Finally, we have a release date: Rebels will premiere with a one-hour movie, Spark of Rebellion, Friday October 3rd on the Disney Channel at 9:00 p.m. The series itself will begin Monday, October 13 on Disney XD, also at 9, with the Spark of Rebellion DVD in stores on the 14th.
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will also be available to “verified users” on WATCHDisneyXD.com, the WATCH Disney XD app, and On Demand early on September 29.
Today in Episode VII: Yet more rumors, new Pinewood picture, and parsing last week’s rumors
→ There’s a whole mess of new rumors over at Making Star Wars today, which has an altered timeline for Luke (and the Ewoks,) a very direct connection to a prequel character, more concept art and ‘George Lucas’ vision.’
→ And finally, to link back to the Friday rumordump, Billy Donnelly at This Is Infamous debunks a lot of it. I have no idea who this guy or his source is, but hell, you can say the same about most everyone (or their sources) on Friday as well, so. Full of Sith also discussed last week on the new Full of Sith, but note that apparently Pablo only ruled out flashbacks for Rebels at SDCC. Also weighing in on Friday and the other rumors thus far is Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny.
Del Rey has posted video of the A New Dawn panel from SDCC.
It never takes much to set off rumors about a new release of the pre-Special Edition versions of the original trilogy, but today it’s apparently Comicbook.com‘s turn. They have “two independent reliable sources” who say that Blu-ray versions of the unaltered original trilogy are in the works, and though the timeline of such a release is unsure due to the amount of work required, the plan is to have them out before Episode VII.
Versions of the pre-Special Edition films were available in a a limited edition 2006 DVD re-release, but they were straight rips from the old laserdisc versions.
Although plenty of folks get up in arms over this (on both sides!) I find it hard to deny that there actually is a demand for the unaltered versions of the film, if no other reason than the otherwise unremarkable news of the last Blu-ray release being our #1 most popular and searched-for post of 2013.
And while Disney would need to give up some cash to 20th Century Fox for this to happen (which, again, they did just last year) I’m sure the publicity benefits (and merchandise sales) would more than make up for it.
But, per always: It’s just a rumor, for now.
One of the new Episode VII actors we haven’t heard much from – in the vague way we’re hearing things from actors – is Adam Driver. In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly we do learn that he’s splitting his time between London and New York City, for his Girls gig. Luckily, they put a bit more than that online, though obviously he’s not really dropping any news bombs.
Also in Episode VII today: More clothes, A New Dawn, enter the Calamari
→ Making Star Wars has some description of what Daisy Ridley’s character will be wearing. I’m happy to see this because a) unlike Han, we haven’t the faintest clue and b) to remind us that some women do actually exist in this movie. More lady character-centric rumors that don’t involve fancasting Lupita Nyong’o as various aliens, please.
→ Latino Review’s Dave Gonzales has finished A New Dawn and speculates about how it (and Rebels as a whole) and the new rumors seem to fit into the new tapestry of Star Wars. Possible spoilers for some of the book, naturally.
→ Jedi News claims there will be a Mon Calamari/Mon Cal character ala Admiral Ackbar, “not just in a background role.” And, you guessed it, Making Star Wars has more context, including what the connection may be to Skellig Michael shoot. You know exactly who’ll get pinpointed in this role, don’t you?
→ Episode VIII director Rian Johnson talks about visiting the Episode VII set.
Rumor: More details on Episode VII’s possible villains
Latino Review is shedding more light on the villain rumors, drawing in all these reports we’ve had of Inquisitors, their link to the Sith, Darth Vader and even Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd. It’s, uh, something – and possibly very big spoilers. Or it could be something pieced together from previous rumors, few of which we can be 100% sure about anyway. Take it all as you will!
Per usual, I’m not planting any flags, but it’s certainly a new turn for the franchise, if it turns out to be anywhere near remotely true!
Rumor: Now there’s supposed Han Solo costume ‘concept art’ for Episode VII. AKA something that’s even easier to fake than stormtrooper helmets, so.
Rumors: Two more ‘new’ stormtrooper helmets for Episode VII?
Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time; There are two more (very different) possible new stormtrooper designs on Indie Revolver.
The first of the two does have some resemblance to the Tom Hodges version, but really, who knows? (Note: Hodges has deleted his drawing from Instagram.) Not us, at least not for sure; It seems to me that stormtrooper helmets, even physical ones, are probably one of the easiest things for savvy and creative fans to fake, so I’m not counting on much of anything here.
I’m still not 100% convinced, for the record, but stranger things have happened. Rumors!