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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Series Begins, Proving Rey Used the Force Well Before Meeting Kylo Ren

We've been really excited about the arrival of the Disney animated digital series, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, in which we'll delve deeper into the stories of the women of the Star Wars universe. The series launched today, and begins with Rey, BB-8...and a Nightwatcher worm. Check it out after the jump!

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Ron Howard Officially Taking the Reins as Director of the Han Solo Movie …Which Is Already Three-Quarters Shot

We had a bit of a shock yesterday when we learned that the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller would no longer be directing the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars anthology film, thanks to creative differences with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. With three-quarters of principal photography already done, Lucasfilm has officially hired their replacement.

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A Great Disturbance: Han Solo Movie Lost Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Mid-Filming

I have a bad feeling about this.

There was already plenty of reason to be worried about a Han Solo backstory movie, if only because some things are best left to the imagination. But, we had allowed ourselves to be optimistic about it when Phil Lord and Chris Miller of The LEGO Movie, among other things, got involved. That was all thrown up in the air last night when news broke that Lord and Miller had left the project.

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We Can’t Handle Not Knowing Whether Luke and Leia Will Reunite On-Screen

Vanity Fair pushed out a ton of Star Wars: The Last Jedi news last week, and we were predictably preoccupied with Carrie Fisher's (and Leia's) place in all of it. We already know that The Last Jedi didn't need any changes after her death, but that Episode IX had to basically start over from scratch. The burning question that leaves us with is, "Will Luke and Leia ever get an on-screen reunion?"

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Despite Handing Anakin’s Lightsaber to Luke, Lucasfilm Announces That It Now Officially Belongs to Rey

We now know that as of The Last Jedi, Anakin's lightsaber will officially become Rey's.

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And Here Come the Star Wars Waterworks Again

Yesterday's Vanity Fair cover images were just the beginning of their reveal of new info about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and likewise, they were just the beginning of our inevitably strong reactions. Today, we've got even more images, including some with Carrie Fisher that we were never going to be quite ready for, as well as details on Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro's characters, and more!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Covers Make Us Feel So Many Emotions

AHHHHH we thought we still had at least six months to steel ourselves for the emotional gut-punch that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will almost certainly be! Not only does it seem perfectly set up to follow The Empire Strikes Back in being a bit of a downer (though ending on hope!), but it will deliver one last Star Wars experience featuring Carrie Fisher. These Vanity Fair covers sneaked up on us, and we were not ready.

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Watch Mark Hamill Photobombs Blow the Minds of Unwitting Star Wars Fans

No Jedi mind powers necessary.

What if you were just hanging out, goofing around in a Star Wars photo shoot—as you do—and Mark Hamill crept up behind you like a Force ghost? Yeah, we can easily imagine how that might melt your brain like Bodhi with the mind-reading ... octo-thing in Rogue One, but the lucky fans in the video above managed to recover from their initial shock and thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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Oh My God, We Want to Live in the Immersive Star Wars Hotel Disney May Be Creating

R2, grab me a drink from the minibar, would you?

We were already pretty excited about Disney's Star Wars park expansions, because Disney parks are always awesome, Star Wars is a perfectly suited fictional universe for such an experience, and because their Star Wars plans in particular sound amazing. That may not be all they have in store, though.

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Fans Recreated Rogue One’s Best Scene at Star Wars Celebration

I feel bad awarding the honor of "best scene" in Rogue One to Darth Vader, not just because it seems it was only added at the last minute, but because the movie really was a great ensemble, and if anything, I wish we'd gotten more time with some of these characters. On the other hand, Vader definitely also had the worst scene in the movie with his Force choke dad joke, so I think it all balances out in the end.

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Lucasfilm May Soon Announce the Next Star Wars Spinoff—’Til Then…Last Jedi Set Photos!

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy spoke with MTV News at Star Wars Celebration about the future of the franchise, both as it relates to the Skywalker Saga, and as it relates to the "anthology films." You can check out the full interview in the video after the jump.

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The Last Jedi’s First Trailer Looked a Lot Like The Force Awakens’ and You Know What, That’s Just Fine

I hesitate to say that these are on purpose or anything (but of course I will in our Wild Speculation section below), because a lot of the shots that are included in this side-by-side recut of the trailer are just well-composed shots.

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Director Rian Johnson Says “The Last Jedi” Is Singular and We Have So Many Questions

Among all the other Star Wars news this weekend, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson finally weighed in on whether the word "Jedi" in the movie's title was singular or plural. Besides being generally disinterested in the question—there's plenty of other speculation fuel anyway, thanks to the trailer—he confirmed that he did intend it to be singular. ... But what does that mean for the plot?

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The Women of Star Wars Are Getting Their Own Animated YouTube Series

Star Wars Celebration kicks off today, and we've already got some exciting news coming out of Disney! It seems that not only have women been front and center in the latest feature films in the franchise, but they're planning to continue to showcase those characters with a series of animated shorts that you'll be able to watch online.

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So About That Guillermo del Toro Star Wars Movie: the Ball’s in Lucasfilm’s Court Now

My excitement about the future of Star Wars found new heights today as I found out that Guillermo del Toro had already shared some of his ideas with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll.

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You’re Either Going to Love or Hate the Honest Trailer for Rogue One

Rogue One was a weird experiment for the Star Wars franchise, and reaction to it was fittingly mixed (though mostly positive), largely ranging from "it was fine, but uneven" to "this is my favorite Star Wars movie ever." The former group will likely enjoy the Honest Trailer treatment for the movie's trouble spots, while the latter will probably be annoyed by the nitpicking all over again.

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Why Does Luke’s Revealed Last Jedi Dialogue Seem to Conflict With the Force Awakens Script?

Maybe we just need a certain point of view?

Some lucky Disney investors have gotten to see a bunch of footage from The Last Jedi, which apparently included tons of beautiful scenery, a brief appearance by Carrie Fisher that reminds us all how emotional the full movie is going to make us, and, oh yeah, Luke Skywalker finally delivering some lines after more than 30 years. But ... what are we to make of how those lines clash with the Force Awakens script?

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Foreign Star Wars: The Last Jedi Translations Make It Plural, but That Doesn’t Clear Up Anything

Let's overanalyze!

We—both the Mary Sue staff and our geek compatriots across the Internet—will seize on any bit of information, no matter how small, to theorize about a mysterious future development in a fictional world we love. Recently, that involved a lot of debate over the use of the word "Jedi," known to be both singular and plural, in the reveal Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Episode VIII's title. Now, foreign title translations have cleared things up for some, but we've still got questions.

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Rey Stands Front and Center of The Last Jedi Merch Box Previews

There's Rey.

The Force Friday hype will be back just as strong as ever, pals.

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The Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Has Been Revealed — Let the Speculating Commence!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Star Wars: Episode VIII is officially less than a year away, and it's high time that we start hearing a little more about it, don't you think? Well, apparently Lucasfilm and Disney think so, too, because they've finally decided to announce the official title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga...

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