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The First Star Wars Spin-off Film is “Rogue One” Felicity Jones to Star

Amazing new from starwars.com today. The first Star Wars Spin-off film has a title and release date! “Star Wars: Rogue One” will be released December 16, 2016! More exciting is the fact that the first cast (and possibly lead star) of the film is none other than Felicity Jones.

Star Wars: Rogue One

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

Be sure to check out the full press release here.

-Riley

Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins the cast of ‘Star Wars Rebels’


This is truly some great news from the Holywood Reporter. One wonders what character she may be voicing. I have to think it’s a significant role or they would have been less secretive. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Ms. Gellar at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

Buffy in Star Wars!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the voice cast of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Details on just which character Gellar will voice on season two of the animated series are being kept under wraps.

The actress, who recently starred on CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, will join a voice cast that includes her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., as well as Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor

-Riley

LEGOLAND California Resort Unveils LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star Model Display

We just got word in about this really cool event LEGOLAND is hosting. Check out the details below:

-Riley

LEGOLAND

WHAT: The Empire returns to LEGOLAND® California Resort with the largest LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland model display yet. On the evening of March 4, the galaxy’s most powerful weapon is unveiled:  The LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display.

Casting a shadow over LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland, the Death Star spans 8-feet wide, 13-feet high and weighs more than 1900 pounds. Featuring a planet-destroying super laser, the massive LEGO model is made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks and includes a display of the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Adjacent to the LEGO Death Star, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations while X-Wings, TIE Fighters and Y-Wings circle overhead.

The LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star is designed from the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It includes six animated Turbo Laser Turrets and LEGO starship models built out of more than 20,000 LEGO bricks.

The new LEGO model display is LEGOLAND California Resort’s latest major addition in LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland which opened in 2011 and expanded with the addition of the LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Gallery in 2012.  The unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display kicks-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event on March 7 and 8, where guests can spend the day participating in Star Wars™ related activities.

WHEN: March 4, 2015; 5:30 p.m.
Email us at News@LEGOLAND.com to RSVP

WHERE: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA
Please call for directions and gatehouse entrance

VISUALS:

  • The Death Star Model Display being unveiled for the first time
  • Darth Vader using his power to light the galaxy as he turns-on the planet destroying super laser
  • 501st Stormtroopers and LEGO® R2-D2 interacting with the crowd
  • General Manager Peter Ronchetti unveiling the new display

5 Part series LEGO Star Wars: “Droid Tales” Set to Air on Disney XD

More LEGO. More Star Wars. More LEGO Star Wars! It’s pretty awesome to hear that the LEGO Star Wars specials are going to continue onto Disney XD. And their not just specials, it looks like this will be a 5 part mini-series.

LEGO time!

Here’s more details from The Hollywood Report. via Rebels Report

The Star Wars movies are getting a Lego re-telling just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney XD has picked up Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, an animated take on the six Star Wars movies. The limited series entails of five 22-minute episodes that will air later this year. Force Awakens opens galaxy-wide December 18.

But this is not Star Wars in 22 minutes. The conceit is that the movies are being retold through the eyes of robots C-3PO and R2-D2 in a brand new story.

Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, the droids are regaling the assembled of their adventures that led them to their present situation.  An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the re-telling of the saga in the chronological order, starting from The Phantom MenacetoReturn of the Jedi.

Details of who is directing or writing the episodes were not revealed.

Lego and Disney XD will reveal airdate information in the coming months.

Great news!

-Riley

Watch: 2 Teasers for the Star Wars Rebels Season Finale!

We’re almost there Star Wars fans! Lord Vader himself will show up in the season finale of “Star Wars Rebels.” This will be the 13th and final episode of season 1 and is called “Fire Across the Galaxy.” It will be airing on March 2 at 9 p.m. ET in the US.

Monday can’t come soon enough!