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Edmond Garcia 2018-04-14
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One of the great debates in the Star Wars universe is how a ragtag bunch of pint-sized furballs could have defeated the heavily armed Stormtroopers in Return of the Jedi.

Now you can relive that night of terror yourself in the limited-time “Ewok Hunt” event, part of the Night on Endor update for Star Wars Battlefront II.

As if Ewoks weren’t frightening enough, loot boxes are also scheduled to reappear in the space-age multiplayer shooter.

Available April 18, Ewok Hunt is a horde mode that puts you in the boots of a stormtrooper on the forest moon of Endor.

Armed with blasters and flashlights, the Imperial soldiers need to repel the nasty critters until an extraction team can arrive.

Each defeated stormtrooper respawns as an Ewok, so as your meager squad dwindles, the enemy forces increase.

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0
John Feeney 2016-07-12
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In the old expanded universe, the Ewoks sort of just went about their business on Endor after the second Death Star was destroyed.

Disney s new canon, however, imagines something a little different—and it s ridiculous.

Chuck Wendig s new novel Aftermath: Life Debt, out today, is packed with new nuggets of information about the state of the Star Wars galaxy after Return of the Jedi, many of which we broke down earlier today.

At one point in Life Debt, a Rebel commando named Dade has his leg blown off in an a skirmish with Imperial ground forces.

Earlier on in the novel, the little droid is described like this:

It s got a clunky, squarish head, bur it rolls around slowly on a blue-and-gold ball-shaped body.

collect
0
Brandon Gaither 2018-07-15
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You may not have heard of him, but his work is far more influential than you realise.

George Jenson, born in 1930 in Calgary, worked on art for some of the most important science fiction and fantasy films of the 20th century.

He did production illustration or storyboards for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Rocketeer, and, most notably, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

He received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for his work on 2010, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He also work as a layout artist on Star Trek: The Animated Series.

While Jenson was never a big name, he left an indelible mark on a large swath of film and television’s biggest genre fiction.

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Matthew Hansen 2016-08-05
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Admit it, every time you climbed about your trusty bicycle as a kid you imagined yourself hopping on one of the Speeder Bikes used on Endor in Return of the Jedi.

Most of us let go of that fantasy, but the folks at Vintage Works did not.

It doesn t fly, but this Speeder Bike motorcycle is undoubtedly the next best thing.

Can it tear through Endor-like forests at break-neck speeds?

But why would you even want to risk this perfect replica with a stunt like that?

The Speeder Bike s handlebars can not only be used to steer the motorcycle, they also control the flaps at the front.

collect
0
Peter Merchant 2016-12-01
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Air Hogs has released enough Star Wars drones at this point you could probably do a pretty good job of recreating the space battle over Endor from Return of the Jedi, if you had the time or the money—but its latest R/C toy is certainly one of its most impressive yet.

This R/C Star Destroyer drone is just under 12" in width at its widest, and around 18" long—not as big as Air Hogs epic-sized Millennium Falcon, but still not bad for an Imperial flagship.

It even has light-up LEDs in the engines to make it look like it s actually moving along like it does in the films.

With a 250 feet range from its remote, the Star Destroyer also features the same gyro-stabilisation technology found in Air Hogs other Star Wars drones, so you can get it to ominously skulk across the sky like the oppressive imagery of the Empire it actually is, instead of it drunkenly swinging about the place.

And for the moments it does go out of control and crash, the actual structure of the ship is made out of a sturdy foam, so the Destroyer can take to the sky once more, instead of looking like that one that crashed tip-first into the face of Jakku.

The Air Hogs Star Destroyer goes on sale in the US for just under $90 £72 from today.

collect
0
Belinda Miller 2016-12-08

The undeniably cool speeder bikes featured prominently in the third Star Wars installment, Return of The Jedi, are one of those sci-fi staples that we never expected to see realized by modern technology.

Leave it to YouTube star Devin Super Tramp to throw that notion out the window and actually assemble a team that makes them a reality.

In a new mini fan film, those iconic levitating bikes break free from their fictional foundations thanks to some impressive handiwork and help from Jetovator.

