GEORGE LUCAS - THE RICHEST BILLIONAIRE
It should come as no surprise that George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, is well off. The man sold Star Wars to Disney for more than $4 billion and stock options. Granted, he promised most of that to educational charities, but he's still able to live the good life.
What might have come as a surprise, though, is that when Forbes put together a list of the wealthiest celebrities of the year, George Lucas still comes out on top.
It just goes to show that Star Wars was one of the most valuable ideas any human has ever had, at least in terms of a society built on the principles ours is.
Clocking in at #2 on the list? Steven Spielberg.
SPHERO GETTING OUT OF STAR WARS
Sphero is a company that sold millions of tiny BB-8 droids, elevating their remote controlled rolling balls into a behemoth. Last year, they expanded their line from BB-8 to BB-9E and R2-D2, much to the delight of Star Wars fans across the world.
But it seems as though they're getting out of the Star Wars business altogether.
According to reports, they will be refocusing their efforts back on education products. For those of us with these app-driven droids, they've promised app support for the BB-8s for at least two years, but what happens after that is anyone's guess. Let's hope all of the droids we have sitting on our shelves will be more than just inert knick-knacks when that app support ends.
THE MANDALORIAN GETS A COMPOSER
It was announced officially that Ludwig Göransson, the composer behind Black Panther and the Creed films, is stepping into the world of Star Wars, providing the music for the upcoming television series The Mandalorian.
He offered a very geeky quote in the press announcement that makes me feel like the show is in very safe hands. "In these next months I hope to honor the tradition of Star Wars' musical landscape while propelling The Mandalorian into new and unchartered territory," he said. "And I will try to remember that there is no try."
The Mandalorian hits the small screen on Disney+ sometime late next year.
WAFFLE HOUSE IS A REYLO
Waffle House, the popular chain of breakfast restaurants, has thrown down the gauntlet and taken a side in the great shipping wars. They're Reylos and that's okay by me.
For those who aren't aware, Reylo is the name of fans who hope that Rey and Kylo Ren will end up together. Whether it happens officially or not is anyone's guess, but the fan fiction and art that the pairing of Rey and Kylo produces will likely never slow down. And now, with the fuel of Waffle House waffles, Reylos will be well fed as they work on their fanfics and art.
NATALIE PORTMAN DEFENDS JAR JAR AND ISN'T IN IX
Natalie Portman has been doing press for her new film Vox Lux and keeps getting asked Star Wars questions. Some are genuine and others patently absurd.
In the genuine camp, here she is defending Jar Jar Binks and Ahmed Best, the actor who played the lovable Gungan.
And Best weighed in to respond:
On the absurd side of things, we have people inventing rumors that Natalie Portman would be reprising her role in Episode IX and actually asking her about them.
This is bad journalism, but at least we got 15 seconds of entertaining video out of it.
This week, I'm leaving you with the 2002 winner of the George Lucas Selects award from the official Star Wars Fan Films. It's about as Christmassy as I get and really captured a spirit of the holiday in a way most Christmas carols don't seem to.
So, without further ado, here is the award-winning film Christmas Tauntauns.
Until next week, May the Force Be With You and have a swell holiday!