Star Wars is one of those elusive things that no matter your age you can appreciate. I vividly remember watching the original Star Wars trilogy when spending the weekend with my grandparents – which was pretty often! These weekends were the best and were filled with staying up late, watching movies and eating white cheddar popcorn. Even the younger generation can appreciate Star Wars with the introduction of the prequel trilogy, the sequel trilogy, television series and standalone films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and most recently Solo: A Star Wars Story. Star Wars really is a force to be reckoned with! (See what I did there?) If you are a Star Wars fan then 2019 is the year for you!
Star Wars Celebration – Chicago
Cosplayers near and far rejoice! This event will be taking place April 11 – April 15 in Chicago.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
This perhaps may be the most anticipated event of 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland in Anaheim, California this summer and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in late fall. Music for the new land has been composed by John Williams. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will also include two new rides! Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance. I for one am looking forward to the opening of this new immersive land!
Star Wars Episode IX
Star Wars Episode IX is slated to be released December 20, 2019. J.J. Abrams is directed this latest installment and appearances will be made by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian). Carrie Fisher will appear via unused footage prior to her death in order to close out Princess Leia’s story. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Joonas Suotamo and Kelly Marie Tran will all be returning to their roles and a few newcomers – Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Naomi Ackie – are set to make an appearance.
There are various television series that are slated to debut in 2019 across all forms of media, including the long-awaited Disney+ streaming service which is set to launch this year.
The Mandalorian is played by Pedro Pascal and takes place after the fall of the Empire but before the Rise of the First Order. This series will be available on the Disney+ streaming service.
Star Wars: Resistance season 1 finale will begin airing on the Disney Channel on January 13, 2019. The final three episodes follow Kaz Xiono (Christopher Sea), a Resistance pilot that has gone undercover on a refueling station to spy on the First Order. Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood) will also return in the first episode.
The Clone Wars will have 12 new episodes available for season 7 and will air on the Disney+ streaming service after it was canceled five years ago. This animated series will follow Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano, their exiled Jedi-in-training.
2109 will see the release of two highly anticipated video games – including a virtual reality experience!
Vader Immortal is a virtual reality experience that will be released on the Oculus Quest. It is an ILMxLAB developed game written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) who also is executive producer. The game takes players on a journey to Darth Vader’s castle on the lava world of Mustafar where players will battle the Sith Lord. No release date has been set however there are two additional installments planned.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released by EA. Although no release date has been announced yet, the delveloper has stated that it will debut in time for the holidays. This game will focus on a Padawan trainee who survived the Jedi massacre depicted in Revenge of the Sith.
Marvel will be releasing numerous stand-alone comic books in its Star Wars: Age of Republic series throughout 2019 that fans of the galaxy far, far away are sure to love!
- Vador: Dark Visions #1– available in March
- Obi-Wan #1– available January 2
- Jango Fett #1– available January 9
- Star Wars: Age of the Republic Special #1– available January 16
- Anakin Skywalker #1– available February 6
- Count Dooku #1– available February 13
- Padme Amidala #1– available March 6
- General Grievous #1– available March 13
- Mechanical Mayhem –available March 12 (kid-friendly series)
There are a number of novels that are set in the Star Wars universe as well. In addition to titles that are for the older fans, a kid-friendly option will be released for you to share with your young Padawan. For the fans that are interested in behind-the-scenes looks, you will not want to miss the Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo. The titles and release dates are:
- The Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston – available March 5
- Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray – available April 16
- Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn – available July 23
- C-3PO Does NOT Like Sand! – available June 4 (Kid-friendly)
- Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo by Rob Bredow – available April 16
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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