Star Wars Weekly Social Buzz!


This week we have Mark Hamill’s surprising cameo in a British sitcom, some hints at the possible female lead in the Han Solo spin-off movie, first review of the novel Ahsoka, a very cool interview with Freddie Prinze Jr. on the new season of Rebels, several fantastic fan trailers and videos, and more…



First we start with Mark Hamill and his funny surprising guest appearance in Channel 4’s British sitcom Man Down. Check out his scene:




Rogue One writer Gary Whitta has a super cool prop from the movie:




Some interesting  backstory on Poe Dameron and his X-Wings from The Force Awakens via Michael Kogge’s Poe Dameron: Flight Log:




Han Solo directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord visit the Millennium Falcon on The Force Awakens set:





Mashable’s Jeff Sneider made an interesting comment regarding Devin Faraci’s article about the cultural representation in Star Wars films:



Is it possible to see Sana Starros in the Han Solo film?

Sana Starros


For those of you who haven’t read the comics, Sana Starros is (via Wookieepedia):

A human female who lived during the time of the Galactic Civil War. She claimed to be married to Han Solo, though he denied it, and regardless they were not on good terms in the time after the Battle of Yavin. She traveled across the galaxy in search of Han, from Tatooine to the Monsua Nebula, in order to confront him.



Canadian actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs revealed that she did get a chance for a second audition to play Rey during The Force Awakens Casting process:



While some people think this is a good indication that Rey is not a Skywalker, because of the ethnicity of the actress, we have to keep in mind that this depends on the mother. So, even if we had Jacobs playing Rey, she could still be a Skywalker depending on her mother.



Ahsoka -Young Adult Novel

Check out this first brief review of E.K. Johnston new novel Ahsoka:


From KirkusReviews:

She is a Togruta who managed to survive the aftermath of Order 66, the Empire’s plan to eradicate all the Jedi. Ahsoka is forced to hide on planets in the Outer Rim, so as to not attract attention while she tries to reconcile her new fate without the guidance of her former master, Anakin Skywalker. As a Padawan left without counsel, Ahsoka must rely on her Jedi training to keep her true identity a secret. Taking on a new name, Ashla, she finds refuge and work as a mechanic on the farming moon of Raada. After the Empire makes a surprise visit in an attempt to occupy the moon, a failed resistance plan by farmers incites an Imperial attack on Ahsoka’s new friends, and she is forced to openly use her Jedi powers to temporarily save them. Now that the Empire is aware that there is indeed a Jedi still alive in the galaxy, they spare no expense to find her. Johnston offers up an emotional and exciting chapter in the Star Wars saga, filling fans in on what exactly happened to at least one Jedi that survived Order 66. The best revelations come when familiar faces treasured by fans appear from the shadows as Ahsoka’s allies, as the fight between Light and Dark continues.



New Rogue One coloring book is on the horizon. You would need a lot of grey for that Death Star:



Chewie & R2-D2

Peter Mayhew wrote a touching farewell message to his old friend Kenny Baker:





Rich Williamson has cut together an amazing fan trailer showing what Ben Kenobi’s life may have been like after the events depicted in 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The trailer shows the famous Jedi master living his life of exile on Tatooine (seen in the original Star Wars film), while watching over a very young Luke Skywalker. A majority of the footage comes from Rodrigo García’s film named ‘Last Days in the Desert’.





Another cool trailer from The Star Wars Alert. This time a mashup between The Force Awakens and Rogue One:




Also here’s a pretty cool Rogue One fan trailer using the Beastie Boys music:




Now this is a super cool bike. They should start mass produce those and sell them with the Scout costume:




Very cool fan movie, showing us that Stormtroopers are regular people fighting for a cause. The 12-minute short directed by Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards won a Filmmaker Select prize at the Fan Film Awards (via Yahoo):





Our friend Dash Star has posted his full interview with Freddie Prinze Jr. who voices Kanan in Star Wars: Rebels. Check it out:





The latest from Pablo Hidalgo.


On the rocket launcher and AT-ACT from the Rogue One trailer:




On the Story Group’s involvement with the movies:




Kylo’s shuttle from TFA still has no name:




On Muuns:




On the EU and the Skywalkers:




On the Death Star dish being installed in Rogue One:



Stay tuned for more next week.



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36 thoughts on “Star Wars Weekly Social Buzz!

  • August 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    The force is growing stronger in the franchise it seems. I’ll be glad anyways.

  • August 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve always imagined that the AT-ACT in the trailer snaps his head right back toward the Rebels after getting hit by that rocket launcher. People saying it’s funny that an RPG can take out an AT-ACT are being a bit premature, methinks.

    And lolz at the people that don’t understand prototypes or acceptance/operational testing.

    • August 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      they also hit the walker right in its laser cannon which could be a weak point. they’ve already established in canon that walkers have multiple design flaws(like the leg joints that thane takes out in lost stars) so this isn’t a big leap for me at least.

      • August 20, 2016 at 6:46 am

        Walkers were never actually practical. Why don’t they just hover 40 feet above the ground without the legs to take out?

