Wednesday, August 19, 2015

‘Star Wars’ is Only Beginning to Take Over the Universe

Thanks to some big reveals at Disney’s D23 Expo last week, Star Wars has dominated the collective nerd consciousness months ahead of the December 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We got a dozen new images from the new movie, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. We’ve learned that Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow will direct Episode VIII of the saga, picking up where J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson leave off and rounding out the third Star Wars trilogy. We caught our first glimpse at the cast of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which includes Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones, Firefly’s Alan Tudyk and Casino Royale’s Mads Mikkelsen. We found out that Disney is planning Star Wars-specific “lands” in its theme parks. We even got new details on the Star Wars-themed makeup from Cover Girl! Lipstick for Sullustans, you guys!

As more announcements and teases continue to make Force-hungry fans as giddy as Han Solo in a vest shop, it’s important to take a moment and reflect on the fact that we’re mere weeks away from the release of a brand-new Star Wars movie — something that seemed impossible a decade ago when the presumed “final” film in the series, Revenge of the Sith, hit theaters. Once “Force Friday” rolls around and we’re clamoring for Black Series Kylo Ren action figures and Jakku Micro Machines playsets, it’ll be a bit more of a sprint to opening night for a lot of us in the world of Star Wars fandom. But for now, let’s take quietly appreciate the fact that we’re about to take our first step into a larger world … and I have a good feeling about that.

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