antlers cast

Even though it’s still a year and a half away, the rumor mill is already hitting lightspeed for Star Wars: Episode 9, especially as we begin to get more of an idea of what the film will actually look like. The first big announcement was that The Americans star Keri Russell would be joining the cast. And, of course, as is the way of the contemporary pop culture press, everyone has an idea of just who Keri might be playing in the next installment of the biggest franchise in the galaxy.

As a firm Stormpilot – Finn and Poe Forever – shipper, I know how hard it can be when all your Star Wars dreams don’t come true. So to help everyone, I’ve come up with the most concise, conclusive, and 100% completely speculative list of 10 characters that Keri Russell is definitely not playing in Star Wars: Episode 9. From the obvious to the deep cut, the Darth to the Hutt, we’ve covered them all just so you won’t be disappointed when doors open on the film in December 2019.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Comic-Con 2018 panel

On Thursday afternoon, Lucasfilm presented its 10th Anniversary Celebration of Star Wars: The Clone Wars at San Diego Comic-Con International. The big news revealed at the end of the panel is that Disney is bringing The Clone Wars back from the dead for a 12-episode season on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. You can read more about that and watch the trailer here.

The rest of the presentation was a look back at the beloved animated series with a panel that included creator Dave Filoni, producer Athena Portillo, actors Ashley Eckstein and Matt Lanter and composer Kevin Kliner. The panel featured stories from the show’s origins and was filled with concept sketches from Dave Filoni, most of which have never been seen before, some showing moments and ideas that never made it into the series. Keep reading to check them out.

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Clone Wars new episodes

Here’s some breaking news from San Diego Comic-Con 2018: brand new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are in the works. Check out the trailer and learn more below. Read More »

Mark Englert The Last Jedi

All eyes are about to turn to San Diego Comic-Con, but before the convention kicks into full gear, we wanted to bring some incredible new art prints to your attention – including one of the best pieces of Star Wars: The Last Jedi art I’ve seen thus far. See that below, as well as pieces celebrating Alex Garland‘s sci-fi stunner Annihilation and the David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth.
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solo blu-ray release

Solo: A Star Wars Story is flying to home video release this fall. Lucasfilm has set the Blu-ray release, alongside its Digital HD, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, DVD and On-Demand release, for September.

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The Last Temptation of Skywalker

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired or help us better understand George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Last Temptation of Christ.)

Roger Ebert famously called movies machines of empathy. He said that you can watch a film and walk in the shoes of another person and see what their plight was like and feel it for yourself. In some cases, with some audiences, that effect backfires and it’s a curious thing. Some audiences don’t want to feel those things or walk in the shoes of that particular character in that particular way. They don’t like how the character reacts to the situations before them because it’s not how they would react, or maybe they find them inconsistent with the character.

I think this is a phenomenon we’ve seen with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, thanks to its intriguing and complex treatment of Luke Skywalker. As I watch The Last Jedi and the strident backlash behind the character, I looked back into film history and found an example that I think is instructive to helping understand some of the rejections of the film. That film is Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

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Mark Hamill The Last Jedi

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill opens up about his potential return in Episode IX
  • The strange inspiration behind the Death Star in Rogue One
  • An interview with Solo’s brand new Wookiee
  • A life-size BB-8 can soon be yours
  • And much, much more…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - Ron Howard

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Nine Star Wars movies are currently in production?!
  • Carrie Fisher’s brother shares his wishes for Princess Leia
  • Ron Howard finally responds to those spin-off rumors
  • Pablo Hidalgo dives into Knight of the Old Republic, Rebels and everything in between
  • And much more…

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill Beard as Luke Skywalker

Production on Star Wars: Episode 9 is gearing up across the pond as J.J. Abrams prepares to shoot the latest installment of the Skywalker saga that began all the way back in 1977. Of course, details on what the Force Awakens director has in store for the end of the primary Star Wars storyline are under tight wraps, so that leaves fans wildly speculating about facial hair.

Mark Hamill recently took to Twitter to show off a new Sideshow Collectibles item that he was adding to his collection. The item in question is a Clown Prince of Crime cane featuring the cartoonish face of The Joker as the handle. But no one cared about the cane as much as the fact that Mark Hamill showed off his clean shaven face, and that has people desperately trying to link it to Star Wars. Read More »

lando in star wars episode 9

On the July 10, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by Star Wars expert Bryan Young, to talk about the recent casting news of Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars Episode 9 and speculate what kind of role Lando might play in JJ Abrams’ film. In Our Feature Presentation, /Film writer Hoai-Tran Bui joins me to talk about why so many female superheroes are stuck in the past.

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