It’ll be one last hoorah for at least one relic of the Golden Age of Hollywood with actor Harrison Ford closing the book on the title character for the long-celebrated Indiana Jones franchise. For this, we turn to Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny, from Logan and 3:10 To Yuma helmer James Mangold this time around, and with none other than John Rhys-Davies reprising his role from the 1981 and 1989 installments.
Despite being one of the biggest franchises since the dawn of cinema, Star Wars is in an unenviable position. In many ways, it’s become too big to fail; an institution able to coast on its name but beholdened to the expectations of its own legacy. Nowhere was this more evident than the Star Wars Stories. When they were first announced, I was actually more excited for them than I was the “mainline” Star Wars films. The side stories had the flexibility to explore the Star Wars universe and approach it from new perspectives and even new genres. How weird would a Star Wars neo-noir be? Imagine something akin to an archeology treasure hunt across the galaxy (i.e. Indiana Jones in space). The Star Wars Stories had infinite potential just waiting to be realized… such a shame.
Disney is feeling the Force with filmmaker Rian Johnson, and with The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams back at the helm for the ninth installment of Star Wars which is currently slated for 2019. Just over a month from the release of Johnson’s own contribution with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the official Star Wars website is hailing fans with news of Johnson’s involvement on the creation of a brand new trilogy.
The Looper helmer will write and direct the forthcoming tenth installment to boot with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. Further cast and crew details are still pending while The Last Jedi still has Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, and stalwarts Mark Hamill and the late and lovely Carrie Fisher shepherding Disney’s latest volume of the longstanding space opera centered on interplanetary politics and conflict, and epic battles between the forces of good and evil.
Per the website:
As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”
It’s been a thing of internet rumor soup for some time now, but all centering on a spin-off for Star Wars mainstay, Obi-Wan Kenobi now appears to be taking shape at long last. Of course, it comes at a pretty hefty time for fans of the Disney/Lucasfilm library who may be somewhat weary of what to expect with the current handling of the new Han Solo standalone film now being overseen by Ron Howard as of June.
They’re not wrong and concern is a good thing at this juncture. Thus, one hopes the process for this latest move will go smoother for Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours) who is reportedly in early talks to direct the movie. A script still needs writing and roles still need casting while it is not yet clear if actor Ewan McGregor will succeed his portryal of the character as seen in the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005) from director George Lucas. McGregor suceeded the iconic role following that of actor Alec Guiness whose memorable portrayal of the nomadic Jedi warrior in Lucas’s Star Wars in 1977, earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The aforementioned Han Solo film which stars Alden Ehrenreich, slated for May 25, 2018, is one of several spin-off in the works following Lucas’s sale of Lucasfilm in 2012 apart from the current main canon of Star Wars films succeeding from The Force Awakens and into this December’s The Last Jedi.
Say what you will about the film’s existence now, I suppose the $20 million dollar question is who should play the man who would become Luke’s “Uncle Ben”? Comment below! (THR)
Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars fandom continues to take full effect even after the events in Anaheim, especially while there’s plenty of time between now and this December’s eventful release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That film is expected to begin a new canon beyond the previous six films with several memorable character to join the fresh faces of the galaxy, but equally as important, other faces will be attached to this new universe as well.
Specifically speaking, it will be Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards‘s film, Star Wars: Rebel One that will first bridge the gap between episodes three and four as the first of several anthology films to come, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta with a script by Chris Weitz. Actress Felicity Jones and actor Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in the film which will forsee a tales of resistance fighters plot a mission to steal the Death Star. The Wrap is reporting that Snow White And The Huntsman co-star actor Sam Clafin is eyed to star while Nightcrawler co-star, actor Riz Ahmed is currently in talks for a role while details for either have been made public on which characters they will play.
Star Wars: Rebel One is expected to arrive on December 16 next year, nearly a year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens and less than a year before Star Wars: Episode VIII in May of 2017. Stay tuned for more info.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga.
The latest production of Star Wars VII has already undergone a significant challenge due to the current recovery of principle franchise cast member, actor Harrison Ford since breaking his leg last week on set, leaving him to take two months off from filming. Nonetheless, filming continues with director J.J. Abrams at the helm for the film’s expected December 18, 2015 release date, and with at least two spin-offs on the way, the word is now that Looper helmer Rian Johnson is said to be in talks and will begin working on episode VIII, in addition to episode IX which is still possibly seeking a director.
Franchise auteur George Lucas is an acting consultant on the new trilogy moving forward from the first six films with VII directed by none other a cast that joins Ford with Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie. Lawrence Kasdan wrote the script with Abrams who is producing Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk are producing. Composer John Williams is scoring the soundtrack.
Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards is currently tapped to direct one of two Star Wars spin-offs before heading off to work on Godzilla 2; The second spin-off will be handled by Fantastic Four reboot and Chronicle helmer Josh Trank.
Star Wars VIII and XI will release respectively sometime in 2017 and 2019.
Following the success of his new blockbuster entry into the summer with Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has been confirmed to direct a forthcoming Star Wars spin-off film. The news comes just as Edwards, whose own take on the classic Toho property broke opening weekend records at the box-office since its release a week ago.
Edwards‘ participation also arrives in time as Lucasfilm and Disney have already begun principal photography for the upcoming seventh installment being helmed by director J.J. Abrams who co-wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan, who in turn, will also scribe Edwards‘ spin-off with X-Men: Days Of Future Past scribe Simon Kinberg. Details on what the plot of Edwards‘ film will be are currently unknown, except it is one of three spin-offs that were announced earlier this month, with at least one poised for a December 2016 release.
Edwards is also currently tapped to direct a second and third installment to Godzilla; Star Wars: Episode VII releases on December 18, 2015.
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We’re about a year and a half away from taking a feature-length eye-full at what co-writer and director J.J. Abrams has in store for next year’s release of Star Wars: Episode VII, and much a fuss has been had in the past few weeks over what the official title will be, which actors will be added to the already-annouced princple cast, among other things in light of Lucasfilm and Disney’s continual epic ventures in the EU, including the upcoming Disney XD TV series, Star Wars Rebels.
But this week, Abrams is taking the force in a new direction with Star Wars: Force For Change, which is launching today.
The official annoncement is below the video with every detail from the description. As for VII, it arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by a Boba Fett spin-off a year later.
In a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announces the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with Bad Robot, dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefitting children in need.
To support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, Disney has committed $1 million, and fans can now donate directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. By pledging as little as $10 through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th.
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• Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
• Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
• Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
• Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII
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