Wow, lots of news today, and even more to come tomorrow with Hasbro’s NY Toy Fair panel. JJ Abrams tweeted today that the filming for Episode IX has come to a close. Hopefully that means we’ll get a trailer and a title soon!
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
A major Star Wars rumor is circulating on Twitter right now: Rian Johnson may have left Star Wars after all the negative reaction to The Last Jedi.
Website Superbromovies has a short article about Rian Johnson’s alleged departure from Star Wars. With no official announcement at all we can only speculate and wait for confirmation. Until then consider it a rumor. It may not be true after all. All we can say is that late last year, when Bob Iger talked about upcoming Star Wars movie projects, Iger only mentioned Benioff & Weiss and no word was said about Rian Johnson.
We’ll wait to see how this pans out before we’ll accept comments from our readers. Thanks for your patience on this.
UPDATE: Rian Johnson just posted on Twitter that the rumor is false and that he is still working on his Star Wars trilogy.
Today I would like to talk about the latest Galaxy Of Adventures short that features Leia. So far, the shorts used audio snippets from the original trilogy movies and more or less faithfully recreated the scenes from the movie using animation. For the latest Leia episode Lucasfilm did something different though, and I feel we should discuss it and what it means for both official canon and the overall franchise going forward. Click through for more details!
A few hours ago British tabloid Express ran a story on their website, leaking the very first look at some of the upcoming character, alien and droid designs for Episode IX. Including a first look at Rey, Lando, Kylo and various other actors in costumes. So, if you want to know more, click through. If you want to remain ignorant, well, then please move along and enjoy your Saturday afternoon!
Keeping Star Wars movie titles secret has a long tradition. But the master of keeping things close to his vest is maybe J.J. Abrams, who doesn’t want to spoil anything before the release of a movie. He sometimes resorts to outright lying even when asked about potential spoilers. He did deny until the last minute that Khan would make an appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness, for example. Though he regretted that misdirection later and said it was wrong. Anyway, Star Wars fans ask themselves when we’ll get the Episode IX title reveal. And if there already is a title one thing is sure: not even some of the more important – or at least visible – members at Lucasfilm know about it, as this tweet by Pablo Hidalgo proves:
Expect no early title leaks for Episode IX, not in the source code of the Star Wars website or from some actor or member of Lucasfilm accidentally spilling the beans. We’ll know the title in time. Until then… patience!
Director Taika Waititi (Thor 3, What We Do In The Shadows) talked about working on The Mandalorian during a panel for the upcoming tv show What We Do In The Shadows, based on his movie from a few years ago. Not that much was revealed but he gave some insight into how it’s like to work for Star Wars. He also hinted at a potentially big scene in the upcoming series. Click through for more details!
Season 4 of Rebels was available yesterday for free online, so my wife and I got to binge watching it. If you haven’t seen the Rebels cartoon… go watch it right now. The story is incredible, and along with the Clone Wars cartoon, we get some pretty incredible insights into the mystical lore of the Jedi religion. Something Rian Johnson knew George Lucas cared about since the inception of Star Wars. Click through for more…
Jon Favreau loves to tease… and this time he posted a photo of an R5 unit from The Mandalorian on his Instagram!
I wonder if this could be R5-D4? Only with a functioning motivator this time? I compared the photo with my Bandai model kit of R5 and even with how R5 appeared in the movie and the color scheme seems to be identical, however this R5 unit appears to show some more wear and tear than the R5 we meet in A New Hope. But it’s many years later, so who knows what he went through. Maybe some droid experts out there can shed some more light on it. Anyway, it’s photos like these that build up anticipation for the show!
Deadline reports that Disney won’t show a teaser for Episode IX during Super Bowl. The airtime Disney booked for ads will most likely show trailers for the MCU or some of the other upcoming Disney movies. It looks as though we have to be a bit more patient before that first teaser drops. Star Wars Celebration seems like the next good opportunity to do that.
Website adage.com lists companies that are known to have booked airtime for the upcoming Super Bowl in February. And one entry is quite interesting. Filed unter “entertainment” the website says: “Walt Disney will air an undisclosed number of spots in the game.” With no further details, while all the other entries have detailed info on who made the spot and even some basic details about the spot.
What is it that Walt Disney could possibly air? Ok, there are upcoming Marvel movies, but we’ve had trailers for them already. Maybe there will be some last minute marketing for the Captain Marvel movie, which is released in March? But why keep that a secret? Or maybe, just maybe, we will get to see a first teaser for Episode IX, arguably the most important Disney movie in 2019? I believe the Super Bowl would be the perfect time to release the Episode IX teaser. We’ll know very soon!
The nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards were announced. And Solo – A Star Wars Story received one nomination for best visual effects. Adam Driver is nominated as supporting actor for his role in BlacKkKlansman, also nominated in this category is Richard E. Grant, who will star alongside Driver in Episode IX. And yet another artist associated with Star Wars received a nomination: Ludwig Goransson is nominated for best score for Black Panther, he is the composer for The Mandalorian.
