Sunday, June 17, 2018
Weekend Headlines - Star Wars News
Kane has had steady involvement with the Star Wars galaxy since first lending his voice to the Shadows of the Empire video game in 1996.
In the years since, Kane has participated in more than 60 Star Wars projects, including multiple recurring roles in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.
Following minor roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and Star Wars Rebels, he most recently voiced Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Its sequel, the still-untitled Episode IX, starts shooting this summer under returning The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
Disney-owned Lucasfilm also has plans for fan-favorite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and famed bounty hunter Boba Fett, who will reportedly receive his own stand-alone from 3:10 to Yuma and Logan director James Mangold.
Lucasfilm is also said to be developing an all-new trilogy under The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson, which will be unconnected to the Skywalker saga depicted in the episodic installments and set in an unexplored corner of the galaxy.
Johnson’s producer, Ram Bergman, recently gave an update on the “completely new trilogy,” saying, “It’s all new characters. Everything is new.” The project, he added, is “just in the early stages.”
Abrams’ Episode IX, Johnson’s planned three-movie series, and two new anthologies in Obi-Wan and Boba Fett make six, leaving three supposed projects on the docket.
Lucasfilm revealed in February Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will produce and direct their own Star Wars project, but did not specify if the mysterious project was a one-off or a planned series of films. A one-off brings the count to seven; a trilogy would make nine.
Benioff and Weiss’ project could involve one of the “individual character stories yet to be announced” as named by Kane, or their project could be a one-off that would leave two unidentified solo movies centered around characters are “definitely not Yoda.”