookstore, and I was looking for a book to give to my wife to kind of get her up to speed.  She had seen all the movies and stuff, but she didn’t know all of the lore, and some of it could be confusing. What was from Episode II, what was from Episode III?”

Boba’s Bounty:

  • Star Wars in Church!
  • Listening to SWR with Your Boss 😉

SPOILER/Rumor Section:

  • None this week!

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