Disney CEO Bob Iger has officially announced the decision to move all Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Pixar movies to its own standalone streaming service starting in 2019. Last month it was said that Disney and Pixar movies, which are currently being shown on Netflix, would be likely find a permanent home on a Disney streaming app, but a final decision hadn’t been made regarding Star Wars and Marvel. That changed with the announcement today.
Star Wars™: Jedi Challenges, A New Smartphone-Powered Augmented Reality Experience Launching this Holiday
Star Wars experiences brought to life with the Lenovo Mirage™ AR headset, Lightsaber controller, and all-new gameplay content from a galaxy far, far away
BERLIN — August 31, 2017: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Disney today unveiled Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new augmented realityStar Wars product that allows fans to experience Star Wars in ways never before possible. Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, Lightsaber controller, and hours of Star Wars gameplay. Jedi Challenges is being unveiled as part of ForceFriday II (September 1), which celebrates the worldwide launch of new Star Wars products, and will be available for pre-order for $199.99 at Best Buy and Lenovo online, beginning Force Friday II. The product is compatible with both Android phones and iPhones, and will be available this holiday season.
Mark Hamill became a Disney Legend today during a ceremony marking the 30th Anniversary of the highest honor one can receive from Disney. You can see video of the presentations for Mark Hamill and his fellow honoree, Carrie Fisher, here. Below you will find a selection of official images of Mr. Hamill taken during the event.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek Reveals Epic, Detailed Model of Star Wars-Themed Lands
Guests can enjoy a first look at the stunning model during D23 Expo 2017
ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 13, 2017) – During a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the epic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. This stunning exhibition, on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion at D23 Expo, is yet another example of the breathtaking new worlds, immersive storytelling and transformational guest experiences that set Disney apart.
“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”
San Diego Comic Con 2017 starts the night of Wednesday, July 19th and runs through Sunday, July 23rd. At the time of this writing, the schedule is only complete through Saturday, July 22nd. Here’s the Star Wars content I’m most looking forward to over those first few days.
***This is a review of episode two of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “BB-8 Bandits.” It contains spoilers.***
In the second episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “BB-8 Bandits,” we return to Jakku and continue our journey with Rey (voiced by Daisy Ridley) and BB-8. (Click here to watch this episode.) The episode picks up the morning after Rey meets BB-8, decides to take him in for the night, and rescues him from the Nightwatcher Worm — as seen in the first episode, “Sands of Jakku.”
Funko has announced the Star Wars exclusives that will available at Disney’s D23 Expo 2017, which takes place from July 14-16 in Anaheim, CA. In addition to the items below, Funko will also be selling past Disney Treasures boxes and offering new subscriptions.
Check out the Star Wars exclusives below:
Just released today! Here’s a sneak peek at Star Wars Forces of Destiny, which makes its debut next week on Disney’s YouTube channel. Find out more below:
The day is almost here and honestly, it’s hard to believe that Star Wars (A New Hope) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. What’s even harder to fathom, is the realization that I’ve grown up right alongside it―we’ve gotten old!
It was the first film that I’m aware of that played in the theater for a full year, giving it the title “blockbuster.” Strangely enough, I still remember going to the theater to see it for the first time. My brother was just super excited, and I was experiencing the movie theater for the very first time. Yes, Star Wars was my first film experience―and it’s left its mark on me. Read more
One of Disney’s biggest fan events, the D23 Expo, takes place this year from July 14 – July 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. At this event, fans find out all the latest news out of Disney and its properties, including Marvel and Star Wars. There is no official word on whether there will be breaking Star Wars news this year, but with The Last Jedi due out in December and a Han Solo movie currently in production, it is probably wise not to count anything out.
Check out the schedule below: