Hollywood Reporter reports Michelle Rejwan is now the Senior VP of Live Action Development & Production. She will oversee new feature films as well Disney+ series while still producing with president Kathleen Kennedy. That seems like a hefty responsibility to drop on someone who's previous credits at Lucasfilm are producing The Force Awakens & The Rise of Skywalker. Kennedy really sees something in her though, having “seen first-hand her skills collaborating with writers and directors, and I've been incredibly impressed with her creative skills and her ability to manage the complexity surrounding these massive projects.” Can she be the Feige of Star Wars? Time will tell. After the hate Kennedy got from the last installment, which I loved by the way, one could think this is just to give her a scapegoat if things don't go as well over the next few projects. Curious to see how much influence this winds up having as a whole. What do y'all think? Trust in Kennedy? Or do you think maybe a more vetted choice would have been better? Put it in the comments, like, & share.Read More
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
So, Star Wars Episode IX has added Dominic Monaghan of LOTR & Lost fame, as well as former Doctor Who Matt Smith, over the past couple days. Normally this news would have me super pumped, but these known actors seem to just not matter. They're either hidden or wind up like Benicio Del Toro in TLJ . I really liked his character. However it being Del Toro, it seemed like not only a small role, but a waste of an awesome actor. Star Wars just seems to swallow big actors & totally make smaller ones. I'm curious to find out more about these characters nonetheless. I'm just not too excited for them to mean anything. Won't know for sure until we see it though. What do y'all think? Do we even need big names in the Star Wars galaxy? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
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.
A long going rumor has now been confirmed by sources to The Hollywood Reporter. Billy Dee Willams will return to the role he originated of Lando Calrissian. Last seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story amazingly played by Donald Glover, this is one of my all time favorite non-main characters in any film. When I heard this rumor, I figured it was a given. All of these movies so far have featured a major tie in character with Han & Luke. The unfortunate demise of Carrie Fisher left this one empty of that sort of nostalgia. I feel sorry for Keri Russell, as this totally eclipsed the news of her addition the day before as an "action heavy" character. After two misuses of Captain Phasma though, it's a little hard to get too excited about that one anyway. I'm actually pretty ecstatic about this addition of Billy Lee though. There's a lot riding on this one for me. As much as I loved TLJ, I feel like that love lasting, heavily rides on the shoulders of Episode IX. What do y'all think the addition of OG Lando? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
"Star Wars: Return of the J.J." It's all anyone was talking about yesterday. I don't even know exactly where I heard it from. It was everywhere, but J.J. Abrams, the man who started all this in motion with Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be returning to finish up this current installment of the Skywalker trilogy with Episode IX. I should be ecstatic, this is the guy who not only brought back Star Trek, he made it cool. I love Star Trek, but even I never thought that would be possible. However, I can't help but think of one thing that keeps nagging in the back of my mind. The best way to put it is, I love how J.J. starts things off, I'm just not usually to crazy when he tries to end things. Making him perfect for something like Awakens, but leaving me a little worried in the Episode IX department. Remember LOST? Started off amazing; we won't discuss the ending though. Also, included with this news was the news Chris Terrio will co-write with Abrams. If that name sounds familiar it's because he also co-wrote Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Which though I'm a defender of, it's never been because of the writing. I've got to say, I'm actually growing concerned for this movie. I'm not the only one either, Variety followed this up this morning with the news that Episode IX will be abandoning it's May 24th release date for December 20, 2019. Many people saw this coming for awhile now, so it's not a giant surprise. Especially after this giant change of plans. Fingers crossed though, Abrams has done some amazing things. If he's ever going to wrap something up perfectly let's just hope this is the one. What do y'all think though? I'm really curious as the reception this gets. Put it in the comments, like, & share.
What's going on with the Star Wars Universe? There's the excruciatingly extensive reshoots for Rogue One, directors being fired from the untitled Han Solo film, the fact that we are still calling it the untitled Han Solo film, & now a re-write for the script of the upcoming, also untitled Star Wars: Episode IX. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jack Thorne will re-write the script for the upcoming cap to the current main-story trilogy. Thorne best known for a lot of British television shows, the upcoming Wonder, & the stage play Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. Out of all this, I'm most familiar with Potter. However, reading plays is not my cup of tea, so I still haven't made it through the book. I have not really heard great things from people that have. I haven't heard bad things, just more of a "meh", type attitude towards it. This does worry me a little, but so far this new Lucasfilm has been two for two, three for three if you count Star Wars: Rebels (I do). Part of me really wants to see that original story, before the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher. Just to see how much detouring has to be done. Originally it was said that Princess Leia was to have a big part in that film. I have no reason so far to doubt that they'll pull it off in the long run. It is kinda crazy though, how much trouble these Star Wars films have been to develop. What do y'all think? Starting to worry? Or is this not as serious as knowing what the upcoming Han Solo is called? Put it in the comments, like, & share.