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The New Star Wars Episode 9 Trailer Looks Incredible

A new trailer for the much anticipated final segment of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy has arrived. The footage was first screened as Disney Expo over the weekend before being released to the general public. And holy moly, this new trailer is packed with goodies. But before we precede, there is a POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING. Many fans like to avoid trailers as they risk being spoiled and this new Ep 9 trailer is no different. So if you don’t want to risk being spoiled before the film’s release, turn back now.

Okay?

Okay here we go.

 

Rey

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The trailer begins with a clip show of all the previous films in the saga and their iconic moments. Luke staring at the Binary Sunset on Tatooine, the Battle of Hoth, Darth Vader revealing to Luke he’s his father, Han and Leia’s kiss, Darth Maul igniting his double lightsaber, Emperor Palpatine assuming control over the Old Republic, Rey and Kylo Ren’s first duel, and the Battle of Crait. Its a nice mashup of the entire series and showcases that this film is meant to be the final cap on the saga.

Afterwards, the new footage truly begins with glimpses of our favorites: Rey, Poe, Finn, and Chewie, standing over a town in the desert that appears to be celebrating a festival of sorts. We also get a glimpse of Leia, which brought tears to our eyes as the memory of Carrie Fisher’s passing still stands strong.

 

The gang

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Intriguing glimpses of footage truly begin in earnest after. A fleet of Rebel ships, with models of starship from the original trilogy, emerge from hyperspace. This footage is backed up with a HUGE fleet of Star Destroyers, also from the original trilogy, flying through what appears to be a dark cloud. Lightning flashes through the scene, revealing there’s positively hundreds of Imperial ships coming to attack. Although he isn’t shown, its clearly implied this is the work of the Emperor, who is set to return with a vengeance after his supposed death in Return of the Jedi.

 

What could this be?

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The footage continues with a glimpse of C3PO and he looks absolutely menacing. Our favorite gold robot lurches toward the camera, his eyes glowing red. Has he gone bad? This is shortly followed by a huge red energy beam carving through a planet, making it clear we might be getting another planet killing weapon, perhaps even bigger than the Death Star or Starkiller Base.

Next, we see how Rey has evolved with the Force. Like Thor, she tosses her lightsaber through a forest, the lightsaber spinning and slicing trees to ribbons before she recalls it to her hand. This will serve her well, as the trailer also showcases her throwing down with Kylo Ren. The two are dueling atop an enormous chunk of metal in a raging sea, viciously fighting sword to sword as the waves crash around them. We are HYPED for this fight and with Rey’s increased Force powers, its surely to be a longer duel than the one in The Force Awakens.

 

Kylo v Rey

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But the biggest reveal of all is where the spoilers come in. At the end of the footage, Rey is revealed and much like C3PO, she’s not herself. She’s wearing a black robe, echoing the sinister Emperor, and is holding a folded up lightsaber with two crackling blades. With a flick of her wrist, the lightsaber unfolds into a double-bladed variant just like Darth Maul. Rey looks like she’s going full Sith and lends credence that she could go bad in the final chapter. But we’ll have to see.

The Rise of Skywalker explodes into cinemas on December 20th, 2019. Are you hyped? Does this footage have you excited? And what do you think of Dark Rey? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Writers to Lead Next ‘Star Wars’ Films

A few weeks ago, Disney announced their upcoming slate of films post-Fox merger. This included a new Star Wars trilogy and the rescheduling of the long-delayed Avatar sequels. Since the announcement, there has been no word on who will lead this new saga of films. Today, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed who it will be.

Speaking at the MoffetNathanson Media and Communications Summit, Iger confirmed that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners for Game of Thrones, will be writing the new trilogy of films.

 

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“We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs,” Iger said. “And we’re not saying anything more about that.”

 

Though their involvement with Lucasfilm was announced last year, this is the first confirmation we’ve had about when their films will come out.

The announcement that Benioff and Weiss are leading the new saga of Star Wars films is a little awkward considering the timing. Game of Thrones is in its final season, with the series finale airing this Sunday. As the season has progressed, the quality of the writing has declined, with the last few episodes being viewed as the worst in the series’ history. The rushed narrative, sudden shifts in character development and treatment of female characters has drawn the ire of both critics and fans alike. Don’t believe it? Just look at the like/dislike ratio for the latest “Inside The Episode” video where Benioff and Weiss talk about “The Bells”:

 

 

With no information about what this new saga will be about, we’ll just have to wait and see what Benioff and Weiss come up with. Hopefully, it’ll be better than this latest crop of GOT episodes.

 

 

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Lucasfilm Announces New Books Before Rise of Skywalker

Can you wait for Rise of Skywalker? I can’t, but before that December 20th release date I have something to satiate my desire for everything Star Wars besides binging the behind of the scenes for the twelfth time like it’s a new Netflix original.

 

Rise of Skywalker, Rey and the gang

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On May 4th (yes, May the Fourth be with you too), LucasFilm made a startling announcement (get it? Star-tling?) on the Star Wars website, saying that, “[a] galaxy of stories leading to the final film in the Skywalker saga is on the way.”

 

The Art of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, cover

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We’re getting a great number of kid-oriented books, picture books, comics, as well as those beloved behind the scenes like The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary.

I’m on board, but are you convinced? If not, we got from stellar news that’ll make you jump for joy.

