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Who Really is the Chosen One?

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

“A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored.” Much of the Skywalker saga centers around this iconic Jedi prophecy, foretelling an individual who will restore balance and peace in the Force. While the question of “who really is the Chosen One?” seems pretty cut and dry, debate among fans regarding this question has existed for decades now and has, once again, intensified in light of Darth Sidious’ return in The Rise of Skywalker. Since the release of the film, new questions have arose as to which, if any, of the three trilogies’ respective Jedi heroes can take the mantle of the Chosen One.

Anakin or Luke?

For a while, it seemed that the Chosen One prophecy could apply to either Anakin or Luke Skywalker. In the prequel trilogy, Qui-Gon initially prophesied that the young boy he found on Tatooine would restore balance to the Force, a sentiment other Jedi believed in to varying degrees. However, as the Clone Wars raged on and Anakin’s allegiance to the Chancellor grew stronger, Jedi like Yoda and Mace Windu began openly questioning the validity of the prophecy’s applicability to Anakin. Yoda even states, “A prophecy, misread could have been.” This sentiment carries over to Obi-Wan, who emotionally declares on Mustafar, “You were the Chosen One! They said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!” At this point, Obi-Wan and Yoda believed that the prophecy was misread and that it was Anakin’s son Luke who must be trained in the ways of the Jedi to fulfill the Chosen One prophecy and bring balance to the Force by killing his father and Palpatine.

In watching the original six films, there’s a degree of ambiguity as to whether or not Anakin or Luke is the Chosen One. It is Luke who, through his compassion, turns Anakin back to the light side of the Force, thus leading to the death of Palpatine. However, it is Anakin who actually kills Palpatine and restores balance. Without Anakin, who was perfectly positioned as Palpatine’s right-hand man, turning to the light, the dark side would have continued to reign.

Still, many fans argued that without Luke, Anakin would have never turned to the light, therefore making the son of Skywalker the Chosen One. However, George Lucas dispelled this theory in an interview in which he officially confirmed that Anakin, even after becoming Vader, was still the Chosen One. This is affirmed in the canon reference title Darth Vader: Sith Lord, which explicitly states, “Anakin had fulfilled the destiny of the Chosen One.”

Is Anakin still the Chosen One?

The sequel trilogy, in particular The Rise of Skywalker, casts doubt on Anakin’s position as the Chosen One. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi intelligently subverted invalidating the Chosen One prophecy, as it was actualized in Return of the Jedi, by stating that the prophecy foretold the destruction of the Sith, but not the dark side of the Force necessarily. Snoke and Kylo Ren are depicted as dark side users, but are clearly not Sith, thus making Anakin’s restoration of balance in Return of the Jedi compatible with the rise of a new evil in the sequel trilogy.

However, The Rise of Skywalker adds a degree of complexity to the Chosen One prophecy. Although some fans may disagree, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi present the new antagonists in a way that does not necessarily conflict with the Chosen One prophecy, given that the Sith are still destroyed following Anakin’s actions in Return of the Jedi. This is not the case in The Rise of Skywalker, in which Sidious is revealed to have died and returned, overseeing the First Order via Snoke. So, the question becomes: is Anakin still the Chosen One given that he did not truly bring about the end of the Sith? There’s several possibilities.

One of which is that, simply, Anakin is still the Chosen One. Although Palpatine did return, Vader actually killed Palpatine in Return of the Jedi. In this sense, balance was restored, at least for a time, after Anakin’s actions.

This, however, raises yet another question. If Rey does the same thing in The Rise of Skywalker as Anakin did in Return of the Jedi, is she the Chosen One? Moreover, it is Rey who definitively kills Palpatine, deflecting his lightning strikes back at him and making the Sith Lord disintegrate. Anakin says to Rey in Episode IX, “Bring balance to the Force, as I did.” This line shows that both Anakin and Rey, in slaughtering Palpatine, restore balance to the Force. It’s not the case that Anakin’s actions in Return of the Jedi are invalidated. Rather, Anakin killed Palpatine and restored balance for a time, before Rey killed Palpatine again, thus restoring balance again.

