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A new Star Wars infographic has clarified canon for all upcoming films, television shows, books and video games within the franchise.
7 obscure Star Wars characters we want to see make a comeback
This decision from Lucasfilm will move the franchise away from events established in past books, video games and other media set after the events of Return of the Jedi.
The upcoming paperback edition of the novel A New Dawn clarifies this new Lucasfilm stance by including an infrographic explaining where upcoming Star Wars projects across media platforms will take place.
Among the additions to this fresh continuity is the Disney Xd animated series Star Wars Rebels, which also fills in events leading up to 1977's A New Hope.
Even if the films turn out to be terrible, it’s impossible to deny that Lucasfilm has been knocking it out of the park in terms of casting their Star Wars movies. Of course it helps when you have a property that everyone wants to be a part of, but the eclectic ensemble of Star Wars: The Force Awakens—with Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega and more set to occupy the same screen—is downright brilliant. Then the next Star Wars movie, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ spinoff Rogue One, started off on the right foot by casting Felicity Jones as the lead, and now it looks like the studio will continue its run with word that the phenomenal Ben Mendelsohn is mulling over joining Jones in the Rogue One cast. The folks at Deadline report that the Australian Animal Kingdom actor is “circling »
- Adam Chitwood
Lucasfilm is getting ready to release Star Wars: Episode 7 this December 18 and introduce the world to a new trilogy with all-new characters. That includes Oscar Isaac.s Poe Dameron (which sounds more like the name of an off-brand anti-depressant medication you hear about during TV commercial breaks). Fans are already speculating which of the cast members will be living long enough to make it to the sequel, Episode 8, and so far most of them seem like they will. However, Isaac recently hinted that he is returning for the next chapter. A Moviefone reporter recently asked Isaac if he was excited to work with Rian Johnson, the man directing Star Wars: Episode 8. The actor confirmed that, yes, he is "very excited." However, we shouldn.t get too amped over this, as Isaac also clarified that he hasn.t yet spoken with Johnson. Furthermore, SlashFilm followed up with him after »
In 2007, Adrien Brody went out to the woods in Upstate New York to find himself— and a partly burned stone barn. Having just come out of filming Rian Johnson's whimsical caper comedy "The Brothers Bloom," and feeling his career adrift, the Oscar winner bought this enchanting, decaying early 20th-century structure, built by a Roman, which has been used as a nightclub, a museum and an amusement park. For seven years, Brody took on the ambitious and soul-churning process of restoring and turning it into what it now is: "Stone Barn Castle," Brody's home away from the noisy energy of acting and of New York City, and the title of the SXSW premiere doc he made with filmmaker Kevin Ford. Cinematographer/editor turned director Ford, whom Brody met when he was shooting behind the scenes on "Brothers Bloom," documents this herculean, yeoman's effort with gentle artistry, making room for the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“It’ll be very cool. I’m very excited about it. I’m excited to see it, to see how it all comes together,” he told Moviefone, noting that the trailer was “very fun” and that “it was very fun to see that spirit get ignited again.”
“The first movie I remember seeing in a theatre was Return of the Jedi,” he adds as to why he took the role. “And then J.J., on top of the whole thing was J.J. Nostalgia can only go so far and at a certain point you have to have someone who has a real vision of what they want to do.”
When asked about Star Wars: Episode VIII, »
- Luke Owen
Speaking to Moviefone, Oscar Isaac was asked questions about Star Wars, his experience inside of an X-Wing, and his role as the titular villain in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse. “It was very cool, but a little nauseating because the thing is on a gimbal and moving all around,” Issac said describing his experience inside an X-Wing. “I forgot to breathe and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ But it was very cool." Issac also seemingly confirms his return for Star Wars Episode VIII after saying he "very excited" to work with director Rian Johnson. Finally Oscar Issac revealed why he decided to take on the role of Apocalypse saying, “My first comic book I ever collected was ‘X-Factor’ and I actually really loved Apocalypse, and yeah, so when I heard that maybe that would be the next villain, I was like, ‘Guys, get me in there, I want to meet with »
Last week, Disney finally confirmed that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Disney setting a May 26, 2017 release date for this follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course, no other details were given in regards to the story, or what characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be back for the follow-up. It is widely believed that the new characters introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be at the center of both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, but the entire trilogy is still shrouded in mystery. Oscar Isaac, who plays X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is doing press for his sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, where he was asked how he felt about working with Rian Johnson in Star Wars: Episode VIII. His answer essentially confirms that he »
A few days ago at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, we got to sit down with Oscar Isaac, the charismatic star of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and last year's amazing (and amazingly under-seen) "A Most Violent Year." We were there to chat about his new movie, the deeply brilliant sci-fi film "Ex Machina," wherein he plays a mad scientist and tech billionaire who recruits an underling (played by Domhnall Gleeson) to test out some cutting edge new artificial intelligence and things go awry. It's awesome and we'll be bringing you lots more from the movie (and our interview with Isaac) in the weeks ahead.