        • August 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

          I always imagined the power needed to generate that much anti-grav would require larger “engine rooms” and not allow for as much armor and troop capacity? (At least that’s how I rationalized it as a kid)

    • August 20, 2016 at 1:37 am

      They are dumb b/c it’s not shown being taken out

    • August 20, 2016 at 4:47 am

      Does the rocket do anything more than glance off the armor? Sure it gave the pilots a shake but there’s no way to tell from the shot in the trailer whether it actually did any damage.

      • August 20, 2016 at 6:45 am

        We don’t see what happens as it cuts away right after impact.

  • August 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    That interview with freddie was great, he always gives deep scoops on stuff!

  • August 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hamill is so thin now. Good for him.

    • August 20, 2016 at 4:20 am

      This was the biggest part of the news for me. Seeing him in shape has me excited for episode 8. You could tell he was still a little pudgy in TFA, even with all that Jedi garb on, but the extra year and a half of working out seems to have really helped him before starting episode 8 (Not counting the ending reshoot in July of last year Johnson did)

  • August 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Nice to see that I’m not the only one that wants a storm trooper movie. That short video was a good insight to what it could be, though I would want more focus on a group of troopers and their missions and not so much love story.

  • August 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    that synopsis for the ahsoka novel sounds boring. why not set it after she left the jedi order before the end of the war and have it run through order 66? that has a lot more meat on it. this just sounds like obi-wan 2.0 which i’m also not interested in(please don’t kill me).

  • August 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Pretty sweet to see Qui Gon as force ghost. Always liked his character. Would be really cool to see him training Obi Wan again.

  • August 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Quite well put together that Obi-Wan fan trailer, but I have my doubts that such a story could work as a full movie. This movie does not need to be made in my opinion.

    • August 20, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Agreed. I’m one of the few fans who thinks the Han Solo movie is a better idea. Much as I like Ewan McGregor.

      • August 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

        I’m looking forward to that movie. The more I hear about it, the more I like the sound of it.

      • August 20, 2016 at 7:22 am

        In relative terms, of course 🙂

  • August 20, 2016 at 4:35 am

    If you open the tweet above, about the actress auditioning for Rey. It also mentions that Maisie Richardson- Sellers also auditioned for the role. Which we knew but don’t think it was ever confirmed. Also, Jessica Henwick (Jess Pava) , auditioned for the role and was 2nd choice.

    • August 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

      I mean, Christopher Walken was up for Han Solo in the OT.

  • August 20, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Was going to post this in the Cantina, but I don’t have new thread posting privileges, and it is unclear if it is fan made or Disney/LFL affiliated yet: Scum & Villainy Cantina, Hollywood, CA, an immersive Mos Eisley dining cosplay experience thing. Not a lot of info yet:

    I’m guessing this studio is involved:

  • August 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

    “…despite the humid Yavin climate.”
    I hadn’t caught any previous references to the Resisties using Yavin as a base – is that a first?

    • August 20, 2016 at 6:24 am

      Poe grew up on Yavin IV with his parents. He probably just hid his X-wing there.

      What I caught is that he went from Jakku to Yavin IV and then to Takadona. I always thought after he and Finn crashed on Jakku he hitched a ride to D’Qar and got his X-wing there. Then went to Takodana.

      • August 20, 2016 at 7:22 am

        Oooh, yeah, probably best not to try and think about the time-frame involved there 😉

  • August 20, 2016 at 7:14 am

    So, Ahsoka started hiding with the cover name Ashla? I know Ashla and Ahsoka are two diffrent individuals, but reading Ahsokas novel intro assumes to me that both must known each other pretty good. Otherwise she wouldn’t have chosen her name, would she? Now I am even more curious what Ashlas youngling life and maybe role as padwan in the Clone Wars could have been and although their relationship. Another similar question I am asking me since I watched Clone Wars was why Ahsoka and Shaak Ti never met together on screen or maybe got a mission only for Togruta. Furthermore what were the exact circumstances why Ahsoka was assigned to Anaking and not Shaak Ti besides her duties to oversee clone trooper training on Kamino. Was it because Ahsoka suited Yodas masterplan to protect/save/teach Anakin the best?

    • August 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Like Obi Wan Kenobi and Ben Kenobi were so different…

      • August 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

        I am not sure if we are talking at cross purpose. Wrote about two persons not one with diffrent names…

    • August 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Fun fact: “Ashla” was the name of the light side of the Force in Lucas’ original draft.

      • August 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

        Ah yes now I remember this term again. Sth. similiar to Ahsokas historical origin name related to buddhism (for me light side). Additionally in the same realm we got an ancient ruin of Lothal. I hope the novel will explore this part of Star Wars lore much deeper.

  • August 20, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Sense I’m normally so positive… I’ll strike back with a negative comment for once!
    That cover artwork for Ahsoka is awful! They really messed up her head. The rest is ok.

  • August 21, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I have this weird feeling Mark Hamill will knock it out of the park in epVIII

  • August 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Garry Whitta: “Perhaps the nerdiest thing I own – a jar of sand from the beaches of Scarif …”

    Keep the jar tightly closed, Garry! That stuff is coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere!

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