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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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).

 

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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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Shock as ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Poster Leaks!

The Star Wars: Episode 9 Poster has been leaked! Well, it might not be the official poster, heck it might just be a draft that was floating around, but it does give us a sneak peak at what’s in store.

 

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Rey holds a lightsaber, Chewey stands with a tilted head behind her, and behind him is a women in a fluttering cape. Below Ray is C-3PO wearing a shoulder belt and armed with a bowcaster, on the left is Finn with an fish-headed alien over his shoulder, and on the right is is Poe armed with a plaster, a purple bodysuit-wearing individual behind him and BB-8 behind her on the rightmost side.

Below them we Kylo Ren below Rey holding his lightsaber. His helmet is back. Off to the right below him are the iconic storm troopers, and to his left is a cluster of what looks to be the Knights of Ren.

Now at the bottom are a team of Storm Troopers, but they are blood red. Of course there are star fighters and other star wars ships in the background, but notable the title below is just the iconic Star Wars insignia.

Looking at this poster, questions arise.

Why is C-3PO wearing Chewey’s gear?

Who is that fish-headed alien? The next Porg? Are the Porgs gone?

 

Porg

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Who is the woman in the cape?

Who is this person in a purple bodysuit?

The Knights of Ren? They’re here?

 

The Knights of Ren from Force Awakens

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Now we got some answers, but not a whole lot. Games Radar claims that “[a]ccording to some character sheets that MakingStarWars picked up along with the poster, those last two characters are Jannah and Zorri respectively.”

Jannah has been on Star Wars: Episode 9 set photos before. She packs a bow. It must pack a powerful punch considering all the villains have blasters.

 

Zorri, the person is purple, is possibly played by Keri Russell. She previously played Ellis from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Lindsey Farris from the J J Abrams’ Mission Impossible III. There’s not much we know about her character, but she’s cool so she gets Star Wars points.

 

 

The Knights of Ren are back. We don’t have much on them besides what we know from Force Awakens, which is they are the other students Luke trained who, when given the option, went with bratty Ben Solo instead of Luke Skywalker. We don’t even have a comic on them.

 

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But we do have a comic called Star War Poe Dameron written by Charles Soule with art by Angel Unzueta that takes place directly after Last Jedi, bringing Poe and Rey together at last. There’s not much action, but the character banter is great. Poe brags about being the best pilot in the galaxy and how he survived so many crashes, causing Rey to ask him if he’s the best pilot in the galaxy, then why does he crash so much?

While it doesn’t fill in any information on the Knights of Ren, it does bring to light how Poe survived the crash on Jakku and has more scenes with Princess Leia.

 

 

The comic has new scenes with Carrie Fisher. For those unaware, Digital Spy reported that director JJ Abrams said in a statement in July:

 

“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 honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Star Wars Poe Dameron comic

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Until Episode 9 comes out….

 

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