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In news that everyone and their mother could have predicted, Universal’s upcoming Doctor Dolittle movie has vacated its May 24, 2019 release date…mainly because a little movie called Star Wars: Episode 9 decided it wanted that Memorial Day weekend and Star Wars gets what Star Wars wants and a talking veterinarian (even one played by Robert Downey Jr.) cannot stop it.

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star wars episode 9 not written by rian johnson

With a different director from sequel to sequel, it would have been great synergy for Lucasfilm to get the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi to write the script treatment to its follow-up, Star Wars Episode 9. In fact, that’s what was reported back in June 2014, when it was announced that Rian Johnson would create a treatment upon which Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly would build the movie.

But alas, that was not meant to be, as Johnson himself confirmed that he has taken no part in the Star Wars Episode 9 treatment.

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One side effect of announcing a schedule of movies years in advance is that, sometimes, you have to completely shift that schedule to accommodate reality. Today, Disney announced new and changed release dates for a number of its movies, including Star Wars: Episode 9, Indiana Jones 5, Frozen 2, Gigantic, The Lion King, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

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Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9

Ever since Carrie Fisher passed away before the end of 2016, Star Wars fans have wondered how her character General Leia would be handled as the Star Wars saga continued. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would not have to be altered following her passing, despite reports indicating that Carrie Fisher was meant to play a bigger role in Star Wars: Episode 9. Part of the solution was to use existing footage of Carrie Fisher in Episode 9 that was shot during production of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, according to Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher. But now Lucasfilm has done a complete 180 on that proposed plan.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently sat down for an interview after debuting the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (watch it over and over again right here, and then check out our trailer breakdown), and she said that we will not see Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9 after all. Find out what Kathleen Kennedy said about the matter after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Original Cuts

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Good Morning America teases some kind of major Star Wars announcement.
  • Some possible insight about future Star Wars movies coming in the years ahead.
  • Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher named Disney Legends.
  • Star Wars: Episode 9 inches forward, possibly to a summer start date.
  • Two new videos show off Rogue One Easter eggs and Gareth Edwards shares more on-set stories.
  • Bad Lip Reading finally gets around to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • And more!

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Carrie Fisher Returning for Star Wars Episode 9

Last year, Hollywood was hit hard with the death of Carrie Fisher, leaving Star Wars fans mourning for the loss of Princess Leia. After grief had passed, many wondered how the saga would proceed without Carrie Fisher able to return to the franchise. The actress had already completed her shooting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but what would happen to Leia without Carrie Fisher around to give her a proper send-off?

Lucasfilm and Disney have already confirmed that visual effects will not be used to bring Carrie Fisher to life on the big screen again, even though they recently achieved the feat of bringing Peter Cushing back as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Instead, it turns out we’ll see Carrie Fisher returning for Star Wars Episode 9 thanks to existing footage of the actress. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars Celebration will celebrate the saga’s 40th anniversary with a new panel.
  • On that new Star Wars: Episode 9 rumor…
  • New Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo pays tribute to Peter Mayhew.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is happy to return as Mace Windu, should it be necessary.
  • Does Grand Admiral Thrawn have a larger role to play?
  • An old villain is coming back to Star Wars Rebels.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer Description

It’s a foregone conclusion that Disney will release almost all of their tentpole titles in the IMAX format, even if they weren’t shot natively on the large format. However, in the case of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we now know that director Rian Johnson shot some key sequences from the sequel with IMAX cameras, just like J.J. Abrams did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney has just announced a new deal with IMAX that includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi being released on the giant screen, along with Star Wars: Episode IX, the Han Solo spin-off that just started production this week, all of the future Marvel Studios releases, and much more. Read More »

Future of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars

Family, friends and fans are still mourning the loss of not only Carrie Fisher, but also her mother Debbie Reynolds. However, once all the tributes have been made and the two actresses are laid to rest together, Disney and Lucasfilm have to think about what happens with Carrie Fisher’s iconic character Leia Organa, the princess turned general who returned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and has a sizeable role in the still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII.

We’ve already learned that Carrie Fisher completed her filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII before she passed away. However, news has surfaced that Leia was supposed to play an even larger role in Star Wars: Episode IX, and about how that will be handled when production begins on the sequel.

Find out more about the future of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 8 below, but beware of a couple spoilers regarding two future scenes in the next episodes of the saga. Read More »

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We’ve reached that delicate time in the aftermath of the release of the latest chapter in a major movie series – when is it okay to start talking about the next one without looking like a total lunatic? After we’re all, we’re still talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we already have some news related to Star Wars: Episode 8 and Star Wars: Episode 9. Are there rules about this? Is it crude to dive into the rumor mill when the brand new movie is still less than a week old?

To answer those questions: no and probably. But hey, here we are.

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