Here we have the actors and voice talents who have portrayed one of the most beloved characters in the wide and sprawling galaxy of the Star Wars franchise: Obi-Wan Kenobi. From Jedi Padawan, to Jedi Knight, to power Jedi Master, Obi-Wan had seen the fall of the Republic, the rise of the Empire, and the death and rebirth of hope.
Alec Guinness (original trilogy)
Ewan McGregor (prequel trilogy)
James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Scott Cleverdon (Episode I: The Phantom Menace videogame)
Lewis McLeod (Star Wars: Obi-Wan videogame)
Jonathan Love (Clone Wars 2002 videogame)
David Scott (LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace videogame)
Samuel Vincent (other LEGO Star Wars game titles)
Original version (Old Ben Kenobi)
Bernard Behrens (Star Wars radio dramas)
Roy Dotrice (Star Wars Read-Along Storybook CD)
Daran Norris (Clone Wars 2002 videogame)
David Ian Davies (Galactic Battlegrounds videogame)
All those star-fighter craft that we see in the epic space opera franchise of Star Wars have some things in common. First, they look awesome. Second, according to real-world aerodynamics they’re supposed to be having trouble keeping airborne on their shapes alone. This was discovered after some “virtual” wind-tunnel testing.
EC Henry on YouTube was inspired to perform such an experiment using virtual wind tunnel simulation software, Auto Desk Flow. With it, he took some 3D graphic models of star fighters from Star Wars and put them to the test. His findings revealed that, aerodynamically, Star Wars fighters have wind-trouble.
Here we have a list of the tested Star Wars space vehicles on Auto Desk Flow, along with (current canon) source, and their resulting drag coefficient – a statistical measuring of air resistance on an object, that is their hulls. The larger it is, the worse it fares on real-world air. Best to worst, they are:
Naboo N-1 (Prequel Trilogy) – 0.10
A-Wing Fighter (Original Trilogy) – 0.17
Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-Wing (Sequel Trilogy) – 0.24
ARC-170 Aggressive ReCon (Prequel Trilogy) – 0.39
T-65 X-Wing (Original Trilogy) – 0.45
TIE Striker (Rogue One) – 0.48
Y-Wing Bomber (Original Trilogy) – 0.68
TIE Interceptor (Star Wars Rebels) – 0.78
TIE Fighter (Original Trilogy) – 0.98
If you need a real-life frame of reference for how less feasible Star Wars fighters come up in the real world, know that the McDonnell-Douglas F-4E Phantom II fighter-bomber, now a 60-year-old airframe, has a drag coefficient figure of 0.02, better than the best Star Wars “design” from Naboo. Well, Star Wars is sci-fi after all.
And at long last, we’ve come to the last and latest part of the still ongoing Disney web series As Told by Emoji. Said series is now on its fifth season of online episodes on Disney’s Youtube channel, and that only started three months ago.
In fact, the most recent episode of As Told by Emoji is its third one which was put up four days ago as of this writing! It’s a rather short list to be true, but we’ll do it all the same. Without any further delay, here they are (for now).
A Day at Toy Story Land – not based on a film or any existing media, but rather an Emoji-fied experience of you and your family spending a day at Disney World; in fact, it’s a sequel with the family exploring Toy Story Land, soon to open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at WDW this June 30; sponsored by Pop Secret
Speaking of Disney web series, there’s been a single-episode addition to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny from late last month. It coincided with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and features a character from there.
“Triplecross” – Qi’ra, before the events of Solo, managing to escape from a team-up of Hondo and IG-88 by causing them to betray each other
Last week the second Star Wars Story anthology film, Solo, arrived in cinemas. Detailing the past of a young Han Solo (played in the episodic Star Wars films by Harrison Ford), it shows the various events that shaped his life from a young idealistic crook to a cynical space smuggler.
With the movie almost a week old and spoilers practically abound online, we will now list the important characters that drive the plot of Solo: A Star Wars Story. One of the characters on this list is the surprise cameo that warrants the spoiler reminder. You have been duly warned.
Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – orphan from Corellia working as a street thug for a local crime boss; wants to travel the galaxy on his own ship; briefly serves the Empire as a pilot trainee and later “Mud-Trooper” infantry, before deserting to join a heist crew, which leads him to becoming a veteran smuggler
Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) – Wookie imprisoned by the Empire on Mimban as a deserter “executioner”; Solo wins his trust due to his knowledge of the Wookie language, enabling their escape to join Beckett’s heist crew, later becoming his smuggling first mate
Beckett’s Crew – a veteran team of space criminals specializing in cargo heists
Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) – aging master crook and skilled blaster-slinger who becomes Solo’s mentor figure and catalyst for his later untrusting nature; later betrays Han, who bypasses his blaster marksmanship by shooting him first while in the middle of an argument
Val Beckett (Thandie Newton) – Tobias’ wife and probably the only figure he trusts and holds genuine affection for; her death during the coaxium heist on planet Vandor hurts him deeply
Rio Durant (Jon Favreau) – Beckett’s designated ship pilot, a four-armed alien; dies of his wounds during the coaxium heist when they are attacked by rival gang the Cloud Riders led by Enfys Nest
Crimson Dawn – a powerful and ruthless criminal syndicate that operates with minimal Imperial interference; hires Beckett’s crew for a job to steal coaxium hyper-fuel, but also reports to a higher authority
Dryden Vos (Paul Betanny) – leader of the Crimson Dawn, a scarred human-like alien who vacillates between affable and murderous; a master of the Teras Kasi martial art who uses knives; runs his organization with an iron fist but also defers to his mysterious boss; dies after being double-crossed by Han, Beckett and Qi’ra
Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) – smalltime crook from Corellia who was Han’s girlfriend; fails to escape the planet with Han and was left until recruited into Crimson Dawn by Vos; personally taught by Vos and became his lieutenant; although reunited with Han, her experience with Crimson Dawn leads her to forsake going with him and take over the gang after Vos’ death
Millennium Falcon Crew
Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) – legendary smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon, a Corellia-made YT-1300 space freighter that he customized into a pleasure craft; recommended by Qi’ra to transport unrefined coaxium that Beckett’s crew and Han would steal from Kessel, and then take to a refinery world in a limited time period before the hyper-fuel explodes; later loses the Falcon to Han in a game of Sabacc
L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) – Lando’s droid first mate with an advance navigational program, and an opinionated advocate of droid rights; damaged beyond repair during the coaxium heist on Kessel, but her navigational computer is installed on the Falcon, making them one
Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman) – leader of the Cloud Riders gang, in reality a group of dissidents who want to overthrow the Empire and are gathering resources to launch an open Rebellion
SPOILER CHARACTER: [Darth] Maul (Ray Park, voiced by Sam Witwer) – former Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine; survived his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi and becomes a criminal kingpin with over-lordship over multiple crime syndicates like Black Sun and Crimson Dawn; would die in a final duel with Obi-Wan as seen in Star Wars Rebels, happening years later from the events of Solo
While we’ve been introduced here to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny as a Lucasfilm Animation web series, that has also seen airplay on Disney’s cable channels, the concept is actually far-ranging and involves print media and toys. Hasbro in particular has launched a line of “Adventure Figures” in August 27.
Said adventure figures have the articulation of action figures, but also garbed in real-fabric clothing like dolls, as befits the mostly-female lineup of Star Wars characters in Forces of Destiny. We’ve got a list of the first several figures released for the line last year, with many to come later.
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with droid R2-D2
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Jyn Erso (as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Sabine Wren (as seen in Star Wars Rebels)
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi) with droid BB-8
Chewbacca (as seen in the Star Wars original trilogy)
Ahsoka Tano (as seen in Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Padme Amidala (as seen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
Luke Skywalker (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with Yoda
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) with Wickett
Princess Leia Platinum Edition (as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope) with droid R2-D2
Rey and Kylo Ren 2-pack (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Just when we thought that season 2 of the Lucasfilm web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny would only be eight episodes long we get this very pleasant surprise. Seven more episodes have been added to the season, now making it only one episode short of the one from before.
