Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Starkiller Almost Appeared in Rebels; Rian Johnson Chats with Fans; New The Last Jedi Toys and More.

After a brief hiatus during the slow summer days, we are back with our weekly Star Wars Social Buzz article. This week: Sam Witwer reveals that Dave Filoni almost made Starkiller from The Force Unleashed game canon; Rian Johnson takes to Twitter to chat with the fans; New The Last Jedi toys reveal new interesting tidbits about the movie; John Boyega and Laura Dern talk Star Wars; Del Rey reveals new exclusive character posters for the novel Phasma; The latest from Pablo Hidalgo and more…



Actor Sam Witwer revealed in a podcast conversation that Dave Filoni considered making his character Starkiller from the game The Force Unleashed an Inquisitor in Star Wars: Rebels, hence making the famous character canon. Unfortunately it didn’t fit the story they were telling in the TV series. Check out Star Wars HQ’s video on the subject:







Rian Johnson has been more active on Twitter in the last few days, after EW started their coverage for the movie. Here are some of the more interesting exchanges that he had with the fans:
















Images with a Praetorian Guard and a First Order Judicial from Disney’s Elite Series figures has hit the web.


2 New TLJ Elite Series figures from StarWarsLeaks



Obviously, these Judicials with their electric weapons will be used to spread judgement to those who oppose or fail the First Order.

Here are the Judicials as seen in The Last Jedi behind the scenes footage:



As you can see in the lower right corner of the image, there is a black man brought to his knees in front of the Judicials. This is definitely not John Boyega, but it’s possible that this is his stunt double (see image below).


John Boyega’s stunt double



In the photo it seems that this guy is wearing dark clothes that fit with the First Order uniform that we’ve seen in another shot from the BTS footage:




If it’s true, it looks like the Judicials captured Finn. In another photo from the BTS footage we saw Finn behind bars, which also may be connected to this sequence.



Here’s one possible explanation on this. We saw Finn and Rose riding an alien horse like creature on the streets of Canto Bight, during the filming in Dubrovnik. Then they perhaps get captured and put in the cell (you can see that Rose is there too). Then perhaps they manage to escape stealing two First Order uniforms, but then got captured again by the Judicials.

Of course, this is just a wild speculation, but if it is correct, we are perhaps going to see another clash ala Finn vs Nines from The Force Awakens, but this time with the Judicials and their cool weapons. Or I could be totally wrong and this is just a random guy from the Resistance captured by the First Order. After all there is not only one man of color in the GFFA, right? 🙂




Also John Boyega’s Finn dressed as a First Order officer gets a Black Series figure. Curiously he comes with a blaster gun and the same weapon that kicked his ass in The Force Awakens. 🙂





Speaking of Boyega, here’s a wider look at the image from EW (via reddit) showing him piloting a Ski Speeder on the planet Crait (see photo above).



Even more The Last Jedi toys hit the stores prematurely – this time as Hot Wheels diecast ships. Use the arrows on the embedded link to see the Ski Speeder Bomber and the TIE Silencer:


Instagram: Ski Speeder, Bomber & Tie Silencer Hot Wheels toy pics via @swrogue507




Also here’s a closer look at Kylo Ren’s Black Series from Hasbro:


Leaked TLJ Black Series Kylo Ren from StarWarsLeaks




Any Funko Pop fans? Here’s the first wave of Funko Pops from The Last Jedi (via imgur):



You can get an even closer look at TLJ Funko Pops here.





The PCO Group site has posted their toppers, buckets, drinking cups and tubs for The Last Jedi. The most interesting thing here is the more detailed look at the evil BB unit from the movie:



You can check the whole product line here. (via MSW)




And more toys:





New look at Leia from The Last Jedi:






DelRey just revealed that on Force Friday (September 1) the upcoming novel Phasma will have 3 editions each with a special double sided character poster:





Here are the three exclusive character posters:






John Boyega on The Last Jedi:







Laura Dern talks Star Wars:







The latest episode of the Star Wars Show is here. In this episode Andi and Anthony take a look at the new The Last Jedi images from EW, Andi talks with the author of the The Last Jedi novelization, Jason Fry, and more. Check it out:






The first reactions from test screenings for the movie Wonder are in, and they are very positive. The movie’s screenplay was written by Jack Thorne, the writer who was recently added to Star Wars: Episode IX. The movie also stars Jacob Tremblay (aka Colin Trevorrow’s lucky charm) in the lead role. The studio was so happy with how the movie is performing in test screening that they decided to push it back to November.

Check out the touching trailer:







The latest from LFL Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo.


















Stay tuned for more next week.



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15 thoughts on “Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Starkiller Almost Appeared in Rebels; Rian Johnson Chats with Fans; New The Last Jedi Toys and More.

  • August 12, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Pablo is too good for this world.

    • August 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm


  • August 13, 2017 at 1:26 am

    The head of BB-9E reminds me of that homicidal R2 unit in the Doctor Aphra comic series.

    • August 13, 2017 at 2:03 am


  • August 13, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Damn, the new character posters from the Phasma novel are really impressive, especially the gladiator-looking dude with the staff.

  • August 13, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Boy… Why are they whiners at any new cute creature? This question about the Ewoks is lame. Hey, you can hate Ewoks, Gungans, Porgs… But really? Asking the director “what’s your stance on Ewoks… It feels important.” just because he created cute birds? I’m so glad George was in Celebration saying, calmly, to hundreds of grown ups that this movies were done for 12 year old and that he doesn’t care about the rest… How many of you became a Star Wars fans after 12?? Let the new generations enjoy the cuteness of it.

    • August 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

      My thoughts exactly. I keep reading whining comments & wanting to shout at people “It’s a kid’s film!”

  • August 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Hopefully Porgs are like tribbles: they don’t do anything important but they sure do make a great episode.

  • August 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    That would have been so freaking cool to have Starkiller be one of the Inquisitors. They would have had to completely retcon his entire story though. Still wished fans of the game would have gotten the final chapter and not being left on such a huge cliff hanger!

  • August 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Yes. I can’t wait for Friday. I wish starkiller got to be in a episode

  • August 15, 2017 at 3:03 am

    I hope those Porgs have a Large Marge moment where they scare the crap out of Chewie. That would an amazing middle finger to the fans that thought were gonna be cute, cuddly creatures.

    • August 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      I’m thinking similar to the little mushroom guys from “Mom and Dad, Save the World”

  • August 15, 2017 at 6:25 am

    So if the Praetorian Guard are average male height, or slightly taller, Snoke’s got about a foot and a half on them, about 7.5 feet, give or take.

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