Some fans may find this problematic given that it makes the Chosen One prophecy seem more like a Chosen Two prophecy. It’s possible that Anakin is still considered the Chosen One as he killed Palpatine in Return of the Jedi and was vital in helping Rey kill Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker (through his encouragement and support to Rey), collectively making him the most important individual in bringing balance. Or, it may be the case that the Chosen One prophecy can be fulfilled multiple times, with both Anakin and Rey actualizing this upon killing Palpatine at different times. Or, there’s a possibility that, as Yoda once said, the prophecy was initially misread and it is actually Rey who is the Chosen One, not Anakin or Luke.

Canonically, it’s still unclear where the Chosen One prophecy stands in light of the events in the sequel trilogy. George Lucas once emphasized that Anakin, not Luke, was the Chosen One, but it seems that a more relevant discussion nowadays regards whether Anakin and/or Rey is the Chosen One. Whether or not this question will be addressed in a future Star Wars project remains to be seen, but given that the Chosen One prophecy has been an integral part of the Skywalker saga, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that more light will be shed on this topic eventually.

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What’s New in Star Wars – August 2020

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

2020 has brought us plenty of great Star Wars content so far and August is no exception. From a new Poe Dameron novel to another installment of Greg Pak’s incredible Darth Vader series, August is full of interesting installments to canon suitable for any Star Wars fan. Unfortunately, August was also meant to be the home for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 before its delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the lack of a Celebration this year, however, there’s still plenty of content to feast on. In addition, given that the first trailer for The Mandalorian season 1 was released in August 2019, we may also see a trailer for the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian this month. Below includes a list of upcoming Star Wars projects in the month of August:

August 4 – Poe Dameron: Free Fall

Alex Segura’s young-adult novel will focus on Poe Dameron’s time with the Spice Runners of Kijimi, a character point hinted at in The Rise of Skywalker. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother passed away, and Poe and his father, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.”

August 5 – Star Wars 5

This is the fifth issue of Charles Soule’s canon comic series Star Wars, will illustrations by Jesús Saiz. The publisher’s summary of the issue is as follows: “The next steps on Luke Skywalker’s search for Jedi wisdom begin here! Following a mysterious vision he received on CLOUD CITY, Luke travels to a lost planet looking for a woman he believes may hold the key to his Jedi future and that of the entire Rebellion. But will he arrive at his destination in time to learn what he needs… or will the evil DARTH VADER get there first?”

August 5 – Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 3

The Battle Tales series has been an exciting addition to canon so far and hopefully the third issue is no exception. Written by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Derek Charm and Valentina Pinto, and published by IDW Publishing, the publisher’s summary for the weekly series is as follows: “This exciting weekly series explores a time of great upheaval in the galaxy—the Clone Wars! While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones, pinned down for the duration, swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!”

August 6 – Star Wars Annual 2021

This is the 2021 edition of Star Wars Annual published by Egmont Publishing. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “With a full round-up of the 9 saga movies, this Annual is the complete guide to everyone’s favourite franchise. Relive all the action and adventure of the 3 Star Wars trilogies with stories, fun facts, activities, posters and more! Includes The Rise of Skywalker new characters, movie moments and more!”

August 12 – Darth Vader 4

Greg Pak’s incredible Vader series continues with this fourth installment. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “WHO HUNTS THE HUNTER? DARTH VADER continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him. But on NABOO, the DARK LORD OF THE SITH faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from LUKE to PADMÉ, the wife of the man Vader used to be. And what secrets lie in the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA?”

August 19 – Bounty Hunters 4

The adventures of Valance, Boba Fett, and more continue in the fourth issue of writer Ethan Sacks and illustrator Paolo Villanelli’s Marvel Comics series. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “THE SINS THAT CAN’T BE ABSOLVED! With a blaster aimed at this [sic] back, cyborg bounty hunter VALANCE closes in on NAKANO LASH, the mentor who abandoned him many years ago. But what is the secret that Lash has been hiding ever since that fateful, doomed mission – one that led her to betray her entire crew? Those answers may die with her if a vengeful BOBA FETT gets to her first.”

