Just before San Diego Comic-Con began late last week, Lucasfilm Ltd. secured a new web domain in multiple variations. The new domain, starwarsrisetopower.com (Star Wars: Rise To Power) was purchased through their traditional corporate registrar C&C Corporate Domains on July 19, 2017. Lucasfilm continually acquires domains for various reasons, and not all of them are exclusively for upcoming projects. It is standard practice for corporations to pick up domains simply so that others in public can’t use them. There is also no real hard and straight rules when it comes to speculating about these web addresses outside of Lucasfilm. For example, the company never procured the domains for Star Wars: The Last Jedi or for their amusement park Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Both of which were snatched up by regular folks hoping to make a sale of that spot on the internet.
Friday is Star Wars day at San Diego Comic-Con, and although there were no Hall H presentations this year by Lucasfilm, there were panels on the publishing side of the house and Hasbro. To be honest, these were my favorites last year when I attended the event. These panels deliver for us the goodies that we will be enjoying in the coming months outside of the films. There is a score of new books and merchandise so let’s jump to it.
The first big news was on the comics front where Marvel introduced two new comic mini series for Star Wars, Mace Windu and Thrawn. The latter of which will be a mini-series adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s best selling novel. On the books side, there are lots to list, and photos are courtesy of Peter Sciretta from Slashfilm, who did a marvelous job live stream Tweeting of the event. Out of all of these books, the ones that I have a keen interest in reviewing for the Post are the Star Wars “From A Certain Point Of View” which is a collection of 40 short stories surrounding the past events of the saga. The book trio of “The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary and Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cross-Sections. All three of which should be yearly default purchases for any fan of the franchise. Then there is the new book announced today Star Wars: Cobalt Squadron and the novelization of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry. We are damn lucky as fans to have Jason write the movie adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for us. He did a marvelous job with Star Wars “Weapon Of A Jedi” and “Rey’s Survival Guide, ” and we wish him the very best of luck. Congratulations Jason!
It felt like a long morning at the Battle Desk, waiting and watching the waterfalls of Tweets and live blogging feeds coming out of the D23 Expo. Lucasfilm took to the stage and revealed far less than what we expected, and that wasn’t much. We sincerely thought it would be the bare minimum, and they weren’t playing around. We did get the rumored behind the scenes reel, and for that, we are crazy thankful. There are lots to chew on here, and we have done our best putting together what we know from the spoiler sphere of rumors in the past two years. Make no mistake folks there is very little out there about the plot of this film, but some of the acts are starting to piece together. Enjoy the breakdown.
In this first shot, we see the luxury speeders from the casino planet Canto Bight. These were seen in video and pictures from the set in Dubrovnik last year. The scenes consisted of action sequences where Finn and Rose are being chased on a Fatheir (space horse) through the streets of the historic UNESCO city.
Just moments ago on Twitter, John Boyega tweeted two new character posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The two posters featuring Finn and Rey are dripping with red on a white background. The two prominent colors that seem to be the hallmark of this episode of the saga. In particular the Battle of Crait with its salt flats and blood red disturbed ground. Enjoy the posters folks.
Update: Leia’s poster has been released as well.
Just moments ago the BTS reel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released at the Disney D23 Expo. The video gives us a glimpse into the production of the next chapter of our saga and will have water coolers everywhere buzzing for weeks. The behind the scenes feature is a major step in the marketing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi before the official theatrical trailer release in late summer or early fall.
For many of us spoiler hounds, the BTS reel offers lots of confirmations and new clues about the plot of The Last Jedi. It also fills a huge well for those of us who adore the process in creating these stories. From the costumes and props to the special effect shots and on set movie magic to make this Galaxy come alive.
Enjoy the video folks.