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Star Wars Weekly: Episode IX begins filming and more

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Aug 3, 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.

EPISODE IX BEGINS FILMING

Filming on the final installment of the Skywalker saga began this week. Director J.J. Abrams tweeted from a brand-new, verified Twitter account a picture from the set.

Sure, the camera is the only thing in focus, but we can make out some hazy details of Finn (John Boyega) in a brand-new costume. Since he was dressed largely the same in the past two movies, it's exciting to get a new look for him in a new jacket. I would recommend following J.J. Abrams at this new account on the off chance he uses it to drop any more looks at the set.

I also really like how he specifically thanked director Rian Johnson for his contributions to Star Wars, dashing the hopes of those Star Wars fans who thought Abrams would somehow undo some of the decisions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seeing this, I think we're in good hands.

GENERAL LEIA RETURNS!

As part of the news that Star Wars: Episode IX would begin filming this week for sure came news of how General Leia's character would be handled. Carrie Fisher, who passed away in late 2016, had finished her work for The Last Jedi, but there was still more than a year between then and production on Episode IX. How would they handle the loss of the actress behind one of the most important characters in the Skywalker saga?

Well, in this release from the official Star Wars website, we learned that they will be utilizing never-before-seen footage from cutscenes.

You can read more about what this means and how they could possibly use the footage in this article I wrote last week.

OBI-WAN KENOBI ON THE CLONE WARS REVIVAL

James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, recorded a vlog discussing his thoughts and feelings about the return of The Clone Wars and what the reaction was like for him. He also talked about having to go in and record new material for the episodes, which makes sense given how long ago these episodes were originally roughed in. James is, hands down, one of the nicest guys in Star Wars and a huge Star Wars fan in his own right, so seeing his enthusiasm is infectious.

He is Obi-Wan Kenobi, and I don't know about you, but I'm glad to have him back.

CAPTAIN A SUPER STAR DESTROYER

At Gen Con this weekend, Fantasy Flight Games announced something big. In the game Star Wars Armada, you get to become a Fleet Admiral for major capital ship engagements in Star Wars. It's amazing how the game really simulates what it might feel like to be in charge of all of those assets of a fleet, both for the Rebels and the Imperials. A TIE Fighter or an X-Wing in this game is tiny, less than half an inch. So when I say they're adding something big, I mean it.

The Alliance to Restore the Republic is in trouble, because soon you'll be able to get your hands on a Super Star Destroyer.

In a game where a Star Destroyer is barely a couple of inches, this thing is a monstrosity, at about 2 feet. It's going to decimate some rebels, and you're going to have all the fun doing it.

RONDA ROUSEY TALKS STAR WARS

Professional fighter Ronda Rousey appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and he got her to open up about her love of Star Wars. She talked about sneaking into a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how Luke losing his hand in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back used to freak her out as a little kid.

It's always great to see people nerd out about Star Wars — and she's no exception.

Until next week!