Report: Grand Admiral Thrawn looks to be added to live-action

Embed from Getty Images The Star Wars universe is big. Like really big. By now most or all of the Star Wars fans know that Ahsoka Tano, and possibly Ezra Bridger are headed to The Mandalorian season 2. Now it seems another Star Wars heavyweight could be headed to live action. Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the most popular characters in Star Wars. He has appeared in novels, graphic novels as well as on Star Wars Rebels. Thrawn has yet to make it to any live action.

Timothy Zahn recently delivered fans two all new Thrawn novels. The draw around the character has made Thrawn a front runner for a character that fans would most like to see transition to a new Star Wars film, many fans had hoped that would happen with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, that was not the case.

Grand Admiral Thrawn, made his Star Wars debut in the Heir to the Empire novel. A member of the mysterious Chiss race, Thrawn (blue in color with red eyes) is an Imperial military commander who took control of the Galactic Empire five years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

As Star Wars moves forward in the post Skywalker story era, it is clear that new characters will be headed to both theaters as well as Disney Plus. There are many great and unique characters in the Star Wars universe.

If the report is correct Star Wars fans should be excited and very happy to see Thrawn in a live action setting. Will it lead to the big screen in a full length film? That is unknown at this time.

With Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni calling the Star Wars shots anything is possible. One thing is becoming more clear nearly every week, Favreau and Filoni are the right two people to move Star Wars forward in fresh new ways with fresh new stories to tell.

The George Floyd killing has set off a trigger effect

Embed from Getty Images “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Four now former Minnesota police officers set off a national protest boarding on riots after they killed George Floyd. What needs to happen is a coming together of people. To meet in the middle and come up with a way to be constructive not violent protests.

I will use Star Wars as an example of how to communicate ways to be constructive. First off there are many different creatures as well as different ethnic backgrounds in Star Wars. Yet, for the greater good differences are set aside.

There is always a middle ground. The hard part is finding it. The sad truth is that America has never fully gotten over racism. It does not matter who is being racist. Pick the ethnic group. It does not matter if it started in homes, school or people we hang out with influential people. Something has got to give.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

The underling need is love. The rest of the equation simply does not matter. Psalm 51: 10 is a powerful way to begin to show the steps we can take to show more love “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

What if the church of God, I am talking globally began to ask God to change their heart and renew our spirit with His spirit? In my opinion this is how mountains are moved.

God built His church to withstand hell pushing in on it. If the people (church) would take a hold of this concept, and reflect Jesus to everyone, the world would start to be a better place.

Han Solo relied of Lando Calrissian, even though Star Wars is a movie franchise, what would it look like to rely on a person who is different from you for help or a friendship? That is aCreate in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. we should be moving towards.

Make Solo 2 Happen 2020 is May 25

Embed from Getty Images Star Wars fans are seeking for more. This May 25 Star Wars fans are taking to social media in an effort to ramp up support for a sequel to Solo: a Star Wars Story. Kind of interesting for a movie that flopped and effectively killed off Star Wars stand alone movies. At least for the time being.

The fact that Solo came out after Star Wars The Last Jedi was released and rubbed Star Wars fans the wrong way, killed any chance Solo had for box office success. That is a real shame.

The argument could be made that, not only is Solo a very enjoyable Star Wars film not the best but easily sitting somewhere in the middle it also happens to be  a pretty astute look at the character of Han Solo himself.

Alden Ehrenreich is not just good in the lead role of Han Solo, he is downright brilliant. With the swagger of Billy Dee Williams, Donald Glover’s casting as Lando Calrissian is so solid he nearly steals the show.

The argument could be made Solo is a better film all the way around than Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. Solo is a fun ride movie that was largely missed. That is a true shame.

About two years since it’s release, Star Wars fans have saved the date. May 25 will be Make Solo 2 Happen on social media. Last year the movement gain steam as well as backing from director Ron Howard who connected with Star Wars fans actors joined in as well. Why not it beats being unemployed.

Solo did begin to catch on with streaming and DVD sales, leading to the movement. As of right now Disney does not have any plans to make a Solo 2 film. But as witnessed by many, Star Wars fans can be very vocal. As seen by The Clone Wars. The fans wanted a final season and proper send off for the popular animated show. Finally the fans who were unrelenting won.

If you join the cause May 25 be sure to use the hashtag #MakeSolo2Happen, and be vocal.

The Mandalorian is Disney’s true kickoff to Star Wars

Embed from Getty Images Disney owed it to George Lucas to finish the Skywalker arc of Star Wars. As The Rise of Skywalker came and went from theaters, so did George Lucas’s vision for his part of Star Wars. With the release of the runaway hit The Mandalorian Disney is now firmly in control of Star Wars.

