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It’s a new era for Tatooine Sons. Last week, we made a GALACTIC CHANGING announcement that is blowing minds. Now that we’ve had a chance to breathe, we’re sharing the whole story. But before we get to that, we’re talking about classic characters coming to the Rogue One series, big news about The Mandalorian, and a fan favorite comic book character is getting a Dooku-level treatment.


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HOT TAKES!

The Mandalorian will be coming back for a third season. Another strong, female leader will be featured in the Rogue One Disney+ Series. And a fan favorite Star Wars comic book character is getting the mainstream treatment this Summer. It’s time for Hot Takes.


Season 3 of The Mandalorian is Already Being Planned for Disney+!

(Source: Variety.com)

The October premiere date for Season 2 of The Mandalorian may still feel like it’s far, far away, but pre-production has already begun on a third installment of the wildly popular Disney Plus series, Variety has learned exclusively. Sources close to the production have confirmed that creator Jon Favreau has been “writing season 3 for a while,” and that the art department, led by Lucasfilm vice president and executive creative director Doug Chiang, has been creating concepts for Season 3 “for the past few weeks.” “We’ve just started pre-production and are looking into further adventures for the Mandalorian in Season 3,” revealed one source. In addition, another source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the production design department began working on season 3 on April 20, pointing to the fact the department requires “such a huge lead time” to explain why “the gears have started grinding really early on.”


Samuel the Hutt and BB-N8 are both VERY excited that The Mandalorian will be continuing for AT LEAST three seasons! They discussed why The Mandalorian has such universal appeal in a fandom that is often harshly divided. Samuel the Hutt believes that there are two major reasons for this: Baby Yoda and fan service (in a good way). BB-N8 expounded on the idea that The Mandalorian is pure Star Wars that isn't depended on the Skywalker Saga.


The Yet-To-Be-Named Rogue One Series for Disney+ is Bringing Back a Very Important Character

(Source: HollywoodReporter.com)

Genevieve O'Reilly and Denise Gough have joined the cast of Disney+'s untitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel spinoff series. The series centers on Cassian Andor, who was the Rebel intelligence officer in Rogue One. Diego Luna is reprising the role for the series, which is set five years before the events of the 2016 movie. (As we discussed last week) Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller are also cast. O'Reilly will return to her role as Mon Mothma, the politician who worked to oppose the Empire and helped found the Rebel Alliance. Character details for Gough were not revealed.


The Bow Tie Jedi Guy went down the "history rabbit hole," discussing the formation of modern Israel, and the conflict between two groups vying for control: one trying to build a coalition, another using full-on terrorist tactics to drive out an "oppressive Empire." He asked BB-N8 and Samuel the Hutt if they would like to see this type of conflict between an Alliance being formed by Mon Mothma (played by Genevieve O'Reilly) and a group of "Freedom Fighters" (a.k.a. terrorists) led by Saw Gerrera (played by Forest Whitaker? Both think seeing this conflict would be a really interesting way of developing how an Empire could be defeated.


Doctor Aphra is Getting a MAJOR Push Into the Star Wars Consciousness

(Source: StarWars.com)

The doctor is in once more! StarWars.com and This Week! In Star Wars are excited to reveal Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original, an expanded adaptation of the kinda good, kinda bad archaeologist’s introduction in Marvel’s Darth Vader series. In the story, Aphra makes a deal with the Sith Lord — never the best idea — and begins a memorable (mis)adventure. Written by Sarah Kuhn, the audio drama will feature a full cast and include new scenes with some familiar faces. (And we’re sure that murder-droids Triple Zero and Bee Tee will be just as — if not more — frightening in audio form.) Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original will be available for download everywhere audiobooks are sold on July 21.


Could this audio drama be setting up a transition for Doctor Aphra into LIVE ACTION? Samuel the Hutt believes it's a bit of a stretch to see that happen. But BB-N8 thinks this is EXACTLY what Lucasfilm is doing (see announcement about Leslye Headland of Russian Doll).