Jetovator is the company behind those water-powered jet bikes that you may have seen attracting onlookers at your local watering hole, and for the purposes of the geeky fan short, several Jetovators were heavily modified to look similar to speeder bikes from a galaxy far, far away.

The actual film is just a few minutes long, and very B-Movie in its execution, but it s a fun watch and pretty entertaining nonetheless.

But what s probably even more impressive than the goofy short is the making-of video where we get to see how the bikes were born.

collect
0
Edward Lambert 2017-05-16
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p David Fincher got his start working on special effects for Return of the Jedi.

In some rare footage from Alien 3, we get to see and hear how he works with the FX team to bring the destroyed Bishop android to life.

Usually, footage like this would be considered an effects test, but when David Fincher’s doing it, it’s a rehearsal.

In the world of major film directors, only a handful are as deeply knowledgeable and involved with the technical side of production as Fincher.

Most likely, James Cameron and George Lucas are the only ones who are even close to being in his league.

But what I love about this rare clip is that you get a sense of what makes Fincher different than those guys.

collect
0
Michael Wadsworth 2017-05-16
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p While we wait for December to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," a new video from Screencrush goes backward in time to imagine what the film would look like if it came out in the '80s instead.

In the vid, "The Last Jedi" gets a retro trailer in the style of "Return of the Jedi" from 1983.

The VHS-era trailer is recut to include video glitches, static and even a Salacious Crumb cameo.

The trailer parody also uses the same style fonts and music cues from the original "Return of the Jedi" trailer.

Hard-core Star Wars fans might also notice that the voiceover at the beginning of the trailer mimics the voiceover from the "Return of the Jedi" trailer as it says, "Return for the climatic clash between the forces of good and evil.

Return to a galaxy far, far away."

collect
0
Gladys Wiggins 2017-01-20
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No one can forget the way, 20 years ago this month, George Lucas updated his iconic films with new effects, sounds, scenes, then basically tried to erase the original versions from existence.

However, while the connotation around the Special Editions is predominantly negative, it was their release that reinvigorated the once fledgling Star Wars franchise, setting the table for a world of prequels, sequels, spinoffs and introducing a whole new generation of fans to a galaxy far, far away.

Though still popular on TV, video stores and conventions all over the world, a slowdown in merchandising and lack of new content contributed to the franchise fading significantly.

It said the original Star Wars films were coming back to theaters.

I had no concept of how controversial the changes would be until three months later, as I furrowed my brow at the addition of the Jedi Rocks musical number, and the loss of the lovely Yub Nub Ewoks ending.

And yet, it was Star Wars on the big screen, once again mainstream, and I was a part of it.

collect
0
Richard Lee 2016-10-20
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If you ve got the time, lack of willpower when it comes to buying shiny things, space to house a giant plastic sphere, and the money, you actually might want to build it anyway.

Given how much I ve written about Lego, it d be safe to assume that I ve built a lot of it in my time.

So when the company recently retired its old Death Star collector s set a set popular enough to have been continuously sold since 2008 to make way for shiny new version that was basically the same, with a few upgrades and new minifigures, I saw it as an opportunity to stretch my usual Lego habits: get a set I d long been wanting to own, and build something considerably larger than any other Lego set I d built before.

When Lego released all of its new Star Wars products at the end of September to mark Rogue One s Force Friday , I threw down a considerable chunk of money — £400 – making this both one of the biggest and most expensive Lego sets available — and eagerly awaited its arrival.

The thing is, you don t really think about the fact that four thousand pieces — 4,017, to be precise — is a humongous amount of Lego until you see them splayed out on your kitchen table in an endless sea of studded bricks, threatening to consume everything in sight.

By the end of that first weekend, I mostly felt like I hated myself for buying the Death Star , Lego for making it , and the Empire itself for designing everything in the exact two same shades of grey .

collect
0
Ben Gallagher 2016-06-05
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The tech industry is fertile ground for PAE litigation, with its many patents, plentiful companies and an increasing global reliance on technology.

