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.
JOHN BOYEGA STRIKES BACK
Backlash over Kelly Marie Tran being driven from Instagram hasn't subsided in the last week. Despite oblique statements from those close to her that assuring people that harassment did play a part in her departure, some fans still believe that this is merely liberal outrage gone out of control. Some of the more conspiracy-theorist leaning factions of fandom have even posited that racist attacks against Kelly Marie Tran was actually a liberal plot to make racist fans look bad.
And it was John Boyega who poked that beehive of fandom with his own statements about the issue.
It was actually entertaining watching him engage with incredulous fans:
The only thing we know for certain is that this problem doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. All we can hope for is that the ugliness subsides and we let diplomacy resume…
GEORGE LUCAS' ORIGINAL SEQUEL IDEAS
In the companion book to James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction series, George Lucas talked a bit about what he had thought about for his ideas for the sequel trilogy.
This isn't the first time George Lucas has talked about his plans for the sequel trilogy. In the early '80s, he talked about his plans for a nine-part series. Then, he talked about how the original trilogy would be about the hero's journey and a personal story and how the prequel trilogy would have been a political story (which came to pass) and the sequels would be a more spiritual story. More recently, The Art of The Force Awakens and The Art of The Last Jedi books by Phil Szostak, there are many hints to the story George Lucas helped craft before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney.
Some are reporting this story as proof that Lucasfilm somehow abandoned all of Lucas's idea with the Disney sale, but that's not really fair. Lucas himself would tell you how much ideas evolve. If his ideas didn't evolve, the first film would still be The Adventures of Luke Starkiller and the climax of Return of the Jedi would have taken place in orbit around the planet Had Abbadon. Don't put too much stock into embryonic thoughts about what Star Wars might have been or turned into, because it's a collaborative process, even with Lucas at the helm.
JEDI FALLEN ORDER
In their pre-E3 event, EA Play, Electronic Arts announced a new single-player Star Wars game: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The game will follow the story of a padawan on the run in the wake of Order 66 and, to be honest, I couldn't be more excited about storytelling in that era. Some of the best work they've done in Star Wars in recent years has been to connect the two halves of the six films of the classic saga and this video game seems to be a perfect way to do that in a playable format.
Fallen Order is slated to be released sometime next year by the holiday season. Let's hope it makes up for the loss of Ragtag, the game that was in development with Visceral and was unceremoniously canceled last year.
STAR WARS RESISTANCE DETAILS
Star Wars Resistance is the new animated show coming to us in the fall. Details have been scant about the show. StarWars.com offered us the only official details we've really had. We know it's anime-inspired and looks a lot like it could be Robotech in the Star Wars universe.
But one of the voice actor behind the show, Jim Rash, talked to Entertainment Tonight (and the always wonderful Ash Crossan, Leader of #PorgNation) and offered a bit of a tidbit about the character he was playing.
Rash, who is playing a "creature," is being teamed with Bobby Moynihan's character and they're working for the Resistance. Surely, more details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the show's release later this year.