He's come a long way from playing Gutter in the cult-classic, PCU, and now Jon Favreau is firing-up the hyperdrive and heading toward a galaxy far, far away. This morning, Lucasfilm announced that the Emmy-nominated producer and actor has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau has played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and has a role in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story

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At this point, it's very difficult to keep a release date quiet, especially when franchises tend to stick to an easily-deciphered pattern. Almost immediately after Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters in December, many had it pegged for a March home video release, and that is indeed the case. Lucasfilm sent over the official announcement this morning, revealing that families can bring the latest chapter of Star Wars home digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere March 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc March 27. This release marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Check out the specs below, along with a badass new trailer for the in-home release!

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It's the smallest gap ever between Star Wars movies - a December release for Star Wars: The Last Jedi followed by the "standalone" Solo: A Star Wars Story less than six months later. While we know that Lucasfilm doesn't like to market their films on top of one another, it's almost unheard of to debut a first-look just four months ahead of a new release, but that's exactly what's happened here... and I don't mind it. During Super Bowl LII, many (like myself) weren't tuning in to see the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots - they were tuning in for the rumored first-look at footage from Solo. That was a promise quickly delivered on, and with that 45-second teaser came another one... "Trailer Tomorrow." That day has come, and after a debut on Good Morning America, here's the full teaser trailer for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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One of our favorite product lines is getting bigger. Her Universe has long-been a go-to destination for cool Star Wars gear for women and girls, getting started at a time when availability of fan-centric clothing wasn't as widespread as it is now. The Rock Daughters™ wear it... my wife wears it... and now an even broader set of fans who enjoy Disney, Marvel and Star Wars will be able to get in on the action with the launch of OUR UNIVERSE. Disney made the announcement today that the collaboration with Her Universe and founder Ashley Eckstein will "expand beyond the existing licensed lines of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars apparel, accessories, and home goods and opens up new categories and opportunities including a new, heroic character-inspired athleisure line for kids and tweens.

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I've been trying to stress this for years, but now is the last time I'm going to say it: If you are a fan of the STAR WARS films that's been hungry for more, yet doesn't typically venture into the expansive world that Lucasfilm has long-explored in comics, books, games and more, you need to be watching STAR WARS REBELS. As the series heads toward its conclusion with the last run of episodes, now is the time to catch-up on the four-season series to see how it all wraps up. Set in the years prior to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Rebels is a fitting example of a Star Wars tale that can introduce new characters into the timeline established by the feature films, while showcasing new adventures in new corners of the galaxy that have previously remained unexplored. This spirited adventure is very much in-line with where I personally hope that Rian Johnson will take his currently-in-development New Trilogy. See the mid-season trailer below, complete with the return of Emperor Palpatine, making his series debut in these final episodes, voiced by actor Ian McDiarmid from the original films!

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I've generally stayed away from posting "leaks" of any kind here on The Rock Father™ Magazine, but as we approach the release of what will be the fourth Star Wars film of the new era, it's time to say something about how the merchandising is being handled for my favorite franchise. Starting with the 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new Star Wars merchandise has been unleashed during a promotional blitz that's been a street-dated affair. Force Friday was followed by Rogue Friday for the 2016 release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was followed by Force Friday II ahead of 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, we're staring down the May 2018 release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and all signs are pointing toward a spring launch event for the tie-in gear. Now comes the first problem with this strategy...

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