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The Phantom Menace
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Attack of the Clones
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Revenge of the Sith
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  The Virtual Edition
Episode VII
Plague of Doom
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Episode VIII
The Darkness Within
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Episode IX
Duel of the Fates
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Map of the Star Wars
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by Nathaniel Reed,  9/2005 | 12/2016

The Prophecy
And in time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as : THE SON OF THE SUN.
And he shall bring Balance to the Force.
"Journal of the Whills, 3:12"
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September 2017
A Virtual Edition scene for The Last Jedi !
29th September 2017
In keeping with the raison d'etre of the virtual edition, and following on from a similarly inspired illustration I had created ahead of The Force Awakens, I have produced this piece of artwork imagining a (slightly) possible scene from Episode VIII....

Now, knowing how completely wrong I had been with my earlier image for TFA, I'm sure I'll be totally off the mark with this one !!! :o)

Late in September, writer-director Rian Johnson revealed that Episode VIII The Last Jedi had been fully completed and 'locked' ! This seems unbelievably early, but perhaps it allows for the next 2-3 months for the marketing program as well as preparing international versions of the movie.
Also, Mark Hamill revealed an indication - pretty much verified since - that the Second Trailer would be released on October the 9th ! And, furthermore, there was recent intense speculation following published cinema chain listings that the duration of TLJ might be as long as 150 minutes !
A new introductory book from DK, part of the 'Journey to...' line similar to that which appeared for TFA, has given an indication as to the opening plot of TLJ : The First Order, who had recently identified the location of the Rebel Resistance on D'Qar in Episode VII, has now attacked that planet, and it may be that the Resistance are struggling to defend and evacuate ; Leia has called upon Admiral Holdo for help, and it's likely it's her bombers seen in the first TLJ trailer that arrive. This timely intervention appears to then lead Leia and her comrades out to Crait, which Johnson has already verified was an old Rebel outpost.... an historical story now revealed in a new comic book featuring the Skywalker Twins on the white salt-flats world. The BTS video showed a clip of Hamill and Fisher on what appears to be a Crait studio set, and the Vanity Fair photo-shoot conveniently and sentimentally presented these two original heroes together.

The new book gives a teasing revelation of a "tragic past" for new heroine Rose Tico, who accompanies Finn on his undercover mission for the Resistance on Cantonica. Furthermore, it discloses that the long-legged Fathier 'racing horses' are very fast, the very same creatures that Finn and Rose will ride ; the Porgs are not only cute but edible (we briefly saw a white feather sticking out of Chewie's mouth in the trailer !), and that the strange fish-bird nun-looking Care-takers possibly hunt them too !

In addition, a recent interview with General Hux actor Domhnall Gleeson revealed that he was particularly impressed with Rian Johnson's writing for characters and plot, and the unexpected and original arcs that the director has sent the characters. In fact, both Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill have alluded the exact same sentiments for Johnson's writing on this episode.
In YHS news, director Ron Howard has not only revealed that Brit actor Paul Bettany has briefly joined them - possibly replacing MK Williams, due to the latter's availability conflicts following the movie's shoot re-scheduling - but also that we may very well be visiting the infamous spice-mining world of Kessel !
At the beginning of september, LFL suddenly announced that Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow would leave the production with immediate effect, citing creative differences over the vision and direction of the project. A few days later, it was announced that TFA director JJ Abrams would return to write and direct Episode IX, with help from co-writer Chris Terrio.

On the face of it, I'm genuinely worried how Abrams will perform for this closing chapter, considering the apparently lazy writing I felt he and Kasdan were responsible for in TFA ; but equally, following whatever 'mess' LFL and Trevorrow had with Episode IX - presumably contributed by the tragic death of Carrie Fisher - Kathleen Kennedy felt she needed the reliable and 'known quantity' of a director who has worked well with LFL before.
For the virtual edition of Episode VII : Plague of Doom I recently revisited the last remaining scene from Nal Hutta that hadn't yet been illustrated.
Han has brought Luke, Leia, and the droids to Ophuchi, the capital city of Nal Hutta, to seek an audience with the Great Barrola the Hutt. They hope to find answers as to why Kesselian spice was found on machinery implicated in the abduction of the Princess of Ondos, and their friends, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca.
You can see the VE artwork in the 'Nal Hutta' art gallery as well as in the online illustrated story, and you can discuss this in the forum here !
Nathaniel Reed, 29th September 2017
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