True to form, Forces of Destiny once again showcases the leading women character of Star Wars in film and television, kicking Imperial (or First Order rear ends) and solving problems. The now-token male-centric appearance in this batch of episodes belongs to Chewbacca, taking place just off-screen of The Last Jedi.
“Chopper and Friends” – Hera Syndulla after Return of the Jedi, fighting Imperial remnants on Endor with Chopper (and some Ewok crewmembers)
“Art History” – Sabine Wren during Rebels, leading her brother Tristan to attack an Imperial guard-post built on an ancient Mandalorian statue
“Porgs!” – Chewbacca during Rey’s training period in The Last Jedi
“Perilous Pursuit” – Rey and Finn during The Force Awakens, based on a deleted scene of them in a speeder chase on Starkiller Base
“Traps and Tribulations” – Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker after Return of the Jedi; Mark Hamill again reprises his character
“A Disarming Lesson” – Ahsoka Tano during Rebels, teaching Ezra Bridger a lightsaber lesson
The new episodes were uploaded to the Forces of Destinyplaylist on Disney’s official YouTube channel last Friday, May 4. They will then have their airtime premiere on the Disney Channel two weeks from now, May 25.
Star Wars Rebels may be over, but the telling of the adventures of the heroes fighting to keep peace and order in the Galaxy Far, Far Away seems never-ending. Later this year will see the premiere of a new animated TV series from Lucasfilm Animation, the anime-styled Star Wars Resistance.
Set in between the original and sequel Star Wars trilogies but much closer to the beginning of Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Resistance tells of a civilian pilot recruited into General Leia’s clandestine force to fight the emerging First Order before they become a serious threat to the New Republic.
Here’s a list of voice talent that have been initially announced for the show. You’d definitely recognize two of the names from the Star Wars sequel trilogy (and other roles). Star Wars Resistance will premiere in late 2018 on the Disney Channel and will also air on Disney XD.
Following the sweet reception of its inaugural season, Lucasfilm Animation’s animated web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny was announced in September of 2017 to be receiving a follow-up. The second season of the show, focusing on the various heroines of the Republic and the Rebels, premiered online March 25.
Unlike the 16 episodes that came before, Season 2 of Forces of Destiny is but half the number of its predecessor. Of special note is S2 episode 7, which is focused not on a Star Wars heroine but Luke Skywalker, voiced by Mark Hamill himself. Here is the episode list.
We all know the story now: creative differences, directorial changes, long reshoots, and so on have been the bane in the production of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It had gotten so bad that there have only been a handful of teasers and trailers for it, unlike most other blockbusters.
Its final director Ron Howard had promised one last theatrical-sized trailer for Solo before it arrives in cinemas next month, and Lucasfilm has delivered. It’s easily the longest preview of the second installment of the Star Wars Story spinoffs yet, and really delves into the “world” of the upcoming movie.
The trailer begins with an evening shot of a planet where Imperial Star Destroyers are being built, likely Han Solo’s home-world of Corellia. Voiceover of Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra hints that Han (Alden Ehrenreich) has some secret plans while joining the caper he is currently on, something Han merely demurs.
New scenes are interspersed with old ones already shown. Hints that Han first meets and befriends Chewbacca in Solo are once again dropped, even as the two join with a major con operation led by Tobias (Woody Harrelson) who gives Han his signature blaster and recruits Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
Solo was pitched as a uniquely different tone to the larger Star Wars universe, in that it would feel like a “space western”. But more scenes shown here also reinforce the notion that it will also be a sci-fi heist movie. A slew of new characters are also introduced here.
Actresses Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are introduced in the final film trailer as their newly-seen characters Val, an associate of Tobias’, and droid L3-37, respectively. More shots of the “Kessel” Millennium Falcon are in evidence, plus a reminder to casual Star Wars fans that Chewbacca is 100+ years old.
For those who were brought down by the grim and fatalistic tone of the first Star Wars Story, Rogue One, then Solo looks to be a more light-hearted yet still action-pack alternative. The film premieres in cinemas on May 25.