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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 announcement or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
If you’re like me, you loved the Han Solo and Lando Calrissian adventure books. Del Rey recently made a lot of fans very happy when it announced that The Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley (1979) and The Lando Calrissian Adventures by L. Neil Smith (1983) will be two of the publisher’s first reprinted titles under the new “Legends” banner. Both books feature new cover art and introductions by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo. They will be released this fall.
Del Rey has given fans the first taste of canon Star Wars literature. To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th, the Star Wars Books Facebook page posted the first micro-excerpt from Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. A New Dawn is a prequel to the TV series Star Wars Rebels and will be released on September 2, 2014. If you’re curious about how Hera and Kanan started working together before the events of Rebels, this book looks like it will fill in some of those gaps.
After the big Star Wars Episode VII casting news, the past few days have focused mostly on Rebels. The series received some attention at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, when actors Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger) and Tiya Sircar (Sabine) were interviewed on the red carpet. Check out the video below and look for more interviews with the cast as we get closer to the series premiere on Disney Channel this fall.
In other Rebels news, Tiya Sircar chatted with USA Today about her Star Wars fandom and her appreciation for the character she’s playing, who combines artistic rebelliousness with Mandalorian grit and combat prowess. “I love her,” Sircar told USA Today’s Brian Truitt. “She does everything with flair. When she’s blowing stuff up, she’s doing it artfully.”
And in case you haven’t seen it yet, you must check out the first full trailer for Star Wars Rebels. It’s got Kanan revealing his lightsaber, TIE fighters chasing the Ghost, rebels blasting their way out of a hangar, and, yes, an Imperial Inquisitor. Try watching this trailer without getting goose bumps at the sound of that lightsaber igniting.
Rebels is getting a lot of attention, but The Clone Wars has not been forgotten. In fact, last week the series received four nominations in the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The series was nominated in Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Animation, and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation. Congratulations to all series crew members who were nominated. It’s great to see the show still earning much-reserved recognition almost two months after its last season debuted on Netflix.
The Walt Disney Company is launching a series of dedicated apps for each of the six existing Star Wars films, in an attempt to draw in younger fans before the release of Episode VII. They company announced the first of these apps, Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace, on May 1, and TheForce.Net has a full preview here. The app uses sounds and voices from the film, and new voice work is provided by James Arnold Taylor. It’s available in the iTunes App Store for $6.99.
And finally…if you were curious about how J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy selected actors for the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, The Hollywood Reporter offers some insight. It looks like the main actors were chosen between February (Daisy Ridley) and a few weeks ago (John Boyega).
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He co-hosts The ForceCast podcast and manages social media for Star Wars fan sites TheForce.Net and Rebelscum.com. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.