Episode VIII Trailer Drops

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Rian Johnson has been dropping hints for a while now, suggesting over the last few days that something big was going to happen in October.  And it has.

A new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has arrived, and it is stunning.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it – and I’m glad.

This next instalment looks emotional, exciting, confronting and like it may not end happily.

People involved with the production have said that there are echoes of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the tone of this movie, meaning it will be darker and full of surprises.

In Empire, we learned that Ben wasn’t exactly dead, that Leia chose Han over Luke only to have him frozen in carbonate and whisked away, that the Empire was gunning for Luke, and that Darth Vader was our hero’s father.

We also learned there was another Skywalker.

What will this film hold?

It has to deal with the fallout of Han Solo’s death at the hands of his own son, the mystery of Luke and what he’s been doing all these years, and Leia’s efforts to keep the Republic together after the destruction of its capital on Hosnian Prime.

But will we learn more about Rey?

Indications are we won’t.

We’ll know soon enough, so enough of my babble.  GO WATCH THE PREVIEW NOW!

It is spectacular!

You can see it on YouTube here, or at the official Star Wars website here.

Disney also released the latest official poster for the new film, which is gorgeous.  I like it a lot more than I did the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren.

The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson and will be released on the 15th of December 2017.

May the Force be with you.

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Episode VIII and Rogue One Update

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There’s been a little angst around the recent reshoots that took place for the first of the Star Wars Anthology films, Rogue One.

Some outlets reported that Disney was not happy with the tone of the movie, and didn’t feel that it “fit” with the original trilogy (or even the prequel trilogy), and they were apparently concerned it could cause a backlash from fans.

Other rumours insisted a test audience had reacted poorly – except it was later discovered the film hadn’t been seen by a test audience.  It had only been viewed by the executives at the Mouse House.

All that we really know for sure is that reshoots did indeed happen, but no one seems clear on why – other than the usual reasons for reshoots, which are to tighten up scenes that weren’t working, or to fix something that wasn’t spotted during principal or second unit photography.

If you’d like to dive into those rumours, the two best sources for a wrap up on all the drama are Making Star Wars and the Star Wars Underworld.  For the MSW stories, click here and here.  For the SWU story, click here.  They’re a good read.

One of the benefits of having been in the entertainment industry for two decades, is knowing that reshoots are not a bad thing.  Yes, sometimes they’re done because a film has lost its way, but more often than not they’re done because a mistake was missed during principal or second unit photography, or because something needs to be fixed that didn’t play right when seen in the context of the whole film.  What looks good on the page, doesn’t always translate to the screen.  Reshoots are so common that production companies budget for them in the months before principal photography begins.  They’re run of the mill, and don’t necessarily mean anything is wrong.

I don’t think the fan community need worry too much!

In Episode VIII news, the latest rumour out is that fan favourite, General Leia Organa, gets to use the Force in the film, and in fact, it’s her ability with that energy field that binds the galaxy together, that saves her life.

To read more on this, visit the article at Making Star Wars here.

Finally, there have been a few people questioning whether or not John Williams, the legendary composer, will return to score Episode VIII.  He is, after all, 84 and might actually want to retire.

For a lot of fans this has caused concern, because many of us can’t imagine Star Wars without John’s incredible score accompanying the amazing visuals and story.

John himself recently announced that he would be scoring Episode VIII, if Disney and Lucasfilm would have him.

To read more from John on whether or not he’ll have a part to play in any future Star Wars films, visit the Star Wars Underworld here.

As more news comes to light on the Anthology films and sequel trilogy, we’ll feature it.

In the meantime, be sure to visit the Star Wars Underworld and Making Star Wars to stay up to date on everything!

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