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Star Wars Weekly: George Lucas visits The Mandalorian and John Williams calls in sick

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Oct 27, 2018, 11:44 AM EDT (Updated)

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.


Jon Favreau got a special birthday surprise on the set of The Mandalorian last week: George Lucas dropped by for a visit and took lots of pictures.


Birthday Surprise

A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Oct 19, 2018 at 2:10pm PDT

Favreau also posted some photos with Dave Filoni, the animated guru at LFL. Filoni served as Lucas’s padawan during the creation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is directing the first episode of The Mandalorian for Favreau, who is serving as showrunner.

Looking at the pictures of the set, it appears as though it could be some sort of cantina, but we’ll have to wait until the show actually airs to find out.

That's not the only buzz from the set. It's been reported that thieves made off with some equipment from the set, possibly including a memory card. What that card may have had on it is anyone's guess. I hope it doesn't end up in any catastrophic leaks, because I want to go into this show fresh.

The Mandalorian is scheduled to hit the new Disney streaming service at some point after its launch (or even possibly at the launch) next fall.


Rancho Obi-Wan is the largest repository of Star Wars collectibles, merchandise, and one-of-a-kind items in the world. Run by Steve Sansweet, former head of fan relations at Lucasfilm, it’s also a non-profit education organization that uses Star Wars and the museum as its lens. It’s an amazing place, and I highly recommend becoming a member and getting a tour. There is nothing more thrilling than seeing pretty much every toy and item from Star Wars ever made through the years on display in one place. It’s an important cultural document, and I’m glad we have it.

But maintaining it isn’t cheap, so every year Sansweet throws a fundraising gala. Tickets are pricey, but there’s an auction and food and drinks and an overall great time.

Here I am with my podcast co-host Holly Frey at the museum:

The gala was a who’s who of Star Wars fandom. Anthony Carboni, host of The Star Wars Show, was there. Mark Daniel and DJ Elliot, the warm-up act for the main stage at Star Wars Celebration, were in attendance. Pablo Hidalgo and Matt Martin from the Lucasfilm story group were there. Every sort of podcaster and Star Wars news gatherer was there. But there was no shop talk going on. It was just a night to relax.

If you want to become a member of Rancho Obi-Wan, visit their website. I promise you won’t regret it.


News from Batuu!

Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, scheduled to open next year, is coming along at a furious pace. These pictures, posted to Twitter this week, certainly make it seem as though they’ll be ready to hit that deadline.

The spaceship is reported to be a restaurant. There have been other sightings of the Millennium Falcon inside the park, too. By all accounts, this looks like a place I’m going to get in trouble spending a lot of time and money in.


On Star Wars Resistance this week, we’re getting a new glimpse of the First Order and what they might be planning on the Colossus.

In this new clip, we learn about who might have ties to the secretive post-Imperial organization.

It’s been fun watching the show get its bearings and really take that turn into the intrigue the first episode promised us. But it does so without ever sacrificing the humor that feels like the beating heart of the show. New episodes air on Sundays.


John Williams, composer of the iconic music for the original six Star Wars films and half of the installments of the new era, was scheduled to perform this week at the Royal Albert Hall but had to cancel unexpectedly due to an unforeseen health concern.

John Williams is currently slated to close out the music of the Skywalker Saga, closing the door on the franchise when his work on Episode IX is complete. I’m sure we all hope this living legend makes a speedy recovery, as a world without John Williams will sound a lot duller.


I’ll leave you with this: This is one of my favorite commercials from George Lucas’ stint as the Japanese spokesperson for Panasonic in the 1980s. It’s surreal and wonderful and I love every minute of it.

Until next week. May the Force be with you!