Ode to the Sons of Tatooine (by the Younglings Podcast)

There is a podcast that we listen to It is for the old, and it is for the new It is all about Star Wars from the point of view Of a Father and his sons two Excellence Ebullience Effervescence These are the qualities it possesses They are why I listen to the Bow Tie Jedi Guy, the Hutt Samuel, and the droid BB-Nate It is because they are great Furthermore, they are family friendly with no Bantha poodoo That makes the younglings cry ‘boohoo’ So what is this podcast we’re raving about? It’s Tatooine Sons- No doubt!

(Well done, Younglings!)


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Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast announces an exciting partnership with Facebook


Tatooine Sons is launching a 10 episode EXCLUSIVE series on Facebook Watch beginning on May 4, 2020.


Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast is an intergenerational conversation about life, values and character through the lens of Star Wars, hosted by David Jesse and his two sons, Sam (18) and Nathan (14). The audio podcast launched in December of 2017, and has attracted a passionate following of listeners after Nathan asked Rian Johnson, writer/director of The Last Jedi, a question that eventually changed Star Wars history (SEE VIDEO HERE). Now, Tatooine Sons is excited to announce a partnership with Facebook to produce 10 video episodes of their immensely popular show, to be distributed weekly on the Facebook Watch platform beginning May 4, 2020 - the unofficial “Star Wars Day.”


Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy video on Facebook. Facebook’s goal is to incubate the video ecosystem by working with partners like Tatooine Sons to build a predictable programming calendar. Facebook enables and gives partners the freedom to experiment and flex in the ways they know best. Home to a wide range of video – from scripted comedy and drama, to competition and reality series, to individual creators and live sports – Facebook Watch is a destination where content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where viewers can discover new content based on what their friends are watching, and catch up on the shows they follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop and on TV apps listed HERE.


Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast produces a weekly show that addresses the latest in Star Wars news, rumors, and speculation in a family-friendly, positive manner. The show is most widely known throughout the Star Wars fan community for the #MakeTerbusCanon campaign - which resulted in the porg named by Nathan to be featured in the all-ages comic book series Star Wars Adventures, Issues 27-29 (October - December 2019).


“Sam, Nathan and I are thrilled to be partnering with Facebook to create exclusive, uniquely community-oriented content for Facebook Watch that drives meaningful conversations about something that we love so much - Star Wars. As a dad, I’ve been using a ‘galaxy far, far away’ to teach Sam and Nathan about hope, justice, redemption and other life-lessons for years. When we started Tatooine Sons, it was natural for those “dad moments” to find their way into the show. And we’re honored that parents, grandparents and other adults are listening to our show and sharing those lessons with the kids in their lives. Now, through the Facebook Watch platform, our fans can join the conversation by viewing along with others, interacting within our Facebook page and group, and even connecting directly with us on a daily basis,” said David Jesse, the host and founder of Tatooine Sons.

On May 4, 2020, Tatooine Sons is officially launching their Facebook Watch series with a LIVE event commemorating the unofficial “Star Wars Day,” (also known as “May the 4th Be With you”) beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Topics for this LIVE broadcast will focus on the series finale of the animated series, The Clone Wars, the launch of the new behind the scenes documentary series on Disney+, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, along with discussion about the latest Star Wars news. Following this LIVE event, the series will be released in a video on demand (VOD) format on Facebook Watch each Monday at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.

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There isn’t a character in Star Wars that is loved more than Princess Leia. Long before we had Ahsoka, Jyn or Rey, Leia Organa was leading the Rebel Alliance against the evil Darth Vader, Tarkin and the Emperor. On this week’s episode, we are taking a closer look at why Princess Leia is such a powerful leader. And we may talk a little about the amazing actress who brought her to life, Carrie Fisher. Plus, Hot Takes, poll results and more.


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Personal Updates


A Week Away From Moving

We're busy packing up all of our earthly belongings in preparation to move to Orlando in one week. At this point, we're in that weird spot between packing up everything we don't use every day, and waiting for that fast and furious couple of days when we pack up everything we do.

The Clone Wars Final Arc

The first episode in the final arc of The Clone Wars was released on Friday. What a ride! We all agree that these final episodes could easily be complied into one, cohesive feature film.

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We've created a Facebook Group for in depth Star Wars discussion. We want YOU to be a part of it. This is going to be our HUB on Facebook going forward. And you're going to want to be a part of it. Trust us!

