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Re-Release of The Empire Strikes Back Earns An Impressive $908K At the Weekend Box Office

by @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

Despite the challenges to moviegoers and studios alike amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-release of The Empire Strikes Back championed the domestic box office this weekend with a $908,000 gross. Previous plans for a 4K theatrical release of the film were up in the air given the tumultuous theatrical landscape at the moment, but Disney still opted to re-release a version of The Empire Strikes Back to mark the iconic film’s 40th anniversary. This isn’t the first time Irvin Kershner’s film has excelled at the box office this year. July saw Empire sore to the top of the box office, earning $611,000 when many theaters in the U.S. were not open or had greatly reduced capacity.

Per Box Office Mojo, The Empire Strikes Back earned $908,000 this weekend at the domestic box office. The Friday total was $360,000, followed by Saturday’s take of $321,000 and Sunday’s take of $227,000. This means The Empire Strikes Back has now earned $292.1 million domestically.

Although journeying to a theater may not be the safest venture at the moment, Empire’s success highlights the draw such a monumental film still has and how hardcore Star Wars yearned to experience the film on the big screen. We’re hoping Empire and the other Skywalker Saga films see similar re-releases at points in the future when theaters are safer to frequent and more Star Wars fans can once again enjoy the saga on the big screen.

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New Black Series and Vintage Collection Figures From The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and More Revealed at Hasbro PulseCon

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

A new batch of Star Wars action figures were revealed today at the first ever Hasbro PulseCon.

“𝘕𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦…”

A Rey (Dark Side Version) Black Series was officially announced, with the future coming with her now infamous double bladed red lightsaber. The figure is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to arrive in December of this year.

“𝘔𝘦𝘴𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬!”

Jar-Jar Binks will finally get his own Black Series action figures. Equip with a staff and shield, the design comes from Binks in The Phantom Menace.

“𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺.”

The Armorer from Disney+’s The Mandalorian is also getting her own Black Series toy. The figure will come in special packaging which has a removable cover.

Other Black Series reveals include Boba Fett and a Clone Trooper.

A Star Wars Archives wave of figures was also revealed, with figures spanning all eras from a galaxy far, far away.

Han Solo, with his brown (not blue) winter jacket from The Empire Strikes Back, is just one of many Archive figures. Others include Luke Skywalker on Hoth, also from the Empire Strikes Back, as well as Grand Admiral Thrawn from Star Wars Rebels and Clone Commander Cody from Revenge of the Sith.

Perhaps the most unique reveals today came from the brand new holiday line of Black Series figures. With a winter style packaging and a holiday design on the figures themselves, these toys have already caught fans eyes and are sold out at many retailers. All figures have a Clone/Stormtrooper in holiday colors, and even include D-O as Rudolph, Babu Frik as an elf, and a snow covered porg. These figures will be available this holiday season.

A new wave of the increasingly popular Vintage Collection was also showcased. Anakin Skywalker, dressed in his disguise outfit from Attack of the Clones, was one of the more prominent items revealed from the Vintage Collection. Other figures include Captain Rex from The Clone Wars, the Incinerator Trooper from The Mandalorian, a TIE Figher pilot from Return of the Jedi, Queen Amidala from The Phantom Menace, and a Battle Droid, also from Episode I.

Finally, a Black Series Ahsoka Tano lightsaber was revealed. Perhaps the biggest takeaway of this item is the image of Ahsoka, which greatly resembles Rosario Dawson.

Images courtesy of Hasbro

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The Mandalorian Wins 7 Emmy’s

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian won 7 awards at the 72nd Annual Emmy’s. Many of the figures who worked behind the scenes on the live action Star Wars show were honored for their outstanding work for the first season, including Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish composer who picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. This was Göransson’s first Emmy nomination and win, although he previously won an Oscar for Black Panther and two Grammy’s.

Jon Favreau’s Disney+ show also won the Emmy for Outstanding Special Effects, something that was expected given the technological feat achieved in the first season of the show. The 360 LED screens, dubbed “The Volume”, allowed the show to have the practical feel of the original and sequel trilogies, while also saving money and time in post production. The Volume is clearly something that Disney have taken a liking to, as the upcoming Obi-Wan show is also scheduled to use the new technology, as well as Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, scheduled to film next month.

