STAR WATCH

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We’ve seen just a few sec­onds of Kylo Ren and Cap­tain Phasma, and a sin­gle photo of Gen­eral Hux. Supreme Leader Snoke, mean­while, is just a name and Andy Serkis in a per­for­mance- cap­ture leo­tard. Even so, we al­ready ( more or less) know there’ll be a new bad­die in the Rian John­sondi­rected Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Beni­cio del Toro’s in­volve­ment was first ru­moured back in July, and he let some de­tails slip to Span­ish news node

Rac1. “I think we start shoot­ing in March,” he said. “The thing is, they don’t let me talk too much about it. I’m like the vil­lain. But we’ll see.” A few weeks later he back­tracked slightly, claim­ing “I don’t know if he’s a vil­lain. Peo­ple are say­ing that, but it’s like they read a dif­fer­ent script than I read.” So he’s in it, but his moral com­pass re­mains in­trigu­ingly un­de­fined.

One of the big mys­ter­ies that’s arisen from The Force Awak­ens’ pub­lic­ity drive is about to be solved. Yes, if you’ve won­dered how C- 3PO ended up with a red arm, this plot point ap­pears to be the main hook of Marvel’s new Star Wars Spe­cial: C- 3PO comic by James Robin­son and Tony Harris, due in De­cem­ber.

And fi­nally, Star Wars: Af­ter­math au­thor Chuck Wendig has hit back at fans who’ve com­plained about a gay char­ac­ter in his book. “You’re not the good guys,” he re­sponded. “You’re the shitty, op­pres­sive, to­tal­i­tar­ian Em­pire. If you can imag­ine a world where Luke Sky­walker would be ir­ri­tated that there were gay peo­ple around him, you com­pletely missed the point of Star Wars.”

Next up in lost arm sto­ries: the Wampa and Pondo Baba.

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