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Obi-Wan Kenobi Drops Full Trailer
Wednesday of this past week was May 4th a.k.a. May the Fourth Be With You a.k.a. Star Wars Day. In celebration of the fan holiday Disney+ released a full length trailer in complement to the short teaser trailer we were treated to earlier this year:
Obi-Wan Kenobi | Official Trailer | Disney+
The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat-the downfall and corru…
Fans are treated to a much more complete sense of the scope Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to be tackling when it debuts May 27th – a few short weeks from today. Despite knowing from canon that Obi-Wan has been Tatooine-bound in the sixteen years between Luke Skywalker’s birth and the events of A New Hope this new trailer heavily features major space ports and cities both new and old from the Star Wars franchise. It teases a revisitation of the Obi-Wan/Darth Vader relationship and reintroduces audiences to Joel Edgerton’s Owen Lars, not seen in Star Wars since The Revenge of the Sith.
WIth Star Wars Celebration right around the corner at the end of May it makes sense to have this trailer now and leaves this writer wondering what other footage Disney/Disney+ could be holding back for convention-goers to have exclusive access to?
House of the Dragon Drops Teaser Trailer
Not to be outdone, HBOMax also jumped on the trailer game this week releasing a slightly longer teaser trailer for their upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series: House of the Dragon about the Targaryen family from which Emilie Clarke’s Daenerys springs:
House of the Dragon | Official Teaser Trailer | HBO Max
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The theme of legacy runs strong throughout the teaser trailer dueling with a clever bit of exposition wherein we can hear and see many legendary Westerosi characters introducing themselves by name. Some of these are characters of legends by the time most audiences first learn about them topped with the admonishment:
“History does not remember blood. It remembers names.”
Most recognizable, of course, is Doctor Who and Morbius actor Matt Smith who plays Prince Daemon Targaryen – younger brother to King Viserys I, Commander of the King’s Watch, and noted Warrior.
At first blush, House of the Dragon appears to be modeled very much in the same style as its predecessor and with an August 21st release date the Game of Thrones show is placed in direct competition with Amazon Studios’ The Rings of Power series which occupies the same sword and sorcery space. For fantasy fans, like myself, it is about to be an exciting late summer!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Adds New Castmembers
Percy Jackson scribe Rick Riordan has made his involvement in the Disney+ series very much known. This week on the author’s blog he announced the series popular trilogy has completed their casting!
Actors Aryan Simhadri (Cheaper by the Dozen), will be joining the cast as Grover Underwood along with Leah Sava Jeffries (Rel), as Annabeth Chase. They join The Adam Project star Walker Scobell as the three leads of Camp Half-Blood’s adventures.
Per Riordan’s blog:
This week, our three brave heroes assembled for the first time at the studios in Vancouver, and I got to welcome them to the set. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but also a lot of fun. I cannot wait to get started! Please help me welcome Walker, Aryan and Leah to the Percy Jackson universe. I promise that they will do you proud!
Presently there is no official release date for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, simply “2023”.