Happy Day of the Force my young padawans! It is finally upon us, Star Wars Day, the day where we can don our finest robes, hook our lightsabers to our belts and wander round the streets pretending to force choke anyone who gives us even the slightest of sneering looks…
No, just me?
With so much in the pipeline, I’m going to share just some (because how can you really cover it all?) of the Star Wars content coming up that I am most looking forward to.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Starring Alden Ehrenreich as our loveable rogue, Solo follows the story of (you guessed it) a young Han Solo. Set before his run in with Luke and Obi Wan in Mos Eisely cantina, Solo shows us how Han met his faithful (and rather furry) co-pilot Chewie, his first meeting with notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as some backstory to his brief stint in the Imperial Academy (who knew?!).
Solo features some big names amongst its cast list, not limited to Emilia Clarke (most notable from Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany. Whilst most are feeling underwhelmed by this film, I am eagerly awaiting its release with excitement and anticipation.
Solo is released in UK cinemas on 25th May.
Star Wars Resistance
After the final ever episode of Star Wars Rebels aired on 5th March fans were left wondering with one question; what will be the next Dave Filoni venture be? Well, we didn’t have long to wait when on 26th April they announced the new animated series: Star Wars Resistance.
On the day of its announcement the Disney Channel tweeted out a brief premise of the film:
We’re so excited to announce a new animated show – #StarWarsResistance! The new series is about Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Catch it this fall on Disney Channel! pic.twitter.com/0cp7QEFYd6
— Disney Channel (@DisneyChannel) April 26, 2018
Whilst I have yet to delve into Rebels (I’m still working my way through Filoni’s first animated series; The Clone Wars), I am very much looking forward to Resistance because of its roots. Filoni explains over on StarWars.com that the idea first came about from his interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. As an avid history buff myself, the combination of the two cleary spells for some classic Dave Filoni magic.
Star Wars Resistance is set to air in the fall on Disney Channel in the US.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
At the ripe old age of 25, I have still yet to go to Disney World (deprived, right?). But when a Star-Wars themed area of the park was announced back in 2015 – well now I just *have* to go.
Yes, the galaxy far, far away is coming to Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. The parks are set to open sometime in 2019, featuring an interactive hotel where guests are immersed in a Star Wars adventure from the minute they step inside. The two major rides take visitors on a battle between the Resistance and the First Order, and then let you pilot the notorious ‘piece of space junk’, the Millennium Falcon. But the *biggest* excitement for me comes in the form of food. They. Are creating. MOS EISLEY CANTINA! I am super, super excited for that fact alone. Can you imagine being able to walk in to the place where it all really started, and hear *that* band play *that* music?!
Just that whole thing is going to be absolutely incredible, and I don’t care how long I’m going to have to save for…I WILL GET THERE!
— Disney (@Disney) July 16, 2017
Star Wars: Episode 9 – Untitled (2019)
There was a lot of mixed reaction towards The Last Jedi, that much is obvious. But as someone very much in the LOVE camp, I am eagerly anticipating the third installment of the latest trilogy. The return of JJ Abrams as captain of the crew just brings it completely full circle, and with it has brought back the same flood of excitement that I felt when they announced The Force Awakens.
Now I have absolutely no idea where they’re going to take the story, I had an idea of what I thought was going to happen in TLJ and then they went in a completely opposite direction. There are a few loose ends that need to be tied up, most notably the fate of our General amongst the stars, Leia. The sad passing of Carrie Fisher means that I’m 99.9% sure that we will not see Leia grace our screens in Episode 9, with original director Colin Trevorrow confirming that they will not use the same CGI that we saw in Rogue One to digitally recreate Leia. So with that I wonder just how they will write out one of the greatest female characters that cinema has ever seen.
Unless our rabble of heroes (and villains) are being prepped to feature in the next trilogy of films, JJ will somehow have to wrap up the stories of Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo in one 2-2 1/2 hour film. Which I’m a little nervous for if that’s the case. I just don’t see how they can wholly round them off in such a short space of time. But I trust JJ with all my heart. Famous last words. #InJJWeTrust
So how am I celebrating Star Wars Day?
Well, this evening I’ll be embarking on a 2 and a half hour choo choo ride to the Big Smoke (Landan Town for those who aren’t familiar with that colloquialism), and my choice of reading material for this journey; Star Wars: Lost Stars.
Star Wars: Lost Stars was released in 2015, pre-The Force Awakens, and follows events before, during and after the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This book has noticeably been a fan favourite since its release, and was recommended to me by two friends of the interweb (shout out to Lauren Gallaway and Matt Martin!).
Alongside this I also have the new Solo issue of Empire magazine to read, and a whole library of Star Wars soundtracks on Spotify to accompany me – so I’m good to go!
How are you spending the most important day in the galaxy far, far away?