This week, a sinister new character is revealed, and short stories fill in the gaps for some favorite Star Wars heroes.
A tidbit about Star Wars: The Force Awakens came from a rather unexpected source this week: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy spoke to Costco Connection about her work as executive producer on the film, her role as George Lucas’ heir to the Star Wars empire, and a key statement: that The Force Awakens will, like its predecessors in the series, continue the story of the Skywalker family. Even since they appeared on the screen for the first time, fans suspected that The Force Awakens heroes Rey and Finn might be connected to the Jedi lineage, especially since neither of their last names have yet been revealed.Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa also appear in the film in some capacity, so this is no surprise. However, it’s the first time the idea of the Skywalker legacy has been confirmed.
The cast and crew of the animated series Star Wars Rebels are gearing up for a panel and screening at New York Comic Con on Thursday, Oct. 8, but last week had its share of Rebels news as well. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed that she will be playing a character called the Seventh Sister, one of the Empire’s fearsome Inquisitors. She has been tasked with hunting down the Jedi who survived the Great Purge, and it looks like Kanan and Ezra are in her sights next.
Executive producer Dave Filoni also talked about what’s in store for season two during a press conference last week. Filoni talked about some new things in store for the pilot Hera and warrior-artist Sabine: two episodes will focus on Hera’s backstory, while fans can look forward to a new trailer featuring Sabine coming soon. Club Jade has the video.
Have you picked up Star Wars: A New Dawn or Tarkin yet? If you’re looking to get into the new Star Wars novels or to see more about the galaxy far, far away with some short stories, check out Star Wars: Rise of the Empire. Along with repackaging the first two novels of the new canon in paperback, the Rise of the Empire bind-up book features short stories from Melissa Scott, John Jackson Miller, and Jason Fry set during the Dark Times after the Empire wrested control of the galaxy.
Rise of the Empire hit shelves just in time for the annual Star Wars Reads Day, held this year on Saturday, Oct. 10. Bookstores, libraries, and other locations around the world will host author meet-and-greets, signings, games, and other Star Wars-related activities to celebrate the galaxy far, far away. A complete list of participating locations both in the Untied States and internationally can be found here.
Fans of Star Wars stories from beyond the galaxy can also check out starwars.com’s reprint of the short story Blade Squadron Part II, which follows a group of Rebel pilots in their fight against the Empire. The story was originally published in Star Wars Insider #150, and a new Blade Squadron story can be found in Insider #160, which is on sale now.