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Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII rumor or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
Mark Hamill has confirmed that he and other Original Trilogy stars have been approached by Lucasfilm representatives about appearing in the sequels. “They’re talking to us,” Hamill told Entertainment Tonight. “George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts –– they would write us out.” Hamill also expressed an interest in seeing fellow OT stars Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams return to their roles, adding, “I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.”
File this rumor under Grain of Salt Suggested: A blog called MarketSaw, which has accurately predicted some big Star Wars news in the past, posted a report from one of its anonymous sources predicting that director Alfonso Cuaron (A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and writer/actor Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) will be involved in future Star Wars films. As if that weren’t enough to stoke the inferno of fan speculation, MarketSaw’s source also lists Palpatine, Jabba, and Plagueis as possible spinoff film characters.
Star Wars voice actor and Being Human star Sam Witwer did an interview with IGN in which he discussed his many roles in the galaxy far, far away, from Starkiller to Maul. He also made some interesting comments about Episode VII. “There have been a lot of surprises, and then also, again, information finds itself my way because I’m under NDA of the company,” Witwer said. Lest you think you can pry it out of Witwer, however, the man who played Darth Vader’s secret apprentice wants you to know that he’s not talking: “[P]eople know that it’s not going to go any further — under penalty of death.” Sounds like the Lucasfilm NDA police are ruthless! Watch your back, Sam!
On the EU front, yesterday saw the release of The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. I’ll be posting an interview with both authors on TheForce.Net very shortly. You can also check out Roqoo Depot’s conversation with them right here. In other book news, Del Rey moved up the releases of two of their highly-anticipated novels. John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars: Kenobi moves to August 27th, which means that Ewan McGregor only has to wait six more months before he can start gathering inspiration for his Obi-Wan spinoff film pitch. Martha Wells’ currently untitled novel starring Leia Organa, which will form part of Del Rey’s “Rebels” series, is now set for release one week earlier, on October 29th.
Here’s a hybrid TV/book story: Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the woman behind clothing company Her Universe, is doing a Q&A with fans on Del Rey’s Star Wars Books Facebook page this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET. If you can’t follow the conversation as it happens, TFN will post a full recap of the Q&A shortly after it ends.
Speaking of Ashley, she recently announced that 2013 is “The Year of the Fangirl.” She has launched a new campaign to “shine the spotlight on a different fangirl every day showing their diversity, dreams and interests.” More information, as well as a form where you can nominate a fangirl for the spotlight, is available here. As The Clone Wars Season 5 wraps up and viewers (especially young girls) are gaining a new appreciation for the fan-favorite character of Ahsoka Tano, there’s never been a better time to emphasize the diversity of Star Wars fandom and further shatter stereotypes about the people who make up our community.
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He reviews The Clone Wars TV series and manages social media for Star Wars fan site TheForce.Net. He also co-hosts The ForceCast podcast. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.