Bantha Poodoo: Cutting Through the Star Wars Clickbait (Week of 6/26/2016)


With Lucasfilm producing a new Star Wars movie every year until the end of time, everyone wants to quickly cash-in on the franchise with some quick and stupid Star Wars stories. As a service to our readers we’ll be running down each week’s bit of Star Wars clickbait on the internet to try to debunk this week’s Star Wars stupidity.

Luke Skywalker Won’t Die in Episode VIII


This week there’s an embarrassing amount of clickbait being tossed around based on an interview Mark Hamill gave about Episode VIII. Hamill knows how to work the Star Wars fans, and in an interview he said he would be finished filming soon, and then out of work.

This immediately fired up the clickbait engines of most sites desperate for some Star Wars clicks, and they all ran stories claiming that Luke Skywalker dies in Episode VIII and it would be his final Star Wars movie. Except if these fools just used Google and researched what Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has said, they’d know Luke (and Leia) will be around for the third movie in the trilogy.

Back in January, Trevorrow clearly stated to Entertainment Tonight that both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will have even bigger roles in Episode IX:

Though he says he has yet to speak with original Star Wars stars Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Trevorrow wants their presence to be even greater in his film, revealing he can’t wait “to find new places that we can take those characters.”

“They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films,” he told us.

“[Episode IX] is something that needs to honor a story that’s been told over a period of 40 years,” he reiterated. “I don’t want to ignore any of it, and I respect all of it. It’s something I think the fan base is going to embrace.”

After all the craziness started, Mark Hamill tried to defuse it on Twitter:

I meant "out of work" because #Ep8 is wrapping soon, OK? #DontOverThinkEVERYTHING #ParsingHamill #WaitForVIII

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 27, 2016


That’s pretty clear right there, and it easily debunks all of the sensational clickbait being spread around that Episode VIII would be Mark Hamill’s final appearance as Luke Skywalker. He’ll continue on into Episode IX and in an even greater role.

Lucasfilm Did Not Issue a Prequel Ban


This week Star Wars News Net published a story that claimed Ian McCaig told an audience in New Zealand than Lucasfilm threw out George Lucas’ script for Episode VII because of a blanket ban on all things Prequels. There were also somethings claiming that Lucasfilm was racist because they only wanted white actors, but the Prequel ban is what fired up the internet. Thankfully Pablo debunked it pretty quickly:

Lucasfilm DID NOT ban the Prequels:

@Tjarll No, it is not.

— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) June 29, 2016


And Lucas did not submit a full script:

@PtolemeeBG He did not.

— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) June 29, 2016


New Star Wars Hoaxer Site Comes and Goes


Finally this week a new Star Wars fan site came online, and quickly went away when it was exposed as nothing more than a fraud.

“Star Wars From the Set” claimed to be from a person working at Pinewood Studios and is leaking Episode VIII props and info. I explained just the other week why someone who really works at Pinewood Studios would never actually put up a website on GoDaddy that Lucasfilm could easily get information from via a DMCA request, but people want to believe any leak they see.

Except this guy isn’t very bright.

Remember the dumb photoshop of Boba Fett in The Force Awakens? Well whoever put up the site is trying to resurrect that debunked rumor by posting a black Mandalorian helmet and claiming it’s the helm of “Knight 2”. The image is seen above.

This was just a Photoshopped image of a Boba Fett helm done by a fan on the Replica Prop Forum.

After the internet discovered the guy as spreading fakes, he pulled them off his site and claimed he was in danger of being caught. The only thing he was in danger of being caught over was spreading fake props online. Once he was called out on that, he deleted his site and Twitter account.

It’s not confirmed yet, but people are speculating that the site could be connected in some way to the “Star Wars Talk Show” Twitter account and podcast. They likely launched the hoax spoiler site to have something to talk about on their Podcast in an attempt to be a big spoiler force for Episode VIII. Except it doesn’t quite work that way when you’re making up your spoilers and faking props. People will discover your fraud.