Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opening Line

During my conversation with Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson at the film’s junket a few weeks back, I asked him why he decided not to come back for Star Wars: Episode 9 and he shared the story of how his new Star Wars trilogy came about. You might be surprised to learn that Disney and Lucasfilm committed to his new trilogy without a story in place.

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Rian johnson Star Wars

During my discussion with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (the full interview runs next week), I asked him what his new Star Wars trilogy means for his non-Star Wars films. Here’s how this new trilogy might impact future Rian Johnson films that don’t have Star Wars in the title.

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Skywalker saga ending

We’re now less than a month away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but as is often the case, we’re looking even further ahead in the future of the Star Wars franchise and wondering what lies in store for us in a galaxy far, far away. And though there’s been speculation about the Skywalker saga extending beyond the boundaries of this current trilogy, it now seems like Star Wars: Episode IX could mark the definitive end of the story of Luke Skywalker.

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night of too many stars

HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars, a live benefit that supports programs that aid people with autism, lived up to its name, using its star-studded line-up to tease spoilers for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The first came in the form of an auction, in which Episode IX director J.J. Abrams — returning to the franchise after reviving it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens — sold details of the plot to the highest bidder, only to be drowned out by spoilers for Hot Tub Time Machine 3 and Sharknado 5. The second is as spoiler-y as you can get on the set of a Marvel movie, with Ant-Man and the Wasp star Paul Rudd answering questions about I Love You, Man before slipping in some details on the Ant-Man sequel.

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Saw Gerrera Star Wars Rebels

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Dave Filoni dishes on the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels and #AhsokaLives
  • Fans take to photoshop to poke fun at the Han Solo movie
  • Kathleen Kennedy speaks out on Hollywood sexism
  • BB-8 changes his relationship status on Facebook
  • Porgs swarm the sidewalk at a Lucasfilm arts festival
  • And more!

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star wars episode 9

In the aftermath of Colin Trevorrow leaving the director’s chair of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode 9, there was a lot of speculation about who might take over. Eventually J.J. Abrams, the prodigal son who relaunched the franchise with The Force Awakens in 2015, returned to the fold, but before that was locked in, there was some speculation that The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson may come back to finish off the trilogy. After all, it was initially reported that Johnson would be writing the story treatment for Episode 9 – a claim the filmmaker recently described as inaccurate and based on “old info.”

But Johnson took himself out of the running for Episode 9, and in a new interview he confirms that he is not involved in the development of the upcoming follow-up to his sequel. And while we’re here, he also addresses the speculation that Luke Skywalker may be transitioning to the dark side of the Force.
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The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A possible look at the planets featured in the Han Solo movie.
  • An interview with the editor of From a Certain Point of View.
  • Author Meg Cabot shares her love for Aunt Beru.
  • Ron Howard shares more Han Solo set pics.
  • Pablo Hidalgo answers some pressing (and nerdy) canon questions.
  • A new Thrawn novel is on the way.
  • And more!

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A new Star Wars: The Last Jedi book…and cardboard standees.
  • The Millennium Falcon is undergoing a major change for the Han Solo movie.
  • Take a class on Star Wars “Ring” storytelling structure.
  • Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford chat with GQ.
  • And much more!

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star wars episode 9 release date

This morning, it was announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would return to the series with Star Wars: Episode 9. So it should come as no surprise that the final film in the sequel trilogy has been pushed back seven months to accommodate the creative shuffling behind the scenes.

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Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Some news woke us up on Tuesday morning: Star Wars: The Force Awakens filmmaker JJ Abrams had been hired to replace Collin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episode 9. In this EMERGENCY PODCAST, Ben Pearson and Hoai-Tran Bui join Peter Sciretta to discuss the latest news and our thoughts on JJ Abrams as the director of Episode 9.

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