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The Force is with him: why Rian Johnson is the new Star Wars trilogy’s best hope

Lucasfilm’s intergalactic franchise may be steering into unchartered territory, but they’ve found the perfect pilot in The Last Jedi and Looper director

Remember the end of Return of the Jedi, where fireworks explode over Endor and everyone rejoices in wild abandon at the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the evil Empire? For Star Wars fans, the announcement that Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming episode, The Last Jedi, is to helm an entirely new trilogy of films should generate similarly joyous levels of celebration. It’s a rush of blood to the head equivalent to blowing up the Death Star.

Not only does this mean that Disney-owned Lucasfilm is hugely pleased with Johnson’s work on The Last Jedi, it also means that we will be spared – at least temporarily – the sight of directors being summarily thrown to the Sarlacc every few months for getting on studio
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Rian Johnson’s All-New Star Wars Trilogy Is An Exciting Vote Of Confidence Ahead Of The Last Jedi

A fourth Star Wars trilogy is on the way, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

Late last night, the Powers That Be over at Lucasfilm officially announced that Rian Johnson, writer and director on The Last Jedi, will spearhead a brand new trilogy replete with original characters and a whole new storyline – one that will also take place in some unexplored corner of a galaxy far, far away.

Details are still few and far between – no release dates, no story clues – but Johnson’s new chapter will presumably launch at some point in the 2020s, long after J.J. Abrams and his team have brought the curtain down on Lucasfilm’s time-honored saga with Star Wars: Episode IX.

And at the risk of stating the obvious, last night’s announcement can be construed as a ringing endorsement of Rian Johnson’s work on The Last Jedi, as
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Rian Johnson Developing New Star Wars Trilogy!

Lucasfilm has announced that a new Star Wars trilogy is being created by The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. The announcement came Thursday that Johnson will write and direct the trilogy with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper) set to produce.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy went on to say “We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. 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.”

The new trilogy will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga as Johnson will introduce new characters “from the corner of the galaxy that “Star Wars lore has never before explored”. (Via Starwars.com)

In a joint statement by Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, the two shared their experience
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Rian Johnson Writing and Directing a New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

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Rian Johnson Writing and Directing a New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy
That galaxy far, far away keeps getting bigger. Rian Johnson, the writer/director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” will resume his duties with an all-new trilogy set in the “Star Wars” world but featuring entirely new characters and an original story. Bob Iger, the head of Disney, just announced the news.

Read More:Porgs 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Adorable ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Creatures

Johnson’s feat is especially impressive, given how many other directors have been replaced before even completing one “Star Wars” film: Josh Trank, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and Colin Trevorrow have all been dropped from upcoming movies. He previously directed “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Looper.”

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: Spoilers Revealed in Epic New Look at Rian Johnson’s Sequel

“The Last Jedi” picks up where “The Force Awakens” left off, with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,
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The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson Will Launch Lucasfilm’s Fourth Star Wars Trilogy

Rian Johnson has reserved his place in that galaxy far, far away for years to come.

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced today that The Last Jedi writer-director will launch the fourth mainline Star Wars trilogy, replete with all-new characters and a fresh story. It’ll even be set in a different galaxy, so how’s that for branching off from the Skywalker saga?

Behind the lens, Johnson will reteam with Ram Bergman (Looper, Brick) and Lucasfilm brass Kathleen Kennedy, who recently confirmed that the Powers That Be have been planning for the next decade of Star Wars beyond 2017. In light of today’s big announcement, it seems Rian Johnson will now be instrumental in shaping the future of Lucasfilm’s crown jewel.

Here’s what Kathleen Kennedy had to share in an official statement:

We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. He’s a creative force, and
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Rian Johnson To Create New ‘Star Wars’ Universe Film Trilogy

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Rian Johnson To Create New ‘Star Wars’ Universe Film Trilogy
Updated with more details: Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson has been set by Disney and Lucasfilm to write and direct a trilogy of films that will fall under the Star Wars brand but will be a completely new story, with original characters, set in a different galaxy. Johnson is teaming with Ram Bergman, his longtime collaborator who after producing the Johnson-helmed Looper and Brick, produced The Last Jedi with Kathleen Kennedy. Disney chief Bob Iger
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Comeback TV adaptation in the works from Nacho Vigalondo

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Nov 10, 2017

The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and Colossal director Nacho Vigalondo will team to adapt time travel comic Comeback...

In extremely exciting news for film and comic book geeks alike, multimedia maestro Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) will soon join filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo, director of such projects as Timecrimes and Colossal, to adapt Ed Brisson’s time-bending Image Comics title, Comeback.