The Mandalorian  offers a departure from the kind of stories audiences are used to seeing. There is none of that Star Wars iconic Force use. The main character is a bounty hunter.

The Mandalorian has no connections to the Jedi  (fans are still trying to figure out baby Yoda.) Except for armor look that resembles fan-favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett’s, that is the only connection to what fans have come to know about Star Wars.

The show is high-budget live-action TV series is split into episodes. The show spawns from co-creators Jon  Favreau and Dave Filoni. The two came up with a game plan to stream the show weekly one episode at a time and avoid a “binge-worthy” show.

It is a format that has worked very well and now has other streaming shows wondering if they should change to the Disney format. Disney, Favreau and Filoni do have plans for another Star Wars trilogy, with movies slated for release in 2022, 2024, and 2026, to this point they are being tight lipped.

One thing is clear, from the sequel trilogies lukewarm response from hard-core fans, it is time to push Star Wars forward. No more rehashing the same characters in different stories and locations. What made the Marvel movies a hit is they did not rehash. Not only that but the are now moving towards the expanded Marvel universe.

Star Wars offers the same type of set up. There is a lot of untapped stories and ideas that fans really want. The Mandalorian has shown this. Fans will embrace new. This is why Disney was wise to bring in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Two writers and directors who understand both Star Wars and how to successfully move the franchise forward and just how it all fits together.

 

Star Wars needed The Clone Wars and Rebels to tell the whole story

Embed from Getty Images May 4 2020, The beloved “Star Wars” saga was completed from the Skywalker side of the franchise. It is now available for streaming on Disney Plus. Right now is the perfect time to finish the story as we shelter in place”The Clone Wars” and subsequent animated series “Rebels” brings it all full circle.

If you are a fan and want to know more about the Darksaber (black bladed lightsaber) the one that up in the hands of Moff Gideon in Season 1 of The Mandalorian, then you need to understand that same saber was once held by Darth Maul.

The Mandalorian’s history is directly tied to The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The two animated-but-definitely-not-a-kids-series have made a rather large impact on Star Wars.

The Clone Wars begins shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and it ends during big moments of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

Another key aspect is that during both Clone Wars and Rebels, Maul rules Mandalore. The series show a deeper look at Darth Maul who survived being sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Fans find Maul is equally terrifying, eloquent as well as tragic in his history. Maul is now eaten up by seeking revenge. The 133 Episode Clone Wars is wonderfully done. Then follow it up with Star Wars Rebels.

The writing and character development are extremely well done. Star Wars Rebels makes an impact as well. Sabin Wren is a key figure in Rebels. She is an exiled Mandalorin, things come full circle when she returns to Mandalor.

With a rumored Season 5 of Rebels being worked on to close that series, the Clone Wars recently ended it’s seventh and final  season on an fantastic note. There was no talking the final six minutes of the shows series Ashoka leaving her lightsaber behind. Clone Trooper’s helmets on  sticks (much like Storm Trooper helmets on sticks during the Mandalorian) finally the kill shot of a view through the mask of Darth Vader as he took hold of Ahsoka’s lightsaber.

If you have not watched either series at all or in a while do yourself a favor. It will help close the Skywalker arc of Star Wars.

The Mandalorian season 2 will have crossovers

Embed from Getty Images Disney Streaming’s top rated show The Mandalorian is set to bring in characters from other Star Wars shows as well as the Star Wars film franchised. It should be both interesting and fun to see how they merge this and add to The Mandalorian.

Temuera Morrison, who portrayed the bounty hunter and clone template Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones. Morrison is said to be Capatin Rex. Also the ever popular Boba Fett will be making an appearance. Starting what is sure to be a fan favorite Season 2.

It gets even better for Star Wars fans and fans of Star Wars Rebels, as it looks like Sabine Wren will also be included in The Mandalorian. Wren is a teenage graffiti artist she is an Imperial Academy dropout and former bounty hunter. She specializes as the weapons expert on the ship Ghost.

With Clone Wars fan favorite Ahsoka Tano already announced to join the show, Season 2 promised to be another fun ride. Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni has been hinting that other characters could make it into the hit show.

In other good news, Disney announced that The Mandalorian season 2 will not be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also the shows producer, director as well as co-writer Jon Favreau said he has been writing season 3 while he has been sheltering in place.

So it looks as though the mega popular Mandalorian will have other characters to help him on his journey. Season 2 promises to be a fun thrill ride for all Star Wars fans, with a clear nod to the die-hard fans.

Star Wars icons Han Solo is a great gift idea

If you have a Star Wars loved on in your family than Star Wars icons Han Solo may off a great gift for the. The beloved Star Wars character come to live in new way as fans get a look at his history and are brought up to date.

From scoundrel to scruffy looking nerd herder, Star Wars icons Han Solo offers bright colorful pages from art concepts to famous pictures from the classic Star Wars movie franchise.