August 19 – Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 4

August 25 – The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark

One of August’s most anticipated projects is a short story collection chronicling stories and arcs from The Clone Wars series. The project features stories written by Lou Anders, Tom Angleberger, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Córdova, Jason Fry, Yoon Ha Lee, Rebecca Roanhorse, Anne Ursu and Greg van Eekhout.

August 25 – What is the Story of Princess Leia?

Brought to us by Brandon T. Snider, Patrick Spaziante, and Who HQ, this canon story takes a look at Leia, the Princess of Alderaan.

August 25 – Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2

Vader’s prominence in the month of August continues with a hardcover compilation of Charles Soule’s issues 13-25 of Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “Darth Vader’s imperious rise continues! As the Empire’s grip on the galaxy tightens, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs – but bringing Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. As Vader, Tarkin and their Inquisitors hunt their targets, the seas will weep! Meanwhile, Vader discovers a theft – and when the thief faces the consequences, Emperor Palpatine rewards his disciple with a chilling gift! Seeking the path to destiny, Vader returns to the place of his greatest defeat. Darkness rises above Mustafar as Vader’s brutal design begins to take shape – but will the planet’s inhabitants stand for this desecration? And what can they do against the Dark Lord?”

August 25 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, this Star Wars Insider deluxe collector’s edition magazine features various interviews, articles, and never-before-seen images from the iconic film. 

August 25 – The Rise of Skywalker Little Golden Book

The Little Golden Book’s young-readers adaptation of The Rise of Skywalker drops this month, fusing some of the publisher’s iconic illustrations with the last story in the Skywalker saga.

August 26 – Doctor Aphra 3

Doctor Aphra continues to be one of the best well-developed characters in canon outside of films and television, as exemplified by this recent run written by Alyssa Wong and illustrated by Marika Cresta. August brings us the third issue in the series, described by the publisher in the following: “THE TRIALS OF VAALE! Separated from her crew, DOCTOR APHRA finds herself in peril at the hands of RONEN TAGGE’S mercenaries! Could there be a traitor in their midst? And can Aphra outwit them before the curse of the city swallows her and her new team whole?”

August 26 – Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020

August closes out with a one-shot issue published by IDW Publishing featuring the character Jaxxon. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Jaxxon finds himself at odds with the Empire, the Rebellion, and his ex-partner Amaiza Foxtrain! Co-starring Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie in the days leading up to The Empire Strikes Back! Plus, an all-new tale of everyone’s favorite droid bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back-IG-88! (With apologies to 4-LOM.)”

For reference, a condensed list of upcoming projects in August without descriptions is included below:

August 4 – Poe Dameron: Free Fall

August 5 – Star Wars 5

August 5 – Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 3  

August 6 – Star Wars Annual 2021 

August 12 – Darth Vader 4  

August 19 – Bounty Hunters 4  

August 19 – Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 4

August 25 – The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark 

August 25 – What is the Story of Princess Leia? 

August 25 – Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2 

August 25 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special 

August 25 – The Rise of Skywalker Little Golden Book

August 26 – Doctor Aphra 3 

August 26 – Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020

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The Mandalorian Nominated for 15 Emmys; Star Wars Resistance Up for Best Children’s Program

by @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

Today, the nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced, with cast and crew from various Star Wars projects selected for their outstanding achievements. Star Wars’ first live action TV show, The Mandalorian, received a total of 15 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. Other nominations include Outstanding Guest Actor for Giancarlo Esposito, who appeared as Moff Gideon in Chapters 7 and 8 respectively, Outstanding Cinematography for Chapter 7: The Reckoning for DoP’s Greig Fraser and Baz Iodine, and Outstanding Visual Effects. The Mandalorian’s Outstanding Drama Series nomination surprised many, but it’s easy to see why Emmy voters opted to choose the Disney+ show, given the critical acclaim and excitement surrounding the project.

