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From the Whoniverse, to Buckingham Palace, to a galaxy far, far away. Sources tell Variety that “The Crown” star Matt Smith is joining “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is currently in production in the U.K. It’s unknown at this time whether the “Doctor Who” alum will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire. […]

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Star Wars Villains: The Redemption of Asajj Ventress

Star Wars has shown us heroes and villains, Jedi and Sith, bounty hunters and mystics. But across the pantheon of Star Wars characters, very few beings are all of those at once. Enter Asajj Ventress.

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Asajj Ventress first appeared in the feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and made the jump to the TV series, where she quickly became a fan favorite. As a Sith assassin and apprentice to Count Dooku, Ventress led armies, fought both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, and worked behind the scenes to destabilize countless in an effort to help the Separatists win the Clone Wars.

Her skill and tenacity should have won her some measure of glory. Instead, it earned her an assassination attempt when Darth Sidious himself saw her strength with the Force and commanded Dooku to eliminate her.

And that was only the beginning of her story.

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Despite her popularity, Ventress never made an appearance in the Star Wars saga films. Her story began before the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and ended after the series was canceled in the book Dark Disciple. In fact, you have to dig to find her story if you want to know all of it, but it’s a story that is worth telling. Ventress never stopped evolving as a character and she took so many different forks in the roads along the way.

Born on Dathomir to one of the Nightsisters, Ventress was taken as a slave by a criminal as part of a deal made by the Nightsister leader Mother Talzin to save the rest of the coven. A few years later, the criminal was killed and Ventress caught the attention of a Jedi Knight named Ky Narec who sensed Force abilities in the girl and began training her as his Padawan.

If she had been left to train with Narec, Ventress may have become a powerful Jedi, but fate intervened once again and her master was killed by pirates on Rattatak. It was during the fight to avenge him that Ventress learned the power of the dark side. Her anger gave her power, and her skills only improved as she gave in to that anger.



It was that same anger that brought Ventress to Count Dooku’s attention. As a former Jedi, Dooku saw her pain as a way to gain her trust and her loyalty. He turned Ventress against the Jedi and took her on as his apprentice.

But once he turned on her, Ventress evolved once again. Now disillusioned with both the Jedi and the Sith, Ventress returned to Dathomir and to Mother Talzin. She reclaimed her place among the Nightsisters and turned to revenge once again, planning along with Talzin the death of Dooku.

Ultimately, it was Dooku who brought death to Dathomir. Under Dooku’s orders, General Grievous and the Separatist Droid Army fought and killed all of the Nightsisters save for Ventress, who barely escaped with her life. Once again, she was left with no home and no clear path.

A Bounty Hunter’s Life



Fate, it seems, was not done with Asajj Ventress, who found herself in a place where she could choose a new path and a new master — herself.

In a dingy Mos Eisley cantina, Asajj Ventress crossed paths with a team of bounty hunters led by a teenage Boba Fett. They even ran a mission together, but Ventress was her own woman throughout and it was clear she would never let anyone else lead, so she moved on quickly.

That same dedication to her fierce independence saw Ventress fight alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi against Darth Maul, and later partner with Ahsoka Tano when Tano was falsely accused of crimes against the Jedi. Once an enemy of the Jedi, Ventress went head to head with Anakin Skywalker and, instead of killing him, helped him clear Ahsoka of the charges against her. After that, Ventress became a bounty hunter of note dubbed “The Bald Banshee” and made a name for herself once again.

Revenge Against Dooku



Whatever life threw at Ventress, she fought through it and came through on the other side. Many had tried to control her and some had almost killed her, but Ventress survived. Still, that survival had a cost: trust.

No matter how much she had done to help the Jedi in the recent past, Ventress was an unknown quantity who still had badly needed information about one of the Jedi Order‘s biggest targets; Count Dooku.

In an effort to gain that information, the Jedi sent Jedi Master Quinlan Vos undercover in search of Ventress. His mission was to gain her trust and find out as much as he could about Dooku. She, in turn, very much wanted her revenge on Dooku, so the two joined up

But Ventress was no fool. She saw through the ruse. Even so, she found herself falling in love with the would-be spy. Something about him drew her in.



In many ways, Vos was like her. Conflicted, independent, fierce, powerful. His abilities with the Force made him useful to the Jedi but there was a part of him that questioned the rules and strictures of the Order. The two became partners, lovers, master and apprentice, and co-conspirators. They might have been happy together if their lives had been different or their paths had crossed at different times.

In the end, Ventress never got her revenge. She never killed Dooku. Instead, Ventress died at his hands as she gave her life to save Vos.

The woman who had been ripped from her family, who was left to fend for herself by both the Jedi and the Sith, who climbed her way to independence and fought for everything she had in life, surrendered her life to save another and, in doing so, redeemed herself.

Asajj Ventress is one of the greatest characters in Star Wars and her story is truly one of the legends.

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J.J. Abrams Labels Start of Production On ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ “Bittersweet”

Before we get to Star Wars: Episode IX, there’s the small matter of a couple of other Star Wars films yet to make it in front of fans’ eyeballs. But with The Last Jedi almost upon us (just four agonising months to go) and the Han Solo spin off set for release five months later, our attentions will soon be very much focused on the final instalment of the new trilogy in the main saga. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about Episode IX to date. We’ll be updating this article when more news breaks, with the latest details at the top.

Filming Begins

August 1, 2018 — Both director JJ Abrams and star John Boyega acknowledged the commencement of production on Episode IX via social media. Abrams called it “bittersweet” referencing beginning a new chapter without Carrie Fisher, while Boyega was excited to step back into the shoes of Finn, marking the occasion with a string of Instagram stories and a post which shared the same image as Abrams’ tweet and the words: “First day done with @jjabramsofficial leading ! It was dope!”

Carrie Fisher Will Appear


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Carrie Fisher as Leia.

July 27, 2018 — In an official statement from Lucasfilm, it was announced that they will use deleted footage from The Force Awakens of Fisher as Leia. Director JJ Abrams said: “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

The same statement also announced the returning cast, which includes Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels as well as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. While new cast members include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Billy Dee Williams has been confirmed to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

J.J. Abrams Recruited To Direct


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J.J. Abrams is back on board.

September 12, 2017 — J.J. Abrams has been announced as the man to bring Star Wars: Episode IX to the screen. It will be the final instalment in the current sequel trilogy. The statement, released on StarWars.com, follows speculation about who would pick up the reins from departing director Colin Trevorrow.

Abrams, of course, helmed The Force Awakens and is executive producer on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. He’s also on producer duties for the as-yet-untitled Episode IX.

He has previously said he wished he directed Episode VIII.

Abrams will be co-writing the script with Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio — which suggests that script doctor Jack Thorne has also left the project.

Finally, the film’s release date was confirmed in the same statement.

Here’s the statement in full:

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.

Director Colin Trevorrow Exits


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September 5, 2017 – Jurassic World and Book of Henry director Colin Trevorrow has left the project. This follows the news last month that Jack Thorne was brought on board to action script re-writes. Lucasfilm and Disney announced the news in a statement, published on StarWars.com. The statement reads:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.”

Trevorrow is the latest in a series of directors to be dismissed from helming roles on Star Wars projects. It remains to be seen who will replace the outgoing director but FANDOM has speculated on contenders here.

Episode IX Gets a New Writer


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Jack Thorne is the man tasked with polishing the script for Episode IX

August 2, 2017 – At one time, there was talk of The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson taking on scribe duties. Johnson referred to this as “old news” via Twitter on April 24. In actual fact, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow had been working with collaborator Derek Connolly on the script.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, a new writer is being brought on board in the form of Jack Thorne. His task? To knock the screenplay into shape via a rewrite. His credentials? He’s worked on His Dark Materials, the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy saga, as well as Channel 4 show Philip K. Dick’s Electric Sheep. Thorn is also screenwriter on the upcoming Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Past work has included TV series Skins and National Treasure.

It isn’t known how extensive Thorne’s rewrites are likely to be.

‘The Last Jedi’ Director Shoots Footage For ‘Episode IX’


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Rian Johnson on the set of The Last Jedi

June 19, 2017 – Colin Trevorrow tells MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he asked The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to shoot a little something extra for Episode IX during filming for Episode VIII.

“There was one little thing,” he said. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just: ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great.”

We don’t yet know what the “extra thing” was but it echoes Johnson’s request of J.J. Abrams when he was shooting The Force Awakens. A joined-up approach is definitely smart when it comes to Star Wars properties.

Starting Over


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Episode IX was at one point due to focus on Leia

May 24, 2017 – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reveals that the plot of Episode IX had been due to centre around Leia before her death. In the special Vanity Fair Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview, Kennedy said this about Carrie Fisher: “The minute she finished (shooting The Last Jedi), she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!‘ Because Harrison (Ford) was front and centre on VII, and Mark (Hamill) is front and centre on VIII.

“She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”

Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly previously: “Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody. We pretty much started over.”

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May 24, 2017 – It’s announced via Vanity Fair’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview that shooting will begin on Episode IX in January 2018.

Carrie Fisher Won’t Appear


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Carrie Fisher’s involvement will apparently end with The Last Jedi

April 14, 2017 – Following reports that Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, said that the Leia actress would be making a posthumous appearance in the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy refutes the claim. Todd Fisher had said that he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, had granted Disney the rights to use recent footage of her.

However, Kennedy says he was confused. “We finished everything in VIII and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie,” she told ABC News. “Unfortunately, Carrie passed away so by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts – we had not written the script yet – but we’ve regrouped. We started over again in January. So, sadly, Carrie will not be in IX.”

Carrie Fisher’s Image Won’t Be Recreated By CGI


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We’re assured we won’t see this again

January 13, 2017 – Lucasfilm releases a statement saying that they have “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.” This follows news of Fisher’s death in December. It’s also a response to fan criticism of the computer-generated image of Fisher as Princess Leia as it appeared at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

65mm Film Stock


The Force Awakens was shot on traditional film stock

November 11, 2016 – It is confirmed that Episode IX will be shot on traditional film stock. Specifically, 65mm rather than 35mm, which was used for both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

Kodak has announced that they’ve added the capacity to handle 65mm in its UK processing facility, and details Episode IX as one of the projects that will make use of Kodak 65mm stock.

