‘Star Wars’ Signals: Is Mace Windu Still Alive?

Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.

1. Screenplay for Han Solo movie is “by far the best Star Wars script”

Han Solo in A New Hope

Han Solo in A New Hope | Source: Lucasfilm

While we’re certainly looking forward to the release of Rogue One this December, it’s the second Anthology movie that really has fans buzzing. Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters in 2018, starring Alden Ehrenreich as the infamous smuggler in his younger years. LEGO Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller sit at the helm as the directors, giving us plenty of reasons to be excited. Now, we may have our first confirmation that our excitement is merited, and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with either the cast or directors in charge.

Speaking at a conference in New Zealand, Star Wars concept artist Ian McCraig had nothing but glowing praise for the Han Solo screenplay, penned by franchise mainstay Lawrence Kasdan. “By far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read,” he lauded. “I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.” You can always dismiss that as hyperbolic marketing from a Lucasfilm insider, but given the creative team involved, it’s not hard to see the potential here.

2. Samuel L. Jackson claims Mace Windu survived his fall in Episode III

Revenge of the Sith

Mace Windu in Revenge of the Sith | Source: Lucasfilm

Even with all the pitfalls we see throughout the prequel trilogy, Samuel L. Jackson’s performance as Mace Windu numbers itself among the highlights. The purple lightsaber-wielding Jedi Master is a character that oozes with badass confidence and, to this day, is the only character to ever defeat Emperor Palpatine in a one-on-one duel. This made his unfortunate death that much more painful, with his hand getting sliced off before getting thrown from a window above the streets of Coruscant.

According to Jackson though, things may not be exactly what they seem. “In my mind, I’m not dead. Jedis can fall incredibly high distances and not die,” he claimed in a recent Twitter Q&A. He went on to clarify in an interview on Entertainment Weekly’s satellite radio show, recounting a conversation with the Grand Creator himself.  “George [Lucas] is like, ‘I’m okay with that. You can be alive,'” he described. Let the fantasy of seeing Mace Windu resurface in Star Wars: Rebel with a robot hand and a whole lot of pent-up anger, and just revel in that glory for a minute. Yes please.

3. Mark Hamill throws the Star Wars fandom into a panic

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When there aren’t many concrete details to work with concerning a Star Wars movie, it can lead us down some pretty dark paths of over-analyzing and wild-eyed theorizing. Mark Hamill shot us down that road and then some this last week, telling a London audience, “I finish Star Wars: Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work.” Of course the internet took this as a foretelling of Luke Skywalker’s death, and everyone flipped their collective lids as a result. Hamill later took to Twitter to clarify, saying he “meant ‘out of work’ because #Ep8 is wrapping soon, OK?” Jesus Mark, you can’t just say things like that and expect us not to freak the hell out. OK?

4. Rogue One might abandon the traditional opening crawl

Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Opening Crawl

The opening crawl has become a staple of the Star Wars saga | Source: Lucasfilm

The planned Anthology trilogy is unprecedented in the Star Wars universe, soon to be kicked off by Rogue One this December. For the first time, we’ll be getting a run of films that exist outside the original continuity, and Lucasfilm will be making an effort to differentiate it further. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy intimated as much to Entertainment Weekly, admitting they’re “right in the middle of talking about” whether or not Rogue One will opt out of using an opening crawl. The crawl, while an iconic fixture of the franchise, represents a “main trilogy” element, so it certainly makes sense to at least consider axing it from the Anthology movies. Still, it’s tough to imagine a Star Wars movie without it, so we’ll see just how bold Lucasfilm gets when it’s all said and done.

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