Also in the book is a look back at the career of Harrison Ford then man who brought Han solo to life. There are also rare and not so rare Star Wars posters to be found in the pages.

No matter which form of the iconic character you like it is in the book. Action figure and trading card pictures are also in the book you will enjoy taking a look at. Also found in the pages is are behind-the-seen photo’s as well has Han Solo book novel covers.

The book also includes pictures and information for “Solo a Star Wars story.” The under appreciated Stand alone film. Fresh off the strongly disliked “Star wars The Last Jedi,” Solo, did not do well at the box office.  It did find it’s way into the hearts of die hard Star Wars fans and took off in DVD sales. So much so that the Star Wars fan base started a Make Solo 2 Happen campaign. A movement that was joined on social media by actors, actresses from the movie as well as director Ron Howard.

At a reasonable price, Star Wars icons Han Solo offers something for the Star Wars fan in your life, or even maybe you.

Happy Star Wars Day

C Embed from Getty Images “The Force will be with you. Always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

It is here! May the 4th. AKA “May the 4th be with you!’ Star Wars Day. Looking for some family time with less stress? I think most of are now a days. Maybe take the day and enjoy watching a Star Wars film.

Star Wars has always offered escapism from life. It is not that life is not still happening and will be when a movie is over, but Star Wars has a way of bringing a smile to your face. If you subscribe to Disney Pluse, this is a good day. All nine films from the Skywalker arc are now on the popular streaming service.

With all that has been going on around the world as well as in homes everywhere, it is nice to be able to just simply deflate from the day and issues at hand with an old friend. Star Wars.

Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode II, Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope

Star Wars Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI, Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VIII, The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker

If that is not enough Star Wars stand alone movies “Rogue One” and my personal favorites “Solo: a Star Wars story” can be streamed.

Star Wars is timeless and can take you back to your childhood as soon as you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..” appear on screen. In a time when families are closer than they have been in a long time, this could be a good break from the stress that can be caused by being so close for so long.

May the Force and 4th be with you!!!

 

In a surprise, Disney announces production on “The Mandalorian” season 3

Embed from Getty Images With season two of the smash hit “The Mandalorian” set to hit Disney Plus streaming in October word has now been let out that pre-production for season 3 has started. Here is what is known so far.

Mandalorian co-creator and writer/director Jon Favreau has been “writing season 3 for a while.” While longtime Lucasfilm creative director Doug Chiang is said to have been working on “concepts” for “the past few weeks.”

The Mandalorian  production team had just finished work on season 2 around the beginning of March, just making it before the lock down and shelter in place orders that have delayed the filming and release of pretty much every movie and TV series currently in production everywhere.

Season 2, will see the fan-favorite hero Ahsoka Tano, the Togruta ex-Jedi on screen in live action for the first time. Season 2  is said that the Mandalorian will help the Child (Baby Yoda) find his home and will go further into the state of the Empire after its defeat at the Battle of Jakku.

Also we are sure to see Moff Gideon continue to search for the Mandalorian in an attempt to stop him. The Mandalorian is the first series on Disney Plus, but Lucasfilm hopes to add new shows to the line up in the near future. A Rogue One spinoff series featuring Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor is in the works but due to the global pandemic has seen a production stoppage.

Also Disney Plus is diving into reality shows. The next real Star Wars TV fans might see is actually Lucasfilm’s foray into nonfiction programming. Jedi Temple Challenge, a children centered game show hosted by, Ahmed Best better known to Star Wars fans as Jar Jar Binks.

Mandalorian docuseries on Disney Plus coming Star Wars Day May 4

Embed from Getty Images For a long time Star Wars fans have adopted May 4th as “Star Wars Day,” They figure it is close enough to “May the Force be with you.” This May 4 will be special for Star Wars fans on Star Wars Day, Disney Plus has announced and eight part in depth, behind the scenes look documentary at the widely popular “The Mandalorian” series exclusive to the streaming platform.

The documentary will explore never before seen footage from the cutting room  and roundtable conversations hosted by director, writer, and producer Jon Favreau.

One of the episodes will explore  how the special effects and props team brought The Mandalorian’s creatures to life. Which should be interesting to watch.

Also in the documentary fans will be treated to a look at George Lucas’ legacy, technology used in The Mandalorian, the show’s music score, and connections to Star Wars characters across the galaxy. To sort of connect the dots.

Faced with a lack of new content  due to the global pandemic, like many other companies, there is a need for new content for its streaming service, and Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian can fill that role until new Star Wars content is ready.

One good thing is that Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” had finished filming before the production shut down was mandated, Disney has not indicated if the second season’s release date will be affected.

If your like me, a pretty big Star Wars fan, this documentary series should be fun, interesting and a way to pass the time until Season 2 premieres.