Production Begins


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Bob Iger hijacked the announcement of The Last Jedi starting principal photography to tell the world production had started on Episode IX

February 10, 2016 – Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms that production has already kicked off for Episode IX, which is due for a 2019 release. He wasn’t clear on exactly what he meant by that, and made the comment when announcing that filming had begun for Episode VIII, The Last Jedi.

On Location in Space?


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Space shooting is a thing

January 28, 2016 – Colin Trevorrow announces that he wants to shoot some of the footage in space. At a Sundance Film Festival panel, Trevorrow says, “I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars?’, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!”

Also on the panel with Trevorrow was Christopher Nolan who said he’d had the same conversation on Interstellar. “There’s incredible footage from space now,” he said.

Colin Trevorrow On Board To Direct


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August 15, 2015 – At Disney’s D23 Expo, the news is announced that Episode IX has found its director. The chosen one? A certain Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow helmed 2015’s Jurassic World but it was another film of his that sealed the deal.

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

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‘Star Wars Rebels’: Even Voice Actor Surprised By Hera Syndulla’s Fate

Vanessa Marshall one of the prolific voice actors in genre. She’s portrayed Kerrigan in Heroes of the Storm, nearly every superheroine and villain in the DC Universe, but is best known for voicing pilot Hera Syndulla in the popular Star Wars Rebels.

FANDOM caught up with Marshall at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, where she talked about Hera’s arc over four seasons and the surprise ending even she didn’t see coming.

The critically acclaimed Star Wars Rebels wrapped in March 2018, much to the dismay of fans. The series was set five years before Episode IV: A New Hope, a period that the Empire was consolidating its power in the galaxy. Hera, Marshall’s character, lead a group of rebels on the vessel Ghost. The rebels carried out missions against the Empire, intersecting with other popular characters from Star Wars like Ahsoka Tano and Lando Calrissian.

“My favorite moment was when Ahsoka descended and revealed herself as Fulcrum,” Marshall said of the Season 1 reveal. Ahsoka was a crossover character from Rebels’ animated predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which is returning in a 12-part series).

She also enjoyed punching Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian in the midsection/groin, but only saw the scene when it was completed and aired. It was a fan screening of the series finale where Marshall learned her character’s fate — Hera gave birth to her and Kanan Jarrus’ son, whom she named Jacen Syndulla.

“I’m very grateful she has a son and that she is not alone,” Marshall said, adding she was surprised with the reveal in the epilogue.

Check out the interview above to hear what type of mother she thinks Hera will be, and what the future may hold for the character.


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Marshall says Gamora is more visceral to play than Hera.

FANDOM also asked Marshall about another green character she voices — Gamora from the animated Guardians of the Galaxy. Marshall definitely had issues with her live-action counterpart being killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

“It was kind of a bummer,” Marshall admitted. “I don’t know if [the dead characters] end up coming back together elsewhere. I feel like [Marvel Studios] is going to bring things full circle. I remember Zoe [Saldana] saying she had a 12-year contract and I don’t think that includes burning into ash [laughs].”

As for the differences between the two warrior women, Marshall enjoyed playing both.

“They’re both highly skilled at combat they’re both very fierce. but their backgrounds drive them in very different ways. but ultimate they fight for good and not evil, so in that sense, they’re very similar,” she explained. “I think Hera leads with her heart. I’m not saying she’s softer but perhaps she’s got less of a horrendous past. I think Gamora is trying to redeem herself having been raised by Thanos. She’s trying to undo what’s she done.”

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Carrie Fisher will appear in upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movie — like The News said she would!

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Despite earlier denials from the powers that be, Carrie Fisher will appear in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie.

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So long, Star Wars episodes: The Skywalker saga is officially over

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One thing we know: the Star Wars must end. Well, the Star Wars as we know them, at least. 

Buried in the official announcement of the Star Wars Episode IX cast — masked by fan euphoria over the confirmed return of Mark Hamill (presumably as Luke Skywalker’s Force ghost) and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, behind the heart-rending detail that unseen footage of Carrie Fisher will be used to help send off General Leia Organa — was this all-important detail. 

The Skywalker saga, that episodic tale blasted onto screens around the world since 1977, will cease with this movie’s release in 2019.  Read more…

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Comic-Con 2018 News: ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ is Returning, ‘Annabelle 3’ Announced

Comic-Con 2018 News: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' is Returning, 'Annabelle 3' Announced

Every year, Comic-Con is a source for lots of movie news. Studios announce the latest superheroes heading to the big screen. Productions announce the casting of previously announced comic book adaptations. Sometimes we get more information on a highly anticipated release.

This week, from Wednesday's preview night through Sunday's panels, we'll be updating this post with the biggest and best revelations out of the convention. 

 

Return of The Clone Wars…

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Billy Dee Williams to Reprise Lando Role for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’; Here’s What We Know So Far

Billy Dee Williams to Reprise Lando Role for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'; Here's What We Know So Far

Update: We've been wondering if Lando Calrissian would show up in the current Star Wars trilogy. The popular scoundrel from the original trilogy was a big part of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and his absence from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi has left fans wondering what became of the traitor turned hero of the rebel fleet.

Lando was given a minor update in the recent official-canon book Bloodline and is a big part of another new book called Last…

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Keri Russell to star in Star Wars: Episode IX

OHMYGOSSIP — Keri Russell is being eyed for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’.
The 42-year-old actress is reportedly set to star in the upcoming final main instalment of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to a report from Variety magazine.
Keri’s role is not yet known, but it will bring her back together with the movie’s writer and director J.J. Abrams, whom she last worked with on 2006’s ‘Mission: Impossible III’.
According to Variety, her role calls for action-heavy fight scenes, which is believed to have pushed casting directors toward Keri because of her experience with tough stunts though projects including FX show ‘The Americans’ and 2014 movie ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’.
J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm were said to have met with several actresses for the role over the past two months, and are believed to have settled on Keri earlier this week.
Abrams is said to be deciding on two more casting choices, which will be revealed before the film begins production at the end of the month.
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ will see current main stars including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver all return to the franchise.
Meanwhile, Abrams – who previously helmed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – was brought onto the project after Colin Trevorrow exited following creative differences.
Colin left the production in September 2017, and recently admitted he only has positive memories of his experience working on the hotly anticipated movie.
He said: “I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films.
“When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that.
“Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

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Fans can look forward to many familiar faces returning for Star Wars: Episode IX next year, including Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, but now we know of at least one new addition. Variety has revealed that actress Keri Russell is in talks to join the cast of the sequel, which follows last year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi to conclude the "Skywalker Saga."

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Rian Johnson baits ‘Star Wars’ fans who want to remake ‘The Last Jedi’

Anything Rian Johnson can do, fans think they can do better.

A group of fans, going under the Twitter handle @RMTheLastJedi or “Remake the Last Jedi,” have decided that they could put on a much better Episode VIII than Johnson did.

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BAPE & Medicom Toy Pay Tribute to ‘Star Wars’ for New Baby Milo

Adding to the long line of collectibles in the Star Wars universe, BAPE and Medicom Toy have teamed up on a new Baby Milo vinyl toy that honors the pop culture phenomenon.

Notably, BAPE and Medicom Toy have come together for a trio of new Baby Milo figurines: two separate black and white Stormtrooper Baby Milo creations, and one standout Darth Vader iteration.

You can take a look at BAPE and Medicom Toy’s three new Star Wars Baby Milo figures above, and check out an Instagram post about the items below. For more information, check out the collaboration’s official website.

Back in November of 2018, BAPE and Medicom Toy also linked up for another collaborative figure collection involving Star Wars characters.

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Why ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Will Be Essential Viewing for Fans of the Movies

George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away has always been rife with amazing ancillary stories that sit outside the canonical Star Wars movies. After all, these books, comics, and games were all fans could consume during the 16-year interim between the release of episodes VI and I, then again until the Disney acquisition back in October of 2012. This newly rebooted extended universe, however, is anything but a cash grab, with Star Wars’ most recent animated TV offerings serving to trigger events and plot lines that are now starting to permeate big screen entries.

If you haven’t been watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels until now, you’ve been missing out. But don’t worry, because a new animated Star Wars series is scheduled to debut later this year, giving you another chance to get involved in the animated universe. Star Wars Resistance is set to take place in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and here’s why those still invested in Lucasfilm’s upcoming movie slate will want to pay attention.

Where Elements From All Eras Converge


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Star Wars Rebels.

Like or loathe the prequel trilogy, it happened; it’s canon. And so far, the Star Wars extended universe has done a decent job of taking some of the best elements first introduced here (Darth Maul, the clone army, Anakin’s slow descent to the dark side) and even expanding upon them for the better. It’s through The Clone Wars and its sequel series that we get to experience such arcs as Rex, a clone trooper captain that broke free from the emperor’s Order 66 programming, wrestled with the fact that he was bred for war, before going on to fight alongside the rebels at the Battle of Endor. And this is canon!

Both of showrunner Dave Filoni’s existing animated TV shows are full of examples similar to this, where what were thought to have been throwaway concepts and characters are given time to fully develop. Sometimes to such a degree that those who just watch Star Wars movies can even be left scratching their head. Did a certain former Sith’s presence at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story leave you shocked? Not if you’ve been paying close attention elsewhere.

This crossover between all of Star Wars’ greatest era elements is arguably best witnessed during the finale of Rebels season 2. For it was here where fan-favourite characters Darth Vader and Darth Maul got to share the same space. In a two-part special titled “Twilight of the Apprentice“, we got to see our regular cast of rebels fight off evil on two fronts with Jedi protagonists Ezra and Kanan battling Maul — long thought dead, as Clone WarsAhsoka Tano is forced to face her former Jedi master in his Vader guise for the very first time.

It’s through interweaving like this that any casual or committed viewers get to experience the level of grandeur previously only thought present in the movies. Dave Filoni’s genuine appreciation of the franchise, however, means he can have this bleed through even in a much shorter format. Expect great narratives and moments like this to continue in his upcoming Star Wars Resistance.

Documenting Events Leading Up To Episodes VII VIII and IX


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Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

When Star Wars exploded back into our lives with the arrival of The Force Awakens, it did so leaving a big time gap. We were left wondering how the First Order were able to rise up from the ashes of the defeated Empire, why Luke Skywalker sought to retire after becoming a Jedi master, and how the Rebellion crumbled away until the Resistance was all that remained.

