Artwork courtesy of Joshua Stolte
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.
We’ll start off with a story that has been driving the conversation in online Star Wars fandom since it surfaced just a few days ago. An IMDb forum user who goes by the username “fantasmographer” responded to speculation about Dave Filoni’s continued involvement in Star Wars animated TV projects by sharing several scanned pages from a purported new TV show called Star Wars: Reclamation. “[W]e’d been working on details of it since early last year,” he wrote, “but didn’t know the details until a few months ago.” He also said that the project was green-lit in January, but that production ceased following the Lucasfilm Animation layoffs. At this point, this is just a rumor; Lucasfilm has yet to comment. Still, the characters and situations in the scanned pages have provoked a lot of discussion. Could this be an early indication of the direction in which Disney wants to take Star Wars? Only time will tell.
Less exciting but still interesting is Kotaku’s in-depth report on LucasArts’ final months. The postmortem of sorts, which follows Disney’s shuttering of LucasArts on April 3, traces the Lucasfilm division’s history from late 2011 up until its last day. Kotaku paints a demoralizing picture of the internal situation at LucasArts, based on conversations with former employees and other sources. It’s not exactly unbiased, and the former employees are not named, but it is nonetheless worth a read if you want to get a better sense of what went down in the months leading up to LucasArts’ closure.
In Celebration Europe II news, we have a celebrity confirmation and some new programming details. Anthony Daniels, who has played C-3PO in just about every instance of the character’s vocal and physical appearance in Star Wars media, will attend this summer’s convention in Essen, Germany, where he will sign autographs and share stories on the Celebration Stage. (Speaking of Celebration guests, if you want to spend time with some of them and help Official Pix present a great autograph experience, you can sign up as an Official Pix volunteer for CEII.)
The other bit of CEII news we got this past week was the announcement of the convention’s collecting panels. Veteran Star Wars collector and author Gus Lopez will present another great slate of collectibles-related programming, from vintage toys to costumes to European food and beyond. Check out StarWars.com’s announcement post for more information on those presentations. If you’re a collector and you’re attending Celebration Europe II, you owe it to yourself to experience some of these panels.
It wouldn’t be a Star Wars HoloNet Digest without some book news. One of the books I’m really looking forward to this year is Star Wars Art: Concept, which features conceptual artwork culled from Lucasfilm’s vast archives to illustrate the process of visually realizing an idea. Amazon’s product page recently introduced us to the book’s cover art, which features one of Ralph McQuarrie’s most famous and impressive pieces of concept art: a showdown between the two characters who would turn into Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in A New Hope’s final script. Star Wars Art: Concept will be released by Abrams on October, 8, 2103.
This week, Del Rey’s Star Wars Books Facebook page resumed posting short teaser excerpts from its upcoming novels. There are two “micro-excerpts” from Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void on the Facebook page, each of which presents a quote from an ancient Je’daii Master. Check out excerpts one and two on Facebook. The book, which will be Tim Lebbon’s debut Star Wars novel, will be published on May 7th.
I am saddened to report that two days ago we lost a veteran member of the Star Wars actors’ community. Richard LeParmentier, best known for foolishly defying Darth Vader as Imperial Admiral Motti in A New Hope, passed away on Monday at the age of sixty-six. LeParmentier’s other roles included a police lieutenant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The cause of death has not been disclosed. May the Force be with you in death as in life, Mr. LeParmentier. Thank you for your contribution to the galaxy far, far away.
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.