Star Wars The Last Jedi round-up

While there aren’t quite enough entries to make this one of our regular Star Wars Bits columns, enough scattered pieces of information about this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi have surfaced recently that they’re worth collecting in one place and talking about one by one. Let’s dive into some new images featuring Finn and Rose, an X-Wing upgrade for Poe Dameron, learn how Captain Phasma escaped her trash compactor at the end of The Force Awakens, and read excerpts of a new interview with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson.
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Fans waiting to get a new glimpse at Star Wars: The Last Jedi had their appetite curbed by the behind the scenes sizzle reel that debuted at The D23 Expo back in July. Now we’re just waiting for a new trailer to arrive, with no indication of when exactly that might happen. In the meantime, some new photos and details have been revealed to give us more insight into the next installment of the new Star Wars trilogy.

A whole batch of new Star Wars The Last Jedi photos reveal more of Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, along with new creatues and locations, as well as new details about what to expect when the film arrives in December. Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced a new cast of characters to a galaxy far, far away and we instantly fell in love with the whole lot of ’em. The determined Rey. The conflicted Finn. The “Fonzie in Space” Poe Dameron. The tormented Kylo Ren. And now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is tossing another new hero into the mix and it sounds like she’ll shake up one of the regulars in a pretty big way.

Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose Tico in Rian Johnson‘s upcoming sequel and she’ll spend the bulk of the film learning that Finn isn’t the hero everyone thinks he is…and possibly helping him to actually become what everyone thinks he is.

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Carrie Fisher‘s untimely death was a blow to fans in this world and in a galaxy far, far away.

It was most of all a blow to the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which would inadvertently be Fisher’s last onscreen appearance as Princess, now General, Leia. But though this would be the last we see of Leia, The Last Jedi costar John Boyega promises that the film will send off her character properly. While Star Wars Episode 9 will have to deal with Leia’s absence, The Last Jedi will at least offer a way for us to say goodbye to Fisher.

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detroit final trailer

Detroit has released a gripping and provocative final trailer in anticipation of its August release.

The Kathryn Bigelow-directed movie delves into the events surrounding the Algiers Motel, in which three black men and two white women were killed during a police raid, with nine other people brutally beaten. The Detroit final trailer offers to reveal “what really happened” during the 1967 Detroit race riots.

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Pacific Rim Uprising teaser

Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 kaiju vs. robots movie Pacific Rim had a reported $190 million budget, but only earned $101 million at the domestic box office. Thankfully for fans of the film, it ended up making $411 million worldwide because international audiences ate it up, and after some intense number-crunching by the studio, a sequel was eventually given the green light.

Now, four years later, the first teaser trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising has arrived, and it features a quick appearance by star John Boyega. Check it out below.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi

Over the weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled one of those beautiful behind the scenes sizzle reels for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the D23 Expo. It wasn’t quite as exciting as a brand new trailer would have been, but that doesn’t mean the video wasn’t full of a bunch of new details for fans to examine frame by frame.

Below, we take a look at dozens of shots from The Last Jedi sizzle reel to see what we can figure out about the second part of the new Star Wars trilogy. While there are plenty of things we don’t entirely understand just yet, there is plenty of new footage here that does help us figure out how some parts of the story will unfold. So check out our The Last Jedi sizzle reel breakdown, and see what we figured out. Read More »

Detroit Trailer: John Boyega Gets Falsely Accused

“What happened at the motel?”

The newest trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s anticipated drama Detroit reveals more of the story, which is based on true events that took place during the 1967 Detroit race riots. John Boyega‘s security guard, seemingly a passive, observing figure in the first trailer, takes the spotlight here, standing accused of a murder he did not commit by detectives hiding the actions of unhinged police officers.

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Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Han Solo set descriptions and new details
  • A horrible theft at Rancho Obi-Wan for Collectors to watch out for
  • A couple of Finn teases from John Boyega
  • New Funko Darth Vader
  • And more!

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John Boyega Hugs Adam Driver - Kylo Ren

In the world of acting, there are those stars who are only in character when the camera is rolling, and there are those who prefer to dig a little deeper and stay in character during the production, if not a bit longer. It sounds like Adam Driver belongs in the latter category, at least when it comes to playing the physically and emotionally scarred Star Wars villain Kylo Ren.

At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren had to make the grim decision to kill his father Han Solo in order to stop the struggle in his mind that kept him from submitting to the dark side completely. Adam Driver has said that because of that, there may be more scars he’s dealing with than the one that now crosses his eye, and when he’s on set, he brings that emotional intensity to his performance.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by fellow cast members John Boyega and Mark Hamill, and they each tried to get through that exterior in their own way during production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find out more below. Read More »