Only a few items of note this week, so let’s get to them!
OMAR JOINS HAN
Michael Kenneth Williams, perhaps best known as Omar on The Wire, has joined the as-yet-untitled Han Solo spinoff film! That’s literally all we know; no character hints whatsoever. Seems like LFL is at least starting to get the “wow, that’s a lot of white folks” memo, though. Faster than Marvel is, at any rate. (Source)
Two days down of San Diego Comic-Con and we’re already rolling in Star Wars news. Well sort of.
Last night was the Rebels panel that featured the main cast along with Dave Filoni. You can read StarWars.com’s liveblog of the event here. While we didn’t get the official release date for Rebels (groan!), we did learn a few things. The cast agrees that Vanessa Marshall is the biggest Star Wars fan out of all of them although apparently Freddie Prinze Jr. makes all the Force motions while recording. The show will definitely be embracing the idea of this crew as a family and bringing in some comedy; both concepts they’re taking from the Original Trilogy. Another point of note from the panel is that Filoni made mention of establishing a hierarchy of villains so if Darth Vader shows up, people should definitely be running. Also, Rebels will be much more of a contained story than the Clone Wars as they won’t be jumping from character to character and creating new locations each week.
In addition to showing several clips from the show, they also debuted a second brand new trailer which you can watch below.
The Star Wars Books panel just wrapped up and needless to say, the highlight was the new book announcement. Christie Golden will be penning a novel about Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos. The book is due out in Summer 2015 and is taken from a plot line for the intended Season 7 of The Clone Wars.
As for the rest of the panel, it was moderated by Vanessa Marshall and there was a lot of discussion about John Jackson Miller’s forthcoming A New Dawn. Vanessa has apparently read the book already and said it gave her a lot of insight into Hera. Tarkin will be, as expected, akin to James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis and will take place very close to Revenge of the Sith. Heir to the Jedi was described as a character study of Luke Skywalker and Lords of the Sith was dubbed “kind of a Vader/Palpatine road trip novel” by Jen Heddle. You can read the rest of the live blog of the panel by the main site here. I’d particularly suggest that readers take note of their comments about the newly minted Legends books.
If you’re looking for comic news though… well that’ll be dropping tomorrow during Marvel’s Cup of Joe Panel. You’ve been warned.