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'Star Wars' News From NYCC: 'Thrawn' Sequel, 'The Last Jedi' Details

by John Rosca / Oct 07, 2017 06:45 AM EDT
Darth Vader's Relationship to Grand Admiral Thrawn

New York Comic Con 2017's Lucasfilm panels offered news about upcoming "Star Wars" books, toys and animated shorts. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" lacked an NYCC panel, but an exhibit of movie props provided cool new details about the film's villains.

The Lucasfilm Publishing panel featured author Timothy Zahn's announcement of a sequel to his well-received "Star Wars: Thrawn" novel. According to io9, it will be titled "Thrawn: Alliances" and come out in summer 2018.

The exciting news is, the Thrawn sequel will have an appearance by Darth Vader. An image from the NYCC panel confirmed that this means Darth Vader of the original trilogy, not Anakin Skywalker.

The character of Grand Admiral Thrawn has long been a fan favorite of "Star Wars" novel readers. New York Daily News notes that Zahn introduced the villain in "Star Wars" books written in the '90s, which were declared "non-canonical" after Disney's acquisition of the "Star Wars" franchise.

But the popular character was reintroduced in 2016 on "Star Wars Rebels." In 2017, Zahn's "Thrawn" novel was published and became a New York Times bestseller.

The "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" booth at NYCC looked like a control room in Starkiller Base from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The booth exhibited a number of props and costumes along with their descriptions.

Unsurprisingly, no real spoilers were evident, but some captions had intriguing new details about the villains Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. The description for Kylo Ren's helmet revealed the reason why he uses it.

As seen on Star Wars News Net, the caption says, "The helmet was crafted to mask his visage and voice, concealing his identity as he delves further into the power of the dark side of the Force." This may be a key to Kylo Ren's psychology. It suggests he is trying to erase his former identity and take on a new one as the heir of Darth Vader.

Another display revealed that Kylo Ren inherited his father's superb piloting skills. Could we see Kylo Ren engaging in a space dogfight in "The Last Jedi"?

The exhibit included helmets of the Supreme Leader's Praetorian Guard. The captions revealed that there are only eight of these elite guardians protecting Snoke.

The display offered cool new info about the Praetorian Guard weapons. Some will wield a double-bladed sword that can be split into two single-bladed daggers.

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