The Mandalorian also won Emmy’s for Stunt Coordination, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

The Mandalorian Season 2 begins October 30th. This is the way.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer Recap & Analysis

by @holocronJosh and @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

After months of waiting, Star Wars fans finally have the first trailer of the highly anticipated second season of The Mandalorian to feast on. While the trailer for the hit Disney+ series doesn’t reveal too much, instead opting to save the surprises for when the episodes air, there are plenty of interesting details for fans to speculate on.

The trailer begins with the Razorcrest flying towards a sand planet, most likely Tatoonine, a location in the first season of the show and appears later on in this trailer. Mando is definitely going back to what is arguably the most iconic location in Star Wars.

The voice of The Armorer, played by Emily Swallow, can be heard as Mando and the Child walk down a deserted, presumably crime ridden ally. The dialogue, which comes from the final episode of the first season, tells of the past conflicts between Mandalore and the Jedi. The Armorer instructs the Mandalorian, aka Din Djarin, to bring the Child to the Jedi. Although Djarin questions this, he agrees, exclaiming “This is the way.” 

During this exchange, Djarin is seen wandering a dock filled with Quarrens. He and the Child are also seen on a boat, prompting theories that they could be traveling to Mon Calamari, the home planet of Admiral Ackbar, Admiral Raddus, and more that was previously seen in The Clone Wars and Charles Soule’s Darth Vader comic. 

A mysterious woman is also seen watching Mando and the Child. Played by Sasha Banks, a WWE Wrestler, many have speculated that this is Sabine Wren, the iconic Mandalorian who appeared in Star Wars Rebels. Some have even suggested that the sound of the Darksaber can be heard when Banks’ character appears on screen. In Rebels, Wren wielded the saber in some of the series’ best arcs. 

A pair of Rebel X-Wings are then seen flying close to the Razorcrest, before chasing Mando in the clouds on an unknown planet. From this, it’s safe to presume that the New Republic notice the Mandalorian at some point during the season and make it a priority to seek him out for one reason or another. If this is the case, then the pair would have both the burgeoning Resistance and the remnants of the Empire after them. 

A speeder bike can be seen soaring through the desert of Tatooine. At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss this as a quick shot of Djarin or another individual. However, when looking closely at this brief shot, fans can see what may appear to be Boba Fett’s helmet on the side of the bike, along with his jet pack. With Temuera Morrison reportedly back as the iconic bounty hunter, it’s a possibility that this is him, or at least his armor. Given that Timothy Olyphant is reportedly playing Cob Vanth, a local Tatooine sheriff who inherits Fett’s armor as seen in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath, it’s also possible that this is the law enforcement officer of Freetown. 

Cara Dune and Greef Karga, seen sporting some pretty neat new outfits, are seen walking on what is presumably Nevarro. Meanwhile, a group of Stormtroopers dash through an Imperial facility and Scout Troopers ride on speeder bikes chasing after something. Mando is also seen attempting to get out of a sewer and flying with his jet pack, before shooting out a light in a fight with an unknown assailant in a dark alley. 

“Wherever I go, he goes” exclaims the Mandalorian when told that it’s not safe for a child. He carries the Child through an ice planet, seen briefly earlier in the trailer. The look of the location greatly resembles Illum, the planet sacred to the Jedi and pivotal to the training of new Padawans, as this is the location in which they undertake a trial before getting their Kyber crystal for their lightsaber (as seen in an arc of The Clone Wars). Djarin could be visiting Ilum on his quest to find Jedi as part of the quest given to him by the Armorer. If he’s looking for Baby Yoda’s people, Illum isn’t a bad place to go, given its significance to the Jedi Order. Could this be the planet where he meets Ahsoka? Or, as some have theorized, is Ilum the home planet of Yoda’s species?

In the build up to season one of the show, Jon Favreau mentioned that The Mandalorian would explore the origins of the First Order, something that wasn’t too prevalent in the first season.

If this planet is indeed Ilum, then fans could see the origins of the Starkiller Base, the planet destroying weapon seen in The Force Awakens. This could be an opportunity for fans to see exactly how Ilum was turned into the base after being seen in Jedi: Fallen Order, Moreover, given Moff Gideon’s seemingly heavy involvement in the second season, it’s possible that he may have a direct hand in creating the Starkiller Base, along with the First Order in general.

Mando and the Child, along with an alien that sounds suspiciously like Jon Favreau, are then seen watching a Gamorrean boxing match before a group of armed individuals put blasters at their heads. Mando proceeds to activate a weapon on his arm, giving Baby Yoda the signal to hide in his enclosed pod. 

