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Star Wars 9 Cast Table Read Is Happening Soon

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Star Wars fans all over the world have been watching and pouring over every detail of the newly released trailer for The Last Jedi. For over a week, fans have been speculating on what exactly will go on in the Rian Johnson directed film. Johnson is currently hard at work editing The Last Jedi. And now it is being reported that the first script reading of Star Wars 9 is happening soon. With shooting to possibly start this summer.

As previously reported, Lucasfim president Kathleen Kennedy recently did an interview with Spanish outlet E-Cartela. In the Star Wars News Net transcribed interview, Kennedy offers some new information about the future of the Star Wars universe. After mentioning a rough timetable of the new Star Wars spinoffs and the untitled Han Solo, Kennedy talks about the first script reading of Episode IX.

"To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now. »

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This is How Smalltime Filmmakers Go Big

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Box OfficeNot everyone needs to jump into a blockbuster.

You could say that Free Fire is a box office flop, but I wouldn’t. The first Ben Wheatley movie to hit American suburbs in its opening weekend is an achievement of exposure in spite of what it actually grossed. Sure, its estimated $1m debut is only a third of what Variety claimed it was on track to make, and for a movie reportedly budgeted somewhere between $7m and $10m, that’s a low start. Its per-screen average is not even in the four digits. But, hey, it’s Wheatley’s biggest opening yet, and that’s the right track.

At a time when many decent smalltime filmmakers are being snatched up for ginormous projects immediately after receiving some indie-sized acclaim, it’s great to see guys like Wheatley and Nacho Vigalondo take gradual steps upward. Vigalondo’s latest, the $15m-budgeted monster movie Colossal has also grossed just »

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Last Jedi Isn't Repeating Empire Strikes Back Says Director

23 April 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For more than a week now, fans all over the world have been rewatching and picking apart every single frame of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since Disney and Lucasfilm had been very quiet on the details about the movie up to that point, there was an awful lot of excitement, but there has also been some concern that this movie will just be repeating the story beats of The Empire Strikes Back. Director Rian Johnson has put that theory to bed, albeit in a pretty snarky way.

Rian Johnson is quite active on social media and, on a fairly regular basis, will engage with fans and even answer some question they may have. Recently. Someone on Twitter suggested that Star Wars 8 is just going to copy The Empire Strikes Back and said, "Nothing new here." Rian Johnson didn't seem to like that suggestion. Here is his response. »

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Oscar Isaac talks Star Wars: The Last Jedi and filming with Carrie Fisher

22 April 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While Oscar Isaac was absent from Star Wars Celebration last weekend due to a scheduling conflict, the actor has taken the opportunity to discuss his upcoming return as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi during various promotional images for his new film The Promise.

“[Poe] will be challenged, in a very intense way that will reveal a lot more about his character,” he told Movieweb. “The characters that you know already: their specific character flaws or their weaknesses get tested. And out of that, I think, you get to see a bit more of who they are. The best way to learn about somebody is to see them in a crisis.”

Speaking to Business Insider, Isaac also talked about shooting an action scene with the late Carrie Fisher, stating that: “It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and »

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Rian Johnson Shuts Down Claims Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Copying Empire Strikes Back

22 April 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a great film. No one can deny that. It introduced a whole new generation to that galaxy far, far away and also relaunched the franchise on the big screen in a wholly satisfying manner. However, longtime fans will have no doubt noticed the many similarities between the J.J. Abrams-directed flick and A New Hope, especially when it came to the general plot beats and themes running throughout the movie.

Now, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi looming on the horizon, people are starting to wonder if Rian Johnson will follow a similar path and draw heavily from The Empire Strikes Back. After all, it’d be tempting to do so, given that film’s status as one of the greatest sequels ever made. And with the teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars movie depicting something a lot darker and more somber than The Force Awakens, »

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Oscar Isaac Remembers Intense Star Wars 8 Scene with Carrie Fisher

22 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we're still unsure whether or not General Leia will come face-to-face with her son Kylo Ren after he killed Han Solo, or if she'll reunite with her twin brother Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, one thing is for certain. Leia and Poe will have a few scenes together. In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac, who plays ace X-Wing fighter Poe Dameron, opened up about his time spent on set with the late Carrie Fisher. And even though we don't really know much about Poe yet, these scenes shot between them should be intense and emotional for the audience.

Carrie Fisher's untimely passing last year had every Star Wars fan wondering if the beloved actress would ever return to the franchise. Fisher had already filmed her scenes for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The question was whether she would be digitally recreated for Star Wars »

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Best of the Week: 'Captain Marvel' Got a Director, 'The Beguiled' Got a Trailer and More

21 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News Marvel Cinematic Universe: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct Captain Marvel. James Gunn will finish out a trilogy with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 revealed its soundtrack details. Marvel won't be making any R-rated movies. DC Extended Universe: Joss Whedon doesn't want to cast a famous actress as Batgirl. Star Wars: Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars Episode IX. Rian Johnson explained how he changed Kylo Ren physically in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Aliens: Sigourney Weaver might be digitally de-aged for more Alien prequels. Alien will be re-released ahead of Alien: Covenant. X-Men: Leslie Uggams will be back for Deadpool 2. Fast and Furious...