Last Week’s Podcast Poll Results

Here are some of our favorite comments!


Rik Villanueva @CadBanesBounty - As a father, hearing "Hey, kid..." in The Rise of Skywalker broke me. I don't think there's another Han scene that affected me as much.

Charlie-Red4 @Red4Charlie - I know my pick is the lowest. But to me, when Han meets Chewie, is spoke to what star wars is all about. Han found family where he had none. Qi`ra had gone out of the picture, Han was on his own. Star Wars is Family, Hope, and Sacrifice. Had displayed all three amazingly.

Miles James Tepatti @mtepatti15 - "Everrything perfectly all right now we're fine we're all fine here now thank you how are you?" "Negative negative negative we have a reactor leak large leak very hazardous give us a few minutes to lock it down" "boring conversation anyway"

Hot Takes

More actors are joining Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk in the early days of the Rebellion. We’re about to get a WHOLE lot more behind the scenes for The Mandalorian. And could JJ and Chris done more with Dark Rey? It’s time for Hot Takes.


Stellan Skarsgard & Kyle Soller Joining Disney+ ‘Rogue One’ Series (Variety.com) Multiple sources are confirming that Stellan Skarsgard (Dr. Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films) and Kyle Soller (101 Dalmation Street) will join Diego Luna in Disney Plus’ Rogue One series, although both actors are still in final negotiations for their roles. Both Samuel the Hutt an BB-N8 remember Skarsgard from the MCU, but neither are familiar with Soller. The Bow Tie Jedi Guy has a crazy theory about who Stellan Skarsgard will play - a younger, pre Galactic Civil War version of The Client from The Mandalorian, previously played in the series by Werner Herzog.


Go Behind the Scenes in the NEW DISNEY+ Series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” (StarWars.com)

Disney and Lucasfilm announced a new series premiering on Disney+ on Math the 4th - the unofficial "Star Wars Day." The series will be hosted by Jon Favreau and will share behind the scenes stories from Season 1 of The Mandalorian. We're all excited about the extra footage. The Bow Tie Jedi Guy speculates that an entire episode will be devoted to Baby Yoda. But Samuel the Hutt and BB-N8 both reminded him that no one on the show will call him that.


Was “Dark Rey” a Wasted Opportunity in The Rise of Skywalker? (Screenrant.com)

Nothing was more jarring in the buildup to The Rise of Skywalker than seeing a Dark Side Rey in the final trailer. After a ton of theories and speculation, it turned out to be little more than a brief glimpse at what MIGHT have been - both in universe and out. Now, Screenrant.com is asking if it wouldn’t have been better to see Rey succumb to the Dark Side in a misguided attempt to defeat him, only to be brought back by a redeemed Ben Solo, similar to the hugely popular Dark Empire series from the Legends Universe.

5 Reasons We'd Follow Leia Into Any Battle


There are very few characters in film history who are as recognized and loved as Princess Leia. She broke the stereotype of the damsel in distress. Instead of fawning over Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, she cracks about how short Luke is; calls Han a “flyboy” and Chewie a “walking carpet.” And even more than that, Leia is quickly shown to be more than a princess. She’s a leader we can learn a lot from.


After discussing why Princess Leia is such a loved and iconic character and remembering special moments when surrounding Rogue One and Star Wars Celebration Orlando, we discussed our 5 reasons why Princess Leia is such an amazing leader.


  1. Her Quiet Confidence - From the moment Princess Leia feigns an Imperial accent while mocking Governor Tarkin, it's crystal clear that she's anything but scared. When Luke Skywalker opens Cell 2187 and declares he's there to save her, she shows things are NOT going to go the way he thinks. And when Han and Luke are busy giving each other galactic high fives after escaping the Death Star, Leia realizes it was way too easy. Her confidence is the opposite of Han Solo's. His is overconfidence. Leia's is perfect confidence.

  2. She's Inspirational - Leia's words and actions move others to action. He simple call to Ben Kenobi shakes him out of a two decade exile. After she nearly dies in The Last Jedi, her words rally a desperate Resistance to hold onto HOPE. And of course, who can forget when she turns the tables on her rescuers, taking charge of their escape and telling them to jump into the garbage chute.

