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But What Could Dawn of Skywalker Possibly Mean?
The Source: The internet, noticing international titles for Rise of Skywalker
Probability of Accuracy: Well, the titles are accurate, at least.
The Real Deal: Considering it's a title that's been picked apart for every nuance of potential meaning, perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised that a lot of attention is being paid to the fact that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's international titles are getting a lot of scrutiny. We must confess that Japan's Star Wars: The Dawn of Skywalker feels slightly less spoilery than the Polish version, which seems to translate to Skywalker Resurrection, but it's possible we're missing some greater nuance. Nonetheless, the new Japanese title, which surfaced last week, is causing a lot of chatter. That said, everything is speculation until the movie comes out. It's like Revenge of the Jedi, only less so.
Rise of Skywalker Will Make You Cry
The Source: The future Zorri Bliss, Keri Russell
Probability of Accuracy: To be fair, tears are very subjective.
The Real Deal: Is J.J. Abrams going to close out the Skywalker Saga in the manner that fans are hoping? No one will know until December, but at least one person is happy with the conclusion. Speaking to the Associated Press, Keri Russell—who plays new character Zorri Bliss in the movie—said, "When I read his script that [Abrams] wrote, I cried. I mean, who knows what it will turn out to be, and I hope it remains true to what he originally wanted." Want more details? Tough. She's not sharing anything else. But she did offer this interesting tease: "He's not trying to change it to be something else. He really respects what it is." Abrams has, of course, spoken of his desire to stay true to George Lucas' vision, but could this be a reference to people's fears that he's going to undo some of the revelations of Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Maybe.
The Future of Warfare, Revealed
The Source: The very studio responsible for the next Star Wars videogame
Probability of Accuracy: It's real gameplay footage. It's as accurate as things get, pending the inevitable edit.
The Real Deal: The videogame Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order isn't hitting consoles until November 15, but fans now have a much more complete picture of what to expect from the EA game. The studio put nearly half an hour of gameplay footage online last week.
Previous promotion for the game had been criticized for the gameplay that was shown. Will this be enough to convince the haters? Well, probably not; it’s the internet, after all. But this is definitely something worth checking out.
The Saga of Solo Is Not Over Yet
The Source: Online rumormongering from anonymous sources
Probability of Accuracy: For now, let's consider it 50–50, although that might be a little too generous, considering.
The Real Deal: While the box office failure of last year's Solo: A Star Wars Story made it look as if fans would never get any closure for the tease of Darth Maul being the head of a criminal underground, with Qi'Ra seeking to build her own power base in his organization, reality—read: "Lucasfilm"—might have other plans. According to a report from We Got This Covered, the plot is likely to continue in the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi series being developed for Disney+, which may or may not star Ewan McGregor. The site didn't share the source of the rumor, so it's unclear how much of this is rooted in reality—although fans familiar with The Clone Wars and Rebels know of the long-standing rivalry between Maul and Kenobi. Perhaps, for now, folks should just hope for the best.
Galaxy's Edge Is a Hive of Low-Scale Villainy, but Not Scum
The Source: Reporting based on, of all things, eBay listings
Probability of Accuracy: It would appear to check out, yes.
The Real Deal: Yes, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is open at Disneyland in Anaheim, but let's be honest: Not every fan has the opportunity to visit the attraction. That might explain the amount of small-scale theft that is apparently underway, with visitors stealing everything from maps, menus, and markers to tokens and other props to resell online for a tidy profit. It's hardly the same as being there, but on the plus side, judging by some of the prices on eBay right now, it might be just as expensive.
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