The Joys of Funko Pop

We could all use a little Jillian Holtzmann in our lives.

We could all use a little Jillian Holtzmann in our lives.

Just came back from having my car inspected and was happy to see it passed–for the second year in a row, too. For a few years in the past, it kept failing. They always seemed to find one thing or another wrong. But lately, my car’s been doing well. Last year I celebrated passing inspection by getting a Funko Pop BB-8 (the ball robot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

For the love of Jyn!

For the love of Jyn!

This time, I wound up getting two Funko Pops. Jillian Holtzmann, from the new Ghostbusters film, and Jyn Erso, from the upcoming Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. She’s the one who says “I rebel” in that trailer. I don’t know if I’ll be doing this every year (“The car passed inspection? It’s Funko Pop time!”) but I just couldn’t resist these. –SF

Star Wars Rogue One: first cast photo

First look at the cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

First look at the cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Walt Disney dropped the very first picture of the cast from its newest Star Wars film, Rogue One. The name is now officially Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The very impressive cast assembled by director Gareth Edwards (who directed the 2014 Godzilla film) includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly, as a motion capture character), and Riz Ahmed.

Disney reports that filming on this has just begun. It’s due to be released in 2016. I’m really looking forward to it.