Meanwhile, the Disney Channel’s Star Wars Resistance, an animated show that follows Kaz Xiono and fellow Resistance fighters during the events of the Sequel Trilogy, was nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program.

Fans will have to wait a little while longer to see how many awards these Star Wars shows will take home. The Emmys Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 20th on ABC.

The full list of Star Wars nominations can be found below:

* Outstanding Drama Series: The Mandalorian

* Outstanding Children’s Program: Star Wars Resistance, for Brandon Auman, Executive Producer; Athena Yvette Portillo, Executive Producer; Dave Filoni, Executive Producer; Justin Ridge, Executive Producer; Sareana Sun, Executive Producer; Shuzo John Shiota, Executive Producer; Daisy Fang, Producer; and Jack Liang, Producer

* Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 8: Redemption,” for Taika Waititi as IG-11

* Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 8: Redemption,” for Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon

* Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour): The Mandalorian, “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian,” for Andrew L. Jones, Production Designer; Jeff Wisniewski, Art Director; and Amanda Serino, Set Decorator

* Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour): The Mandalorian, “Chapter 7: The Reckoning,” for Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, Director of Photography; and Baz Idoine, Director of Photography

* Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 3: The Sin,” for Joseph Porro, Costume Designer; Julie Robar, Costume Supervisor; Gigi Melton, Assistant Costume Designer; and Lauren Silvestri, Assistant Costume Designer

* Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child,” for Andrew S. Eisen, Editor; The Mandalorian, “Chapter 4: Sanctuary,” for Dana E. Glauberman, ACE, Editor; and Dylan Firshein, Additional Editor; and The Mandalorian, “Chapter 8: Redemption,” for Jeff Seibenick, Editor

* Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 6: The Prisoner,” for Brian Sipe, Department Head Makeup Artist; Alexei Dmitriew, Key Makeup Artist; Carlton Coleman, Makeup Artist; Samantha Ward, Makeup Artist; Scott Stoddard, Makeup Artist; Mike Ornelaz, Makeup Artist; and Sabrina Castro, Makeup Artist

* Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score): The Mandalorian, “Chapter 8: Redemption,” for Ludwig Göransson, Composer

* Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian,” for David Acord, Co-Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer; Matthew Wood, Co-Supervising Sound Editor; Bonnie Wild, Sound Effects Editor; James Spencer, Dialogue Editor; Richard Quinn, ADR Editor; Richard Gould, Foley Editor; Stephanie McNally, Music Editor; Ryan Rubin, Music Editor; Ronni Brown, Foley Artist; and Jana Vance, Foley Artist

* Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child,” for Shawn Holden, Production Mixer; Bonnie Wild, Re-Recording Mixer; and Chris Fogel, Scoring Mixer

* Outstanding Special Visual Effects: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child,” for Richard Bluff, VFX Supervisor; Jason Porter, VFX Supervisor; Abbigail Keller, VFX Producer; Hayden Jones, VFX Supervisor; Hal Hickel, Animation Supervisor; Roy Cancino, Special Effects Supervisor; John Rosengrant, Supervisor; Enrico Damm, Environment Supervisor; and Landis Fields, Virtual Production Visualization Supervisor

* And Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series Limited Series Or Movie: The Mandalorian, for Ryan Watson, Stunt Coordinator

Source: StarWars.com

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Highlights from Lucasfilm Publishing’s ComicCon@Home Panel

by @holocronGeorge and @holocronWilliam for @sw_holocron

A whole host of new Star Wars projects were announced during the ComicCon@Home livestream event Friday afternoon. A panel hosted by Lucasfilm Publishing’s senior editor Robert Simpson included a range of special guests, including Justina Ireland, George Mann, Rebecca Roanhorse, Preeti Chhibber, Timothy Zahn, Greg Pak, Alyssa Wong, Tom Angleberger, and Alex Segura. The discussion led to a number of reveals regarding new Star Wars books and comics. Check out below to see the 5 projects discussed at the event that we’re more looking forward to!

