THREEPIO WRAPS EPISODE IX
Every day there are signs that remind us that we're one day closer to Star Wars: Episode IX. This week, that mile-marker came in the form of Anthony Daniels on Twitter. Naturally, Daniels has featured in every Star Wars film to date, usually as C-3PO, but he has taken other roles through the years, too.
This could very well be the last time Daniels puts on the Threepio costume. With no more standalone movies on the horizon and the Skywalker Saga coming to a close, this could be the character's finale. That's not to say Daniels can't be involved in Star Wars any longer, but it certainly feels like it's the end of an era.
Episode IX comes out in December.
NO SUPER BOWL TRAILER
Another mile-marker on the highway toward Episode IX is the constant consternation over the timing of a new trailer. Pretty much every major event that comes and goes has a lot of speculation about whether or not a trailer is coming with it. Apparently, the Super Bowl is soon and it was widely rumored we'd see the first teaser for Episode IX. Deadline is reporting that is not the case.
It's safe to say that Lucasfilm (Imperial) marches to the beat of its own drum. The trailer will come when the trailer comes. With Star Wars Celebration in April, I wouldn't be surprised if that is the first time we see some footage.
ELON MUSK AND AN ASTROMECH IN THE MANDALORIAN
Jon Favreau is still the single largest leaker of news from his upcoming Disney+ show, The Mandalorian. This week, he posted a photograph of an astromech droid that looks a lot like R5-D4 from Star Wars: A New Hope. (Some fans might even refer to him as Skippy the Jedi droid. Look it up.) There's no indication (or reason to think) that these are the same droids, but it's a fun tie-in nonetheless.
This astromech isn't the only celebrity to visit the set. It looks like SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk was there, too:
20TH ANNIVERSARY LEGO SETS
It's hard to believe that LEGO has only been in the business of making Star Wars sets for 20 years, but now that those 20 years have passed, we're getting a bunch of great anniversary sets.
The one I'm most excited to get my hands on? That podracer playset from Episode I. LEGO initially picked up the license as part of the marketing blitz for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, so it's no surprise that it gets the coolest set in this group.
GALAXY'S EDGE UPDATE
Black Spire Outpost, the setting of the new Star Wars area at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, is getting a whole pile of tie-in storytelling that's going to make the park experience a whole lot more exciting.
Three books were announced here. The first is called Black Spire and it's being written by Delilah Dawson (who wrote Star Wars: Phasma). Zoraida Cordova is writing A Crash of Fate, which is a YA novel with new characters set on Batuu. Perhaps the most interesting book could end up being George Mann's, which is called Myths & Fables.
This isn't the only update for Galaxy's Edge, either. There have been a whole lot of aerial views of construction going on at the Florida park.
Galaxy's Edge opens in Anaheim in June.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace this year, I want to focus on as much content from that film as I can. We're going to start with one of the best behind-the-scenes documentaries that Lucasfilm has ever produced. Watch it below:
Until next week: May the Force be with you!