One of the big issues with trolls is that there is no reciprocal liability and no vulnerability to patents, which allows trolls to be aggressive and operate with near impunity as there is nothing a product company can use to offset its exposure to the troll s patents.

Although I felt I was able to maintain my professional integrity, the natural inclination of the target company is to avoid you as long as possible and get away from you as quickly as possible.

But in reality, the harm businesses suffer on this front is significantly outweighed by the harm caused by the exorbitant costs of patent litigation lawsuits.

For larger, well-resourced corporations like Lenovo, this can mean purchasing strong patent portfolios when they become available.

The work I did for both PAEs and corporations was certainly legal, but not the same: While I was always on the right side of the law, I prefer being on the right side of innovation.

collect
0
Issac Pierce 2018-05-07
img

In this new animation, released on May the 4th (naturally), Luke and Leia are summoned by their dear Ewok friends, who need help with some traps.

The ghost of Darth Vader?

This short is a blast, both for the chance to see Luke and Leia team up shortly after finding out about their sibling connection and for a brief but wonderful opportunity to see Leia use a lightsaber.

Ah, what could have been...

collect
0
Owen Grundy 2016-10-19
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If you ve got the time, lack of willpower when it comes to buying shiny things, space to house a giant plastic sphere, and the money, you actually might want to build it anyway.

So when the company recently retired its old Death Star collector s set a set popular enough to have been continuously sold since 2008 to make way for shiny new version that was basically the same, with a few upgrades and new minifigures, I saw it as an opportunity to stretch my usual Lego habits: get a set I d long been wanting to own, and build something considerably larger than any other Lego set I d built before.

When Lego released all of its new Star Wars products at the end of September to mark Rogue One s Force Friday, I threw down a considerable chunk of money—$500, to be precise, making this both one of the biggest and most expensive Lego sets available—and eagerly awaited its arrival.

The thing is, you don t really think about the fact that four thousand pieces of Lego—4,016, to be precise—is a humongous amount of Legos until you see them splayed out on your kitchen table in an endless sea of studded bricks, threatening to consume everything in sight.

By the end of that first weekend, I mostly felt like I hated myself for buying the Death Star , Lego for making it , and the Empire itself for designing everything in the exact two same shades of grey .

The process of building a modern Lego set, unlike the sets of your childhood where you spent just as much time rooting around the box for the one piece you needed, is highly regimented—section by section, it s divided and split into sets of bags, easily numbered so you know which exact amounts you need to build each specific piece.

collect
0
Harold Roscoe 2016-07-13
img

In the old expanded universe, the Ewoks sort of just went about their business on Endor after the second Death Star was destroyed.

Disney s new canon, however, imagines something a little different — and it s ridiculous.

Chuck Wendig s new novel Aftermath: Life Debt, out today, is packed with new nuggets of information about the state of the Star Wars galaxy after Return of the Jedi, many of which we broke down earlier today.

At one point in Life Debt, a Rebel commando named Dade has his leg blown off in an a skirmish with Imperial ground forces.

Earlier on in the novel, the little droid is described like this:

It s got a clunky, squarish head, bur it rolls around slowly on a blue-and-gold ball-shaped body.

collect
0
James Manzo 2020-12-31
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Supposing you’re not aiming to ring in the new year with thousands of mouth-breathers jam-packed in around you out in the freezing cold, there’s a new alternative. As we are still living in a global pandemic thanks to COVID-19 and we’re entering a new realm of Star Wars all the time, Reddit user Theesm delivered an unexpected gift on the … Continue reading
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0
Jeanne Hoffman 2018-05-11
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Jon Favreau is very busy in the Star Wars universe these days.

He voices a four-armed alien in Solo: A Star Wars Story and also recently signed on to write and produce a live-action Star Wars television series.

Details have been pretty much nonexistent for the new show, but we now have a few straws to grasp at.

Favreau shared some details about the show while attending the red carpet event at the Solo premiere on Thursday.

Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey dropped the exclusive news on Twitter.

