Star Wars Weekly: Mark Hamill drops a Luke bombshell and Thrawn goes to Disneyland

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Mar 30, 2018

Time again for Star Wars Weekly, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

THE ORIGINAL ENDING?

Speaking to IGN, Mark Hamill mentioned casually that he knew that George Lucas' intention was not to kill Luke until Episode IX, allowing him to train Leia as a Jedi.

Fan sites went into overdrive, writing article after article about what this might have meant and how things changed so drastically because of the way these new Star Wars films are being made, but that might be a gross oversimplification. George Lucas was the king of evolving ideas (and I'm not just talking about the Special Editions). For instance: Did you know that Lucas' original ending of Return of the Jedi involved not one but two Death Stars in orbit around Coruscant — then referred to as Had Abaddon? At one point, the ghosts of Obi-Wan and Yoda even helped Luke defeat the Emperor.

It's fair to say at one point that Lucas had this idea for Episode IX, but it's not fair to assume that even if Lucas had remained involved this would have been the story we got. So, as you go about reading stories like this about what might have been, bear in mind the constantly changing nature of the creative process.

Hamill, meanwhile, has continued dropping nuggets of wisdom and insight both on Twitter and in press interviews. Of note: Excising a storyline during the editing of A New Hope necessitated a post-production voiceover session that wound up producing one of the series' most iconic lines: "Use the Force, Luke."

MILLER AND LORD: SOLO PRODUCERS

After being removed from the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Story and being replaced by Ron Howard, everyone was wondering what credit Phil Lord and Chris Miller might receive on the new film.

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According to Lord and Miller, though, they'll be credited as executive producers on the film. This makes a lot of sense when you think about how much work they did put in on the film. Even if Ron Howard reshot every frame, he'd be doing it on sets that went through Lord and Miller's filter and with actors they cast. Action sequences would be finished with the previz sequences they approved. Their thumbprint will be on the movie as much as Lawrence Kasdan's and Ron Howard's, and it's nice to see that there's still an acknowledgment of that work reflected in the credits of the film.

THRAWN AND THE GALAXY'S EDGE

The official Star Wars website released a tantalizing preview of Timothy Zahn's new book starring Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader, set between the events of Star Wars Rebels Seasons 3 and 4.

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What makes this excerpt so exciting, beyond the obvious thrill of having two of the Empire's greatest villains team up? Well, Sheev Palpatine is sending these two to Batuu, which should have a special significance for anyone excited about Galaxy's Edge, the new land coming online at Disneyland and Disney World sometime next year. Batuu is the outer rim planet where Galaxy's Edge is set. So far, the only place in-universe we've seen it is at the tail end of Star Tours after participating in the battle of Crait. Thrawn: Alliances promises a closer glimpse of this planet, written by one of the grandmasters of Star Wars literature. The book comes out July 24, 2018.

EA'S OPEN WORLD STAR WARS GAME?

EA holds the license for Star Wars games, and after a string of defeats, from canceling Star Wars: Ragtag to the foofaraw over lootcrates in Battlefront II, it makes sense for them to be reaching out for the next big thing. Well, Gamespot has discovered something interesting.

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An open jobs listing on EA's job portal: They're looking for a lead online engineer for their Vancouver studio. The listing makes no bones about what the project is about, putting this sentence right up front: "Lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project."

Although this doesn't necessarily mean we'll get an open world Star Wars game, it certainly implies that there is one in development. Only time will tell what this means for the future of Star Wars gaming. And we can all still have our fingers crossed that Ragtag gets back into production, since it sounded so awesome.

SOLO'S FAKE NEWS HOAX

When foreign posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story began to appear online, fans started noticing something different about them. The Brazilian posters had all of the blasters removed from the art. This was a conscious decision out of the gates for the Brazilian markets, based on the companies handling the advertising there, but that didn't stop Alex Jones, YouTubers, and even fan sites from manufacturing a controversy. Here's Alex from Star Wars Explained diving into it deeply with receipts:

The short version of the story is this: People confused the Spanish posters for the Portuguese posters and then leaped to the conclusion that somehow, because of current politics around guns in the United States being what they are, Disney was sanitizing their marketing of Solo. It's really flimsy logic and doesn't hold up.

With that in mind, be careful where you go for quick Star Wars analysis. There are vultures out there. Vultures everywhere.