Welcome to this week’s publications breakdown.
The scheduled releases for this week will be;
|Tuesday 13th February 2024
|What Have we Here?: Portraits of a Life by Billy Dee Williams
(Knopf – ISBN: 978-0593318607)
A film legend recalls his remarkable life of nearly eight decades—a heralded actor who’s played the roles he wanted, from Brian’s Song to Lando in the Star Wars universe—unchecked by the racism and typecasting so rife in the mostly all-white industry in which he triumphed.
Billy Dee Williams was born in Harlem in 1937 and grew up in a household of love and sophistication. As a young boy, he made his stage debut working with Lotte Lenya in an Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill production where Williams ended up feeding Lenya her lines. He studied painting, first at the High School of Music and Art, with fellow student Diahann Carroll, and then at the National Academy of Fine Art, before setting out to pursue acting with Herbert Berghoff, Stella Adler, and Sidney Poitier.
His first film role was in The Last Angry Man, the great Paul Muni’s final film. It was Muni who gave Billy the advice that sent him soaring as an actor, “You can play any character you want to play no matter who you are, no matter the way you look or the color of your skin.” And Williams writes, “I wanted to be anyone I wanted to be.”
He writes of landing the role of a lifetime: co-starring alongside James Caan in Brian’s Song, the made-for-television movie that was watched by an audience of more than fifty million people. Williams says it was “the kind of interracial love story America needed.”
And when, as the first Black character in the Star Wars universe, he became a true pop culture icon, playing Lando Calrissian in George Lucas’s The Empire Strikes Back (“What I presented on the screen people didn’t expect to see”). It was a role he reprised in the final film of the original trilogy, The Return of the Jedi, and in the recent sequel The Rise of Skywalker.
A legendary actor, in his own words, on all that has sustained and carried him through a lifetime of dreams and adventure.
Available from Amazon UK and Amazon US
|Wednesday 14th February 2024
|Darth Vader (2020) #43
WHO DARES COMMIT TREASON AGAINST THE EMPIRE?!
• Seemingly disparate threads from years of storytelling come together as DARTH VADER uncovers the master plan of the SCHISM IMPERIAL!
• The UMBARAN nurtures her conspirators! KITSTER and WALD return — along with the death machinery of GOVERNOR TAUNTAZA!
• But when a group of betrayers come together, how long will it be until they betray each other?
|Direct – Yu, Fajardo Jr.
|Variant – Camuncoli, Aburtov
|Black History Month Variant – Lashley
|Rebels 10thAnniversary Variant – Wijngaard
|The High Republic Adventures: Phase III #3
(Dark Horse Comics)
The fate of the scattered survivors of the Starlight Beacon disaster is slowly becoming more clear, as Zeen, Qort, and 5A-G3 must follow up every lead to find out who among their old Starhopper friends are still alive and where they may be. But information from inside the Occlusion Zone is very hard to come by, and the answers they seek may serve only to raise more questions… like did any of their allies survive at all?
Find out in issue #3 of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, from Phase III of the High Republic saga. Written by New York Times Bestselling author Daniel José Older, drawn by Harvey Tolibao, Colored by Michael Atiyeh, and lettered by Comicraft! Don’t miss it!
|A – Tolibao, Tolibao
|B – Cherriielle
You will be able to find these on sale from your usual high street bookstores, news-stands, and online retailers. Please help support Jedi News by purchasing your books using the links to the Amazon websites in this article – happy reading!