A sprinkling of these stories have been told mainly in books and comics until now, but it’s this period that will act as the main thrust to Star Wars Resistance. We’ll get to experience it through the eyes of an entirely new character known as Kazuda Xiono, who Dave Filoni describe as “a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” This makes it seem like a safe bet that we’ll get to witness this period from the viewpoint of both factions. Exciting considering the new trilogy’s tendency to show the dark side as evil and vice versa.

Given how closely linked Rebels was to The Clone Wars, don’t be too surprised if you see threads originally spun in those shows iterated upon in the new series. Characters like Ezra, Hera, and Zeb are all rebels capable of surviving the events of Return of the Jedi, and their wisdom is sure to come in handy during the early days of the Resistance. People we know we’ll be bumping into include Poe Dameron – expected considering the show’s emphasis on pilots – alongside the underutilised Captain Phasma.

Big Screen Talent on the Small Screen


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Captain Phasma.

Giving Star Wars Resistance some cachet is the fact that both Dameron and Phasma will be voiced by original live-action actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively. This isn’t the first time original stars have returned to their characters for TV. Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and even James Earl Jones have lent voicework previously, but this willingness to avoid recasting proves that Star Wars Resistance won’t feel any less authentic than the cinematic episodes.

Captain Phasma’s inclusion is where the real excitement stems from here. It’s currently unknown if the stormtrooper captain will return after her apparent demise at the hands of Finn in The Last Jedi, so Star Wars Resistance is the perfect opportunity to expand the background of the character. We’ve been told she’s a forceful presence, but unlike Poe who’s been graced with enough time to shine in episodes VI and VIII, Phasma has often felt like an afterthought. With any luck, Star Wars Resistance will change this and let us appreciate the “tough veteran commander” schtick.

Given the popularity of Dave Filoni’s past animated Star Wars shows and what we know about Star Wars Resistance so far, the stars are seemingly aligned to make Kazuda Xiono’s tale one worth watching. How else will anyone be able to fully appreciate the subtle callbacks present in the main saga going forward?

Star Wars Resistance debuts on Disney XD this autumn.

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Star Wars: The Last actor star John Boyega took to social media today to slam all of the franchise’s haters who like to harass cast members online. Here is what he had to say!

The 26 year old star’s tweets followed Kelly Marie Tran’s decision to delete her Instagram account as she was sick and tired of having to deal with all kinds of negative comments and trolling.

But she was not the only one who whipped her account due to the online harassment.

Back in 2016, Daisy Ridley also left social media after she had posted about gun control.

‘To the majority of the Star Wars fans thank you for supporting us and putting yourselves in our shoes. You understand that there’s a process so much appreciated!’ Boyega wrote.

‘If you do not like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions makers and harassing the actors/actresses will do nothing. You are not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!’ the man said in another tweet.

This month, Tran deleted all her Insta posts after she allegedly got sexist, racist and generally hateful comments on her profile.

‘On social media, a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past four years, I have met lots of real fellow SW fans. We like and dislike stuff, but we do it with humor, love, and respect. We are the VAST majority, we are having fun and doing just fine,’ Johnson wrote.

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How Important is ‘Solo’ Pirate Enfys Nest to the Star Wars Saga?

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Proceed at your own risk.

Enfys Nest has been shrouded in mystery ever since there was any news about the character appearing in Solo. Everything from whether Nest was an antagonist or ally, to the character’s gender, has been called into question. It’s not until the climax of Solo that we find out who Enfys Nest really is – a young woman intent on thwarting Dryden Vos’s Crimson Dawn crime syndicate and proving herself a thorn in the side of the Empire. She might also just have proved herself the most significant new addition to the franchise.

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Throughout the film, Nest and her gang of Cloud-Riders are painted as the enemy of Tobias Beckett’s crew, which includes Han Solo. Beckett is attempting to deliver a consignment of valuable hyperfuel coaxium to powerful gangster Dryden Vos, who will pay top dollar.

But at every turn, they’re confronted by Enfys Nest’s gang. It’s a jaw-dropping moment when Nest actually reveals herself to be aligned with Solo. She wants to get her hands on the coaxium not only to prevent it falling into Vos’s clutches but also as a valuable resource to help fund a nascent rebellion.

“It’s the blood that brings life to something new,” she says of coaxium. “A rebellion.”

Significant or Symbolic?


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Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders.

Enfys Nest’s closing words will make the hairs on your neck stand to attention. Could Enfys Nest be a key instigator of the Rebellion – one that to date we’ve heard nothing about? Our knowledge of the early days of the Rebellion is that its founding members were Mon Mothma, Bail Organa and Padmé Amidala. But could Enfys Nest also have had a big role to play? Or is it simply that her particular rebel cell merely becomes integrated into the larger movement at some point?

It’s possible that she and the Cloud-Riders exist purely for thematic reasons. They could be relatively insignificant, instead simply representative of the growing sense of unrest and the early rumblings of rebellion. A bit like ‘Broom Boy’ from the end of The Last Jedi, who director Rian Johnson insists is not important as a character, but exists symbolically to convey the idea of hope.

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But what if she’s more important? Solo takes place 10 years before Rogue One and A New Hope, so Nest could have presumably spent the intervening years laying the foundations for the Rebellion, selling her coaxium haul and spending the proceeds on assembling resources and recruits.

We learn very little about her character, save for the fact that she appears to be cut from the same cloth as her mother, who resisted the Empire when they plundered her home planet for resources. With loose ends left untied and avenues opened but not explored in Solo, the way is paved for a sequel or two in which we could learn more about Enfys Nest. With details about her still sketchy, it seems there’s a larger reason for her concealing her identity with a mask and voice distorter than simply not wanting to be caught. Is she hiding her past? Who was she really, before she became Enfys Nest?

A Saw Gerrera Crossover

Her gang is also full of intriguing characters who could benefit from further development. One of which is a Tognath known as Tubes. This is interesting because there are clear links here with a couple of characters introduced in Rogue One. Two of the members of Saw Gererra’s extremist rebel gang are Tognath ‘eggmatesBenthic and Edrio ‘Two Tubes’. If Enfys Nest crew member Tubes has anything to do with these guys, it could mean that future films might explore a crossover with Enfys Nest and Saw Gerrera. Bringing Forest Whitaker’s fan favourite character back into the film franchise.

We demand to know where Enfys Nest fits in now that Solo has seen fit to draw attention to her potentially huge contribution to the entire saga, and look forward to news of a Solo sequel to answer these nagging questions.

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How Star Wars Has Influenced Music

The influence of Star Wars reaches far and wide, inspiring films, books, toys, games, and pretty much every other form of popular culture. But it’s not just the iconic sci-fi imagery that’s inspired a generation — the film’s majestic music has also made its mark on countless movie soundtracks and scores that followed in its footsteps. And of course, generations of music makers who have paid tribute to the space opera and its sequels.

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The original Star Wars score.

Before Star Wars, sci-fi flicks generally featured electronic scores comprised of  a cacophony of beeps and bleeps. Or pre-existing classical music, with the music of Strauss famously underpinning Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

But George Lucas wanted something different — a sweeping symphonic score filled with romance and drama. So he employed John Williams, who had recently won an Oscar for his work on a little film called Jaws. And Williams delivered, crafting one of the most memorable scores in film history.

His work has had an unescapable influence on blockbuster movies ever since. With Williams crafting similarly bombastic themes for Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T.. and the likes of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films taking a similarly orchestrated approach.

Disco!

Star Wars was big in the late 1970s. As was disco. And so they became natural bedfellows, with the movie inspiring disco acts, dances and songs. Meco had a smash with their album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk in 1977. Real Thing had a hit with Can You Feel the Force? a year later. While in 1979, Instant Funk released a funky number of their own in the shape of Dark Vader.

For something a little jazzier, you could check out In a Galaxy Far Away by Third Stream. While I Fell in Love With a Starship Trooper by Sarah Brightman is a good deal sillier, with the singer being banished to Mars by Darth Vader.

Then there’s (Do You Have) The Force, also inspired by the movie, and made by a band who called themselves The Droids. Speaking of which…

Band Names


Stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders.

The Droids aren’t the only band who named themselves after a Star Wars character, place or plot point. There’s an indie group called Nerf Herder. A death metal outfit named Vader. A hip-hop collective called Jedi Mind Tricks. And a rock band who go by the name Eisley.

Aerosmith make their money writing songs about the movies. Army of Kashyyk are named after badass Wookies. While Hoth take their name from the ice planet in Empire Strikes Back.

Homage and Reference


Gnarls Barkley at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.

Some of the biggest music artists of the last 40 years have mentioned or paid homage to Star Wars in their music. Hip-hop stars Missy Elliott, The Fugees, Wu-Tang Clan, Ludacris, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Will Smith, and A Tribe Called Quest have all referenced the films, while Eminem is a serial offender, even doing an impression of Yoda on the track Buffalo Bill.

If rock floats your boat, Queen, The Hold Steady, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Everclear, Good Charlotte and Tenacious D have all mentioned the sci-fi flick in their work. While Robbie Williams and the Jonas Brothers have done their bit for Star Wars pop.

Though Gnarls Barkley hasn’t actually sung about Star Wars, the duo did memorably dress up as characters from the movies for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, with Cee Lo doing Darth Vader and Danger Mouse becoming Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Parody

Star Wars has been parodied ever since it hit screens. And the king of funny songs — Weird Al Yankovich — has had a couple of stabs at sending up the movies. Yoda takes The Kinks’ Lola and makes it about Luke Skywalker’s diminutive mentor. While The Saga Begins focusses on Episode 1 via Don McLean’s American Pie.

But maybe the greatest — and certainly the most ambitious — musical parody of Star Wars is Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. Which tells the story of Episodes IV, V and VI using The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And just about succeeds.

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Director J.J. Abrams has selected African American filmmaker Victoria Mahoney to serve as second unit director on the next Star Wars movie, reports Indiewire.

Ava DuVernay first shared the news on her Twitter feed:


Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in 2019. Abrams is already in pre-production. According to Indiewire, Mahoney will work on directing scenes that are “mostly dedicated to shooting essential pieces like establishing shots, stunts, inserts, and cutaways.”