Favreau told Nerdist the series takes place seven years after the Battle of Endor, positioning it between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens on the Star Wars timeline.

collect
0
Edmond Garcia 2018-04-14
img

One of the great debates in the Star Wars universe is how a ragtag bunch of pint-sized furballs could have defeated the heavily armed Stormtroopers in Return of the Jedi.

Now you can relive that night of terror yourself in the limited-time “Ewok Hunt” event, part of the Night on Endor update for Star Wars Battlefront II.

As if Ewoks weren’t frightening enough, loot boxes are also scheduled to reappear in the space-age multiplayer shooter.

Available April 18, Ewok Hunt is a horde mode that puts you in the boots of a stormtrooper on the forest moon of Endor.

Armed with blasters and flashlights, the Imperial soldiers need to repel the nasty critters until an extraction team can arrive.

Each defeated stormtrooper respawns as an Ewok, so as your meager squad dwindles, the enemy forces increase.

Brandon Gaither 2018-07-15
img

You may not have heard of him, but his work is far more influential than you realise.

George Jenson, born in 1930 in Calgary, worked on art for some of the most important science fiction and fantasy films of the 20th century.

He did production illustration or storyboards for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Rocketeer, and, most notably, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

He received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for his work on 2010, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He also work as a layout artist on Star Trek: The Animated Series.

While Jenson was never a big name, he left an indelible mark on a large swath of film and television’s biggest genre fiction.

Peter Merchant 2016-12-01
img

Air Hogs has released enough Star Wars drones at this point you could probably do a pretty good job of recreating the space battle over Endor from Return of the Jedi, if you had the time or the money—but its latest R/C toy is certainly one of its most impressive yet.

This R/C Star Destroyer drone is just under 12" in width at its widest, and around 18" long—not as big as Air Hogs epic-sized Millennium Falcon, but still not bad for an Imperial flagship.

It even has light-up LEDs in the engines to make it look like it s actually moving along like it does in the films.

With a 250 feet range from its remote, the Star Destroyer also features the same gyro-stabilisation technology found in Air Hogs other Star Wars drones, so you can get it to ominously skulk across the sky like the oppressive imagery of the Empire it actually is, instead of it drunkenly swinging about the place.

And for the moments it does go out of control and crash, the actual structure of the ship is made out of a sturdy foam, so the Destroyer can take to the sky once more, instead of looking like that one that crashed tip-first into the face of Jakku.

The Air Hogs Star Destroyer goes on sale in the US for just under $90 £72 from today.

Edward Lambert 2017-05-16
img

p David Fincher got his start working on special effects for Return of the Jedi.

In some rare footage from Alien 3, we get to see and hear how he works with the FX team to bring the destroyed Bishop android to life.

Usually, footage like this would be considered an effects test, but when David Fincher’s doing it, it’s a rehearsal.

In the world of major film directors, only a handful are as deeply knowledgeable and involved with the technical side of production as Fincher.

Most likely, James Cameron and George Lucas are the only ones who are even close to being in his league.

But what I love about this rare clip is that you get a sense of what makes Fincher different than those guys.

Gladys Wiggins 2017-01-20
img

No one can forget the way, 20 years ago this month, George Lucas updated his iconic films with new effects, sounds, scenes, then basically tried to erase the original versions from existence.

However, while the connotation around the Special Editions is predominantly negative, it was their release that reinvigorated the once fledgling Star Wars franchise, setting the table for a world of prequels, sequels, spinoffs and introducing a whole new generation of fans to a galaxy far, far away.

Though still popular on TV, video stores and conventions all over the world, a slowdown in merchandising and lack of new content contributed to the franchise fading significantly.

It said the original Star Wars films were coming back to theaters.

I had no concept of how controversial the changes would be until three months later, as I furrowed my brow at the addition of the Jedi Rocks musical number, and the loss of the lovely Yub Nub Ewoks ending.

And yet, it was Star Wars on the big screen, once again mainstream, and I was a part of it.

Ben Gallagher 2016-06-05
img

The tech industry is fertile ground for PAE litigation, with its many patents, plentiful companies and an increasing global reliance on technology.

