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WTForce News July 2020 – Emmy Nominations, The Bad Batch, and More!

What the Force? News run down, featuring highlights of important news from Star Wars official releases to fandom happenings.

The Mandalorian nominated for 15 Emmys

On July 28, 2020, it was announced that The Mandalorian was among the top nominees for the 72nd Emmy Awards with 15 nominations:

  • Drama Series
  • Guest Actor in a Drama Series Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon
  • Character Voice-Over Performance Taika Waititi as IG-11
  • Production Design
  • Cinematography
  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
  • Single-Camera Picture Editing Episodes 2, 4, and 8
  • Prosthetic Makeup
  • Music Composition
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Special Visual Effects
  • Stunt Coordination

Star Wars Resistance nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program Emmy

Star Wars Resistance received it’s second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic Book

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. This year Star Wars: Doctor Aprha won for Outstanding Comic Book!

The Bad Batch will be the next animated series from Lucasfilm

On July 13, 2020, it was announced that The Bad Batch would be the next original animated series from Lucasfilm premiering on Disney+ in 2021.

The series will follow the elite and experimental clones of The Bad Batch, first introduced in The Clone Wars as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.

Galaxy’s Edge-inspired toys will be featured at Target and Target.com

In Fall 2020, the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Trading Outpost Collection of toys, clothing, and other merchandise will be sold at Target and Target.com:

  • Funko R5 Unit Pop!
  • Hasbro Smuggler’s Run Millenium Falcon
  • Hasbro Hyperdrive BB Unit
  • The Black Series Captain Cardinal
  • The Black Series DJ R-3X
  • Lego Resistance I-TS Transport

Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairns have started writing their new Star Wars movie

During an interview with BBC News, Taika Waititi mentioned that he and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (screenwriter of 1917) have begun work on their new Star Wars movie. He kept things cryptic, but said simply, “We’re just writing. We’re writing.”

The Old Guard director, Gina Prince-Blythwood got some advice from Rian Johnson when she visited the set of The Last Jedi

From left, KiKi Layne, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Charlize Theron on the set of The Old Guard. Photo: Aimee Spinks/NETFLIX

In an interview with Netflix Queue, Gina Prince-Blythwood (director of The Old Guard, The Secret Life of Bees, and Love & Basketball) got some advice from Rian Johnson about creating her largest in terms of scale film.

“I got to talk to Rian Johnson before I started. Visiting him on the set of The Last Jedi, I had asked him, “How do you not get overwhelmed by the bigness of this? How do you literally not just sink under the pressure?” He said that no matter how much money you have, you have to start by telling a story first. That was constantly in a loop in my head when stuff got really big for me. Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how many toys you have. You have to tell a good story. And I felt like, O.K., I have done that in the past. Let me focus on that. The extra money gives you more time and more toys, but I want to keep doing the same personal thing that I do.

NEW Publishing Releases for July 2020



  • The Rise of Kylo Ren Trade Paperback by Charles Soule, Illustrated by Will Sliney
  • Darth Vader #3 by Greg Pack, Illustrated by Raffaele Ienco

Upcoming Publishing Releases for August 2020


  • Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura – August 4, 2020
  • The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark by Lou Anders, Tom Angleberger, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Córdova, Jason Fry, Yoon Ha Lee, Rebecca Roanhorse, Anne Ursu and Greg van Eekhout – August 25, 2020


  • Star Wars #5 by Charles Soule, Illustrated by Jesus Saiz – August 5, 2020
  • Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales #3 by Michael Moreci, Illustrated by Derek Charm and Valentina Pinto – August 5, 2020
  • Darth Vader #4 by Greg Pak, Illustrated by Raffaele Ienco – August 12, 2020
  • Bounty Hunters #4 by Ethan Sacks, Illustrated by Paolo Villanelli – August 19, 2020
  • Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales #4 by Michael Moreci, Illustrated by Derek Charm and Davide Tinto – August 19, 2020
  • Doctor Aphra #3 by Alyssa Wong, Illustrated by Marika Cresta – August 26, 2020
  • Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020 by Cavan Scott and Nick Brokenshire, Illustrated by Nick Brokenshire and Franchesco Gaston – August 26, 2020
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