Mahoney made her directorial debut in 2011 with her film Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz. She had director’s credits for several TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Power, Claws, and Queen Sugar. Prior to her work as a director, she was an actress with bit roles in the film Legally Blonde and on the TV shows Seinfeld, Sliders, Brewster Place and others.


Despite a vast Star Wars universe featuring an array of aliens, robots, and humanoids of all different skin colors…the franchise has come under fire for a lack of diversity. Bustle.com recently wrote, “According to a study reported by Variety, 2015’s The Force Awakens, which stars Ridley and Fisher in leading roles, still only presented women speaking 27.8 percent of the dialogue. In that same film, white people spoke 62.5 percent of the dialogue, and there wasn’t nearly as much diversity as there was in Rogue One.”

Perhaps even more clamorous, are those protesting what they deem as Lucasfilm’s attempts to be “politically correct.” There was outrage over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Some of the Twitter tears of outrage then included:

#BoycottStarWarsVII because it will be ghetto garbage.

Star Wars is “White Culture” just as much as Jazz is “Black Culture.”

So why is there a black storm trooper in the new Star Wars movie? They’re supposed [sic] be all white. I’m tired of this political correctness [expletive].

The most recent Star Wars movie was also lambasted (likely by the same fringe group and members of the alt-right) for pushing a “feminist agenda.” Trolls flocked to movie review site Rotten Tomatoes’ forums to unleash their fury. The Telegraph reported at the time, “The comments are littered with one-star reviews that read, “Politically correct to the point of boredom”; “SJW propaganda” and “I’m frustrated that feminism and diversity have made their way into this film. This has ruined Star Wars for me as well as my kids. Keep liberalism out of it and stop ruining once good things.”

 

 

 

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Back in 2002, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones screened at the Cannes Film Festival, widely considered the most prestigious festival in the world. Three years later, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith made its world premiere during the festival.

Now Solo: A Star Wars Story (top) will follow in their red-carpet footsteps. Deadline reports that a special screening of the film has been scheduled in Cannes on May 15, ten days before it opens in theaters worldwide on May 25.

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JOHN Boyega has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming this summer.

It comes after the film was delayed due to the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, who portrayed General Leia Organa in the space fantasy.

John Boyega has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming this summer
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While promoting Pacific Rim: Uprising on The One Show, John Boyega revealed when he’ll be returning as Stormtrooper-turned-hero Finn.

Star Wars: Episode IX will see J.J. Abrams return to the directing chair after launching the trilogy with 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Hosts Angelica Bell and Matt Allwright quizzed John on plot secrets, but he revealed: “I don’t know a thing, but I know I start filming in July. They’re prepping and planning.

“JJ has a script, but I just haven’t read it yet.”

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John also opened up about the intense security around the top secret scripts.

He explained: “You have to go to a room where the script is… I can’t lie, sometimes you get to bring it back home.”

Initial scripts for the as-yet-untitled ninth instalment were reported to heavily focus on Carrie Fisher’s iconic role of Leia Organa but her tragic passing in 2016 forced a change in direction.

Last year, a Vanity Fair feature quoted producer Kathleen Kennedy as saying: “She was having a blast… The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’

Because Harrison [Ford] was front and centre on VII, and Mark is front and centre on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”

Carrie Fisher was keen to begin work on Episode IX before her untimely death
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Producers have ruled out using CGI technology or another actress to bring back Princess Leia in future instalments, after a CGI cameo in Rogue One received mixed reviews from loyal fans.

“We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa”, LucasFilm said in a statement.

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in December, 2019.


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Ava DuVernay is being thrust into the spotlight thanks to her directorial duties on A Wrinkle in Time. Since she’s made a big budget flick under the Disney banner, her name has been bandied about as a potential director for Star Wars.

Well, DuVernay herself shot that possibility down in a response to a fan on Twitter.

Many fans were bummed to hear this, but you know what? This is actually pretty great. Here’s why.

Talent Deserves Freedom

Ava DuVernay is undeniably talented. She’s more than proven that with Selma13th, and now A Wrinkle in Time. It’s understandable that fans would want her to exercise that talent in the Star Wars universe. But, when we are lucky enough to have exceptional artists working in film, we need to step back and allow them to do what they want to do.

The best creativity comes from having artistic freedom. DuVernay has earned our collective trust when it comes to her abilities and feeling the need to shove her into a franchise betrays that trust. If we really support her, we should also support her desire to make whatever artistic endeavor she feels most compelled to make. That’s the only way we’re going to continue to get truly inspiring work from her.

The Dangers of Tokenism

There is also a narrative built up that Ava DuVernay should make a Star Wars film because the franchise needs more diverse directors. That’s absolutely true but we need to be careful when we start making demands of artists simply because of their racial and/or gender designation.

If there are diverse filmmakers out there that have a solid concept for a Star Wars film and a creative urge to tell that story, we should do our best to promote them and see what they can bring to the series. But, we shouldn’t be nominating talented filmmakers and making them feel obligated to create certain pieces of art because they tick a certain box in terms of diversity.

If DuVernay wanted to do a Star Wars movie because she had a Star Wars story to tell, I’d be championing her as loudly as possible. But, saying she should make one because of her skin color and gender is missing the very point of diversity and equality.

Star Wars Scrutiny

It’s also possible that DuVernay is staying away from Star Wars because she just doesn’t need the hassle. Star Wars is the most recognizable brand in the history of entertainment. That notoriety brings with it a cadre of followers that pick apart every detail to the bones. And if they decide to, they can become incredibly harsh.

Just ask Rian Johnson. After The Last Jedi (which I loved), the writer/director of that film was plagued with online harassment and fan criticisms that bordered on ridiculous. Johnson has been incredible with his handling of certain entitled fans, but it’s likely that DuVernay just doesn’t want to invite that kind of appraisal towards her work.

Of course, there are plenty of fans who disliked The Last Jedi and didn’t go about their complaints in an insulting or intrusive manner. But, we have to acknowledge that those sects of fandoms exist. If DuVernay doesn’t have an interest in opening herself up to that world, who could blame her?

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Get excited about Ava DuVernay’s next project, no matter what that project might be.

Probably the most exciting thing about Ava DuVernay not being interested in Star Wars is that this means she might make something entirely new in the cinematic landscape. Fans are often lamenting the lack of new stories on the big screen. So, shouldn’t we see DuVernay’s disinterest in Star Wars as the opportunity for her to craft something new?

DuVernay is a powerful and important voice in the world of film, and the idea that she can branch out and make whatever she wants is exhilarating. If she committed to a Star Wars film, that means a lengthy production cycle that could affect her chances of making something else. And we need strong and opinionated filmmakers making what they feel is important now more than ever.

Whatever project DuVernay tackles next, we’re here for it.

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J.J. Abrams Shares a Detail About ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: There’s a Script

J.J. Abrams Shares a Detail About 'Star Wars: Episode IX': There's a Script

With debates raging on so many decisions in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the writing of its sequel might seem like a daunting, almost neverending task. Imagine how much second-guessing can go into a Star Wars screenplay, given all the fan scrutiny that awaits, no matter what choices are made. Well, J.J. Abrams seems confident about the next chapter of the "Skywalker Saga," enough to go on a talk show and reveal that the script for the movie is finished. 

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Movie News: Ron Howard Confirms Jon Favreau in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Movie News: Ron Howard Confirms Jon Favreau in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Director Ron Howard has confirmed via social media that Jon Favreau (above) will be voicing "a very cool & important alien character" in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Earlier in the month, Favreau shared a photo of himself with Howard and Lawrence Kasdan, who cowrote the script, and also included hashtags that hinted at the connection. The movie opens on May 25. [Twitter]

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Influences Include ‘Heat’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Influences Include 'Heat' and 'The Big Lebowski'

The original Star Wars is a mashup of influences from sci-fi serials and samurai movies, so it makes sense that other installments of the franchise would also take a lot of inspiration from other classic films. That's the case with the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which goes back before the events of the first movie to show the early adventures of Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. 

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The Week in Movie News: New ‘Star Wars’ Movies and TV Shows, First ‘Solo’ Trailer and More

The Week in Movie News: New 'Star Wars' Movies and TV Shows, First 'Solo' Trailer and More

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Netflix dropped The Cloverfield Paradox out of the blue: Movie fans got a surprise treat on Super Bowl Sunday as Netflix debuted its first trailer for the new Cloverfield movie, The Cloverfield Paradox, and revealed that it would start streaming immediately after the game. Check out the trailer here, how it ties to the other movies here and what's next for the…

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Disney Announces Multiple ‘Star Wars’ TV Series in Development

Disney Announces Multiple 'Star Wars' TV Series in Development

If one Star Wars movie isn't enough for you, Disney has plans for a lot more content set in the galaxy far, far away. Following the news of Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss being handed a series of Star Wars films, Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger revealed to investors that multiple Star Wars TV shows are in development for the company's new streaming platform. 

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Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Helm New Series of Star Wars Movies

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may still be over a year away, but that isn’t stopping creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from lining up new projects to tackle following the show’s conclusion — specifically ones that require a trip to a whole new galaxy.

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that the famed showrunner duo is set to write and produce a new series of Star Wars movies that will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the previously announced Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.

However, the pair is clearly aware what Thrones fans think their priority should be right now. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”


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New Series of ‘Star Wars’ Movies to Be Made by ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators

New Series of 'Star Wars' Movies to Be Made by 'Game of Thrones' Creators

The Star Wars movies as we know them will come to an end next year, with Episode IX of the "Skywalker Saga" finishing out the original storyline. But that certainly won't be all for the franchise. Besides a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone arriving in 2020, there's also a new trilogy in the works from The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. And now, directly from Lucasfilm (via StarWars.com), comes word of another series of movies from…

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer: All Your Questions Answered

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Trailer: All Your Questions Answered

We finally got our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story during the Super Bowl last night, and then a longer teaser arrived this morning. So, we've seen what Alden Ehrenreich looks like as young Han Solo, but what else do the two spots show us? We've got some of your initial questions answered down below. First, let's look at the longer trailer once again:

 

 

Did we see Han Solo's home planet?

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All the 2018 Super Bowl Movie Trailers: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and More

All the 2018 Super Bowl Movie Trailers: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and More

The Big Game is over, but a big year for movies is only just beginning! Thankfully, we now have a better idea of what to expect from some of 2018’s most anticipated blockbusters. From our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story to Tom Cruise and the gang’s return in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, we’ve gathered all the TV spots and trailers for your convenience below.