I believe Solo has zero chance of winning, that award will probably go to Avengers Infinity War or maybe Ready Player One. But maybe Adam Driver will actually be an Oscar winning actor once IX is released. let’s hope he won’t be struck by the Oscar curse then…
Will you be even watching the Oscars this year? The show seems to be more and more out of touch with time and general audiences. But maybe the Black Panther best picture nomination will attract some more viewers than last year.
Edit: The person called Ben Burtt nominated for sound editing for Black Panther is not THE Ben Burtt apparently, but someone who has the exact same name and works at Skywalker Sound.
Edit 2: Actually Ben Burtt Jr is the son of Ben Burtt. Who is also a “Jr”, so apparently calling your son “Ben” is a time-honored Burtt family tradition. What a joy family gatherings must be!
A few hours ago some Episode IX rumors appeared on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, the most credible source of Star Wars information, only second to Mike Zeroh. However, the rumors might actually have some truth to them as some evidence was apparently provided to a moderator on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit. So I thought, ok, why not look at these rumors and discuss them. You know the drill by now, if you want to know more, click through. If you want to know nothing, well, then do nothing and forever wonder what might be discussed in the article, tossing in your sleep at night.
On November 30th 2018 Lucasfilm launched their brand new Star Wars Kids YouTube show Galaxy of Adventures, which animates short scenes from the original trilogy movies, using the original dialogue and sound effects. Hasbro also launched a Galaxy of Adventures toyline to coincide with the new animated show. Now, after about six weeks, I think it’s time to take a closer look at how Galaxy of Adventures performs on YouTube. So click through for an analysis!
Star Wars Resistance is officially picked up for a second season. Along with the announcement, we get a look at the second half of season 1 with some interesting appearances. We get to see several characters witnessing a holo of the speech given by General Hux, which would lead us to believe that Star Wars Resistance will merge with the events of The Force Awakens. It will be interesting to see how they handle this given BB-8’s presence in both Star Wars Resistance and The Force Awakens. Click through for the full press release and trailer.
Mark Hamill posted a current photo of himself on Instagram. He was finally attending The Mousetrap play in London, which he originally meant to do back in 1976 when he was in London for A New Hope. But what is of note here is Mark Hamill’s look, it’s almost youthful. He is clean shaven and his hair is short with little grey in it.
So let the speculation begin… will Mark Hamill be de-aged for Episode IX and a flashback sequence? Do Force ghosts have barbers? Or did he get a new haircut and finally shaved his beard only after filming wrapped? The production in Pinewood has come to an end recently.
The Episode IX rumor mill is spinning once more… there is a potentially huge rumor for Episode IX that, if true, could either be considered the best thing ever or maybe yet another desperate attempt to undo some of the perceived damage of the previous sequel movies. If you want to know more, just click through! If not… just don’t click! It’s really that simple!
Update: Now with bar chart!
Guess what? I watched The Force Awakens for the first time since it was in theaters over three years ago tonight. Those that read with any regularity know how I feel about the film. But if you don’t, in short, I think it’s the worst Star Wars film of the bunch (yes, I think it’s worse than The Last Jedi by a landslide). And I would go so far to say that it’s one of the worst films “period” I’ve ever seen too (for its deception of not being much more than an Episode IV reboot). That’s not hyperbole. I feel it took Star Wars down a path that a large chunk of the community couldn’t follow. Anyway, this isn’t another chance to jibe the film. I have rethought a couple of things, and I felt it is worth sharing. Click through for more.
… and Jon Favreau even has a small present for you!
He posted this photo on his Instagram earlier today, wishing everyone a merry Christmas! Thanks, Jon!
Oh, and in other news, it was rumored before, but now it seems to be all but confirmed that The Mandalorian will feature some very well known bounty hunters! Thanks to JTA regular Darth Rizzen for the alert!
An article in Empire magazine reveals the timeline for Episode IX. Now, if you want to know more, just click through. If you want to know nothing, well, then don’t click through. It’s as simple as that!
The official Star Wars website announced the composer for the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian earlier today. And his name is Ludwig Göransson. The Swede is known for composing the Black Panther soundtrack (The Mandalorian sure has a few people from Marvel on the team now), he also composed the soundtracks to the Rocky spin-offs Creed I+II, and most recently you could hear his work in the movie Venom. His TV resume includes Community, New Girl and Happy Endings. Göransson is also a producer for Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) for which he received three Grammy nominations. Thanks to Martin M. for the alert!
It’s hard to believe, but today marks the first anniversary since The Last Jedi was released in theaters. It’s a film that divided the community (much to my surprise), and while many fans loved it, many others believe it has “broken” Star Wars permanently. One thing is for sure, very few have been able to stop talking about it the last 365 days! Rumors abound that Episode IX completely ignores what was established in Episode VIII, but no one knows what is right until Episode IX is released in theaters next year. The Last Jedi has many entertaining parts, but let us know how the film has influenced your anticipation and expectations for Episode IX. Keep the comments fun and friendly, and agree to disagree before it turns unfriendly. Thank you!
Lucasfilm took their time to officially reveal what was known for quite a while now. But the official Star Wars website finally reveals some of the cast members for The Mandalorian and it is confirmed that Pedro Pascal will be the titular character in the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series. Also confirmed was that Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Nick Nolte have roles in the series. However, there were also some new (some of them rumored before) cast members announced! Click through for more!
