Meet Agent Kallus, Imperial Enforcer

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Rebels character reveal, but here’s Agent Kallus voiced by David Oyelowo.

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Reddit AMAs today with Jeremy Bulloch and Timothy Zahn

Expanded Universe author Timothy Zahn and Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch will be on Reddit today for a pair of Ask Me Anything threads.

Bulloch is slated for 9AM Pacific:

Zahn meanwhile will be chatting at 4PM Pacific.

If you want to ask questions of Zahn and Bulloch, you’ll need to register for a Reddit account.

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Episode VII filming in IMAX, will be post-converted to 3D

First bit of news: As the above tweet from Bad Robot shows, Episode VII is filming with IMAX cameras as we speak.

Second bit of news: Episode VII will be released in theaters with a post-conversion 3D option.

It’s perhaps not too surprising that Disney and Lucasfilm want to have a 3D version of Episode VII in theaters, but it will no doubt disappoint many that this will be done in post. Films in 3D that aren’t shot natively with specialized stereoscopic cameras tend to be odd looking. Characters and objects in the foreground look oddly flat in front of the background.

Lucasfilm does have some internal experience with the post-conversion process, having re-released Episode I as a 3D film a few years ago to mixed reception. The film did look a fair amount better than most hastily thrown together conversions, but there were still a number of moments where the characters appeared jarringly flat. We’ll see how this conversion turns out.

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Amazon releasing free 2014 Star Wars literature sampler next week

Hat tip to John Jackson Miller for informing us that we’ll be able to get our hands on a sampler book previewing the upcoming Star Wars literature novels coming out later this year and through next year.

The sampler from Amazon will feature excerpts from Miller’s A New Dawn, Luceno’s Tarkin, and Kemp’s Lords of the Sith.

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Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson cast for Episode VII

And from out of left field, another casting development for Episode VII. Announced on the official site, joining the fold are Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke.

Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.

Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility. Pip recently demonstrated this remarkable skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.

“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film,” said producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Clarke and Anderson were pulled from the extensive multi-city and online talent search that contained over 37,000 attendees and 30,000 online applicants.

While there’s no indication on what the extent of the roles are, it is good to see the production crew going out of their way to cast another woman of color to appear in the film. While there is still room for improvement, slowly but surely the diversity ratio is improving in the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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Review: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows

It’s another Vader graphic novel as the collected edition of Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows hits shelves today.  Tim Siedell on script and Gabriel Guzman on art take us on another galactic adventure with the newly named Dark Lord of the Sith… or do they?

Darth Vader’s rampage across the galaxy after the fall of the Republic continues as he seeks out the remaining Jedi and rebels to destroy them.  It’s through the eyes of a deserter clone trooper returned to the fold that we some of this as he comes to serve as one of Vader’s most trusted stormtroopers.

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Star Wars Insider teams up with Nerd Block

Star Wars Insider is teaming up with toy subscription site Nerd Block for a neat promotion this coming July that will net subscribers some special Star Wars swag:

The Force is strong with Nerd Block! A geek tested, nerd approved monthly mystery package that includes toys, collectibles and a limited edition shirt. Nerd Block and Star Wars Insider are teaming up to include 2 epic Star Wars items in July’s classic block!

Visit this link and save 10% of your first month with promo code WICKET! 

Subscribers will also receive copies of Insider with their package. Head to the links above for more details.

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