In this quarantining, stay-at-home orders world we’re currently living in we’re learning to miss some things we might have taken for granted. Case in point, as I sit here on the 4th of May, which should be a National Holiday, and contemplate an event my family and I look forward to every year about this time-frame. The town next over to where I live typically holds a one-day “Star Wars Day” each year during June. There’s typically a lot of cosplaying, Star Wars memorabilia sold and events planned, a lot which is geared towards younger fans. One year it was a “proud Grandpa moment” for me. My oldest grandson, five at the time, was the only one to identify a cosplayer as an AT-AT Pilot versus a “Stormtrooper” everyone else believed this gentleman to be!
Though it saddens me that this event was canceled this year, for obvious reasons, I also realized that we as Star Wars fans always seem to have “something” to look forward too. Here’s a list of five things recently announced that Star Wars fans have to look forward to on, and beyond, this “May The 4th“!
1) The Complete Skywalker Saga Available On Disney+
Disney+ the pay premium streaming service announced that starting today the complete Skywalker Saga, all three trilogy movie sets, can be seen all in one place. Subscribers can now stream all 9 films, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
2) New Cassian Andor Series Cast Announced
Cassian Andor is the next live-action series that will debut on the paid Disney+ streaming service. The series follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the early years of the Rebellion and is pre-Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor. Recently announced additions were the actor (Genevieve O’Reilly) who portrayed Mon Mothma in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story who will reprise her role. Also announced were Stellan Skarsgard (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Good Will Hunting), Denise Gough (Collett, Angels in America), and Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina, The Titan).
3) Star Wars Episode 1: Racer is coming to Switch and PS4
Aspyr Media seems to have taken up the mantle of revitalizing all the old classic Star Wars games on modern consoles. Their latest entry is the ’90s classic Star Wars Episode I: Racer which is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 next week on May 12th! Features include:
- Modernized controls
- 25 playable racers including Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell
- Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare
- Work with pit droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration
- Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times
- Split-screen multiplayer (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4) and LAN multiplayer (Nintendo Switch)
4) Get the Queen’s Shadow eBook for Free
You only have until May 8th to download E.K. Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow for free. In this novel, Padmé Amidala, “now a senator of Naboo, navigates the treacherous politics of the Galactic Senate and forges a new identity — beyond the queen’s shadow”. You can get your eBook copy right now at DisneyBooks.com. And there’s additional great news for Padmé fans: Johnston’s prequel, Queen’s Peril, arrives this summer and is available for pre-order now.
5) New Star Wars Comics Return On May 27th
Marvel announced that new Wednesday comic book releases will resume starting May 27th. The first batch includes the physical copy of STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1. If you can’t wait until then you can get this issue digitally starting today!
This series is one of the new Marvel Star Wars titles that take place on the heels of the aftermath of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as we talked about back in January.