But while we were chatting, I couldn't help but bring up the fact that he will soon be seen in a little art house movie called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by some guy named J.J. Abrams. So I quizzed him »
- Drew Taylor
Ever since finding fame in the '80s thanks to sitcom Moonlighting and explosive action movie Die Hard, Bruce has been a regular on our screens, appearing in films great, good, not-so-good and Cop Out.
With John McClane himself celebrating the big 6-0, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite Bruce Willis movies, while you can vote for your personal favourite in the poll below...
Die Hard - Morgan Jeffery (TV Editor)
There's a million reasons to love 1988's Die Hard - the colourful supporting characters like Al (Reginald VelJohnson), Ellis (Hart Bochner) and Argyle (De'voreaux White), action cinema's greatest ever villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Michael Kamen's brilliantly '80s score...
But the big reason is Bruce. Sure, New York cop John McClane was a tough guy, but what Willis brought to the part »
The directors for the next four Star Wars films have been known for some time. Jj Abrams is currently in post-production on Star Wars: Episode VII, whilst Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will start shooting 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One this summer.
Then it's over to Rian Johnson, who's writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due in May 2017. After that, Fantastic Four and Chronicle helmer Josh Trank will be tackling a standalone Star Wars movie, and we're expecting his movie to appear in 2018.
But what, then, of Star Wars: Episode IX? At one stage, it looked as if Rian Johnson was going to be directing this on top of Episode VIII. Yet thus far, Disney and Lucasfilm hasn't confirmed who's got the job. According to Latino Review, it may well »
We now have official confirmation that Rian Johnson will be helming Star Wars: Episode VIII but Disney might not be done with Jj Abrams after The Force Awakens. Reports are now, that he may return to finish the trilogy he's starting. Come inside to see the latest Star Wars rumor!
For a while now, we've known that Rian Johnson would be taking over directing duties on the Sequel Trilogy after Abrams' The Force Awakens, and even heard word that he could potentially finish out the trilogy as a director. Today, however, the scoopers over on Latino Review, have heard from multiple sources that Disney/Lucasfilm is hoping to bring Jj back for Episode IX:
We can only report it as a rumor this far out, but those at Disney who have seen footage from The Force Awakens are very happy with what Abrams has delivered. J.J. himself has been »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The final movie in the new Star Wars trilogy isn't set to hit theaters until 2019, but that hasn't stopped Latino Review from doing some digging and coming up with the name of a potential director for it. According to them, J.J. Abrams is looking likely to return to helm Star Wars Episode IX after Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) handles the middle instalment, which is due for release in 2017. Apparently Disney/LucasFilm are very pleased with what Abrams delivered with The Force Awakens, and despite rumors of behind-the-scenes disagreements, it seems he's the man they want in charge of Episode IX. Of course, we'll have to take this as a rumor too for now, and there is a lot that can change before cameras start rolling on this project, but we'll keep you posted if we get any updates. »
After mentioning Star Wars yesterday when talking about the box office prospects for 2015 releases, I kind of had the franchise on the brain for the rest of the day. Go figure then that one of today’s bigger rumors out there is that the co-writer/director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams could be directing more than just that installment, which is Episode VII in the saga. We already know that Rian Johnson is writing and directing Episode VIII while also doing a treatment for Episode IX, so I suppose Abrams could be privy to what is going on and is interested in returning. Another time I’ll offer up some potential alternative filmmakers, especially if Abrams winds up not taking the gig, but for now I wanted to talk about if he does wind up doing it. Essentially, Abrams could be going from the godfather of »
- Joey Magidson
Old reports about the future installments in the ever-expanding Star Wars film franchise – which will soon consist of one film every year – made it seem that Star Wars: The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams would be handing over the keys to the beloved saga after only one film. Now, we’ve learned that that may not be the case.
