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Star Wars Thrills: The Disney+ Series, Upcoming Movies and Much More!

The purpose of Star Wars Thrills is to put all the Star Wars news from the week of January 9, 2021 in one location. This week, we’ve got updates on the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, as well as much more.

Star Wars Thrills: The Disney+ Series, Upcoming Movies and Much More!

If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

You can click the links below for more on each update and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have news that you think should be included in the next installment of Star Wars Thrills!


Disney+ Series News and Rumors

The Book of Boba Fett

Lucasfilm has confirmed that new series The Book of Boba Fett is coming to Disney+ in December 2021.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Jon Favreau talked about the surprise scene at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 finale and The Book of Boba Fett.

Check out Ming-Na Wen’s reaction to the announcement on Twitter!

Matthew Wood talked about returning to the role of Bib Fortuna after Episode I.

The Mandalorian

Dave Filoni gave a heartfelt thanks and a sketch for fans on Twitter.

Check out a behind the scenes photo from The Mandalorian from Gina Carano!

Omid Abtahi gave a heartfelt “Thank You” to the fans following his performance in the Season 2 finale.

Giancarlo Esposito talked with StarWars.com about his role as Moff Gideon.

Variety interviewed Jon Favreau and they discuss the talent of Pedro Pascal.

Lucasfilm sent fans a Happy Holidays greeting with new some festive The Mandalorian art.

ILM revealed the actual physical model for Moff Gideon’s ship.

Ryan Church gave a look at the Slave I interior which rotates. Ryan also gave a look at original Krayt Dragon sketches.

Discussing Film talked about how Robert Rodriguez storyboarded his episode with Star Wars figures and his kids!

Late Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch was memorialized in the end credits of The Mandalorian. (via Fantha Tracks)

Pedro Pascal and Oscar Isaac rang in the New Year together!

Eric Canete showed a cool video of the making of his Boba Fett piece of artwork.

Mark Raats also showed his official artwork for The Mandalorian.

And believe it or not, Thomas Kinkade has official art for The Mandalorian as well.

Check out a hilarious song parody for The Mandalorian over at The Nerdist. Once you’re done there check out Jack Black jamming to the Mandalorian theme song.

If rumors are true, you might be seeing characters from The Mandalorian at Galaxy’s Edge in the near future!

The Mandalorian is now the most pirated TV show online (via Entertainment Weekly)

Mark Hamill gave thanks for Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni for his return in the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. Hamill also gave thanks to Ming-Na for her compliments on working together and talked about keeping it a secret for so long.

Take a look behind-the-scenes of The Mandalorian Season 2 with new photos posted by Lucasfilm. And did you guys catch this?

Andor

Diego Luna talks Andor with The Hollywood Reporter.

The Acolyte

SWNN reports that Robert rayne is co-developing The Acolyte.


Movie News and Rumors

Rogue Squadron

It turns out Patty Jenkins shared the plot of Rogue Squadron with Chris Pine. (via Jedi News)

Kevin Feige’s Star Wars Film

Kevin Feige has selected the writer for his Star Wars film and it is Loki writer Michael Waldron. Visit Variety for details!


Around the Web

Hal Hickel revealed the origin of the name of the B-Wing fighter.

Check out some cool concept art of Mark Hamill for The Force Awakens and Hamill can finally cross this off his “to-do” list.

Legendary Star Wars poster artist Tsuneo Sanda shared his Christmas Star Wars art.

John Morton remembers original Boba Fett Jeremy Bulloch. Fantha Tracks talks about David Prowse’s family saying goodbye.

TomSpinaDesigns shows how children were used to make sets look bigger on The Empire Strikes Back.

The Phantom Menace stuntman Andreas Petrides talks about almost being paralyzed when filming a lightsaber stunt with Darth Maul (via Fantha Tracks)

Variety talked about tensions between fans and Lucasfilm online.

The Star Wars Show is going on indefinite hiatus unfortunately (via Star Wars Events).

Star Wars voice actor Tom Kane has suffered a stroke which has affected his speech (via SWNN). Mark Hamill also sent his well wishes to Tom.

ILM highlighted general manager Janet Lewin in a new profile.

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition will be opening soon in Singapore (via Jedi News).


Video Games

EA added a new lightsaber hilt to Squadrons in celebration of the release of The High Republic.

Get the Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition on January 14th! Details at Jedi News.


Comics

Renown comic writer Gail Simone told an interesting story about how she almost wrote a Princess Leia comic that was ultimately dropped. Read about it here.

Get a look at all of the upcoming Star Wars comics over at StarWars.com.

Jedi News has a look at the upcoming comics for The High Republic.

Star Wars Book News has a look at IDW’s upcoming Star Wars comics.

Check out the Star Wars #11 action figure variant cover via Star Wars Book News!

Drew Struzan continues to sell his art through Galactic Gallery including an original cover to the Darth Maul comics.

Check out this variant cover for The High Republic #1 by Giuseppe Camuncoli that’s exclusive to Frankie’s Comics (via Star Wars Book News) Previewsworld has a look at yet another variant cover by Sway. A variant for Issue #3 can be seen here. And Issue #4’s cover by Phil Noto was highlighted by Star Wars Book News.

The cover for High Republic Adventures #1‘s 1:10 variant cover can be seen at Previewsworld. You can also see the cover for the High Republic manga comic via Star Wars Book News.


Books

Light of the Jedi is now in stores and you can read an excerpt at StarWars.com. There is also a great interview with author Claudia Gray.

StarWars.com rolled out a ton of information on The High Republic as well as the future of the series. Additional material can be found here on StarWars.com.

Not to be outdone, the Star Wars Insider will be featuring short stories set in The High Republic storyline. Penguin Random House is also collecting more of the Insider short stories into a hardback book.

Barnes & Noble is offering a special poster for The High Republic which you can view here.

Deadline discussed Star Wars authors being cheated out of royalties from past publications.

Alan Dean Foster talked about removing a Finn and Rey romance from The Force Awakens novelization (via Jedi News).

Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life is now available. Learn more about the producer of The Empire Strikes Back (via The Indiana Jones Picture Gallery Project).

Drew Struzan shared his original artwork for the book The Paradise Snare.


Collecting

Check out the Darksaber Force FX toy from Hasbro and the Baby Yoda / Grogu statue from Gentle Giant. While you’re at it, also check out the statue for The Mandalorian and the Child.

Gentle Giant also has a new Ahsoka Tano statue on the way.

Check out this awesome mini-bust of FN-2187 from Gentle Giant!

Hot Toys has a new Transport Trooper figure from The Mandalorian that’s very cool.

Hot Wheels has a great stop-motion video showing the making of the Mandalorian cars.

Hallmark has unveiled a new anniversary Millennium Falcon ornament (via Jedi News).

Disney now has available a new Droid Factory playset (via Yakface.Com).


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