'Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Revived: Live Updates From Comic-Con 2018, Day 1
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is in full swing this weekend, and ET has everything you need to know — from new trailer premieres to casting announcements to exclusive interviews with the cast and creators of your favorite movies and TV shows.
ET will also have exclusive live interviews with the stars of Fear the Walking Dead, The Predator, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Doctor Who and Magnum P.I.! We will also have sit-downs with Kevin Smith and the casts of new shows like the Charmed reboot,Tell Me a Story and more, so check back here regularly to keep track of all of this year’s Comic-Con surprises.
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Revived After 2013 Cancellation
In a jaw-dropping announcement during Thursday morning’s Clone Wars panel, supervising director Dave Filoni revealed the beloved CG-animated series is getting a revival to complete the series after its unceremonious cancellation in 2013.
The somewhat sneaky, non-Hall H panel was presented as a reflective 10-year-anniversary celebration of the series with Filoni and the Clone Wars cast, as well as special guests, to honor the show’s original run from October 2008 – March 2014; and without major Star Wars presence elsewhere during the convention weekend, it seemed likely the panel would strictly focus on celebrating the past.
However, at the end of the panel came the big reveal. Fans were shown a new trailer and a graphic featuring the hashtag “#CloneWarsSaved,” leading to a standing ovation from the crowd.
In typical Star Wars fashion, most details are still being kept under wraps, though StarWars.com has officially announced that the series will be revived with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.
‘Doctor Who’ Drops a New Trailer
The new Doctor Who team made a splashy debut at Comic-Con on Thursday, when they made their first public appearance together in cavernous Hall H – and dropped a longer trailer with actual footage from the new season. Jodie Whittaker, who was announced as the franchise’s first female Doctor in July 2017, made a memorable entrance into the one-hour panel when she pretended to be running late to make it in time to San Diego in a pre-taped bit, only to find out that the Tardis was “not for personal use.” Not to worry though, Whittaker made it – rocking a black hooded slip hearkening back to her reveal.
But Whittaker admitted it was difficult keeping her casting in the iconic series top-secret. “It was particularly hard keeping it from close friends and family,” admitted the actress, who previously starred in the critically acclaimed British drama Broadchurch with Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, recalling that she had to lie often. “It was good practice because you can’t say anything about the show, ever!”
Chibnall broke down how Whittaker was cast, as well as two of the new companions played by Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. “With Jodie, it was the same answer for all three. They all came and auditioned and were amazing. For Jodie, I wrote three special scenes and then Jodie and other people came in and read. She just walked in the room and she was the Doctor,” Chibnall explained. “You don’t know what you’re looking for until you see it. The energy, it was the Doctor but it was new and fresh, it was funny and [engaging]. She just nailed it. Then we made her do two more scenes because we wanted to do our due diligence.”
Whittaker recalled filming her first appearance in “Twice Upon a Time,” where she took over from the previous Doctor Peter Capaldi. “It was incredibly nerve-wracking because the reveal had happened,” she shared, adding that she felt like an imposter – but in a good way. “I was in somebody else’s costume. I was nervous touching anything. I felt like I was very much in someone else’s shoes and it was a wonderful way to start this journey.”
A new trailer from the new season, premiering this fall, was also screened for the Hall H audience — and it’s dark, funny and action-packed. “All of this is new to me. New faces, new worlds, new times. So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?” Whittaker’s Doctor teased.
‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Draws on a Terrifying Folktale
Stars Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velásquez and Raymond Cruz joined ET’s Keltie Knight to dish on their new supernatural horror film, based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona, “The Weeping Woman,” the ghost of a mother who killed her children and now roams the afterlife looking for new children to replace her own.
“Our parents tell us the story so we behave,” Velásquez dished of the infamous folktale. “If you don’t behave, La Llorona’s gonna come and get you… The thing about it is, we believe in it so much, that as an adult, you still believe.”
‘The Predator’ Panel Teases Big Battles and Gubernatorial Goals
The first Hall H panel of Comic-Con 2018 featured Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes and director Shane Black, along with a few more, for The Predator. (Sadly, no Jacob Tremblay, who would looove Comic-Con.) Much of the panel revolved around who’d win in various fights between The Predator and other pop culture icons. The Rock? “He throws the smile. He hits him with the wink,” Brown joked. “I smell what The Rock is cooking.”
Fans were also treated to the first clips from the film — a comedic sequence of Munn’s character waking up in a motel room to meet the rest of the soldiers that involves repeated use of the phrase, uh, “Eat your p*ssy,” and a loud bit of action with a Predator battling a bigger Predator outside a middle school. (Black mentioned “roiding” back on The Predator’s homeworld.)
Hall H was full of heavy petting, hijinks and, perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, Sterling K. Brown’s very impressive Wookie impression. Plus, a bit of politics for good measure — OG Predator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura both went on to become governors. “I am running for governor of the state of California,” Munn deadpanned. “I would like all of the votes.” She also lent her vote to Brown and Key — Brown-Key 2020! — with Brown laughing, “That’s a lot of blackness.”
‘Tell Me a Story’ About a ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Reunion!
The stars of Tell Me a Story, Paul Wesley and James Wolk, along with executive producer Kevin Williamson, sat down with ET’s Keltie Knight to dish all about their upcoming CBS All Access series, a dark reimagining of beloved fairy tales based on the Mexican series, Habia una vez.
But we couldn’t help but ask Williamson, who also created Dawson’s Creek, about getting that cast all together for their recent Entertainment Weekly cover, and whether or not there’s been talk of future reunions. “Let’s just say, there’s been talk,” he answered coyly, saying he was “sworn to secrecy” on any further details. “It’s because of [that cover], getting us all together, reminding us all of how special that time was.”
Meet the New ‘Magnum P.I.’
Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks were first to stop by ET to tell Kevin Frazier all about the Magnum P.I. reboot premiering Sept. 24 on CBS. Hernandez will take over Tom Selleck’s iconic role and acknowledges he has big shoes to fill. Comic-Con first-timer Weeks will play Juliet Higgins, a former MI-6 agent.
Hernandez and Weeks played coy when asked if we can expect any of the original cast members to show up. “There’s definitely talk about it,” Hernandez said. “But here’s the deal, you’re going to have to watch the show. We’re definitely trying to make it happen.”