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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.
We’ll lead off with some exciting news about Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its forthcoming bonus content. USA Today got an exclusive clip starring Jedi Master Plo Koon from one of the story arcs that Lucasfilm plans to release, and it’s a doozy –– especially if you read about the context of the clip in the article. Series supervising director Dave Filoni explained that the bonus content would feature the Jedi exploring the mystery of the clone army’s creation and the even more mysterious Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. Referring to Darth Sidious’ grand scheme and his manipulation of individuals like Sifo-Dyas, Filoni added, “The dark lord of the Sith has woven an intricate web to ensnare the Jedi, but it is not full-proof and sometimes a small clue, and a bit of chance, can lead to the unraveling of the best-laid plans.”
Consider me immensely excited, folks. I’ve been reviewing the show since Season 2 and very few story arc teases have sounded this incredible. Sifo-Dyas’ role in the creation of the Grand Army of the Republic is one of the mysteries that has hung over the Prequel era since Attack of the Clones premiered in 2002. I’m so glad that The Clone Wars will be going out on a high note by delving deeper into this mystery. If you haven’t seen USA Today’s clip of Plo Koon from the Sifo-Dyas story arc, do yourself a favor and check it out now.
Speaking of USA Today, their geek culture reporter Brian Truitt recently interviewed several Star Wars celebrities who appeared in Return of the Jedi for a 30th anniversary retrospective article. Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, and Jeremy Bulloch all weighed in with their memories from the set and their reflections on the franchise as a whole. If you’re angling for a dose of Original Trilogy nostalgia, this USA Today article has you covered.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is certainly no stranger to film production and the secrecy that often surrounds it, but is she prepared for the insatiable appetite of the Star Wars fan community and the hunger for Episode VII news that will soon reach a fever pitch? It seems so, at least according to an interview she did with Screen Slam after being named Pioneer of the Year by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. “If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet,” Kennedy told the interviewer. “So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know.” Amen to that, Ms. Kennedy.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to say that you read Playboy for the articles, might I suggest their in-depth interview with J.J. Abrams? The conversation ranges from Star Trek to Star Wars and from Lost to Abrams’ latest TV project Revolution, and there are a number of great passages about how Abrams approaches his work. In response to a question about how he plans to handle Episode VII, Abrams said, “I try to approach a project from what it’s asking. What does it need to be? What is it demanding? … For me, the key is when you have a script; it’s telling you what it wants to be.”
In Star Wars Weekends news, Jeremy Bulloch and Dee Bradley Baker have confirmed their appearances at the first weekend of the month-long event. Baker, who voiced the clone troopers and countless other characters and creatures on The Clone Wars, and Bulloch, who donned the iconic Mandalorian armor as Boba Fett in the Original Trilogy, will appear alongside event hosts and The Clone Wars voice actors James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein from May 17-19 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
We recently learned that Martha Wells’ Leia Organa novel in the Empire and Rebellion book trilogy would be called Razor’s Edge. Last week, io9 revealed the cover art for Razor’s Edge, which features Leia wielding a blaster fire in the foreground as Luke and Han stare out from the background. Razor’s Edge is set for an October 2013 release. In other book news, Christian Blauvelt from Hollywood.com was given an exclusive excerpt of Tim Lebbon’s Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, which will be out in just a few days on May 7th. Along with the excerpt, the Hollywood.com post has a narrated image gallery showing the evolution of the cover art by Torstein Nordstrand, which features the book’s star, Je’daii Ranger Lanoree Brock. Speaking of Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, Del Rey’s Star Wars Books Facebook page shared a fourth short excerpt from the novel: a quote from an ancient Je’daii Master about “darkness and light, shadow and illumination.”
Speaking of illumination, let’s end this HoloNet Digest on a light note. With May the 4th and its wordplay-friendly fan holiday fast approaching, I put together a list of Star Wars puns for The Official Star Wars Blog to celebrate the occasion. Among my linguistic creations are lines like “After he was blasted to pieces in The Empire Strikes Back, Leia’s golden protocol droid was C-3-PO’d” and “Leia didn’t invite her adopted father to her dance recital because she was afraid he would Bail on her.” If you’re looking for ways to entertain (or annoy) your friends on Star Wars Day, give my Star Wars pun primer a read.
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.