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Disney Unleashes Its Full Release Slate For Nearly 20 Upcoming Movies

At this year's annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas, Disney and Marvel made an epic revelation. The joint studios unveiled the entire release slate all the way through the end of 2019, starting with the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War and ending with the anxiously needed Star Wars: Episode IX. There is a huge and incredible selection of comic geek glory, live-action remake action, and even a hefty dose of nostalgia with titles like Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4.

For all the excitement, there are a few unfortunate omissions. There's no sign of the live-action Mulan reboot, which has sadly been pushed back to 2020. And when it comes to Marvel territory, it seems there's no word on the Black Widow solo film or the Black Panther sequel. I mean, they were just announced, but it's still sad to think we won't be diving into those stories until 2020 at the earliest.
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Rumour: Grand Admiral Thrawn to feature in Star Wars: Episode IX?

Despite being erased from Star Wars lore along with the rest of the Expanded Universe following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, the fan favourite character Grand Admiral Thrawn was officially introduced into the new canon thanks to his role in Disney Xd’s Star Wars Rebels, along with Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn novel.

Well, if rumours – or more accurately speculation – is to be believed, Thrawn may be about to make his live-action big screen debut in next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX, with author Timothy Zahn revealing at Comic-Con Revolution that he has two Thrawn novels remaining on his current deal, but all plans are on hold until Episode IX is finalised.

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Zahn says he has two more Thrawn books on his deal, but they are in limbo as episode 9 gets finalized #CCROnt #StarWars pic.
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‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is flying well below forecasts, heading for a Memorial Day weekend launch of around $110 million domestically, early estimates showed Friday.

The four-day figure is significantly under the studio’s recent estimates in the $130 million to $150 million range at 4,380 North American locations. First-day grosses are coming in at about $32 million — including $14.1 million from previews, which set a Memorial Day weekend record.

Should the holiday estimate hold for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it will raise questions about franchise fatigue and Disney’s strategy of opening the tentpole a mere five months after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted on Dec. 16. “The Last Jedi” debuted impressively with $220 million in North America, and went on to earn $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide.

“Solo” is the 10th Star Wars movie and fourth from Disney in less than four years. Critics have been mostly positive with a current 70% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

At $110 million, “Solo” would be only the sixth-biggest film to open on Memorial Day weekend. Disney’s 2007 release “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” currently holds that title with $139.8 million, followed by “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fast and Furious 6,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
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Could Grand Admiral Thrawn Be Coming To a New Star Wars Movie? Watch This Audition Video

It looks like there's a chance that a live-action version of Grand Admiral Thrawn could be introduced in an upcoming Star Wars movie. With Kenobi: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IX both gearing up for production soon, they seem like the best bets.

We assume something is happening with the character because an audition tape has surfaced showing British actor Adam Templar auditioning for the role, and as you'll see, he’s gone so far as to paint himself blue, wear red eye contacts, and dress up in a Star Wars universe robe.

I'm not sure where exactly the dialogue that the actor delivers is coming from. It could be something that was sent to him to read, or it could be something that he got from existing material. But in the scene, Thrawn is on the hunt for a Jedi Master and is reporting to Darth Vader.
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Creative England regional 'innovators' list includes Quiddity Films, Rachel Shenton

12 film companies and individuals appear on the 50-strong list.

12 film companies and individuals appear on CE50, Creative England’s list of ‘up-and-coming disruptors and innovators’ working in film and TV, gaming and digital media industries from English regions.

The list, which is hand-picked by Creative England with nominations from regional partners, includes Bafta and Bifa-winning producer Emily Morgan (I Am Not A Witch)’s Quiddity Films; director Claire Oakley, who is currently in production on Morgan’s feature Make Up; Oscar-winning actress and writer Rachel Shenton (The Silent Child); and Scottish writer-director and Screen Star of Tomorrow 2016, Eva Riley.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Headed to Netflix Next Month

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Headed to Netflix Next Month
Only a few months after its DVD and Blu-Ray release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is headed to Netflix. The Last Jedi will join the other Star Wars movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the popular streaming service late next month, presumably as part of Disney's contract with Netflix.

Having Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Netflix may actually help to redeem the controversial Star Wars sequel. Despite having phenomenal reviews from critics, many Star Wars fans were disappointed with the movie, leading to quite a bit of negativity about it arriving on social media. Because of this, many people never went to see it again, and some people simply heard the complaints and refused to spend their money on the movie altogether.

