The new book Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark comes out next week with stories from a host of different authors. The audiobook brings back many of the talented voice actors from the television show to narrate the story.
In one installment, author Rebecca Roanhorse writes a retelling of the episode “Brothers” from Maul’s perspective, and for the audiobook, it's read by Sam Witwer, who voiced Maul on the show.
You can listen to an excerpt over at StarWars.com, but the effect is stunning. Witwer captures the voices in the story and Maul with a menace that seems almost new. It’s amazing to hear the depths that Witwer has been able to take Maul over the years, making him one of the most fascinating and complicated characters in the Star Wars universe. Snag the book and the audiobook when it comes out on Aug. 25.
Be sure to check out this exclusive excerpt about Boba Fett on SYFY.
MANDALORIAN TRAILER RUMORS
Some of you may have been waiting this week for a trailer for The Mandalorian's second season. A number of outlets reported that a trailer would be dropping. Sources for these claims were dubious shadows, but everyone still waited eagerly. As of Friday afternoon, no trailer has materialized, and we still haven’t seen a single image, moving or otherwise, from the show’s second season.
While there are plenty of good journalists and news outlets (and plenty more bad ones) looking for Star Wars scoops, the lesson here is to take most everything with a grain of salt. Anything short of official confirmation from Disney or Lucasfilm is some form of hearsay. Marketing at Lucasfilm is a well-oiled machine and we’ll get properly hyped on The Mandalorian soon enough.
Season 2 hits Disney+ sometime in October 2020.
STAR WARS AND RUGGABLE
Who doesn’t want a washable Star Wars rug in their house? Well, now we can, thanks to Ruggable, who picked up the Star Wars license. This is in no way an ad, I’m not being compensated to tell you about this, quite the opposite. I’ve already purchased one of these and can’t wait for it to arrive.
The Star Wars collection ranges from blatant and overt Star Wars nerdery to more subtle designs. Any single one of them would fit perfectly in your living room or bedroom. Since the designs come in different sizes, they can work anywhere.
Really, they’re just great-looking Star Wars rugs and you can peruse the whole collection at their website.
Ruggable isn’t the only company that is putting out really cool stuff. Regal Robot is the company run by memorabilia mogul Tom Spina, and it creates really cool art pieces and furniture in small batches for the discerning Star Wars fan. It announced a really cool conversation piece this week that just makes me smile — a replica of the Jabba the Hutt maquette.
For those who don’t know, maquettes are sculpted pieces used by artists and those in film production to show what a character or creature is going to look like. This particular Jabba is a painstaking reproduction of Phil Tippett's final maquette of the character. It burned its way into a lot of imaginations because it was seen in the documentary From Star Wars to Jedi.
The maquette replica begins taking orders on Monday at the Regal Robot site.
Star Wars has inspired many people and organizations and the Walt Disney family of companies is no exception. Disneyland is a place where Star Wars has completely taken hold. Between Star Wars in Tomorrowland and Galaxy’s Edge at the back of the park, it’s hard to not see Star Wars everywhere. That wasn’t the case in 1981. Star Tours was, at best, a twinkle in the eye of Imagineers. Even Captain EO was a long way off.
Enter Halyx. A Star Wars-inspired rock band that took the stage of Space Mountain for an entire summer. The stage no longer exists, replaced by the theatre that Captain EO would call home.
But there was a “wookie” bass player, an amphibious percussionist, and a “stormtrooper” keyboardist. It was wild. And a new documentary, released yesterday, tell this bizarre tale of the first time Disney reluctantly got into aping Star Wars at their parks.
It has to be seen to be believed.
Until next week, may the Force be with you!