Thrawn: Alliances Book Reveals, SDCC News, and Star Wars Voice Actor David W. Collins!

This week on The Star Wars Show, we get a peek at Padme from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances, give all the details about the newly announced Star Wars Fan Awards, and find out why Ponda Baba is one essential Aqualish to the saga. Plus, we get familiar with our very own David W. Collins and learn about his long history with Lucasfilm, antics with Sam Witwer, and what it’s like to voice classic Star Wars characters.

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The Latest on The Last Jedi, Thrawn: Alliances Cover Revealed, and More!

In this installment of The Star Wars Show (which includes paid content by Sphero), we run down all of Entertainment Weekly’s new Star Wars: The Last Jedi images and reveals, debut the cover of Timothy Zahn’s highly-anticipated Thrawn: Alliances novel, talk with ILMxLAB about the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience, and more!

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Extended Interview With Thrawn Creator Timothy Zahn

Noted Star Wars author Timothy Zahn reflects on Grand Admiral Thrawn’s creation, explains Leia’s importance to Star Wars, offers advice to those wanting to write for Star Wars, and more in this extended interview from the Star Wars Show.

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New The Last Jedi Details, Talking Thrawn with Timothy Zahn & the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars

In this installment of The Star Wars Show, we have new details on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, interview author Timothy Zahn, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with the cast of Hamilton, and more!

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe: Past, Present, and Future

In this special look at the Star Wars Expanded Universe, many of Lucasfilm’s brightest talents and authors discuss the legacy and exciting future of the company’s comics, books, and videogames.

When George Lucas created Star Wars, he depicted it as a lived-in universe with a history. That’s where the creation of the Expanded Universe, or EU, comes in. “The movies are so rich and so full of detail,” says Howard Roffman, EVP, Lucasfilm Franchise Management, “and you know that there’s a ton of things that aren’t revealed in the movies but obviously exist in the lore of Star Wars and in the story of Star Wars. The EU has been our attempt to take you into areas that aren’t explored in the movies and give you much more depth.” Kilian Plunkett, art director of Star Wars Rebels, names Brian Daley’s classic novel, Han Solo and the Lost Legacy, as his introduction to the EU, while Lucas Books senior editor Jennifer Heddle cites Splinter of the Mind’s Eye as her first EU experience — a tale featuring Princess Leia dueling Darth Vader. The EU took a new direction with the 1991 landmark release of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, which takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and set the stage for the modern era of connected Star Wars stories. It led to comics like Dark Empire — a favorite of Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni — and videogames like Knights of the Republic, all informing each other. Many concepts that would be used in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, such as the Nightsisters, came from the EU.

Now, with Lucasfilm’s Story Group, the EU will be unified like never before. Across the new films, TV animation, comics, novels, and games, the Star Wars narrative will be entirely consistent and cohesive. “I think the idea of aligning the content,” says Kiri Hart, head of development, “is actually a really fantastic and exciting opportunity that no other fictional universe could really even support.”

The EU remains an important resource for a galaxy far, far away. “There’s a bright future for Star Wars,” says Filoni. “But I think the EU will be a legacy that’s mined forever.”

Star Wars Reads Day: Celebrating Literacy & A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars Reads Day is a nationwide celebration of reading and Star Wars, with fun events at libraries and bookstores nationwide featuring Star Wars authors, artists, contests, costumed characters, and lots more! The second annual Star Wars Reads Day will take place October 5, 2013, and it will be a day long-remembered!

In this special Star Wars Reads Day video, authors Timothy Zahn, Pablo Hidalgo, Jeffrey Brown, and many more discuss the great tradition of Star Wars books and comics, and why they’re so important to the Star Wars universe.

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