With The Last Jedi on Netflix, which is a streaming service that over half of Americans are subscribed to, there will likely be a
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Star Wars Rebels Character Rumored To Appear In Episode IX

Due to the Star Wars Expanded Universe being passed off as the alternate Legends timeline when Disney bought up Lucasfilm and proceeded to make new movies set in that galaxy far, far away, many fan favorite characters from the novels have been wiped from continuity.

One who managed to survive, though, is Grand Admiral Thrawn, the sinister Imperial officer created by Timothy Zahn in his bestselling novels. Thanks to Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn was folded back into canon when Sherlock actor Mads Mikkelsen played the role on the third and fourth seasons of the animated series. Now, it seems that the character might be about to make another leap – into the movies.

Speaking at a panel at Comic-Con Revolution, Zahn explained that he has two new novels starring Thrawn in the works. However, they’re currently “in limbo” until Star Wars: Episode IX is finalized. Could this mean that Lucasfilm
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Video auditions for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel’

Interested in doing video auditions (live Skype, or video upload) for major feature films such as “Star Wars: Episode IX,” “Captain Marvel,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel” and others? Now is your opportunity to be submitted to the casting directors. I will submit you for acting roles as they are in the auditioning stage, for a one-time [...]

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Talent search underway for Star Wars characters ‘Mara’ and ‘Caro’

Casting directors are now setting up auditions for lead and supporting roles in “Star Wars: Episode IX.” The film is using the working title “Black Diamond.” There is currently a talent search underway for an actress between 40-50 years of age to play a character named “Mara,” and also an ethnically diverse actress between 18-26 [...]

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Donald Glover reveals Billy Dee Williams’ reaction to his Lando portrayal, new Solo: A Star Wars Story TV spot revealed

We’re just a few days away from the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Donald Glover has been chatting to Comic Book about taking on the iconic role of Lando Calrissian, revealing the reaction of the original smooth-talking scoundrel, Billy Dee Williams, to his portrayal of the character.

“He texted me,” said Glover. “He said ‘You did a good job.’ That was all I wanted, all I needed. It definitely made me feel like I didn’t let him down. He was such an iconic figure in the first one, in The Empire Strikes Back, that I definitely didn’t want to let him down.”

Although the Lando torch has been passed, fans will be hoping that we get to see Billy Dee Williams making his own return to the galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Episode IX, having sat out both The Force Awakens and
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Update: Rumoured plot details for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff

Update: Turns out this may well be a fake, as @Dantooine points out on Twitter that the alleged synopsis is the same as the 2013 novel Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. Original story follows…

Last week it was reported that Lucasfilm and writer-director Stephen Daldry are in pre-production on the long-rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff movie and are planning to go into production on the Anthology film once J.J. Abrams completed filming on Star Wars: Episode IX in early 2019.

Daldry was first announced as developing the project back in August of last year, and now TMZ claims to have uncovered some plot details for the film, which state that – as expected – the story will take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

“Obi-Wan is on Tatooine being an elusive hermit and stuff, but secretly watches over an infant Luke Skywalker, whom he delivered to his uncle,
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Marvel’s Poe Dameron Comic Hints At Leia’s Fate In Star Wars: Episode IX

Ever since the release and subsequent success of The Last Jedi, the fate of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker twins has sparked heated debate across all four corners of the galaxy.

On the one hand, many felt that Rian Johnson botched Luke’s arc, resulting in a premature death and Colin Trevorrow walking out on Star Wars: Episode IX – providing those online whispers are true, of course, as subsequent reports claim a substandard script was the true reason behind Trevorrow’s departure.

Nevertheless, Rian Johnson’s somewhat contentious Star Wars sequel left the fate of General Leia Organa up in the air. Be that as it may, the folks over at Screen Rant appear to have uncovered some clues from the pages of Marvel’s ongoing Poe Dameron comic series. As part of issue #27, for instance, writer Charles Soule and his team fill in some of the blanks after The Last Jedi,
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Lucasfilm Boss All But Confirms That Lando: A Star Wars Story Is Next

Solo: A Star Wars Story may have proved pretty divisive among some circles (72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but critics unanimously agree on one thing: Donald Glover simply disappears into the role of Lando Calrissian.

He’s the smooth-talking smuggler of Cloud City, and the previous owner of the Millennium Falcon before he handed over the keys to Han Solo after a particularly unfortunate game of Sabacc. But Lando’s loss is Han’s gain, and sure enough, their relationship seemingly forms a big part of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

But what comes next? We know Lucasfilm is already developing Star Wars: Episode IX and a spinoff for Obi-Wan, but according to studio boss Kathleen Kennedy, it’s really only a matter of time before Lando: A Star Wars Story (tentative title) blasts off into hyperspace.

