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Star Wars Weekly: New Forces of Destiny episodes and fans Look for Leia

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Mar 23, 2018

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, a new 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.

NEW FORCES OF DESTINY RELEASED

This week, Disney released the next eight installments of Forces of Destiny, the bite-sized animated show.

Each episode focuses on different characters across the Star Wars universe and timeline. Highlights include a sequence of Yoda training Luke on Dagobah and the true story of how Maz Kanata helped Princess Leia obtain Boushh's armor to spring Han Solo out of Jabba's Palace. This rewrites major portions of the Legends novel Shadows of the Empire and I think the canon is better for it. Also, if you look carefully in that particular episode, you can catch classic Star Wars character cameos: Jaxxon the green rabbit from classic Marvel comics and Skorr, the bounty hunter Han Solo ran into on Ord Mantell in the Legends timeline.

The best part? They're available to watch for free on YouTube!

REAL TIME RAY TRACING

At the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, Epic Games, NVIDIA, and ILMxLAB premiered a brand new Star Wars short film.

It would be cool as a short film on its own, and it might not be apparent looking at it, but this minute of video has the potential to revolutionize the worlds of film and video games. It was created using the Unreal engine and real-time ray tracing. These digital effects look as real as anything seen on screen today and they were brought to life real time. In the past, images like this would take hours and hours to render, now they happen in a flash. You can read more about it at the official Star Wars website.

REMASTERED SOUNDTRACKS COMING

May 4th is always a big day for Star Wars fans, as it's been dubbed unofficially as Star Wars Day. Namely because of the bad pun it makes. "May the Fourth be with you…" This year we have an actual reason to celebrate, though.

It was announced that we would be getting new, remastered versions of the scores to the six classic Star Wars saga films. They’ll all be coming to CD with new artwork. The work to transfer and reconstruct the scores for this new release was overseen by Shawn Murphy and Skywalker Sound. You can preorder them now.

BEN BURTT TAKES A STROLL THROUGH THE PAST

Ben Burtt is a legend in Star Wars. Without his work, there's little doubt that Star Wars simply wouldn't have worked in the first place. He was there to record and create all of the sounds that live on in our imaginations that now seem so iconic, from the screech of a TIE fighter and hum of the lightsaber to the roar of Chewbacca and R2-D2's mournful whistles.

A new short documentary from director Eric Mansur gives us a glimpse into a vital piece of Lucasfilm and Star Wars history, hosted by Ben Burtt himself.

321 The First Floor takes us inside the walls and history of a place where the magic was made for so many iconic moments in film history. The short looks like it would fit right at home as an extra on a home video release of a Star Wars film.

LOOKING FOR LEIA BECOMES A SERIES

Annalise Opehlian is an award-winning filmmaker and has been working for quite a while on her passion project, Looking For Leia. Syfy Wire covered it last year, and you can read more about it there. The short version is that it's a documentary about the experience of women in Star Wars fandom.

It seems as though they've come up with so much material that one documentary couldn't contain it. It’s now going to be a full six-episode web series. They're in post-production now and when it finally comes out, it's going to be something to keep an eye out for.