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Sony Plans ‘Jumanji’ Sequel to Go Up Against ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Next Year

Sony Plans 'Jumanji' Sequel to Go Up Against 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Next Year

It took 22 years for Jumanji to get a sequel. But the next one will likely arrive much more quickly. According to a Wall Street Journal article on the surprising box office success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (relayed by The Playlist if you're not a WSJ subscriber), Sony has plans for a follow-up and the studio is already optimistically setting sights on a Christmas 2019 release. While the exact timing is not clear, presumably the sequel could open on the same…

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Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in ‘Venom’? Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’?

Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland's Spider-Man in 'Venom'? Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'?

Is Hollywood trying to keep some big secrets? Are fan sites just trying to stir up attention? Either way, these three major rumors are circulating on the web this week:

 

Is Spider-Man in Venom?

How do you create Venom as a character without Spider-Man? We shall see when Sony's eponymous Venom hits theaters this fall. Or maybe the villain-turned-antihero's origins will be the same as in the comics after all. According to filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of…

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Movie News: John Williams Wants to Compose ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Movie News: John Williams Wants to Compose 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Star Wars: Episode IX: John Williams (above), who has composed the musical scores for all eight episodes in the primary Star Wars cinematic universe, says he has informed director J.J. Abrams that he would like to compose the music for the untitled ninth episode: "I would very much like to complete that." Williams will definitely be composing theme music for Han Solo in Ron Howard's upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is set for release on May 25. [Variety]

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Ewan McGregor Would ‘Be Happy’ To Play Obi-Wan Again In The New ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Film

Although there are exceptions, most Star Wars fans would prefer to forget about creator George Lucas’ 1999-2005 prequel trilogy. One bright spot among those films, though, is fans’ acceptance of actor Ewan McGregor as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi, and now […]
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Jumanji Tops Insidious and Star Wars at Box Office

(Los Angeles) — Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” handily won the first box office weekend of 2018 over the launch of “Insidious: The Last Key” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $ 36 million at 3,801 North American locations.

The fourth installment of the “Insidious” horror franchise scared up a surprisingly strong $ 29.3 million at 3,116 sites for Universal. Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” followed in third with a 55% decline to $ 23.6 million at 4,232 venues for a 24-day total of $ 572.5 million — the sixth-largest of all-time.

Fox’s third weekend of “The Greatest Showman” held nicely in fourth, declining only 12% to $ 13.6 million at 3,342 theaters for a 19-day total of about $ 77 million. It was followed in fifth by Universal’s third session of “Pitch Perfect 3” with $ 10.2 million at 3,458 sites, lifting its 17-day take to a solid $ 86 million.

Fox’s fourth weekend of animated comedy “Ferdinand” finished sixth with $ 7.7 million at 3,156 venues, followed by Jessica Chastain’s “Molly’s Game” from STXfilms, which brought in $ 7 million after expanding to 1,608 sites from 271. Chastain received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a drama for her work in the film — whether or not she wins will be determined Sunday. The film also received a Producers Guild Award nomination on Friday for best film, a day after Aaron Sorkin’s script received a Writers Guild nom for adapted screenplay.

The “Jumanji” sequel has taken in $ 244.4 million in its first 19 days domestically. It’s the first weekend box office win for “Jumanji” — which has gone past “Justice League” as the ninth-largest domestic grosser among 2017 titles. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is also topping the $ 500 million mark worldwide.

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan star in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a sequel to Robin Williams’ original, which was a 1995 hit with $ 262 million worldwide. “Welcome to the Jungle” follows four high schoolers in detention who wind up as video game characters facing an array of challenges.

“Insidious: The Last Key” came in far above expectations, which had been in the $ 16 million to $ 19 million range. It’s the latest horror title from Blumhouse Productions, which delivered low-cost horror hits last year for Universal with “Split,” “Get Out,” and “Happy Death Day.” The franchise dates back to 2010 with “Insidious,” followed by “Insidious: Chapter 2” in 2013 and “Insidious: Chapter 3” in 2015 — which have grossed a collective $ 357 million worldwide.

Lin Shaye, who has starred in all three films, returns in “Insidious: The Last Key” as a parapsychologist whose haunted childhood comes to threaten her family and home in a follow-up to the events in “Insidious: Chapter 3.” It’s produced by “Insidious” regulars Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and co-creator James Wan and by Sony Pictures (through Stage 6 Films) with Blumhouse. Universal is the U.S. theatrical distributor with Sony releasing in the rest of the world.

Overall domestic business was up 18.1% to $ 165 million, according to comScore — a welcome sign after 2017 saw a 2.3% decline in total grosses.

“2018 is off to a rollicking start with ‘Jumanji’s’ unexpected strength boosting the overall marketplace nearly 20% ahead of the comparable weekend a year ago as the box office new year gives the industry cause to celebrate with an incredibly diverse lineup of titles driving patrons to theaters and a red hot awards season in full swing,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. “Two years ago was not even as strong with a ‘Force Awakens’ driven marketplace ringing up sales of $ 159.1 million for the same weekend in 2016.”


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Joe Manganiello Wears Secret Love Note for Sofia Vergara at Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

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Locations that look like they came from Star Wars

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One of the most popular things about the Star Wars movies has always been the world building. Being able to imagine yourself visiting these far off planets, and living in distant lands in a faraway galaxy. This all contributes to the mythology and legend of the movies and increases the charm and appeal of the movies. The detail and the different worlds that have been created all combine to make these flicks unforgettable.

There are so many epic locations that have been used around the world for the Star Wars films. And, there are even more wonderful locations that look as though they have come right out of a Star Wars movie. With visual beauty, grandeur, and an otherworldly feel, these are some of the great locations we’ve found that look like they could have been plucked a long time ago, from a galaxy far, far away!

Wadi Rum, Jordan

This vast, expansive red desert location seems to go on for miles over the horizon. The site, in Southern Jordan, has a stunning landscape of jagged cliffs, intriguing caves, natural gorges, stone archways, and blistered red sand. It looks very much like Luke’s home planet of Tatooine from the first Star Wars movie. The UNESCO World Heritage site appeared in the Ridley Scott movie The Martian (as a double for Mars) and also featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Check out this stunning geyser that looks like it’s come straight out of a science fiction movie. Full of strange and colorful patterns, not to mention odd shapes, the geyser is certainly something you wouldn’t expect to see in the middle of the Nevada desert. Created, by accident, in 1964, the geyser is still working today and can shoot water 5 feet into the air. This is a truly stunning location and one we would certainly expect to find in a Star Wars movie.

The Spotted Lake, Osoyoos, British Columbia

Canada has some of the most stunning landscape we’ve ever seen, and this is a prime example of that. The Spotted Lake is mega popular with tourists, and it’s not difficult to understand why from looking at it. The lake contains a huge amount of minerals, which are revealed in the summer when the water evaporates – this leaves around 300 pools/spots where the minerals create a watery puddle in the lake. Pretty stunning, right?

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

You may well have heard of this location because it’s actually home to the largest salt flats in the world. More than 10 billion tons of salt cover 4,000 square miles, and make for one of the most visually stunning locations on the planet! If you ever get the chance to go here, you should definitely check it out. This beautiful place looks like it was tailor made to join the supporting cast of one of the Star Wars movies.

These are all remarkable places on Earth that we feel would be perfectly suited to a Star Wars movie. Of course, Wadi Rum in Jordan did make a brief appearance in Rogue One, but, the other places have not graced the screen yet. Perhaps, someone should get on to Disney, and recommend these locations!

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The Week in Movie News: First Look at ‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoilers

The Week in Movie News: First Look at 'Ocean's 8,' 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Spoilers

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

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Director's cut of It will be released: The hugely successful adaptation of Stephen King's It, which debuted on digital on demand to own this week, will receive a Director's Cut release in a few months. Read more here and check out info on the hit horror movie's deleted scenes and other Blu-ray features here. 

 

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Star Wars: 7 Black Characters You Should Know

 Yesterday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi set a record for the second-largest Thursday night preview gross in North America, trailing only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earning $ 45 million, reports Variety.

With Disney backing the film—and becoming even more powerful with its acquisition of 21st Century Fox for about $ 60 billion in stock and debt) and another sequel due in 2019—it’s clear Star Wars is a beloved film franchise.

And while there was controversy over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, there have been iconic black actors and characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Here are seven of the best known:

 

1. Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999

Character: Mace Windu

 

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2. Billy Dee Williams

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

Character: Lando Calrissian

 

 

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3. Lupita Nyong’o

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: Maz Kanata

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4. James Earl Jones

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Episode 3 — Revenge of the Sith

Character: Voice of Darth Vader

 

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5. Femi Taylor

Film: Return of the Jedi

Character: Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola

 

 

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6. John Boyega

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: Finn Galfridian

 

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7. Crystal Clarke

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: “Rachel”

 

 

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Han Solo May yet Have a Role to Play in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Proceed at your own risk.


It’s recently come out that the working title for Star Wars: Episode IX is Black Diamond. Fan site Fantha Tracks put a few connections together to make the discovery, and it has been right about other working titles before. It seems plausible, and those two words could be a big clue about what will happen in Episode IX.

Usually Lucasfilm uses these working titles and separate production companies to give its filming process a bit of peace, and only after the film is out is it made clear what relevance — if any — the codename had.

But that won’t stop us from speculating. So get ready to write on your window and practice the mantra of “What does it mean?!?”

There are some real life connections between the upcoming dedicated Han Solo movie and Episode IX, and that could signal story connections.

The Han Solo movie, operating under the working title of Red Cup, was originally to be made by Carbonado Industries Ltd. The literal connection to “carbon” freezing stares you right in the face. This company is now also in charge of Black Diamond — a name which has its own connections to carbon.


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Han Solo embraces Leia Organa, the two parents of Kylo Ren

So we’ve got Carbonado Industries now in charge of Episode IX, which is called Black Diamond for now. Black Diamond will feature the son of the carbonite man, who turned Dark. In terms of lore, we’re staring down the barrel of a finale in which Kylo Ren, Han Solo‘s son, is a villain powerful enough to end a trilogy of trilogies.

Could it be possible that Han Solo’s significance didn’t end with his life — and not just because of who he fathered?

Here’s where things get interesting.