  3. Nothing Shakes Her - She goes through hell at the hands of an Imperial Interrogation Droid, but never gives up the location of the Rebel vase on Yavin IV. Jabba the Hutt chains her to his bed, but she never seems worried about wether she and her friends will survive. And she's shot in the arm while trying to take out the shield generator on the Forest Moon of Endor, but still manages to crack a few jokes. She's always cool as ice.

  4. She Has Unbelievable Discernment - From early on, you can tell Leia sees something special in Han. She sees a leader. On the flip side, she knows Lando can't be trusted. And when everyone else is convinced that Kylo Ren is irredeemable, Leia knows there's still good buried deep inside Ben Solo.

  5. She Makes Everyone Around Her Better - Poe Dameron makes mistake after mistake, ultimately fomenting mutiny against the Resistance. But Leia is committed to helping Poe become the leader she knows he can be. And even though Rey is a nobody scavenger from Jakuu (and the granddaughter of the most evil Sith Lord the galaxy has ever known), Leia sees the Jedi and leader who will guide the galaxy into a new era.


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There’s a crazy narrative that’s been going around Star Wars fandom during the Disney era. It claims that Disney is trying to promote a feminist agenda through characters like Rey and Jyn Erso. The problem is, Star Wars has ALWAYS had a strong female lead. Princess Leia is beloved for a reason. She’s bold. She’s strong. She’s confident. And she inspires the Rebellion to follow her unquestionably. Everything rises and falls on leadership. And the greatest leader in the Star Wars universe is our beloved Princess Leia.

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Star Wars is as much about amazing characters as it is spaceships, lightsabers and the Force. It’s a big reason these films have been popular for more than 40 years. This week, we’re going to take a deeper look into Dad’s favorite character: Han Solo. Along with why all of our lives would be better if we had a friend like him in it. Plus, Hot Takes, poll results and more.


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Star Wars Celebration Chicago - 1 Year Later

It's hard to believe it's been year since we braved the lines at the McCormick Center in Chicago for Celebration. It's always interesting to realize that the panels, exhibits, and interviews take a distant second place to the interaction with our fellow Star Wars fans. Let's HOPE that we will get that experience again in August!


Moving Plans

We're still a couple weeks out, but plans for moving to Batuu East (better known as Orlando) are in motion. Let's just say, we've got a lot of work to do.

Tatooine Sons, LLC.

Still waiting on the "suits" to give us the go ahead to tell you what this whole thing is all about, but let's just say we had to form a company for the next BIIIGGGG project that's coming SOON!.


Last Week’s Podcast Poll Results


Episode 110 was a BLAST, as we got to talk about Project: Luminous and the High Republic with Dan Z of Coffee With Kenobi. We asked you who YOUR favorite new Jedi was.


Who’s your favorite #HighRepublic #Jedi (so far)?


  • Avar Kriss - 34.1%

  • Loden Greatstorm - 27.3%

  • Vernestra “Vern” Rwoh - 15.9%

  • Other (Comment Below) - 22/7%


Here are some of our favorite comments!

  • Padawan Of Christ (@PadawanOfChrist) - Stellan or Vern, probably... Too early to tell!

  • Ryan Doell (@RyanDoell31) - Other: that dude with the beard that looks like me 😂

  • Blogga the Hutt (@BloggatheHutt) - Greatstorm is such a cool name so he gets my vote!!!


Hot Takes


“The Corona” Has Hit Lucasfilm. Could The Clone Wars Final Season Be Setting Up Ahsoka’s Appearance in The Mandalorian? And is it even possible to imagine Star Wars without Anthony Daniels? It’s time for Hot Takes. Coronavirus Furloughs Hit Lucasfilm Delaying Future Productions SyFy.com Bryan Young at SyFy.com shared a report from Variety that Lucasfilm employees are being furloughed as part of a larger Walt Disney company policy. This is mostly hitting employees who can’t continue working during the coronavirus pandemic. It started with Disney Parks employees but now has made its way into the studios...What this means for release schedules of future Star Wars content — from Rian Johnson’s greatly anticipated trilogy to the second season of The Mandalorian — is unclear at this moment.

