Just as Mark Hamill foretold, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi during Monday Night Football. After a brief, contemplative teaser back in April during Star Wars Celebration, we finally have a longer, better look at what writer/director Rian Johnson has in store for us in a galaxy far, far away. Enough talk: watch the new trailer below! Read More »


Earlier this month, director Rian Johnson was in Japan doing promotions for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the upcoming eighth episode of the Star Wars saga. That film seems like such a sure thing, box office-wise, that no one probably needs to worry about praying for its success. There is always the off-chance that it could be terrible, but given Johnson’s track record as a filmmaker, and producer Kathleen Kennedy’s fiercely protective brand of quality control, that seems unlikely. Lest we forget, when not playing with genre to memorable effect in films like Looper and Brick, Johnson has also been known to direct stellar television episodes, such as “Ozymandias,” the antepenultimate episode of Breaking Bad.

Sure, inheriting the burden of a behemoth film franchise like Star Wars might drive any director, even a publicly professed non-religious one, to pray. But in this case, Johnson’s appearance at a historic temple near the ancient capital of Kyoto was more likely a symbolic gesture. As and The Kyoto Shimbun reported, he was there as part of the unveiling of a Star-Wars-themed Japanese folding screen, rendered in stunning black ink by artist Masayuki Kojo. Fans of movie art will want to see the full unobstructed view of this thing, as it looks like some rad 18th-century version of a Mondo poster.

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rian johnson millenium falcon

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially done.

It may seem like that’s coming down to the wire for the film’s December 2017 release date, but it’s par the course for a blockbuster film that requires so many visual effects to wrap its post-production process around this stage. Now it’s only a matter of time before we get inundated with trailers and ads of the finished product.

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Word on the virtual street is that a brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming very, very soon. As exciting as that may be, if you’re impatient, you want something now. You’re in luck! Some new The Last Jedi images have sprung-up online, and with them have come some higher-quality, non-watermarked versions of images previously released by EW. See the new The Last Jedi images below.

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Rian Johnson Star Wars Episode 9

When Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow parted ways with Star Wars: Episode 9, it left a vacant director’s chair for one of Lucasfilm’s biggest and most important movies yet. We offered our own suggestions of who should take over, and one of our choices was Rian Johnson, the director of this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the reported frontrunner for the Episode 9 directing job.

But in a new press conference, Johnson implied that he won’t be directing that follow-up after all. Is it back to the drawing board for Lucasfilm? Read Johnson’s comments below.
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Evil Luke Skywalker Twin

Back in May, there were a slew of new revelations about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, thanks to Vanity Fair’s extensive cover story on the sci-fi sequel from director Rian Johnson. One of the more intriguing pieces of information came from Mark Hamill, who revealed that he fundamentally disagreed with every decision the filmmaker made for his character Luke Skywalker, but he took on his job as an actor to bring Johnson’s vision to life without any further debate.

Now Mark Hamill has revealed one possible path that he was hoping to explore as Luke Skywalker in this new Star Wars trilogy. While it might sounds a little bit crazy and ridiculous, it’s a narrative that was explored in the storylines we now refer to as Star Wars Legends, and it involves an evil Luke Skywalker twin. Read More »

Snoke Origin

Now that the dust has settled on Force Friday II, it’s clear that we don’t know much more about Star Wars: The Last Jedi than we did before all the merchandise for the movie hit shelves (though we did learn a bit more about Benicio del Toro’s character). But the good news is we’re getting closer and closer to the release of the next chapter in the sci-fi saga, and more and more details are hitting the web every day. In fact, there should be a new trailer within the next couple months to hold us over until the film arrives in December.

In the meantime, director Rian Johnson is talking a little bit about the mysteries that the sequel holds. One of the biggest question marks is Supreme Leader Snoke, played in motion capture by Andy Serkis. Who is he? Where did he come from? While Rian Johnson isn’t giving up any details, he does offer some insight into how the villain will be presented in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but fans were hoping for all the answers about his past may end up a little disappointed. Read More »

sequel bits

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Two stars from The Equalizer are confirmed for the sequel.
  • Info on when the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot starts shooting.
  • A new Blade Runner 2049 poster.
  • James Cameron talks about the Avatar sequels and the future of Terminator.
  • And more!

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Wipe Transitions

There are plenty of signature traits you’ll find in a Star Wars movie. There’s some variation of “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” a varied group of aliens and creatures all over the place, and Stormtroopers who pretty much never hit their mark. But that’s all stuff within the Star Wars universe itself. Star Wars movies also have certain aesthetic traits that every fan will recognize, but when it comes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it will be distinctly lacking in one of those features.

Director Rian Johnson, who is currently busy in post-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, recently took to Twitter to reveal that his movie will have the least amount of wipe transitions of any Star Wars movie in the entire saga. Read More »

The Last Jedi Rey's Family

Fans have been wondering about Rey’s family history ever since the character’s mysterious origins were hinted at in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but thanks to new interviews with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson and Daisy Ridley herself, we’ve learned that Rey’s lineage may not be as important as we once thought.

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