Han Solo is Corellian, as is his ship. In that system, there’s a tradition of compressing the ashes of honoured citizens into a synthetic diamond. They call it a Soul Diamond, and it has a light blue glow — but what colour would it be if it were corrupted by the Dark Side?


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Interestingly, this is a real service provided here on Earth. You can send the ashes of a loved one to be compressed inside a jewel and set into a band or necklace. But in the Star Wars universe, these diamonds carry power great enough to run a spaceship.

Or, perhaps they could be used inside a lightsabre? It’s hard to imagine Kylo Ren without his chaotic red weapon. The crackling, barely-contained plasma is a good metaphor for his tantrums. Would he have it in him to turn his father’s remains into a weapon?

“Let the past die,” he would say. “Kill it if you have to.” But if there was special power to be had in a familial Soul Diamond, it may be enough for Kylo Ren to carry around some of the past with him.

Pure speculation, and a bit of fun, but it might all be nothing. There are more connections than usual — between the two productions, and between the stories and codenames. Then again, we could’ve taken the codename Space Bear to mean a movie about Wookies.

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5 Things the Star Wars Holiday Special Got Right

The notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special” was so bad that it has only aired once on TV. Despite the special never being released on video, there are still some rare copies around. Even George Lucas himself has said, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.”

However, despite the show’s infamy, there are five things that the Holiday Special did get right, and we count them down here.

All Those Cameos



No matter what anyone says about how pointless all the cameos were in the Holiday Special, it’s always fun seeing your favorite celebrities make a surprise appearance in a show or movie. And when they get a whole storyline to themselves, well then that’s really something special.



One of the best cameo storylines in the Holiday Special showcases Harvey Korman from The Carol Burnett Show, and his attempts to woo Bea Arthur who plays a bartender in the Mos Eisley Cantina (Bonus points for bringing back one of the most iconic sets from the Original Trilogy).

When the rowdy patrons of the cantina refuse to obey a planet-wide curfew imposed by the Galactic Empire, Bea resorts to singing the song “Goodnight, But Not Goodbye,” which causes them to waltz out the door.

Chewbacca’s Family



More Wookiees is always a good thing, especially when they are related to the most iconic Wookiee of them all. While the scenes involving Itchy (Chewie’s dad), Lumpy (Chewie’s son), and Malla (Chewie’s wife) may be a little weird (like, why these Wookiees wearing snuggies and walking in outer space?) we can all agree that seeing more of Chewbacca’s background is definitely welcome. After all, when compared to his fellow human Rebels, we know next to nothing about the furred giant.



The Holiday Special also treated fans to the first ever appearance of the Wookiee home-planet Kashyyyk. After all, we still haven’t seen Han Solo’s Corellia nor Leia’s Alderaan.

Leia Singing

It’s always great when one of your favorite actors reveals a secret talent, and this scene of Carrie Fisher singing is no exception. It’s a special treat in a film with plenty of mistakes, and it truly makes the Holiday Special noteworthy as one of the rare moments we see Carrie break out into song on film. We give this scene bonus points for Harrison Ford’s reaction 30 seconds in. Despite the fact that this scene came out of nowhere, we can forgive Carrie as we can bet she was just as confused as the rest of us.

Boba Fett

Considered by many to be the only watchable moment from the entire Holiday Special, this cartoon gives us our first introduction to the famed bounty hunter, Boba Fett. When Luke and Han contract a mysterious virus, Boba Fett teams up with Chewie to find the cure. However, the short takes a dark turn when it is revealed Boba Fett is secretly working with Darth Vader to capture the Rebels.

While it’s significance in the overarching universe of Star Wars is minimal, the short cartoon is one of the only parts of the Special with a coherent plot. Seeing Darth Vader cross paths with Luke, and possibly the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy take shots at the Rebels are just two reasons why people are still watching this cartoon nearly 40 years later.

Another Music Cameo

When Stormtroopers raid Chewie’s home, the Rebels turn to music to distract the invaders. And strangely, it works. Although, like most things, it doesn’t make much sense in the context of the Holiday Special (why are the Stormtroopers even raiding Chewie’s home?!), this goofy moment veils a surprise cameo by ’70s rock group Jefferson Starship, with this catchy tune providing a memorable moment in a Special most seek to forget.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has A Message For Baby Boomers: Trust

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Odds are if you’ve seen The Last Jedalready, your immediate concerns are how its unresolved storylines will play out in 2019’s Episode IXOr, you’re thinking about that moment with Leia or one of the epic lightsaber showdowns that colored the film.

What you’re probably not thinking about is an underlying message. And I bet you didn’t think that The Last Jedi has parallels to the current world, or that two generations of Star Wars fans could learn a thing of two from it.


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An Exercise in Trust

The Last Jedi tells the story of many people’s struggles, but there are two pairs in the film’s focus. The first, Luke Skywalker and Rey. The other, Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren. Both are caught in cycle of mistrust and frustration, with teachers mistrusting (would-be) disciples and struggling in a power balance.

When Rey first goes to Luke, she does so because the Resistance needs help. What Rey doesn’t realize is her stubbornness to get Luke to come with her isn’t just for the Resistance — it’s for herself, too. Rey feels the Force growing within her and wants Luke to teach her how to use it. She looks to him for guidance. And when he refuses to teach her and says he’d rather his knowledge die with him, Rey fights this. She vows to not fail him, and be the pupil he hoped to have in Ben Solo.

Kylo Ren — Ben Solo — is desperate to prove to Snoke that he has what it takes to become the next Darth Vader. But Snoke, rightfully, has his doubts. In communicating with Rey, the cracks in his resolve to be dark widen. Snoke tried to use Kylo Ren’s pain to antagonize and manipulate his power. By finally having someone listen to and understand his pain in Rey, he begins to, in a way, mellow out. But Snoke, who sees Kylo Ren’s power and selfishly wants to use it for his own purposes, pushes the young man to his limits in an attempt to bend him to his will.


Rey is every young person looking for a mentor for guidance.

In both cases, the older generation — Luke, Snoke — don’t trust the new, upcoming generation —  Rey, Kylo Ren — to make good choices. So they hold fast to control of the situation in a way that will produce an outcome favorable to them. Luckily, both Rey and Ren fight this.

Pass It Along

At the core of these two struggles in aging generations — veterans and teachers — needing to know when to and be willing to hand over the reins and pass their knowledge onto future generations. And they have to do so trusting that new blood will make the right choices, both for the world and for themselves. It’s a tale about what happens when you don’t bring in new students, or mentor eager new people. As your knowledge dies out with you the world is that much poorer — and in the case of Luke in The Last Jedi, could have made things much much worse for the side of the Light.

Fear caused Luke to hold out. He was scared he would train Rey and she would also succumb to the darkness — a selfish thought as he based it off his own experiences with Ben Solo. But it’s not for Luke to decide when the Jedi die out. It’s for him to give Rey enough information for her to make her own choice. And in the end, Luke decides to pass it along and trust — to pretty great success.

Snoke, on the other hand, was selfish but also impatient. He told Kylo Ren exactly what to do and when he didn’t do it immediately, threw more punishing challenges in his way — like asking him to execute Rey. He also, in the end, nearly bypassed Kylo Ren completely, telling Rey that maybe she was the powerful Force-wielder he is looking for. Snoke doesn’t want to pass his knowledge and strength to a new generation — he wants to control is with a minion who will shut up and listen.


Kylo Ren feels he already knows everything he has to, and because of this he will struggle.

Because of this, Kylo Ren — like some young millennials who thinks they already know everything — will struggle the most on his quest. He thinks he knows better than anyone and because of that, he will not learn from any mistakes he may make. Rey, on the other hand, had a teacher who understood the need to pass it along and trust. She will thrive.

In a way, you can look at the generation holding Luke and Snoke as the baby boomers of America. The current economic and political climate is heavily slanted in their favor in many sectors, because most have sought to protect their own interests and are too scared to trust a younger generation with our future. It’s unfortunate because that younger generation is the future, and it will be on them — like it is on Rey and her friends now — to inevitably clean up the mess created by a group unwilling to let go.

I’m not saying The Last Jedi  is definitely political commentary. But it presents a powerful messages about students and teachers, and generations trusting in one another to make the world — or universe — a better place.

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Today is the day: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters and racking up money, positive reviews and lots of piping hot takes. There's also some non-spoilery news items to share with you while you wait in line for your first or fifth viewing of the new movie. 

 

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‘Star Wars’: 20 Leia Quotes That Made Us Fall In Love With Her

Leia Organa Solo, how we’ll miss you.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi marks her last appearance in the Star Wars saga (actress Carrie Fisher finished shooting her scenes before her untimely death last December). She’s had an incredible run, cementing herself as one of the popular and powerful women in sci-fi, if not all of film (and an Icons spot on the FANDOM 100).

After her death, director George Lucas wrote, “In ‘Star Wars,’ she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.”

Fans were introduced to Leia in A New Hope as the young Princess of Alderaan. She was hardly a damsel in distress, taking a blaster and jumping into a garbage shoot during her own rescue mission.

The Empire Strikes Back showed Leia’s leadership skills, and also a growing relationship with the swarthy smuggler, Han Solo.

She would join the action again in Return of the Jedi, forging the alliance with the Ewoks during the Battle of Endor.

An older, wiser, and still feisty Leia became leader of the Resistance by the events of The Force Awakens, and continues to serve as General during The Last Jedi. But despite her outward strength, she was deeply hurt by Han leaving and her son Ben turning to the Dark Side.

Below are 20 quotes that made us fall in love with her:

From A New Hope

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” — a holographic Lei pleads.

“Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.” — Leia upon meeting the Imperial officer.

“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” — Leia to her would-be rescuer, Luke.

“Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?” — Leia as she pushes aside the hairy Wookiee, Chewbacca.

“Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.” — Leia to Han as she takes over the reins of her own rescue.

From The Empire Strikes Back

“Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, Nerf-herder!” — Leia to Han after he revealed to Luke and Chewbecca she had feelings for him.

“Would it help if I got out and pushed?” — Leia to Han after the Millennium Falcon stalls while trying to escape Hoth.

“Stop that. My hands are dirty.” — Leia to Han as he clasps her hands preparing to kiss her.

“I hope you know what you’re doing.” — Leia to Han as he flies into a cave, which actually turns out to be a giant space worm.