The screen turns black as Djarin battles the group, before fans see him shoot an arrow into the last one. The final moment of the trailer sees the camera panning towards as he exclaims “This is the way.”

Fans didn’t get to see Ahsoka Tano, Boba Fett, or Bo-Katan Kryze in this trailer, three characters who are all set to appear in the season. However, there’s still plenty of mystery and intrigue packed into this trailer. Is Sasha Banks playing Sabine Wren? Is that Boba Fett riding the speeder on Tatooine, or his helmet and jet pack at least? Will the origins of the First Order be explored as Mando and the Child visit what appears to be Ilum? Will we finally get to find out more about the Child’s species? Fans will begin to find out the answers to these questions when The Mandalorian Season Two begins streaming on October 30.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm and Disney+

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New Details on The Mandalorian Season 2 from Entertainment Weekly’s Cover Story

by @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

The marketing push for The Mandalorian Season 2 has officially begun. Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed this month’s cover story focusing on the first live action Star Wars show. Subscribers to the magazine will get one of two covers: Mandalorian and the Child and one with just the latter. The story features quotes from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Pedro Pascal, and more alongside exclusive new imagery, all of which gives fans clues as to where the second season will be going.

The first season of The Mandalorian was exceptionally well received, arguably the best reaction to a Star Wars project since 2015’s The Force Awakens. When asked why he thinks audiences have responded so well to the Disney+ show, creator Jon Favreau suggested that it was the size of the series that was the biggest factor:

“I think it was the fact it was live-action Star Wars on TV for the first time. Having worked on bigger, higher-profile films, there’s a much different set of standards that you’re judged by. We’ve benefited from the smallness of our world.”

While the first season was a smaller scale adventure, the sophomore outing will raise the stakes according to Favreau:

“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.”

Executive Producer Dave Filoni, who was the driving creative force behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, reiterated this sentiment:

“Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy.”

While not confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm, reliable sources in the film and television industry have revealed that Boba Fett, Bo-Katan Kryze, and Ahsoka Tano will all appear in the season, with the latter to be played by Rosario Dawson. Temuera Morrison is expected to reprise his role as Boba Fett, after previously playing re-recording the famous bounty hunter’s lines for the Original Trilogy special editions. Morrison also played Fett’s father, Jango, in Attack of the Clones, along with a variety of Clone Troopers in Revenge of the Sith. Bo-Katan will be played by Katee Sackhoff, who voiced the character in The Clone Wars and Rebels.

The partnership of Favreau and Filoni has been discussed by Star Wars fans at great length, given the positive results of The Mandalorian Season One, their first project together. In the story, Favreau described his creative relationship with Filoni:

“I’ll come up with ideas and sometimes Dave will say, ‘You can’t do this in Star Wars.’ Then I’ll cite examples from the movies, or Clone Wars, to try to use as a justification. I’m like a lawyer talking to a judge; I am to him as he was to George. I won’t do anything without Dave’s approval. And to his credit, he understands that Star Wars needs to be fun and ever-evolving.”

Filoni describes his partnership with Favreau in a slightly different, more Star Wars-y way, referring to it as “bringing balance to the Force.”

One of the lead actors that Favreau and Filoni hired for the show, Pedro Pascal (best known for his work on Game of Thrones and Narcos), described the trouble Mando will have to keep the Child safe:

“We start very directly after the first [season] and he’s going into very dangerous territory. He is very much a passenger to the experience in unexpected ways — not knowing what’s to come, not knowing how much or how best to protect the Child. We don’t know how far he will go to do that, and they’re finding new ways to push the envelope.”

Perhaps the biggest cause of the impending threat to Din Djarin and the Child is the presence of Moff Gideon, played by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito. Esposito, who was seen briefly towards the end of the first season and was nominated for an Emmy for the role, teases bigger involvement for Gideon, along with what to expect from the character this season:

“I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando. It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally as well. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You may think I’m a villain, but I’m trying to harness some energy and some powers for a path that could be best for all. You’ll get to see him be somewhat diplomatic and more of a manipulator.”

Gideon’s involvement in the first season was limited, but his impact was great. The character breaking out of the rubble of a destroyed TIE-Fighter using the famous Mandalorian Darksaber, previously seen in The Clone Wars and Rebels, shocked fans and provided the perfect tease for the season to come. Esposito confirmed that the Saber will be back again this time around, and expressed his excitement over the character:

“It’s so exciting for me to be in a show where I can wear a cape and own it, and where I can have a lightsaber and really own it.”

