Begun, the flurry of Star Wars activity has. With less than two months to go until the release of the next—and, currently, only scheduled—movie, and less than two weeks until the debut of The Mandalorian on Disney+, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot going on in a galaxy far, far away right now. But the biggest piece of news on the Star Wars front has nothing to do with what’s about to happen in the short term, and everything to do with what isn’t about to happen long-term.
Say Goodbye to One of the New Trilogies
The source: Official news from Lucasfilm and associated parties
Probability of accuracy: This one is completely true.
The real deal: It was news that few saw coming, although perhaps they should have: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have parted ways with Lucasfilm and won’t be making their Star Wars trilogy after all; the news broke early last week, with subsequent reporting suggesting that both sides wanted out for different reasons—Benioff and Weiss because they thought that fandom would be too hard with them, and Lucasfilm because of concerns over the pair’s Netflix production deal, which would split their attention from any Star Wars project. Their departure made some nervous for Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, who has now overseen the hiring and departure of Josh Trank, Chris Lord and Phil Miller, and Colin Trevorrow, as well as Rogue One’s significant reshoots under a different writer and director, in the past five years. Her position, however, appears to be safe, according to sources. As of this writing, it’s unclear what this means for the future of the franchise on the big screen, beyond the obvious: The first movie after next month’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was going to be the first installment of Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy in 2022, isn’t going to happen after all.
Expect Something Big When The Mandalorian Launches
The source: The New York Times
Probability of accuracy: It’s vague enough to be teasing without necessarily revealing any information per se.
The real deal: With the future of Star Wars on the big screen in turmoil, the pressure is on for small-screen Star Wars to deliver, which might explain why a New York Times story on Disney+ dropped this surprising piece of information a couple of weeks before the show debuted on the streaming service:
The Mandalorian, reportedly, will contain “a dramatic Star Wars-universe spoiler in the first episode.” What kind of spoiler? Who can tell; Disney is purposefully not releasing any screeners before the show’s debut to cut down on leaks, which might suggest that it’s something big. Could there be a substantial The Rise of Skywalker tease in the show, right there in plain sight?
Wedge (and Others) Are, Indeed, Back for the Story’s End
The source: The official Star Wars website
Probability of accuracy: Once again, it’s official and therefore real.
The real deal: It was a closely held secret right up until a book cover accidentally gave it away, so Lucasfilm made it official: Wedge Antilles, the unsung true hero of the Rebellion, is back in the Resistance Reborn novel that acts as a prelude to The Rise of Skywalker. But, as the excerpt posted on StarWars.com revealed, it’s not just Wedge who’s back in the novel: Fans who enjoyed Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath books will be excited to see that Norra Wexley is also making her return with this book, having apparently become romantically involved with Wedge at some point when the two were keeping away from the spotlight. If this means we’re that much closer to seeing Mr. Bones on the big screen, we are very much in favor.