Television & Film

STAR WARS Holonet Weekly: Bounty Hunters, Chefs, Reveals, and Sad Anniversaries

It may have been a holiday week, but that doesn’t mean all work in the Galaxy has stopped. Let’s take a look at who….or what is joining The Mandalorian and Episode IX and relive one of the saddest days.

A couple of bounty hunters from the original trilogy will be visiting The Mandalorian. The rumor is Bossk will appear, and on Christmas day, Jon Favreau confirmed on his Instagram that IG-88 will indeed be on the show. No mention of how much of a role the droid bounty hunter will have; however, according to Making Star Wars’ on-set sources, he’s been riding speeder bikes and attacking enemies with blasters. There’s a theory is that the Droid Gotra, meaning “clan” in Sanskrit, will have a presence in the series. They’ve been mentioned in many outlets from the Tarkin novel to the Dr. Aphra comics and more. From these, it appears IG-88 is affiliated with the group and they’re not too happy with their enemies. But then again, whoever is?

As you know, celebrities love making cameos in the Star Wars movies. Even if their scenes don’t make it into the final cut (Princes William and Harry), they still have the excitement of being on set and getting dressed up. The latest report comes from the UK’s The Sun. It looks like TV chef Jamie Oliver will be joining singer Ed Sheeran as stormtroopers in Episode IX. Oliver has been spotted training with other stormtroopers at Pinewood Studios, and it sounds like it could be more than just a stand-in. Apparently, when producers discovered Oliver used to walk his daughters to school dressed up as a stormtrooper, they came to him about a role. The Sun’s source stated, “He took it really seriously because it has been a dream come true, but he’s been sworn to secrecy.” Okay, Mr. Oliver, you don’t have to tell us anything, just spell it out with some drizzle on a plate…

This week during Disney’s Magical Christmas Day Parade, a “behind the scenes” trailer was released for the new Galaxy’s Edge attraction. The footage shows parts of the park as well as clips from the highly anticipated ride, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. Check out the trailer below and see what you think. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disneyland Summer 2019 and Orlando’s Walt Disney World Fall 2019.

And finally, this week was the two-year anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s passing. As we know, Lucasfilm announced they would not recast General Organa or use a CG character in Episode IX, but instead use unseen footage filmed during Episode VII with the blessing of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd.

Lourd joined many of Fisher’s fans on social media to express their feelings over losing their favorite princess. Lourd posted a video of her playing a musical tribute to her mother on Instagram which receive a warm compliment from her mother’s long-time friend Mark Hamill. The official UK Star Wars account shared a video of Leia’s most memorable moments.

Grab a box of tissue and enjoy the tributes. See you next year, Crumbers.

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