Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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    This is curious, to say the least. Read between the lines with me. [LINK]

    While production just began on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney and Lucasfilm are already focusing on Episode VIII. Sources tell Variety that “Looper” director Rian Johnson is in talks to write and direct the next film in the popular series.

    Johnson is best known for his sci-fi action pic “Looper” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. The pic overperformed at the box office bringing in $176 million worldwide. He also directed several episodes of “Breaking Bad” last season.

    The Johnson news comes after the company tapped Garreth Edwards and Josh Trank to direct two stand-alone “Star Wars” films.

    J.J. Abrams is currently directing the next “Star Wars,” which is filming in London, and sources add that cast and crew were becoming aware that this would probably be the only installment Abrams would be directing.

    That last paragraph all bit hits you over the head with a serious case of Something’s Up. (I find myself wondering if the money trail doesn’t lead back here.)

    #6874

    Filming begins this month…with Mark Hamill once again returning as Luke. [LINK]

    Lucasfilm has confirmed to EW.com that filming for Episode VIII – as yet untitled – will start off the coast of Ireland on Skellig Michael over the next few weeks.

    And why not? The hours are great, the pay is great, all the free midichlorians you can eat. Well… maybe because the filming location is insanely dangerous. [LINK]

    Mark Hamill, who plays a now-Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, was almost “a goner” last year after he slipped on the rocks of Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near County Kerry in Ireland. Two tourists have died in recent years on the rocky outcrop, but Hamill was saved from becoming the third fatality by a guide from the Irish Office of Public Works, who managed to catch him in time as Hamill lost his footing while climbing the treacherous steps that lead up to the ruins of a sixth-century monastery.

    Another report over at The Mirror says that the Star Wars movie producers had already raised some concerns about Mark Hamill’s, erm, agility, prior to the shooting of The Force Awakens. Some film notes apparently read: “Our lead actor is in his 60s and less agile than most.”

    Tsk, tsk, Lucasfilm. When 900 years old you reach, and spend much time eating well and sitting in recording studios you do, look as good you will not.

    #6875

    Martha Jones’ little sister appears to be along for the ride (or at least the actress who played her). [LINK]

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights) is joining the cast. While negotiations can always break down and nothing is official until Disney announces it, we feel confident in our reporting.

    We don’t have any details on her role, which isn’t surprising (come to think of it, we’re a couple months away from The Force Awakens and we still don’t really have any details on those new characters either). Will she be a total newcomer into the universe? Is she related to any of the characters we’ll meet prior to Episode VIII? Is she playing a human or an alien?

    All of these questions will be answered in due time, but I’m just glad that they’ve gone after such talented actresses for major roles, especially Mbatha-Raw, who was due for a breakout role in a blockbuster following her acclaimed performances in Beyond the Lights and Belle.

    Mbatha-Raw will be seen later this year in the NFL drama Concussion and early in 2016 with The Free State of Jones. She’s also co-starring in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which opens in 2017.

    Star Wars: Episode VIII opens May 26, 2017.

    #6876

    As we all know, Star Wars movies arrive in December now, but what’s important is: we have a title.

    #6877

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    But how can it be the Last Jedi when you have both Luke and Princess L… oh.

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    Some new Vanity Fair covers. Click on ’em to zoom in a bit.

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    Oh, and here’s another picture.

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