5. The Lightsaber Collection

While not introducing readers to a new narrative or characters, The Lightsaber Collection seems like it will be a must own for any hardcore Star Wars fan. Showcasing the iconic lightsabers of the Star Wars saga, this book will include high quality, unique images of the weapons, including never before seen portraits of different wielders.

4. Poe Dameron: Free Fall

The Rise of Skywalker added a unique side to Poe Dameron, including his past as a spice runner alongside Zorii Bliss and Babu Frik. Alex Segura’s new novel will delve into this period in Poe’s life and has been billed as a “crime novel in space,” with heist elements.

3. Thrawn: Ascendency – Chaos Rising

Timothy Zahn’s contribution to Star Wars lore is truly commendable, spanning decades chronicling Thrawn. Zahn promises that his new trilogy will expand upon Chiss culture, while highlighting Thrawn in a different era.

2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Stories of Light and Dark

Fresh off the critically acclaimed final season of The Clone Wars, this anthology project looks to add to the era in some interesting ways and is definitely one of the most exciting projects revealed at the event. The anthology book includes contributions from a range of authors and will showcase more stories and characters in the beloved Clone Wars era, including Maul and Obi-Wan.

1. Darth Vader

Greg Pak’s new Darth Vader comics highlight the infamous Sith lord during the time between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Pak discussed the trauma inflicted upon Vader following Luke’s rejection on Bespin, “We tend to think of that from Luke’s point of view. But when you dig into that, you realize Vader himself is as traumatized as Luke is in that moment. And that moment is echoed purposefully multiple times throughout the series.” Interestingly, Pak revealed that his Vader comic will not only include references to the prequels, but also tie into The Rise of Skywalker in a unique way.

More projects were touched upon during the event, but these are just 5 of those discussed that we’re most looking forward. Despite the recent announcement that we’ll have to wait an additional year until the next Star Wars film, it’s great to see that there is a whole host of additions to canon we can enjoy in the meantime.

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Upcoming Star Wars Movies Pushed Back By One Year

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has shifted release dates for a variety of their upcoming films. Although Star Wars wasn’t scheduled to come back to the big screen until 2022, fans are going to have to wait a little while longer. With the previous release dates set for December of 2022, 2024, and 2026 respectively, Disney have pushed these upcoming Star Wars projects back by one year. The new release dates are as follows:

December 22, 2023
December 19, 2025
December 17, 2027

While it may be disappointing to have to wait another year for the next Star Wars movie, this move has been expected for a while, as the global pandemic slows the productions of many films currently in development.

Now that the next film is in 2023, it’s also increasingly likely that this will be Taika Waititi’s Star Wars project. When asked about the status of the film in an interview with BBC earlier this week, Waititi confirmed that he and co-screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns have begun working on the project. With Thor: Love and Thunder scheduled to release in February of 2022, the delay of the next Star Wars film would provide Waititi with ample time to complete both projects.

Until 2023, fans have plenty of Star Wars to look forward to on Disney+. The Mandalorian Season 2 will premiere this October, with the Cassian Andor prequel series gearing up to film this fall for a 2021 release, and the long awaited Obi-Wan show coming in 2022. Star Wars: The Bad Batch, the recently announced animated show following a group of unique clones, is also coming in 2021. While there may not be a Star Wars movie till 2023, there are still a wide variety of projects to come.

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RUMOR: Donald Glover will return as Lando Calrissian in a future Disney+ series

by @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

In the Star Wars galaxy, there are always new stories to tell, even with characters that have been around for over 40 years. This is no different for Lando Calrissian, who was reintroduced in Solo: A Star Wars Story, this time played by Donald Glover. Given the way in which Solo set up future adventures for the characters, fans have long been expecting some continuation of the prequel film. Today, Kessel Run Transmissions, who accurately broke the news of an upcoming animated show centered on the Bad Batch, reported that Glover will reprising his role as Lando in an upcoming Disney+ show.

Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian was the highlight of Solo for many fans, so bringing him back would make a lot of sense. Moreover, Lucasfilm may feel drawn to bringing Calrissian back into the fold given Glover’s fame as a rapper and writer, which would bring a lot of positive publicity to Disney+. As Glover is a prolific writer, it’s also possible that he could have creative involvement in a future appearance, especially if he’s given center stage in his own show.

A Lando centered show could be a way to conclude the other plot threads introduced in Solo, such as Han and Qi’ra’s complicated relationship. It’s possible that Maul and his criminal empire, Crimson Dawn, are used as the looming threat throughout the series as well, something that could wrap up that particular part of his arc and show how he ended up as a seemingly tired old man on Malachor at the beginning of Star Wars Rebels. Solo provided the platform for many possible new stories in a galaxy far, far away, and a Lando show seems like the logical next step for the post-Solo section of the Star Wars universe.

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Source: Kessel Run Transmissions

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Who Knew Rey Was a Palpatine?

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

The reveal that Rey was the granddaughter of none other than Emperor Palpatine took many by surprise and has since been the subject of much debate and discussion among fans. With such a groundbreaking revelation in The Rise of Skywalker and looking back upon the sequel trilogy as a whole, many questions arose, including the matter of who actually knew that Rey was a Palpatine. Potential shifts to the sequel trilogy’s overarching plan make it difficult to truly answer this question, but, now that the Skywalker saga has concluded, it’s interesting to look back and see how Rey’s parentage was regarded by others.

Leia?

The question surrounding Leia is not “if she knew Rey was a Palpatine,” but “when did she know Rey was a Palpatine?” In The Rise of Skywalker, Luke reveals to Rey that Leia knew of her apprentice’s lineage and trained her in spite of it, a key moment in demonstrating how Rey is her own, autonomous person, free from any predetermined familial destiny. Leia could have come to this realization at many different points in canon, but there are two ways that are most probable. The first is in The Force Awakens, after Starkiller Base has been destroyed and the Resistance returns to their base on D’Qar. Here, Leia and Rey meet for the first time, sharing an intimate moment together as they mourn over Han’s death. It’s possible that Leia, being Force sensitive, sensed Rey’s linkage to Palpatine in this very moment, but felt that Rey was a genuinely good person despite this. Another option is that Leia came to this realization in between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, during which Leia trained Rey. During their training, Leia and Rey’s bond inevitably grew stronger, which, potentially, led to Leia coming to the conclusion that Rey is not actually a nobody, but that she is related to Darth Sidious himself.

Han?

Much of the sequel trilogy centers around Rey’s pursuit of belonging and this journey starts with her attachment to Han in The Force Awakens. Prior to The Last Jedi’s release, much of the speculation surrounding Rey being of familial importance came from several hints in The Force Awakens, some of which centered around Han. Not only does Han seem to have a strong, emotional connection to Rey, but the scene in which Maz asks Han, “Who’s the girl?” abruptly cuts before Han can respond, leaving audiences questioning if Han knew something the audience didn’t at that point. As the trilogy progressed, however, it became more evident that Han probably lacked any knowledge of Rey’s true parentage. Although he is not Force sensitive, it is possible that, somehow, Han had a “feeling” or a sense that Rey was something more than just a scavenger from Jakku. It’s also possible, although unlikely, that Leia somehow knew that Rey was a Palpatine before meeting her and conveyed this information to Han upon reunited with him. However, both of these options are unlikely, making it more certain that Han was unaware of Rey’s lineage.

Luke?