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With Sony Pictures holding the rights to Comeback, THR reports that Kirkman, a perennial presence for Image Comics, will join the film adaptation as a producer, via his Skybound Entertainment banner, with Nacho Vigalondo tapped as the primary visionary to write and direct.

The story of Image’s Comeback comic centres on a duo of time agents, named Seth and Mark, who work for a company, called Reconnect, that will – for an exorbitant cost – go back
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Teaser Watch: Darkness Is Rising in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) informs Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Rey — who is possibly Luke’s daughter — responds by turning her lightsaber on him.

The new teaser for “The Last Jedi” reinforces the ideas from last month’s official trailer. After the events of 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” Rey is in crisis. She’s unsure of herself, her background, and her purpose. She’s separated from her friends Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). And the only person willing to teach her about her powers is the nefarious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Thankfully hope is not completely lost for Rey. “Darkness rises,” a sinister, disembodied voice announces in the teaser, “and light to meet it.” Rey might be getting in touch with her dark side, but that doesn’t mean she’s definitively turning her back on the light.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (“Looper”), “The Last Jedi” opens December 15. Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Xoxo”), Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), Domhnall Gleeson (“Ex Machina”), and Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”) co-star.

Check out the teaser — including a quick glimpse of General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) — below.

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Teaser Watch: Darkness Is Rising in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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AFM: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Replaces Paul Dano in Hijacking Thriller '7500'

AFM: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Replaces Paul Dano in Hijacking Thriller '7500'
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to star in 7500, an airline hijacking thriller, replacing Paul Dano, who was originally attached to the project.

The Inception and Looper star will play Tobias Ellis, a co-pilot whose smooth commercial trip from Berlin to Paris is interrupted by terrorists armed with glass bottles who try to take over the flight. Ellis has to first fight off his attackers and then negotiate with them to ensure the safety of everyone on board. Dano was originally attached to the project but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.

Gordon-Levitt recently appeared in Oliver Stone's...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Seemingly Put Its Main Characters Through The Wringer

Much like every other Hollywood sequel before it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been billed as the dark second chapter in Lucasfilm’s rebooted trilogy.

But on the ground level, Rian Johnson’s follow-up also presents an exciting opportunity to delve deeper into many of our on-screen favorites, regardless of whether they find themselves on the dark side of the Force, or the light. Characters like Kylo Ren, Rey, Luke and Supreme Leader Snoke are all primed for major story arcs this December, and though Johnson inherited all of those key figures from J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens, Episode IX), the Looper director recently told USA Today that he fell in love with Rey and the gang in an instant.

And now that audiences have been acquainted with her, Finn, Poe Dameron and other key members of the Resistance, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will seemingly thrust our heroes through the wringer.
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Rian Johnson Says He’s Not Involved At All With Star Wars: Episode IX

Right now, it looks like Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to be a brilliant addition to the greatest movie franchise of all-time. Obviously, I’m withholding judgement until I’ve seen the final product, but if the film is even half as good as its trailers make it look, it’ll still be amazing. Naturally, much of this is down to writer/director Rian Johnson, who from all accounts has poured his heart and soul into the project. I’ve been a fan of Johnson since way back in the day, with Brick an excellent debut feature and Looper a pleasingly twisty time travel caper.

All of this made him, in my eyes, the best candidate to take over from Colin Trevorrow on Episode IX. After all, everyone at Disney/Lucasfilm have nothing but praise for him and he’s slotted into their production methods far more successfully than Gareth Edwards,
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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John Boyega Gushes About Star Wars: The Last Jedi And Rian Johnson’s Visual Style

One glance at Hollywood’s crowded calendar will tell you that there are only three short months separating Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Pacific Rim: Uprising. The former is a direct sequel to the third highest-grossing film of all time, while the other is a larger-than-life blockbuster designed to usher in a new generation of Jaeger pilots.

And though they share some thematic similarities – a dogged resistance rising up against an insurmountable foe – the common denominator here is John Boyega.

Poised to reprise his role as Finn (Aka Fn-2187), The Last Jedi will send Boyega’s hero off on a “dark mission” involving Canto Bight and, based on the sequel’s show-stopping trailer, infiltrating the First Order while undercover. He’ll be joined by Rose, and we understand Kelly Marie Tran’s Resistance engineer is all set to become the biggest new part of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel.
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Listen: Rian Johnson and Denis Villeneuve Talk Blade Runner 2049

In brief: Rian Johnson, director or Looper and the upcoming Star Wars the Last Jedi talked to Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve on the latest edition of the podcast called "Director's Cut".