“You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.” — Leia to Han with a kiss, after he steers them out of the asteroid field.

From Return of the Jedi

“We have powerful friends. You’re going to regret this” — Leia to Jabba the Hut, after she is caught freeing Han from stasis.

“You’re a jittery little thing, aren’t you?” — Leia upon meeting Wicket the Ewok.

“I know. Somehow, I’ve always known.” — Leia after Luke reveals he is her brother.

“Oh, it’s not like that at all. He’s my brother.” — Leia to Han after he asks if she loves Luke.

From The Force Awakens

“Same jacket.” — Leia to Han after they are reunited.

“I just never should have sent him away. That’s when I lost him. That’s when I lost you both.” — Leia to Han about the loss of their son, Ben a.k.a. Kylo Ren.

“You know, no matter how much we fought, I’ve always hated watching you leave.” — Leia to Han as he departs for Starkiller Base.

“If you see our son, bring him home.” — Leia’s final words to Han.

“May the Force be with you.” — Leia’s farewell to Rey when she goes to find Luke.

From Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

“Hope…” — Leia’s reply when asked what’s on the contents of the data procured by the Rogue One squad.

The Last Jedi, opening today, will surely include more memorable Leia lines. Which is your favorite?

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If anime is the decorated war hero of food porn, then Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is its head chef. The story of Sōma Yukihira’s battle to rise to the top at Tōtsuki Culinary Academy is not only good but flavorful. Full of the intense rivalries typical of shonen anime, the students engage in action-packed culinary battles. The dishes that result from these battles push the boundaries of innovation and taste. In true Food Wars! fashion, one bite from any of the dishes on this list will blast your clothes off.

French Curry Lobster Rice with Cognac


Kurokiba's lobster curry from 'Food Wars!'

Ryō Kurokiba’s stunning dish from the Autumn Elections looks too good to eat. The lobster sits in the curry sauce as if it’s a warm bath, intensifying the flavor as he rests. However, eat it, you must, for this is not your granny’s curry.

Kurokiba deepens the flavor of traditional curry by adding a high-quality, “Napoleon” class Cognac to his sauce. The cognac not only adds a woody flavor to the dish, it also enhances the flavor of the lobster’s brain. Throw away your natural inhibitions, add a few drops, and slurp that brain down. You won’t regret it.

Jōichirō Special Rich Ramen


Joichiro's Special Rich Ramen from 'Food Wars!'

When it comes to breakfast, the last dish you would expect is ramen. Of course, if you know the Yukihiras, you know they are far from conventional in the kitchen. Although it looks like your traditional, hearty ramen dish, this one is deceptively light.

That’s because, despite its appearance, Jōichirō’s drool-inducing dish is meatless. Tempeh is a worthy meat substitute that pairs well with the soy milk and miso soup-based vegetarian broth. The ramen manages to taste like meat without weighing you down. This dish has everything, including revitalizing properties that make the diner look and feel younger. Jōichirō’s ramen is the perfect way to kickstart your day.

Lemon Curd Italiano Semifreddo


Lemon Curd Italiano Semifreddo from 'Food Wars!'

At first glance, this dish looks like a normal semifreddo, but this is Food Wars! Nothing is as simple as it seems, and Takumi Aldini’s dish is no exception. Each bite of Aldini’s dish packs a strong yet refreshing lemon taste. This extra burst of flavor comes from the improvised fourth layer of lemon curd added to this traditionally three-layer dessert.

He further elevates the curd by substituting olive oil, which enhances the natural flavors of the lemon zest and juice. By combining this British-inspired element to a traditional Italian dish, Aldini creates a dish that is the best of both worlds. It is a love letter to lemon lovers everywhere.

Petit Size Loco Moco Don


Petit Size Loco Moco Don from 'Food Wars!'

Ikumi Mito, the master of meat, serves her variation of this popular Hawaiian dish during the Training Camp’s breakfast challenge. Mito keeps the traditional ingredients — an egg, hamburger meat, and rice — and still manages to reinvent the dish.

The serving size is much smaller than its Hawaiian counterpart. In addition, Mito adds lettuce and cherry tomatoes to the cup for freshness and texture. She tops it off with vinaigrette instead of brown gravy, heightening the creaminess of the yolk and juiciness of the rib roast hamburger steak. The perfect fusion of Hawaiian and Japanese techniques puts this dish in a league of its own.

Scorched Pacific Saury Carpaccio


Scorched Pacific Saury Carpaccio from 'Food Wars!'

Typically served as an hors-d’oeuvre (appetizer), carpaccio is a thinly sliced raw meat dish from Italy. However, during the Autumn Election finals, Hayama Akira presents this lovely dish to the judges as a main dish, confusing everyone. That is, until the tweaks he made to the recipe are revealed.

Akira, known for his intricate knowledge of spices, uses just one to season this dish — Allspice. That’s right, that common spice found in all of our kitchens. It sounds simple enough until he brings out the cooking torch. By searing the fish’s surface, Akira unlocks an aroma that will knock your socks off, literally. It’s no wonder this dish won the final round of the Autumn Election.

Rainbow Terrine


Rainbow Terrine from 'Food Wars!'. jpg

Sōma Yukihira served as Megumi Tadokoro’s sous chef for this exquisite dish. Tadokoro’s version of a terrine features seven vegetable pâtés and two types of sauce, sweet and sour sudachi and bitter perilla. This unlikely combo creates a dish with 14 different flavors. Now, that’s innovative.

The surprises don’t stop there. Tadokoro uses preserved vegetables to enhance the umami of each layer. The dish celebrates the flavor of mature vegetables over fresh ones, which is a unique take on the recipe. Finally, she uses Allspice (the Wonder Woman of the kitchen) to mask the smell of liver and aid the diner’s digestive system. Not only does it taste good, it also does a body good.

Gotcha! Pork Roast



When cornered, Sōma Yukihira shines in the kitchen, creating meals beyond our wildest dreams. Yet, this savory dish breaks the mold by making something out a nothing — an artificial meat dish. Okay, it isn’t completely artificial, but it certainly isn’t a roast either.

With his ingredients sabotaged, Yukihira uses potatoes, mushrooms, and bacon to crush the meat dish challenge. He wraps the bacon around a loaf of mashed potatoes and mushrooms and uses twine to attach rosemary sprigs to it. The bacon crisps up while baking to create the illusion of a roast, while the sauce brings it all together. One bite will satisfy all your porky needs.

Eggs Benedict


Erina Nakiri's eggs benedict from 'Food Wars'

A Food Wars! list isn’t complete without a recipe from the God Tongue herself, Erina Nakiri. Her selection for the breakfast challenge during training camp is simple yet sophisticated. Powered by her superior sense of taste, Nakiri take on Eggs Benedict looks more like a precious gem than a breakfast item. Beneath its perfect exterior, however, lurks a secret ingredient.

To take the egg flavor up a notch, Nakiri adds Karasumi (dried mullet roe) powder during preparation. The powder’s saltiness and the egg yolk deepen the flavor of the dish, resulting in a mouthful of yummy, eggy goodness. The taste of this dish was so great in the anime that it forced a man to “bend the knee.” There is no higher form of praise.

The dishes on this list represent a variety of flavors and techniques, but one thing is for certain: they all look delicious. So don’t just stand there salivating, eat something! Or, better yet, let us know what Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma dishes make you wish taste-o-vision was real.

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As an actor, a fan of video games, a fan of Star Wars, Janina Gavankar has been having a couple of great year. Perhaps best known for her work in True Blood and The League, Gavankar has been winning over gamers and Star Wars fans alike with her passionate promotion of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II game.

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6 Anime That Star Wars Fans Should Watch

Another year and another Star Wars movie is about to hit the silver screen. And we can’t wait! But while you’re getting ready for The Last Jedi to land, indulge in a few anime series like Star Wars to get you in the mood. So, here are six anime to watch if you’re a fan of Star Wars.

Mobile Suit Gundam


anime like Star Wars Mobile Suit Gundam

In 1979 the world hungered for Star Wars — and Star Wars rip-offs. Japan was as hungry as any nation, just a year earlier Toei had made Message from Space, a blatant (but charming) Star Wars clone. The Mobile Suit Gundam anime would also have more than a little bit of George Lucas inside it. Its story is that of a giant space war featuring young heroes battling against the evil Zeons. Only instead of X-Wings, we have giant robot “mobile suits.” Instead of Jedi, there are “Newtypes“, psychic pilots who dominate the battlefield. Finally, the mobile suits fight with “beam sabers“, which are clearly massive lightsabers.

Director Yoshiyuki Tomino, however, took his giant robot Star Wars into a polemic against war. As the 50-episode series wore on, Gundam became darker as both heroes and villains fell in an increasingly bloody struggle. A lot of work was put into humanizing the character on the Zeon side, making their defeat more bittersweet than heroic. That kind of boldness made Gundam stand out from its inspiration. Decades later Gundam is itself a massive international phenomenon.

[Eric Fuchs, FANDOM Contributor]

Legend of the Galactic Heroes


anime like Star Wars Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Corruption, exploitation, blight, and good vs. evil are just a few themes that Star Wars explores. But at its core, the space opera movie series is really a political thriller. In Star Wars Episodes I-III, the emphasis on politics was unmissable as many essential storylines occurred in the Galactic Senate.

In Legend of the Galactic Heroes, instead of Star Wars’ Imperial regime, we have the Galactic Empire. The tyrannical rule of the Empire has pushed much of the galaxy into extreme poverty. But a group of rebels manage to escape and they form the democratic Free Planets Alliance.

For centuries these two interstellar organizations have been fighting each other in a bloody and costly war. But, now it’s time to finish this bloodshed once and for all.

[Zuleika Boekhoudt, FANDOM Contributor]

Space Dandy


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The Star Wars universe is fun and imaginative on a conceptual level. While this element of the franchise has not exactly been the forefront of any of the Star Wars films, Star Wars MMOs and multiplayer shooters have seen tremendous success as fans cannot help but imagine what it would be like to live in this extraordinary universe.

Space Dandy takes the most fun elements of Star Wars, dials them up to 11, breaks off the knob, and then jury-rigs the speaker to blast out even more fun.

The anime follows the universe’s worst alien hunter and his motley crew as the romp around space and get into misadventures. Each episode is a visual sensation that makes a viewer wish they could travel the cosmos almost as much as Star Wars does.

