To keep tabs on the ever-growing pop culture zeitgeist that is Star Wars, we bring you State of the Empire. Led by Art Director Cap Blackard, the series speculates on the future of the franchise and looks for news in Alderaan places.
We’ve often heard that in the Lucasfilm archives nothing goes to waste.
We knew that Solo‘s story samples from an abandoned plot thread from The Empire Strikes Back, we’d noticed similarities between early drafts and some events from The Last Jedi, but folks it turns out we don’t know the half of it. In digging through an assortment of early scripts we’ve found many more instances where the new films have pulled from George Lucas’ garbage chute and now… we might actually know how Episode 9 ends. Seriously!
Join Cap, Doug, and Matt as they do dramatic script readings, recount the latest emerging details on Solo: A Star Wars Story, share details and more recycled concepts making their way to the toy aisles, and assemble a conspiracy web that bridges Rebels to details on the forthcoming theme park (Galaxy’s Edge), a newly-trademarked Star Wars property (Resistance), and every era of the saga. Sound too crazy? Well, Honey-Thrusters, this is State of the Empire – you best get yourself a protocol droid, ’cause crazy’s the only language we speak.
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— Star Wars Spoilers on Facebook
— “Ron Howard: A Star Wars Story — Why the Oscar-winner joined Solo in its time of upheaval”
— More details on the supporting cast
— Solo Black Series figures
— Other figures debuted at New York Toy Fair
— Colin Cantwell’s unused Star Destroyer Design | His reaction to its use in Solo
— The Arrestor Cruiser and Imperial Hauler
— Haslab – Back the Sail Barge!
— The “Star Wars Resistance” tweet
— The Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge trading cards
— Doug’s early Empire Strikes Back live tweet
— Our prior script reading with early Yoda, aka “Minch”
— Empire Day