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Lightsaber Theory Proves Rey's Parents Were in The Force Awakens?

21 April 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Wait, Rey's parents were in The Force Awakens? That's what a new Star Wars theory proposes, and it's not a half bad idea. Has this mystery finally been solved? Perhaps we won't know until The Last Jedi. But as far as fan theories go? This is a pretty good one. Perhaps the best we've heard yet. And it's helped along by some new evidence in the Star Wars 8 trailer.

So, who were Rey's parents, and where were they in The Force Awakens? How about this? They were two of the many dead bodies surrounding Kylo Ren and his Knights in the infamous Forceback (or flashback) scene. We'll do you one better. Perhaps Rey's dad is the shadowy figure seen killed by Kylo Ren. In the flashback, it looks as though this mystery man in the big hat is about to bring his weapon down on Rey when Kylo pierces him »

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Expect Rey, Finn And Poe To Be Put To The Test In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

21 April 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s only during times of adversity where we reveal our true sense of character – at least, that’s how the old saying goes, and Oscar Isaac believes that adage can be applied to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Ever since the official title was revealed back in January, Rian Johnson’s blockbuster sequel has been pitched as a much darker, slightly more intense film than its next of kin, The Force Awakens. That’s a shift in tone that shone through The Last Jedi‘s inaugural teaser, in which Daisy Ridley’s Force user started to wrangle her Jedi abilities under control. Dark and difficult times lie ahead for Rey, though, and that’s something Oscar Isaac echoed during an interview with The Guardian.

Isaac, who’s currently in the midst of The Promise‘s press tour, recently touched on the “intense” scene he shared with the late, great Carrie Fisher. »

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You're Not Crazy, Kylo Ren's Scar Has Moved Slightly In 'The Last Jedi'

21 April 2017 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn't actually offer up a ton of details on plot. It didn't show us a bunch of new characters to break down. That left fans to focus on the more minute details presented. And that left a lot of fans wondering, "Wait, what's up with Kylo Ren's scar?" In The Force Awakens, Rey injures Ren with her lightsaber, leaving a big bloody mark that runs from his cheek, over his nose and into his forehead. In The Last Jedi trailer, Ren's scar is a much cleaner line over his eye. So what gives? The answer is simple: Director Rian Johnson thought the original scar looked bad, so they moved it.   @origonalname113 @mutlubulutlar @StarWarsNewsNet @TheLastKylo It was my decision to slightly adjust it, and...

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Oscar Isaac Reflects On His “Intense” Scene With Carrie Fisher Ahead Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

20 April 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Regardless of how Rian Johnson decides to handle the beloved character, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the arc of General Organa is all but certain to be bittersweet due to Carrie Fisher’s tragic passing in December of last year.

Since then, there have been rumblings that the Powers That Be over at Disney would employ VFX wizardry to resurrect Fisher in time for Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX – not unlike the tactic used in Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story – but those rumors have since been debunked. All of this means that The Last Jedi will really be the film to bid adieu to Fisher’s legendary character, even if the narrative itself doesn’t actually acknowledge the impending transition – and chances are it will.

As for the experience of working under Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac recalled a “pretty intense” sequence he shared with the late, »

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Poe Dameron Will Face a Huge Challenge in The Last Jedi | Exclusive

20 April 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week's teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi had just a brief glimpse of Poe Dameron and Bb-8. We see Poe running towards an X-Wing, presumably his, as Bb-8 is rolling along. The ship explodes spectacularly in front of them, as they are seemingly under an intense attack. This scene is without context, so we have no clue what's really happening. But now we know that Poe is under a lot of duress in the movie, and he will be facing the biggest challenge of his life.

We can already infer from the panels at Star Wars Celebration that The Last Jedi is this trilogy's Empire Strikes Back. Director Rian Johnson has said that despite the destruction of Star Killer Base, The First Order is not sitting on their laurels. They destroyed the Republic government and are making big moves against The Resistance. It's strongly presumed that while »

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Why Kylo Ren Has a Different Scar in Star Wars 8

20 April 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The long wait for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer finally ended last week when it debuted at Star Wars Celebration, and was soon widely revered around the world. While Star Wars fans are among the most passionate of any franchise, they are also the most detail-oriented, with many scouring through every single second of footage to find the most subtle of clues. One eagle-eyed fan noticed something quite peculiar in this new trailer, involving Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) scar, with director Rian Johnson addressing and explaining why the scar looks different from The Force Awakens to The Last Jedi.

Towards the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren engaged in an epic lightsaber battle with Rey (Daisy Ridley), who proved to be a much more worthy adversary than he imagined. Rey ultimately got the best of Kylo Ren, leaving the villain with a nasty scar »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Why Kylo Ren’s Facial Scar Has Changed Position

20 April 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

If there is one thing that can be guaranteed, it’s that we Star Wars fans will obsess over the tiniest of details. With all the information about Star Wars: The Last Jedi that’s has been reported over the last week, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the position of a characters facial scarring being slightly different would go unnoticed.

