This Week! In Star Wars: May The 4th and Much More
The Baver Bunch, The Baver Bunch.
That’s the way, we became, The Baver Bunch!
And, as we wind down from Star Wars Day 2020, the good folks at Lucasfilm synopsized the week.
New Star Wars Filmmakers, Star Wars Day Fun, and More!
This week in Star Wars, we get excited about Academy Award winner Taika Waititi and other new filmmakers joining the Star Wars family, get pumped for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and other Star Wars Day news, and reveal you’re our only hope for the Webby Awards. Plus, celebrate the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars by taking a look back to 2008 when the first theatrical trailer debuted for the feature film.
After listening in to the week’s highlights, the good news is that we don’t have to manufacture too much new stuff. However, given the amount of Star Wars content those of us at the MickeyBlog bunker created this week, you might have missed a bunch of stories.
For example, the new Star Wars productions coming down the Pike:
But the StarWars.com crew also added some new stuff, too; like Baver’s talk with Mark Hamill about the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.
Mark Hamill on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Speaking by phone from his home outside Los Angeles, Hamill exudes the affable charm and graciousness of a man who’s been embraced by Star Wars fans for decades. “I’ve been talking about this so much, you know, my kids mouth the answers I give because it’s been 40 years,” Hamill says at the outset. But he’s game to take another spin through his memories of filming The Empire Strikes Back as we celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary later this month.
Hamill knew during shooting of what would become A New Hope that the movie was the start of a trilogy, and that was “one of the reasons I tried to emphasize [Luke’s] immaturity,” he says. “You know, I get mocked a lot for, ‘But I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters,’” he says, his voice going higher in an exaggerated whine. “But I did that intentionally to be able to grow and make him as much of a clueless teenager as possible, because by the end of the film he has found his purpose in life and he’s so profoundly changed,” Hamill says.
Behind the scenes, everything was different, as well. “It was a really pivotal time in my life because [my wife] Marilou and I were expecting our first child,” Hamill says. Nathan Elias would be born once the Hamills were back in England shooting in June of 1979. Among the cast and crew, “there was a marked difference in the attitudes,” he recalls, “because on the first one nobody knew about us or cared. I mean, I remember passing the script around to my friends saying, ‘Hey, you gotta read this. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever been involved in.’ There was no social media. There was no security. There wasn’t any focus on this unknown science fantasy film, but everything changed after that. So on Empire, suddenly…we had to be really careful.”
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The show also highlighted the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game:
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Official Reveal Trailer
The galaxy is yours with LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga! Play through all nine Star Wars™ saga films in a brand-new LEGO video game unlike any other. Experience fun-filled adventures, whimsical humor, and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars universe like never before.
This Week! In Star Wars also added notes about:
As well as the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order update:
Anyway, you get the picture. There was a whole lot of Star Wars this week! #MTFBWY.