[Lucas DeRuyter, FANDOM Contributor]

Last Exile


anime like Star Wars Last Exile

One of the most neglected positions in Star Wars has got to be the X-Wing pilots. They were one of the leading reasons that Rebels won several important battles, but instead of being honored as heroes, they were portrayed as sacrificial pawns.

Last Exile resembles much of these X-Wing starfighter pilots but in a steampunk fashion. And, instead of taking place in outer space, Last Exile is set on the fictional planet of Prester.

Just like the planets featured in Star Wars, Prester is embroiled in corruption and the devastation of war between several counties. And freelance courier pilot Claus Valka and his mechanic friend, Lavie Head, are stuck in the middle.

The anime follows this duo as they take the job of delivering a young girl to an air battleship. But to do so, they must venture into the Grand Stream — a dangerous air current that separates the land.

[Zuleika Boekhoudt, FANDOM Contributor]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure


anime like Star Wars JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

The ridiculous and fantastical elements of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure might make the series seem rather dissimilar from the sci-fi-heavy Star Wars (although some would argue that Star Wars is science-fantasy, but midi-chlorians make this franchise distinctly science-fiction), these properties actually have a lot in common. At its core, Star Wars is a multi-generational struggle between the forces of good and evil. This description also covers parts one through four of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

JoJo’s mostly centers on the exploits of the Joestar family as they battle interlocking forces of evil over the course of more than a century. While parts five through eight also center on this struggle, they have yet to be animated and have some thematic elements that decentralize the good vs evil struggle. If you do want to see a truly bizarre take on a classic tale, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is exactly what you’re looking for.

[Lucas DeRuyter, FANDOM Contributor]

One Piece


anime like Star Wars One Piece

A key part of Star Wars’ success as a franchise is due to its expansive universe. Star Wars has more (sadly now mostly noncanonical) extended universe content than nearly any other franchise to date. However, One Piece – one of the most successful manga/anime ever – is no slouch in world-building either.

The world in One Piece is one of the densest and most imaginative ever written. One Piece takes the sense of adventure that’s in the background of every Star Wars experience, thrusts it to the forefront, and piles on science fiction and fantastical elements. While it can be difficult for a newcomer to jump into this very established franchise, it’s worth it for Star Wars fans who love the immersive universe that 20 years of world-building offers.

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In 1983, audiences across the world witnessed the finale of the original Star Wars Trilogy, seeing Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker confront his father and the Galactic Emperor in the midst of a massive battle for the future of the galaxy. With his own soul on the line, Luke embraced his destiny and became a Jedi Knight, rejecting Emperor Palpatine's attempts to turn him to the Dark Side of the Force, while also re-awakening the dormant Anakin Skywalker within Darth Vader. Anakin…

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In this week’s issue, we unveil the untold story behind The Last Jedi, the episode that will change the Star Wars saga forever. Pick up an issue on newsstands starting Tuesday, Nov. 21. The cover featuring Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher together will be sold exclusively at Barnes & Noble starting Nov. 21.

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There's a lot to talk about right now when it comes to Star Wars. Sure, you have Star Wars: The Last Jedi arriving in theaters in just a few weeks, followed by the Han Solo movie, Solo, next May. But thanks to a recent announcement, there are several more Star Wars movies to begin anticipating, as Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has been brought onboard to help usher in a brand new trilogy while writing and directing its first installment. 

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the campaign of Star Wars: Battlefront II.

Star Wars: Battlefront II introduces players to new character Iden Versio, an Imperial hero. Unlike the games before it, Battlefront II is considered canon, so it is important to examine how the game and Iden’s story fits into the timeline within the Star Wars universe.

The single-player campaign, and thus Iden’s story, begins prior to Star Wars: Episode VI, with our Imperial hero seemingly imprisoned aboard a Rebellion vessel. This is just before the Battle of Endor, when the Empire is luring the Rebellion into a trap. It falls to Iden to destroy information that would tip off the Rebellion.



The Battle of Endor

While Iden’s mission is a success, the Rebellion still comes out of the other side of the trap victorious. Iden and her squad witness the destruction of the Death Star from the surface of Endor, moving quickly to evacuate their allies as the Rebels begin their invasion of the surface. This concludes the events of Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.


Destruction of the Death Star over Endor
Destruction of the Death Star over Endor

Battle of Jakku

A major point in Star Wars history is the Battle of Jakku. By this time, Iden and several of her loyal soldiers have joined the Rebellion. They provide invaluable information for their raiding parties and strike major blows to the opposition. The Battle of Jakku is the last major battle to take place in the Galactic Civil War, marking the end of the Empire. Iden takes a front row seat in the battle, leading fighters against the Imperial pilots and soldiers. She is present throughout the entirety of the firefight, crash-landing only at its summation.

In the aftermath of the battle, players are treated to a scene of a massive Imperial ship laying in the sands, potentially the same ship that Rey is later seen pillaging at the outset of Star Wars: Episode VII.


The Empire's defeat on Jakku
The Empire’s defeat on Jakku

Pre-The Force Awakens

Speaking of Episode VII, Iden’s whereabouts are largely unknown in relation to the start of the film. One of her loyal soldiers is captured by Kylo Ren decades after the Battle on Jakku. Prior to the soldier’s defection from the empire, he also worked with character well-known in the Star Wars universe — we won’t spoil it here — to retrieve a compass that would presumably point the way to the first Jedi temple. The location of the temple, of course, is the plot device propelling the narrative for Episode VII.


Setting a trap with the Corvus
Setting a trap with the Corvus

The single-player campaign is fairly weighty, stretching from the events in Star Wars: Episode VI to the Empire’s subsequent defeat leading into Star Wars: Episode VII. We’ll see in just a month whether or not the game’s events also tie into Episode VIII: The Last Jedi as well.

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The Week in Movie News: Another ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy, Disney, Fox and More

The Week in Movie News: Another 'Star Wars' Trilogy, Disney, Fox and More

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

BIG NEWS

Rian Johnson is developing a new Star Wars trilogy: Ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm is showing confidence in its writer-director, Rian Johnson. They announced Johnson will develop a new trilogy unrelated to the Skywalker saga. Also, Disney announced a live-action Star Wars series is in the works for its new streaming service. Read…

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Big ‘Star Wars’ News: Original Trilogy in the Works from Rian Johnson, Plus a Live-Action TV Series

Big 'Star Wars' News: Original Trilogy in the Works from Rian Johnson, Plus a Live-Action TV Series

Lucasfilm has just made a couple big announcements about the future of the Star Wars franchise. First thing is they're developing a new movie trilogy with The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson. Second thing is they're moving forward with a live-action TV series, as fans have been hoping for. Here's what we know:
 

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Rejoice! Rian Johnson Is Making a Brand New Star Wars Trilogy

This is the best Star Wars news we’ve had in a while. The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is going to be working on a brand new trilogy of films for the Star Wars universe.

Here are the details from the official press release:

In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

Wishes Do Come True

I can’t tell you how happy all of this makes me. I have been continuously asking for the Star Wars universe to branch out into something bigger and unfamiliar. The fact that the incredibly talented Rian Johnson — if you haven’t yet, watch Brick, The Brothers Bloomand Looper — will be the one at the helm of this new venture is icing on the cake.

It also speaks volumes about how happy Disney is with The Last Jedi. Johnson has clearly been a good collaborator while also delivering something that the studio — and most likely fans — are going to be very proud of.

Exactly what this new trilogy will be is unknown, but I sincerely hope it strays far away from the familiar stories and characters we’ve been getting. If Johnson is truly given carte blanche to create anything he wants in the Star Wars universe, this could be the start of something incredibly special.

The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, but if I’m being 100% honest, I’m more excited about news of this new trilogy. This could be the first step towards Disney building out the universe in a fresh and enthralling new direction. Bring. It. On.

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Kathleen Kennedy Confirms 10-Year Star Wars Plan Beyond Episode IX

While visiting the Star Wars Show this week, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy shared some insights into where the company is heading after the current Star Wars trilogy wraps up. She also gave an update on which characters might survive Episodes VIII and IX.

The Future of Star Wars

With the upcoming launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm is looking ahead to their next film projects. We know they just wrapped principal photography on Solo and that production will be begin shortly on the untitled Episode IX, but what about after that? According to Kennedy, Lucasfilm is looking at films that expand the universe over the next 10 years. “We’re sitting down now, we’re looking at the next 10 years of Star Wars stories,” Kennedy shared. “We’re looking at narratively where that might go.”

Where might those stories go and which characters might they include? Kennedy mentioned four specific names, “Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8.” YES! Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn, and BB-8 have easily been everyone’s favorite new characters. Does this mean these characters will live past Episodes VIII and IX? Sounds like it.

Moving Beyond Legacy Characters


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Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in ‘Star Wars A New Hope’.

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first announced, it was positioned as the first film in the final Star Wars trilogy. It was assumed that this would conclude the original nine-film saga George Lucas had planned from the beginning. When we met Rey and Finn and Poe and BB-8, the film felt new, while also including our legacy characters: Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker. Now it sounds like these three films, Force Awakens, Last Jedi and IX will serve as a bridge trilogy, wrapping up the storylines of our legacy characters while launching these new characters in their own film franchise that could go way beyond Episode IX.

Who Should Lead?


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Daisy Ridley plays the fierce, force sensitive Rey.

If these last films conclude the Skywalker Saga (as Kennedy has mentioned before) who should lead the next series? While Star Wars has always been an ensemble series, Anakin Skywalker was the clear protagonist in the prequels, and Luke was the clear protagonist in the original trilogy. Should Rey lead the next series of films? As both a trained Jedi and a pilot, she feels like the best candidate. What about Poe or Finn? Poe has the most battle experience and the most experience with the Rebellion. Will there still be a Rebellion after Episode IX, or will the First Order be crushed for good? And Finn? His experience on Star Destroyers makes him a great candidate for leadership — he also has a passion for setting First Order officers free, since he knows first hand of their oppression.

Each of these characters could step into a leadership position. For now, our vote goes to Rey, who is about to experience some harrowing and life-changing training with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. If she can overcome the Dark Side and become a true Jedi Knight, then she might be the galaxy’s best hope in balancing the Force and defeating the First Order. A woman who can do that is definitely worthy of leading her own franchise in the years to come.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters December 15, 2017.

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