Introducing 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.
THE LAST JEDI RELEASED ON DIGITAL
Tuesday saw the digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and with it came a whole slew of bonus features, from deleted scenes and commentary to isolated music tracks and cast interviews. Perhaps the bonus feature that has people talking the most is The Director and the Jedi.
It's a feature-length documentary that recently premiered at the SXSW film festival that pulls the curtain back on the making of the most recent installment of the Star Wars Saga. For Star Wars fans, it's a must watch look at the film, but also a heartfelt tribute to Carrie Fisher and the enormous task that was laid on the shoulders of director Rian Johnson. You're going to want to luxuriate in all of the special features... not just this one! The other big one you'll want to snag is the isolated music score version of The Last Jedi. If you sign up on Movies Anywhere, you can obtain a copy of The Last Jedi with all of the dialogue and sound effects removed and the only thing remaining is John Williams' excellent score.
BRAZILIAN SOLO POSTERS
@StarWarsJunk on Twitter has revealed four new posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story from Italy.
They're very much like the ones released alongside the trailer, without the character name overlays we'd seen previously. It's curious that Han's had his blaster removed from his hand, but other than that, these are still pretty wondrous works of art.
The fine print at the bottom ties these to the Brazilian social media accounts for Star Wars, though those accounts haven't yet posted them personally.
THE SOLO SCORE BEGINS RECORDING
Ron Howard was on hand at Abbey Road earlier in the week to watch the Solo score begin recording.
Composer John Powell took to Facebook to post a picture of himself doing the work as well. He seems rather happy about the work and, hopefully, we will, too. They're also recording a new theme for Han Solo for the film, written by John Williams himself, which still has a lot of Star Wars music enthusiasts excited. Powell is a veteran of a lot of animated productions, ranging from Chicken Run and Ice Age to How to Train Your Dragon. He's no stranger to live-action either, though, he has scored four of the five Bourne films and Face/Off, among many others.
A CLOSER LOOK AT GALAXY'S EDGE
Disney Parks released a flyover of the construction site for Batuu, the fictional world where their new Star Wars Land, Galaxy's Edge, will call home.
There's still a lot of detail work that needs to be filled in, but it's easy to see that it's all taking shape. There still don't seem to be any inherently Star Wars details about the project, but it's great to see it come together. For a better view of what it might be like, the Launch Pad at Disneyland has a section of 3D model of the park on display and all flights currently leaving from Star Tours end in a digital facsimile of Batuu, giving us our best, most interactive view yet.
When Uproxx writer Mike Ryan wrote a humorous piece about the absurd nature of Luke's plan to rescue Han in Return of the Jedi, more than a few people accepted that as a challenge. Even I took a stab at it on Twitter.
But no one came up with a better take on it than Star Wars author Chuck Wendig:
In his piece, Wendig explains that we need to look at Luke's plan as an Ocean's 11-style heist with many, many fail-safes in case each subsequent plan seems to fail. It all makes a whole lot of sense and it's explained in a breezy entertaining way that only Chuck Wendig can pull off. He finishes with a request for an explanation for the plot of Attack of the Clones. I obliged him.
GROUNDBREAKING OF THE LUCAS MUSEUM OF NARRATIVE ART IN LA
Although George Lucas has been looking for a home for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art for quite a long time, it's finally found a home and ground has been broken on the $1.5 billion project.
SYFY WIRE covered it in more detail here, but the Star Wars creator is footing the bill for this museum that will house his personal collection. While that collection does contain some Star Wars stuff, it has film and art artifacts ranging from Citizen Kane and Blade Runner to important works by Edgar Degas and Norman Rockwell. Though ground has broken, the museum still isn't expected to open for several more years. When it opens, expect many Star Wars fans to be the first in line.
Hooray for Week One of Star Wars Weekly!