One of the big issues with trolls is that there is no reciprocal liability and no vulnerability to patents, which allows trolls to be aggressive and operate with near impunity as there is nothing a product company can use to offset its exposure to the troll s patents.

Although I felt I was able to maintain my professional integrity, the natural inclination of the target company is to avoid you as long as possible and get away from you as quickly as possible.

But in reality, the harm businesses suffer on this front is significantly outweighed by the harm caused by the exorbitant costs of patent litigation lawsuits.

For larger, well-resourced corporations like Lenovo, this can mean purchasing strong patent portfolios when they become available.

The work I did for both PAEs and corporations was certainly legal, but not the same: While I was always on the right side of the law, I prefer being on the right side of innovation.

Owen Grundy 2016-10-19
img

If you ve got the time, lack of willpower when it comes to buying shiny things, space to house a giant plastic sphere, and the money, you actually might want to build it anyway.

So when the company recently retired its old Death Star collector s set a set popular enough to have been continuously sold since 2008 to make way for shiny new version that was basically the same, with a few upgrades and new minifigures, I saw it as an opportunity to stretch my usual Lego habits: get a set I d long been wanting to own, and build something considerably larger than any other Lego set I d built before.

When Lego released all of its new Star Wars products at the end of September to mark Rogue One s Force Friday, I threw down a considerable chunk of money—$500, to be precise, making this both one of the biggest and most expensive Lego sets available—and eagerly awaited its arrival.

The thing is, you don t really think about the fact that four thousand pieces of Lego—4,016, to be precise—is a humongous amount of Legos until you see them splayed out on your kitchen table in an endless sea of studded bricks, threatening to consume everything in sight.

By the end of that first weekend, I mostly felt like I hated myself for buying the Death Star , Lego for making it , and the Empire itself for designing everything in the exact two same shades of grey .

The process of building a modern Lego set, unlike the sets of your childhood where you spent just as much time rooting around the box for the one piece you needed, is highly regimented—section by section, it s divided and split into sets of bags, easily numbered so you know which exact amounts you need to build each specific piece.

James Manzo 2020-12-31
img
Supposing you’re not aiming to ring in the new year with thousands of mouth-breathers jam-packed in around you out in the freezing cold, there’s a new alternative. As we are still living in a global pandemic thanks to COVID-19 and we’re entering a new realm of Star Wars all the time, Reddit user Theesm delivered an unexpected gift on the … Continue reading
John Feeney 2016-07-12
img

In the old expanded universe, the Ewoks sort of just went about their business on Endor after the second Death Star was destroyed.

Disney s new canon, however, imagines something a little different—and it s ridiculous.

Chuck Wendig s new novel Aftermath: Life Debt, out today, is packed with new nuggets of information about the state of the Star Wars galaxy after Return of the Jedi, many of which we broke down earlier today.

At one point in Life Debt, a Rebel commando named Dade has his leg blown off in an a skirmish with Imperial ground forces.

Earlier on in the novel, the little droid is described like this:

It s got a clunky, squarish head, bur it rolls around slowly on a blue-and-gold ball-shaped body.

Matthew Hansen 2016-08-05
img

Admit it, every time you climbed about your trusty bicycle as a kid you imagined yourself hopping on one of the Speeder Bikes used on Endor in Return of the Jedi.

Most of us let go of that fantasy, but the folks at Vintage Works did not.

It doesn t fly, but this Speeder Bike motorcycle is undoubtedly the next best thing.

Can it tear through Endor-like forests at break-neck speeds?

But why would you even want to risk this perfect replica with a stunt like that?

The Speeder Bike s handlebars can not only be used to steer the motorcycle, they also control the flaps at the front.

Belinda Miller 2016-12-08

The undeniably cool speeder bikes featured prominently in the third Star Wars installment, Return of The Jedi, are one of those sci-fi staples that we never expected to see realized by modern technology.

Leave it to YouTube star Devin Super Tramp to throw that notion out the window and actually assemble a team that makes them a reality.