“We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian. Of course,
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Kathleen Kennedy Says Lando Calrissian Will Get His Own Star Wars Film

Solo: A Star Wars Story is getting a lot of positive buzz at the moment from people that have seen it. I'm not the only one out there that gave it a great review! There is one thing that I think every Star Wars fan will find common ground on with this film when they see it, and that is everyone will love Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. He's just such a great character and the actor plays him so well.

I've already been saying how much I would like to see Lando get his own film, and now it actually sounds like that is exactly what Lucasfilm is planning! During an interview with Premiere France, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that the next spin-off film will focus on Lando:

"We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian. Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca,
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More details on Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX departure emerge

Yesterday we got some details on the decision to shake up its directors for Solo: A Star Wars Story – with Phil Lord and Chris Miller said to be keen on deviating from the Star Wars template and making “something new like Guardians of the Galaxy” – and now a new report has surfaced regarding another of Lucasfilm’s filmmaker firings: that of Colin Trevorrow and Star Wars: Episode IX.

In a report over at The Wall Street Journal, it is said that the Jurassic World helmer was sacked from Episode IX as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was unhappy both with the screenplay that Trevorrow penned with regular writing partner Derek Connolly, as well as the rewrites to that script from Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Thorne reportedly asked for the opportunity to produce another draft, but Kennedy instead opted to part ways with Trevorrow and briefly considered bringing
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Disney Unleashes Its Full Release Slate For Nearly 20 Upcoming Movies

At this year's annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas, Disney and Marvel made an epic revelation. The joint studios unveiled the entire release slate all the way through the end of 2019, starting with the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War and ending with the anxiously needed Star Wars: Episode IX. There is a huge and incredible selection of comic geek glory, live-action remake action, and even a hefty dose of nostalgia with titles like Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4.

For all the excitement, there are a few unfortunate omissions. There's no sign of the live-action Mulan reboot, which has sadly been pushed back to 2020. And when it comes to Marvel territory, it seems there's no word on the Black Widow solo film or the Black Panther sequel. I mean, they were just announced, but it's still sad to think we won't be diving into those stories until 2020 at the earliest.
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Rumoured plot breakdown for Star Wars: Episode IX surfaces online

Now, you’ll want to have your pinch of salt ready for this one, but Reddit user Foosls is claiming to have seen early storyboards for Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set to go into production this summer under director J.J. Abrams.

Of course, Reddit isn’t exactly the most reliable source, but it should be noted that this particular user posted an overview of Star Wars: The Last Jedi some two years ago, and several aspects – Kylo killing Supreme Leader Snoke, a casino planet – were on the money. Their Last Jedi report also said that Poe Dameron accompanied Finn on his adventure to Canto Bight, something that Rian Johnson has since confirmed was originally going to be the plan.

With that in mind, it is possible that the following is an early outline for Episode IX, with some aspects subject to change. By the same token, it may also be fan fiction.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Anthology movie in pre-production ahead of Spring 2019 shoot

Back in August of last year it was reported that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry has signed on to develop an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff movie, which will see Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the venerable Jedi Master.

Well, although the project is yet to be officially announced by Lucasfilm, FanthaTracks is reporting that pre-production on the Anthology movie is now in full swing at Pinewood Studios, with various concept artists, prop modellers and storyboard artists said to be hard at work on the film.

According to the site, contracts have been extended to a number of regular Star Wars crew members, who would join the production immediately following their work on Star Wars: Episode IX, which begins filming this summer. It’s said that the plan is to go into production once Episode IX has wrapped, with the main shoot beginning in April 2019 ahead of a December 2020 release date.
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Here’s Why Colin Trevorrow Was Fired from ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

It’s no secret that behind the scenes, the last few Lucasfilm movies have undergone some serious issues. Star Wars: The Force Awakens underwent fairly extensive reshoots, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story found its entire third act reworked and reshot by a different director, and Solo: A Star Wars Story had its directors fired during production and replaced by Ron Howard. The drama streak continued with Star Wars: Episode IX, for which Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed filmmaker Colin Trevorrow was hired to write and direct. Trevorrow spent two years on the project, but in September 2017 he …
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Lucasfilm Was Unhappy With Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars 9 Script

It appears Lucasfilm removed Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars: Episode IX over issues with his first draft. While the box office success of Disney’s new Star Wars movies can’t be denied, the studio has developed something of an image problem when it comes to working with directors. Tony Gilroy has since confirmed he was brought on to fix director Gareth Edwards Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with the film apparently being a ‘mess‘ and in ‘terrible trouble‘ when he came onboard in post-production to oversee extensive reshoots and re-editing.
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