Stephen Schiff will be the showrunner for the upcoming and as of yet untitled Disney+ Star Wars show about Cassian Andor (Diego Luna will reprise the role, as you remember). Schiff was, among other things, a writer/producer for the excellent show “The Americans”. He also wrote a few movie scripts, among them the 1997 adaption of “Lolita”, the Clint Eastwood movie “True Crime” and the Oliver Stone drama “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. So even if that means that Schiff has no experience with genre work, he has experience writing both Hollywood movies and tv shows. Maybe he’s a Star Wars fan, and if not, he has plenty of time to get acquainted with the franchise.
Nothing else is known about the Cassian Andor series yet. I suppose we’ll learn more about Stephen Schiff’s plans for the show next year. We’ll keep you posted!
The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive report about Nick Nolte joining The Mandalorian. Nothing is known about his role on the show. Pedro Pascal is the lead character, Gina Carano (you saw her in the first Deadpool movie) was announced a short while ago and Carl Weathers was apparently hired as well. Nothing is known yet about plot or who exactly the actors will be portraying. I suppose we will have to wait a few more months before we get more details. The Mandalorian is projected for a late 2019 release on the Disney+ streaming channel.
Head on over the Star Wars Kids YouTube Channel to check out the first six Galaxy of Adventures animated shorts, featuring Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Each short is about 1 minute and features a fun and well-animated look at scenes from the OT. I enjoyed them for what they were. The use of original dialog and sound effects was well done.
Wow! Check it out! Disney is finally strumming the heartstrings of OT fans! A new series of animated shorts [mostly] based on the Original Trilogy is coming called Star Wars: Galaxy Of Adventures! Check out the trailer! Special thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!
UPDATE: Official press release and poster added. Click through for details!
Is has been rumored for quite a while, but apparently things are getting more official now. According to Variety the lead role in the upcoming Disney+ streaming show The Mandalorian has been offered to Pedro Pascal, who you may know from such things as Game of Thrones, Kingsmen 2 or Narcos. Negotiations are underway, but if nothing unforeseen happens you can expect Pedro Pascal to be The Mandalorian sometime in 2019. Shooting is underway for The Mandalorian, however only scenes without the lead actor were filmed, according to Entertainment Weekly. Carl Weathers was cast as a supporting character a few days ago. Other than that the cast is still mostly a mystery. More details will certainly follow in time.
Now that comes as a nice surprise! Disney announced yet another live action show for its upcoming streaming service Disney+ (the name was also announced)! And the show will revolve around none other than Cassian Andor, starring Diego Luna, who will reprise his role from Rogue One. Not much else is known, other than the show being a prequel to Rogue One (for obvious reasons). According to the official announcement the show will be a spy thriller. Production will begin next year. No release date has been announced yet!
So, what do you think? Are you excited? Rogue One is one of the best liked Disney era Star Wars movies and Cassian was quite intriguing in the movie, his entry was memorable and showed that he is willing do to anything to reach his mission goals. And while it is perhaps unlikely the show might even feature the one or the other Rebels character, since the events in Rebels and Rogue One might overlap. And of course it could mean we get more K-2SO!
CBR.com interviewed Ahsoka voice actress Ashley Eckstein and Ashley mentions something very interesting. Here’s is the relevant passage from the interview:
CBR: Have you started recording yet?
Eckstein: We’re currently recording. That’s all I can say! [laughs] So it’s coming to the Disney streaming service. And that’s about it.
Now, what does that mean? Will the cast only record some new bits and pieces? Or is the 7th season all new material after all, using no or only very little pre-recorded dialogue? About two extra seasons worth of dialogue was recorded for the show before it was canceled. But if season 7 is mostly or all new material then this dialogue will still be in a vault somewhere, waiting to see the light of day. Only recently voice actor Daniel Logan said that he recorded several episodes focusing on Boba Fett. Let’s all hope The Clone Wars will be a huge success, so that Lucasfilm feels it’s worth the money to finish all the episodes that have recorded dialogue. And of course, season 7 of TCW can’t come soon enough!
LEGO® Star Wars: All-Stars, a new animated adventure series that spans all Star Wars eras, will debut beginning MONDAY, OCT. 29, on Disney XD YouTube and DisneyNOW. Comprised of eight shorts and four half-hour episodes, the series features LEGO versions of the fresh faces of the Star Wars galaxy alongside iconic heroes including Kylo Ren, R2-D2, Young Han, Chewie, Young Lando, BB-8 and General Leia. Click through for full details!
Over the weekend Jon Favreau posted a picture of the rifle the Mandalorian will use in the show on Instagram. And it seems it’s a clear reference to the rifle Boba Fett used in The Holiday Special cartoon segment. And who knows, maybe it even is Boba Fett’s rifle, unless this design is more generic. The action figure that comes with that gun can’t be revealed soon enough!
Star Wars Resistance has arrived! The series premiere just wrapped up and we want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the latest animated expansion of the Star Wars saga? Let us know! Keep an eye out for a review of the series premiere of Star Wars Resistance later this week.
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