In a new mini fan film, those iconic levitating bikes break free from their fictional foundations thanks to some impressive handiwork and help from Jetovator.

Jetovator is the company behind those water-powered jet bikes that you may have seen attracting onlookers at your local watering hole, and for the purposes of the geeky fan short, several Jetovators were heavily modified to look similar to speeder bikes from a galaxy far, far away.

The actual film is just a few minutes long, and very B-Movie in its execution, but it s a fun watch and pretty entertaining nonetheless.

But what s probably even more impressive than the goofy short is the making-of video where we get to see how the bikes were born.

Michael Wadsworth 2017-05-16
img

p While we wait for December to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," a new video from Screencrush goes backward in time to imagine what the film would look like if it came out in the '80s instead.

In the vid, "The Last Jedi" gets a retro trailer in the style of "Return of the Jedi" from 1983.

The VHS-era trailer is recut to include video glitches, static and even a Salacious Crumb cameo.

The trailer parody also uses the same style fonts and music cues from the original "Return of the Jedi" trailer.

Hard-core Star Wars fans might also notice that the voiceover at the beginning of the trailer mimics the voiceover from the "Return of the Jedi" trailer as it says, "Return for the climatic clash between the forces of good and evil.

Return to a galaxy far, far away."

Richard Lee 2016-10-20
img

If you ve got the time, lack of willpower when it comes to buying shiny things, space to house a giant plastic sphere, and the money, you actually might want to build it anyway.

Given how much I ve written about Lego, it d be safe to assume that I ve built a lot of it in my time.

So when the company recently retired its old Death Star collector s set a set popular enough to have been continuously sold since 2008 to make way for shiny new version that was basically the same, with a few upgrades and new minifigures, I saw it as an opportunity to stretch my usual Lego habits: get a set I d long been wanting to own, and build something considerably larger than any other Lego set I d built before.

When Lego released all of its new Star Wars products at the end of September to mark Rogue One s Force Friday , I threw down a considerable chunk of money — £400 – making this both one of the biggest and most expensive Lego sets available — and eagerly awaited its arrival.

The thing is, you don t really think about the fact that four thousand pieces — 4,017, to be precise — is a humongous amount of Lego until you see them splayed out on your kitchen table in an endless sea of studded bricks, threatening to consume everything in sight.

By the end of that first weekend, I mostly felt like I hated myself for buying the Death Star , Lego for making it , and the Empire itself for designing everything in the exact two same shades of grey .

Issac Pierce 2018-05-07
img

In this new animation, released on May the 4th (naturally), Luke and Leia are summoned by their dear Ewok friends, who need help with some traps.

The ghost of Darth Vader?

This short is a blast, both for the chance to see Luke and Leia team up shortly after finding out about their sibling connection and for a brief but wonderful opportunity to see Leia use a lightsaber.

Ah, what could have been...

Harold Roscoe 2016-07-13
img

In the old expanded universe, the Ewoks sort of just went about their business on Endor after the second Death Star was destroyed.

Disney s new canon, however, imagines something a little different — and it s ridiculous.

Chuck Wendig s new novel Aftermath: Life Debt, out today, is packed with new nuggets of information about the state of the Star Wars galaxy after Return of the Jedi, many of which we broke down earlier today.

At one point in Life Debt, a Rebel commando named Dade has his leg blown off in an a skirmish with Imperial ground forces.

Earlier on in the novel, the little droid is described like this:

It s got a clunky, squarish head, bur it rolls around slowly on a blue-and-gold ball-shaped body.

Jeanne Hoffman 2018-05-11
img

Jon Favreau is very busy in the Star Wars universe these days.

He voices a four-armed alien in Solo: A Star Wars Story and also recently signed on to write and produce a live-action Star Wars television series.

Details have been pretty much nonexistent for the new show, but we now have a few straws to grasp at.

Favreau shared some details about the show while attending the red carpet event at the Solo premiere on Thursday.

Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey dropped the exclusive news on Twitter.

Favreau told Nerdist the series takes place seven years after the Battle of Endor, positioning it between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens on the Star Wars timeline.