Ever since the announcement that Disney purchased Lucasfilm in October, one thing on the minds of fans of both companies has been, when will Disney expand the Star Wars presence in their parks? Now we may have our answer.
According to Theme Park Insider multiple inside sources are indicating that Disney is moving ahead with plans to add a “Star Wars Land” to their Hollywood Studios park in Walt Disney World Florida. The location comes as no surprise because Hollywood Studios already has the ride Star Tours, the shop Tatooine Traders, and a not so life size AT-AT Walker, which already make up a mini Star Wars section of the park. Chances are they will use this existing footprint and expand out, taking out some older attractions.
On our May episode of Star Wars Bookworms we were happy to welcome back Josh Stolte (@jedishua) of the TechnoRetro Dads and Green Justice podcasts as our guest.
At the top of the episode we discussed the announcement of the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. We are not a Star Wars animation podcast but a new animated series is bound to effect the Expanded Universe in some way and we discussed some of the possibilities.
For our first review we covered the comic volume Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison. We all pretty much agreed that this was one of our favorite comics to come out recently. Dark and gritty with a bunch of surprises… just how I like my comics.
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Before we release our regular May episode we are happy to bring you a special interview episode. We were thrilled to be able to interview prolific Star Wars writer John Jackson Miller! He is the writer of various Star Wars books and comics including Knights of the Old Republic, Lost Tribe of the Sith, Knight Errant, and the upcoming novel Kenobi.
At the top of the interview we discussed his personal Star Wars fandom and how it lead to a career in comics. He also shared his thoughts on the upcoming Rebels animated series and why he is excited for it. Other subjects that came up in the conversation were new and old Star Trek and Doctor Who.
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Today Lucasfilm announced on the official Star Wars website details of the new animated series they have been teasing us with. The show will be titled Star Wars Rebels and will be set sometime between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen.Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
Title: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
Author: Tim Lebbon
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Into the Void is the third Star Wars novel released in 2013 and is very much different from the first two. In January we got Scoundrels, the highly anticipated novel by Star Wars writer royalty Tim Zahn. February saw the release of The Last Jedi, a novel that was basically the unofficial 4th book of the Coruscant Nights series. Scoundrels featured a large cast of characters including film characters Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca. The Last Jedi didn’t have any of our film good guys but did feature Darth Vader as the main villain.
Into the Void had no film characters to rely on to attract the casual readers. It didn’t even have the familiar eras. In fact it started it’s own era, “Before the Republic” (yes the Dawn of the Jedi comics officially started this era but Into the Void is the first novel). Hopefully this unfamiliarity will not drive off readers, because I believe the strength of this book is how different it is.