Star Wars Weekly: The Clone Wars breaks Twitter! Solo box office confusion!

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Jul 27, 2018, 3:59 PM 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.


Last week at San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm announced the next phase of publishing in the world of Star Wars, and there were some expected updates and big surprises. In the realm of updates, Charles Soule talked about the coming ending of the Poe Dameron comic, and how it moves into stories concurrent with and beyond the events of The Last Jedi; and Katie Cook chatted about her new kids books.

The two most surprising updates were announcements for two new books. The first is Master & Apprentice, a new book from Claudia Gray set before the events of The Phantom Menace. The second is called Queen’s Shadow, from E.K. Johnston, who wrote the novel Ahsoka. This book will show us Padme’s transition from Queen to Senator.

For a more complete report of the panel, we have you covered here.


SDCC hosted the latest Her Universe fashion show from the mind of Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano. Each year for the last five, she’s held this show to allow fan designers to show off their stuff and to show off the new pieces of the Her Universe collection. This year, the 10th-anniversary collection from The Clone Wars was a particular highlight, as well as a surprise appearance from Jodie Whittaker, the Thirteenth Doctor. 

If you want a closer look at all of the offerings, fan photographer Brian Sims took photos of every offering at the fashion show, so if you wanted to pretend you were there and see everything, you can do so. Pay careful attention to the dress based on the planet Crait from The Last Jedi. It’s the best of the bunch.


I don’t think there was ever any doubt that the return of The Clone Wars, announced last week at San Diego Comic-Con, was some of the biggest news out of the convention, but now we have some data to back this up. TwitterTV tracked all of the twitter traffic coming out of Comic-Con and found that The Clone Wars was the most tweeted about show all weekend.

That’s a pretty amazing feat for a television show that’s essentially been dead for years. But did you see the trailer? It’s going to be incredible. No wonder people were talking about it. 


“It was confusing to me,” Paul Bettany told MTV about the box-office for Solo: A Star Wars Story. “I thought the story was so great, I thought the execution was so great, so it was surprising, to me.”

It was surprising to me, too. Like, I’m seriously still baffled by the response. I’ve spoken to so many people who haven’t seen the film and their reasons range from, “I haven’t had time,” and “I didn’t have the money,” all the way to, “Wait, that came out already? I thought Star Wars was in December now.”

Everyone I come in contact with I try to get them to the theater to catch it because it’s such an impossibly good film on the big screen. And it did well enough.

Bettany addressed the idea that the film was some sort of flop, too. "It's also peculiar being in a movie that makes hundreds of millions of dollars and people say, 'It's just not enough.’ The thing with Star Wars is eventually everybody on the planet's gonna see that movie and I really am proud of it and I loved playing Dryden Vos. I loved him. He's delicious.”

Bettany is right on all those scores.

Check out the full interview here:



To leave you, here is standup comedian Greg Morton doing his take on one-man Star Wars. His level of mimicry for Star Wars creatures and characters is as good as his timing in this clip, currently doing the rounds on Facebook. 

You can follow Greg Morton via his website.

Until next week!