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DITF: May The Fourth Be With You

DITF: May The Fourth Be With You

Update: 2022-05-07
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A complete May the Fourth wrap up
The emperor hints at a return
And Celebration brings some light and magic
The Kenobi Trailer
Hasbro Figures


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Another week, another flood of news rumors, clickbait and conversation. This is Pete Fletzer and welcome to disturbances in the Force. All the links to the original sources can be found in the notes and I urge you to check them out.

1.This week was Star Wars Day – May the Fourth – and one of the biggest events from Lucasfilm was the release of the second trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. The trailer was 90 seconds and featured a tense moment between Obi-Wan and Uncle Owen Lars, more action scenes between the titular character and various badguys while the voiceover hinted at bounty hunters being employed along with the inquisitors to find the outlaw Jedi. The teaser gave us our first look at Kumail Nanjiani looking worried and wearing what could be Jedi robes. As the promo came to an end, fans witness a robotic arm being attached to what is presumed to be Darth Vader followed by his chest box being attached, lighting up and then culminating in hearing the Dark Lord of the Sith’s signature breathing sound. The six-part limited series drops on Disney plus with two episodes on Friday, May 27th.
2.In addition to the Kenobi trailer, a 60 minute behind the scenes documentary lauched on Disney-Plus called Disney Gallery – The Book of Boba Fett. The show gives in-depth background and behind the scenes footage of the series including interviews with all the actors, directors and producers. Included in the documentary is more insight into how they were able to create a digital double of Luke Skywalker using a stand-in and the original actor, Mark Hamill, himself. Disney Gallery – Book of Boba Fett is available now on Disney Plus.
3.Technology giant, Apple, dropped a 15 minute behind the scenes documentary themselves on their youtube channel called Behind the Mac: Skywalker Sound. The black and white stylized mini-movie gives fans a look at the creation and application of sound effects to Star Wars films (with peeks at other Disney properties) created at the groundbreaking sound studio. Of note is the particular focus on sounds from the Prequel series of films. This is not surprising however, as the new Kenobi series will most certainly have direct ties to this era. You can find this documentary short on YouTube now or in the links below.
4.May the Fourth was also a day for more toy reveals from Star Wars licensee Hasbro. From the 3.75” line of action figures, look for Ahsoka Clone Troopers, Padawan Anakin, Mandalorian Super Commando, Heavy Assault Stormtrooper, Stormtrooper Commander, a Phase I clone trooper 4 pack and a Retro collection multipack featuring characters from A New Hope. From the Black Series 6-inch line, Hasbro announced an Endor Leia, Figrin D’An from the Cantina band, and New Republic Security Droid as seen in the Mandalorian. From lifesized movie props, they are making Obi-Wan Kenobi’s light saber available for the first time as an FX Elite offering and an updated version of Darth Vader’s helmet with electronic sounds and film correct red lenses. All these products are available now for pre-order at various outlets.
5.At the Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention last week, Ian McDiarmid, the actor who played Emperor Palpatine SLASH Darth Sidious hinted that he may have some role in some of the upcoming Disney Plus Star Wars properties. On a panel he was on he said QUOTE “There’s a certain show coming soon set right around the time I may have been considered to be very active. Whether or not you will see my physical body, I cannot comment on. But you will certainly feel my presence.” There was no indication which specific upcoming series he may be a part of, but the. Kenobi series will feature Darth Vader and the Andor series takes place in the early days of the fledgling Rebellion.
6.As Star Wars Celebration looms less than three weeks away, information about events happening at the event in Anaheim continues to come out. On May the Fourth a opanel called Light & Magic was announced for the Friday of the four-day weekend event. The Star Wars Celebration twitter account announced QUOTE “Be among the first in the world to get a sneak peek at the recently announced Disney plus documentary series “Light and Magic.” The panel will feature Lawrence Kasdan, Ron Howard, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, Joe Johnson and Rose Duigan. There is no official word on whether it will drop all at once or weekly. The Light and Magic docu-series will be six-episodes long and will begin streaming on July 27 on Disney Plus.


(c) 2022 Pete in the Seat Studios
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DITF: May The Fourth Be With You

DITF: May The Fourth Be With You

Pete Fletzer & Nick Mielke