jj abrams episode 8 story

With a massive franchise like Star Wars, you would expect that Lucasfilm wants the entire story planned out. But after Rian Johnson‘s radical, controversial The Last Jedi threw Star Wars tradition out the window, fans began wondering if there even is a master plan.

The answer: there might have been a plan once, but not anymore. According to Last Jedi star Daisy Ridley, when Abrams signed on to direct 2015’s The Force Awakens, he also mapped out the entire story for the new Star Wars trilogy. But the original JJ Abrams Episode 8 story was scrapped by Johnson.

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ashoka and sabine

The Star Wars Rebels finale raises just as many questions as it answers. I very much enjoyed this final installment of the Disney XD series, but am surprised that the story seems far from concluded. The ending even appears to feature a cliffhanger that teases a new adventure which could be explored in another Star Wars animated series or feature film. But was that the intention? Find out what showrunner Dave Filoni had to say about the Star Wars Rebels ending.

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Star Wars Rebels

During the series finale of Star Wars Rebels, the voice of the series’ central droid character was finally revealed in the end credits. It turns out for all four seasons, C1-10P has been voiced by none other than Star Wars showrunner and writer Dave Filoni. Find out why he waited so long to reveal the truth and the story of how he came to be the voice of Chopper.

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With “A Fool’s Hope” and the two-part “Family Reunion and Farewell,” Star Wars Rebels has finally come to a close. Though fans were understandably disappointed when executive producer Dave Filoni announced that season 4 would be the last, this decision allowed Filoni and his creative team to end the beloved, game-changing series on their own terms. Indeed, this past season of Star Wars Rebels has pulled out all the stops when it comes to the more mysterious elements of Star Wars lore. But it has also stayed true to the show’s main characters: Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, and the entirety of the Ghost crew.

The three-episode finale brought back a whole host of familiar faces and sent others into space for some new and enticing adventures. There were Loth-wolves. There were temptations to the Dark Side. And there was a spine-tingling time jump. The Star Wars Rebels series finale may not have been the flashiest episode of the show, but it tied up several themes and storylines in a tight little bow…while giving us hope for a whole new series of adventures.

/Film’s resident Star Wars experts, Allyson Gronowitz and Rosie Knight, sat down to talk about the Rebels finale, its grand reveals, and how the overall series impacts the Star Wars universe and fandom. Naturally, major spoilers follow.

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Star Wars rebels finale

The Star Wars Rebels finale airs tonight, but if you were expecting the animated show’s conclusion to tie directly into the ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, think again. In a video interview, Rebels creator Dave Filoni offers up the reasoning behind not including the Rogue One Battle of Scarif in the Star Wars Rebels finale.

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Solo Poster Designs Stolen

Solo: A Star Wars Story has already faced some trouble behind the scenes with director Ron Howard replacing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller in the middle of production. While the first teaser trailer for the movie helped squash some concerns, some new woes for the Star Wars spin-off have surfaced, this time for the film’s marketing department.

French artist Hachim Bahous is claiming that the designs for the character posters (released by Disney and Lucasfilm when the teaser trailer arrived) were lifted from artwork he created for a series of compilations albums from Sony Music. When you see the comparison between the posters and the album artwork, the similarities are unmistakable. Were the Solo poster designs stolen? Judge for yourself below. Read More »

snoke return

Andy Serkis is happy to stoke the speculation of a Snoke return in Star Wars Episode 9.

The ominous figure at the top of the First Order, Snoke and his mysterious backstory was one of the most anticipated parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But Johnson’s radical Star Wars movie left many Snoke fans dissatisfied — and unfortunately, they will likely stay that way. Unless Serkis’ many interviews needling for Snoke’s return can garner the attention of J.J. Abrams.

Minor spoilers for The Last Jedi follow.

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One of the biggest mysteries that will remain around Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker’s unseen “third lesson.” On Ahch-To, the exiled Jedi Master begrudgingly agrees to teach Rey three lessons. No more, no less. But, as well all know, he only got to two.

So what is Luke’s final lesson? Was it thwarted by Rey leaving the island? Did it exist in the first place? Will we ever learn? Some of those questions get answered in the new deleted scenes that will be available on The Last Jedi‘s Blu-ray and DVD release. But that last question may be something we don’t receive the answer to until 2019.

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Even though Emo Kylo Ren is still making a mockery of the character on Twitter, Star Wars fans have actually begun to embrace the tortured, complicated character of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo as an antagonist to be reckoned with. Credit Rian Johnson and Adam Driver for taking the cartoonish Ren from The Force Awakens (remember Matt the Radar Technician?) and turning him into a more nuanced and more terrifyingly realistic villain. So, sure, I appreciate the way Johnson has rejuvenated the character, but is that reason enough to declare that Kylo Ren is an even better villain than Darth Vader himself? That Ben Solo’s story is everything Anakin Skywalker’s should have been?

Being a constant presence in the Star Wars fandom is enough to give one whiplash; it sometimes feels like every debate is a competition between two extremes. Either the prequel trilogy is the film version of the antichrist, or it is an emblem of cinematic perfection. Either Rian Johnson ruined Star Wars, or he revitalized it. Either Kylo Ren is the greatest Star Wars villain, or Darth Vader is. How about this crazy, hot take: they’re both pretty fantastic.

But I’d like to turn my attention to Darth Vader – or, more specifically, to Anakin Skywalker, the man within the machine – because there is so much more to the character than awkward Naboo picnics and diatribes about sand. And there are so many more Anakin Skywalker-centric stories to digest than the three prequel movies.

So join me, and together we will redeem the image of Anakin Skywalker.

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Star Wars Episode 9 Score John Williams

There’s no Star Wars without John Williams.

The legendary composer has been scoring the franchise since 1977, and his name has become synonymous with the soaring, indelible theme songs. But more than 40 years and eight films later, that long partnership may soon be over.

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