The Episode IX panel was probably one of the most fun panels I've ever sat through. Worth watching just for Billy Dee Willams alone. A couple really big things I took out of this though besides the name & trailer was J.J. mentioning this takes place some time after TLJ, the whole group will embark on this mission, & the characters fighting the light & dark to face the bigger evil. Which left me like Colbert, who hosted the whole thing, wondering what the bigger evil could possibly be. Oh yeah, then there's the name Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker, & a perfect teaser trailer. This thing has me so pumped, & if you're not convinced that's the emperor laughing in the background, Celebration cut to Ian McDiarmid himself to roll it yet again. I know we're gonna see more, but they could have my money based just on this. Luke's lightsaber's back, apparently so is some form of Luke, & Emperor Palpatine himself. This looks epic! The backflip over the tie fighter, Kylo's run-through Braveheart style, Lando back in driver's seat of the Falcon? A perfect send off for the Skywalker saga. The trailer's at the bottom if you haven't seen it. Check it out, & don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments, like, & share.Read More
The cast has been released for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX . According to StarWars.com, the movie will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams will return to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga, with a script by Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio. The biggest announcement by far was the return of Leia Organa once again played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Another big surprise is the return of Mark Hamill to the role of Luke Skywalker. Probably much more blue & see through than we're used to. Other returning cast members also announced include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his iconic role as Lando Calrissian. I'm absolutely giddy with excitement right now. I had remembered a throwaway comment about unused Leia footage, & I've been waiting to see how they were going to handle the unfortunate demise of Carrie Fisher. Hopefully they've got enough footage to really give the character a real worthy send off. Absolutely love the idea of a Luke force ghost. It just seems like the natural thing to do with the character next. Obviously I'm excited for Lando's return. I've mentioned before, he's one of my favorite side characters. Even though he'd probably be pretty upset I see him as a side character. As for the rest of the cast, it's no surprise they're all returning. They're far from finished. Worried about the JJ thing. Not because of JJ himself, I just hope the decision isn't due to the mixed thoughts on The Last Jedi . I dug that one, but mainly I hope they don't injure themselves trying to backpedal. Anyway, yay!!! Carrie Fisher & Mark Hamill! What ya think? Awaiting their return as much as I am? Any theories? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Awesome news on the Star Wars front for Episode IX, John Williams will be continuing what he started with A New Hope. Collider has just reported via Variety, he's now set to compose the score for Episode IX. This will have him complete the Skywalker saga throughout the decades that it's unfolded, having his fingerprint on every piece. The argument has already started on whether this makes Williams the most important piece of the whole saga or not. Really? What would Star Wars be if not for this iconic score? I'm happy he'll get to round these out. Whether or not you think he the most important part, there's no denying he's at least at the top of the list. What do y'all think though? Is there anyone who would think after 1-8 this is a bad idea? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Apparently Rolling Stone was all over the future of the Star Wars galaxy. They've got Rey (Daisy Ridley) on acknowledging that after Episode IX she's done. She doesn't rule out maybe coming back in 30 years or so, but for now he seems pretty set on being done. Her services may not be needed however as J.J. Abrams confirmed he sees the Skywalker saga ending after Episode IX, saying the future is "in flux". Wow. Makes sense though, on both fronts. Thirty years apart for the future has seemed to work so well so far, why not try to repeat that success? I have a feeling this Episode IX, just like Return of the Jedi, will give us a nice wrap up to sit on for awhile. Plus, people are screaming for some Old Republic stuff. Personally, I'd even take some just pre-Phantom Menace stuff as well. Mace, Jango Fett, any young "insert-Jedi-here".... Nope, give Ahsoka a movie! Anyway, see? Skywalker can easily be an every thirty year thing. That's provided we don't get a definitive end in Episode IX.. We gotta factor in the fact that the family line might just end. What do y'all think though? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Though we don't know officially what these movies will be called, Walt Disney Company & Lucasfilm announced the dates for Star Wars: Episode IX (insert surname here) & the next Indiana Jones & the (something, something inserted here). Episode IX will be leaving the holiday season & going for a May 24, 2019 release date & will end the current trilogy with Colin Trevorrow directing. On the Indiana Jones front, both director Steven Spielberg & star Harrison Ford will return on July 10, 2020 for the fifth time around. Having a date just makes it that much more real. Now I can't wait for that surname, but even more so for that something, something inserted here. Not because I love Indiana Jones more than Star Wars, but because that will give some insight into what Indy will be doing this time around.
Earlier last week, Todd Fisher was reported by New York Daily News saying Carrie Fisher through use of stock footage would reprise the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode 9 following The Last Jedi. All rejoiced. Today, at Celebration however, in an exclusive with ABC News Kathleen Kennedy was asked by Paula Faris about what capacity Carrie Fisher would be used. To which the Lucasfilm President replied, "He (Todd) was probably confused." Going on she flat out said, "sadly Carrie will not be in nine." She did confirm that we will see a lot of Leia in The Last Jedi. It doesn't get more from the top than Kathleen Kennedy so I'm thinking we can take this one in stone. Now I'm just hoping the General gets a proper ending to her chapter. What do you think? Should they have gave it a shot? I can't really even have a guess until we see what exactly unfolds on December 15. Until then, may the force be with you all.
It's been no secret that Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia was to have a really big part in the finale to the current Star Wars Trilogy that started with The Force Awakens. In the wake of her unfortunate and untimely death however, there's been many questions as to how that hole would be filled. We now have an answer. New York Daily News is reporting that Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd have granted the Disney Studio rights to use recent footage for the finale with the understanding that no CGI will be used to recreate Leia. Todd Fisher said, "She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi-Wan, when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that's what happened with Carrie. I think the Legacy should continue." He went on to say, "You don't mess with this legacy. It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, Star Wars is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can't mess with it." This might be the most exciting thing I've heard all week, as I was really worried as to how these sad events would affect the outcome of the final film. I'm so glad Leia gets to have a part in this. I just feel for everything Carrie Fisher poured into this iconic part she would hate to see it disappear instead of end.