Are the Secrets of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul Connected to The Mandalorian? (SPOILER ALERT) Inverse.com The past two episodes of The Clone Wars have been setting up the events of The Siege of Mandalore - a battle that takes place parallel to the Battle of Coruscant and Order 66. We know that Ahsoka battles Maul after leading the 501st in trying to take back Mandalore from Maul’s Shadow Collective - which we learn in the most recent Clone Wars episodes is now going by the name, Crimson Dawn. This is the first chronological reference to the organization that is front and center in Solo: A Star Wars Story. These two episodes also feature two famous Mandalorians: Bo Katan and Ursa Wren. Inverse.com published an interesting article this week that ties all of these threads together and concludes that the final arc of The Clone Wars could tease how Ahsoka will return in The Mandalorian.


Anthony Daniels DIdn’t Want to Audition for Star Wars CNet.com Anthony Daniels didn't want to meet a relatively unknown American movie director looking for someone to play a robot in a "low-budget, science fiction film." He just wasn't a fan of the genre, but his agent persisted, telling the aspiring actor "you never know what it could lead to."

5 Reasons Why You Need a Friend Like Han Solo


One of the reasons we love Star Wars is because of characters that we can relate to. And none is more relatable than Han Solo. He’s cynical. Overconfident. Independent. But also loyal, optimistic and altogether likable. This week, let’s discuss 5 reasons we all need a friend like Han Solo in our lives.


1. He’s great at getting you out of a tight spot

From the first time he meets Chewie in that pit on Mimban, Han Solo is always getting his friends (and himself) out crazy situations. He leads slave rebellions on Kessel; escapes the Maelstrom with a drop of Coaxium; gets out of Mos Eisley with Ben an Luke just in time, and, of course, swoops in at the last second to take out Darth Vader so Luke can blast the Death Star. He may not have a plan for anything. But he seems to have a way of slipping away at just the right moment.


2. He forgives you even when you don’t deserve it

And let's admit it - Lando never deserves it. He cheats at Sabacc; flies away from Savareen to let Han face Enfys Next on his own; and don't even begin to mention the betrayal at Cloud City. But time and time again, Han Solo let's it slide. And having someone in our lives that loves us like that, is a pretty special thing.


3. He’s not afraid to tell you the truth

We're all just one stupid move away from doing something stupid. That's when we need someone who will look us straight in the eyes and say, “Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova and that'd end your trip real quick, wouldn't it?" And don't forget when he found out that Luke thought he could just assume the mantle of Jedi Knight while Han was frozen in Carbonite in Jabba's palace: “I'm out of it for a little while, and everybody gets delusions of grandeur.” Ah... sometimes when you a friend like Han, who needs enemies?

4. He’s unflinchingly loyal

Once Han Solo is your friend, he's your friend forever. From the moment he and Chewbacca get off Mimban, they're together forever. He's committed to Qi'ra even when it means he's probably about to get into a lot of trouble because of it. And no matter how evil Kylo Ren became, Han Solo believed that Ben Solo was down in there somewhere, and that he could bring him back.


5. He always sees the best in every situation

It doesn't get more Han Solo that, "Never tell me the odds!" From Han Solo's perspective, it's always going to work out. He might pretend to be cynical, but underneath that scruffy looking exterior, Han Solo is an eternal optimist. And having someone like that to call on when life's got you down, is a big deal. While you're down, that kind of friend can say, "I've got a really good feeling about this!"


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There’s an ancient proverb that says, “A man who has friends, must show himself friendly.” This is seen perfectly in Han Solo. When we first meet Han, he’s put up all his defenses and is pushing away Luke and Leia. But this isn’t the real Han Solo; it’s one that has become cynical after multiple betrayals from Beckett, Qi’ra and even Lando. The good news is that Han’s best self always rises to the surface. He returns to the Death Star to help Luke. He’s willing to die before letting anything happen to Leia and Chewbacca. And even after he’s betrayed over and over by Lando, he still calls him a friend. His commitment and love for others - in spite of the false bravado and bluster - is one of the reasons why Han Solo is one of the most popular characters in cinematic history. And his commitment to his friends is a trait we’d all do well to develop.


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