From Episode VIII to Episode IX, Luke goes from “Who are you?” to “…you’re a Palpatine.” The most logical explanation for Luke’s obliviousness to Rey’s parentage in The Last Jedi, but comprehension of this fact in The Rise of Skywalker is that Luke somehow uncovered this mystery between the two films. As Luke cut himself off from the Force for the entirety of the time he spent with Rey in The Last Jedi, it’s conceivable that Luke was simply not given the opportunity to sense that Rey was a Palpatine, as Leia evidently was. Following his death, Luke could have discovered Rey’s lineage through their shared connection to the Force or through conversations with his sister Leia. However, although it’s clear that Luke truly thought Rey was a nobody upon meeting her in The Last Jedi, it’s possible that Luke was generally aware that another Palpatine could be out there. Battlefront 2, The Rise of Skywalker, The Rise of Kylo Ren comic, and other canon stories have explored some of Luke’s adventures following the fall of the Empire, some of which involved ensuring that Palpatine’s reign and influence in the galaxy was truly over. This is shown in Battlefront II when Luke is searching for Palpatine’s vault and in The Rise of Skywalker when Lando recounts their mission to find the Sith Wayfinder to Exegol. Perhaps, during these adventures, Luke found out that Palpatine had a child or a granddaughter, but never connected this to the scavenger who showed up on Ahch-To. Regardless of this, it’s clear that Luke came to this revelation, either through the Force or through Leia, following his death in The Last Jedi.

Palpatine / Snoke?

Perhaps most intriguing in this discussion is Palpatine’s knowledge of his granddaughter. Prior to The Force Awakens, Palpatine had hired Ochi of Bestoon to kill his son (failed clone?) and daughter-in-law and retrieve his granddaughter in order to execute his plan of using his granddaughter’s body and spirit to rule for eternity. It appears, however, that, upon failing to find his granddaughter, Palpatine shifted gears from this plan. No longer was he focused on getting his granddaughter, but he appeared more focused on cultivating Kylo Ren as his new apprentice, leading the First Order under the guise of Snoke, and finalizing his Final Order fleet. It seems that the only logical time for Palpatine to have uncovered the fact that Rey was his granddaughter was during the throne room sequence in The Last Jedi. Until that point, Snoke merely views Rey as a means toward an end – if the scavenger is captured, we can use her mind to find Luke Skywalker. There’s no hint whatsoever that Snoke and the First Order, in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, realize that Rey is a Palpatine. This must’ve changed in the throne room when Snoke comes face to face with Rey. Perhaps Snoke did not realize her lineage, but Palpatine, controlling Snoke from afar, definitely did once they were together in person. It must have been here that, while relentlessly trying to find and kill Luke Skywalker and strengthen the First Order’s grip on the galaxy, Palpatine realized that the Force sensitive scavenger girl who bested Kylo in a duel and who he used to find Luke was indeed his granddaughter. It would not make sense for Palpatine to have realized this beforehand. Otherwise, he would have pursued Rey, rather than Luke.

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How Hayden Christensen Could Return as Anakin Skywalker in the Obi-Wan Show

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

Recently, LRM Online posted a rumor stating that Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, would be reprising his role as the beloved Jedi in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+. Not just that, LRM claim that Christensen will not just appear in the series as a cameo, but will be a series regular. However, as the show is set eight years after Revenge of the Sith and the rise of Darth Vader, Christensen’s potential role becomes more complex. Still, there are a variety of different ways he could return:

Flashback

One of the ways that Anakin Skywalker could return is in a flashback. Flashbacks haven’t always been commonplace in Star Wars, but have been featured more recently in the latter two sequel trilogy films, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, as well as The Mandalorian. As for how a flashback fits into the show, it could be something as simple as a lonely Ben Kenobi dreaming of the days when he and his former padawan Anakin went on adventures together. This flashback could also feature Ahsoka Tano in some way, as Kenobi could be reminiscing about a certain moment when the trio were together during the Clone Wars. An Ahsoka appearance is certainly not out of the question, especially given that Rosario Dawson has already been cast in the live action version of the role.

A Vision

The question of “What if Anakin Skywalker never turned to the dark side?” is one that has been posited by Star Wars fans for years. This is one that Obi-Wan has surely asked himself on many occasions, particularly as he wonders what he could have done to prevent young Skywalker from joining Palpatine. We know that Obi-Wan spent years on Tatooine with little to nothing to do except for keeping an eye on Luke, so it’s easy to see how his mind could wander to an alternate version of events, one in which the galaxy is at peace after Anakin fulfilled the Chosen One prophecy as a Jedi and destroyed the Emperor and the Sith. This could also allow for the appearance of more iconic characters from the prequels, mainly Yoda, Mace Windu, and perhaps even Qui-Gon Jinn if the vision reimagines the events of The Phantom Menace as well.

