Josh Trank exits Star Wars

Star Wars just hired its first female director — kind of. Victoria Mahoney has been tapped as the Star Wars: Episode 9 second unit director, making her the first black woman to ever hold the position. She’ll be working alongside Episode 9 director J.J. Abrams.

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Luke in Episode 9

Mark Hamill is always down to talk about Star Wars, and he’s never afraid to voice his opinions on the franchise. In a new interview, Hamill offers some new thoughts on The Last Jedi, the prospect of seeing Luke in Episode 9 , and more.

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episode 9 finn and rey

Finn and Rey are the heart and soul of the new Star Wars trilogy. When Daisy Ridley and John Boyega literally crashed into each other in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they instantly had so much charm and chemistry that it was no question that they were fit to lead Star Wars into a new era.

That’s why it was such a tragedy that they were kept apart in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But don’t worry, Finn-Rey shippers. That dynamic that you loved so much in Force Awakens will be back in Star Wars Episode 9.

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Episode 9 ending

George Lucas‘ involvement with the Star Wars franchise is (mostly) a thing of the past. But at one point, Lucas had plans for the on-going Skywalker saga. Plans that were all but abandoned when Disney took over. Now, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has revealed Lucas’ original Episode 9 ending idea. There’s absolutely no chance of this happening now, so we wouldn’t classify this as a spoiler. But let’s just go ahead and issue a spoiler warning just to be safe.

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the last jedi deleted scene

A newly revealed Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scene gives Gwendoline Christie‘s Captain Phasma much more screentime than the finished film. If you thought Phasma was a bit shortchanged in The Last Jedi, this deleted scene is for you. See it below. Beware of spoilers.

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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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luke's final lesson

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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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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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

    • BB-8 Goes to the Winter Olympics
    • Lucasfilm loses their minds over a very creepy porg cake
    • J.J. Abrams drops some unexpected Episode 9 news
    • A lot of Star Wars: Rebels spoilers, so fans beware!
    • And much more.

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JJ Abrams Star Wars Episode 9

Following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there was plenty of fan outcry from those who did not like the direction that Rian Johnson took with this latest trilogy of films in the sci-fi saga. Some of the complaints stemmed from sexist, bigoted fans who were upset at how prominent certain female characters were featured, but other criticism came in the form of certain story points, character arcs and creative decisions. But J.J. Abrams isn’t letting any of that influence his plans for the saga.

Star Wars Episode 9 brings The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams back behind the camera to finish the trilogy he started in 2015. For fans who didn’t like what The Last Jedi brought to the table, they see this as a chance for Abrams to set things right. However, any complaints that fans registered about The Last Jedi won’t determine where the story goes next or how it gets there. Read More »