Arguably two of the most important names in science fiction right now, the conversation is not one to miss.

About the episode:

Director Denis Villeneuve discusses his new film, Blade Runner 2049, with fellow Director Rian Johnson. Picking up thirty years after the events of Ridley Scott's classic [Continued ...]
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Trailer Watch: Rey Is Drawn to the Dark Side in “The Last Jedi”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” proved that a female protagonist could successfully carry an established and beloved franchise — and now it appears that “The Last Jedi” will set out to show that a flawed, morally complex female protagonist is also able to carry said franchise. The new, highly-anticipated trailer for Episode VIII sees Daisy Ridley’s Rey learning about her heritage, mastering her powers, and questioning where exactly she belongs.

“Something inside me has always been there,” Rey observes, “but now it’s awake and I need help.” Unfortunately, she’s not getting that help from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), whom she met at the end of “The Force Awakens.” “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” Luke announces when he witnesses Rey’s prowess handling the Force, apparently referencing Darth Vader. “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.” With that, he washes his hands of Rey.

In a move that’s sure to upset her allies in the Resistance, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac), Rey turns to Darth Vader’s grandson/successor — and possibly her cousin — Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). “I need someone to show me my place in all this,” she begs him. And the matricidal Kylo Ren is more than willing to extend a hand.

Set to hit theaters December 15, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is written and directed by “Looper” helmer Rian Johnson. The megahit-to-be also stars the late, great Carrie Fisher in one of her last roles, Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Xoxo”), Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), Domhnall Gleeson (“Ex Machina”), and Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”).

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Trailer Watch: Rey Is Drawn to the Dark Side in “The Last Jedi” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Trailer

Rian Johnson (Looper) directs the follow-up to J.J. Abrams' franchise re-starter, The Force Awakens. We liked the Force Awakens enough, but agreed with Marina that it played it safe, hewing a bit to closely to the originally trilogy's tropes to ensure everyone had something to enjoy.

This new long trailer for Johnson's film is a lot darker tonally and actually hints at (maybe) a couple of big character twists including a (maybe) a shifting allegiance [Continued ...]
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Video: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Latest Trailer

“This is not going to go the way you think!”

The force is strong with this latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but as director Rian Johnson warns, potential spoilers lay within.

As the trailer demonstrates, The Last Jedi will lead on from The Force Awakens, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) training with Luke (a scenery-chewing Mark Hamill) whilst Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) continues to struggle with both sides of the force and the war between the Resistance and the First Order rages on.

Helmed by Looper director Johnson, the film is set to be released in the UK on the 14 December.

Check out the trailer above and let us know your comments below.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer – five things we learned, from Rey's dark side to annoying Porgs

The first full trailer for Episode VIII has been revealed, and offers up glimpses of Luke Skywalker, an emo Kylo Ren and a potentially irritating new creature

‘Snoke is Anakin’s father’: readers’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi theories

Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – watch the full trailer

April’s debut teaser for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi delivered the hefty revelation that Luke Skywalker apparently believes the entire Jedi order has to end. Now we have the final trailer for the follow-up to Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens, and Johnson has already suggested we avert our eyes if we want to avoid finding out too much more ahead of the film’s release in cinema this December. “I am legitimately torn,” wrote the Looper director on Twitter. “If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it. But it’s gooooood …” Assuming you’ve ignored that warning,
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Watch: Family Ties Are Tested in New Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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While the Vikings and the Bears headed to their respective locker rooms for halftime in the Windy City on Monday Night Football, stormtroopers took the field and a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unleashed on TV and computer screens.

Due out in theaters from Disney on December 15th and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), Star Wars: The Last Jedi features a cast that includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Billie Lourd, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Jimmy Vee, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Hamill, and the late, great Carrie Fisher.

The sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski, with Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman also on board as producers. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates and check out the new trailer and poster below.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: Spoilers Revealed in Epic New Look at Rian Johnson’s Sequel

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: Spoilers Revealed in Epic New Look at Rian Johnson’s Sequel
Rian Johnson doesn’t want you to watch the trailer below. “I am legitimately torn,” he said over telling fans they should watch the new “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer and risk being somewhat spoiled. “If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it. But it’s gooooood…..” To watch the trailer or not to watch the trailer? That is the question.

Read More:‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ and Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow ‘Part Ways’ On Upcoming Feature

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens two years after J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” and picks up with Daisy Ridley’s Rey as she trains in the ways of the Jedi under the guidance of Luke Skywalker. Her skills will be needed against the growing threat of The First Order, led by Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. Fan favorites John Boyega and Oscar Isaac will be key figures in the
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