Darth Vader

Whether or not Darth Vader appears in the Obi-Wan show remains to be seen, but speculation is sky high that the iconic villain will make a grand return in the series at some point. Vader was brought back for 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story without Hayden Christensen, with Lucasfilm opting for stuntmen in order to give the villain a more imposing on screen presence. However, Christensen did don the iconic Vader suit for the final few moments of Revenge of the Sith, so it’s possible that he returns masked and suited up as he did then. Rogue One also featured a brief glimpse at Vader’s scarred heard rising from the Bacta Tank, again played by an actor other than Christensen (understandable considering the short length of the scene). However, if Vader is seen without his mask on for a longer period of time and in more focus, it’s possible that Christensen could be the actor chosen.

Source: LRM Online

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch to Premiere on Disney+ in 2021

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

Hot off the heels of the groundbreaking seventh and final season of The Clone Wars, Disney has commissioned Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an all new animated show from Lucasfilm, scheduled to premiere in 2021.

The show will follow the adventures of the Bad Batch, a group of unique and experimental clones, as “they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.” Moreover, these clones “will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”

With members Hunter, Crosshair, Tech, Wrecker, and new addition Echo, The Bad Batch consists of clones with unique and enhanced abilities that vary from Clone to Clone. Also known as Clone Force 99, they were first introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars, which premiered in February. These unique abilities will surely come in handy as the group goes on dangerous missions in a changed galaxy now controlled by the Galactic Empire.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch will be executive produced by Dave Filoni of The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with Brad Rau, who worked on Star Wars Rebels and Resistance, as supervising director. Jennifer Corbett, also a Star Wars Resistance alum, will serve as the head writer.

Quotes and imagery courtesy of Starwars.com

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Alden Ehrenreich on the Possibility of a Solo Sequel

by @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

To find the perfect young Han Solo for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm went through a grueling 3 year process, watching the auditions of over 3,000 young actors. Eventually, Alden Ehrenreich was chosen for the role, ironic given that he was the very first person to audition for the part. Ehrenreich’s unique performance in the title role, while at the same time staying true to the character of Han Solo, made him a hit with the fans. Since the release of the film, many have taken to social media to demand a sequel.

Promoting his new show Brave New World, premiering exclusively on NBC’s new streaming service Peacock tomorrow, Ehrenreich was asked by Esquire’s Matt Miller if a return to a galaxy far, far away was on the cards. Ehrenreich, who debuted as Han Solo in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, remained in the dark about a sequel to the film:

“No, I don’t know anything about that. I mean, you know, I think our movie was kind of the last of the conventional-era Star Wars movie release time.”

However, when pressed if he had heard 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 about reprising his role, Ehrenreich states that he had “heard soooome stuff, but nothing concrete.”

Judging by this quote, a Solo follow up, most likely in the form of a show, may or not be on the cards. That Ehrenreich says he’s heard some whispers of reprising his role as Han, while at the same time not knowing anything about a Solo sequel, may suggest that he could return to Star Wars without being the lead or central character. This would line up with previous rumors about a Crimson Dawn show that would focus on Maul and Qi’ra, as Han could certainly show up in a supporting role. At the same time, Ehrenreich could also be playing coy as to not let any secrets slip, akin to Ewan McGregor claiming for four years that he didn’t know if he would come back as Obi-Wan.

Since Solo’s release in 2018, fans have been vocal about wanting a sequel to the film, especially given how it sets up so many possibilities with Han, Chewie, Qi’ra, and Maul. If Ehrenreich does indeed return as Han Solo one day, in a supporting role or as the lead character, the wishes of many fans will come true.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm, Esquire, & Disney+.

Alden Ehrenreich photographed by Melanie Shaw for Esquire, 2020