Lots of amazing Star Wars news came out of D23 today... First Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is building two 14-acre expansions to its theme parks that will bring the Star Wars universe to life. One will live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, and the other will reside within the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California.
Now this isn't shocking news as Star Wars has had a presence in Disneyland/Disney World for many years so when they acquired all of Star Wars it was only a matter of time that this would happen. What is a surprise is the scale of it. I figured it would be a few rides but it's actually going to be an additional "land" at Disneyland and the conceptional art looks amazing.
Here's some more information that was released.. The Star Wars-themed “land” will, according to Iger, represent “a
whole new planet” in the Star Wars universe. “It’s a remote port, one
of the last stops before wild space,” he said. The stores and
restaurants will include its own cantina, and “will be operated by local
inhabitants,” Iger continued, earning big cheers from the crowd.
The plan is to include two main attractions: One will be centered around the new movies and the second will put park-goers at the helm of the Millennium Falcon.
No time table was given on when these new parks might open but I'm sure will get more information as it get's closer. I for one am super excited for this news.
The second piece of Star Wars news that came out of D23 was the cast announcement for Star Wars: Rogue One. As previously announced, Felicity Jones stars in Rogue One as a
member of the Rebel Alliance who takes part in a mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star. Joining Jones are her fellow rebels Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen.
Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn were also confirmed for the Rogue One cast with the surprising addition of Mads Mikkelsen, the star of NBC’s recently cancelled Hannibal. It was also announced that Firefly star Alan Tudyk will portray a performance-captured character in Rogue One.