As seen by some of the exclusive images in the story, Gideon will be aboard a Star Destroyer at some point during the season, which Esposito teases as “a larger vehicle, hint-hint.”

Mando, Greef Karga, and Cara Dune seemingly come aboard this Star Destroyer at some point in the season, as shown by one of the exclusive images:

As fans have known for some time, Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the set of the second season, just as he did for the first. Favreau revealed that, while there, Lucas continued his mentor role with Filoni, always trying to give him advice:

“He would be giving Dave a hard time about how many setups he was getting and how fast he was shooting and urging him to go faster,” Favreau says. “He was like a boxer’s corner man coaching him, but always with a twinkle in his eye.”

Expectations are high and fans are excited for the upcoming season. As Filoni puts it:

“You want The Empire Strikes Back to be better than A New Hope.”

The Mandalorian Season 2 begins on October 30th.

Images courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Disney, and Lucasfilm

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When is the Trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 Going to Release?

by @holocronWilliam and @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

It’s official: New episodes of the highly anticipated second season of The Mandalorian will start on October 30th. Although the release is next month, fans are yet to see a teaser trailer or even a poster for the latest season, which has many asking the question: when is the trailer for The Mandalorian season two going to release?

The teaser trailer for the first season of The Mandalorian premiered at D23 in August of 2019, and Lucasfilm looked set to repeat that model given that Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was supposed to be last weekend. However, that plan was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Lucasfilm to rethink their marketing ideas.

Since Disney bought Lucasfilm, every release film (perhaps barring Solo: A Star Wars Story) has had a trailer premiere during a sports game. The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker all had their final trailers premiere during Monday Night Football, as did the first Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One. With NBA playoffs currently going on, many fans speculated that a trailer could air during one of those games. The August 20th game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers in particular was the subject of much attention, with reports that week suggested that the trailer could drop then. Many fans were disappointed with the lack of Mandalorian content that night, and although it’s unclear if the trailer was ever going to release that night, the looming presence of DC Fandome only two days later may have played a part.
For the biggest Star Wars events of years past, Disney have opted for a sporting event to premiere the trailer, so it’s a safe bet that this will continue with The Mandalorian, the only live action content fans will be getting from a galaxy far, far away this year.

If the trailer doesn’t premiere during an NBA game, then it will most likely simply drop online, allowing the buzz for the season to spread that way. Some fans have even begun to debate if their will be a trailer at all, as the first season of The Mandalorian was so popular and received so well that marketing for the second season may not entirely necessary. That outcome seems unlikely though, given that the powers that be would surely want to promote Disney+ as much as possible, especially as live action, in theater content for the studio is in limbo due to the coronavirus.

When will the trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian premiere? Fans should expect to see footage from season two of first live action Star Wars series in September, most in the latter half of the month. While Disney may utilize their go to Star Wars marketing strategy of dropping a trailer during a sporting event, it’s also possible that it could have a simple online release, which the studio has done before with many of their projects, including several Marvel Studios movies. While the wait for the trailer may be agonizing for the time being, Star Wars fans should be upbeat in knowing that regardless of the release date of the trailer, the second season of The Mandalorian will be arriving very soon.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 to Debut on Disney+ on October 30

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

Disney and Lucasfilm announced today that new episodes of The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on Friday October 30th. The highly anticipated second season of the series was previously rumored to be released in early October, but this news indicates that the show is debuting a few weeks later than initially thought of.

Coupled with the announcement on Disney+‘s Twitter account is a new promotional image of The Mandalorian, featuring Din Djarin and The Child traversing, what looks like, a new planet to the series. With eight weeks to go until more Mandalorian comes our way, we expect that additional promotional material will be released soon, including a much discussed teaser trailer potentially featuring the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano.

The second season of The Mandalorian is once again set to star Pedro Pascal as the titular character, alongside returning favorites Gina Carano as Cara Dune and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga. New additions to the show, as reported by various trade outlets, include Michael Biehn, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison, and Rosario Dawson, amongst others. While Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rick Famuyiwa are once again directing episodes of the show, executive producer and writer Jon Favreau will finally step into the director’s seat this season. Other new additions to the directorial team include Peyton Reed, Robert Rodriguez, and Greef Karga himself Carl Weathers.

Stay tuned for more news and info about the upcoming season of The Mandalorian here at Star Wars Holocron! May the Force be with you!

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