Looper helmer Rian Johnson was once rumored to be writing and directing both Episode VIII and Episode IX, which hit theaters in 2017 and 2019, but the latest official announcement from Disney only provided confirmation that Johnson would be taking the helm of Episode VIII. Now, Latino Review is reporting that Abrams is the frontrunner to direct Episode IX, “despite his absence from the production team on the next installments, his commitment to other ongoing franchises and early rumors of disagreements between him and the Disney Team.”
Reportedly, those at Disney who »
- James Garcia
Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: Episode VIII will go to Rian Johnson. However Star Wars: Episode IX currently has no one at the helm. It was thought that Rian Johnson might tackle Episode IX after he completed Episode VIII but nothing was certain. Now it appears as though a different name has popped up in regards to Episode IX and it’s a name we’re already familiar with. According to Latino-Review J.J. Abrams could very well be the »
- Kevin Fraser
Long before Disney and LucasFilm officially announced Rian Johnson as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is hitting theaters in May 26, 2017, it was rumored that he would be directing both that film and Star Wars: Episode IX. That may not actually be the case, though, if a new rumor from Latino Review pans out. They claim that J.J. Abrams, who directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is now the frontrunner for the project.
When Disney and LucasFilm released the official PR for Star Wars: Episode VIII's production team last week, J.J. Abrams's name was suspecially absent, and only added later as a producer. This had many speculating that he'd be relatively hands free on the next two installments, but that is probably not true. And despite rumors that there were many disagreements between Disney and the director during production, they seem to want him back. »
Even though he’s currently wrapping up work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams’ stint in a galaxy far, far away may be far from over. Last week we learned that the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff isn’t scheduled until 2016, and Episode VIII, with Rian Johnson at the helm, won’t bow for another two years. Nevertheless, that packed slate isn’t stopping Disney from looking to the future.
Latino Review reports that “there’s a good chance” Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, after studio brass caught a screening of The Force Awakens and were “very happy” with the footage presented. Whether or not Abrams wishes to return to the franchise in such a pivotal role, however, remains to be seen. The amount of time and energy required to commandeer another major instalment may dissuade him. That being said, his unabashed enthusiasm for the Star Wars property cannot be discounted, »
- Gem Seddon
It's an interesting time in the world of Star Wars. I remember when I first started this job back in 2003, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith was on the near horizon. The big difference then being that Revenge of the Sith was the only thing going on in the cinematic world of Star Wars. Now, not only due we have Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens on the horizon, but we have Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and Gareth Edwards already beginning work on Rogue One, the first of several standalone Star Wars films. On top of that we have the 20 books that will come between now and the December release of The Force Awakens, which is to say Disney and Lucasfilm have more than enough to keep fans interested so it will never seem like there is a lack »
- Brad Brevet
Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't slated to arrive for nine months, and we only just confirmed Looper director Rian Johnson would be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode VIII, coming in May of 2017, that's not stopping the rumors from starting on who will be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX. After all, Disney wants a new film from the galaxy far, far away arriving every year (like Star Wars: Rogue One in 2016) for the foreseeable future, so why wouldn't they be planning ahead? And Latino Review has the first rumor of a frontrunner director for Episode IX as The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams. Again, this is just a rumor for now, and since it's so early, take it with a huge grain of salt. As of now, I'm inclined to believe that while the studio may want Abrams back for Star Wars: Episode IX, »
- Ethan Anderton
Here's what we official know so far about the new slate of "Star Wars" films: The J.J. Abrams directed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" arrives later this year (duh); 2016 will bring the Gareth Edwards helmed "Star Wars: Rogue One" starring Felicity Jones, and 2017 will see the Rian Johnson written and directed "Star Wars: Episode VIII." But according to this latest rumor, Abrams won't be leaving the galaxy completely. Latino Review is reporting that there is a "good chance" Abrams will be back to direct "Star Wars: Episode IX." Disney is apparently very happy with what they've seen so far from 'The Force Awakens,' and Abrams has the "front-runner" position for the job. But will he take it? It's worth remembering that he and producer Kathleen Kennedy petitioned for a 2016 release date for his movie, but were turned down by the studio wanted it this year. And that's on top »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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