Not with Star Wars fans. Eagle-eyed fans have already noticed and also questioned why the facial scar Kylo Ren receives at the hands of Rey in The Force Awakens has changed position in the upcoming sequel.

Below you can see the comparison between Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Director Rian Johnson has already taken to Twitter to explain the reason for this change, as fans began speculating on whether it was a continuity error or an intentional change.

The director replied to one fan »

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Director Rian Johnson Weighs In On The Subtle Change To Kylo Ren Ahead Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

20 April 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

By now, you’ve surely clocked eyes on the official first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney and Lucasfilm lifted the lid on Rian Johnson’s blockbuster at last weekend’s Celebration event in Orlando and since then, not a day goes by without a fresh wave of rumors spilling onto the interwebs.

The latest purportedly offered some context to Ahch-To’s alien wildlife and a heartfelt reunion (more details here), but today’s news item comes directly from the horse’s mouth: Rian Johnson.

Taking to Twitter (via Cbm), The Last Jedi‘s writer-director confirmed what many had already assumed: the scar on Kylo Ren’s face is slightly different to the one seen in The Force Awakens. Adam Driver’s mercurial warrior appears very briefly in the trailer, seen staring down the beam of his crossguard Lightsaber. But it didn’t take long for eagle-eyed fans »

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Rian Johnson explains why Kylo Ren’s scar is different in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

20 April 2017 4:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi may only be two minutes, but that hasn’t stopped fans from pouring over every screenshot they can for details on the film. One shot in particular has raised some questions, though not necessarily about the film’s story.

The trailer briefly shows Kylo Ren brandishing his lightsaber as he prepares for a fight, but intrepid viewers have noticed something different about him: the scar he received from Rey at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slightly different, moved closer to the right side of his face rather than the middle.

For a closer look at the change in his injury, here are shots from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to compare:

Director Rian Johnson was asked on Twitter why the scar was changed – whether it was a continuity error or simply for aesthetic. Johnson explained »

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Here's the Luke and Han Reunion Force Awakens Refused to Give Us

19 April 2017 4:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week during Star Wars Celebration, Mark Hamill was perhaps one of the only Star Wars icons who was there for all four days, whether it was hosting panels like his Carrie Fisher tribute or Hamill Himself, or just signing autographs for fans. During the massive Star Wars 40th Anniversary panel that kicked off the entire weekend on Thursday, no one was surprised when Mark Hamill stopped by, but many were quite shocked when Harrison Ford arrived, making his first appearance ever at Star Wars Celebration. Mark Hamill shared two candid photos from Celebration reuniting with his longtime friend Harrison Ford, a reunion that sadly was deprived from fans in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with another where he was photographed with Hayden Christensen from the prequel trilogy.

Mark Hamill posted two slightly different versions of essentially the same photo on Twitter, with both Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill »

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Does The Last Jedi Trailer Show More of Rey's Flashback?

19 April 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After making fans wait for a very long time, Disney and Lucasfilm finally released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi this past week. The trailer has been viewed repeatedly by millions of Star Wars fans all around the world since it debuted at Star Wars Celebration, but there are still secrets being uncovered as the trailer continues to be combed through frame by frame. One discovery that has been made that wasn't noticed initially is that it seems like we will be seeing at least some more of Rey's flashback from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in The Last Jedi.

During Rey's Force flashback at Maz Kanata's palace in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we see a shot of a cloaked Luke Skywalker putting his hand on R2-D2. This moment was initially revealed in the first, brief teaser that was released for the movie. »

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Latest Batch Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rumors Point To Ahch-To’s Wildlife And A Heartfelt Reunion

19 April 2017 2:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Almost a week has passed since Orlando’s Star Wars Celebration, and the crackle of excitement (the Force?) can still be felt reverberating around the four corners of the Internet. While some felt the heart-wrenching and bittersweet tribute to Carrie Fisher stole the show, the one thing that continues to fuel heated debate online is, of course, the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Our first look at Rian Johnson’s galactic sequel was a long time coming, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t believe the wait was ultimately worth it. After teeing up Rey’s Jedi training, the blistering (and decidedly menacing) promo rolls out one action shot after another. From the picturesque Ahch-To – known in real life as the Irish isle of Skellig Michael – to shots of the Resistance fleet doing battle in space, it’s no wonder Star Wars »

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Carrie Fisher Helped Write Star Wars 8

19 April 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars Celebration in Orlando kicked off last week with an epic panel that celebrated the franchise's 40th Anniversary. It included a heartwarming tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. The next day, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy joined director Rian Johnson for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel, celebrating what will ultimately be one of Carrie Fisher's last movies. Both the LucasFilm president and director paid tribute to the late actress in their own way, and Rian Johnson revealed that she even helped him write the Last Jedi script.

During the first half of the panel, hosted by Josh Gad, fans got to see a number of The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes photos that were taken by Rian Johnson on the set, one of which featured Carrie Fisher in full costume, with her feet up on a desk between takes, alongside Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and John Boyega (Finn). Josh Gad »

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