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.
IS KATHLEEN KENNEDY LEAVING?
Rumors have been flying around about Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and her future with the company. These reports opine on the nature of Lucasfilm, who is upset at who, and who should be leaving the company after several director change-ups in the past few years and what many view as Solo: A Star Wars Story's box-office slump.
There are a lot of websites and YouTubers reporting that there have been secret meetings held behind armed guards to discuss how to get rid of Kennedy and who to replace her with.
But you might notice that there aren't any reputable websites reporting these Kennedy talks as anything but a laugh. Where are the sources? Who is saying this? Consider the people reporting it.
When you look at the reports, there's no indication to think her job is in trouble whatsoever. Kennedy is one of the most talented producers in history and has overseen billions of dollars in profit for Lucasfilm. If she leaves the company, it's going to be for her own reasons and on her own terms. Any report that she's in trouble or that Disney is sweating over her handling of Star Wars is intensely negative wishful thinking, like a dark side Force projection.
It's interesting, though, that many of the sources reporting on this rumor intersect with some of the toxic sectors of Star Wars fandom we've been reporting on lately.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ON NETFLIX!
The day has finally arrived: The Last Jedi is on Netflix!
I own The Last Jedi. Physically and digitally, but there's something about it being on Netflix that just makes me want to watch it again.
If you're revisiting it (and you should be) and want to dive deeper into Luke's character arc, give this SYFY piece from January a read.
There's no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. And Ripley's Believe It or Not agreed. When it came up for auction in a Las Vegas auction house, Ripley's snatched up the blaster Harrison Ford used in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for more than half a million dollars.
It makes me think there's more money in peddling movie weapons than there would be in trafficking the real thing. There's no word on where the blaster will be displayed, but we hope it's somewhere where we can take a lot of pictures of it.
THRAWN: ALLIANCES SDCC COVER
With the impending arrival of San Diego Comic-Con, there will always be exclusives that you're going to want to get your hands on. There are many for Star Wars fans this year, but the hottest item might just be this exclusive cover of Thrawn: Alliances from Del Rey.
The internet seemed to lose its mind at the reveal — this rendering of Thrawn was quickly declared "Hot Thrawn." Fans were also excited to see Hayden Christensen's visage being referenced. The book comes out on July 24, so fans picking up this exclusive cover at SDCC will get a head start on reading it.
CLONE WARS 10th ANNIVERSARY PANEL
Speaking of Star Wars at San Diego Comic-Con, can you believe it's been 10 years since The Clone Wars began? Well, believe it, because they're holding a 10th Anniversary panel at this year's SDCC.
According to StarWars.com, Dave Filoni will be in attendance, alongside special guests to celebrate the show and have a great time with the fans. I'm going to pull every string I can to make sure I can get a front row seat, because I hear this isn't one to miss. For those planning to attend, the panel will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 19, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. PST in room 6BCF.
NATALIE PORTMAN AT DISNEYLAND
Everyone's favorite queen took a trip to Disneyland with her kids, and the photos she posted were nothing short of the best.
It's been said that Portman has had a tremulous relationship with Star Wars since her turn as the young queen-turned-senator Padmé Amidala, but how could you not smile when you go to Disneyland? Portman was most recently seen in this year's Annihilation, from Alex Garland. See it. It's impossibly good and it's great to see Natalie Portman adding to the great work she's done over the years, from The Professional and Star Wars to Black Swan.
BOBA FETT IN TIBET
And now for the images I want to leave you with. These might be some of the most heartwarming and earnest photos of a Star Wars fan I've seen in a long time. A British man dressed in a Rubie's Boba Fett costume and traveled around Tibet while his wife took photographs:
You can check out the whole gallery here, but there's something so pure about it. This is the kind of stuff fandom is about. Not screaming about "Soylo." And certainly not attacking other fans for liking a Star Wars movie.
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