 

Rey jumping

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Marvel Comics will also release a 4-issue miniseries called Allegiance, which follows surviving Resistance fighters and Leia’s efforts to “reach out to her former allies, the Mon Calamari, whose shipyards once powered the Rebel Alliance.”

Those comics will be written by Ethan Sacks with illustrations by Luke Ross. Ethan Sacks most recent work is Old Man Quill and Old Man Hawkeye.

 

The Millennium Falcon going into lightspeed

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If you haven’t boarded the Millennium Falcon of hype yet, we’re happy to inform you have November will bring Force Collector, a YA novel authored by Kevin Shinick who also wrote Chewie and the Porgs, about teenager who “sets out to discover what connection his mysterious Force powers have to the fabled Jedi, and what the Force has in store for him.”

Sounds that kid from the end of The Last Jedi

 

Last Jedi, boy with a broom

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Okay, that might be your cup of tea. Or maybe it is. But we’ve saved the best for last.

 

"Resistance Reborn" Cover

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Resistance Reborn. The description says that it will follow General Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Finn, and Rey “[struggling] to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order”.

The book will bridge the gap between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. Excited? I know you are.

 

Obi Wan smiling

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The book is set for a November 12th release date, a month before Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.

 

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The Rise of Skywalker

Check Out Our ‘Star Wars IX’ Predictions!

The first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer FINALLY released this past week.

FORCE BE PRAISED

 

 

We have a title, a two-minute teaser, and a lot to unpack. We have predictions.

First, the long awaited title — The Rise of Skywalker — there is a chance that this is referring to the redemption of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and his rise to the light side, or the literal rise of his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, from the Force grave.

Until the release of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans had speculated whether or not Vader would make his return to the galaxy far, far away. The art book ensured hardcores that he would indeed return as an Anakin/Vader Force ghost hybrid character at some point in the current trilogy.

 

Vader
IMAGE VIA THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

 

Emperor Palpatine will make a return in some form or another. We hear his legendary evil laugh. We see the ruins of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi at the end of the teaser. There is a chance that Palpatine’s remains or Force ghost accompany the wreckage. Maybe he will return to life using Kylo Ren and Vader’s ghost as Force conduits? The Dark Side makes all sorts of crazy sh*t happen, so anything seems like fair game at this point.

Unlike the previous two films, the Knights of Ren will actually make an appearance this time. The gloved hands on the TIE fighter steering wheel are a dead giveaway. Also, Rey looks epic as she gets ready to end this guy – he’s definitely getting de-knighted.

 

rise of skywalker death star

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Also, the current saga has a habit of borrowing elements and plot points from the original trilogy. Given that The Rise of Skywalker runs parallel to Return of the Jedi, and we can see Poe and Finn on a sand-filled planet embarking on some sort of escape/rescue mission, maybe they’re actually rescuing Rey’s mother, unbeknownst to them (or seeking Lando Calrissian’s daughter who will then lead them to Lando).

 

Star Wars 9 poster

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Bonus: This is more of a fan-service prediction, but I can almost imagine General Hux finally getting his chance to kill Kylo, blasting him in the back, and then Kylo rises from the dead with the spirit of Vader or Palpatine inside him. Hux then gets chopped up into lightsaber barbeque…

It goes without saying that there is plenty for fans to look into with kyber crystal-lens precision and diligence. My fellow nerds, the hype has been ignited. We are the spark, that will light the hype, that will burn the haters down.

 

 

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‘Solo’ Actor Alden Ehrenreich to Star In ‘Brave New World’ Series

No one can compete with the swagger of Harrison Ford. It goes without saying that his portrayal of everyone’s favorite smuggler is iconic. Whether he was blasting Greedo or affirming a woman’s love for him by simply uttering “I know…” Han Solo epitomized the swashbuckling aspect of Star Wars. An aspect that has been cemented in nostalgia and generational angst for forty or so years. It would take a truly courageous actor to take on the role of Han Solo in the wake of Harrison Ford’s lightsaber to the gut departure—or it would take Alden Ehrenreich.

 

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He did alright; to be fair, Solo: A Star Wars Story was an enjoyable film. With a solid script, charming cast (Donald Glover killing it as Lando) and decent execution; you can’t hate it. Ehrenreich succeeds as a Han Solo all his own, he doesn’t try to be Harrison Ford because you can’t. Still, it didn’t meet the expectations of Star Wars fans and Ehrenreich has basically been unemployed ever since. Until now. In an article on Deadline‘s website, it was reported that Alden Ehrenreich is set to play the lead role in a series adaption of Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World. 

 

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The series has been attached to various networks over the course of the past few months but is now apparently going to be a flagship series for the upcoming NBCU streaming platform, set to launch in 2020. The series is being written and developed by David Wiener (Fear the Walking Dead), Grant Morrison, and Brian Taylor and is aforementioned based on Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, Brave New World—the story of a dystopian (or *spoiler alert* failed utopia) society which is basically the result of a lack of individuality or identity. Kind of like an actor being held hostage to his shortcomings as Han Solo…

The novel’s synopsis is as follows (via Goodreads):

Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider.

Ehrenreich will play John the Savage, a man who lives outside of the system and drives society towards its “corruption.” It will be interesting to see what Brave New World‘s quasi-timeless themes say about contemporary society; the series is rumored to take place in 2054 as opposed to 1932. The series will run ten episodes with Owen Harris (Black Mirror) set to direct at least one episode. Expect some trippy shit.

 

 

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