Disney+ has released the first official poster for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series. They have also confirmed the series will premiere on May 25th, 2022.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where “Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, turned evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader.”
Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan, in the series. He will also be joined by prequel trilogy co-star Hayden Christensen, who is returning as Darth Vader.
The series also stars Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.
As the first series of The Book of Boba Fett comes to a close, Lucasfilm is gearing up to begin production on Ahsoka, the upcoming live-action Star Wars series. This is a series that a lot of Star Wars fans are very excited about because we finally get to see Ahsoka in action, in her own series. As she embarks on a quest to find Ezra and Thrawn.
Production on Star Wars: Ahsoka will begin by the end of the month, according to Production Weekly.
The Mandalorian Series 3 wraps production in March. If this is the case, we may expect to see both shows launch before the end of the year.
Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Ahsoka Tano, with a supporting cast including Natasha Liu, who is said to be playing a live-action version of Sabine Wren. A character who originated in Star Wars: Rebels.
According to Variety, actress Ivanna Sakhno has been cast in the spin-off series to The Mandalorian, for Disney Plus.
Sakhno will star opposite Rosario Dawson, who is reprising her role of Ahsoka Tano, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Who was recently announced to be playing a live-action version of Sabine Wren, a character who first appeared in animated form in Star Wars: Rebels.
Details on who Sakhno is playing are being kept incredibly secret, although it seems she will be playing a new character created specifically for the series.
Sakhno recently appeared in a few episodes of the highly underrated series ‘High Fidelity’ with Zoe Kravitz.
“Ahsoka” is one of several live-action “Star Wars” properties being made for Disney Plus. Another spin-off to The Mandalorian, ‘The book of Bobba Fett’ airs next month. Series three of ‘The Mandalorian,’ is expected to arrive in 2022. The streamer is also working on Obi-Wan Kenobi series, starring Ewan McGregor as well as a Rogue One prequel, based around the character of Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising his role.
According to Variety, Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Guns Akimbo) has been cast to play the live-action version of Sabine Wren in Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars series, Ahsoka.
Ahsoka is a spin-off to the critically acclaimed Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. In which Rosario Dawson, reprises her role of Ahsoka Tano.
Sabine was introduced in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, she’s a young Mandalorian and explosives expert. She also has a love for graffiti, questioning authority and, is a dropout from the Imperial Academy of Mandalore.
After the fall of the Empire, Wren and Tano teamed up on a mission to find their missing friend, Ezra Bridger. It was revealed in The Mandalorian that Ahsoka was on the hunt for Grand Admiral Thrawn.
It has also been reported that Thrawn and Ezra will appear in the series, played by Lars Mikkelsen and Mena Massoud respectively.
For the past five years, Star Wars has been unavoidable, with its triumphant return to the big screen and a new TV show on Disney+. However, video game adaptations have been lacking, with EA’s Star Wars Battlefront releases falling short, and a number of promising projects being cancelled. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, released six years after securing the license, is EA’s first single-player, story-focused game in the franchise. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, it is one of the best Star Wars titles ever made.
The game’s open-ended structure, where players can choose where to go next, is a standout feature. The five different planets in the game are huge, sprawling environments that reveal secrets as players accrue further force powers. Learning various abilities opens up new pathways, rewarding investigative tendencies, and uncovering obscure pickups. Engaging in combat is a big part of the game, with mechanics similar to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, where well-timed parries, dodges, and blocks are crucial to success. Heavy attacks and force powers add depth, while a flashy system of moves, counters, and abilities encourage experimentation.
Meditation points, which act as checkpoints and allow players to restore health and stock up on supplies, seem heavily influenced by bonfires in Dark Souls, and the game’s use of vertical traversal, with wall running and climbing, feels reminiscent of Uncharted. Despite this, the combat feels unique and enjoyable, while the game’s open nature makes exploration a pleasure. The superb narrative follows Cal Kestis, a Jedi-in-hiding, on a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, and takes place just after the prequel saga.
One of the standout elements of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the performance of Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis. Monaghan brings a nuanced depth to the character, portraying him as a complex individual struggling to come to terms with his past and his place in the world.
Throughout the game, Monaghan delivers a powerful and emotional performance that truly brings Cal to life. From his moments of self-doubt to his heroic acts of bravery, Monaghan portrays Cal as a fully-realised character with a wide range of emotions and motivations. He captures the essence of a Jedi. His delivery of Cal’s dialogue is imbued with a sense of quiet strength and determination, and he effortlessly conveys the sense of wisdom and serenity that are the hallmarks of the Jedi way.
Monaghan’s performance also shines during the game’s more action-packed moments. Whether he’s engaging in lightsaber combat or using his force powers to take down hordes of enemies, Monaghan brings a sense of physicality and athleticism to the role that is truly impressive. Its a nuanced portrayal of the character that adds depth and emotional weight to the game’s story.
Overall, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order borrows heavily from successful titles, but does enough to differentiate itself in the areas that matter most. It offers a unique and enjoyable combat system, an open-ended structure, and a superb narrative that connects everything together.
Here is the full Simon Pegg panel from MCM London.
Simon discusses The Dark Crystal, Star Trek, Star Wars, the Cornetto trilogy, Ready Player One and, Spaced.
Simon Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He came to public prominence in the UK as the co-creator of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, directed by Edgar Wright. He went on to co-write and star in the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011).
The film Solo, plagued by behind-the-scenes turmoil, ultimately fulfills its duty as a placeholder in the Star Wars franchise, but it fails to deliver any surprises. The seams used to fix the production issues are clearly visible, resulting in a disjointed narrative that moves from one event to the next without much coherence. Even the opening scenes on Correllia feel repetitive, introducing characters only to discard them quickly. Alden Ehrenreich does his best to fill Harrison Ford’s shoes as Han Solo, but it takes some time to warm up to him, and even then, it’s hard to imagine him evolving into Ford’s iconic character.
The film Solo suffers from a common problem associated with prequels – the need to create the appropriate legend we’ve all seen in the original trilogy. Unfortunately, the questions posed in this film are ones that no one particularly demanded answers to. Does the audience really need to know why his last name is Solo? Can’t his parents just have been Mr. and Mrs. Solo? Apparently not. Ever wonder where Han got his furry dice? Don’t worry, it’s explained here.
The rest of the film also explores in excruciating detail everything we already know about Han Solo, from his first meeting with Chewie to his acquisition of the Millennium Falcon. Even how his first name is pronounced is given attention. While Alden Ehrenreich has charisma in his other features, here he’s teetering on the edge of being both charismatic and anesthetized. He’s not trying to channel Harrison Ford, but it’s hard to feel like he’s trying to do much of anything. He smiles a lot and tries to jump into the fray with a laser blast here and there, but there just isn’t much for him to do. While the movie may have his name, like the other characters, he’s simply moved from location to location.
The heists and characters encountered throughout the film are underwhelming, with the exception of Donald Glover’s scene-stealing portrayal of Lando Calrissian, who deserves his own film. Woody Harrelson fails to add much spark, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s portrayal of Lando’s partner robot is cringeworthy. While the film might satisfy die-hard fans with some answers to questions about Han’s past, it ultimately fails to deliver a magical, adventurous experience. As Disney’s fourth Star Wars film, Solo suffers from franchise fatigue, leaving audiences feeling underwhelmed.
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