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J.J. Abrams had no intention of returning to Star Wars after The Force Awakens

Having relaunched the Star Wars franchise in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams is now gearing up for a return to the galaxy far, far away to close out the Sequel Trilogy with Star Wars: Episode IX, having joined the project as a replacement for Colin Trevorrow. And, speaking to Rolling Stone, Abrams has revealed that he originally had no plans to return to the franchise, but felt the prospect of closing out the story was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“I had no intention to return,” said Abrams. “But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in VII. I learned so
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Rian Johnson discusses Carrie Fisher’s contributions to the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We’re now just a few days away from the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while there’s a huge amount of excitement for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, the release will be bittersweet as it marks the final time we see the late Carrie Fisher as the iconic Leia Organa.

In addition to her acting work, Fisher was also a highly-regarded script doctor, working on a host of projects such as The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars prequels, Hook, Sister Act and more. And it seems that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also drew on Fisher’s experience for Episode VIII.

“Carrie was, you know, a writer first and foremost,” said Johnson (via Comic Book). She loved words. We would get together and we would go over the scenes. We wouldn’t rewrite the scenes but she would throw out suggestions for jokes,
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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters featuring Rey and Kylo Ren

With just days to go until the release of the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga, two new exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters have been revealed by UK cinema chain Odeon featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren; take a look below…

See Also: Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and sees returning cast
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi press conference and video interviews

We’re just a few days away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the cast and crew of the hotly-anticipated blockbuster have been out on the promotional campaign this week. Check out the full press conference below, along with video interviews with director Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke).

See Also: Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Star Gwendoline Christie Has a Charming Theory About Those New Porg Creatures

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Star Gwendoline Christie Has a Charming Theory About Those New Porg Creatures
Porgs! What are they? While the newest creatures to join the “Star Wars” universe have gotten plenty of buzz since first debuting via a quick shot in a behind the scenes video unveiled in July at Disney’s D23 event, speculation is still running high as to their actual nature and necessity. Although further looks at marketing materials have made it clear that the seabird-like animals form some kind of bond with Chewbacca during the course of the Rian Johnson-directed feature, whether or not they will go the way of lauded sidekicks like C-3Po and R2-D2 or be maligned misfires like Jar Jar Binks or literally anyone introduced via “Holiday Special” remains to be seen.

But “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Gwendoline Christie, who returns to the series for her second outing as the fearsome Captain Phasma, has her own ideas about all of that. While some
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Jar Jar Binks Is More Popular Than Kylo Ren and Mace Windu

Jar Jar Binks Is More Popular Than Kylo Ren and Mace Windu
A new poll of Star Wars fans concludes that Jar Jar Binks is not the most hated character in the universe. In a surprising turn of events, the new poll points out that Jar Jar is 5% more popular than Kylo Ren. Many have given Adam Driver's portrayal of Kylo Ren the thumbs down, some have even taken to calling him "Darth Millennial," but Jar Jar Binks has been universally hated for nearly 20 years now, even by the actor who gifted us with that annoying voice. The proof is all right there in the numbers and as they say, "numbers don't lie," unless they were counted in Florida, but that's another story.

Morning Consult asked 2,200 adults for their impression on various Star Wars characters. Leia Organa unsurprisingly topped the list with a 73% favorability rating, followed by Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Yoda (72%), and R2-D2 at (71%). The first villain is technically Anakin Skywalker
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Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

Following on from yesterday’s TV spots featuring some new footage of Rey and Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, we’ve now got another promo for next week’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this time giving us a look at a humourous reunion between Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 on board the Millennium Falcon. Check it out here…

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

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In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in
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Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

It seems that going into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, actor Mark Hamill had as much knowledge about Luke Skywalker’s life between Return of the Jedi and the new Sequel Trilogy as the audience – i.e. very little. And so, in preparation for his performance in Episode VIII, Hamill concocted his own tragic and heartbreaking backstory for the Jedi Knight.

“Actors like backstories,” Hamill told EW. “They want to know motivation and all those things, and it’s such a blank slate. You know, if you look at it intellectually, I realized that it’s not my story anymore and so what [Luke] did or did not do in the intervening years aren’t really important to the audience at this point, but I have to work it out for myself. I wrote lots and lots of scenarios. I made notes that he fell in love with a woman who
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Trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II’s The Last Jedi content

With just a week to go until the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, EA has started rolling out its tie-in content for Star Wars Battlefront II, which includes new heroes, maps, ships and upgrades based upon Episode VIII, along with Star Wars Battlefront II Resurrection, new chapters of the game’s single player campaign. You can find a full list of the content here, and watch a new Last Jedi trailer below…

See Also: Read our review of Star Wars Battlefront II here

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and sees returning cast
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Watch the Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Answer Adorable Kid Questions

Watch the Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Answer Adorable Kid Questions
It’s the latest round of Kids Interview — and the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in the adorable hot seat.

First up is 10-year-old Cooper who wants to know who the cast prefers — R2-D2 or C-3P0?

While John Boyega chooses C-3P0 because he could “possibly take him apart and sell his parts,” Gwendoline Christie says she actually had “quite a big crush on R2-D2 as a child.”

Next is 5-year-old Tula, who asks if the cast is scared of Darth Vader. Daisy Ridley responds saying, “Everyone is scared of Darth Vader, but now we’re
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Rian Johnson says fan theories haven’t guessed any major reveals from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s become tradition that whenever a new Star Wars movie is on the horizon, fans pore over every rumour, spy photo and piece of marketing material in the build up to its release, proposing countless theories in an effort to answer some of those burning questions about the galaxy far, far away.

And of course, it’s been no different with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but according to director Rian Johnson, none of the theories out there for Episode VIII have hit on any of the film’s big reveals.

“I mean, nothing that’s really nailed big stuff,” Johnson tells Screen Rant. “I love reading the fan theories, you know, having been a Star Wars fan myself and been on the other side of the curtain most of my life it’s pretty cool to be back behind, like peeking through saying seeing like I would have people guessing.
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Rian Johnson discusses his new Star Wars trilogy, rules out Knights of the Old Republic adaptation

Last month it was announced that Lucasfilm has rewarded director Rian Johnson for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi with the keys to a brand new Star Wars trilogy. With Johnson’s focus currently on The Last Jedi ahead of its release this week, he’s stated that he’s only at the very earliest of stages of development on the new project, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating over the films, with many voicing their support for an Old Republic-set tale.

Well, while we may still see that setting in the trilogy, one thing we can definitely rule out is an adaptation of the beloved video game Knights of the Old Republic, with Johnson telling Mashable that:

“Oh, [the fans] love Knights of the Old Republic. I played that game when it first came out and it was like, god, I loved it. Yeah, that’s a fantastic game.
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Mark Hamill on disagreeing with Rian Johnson over Luke Skywalker’s role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It looks like Mark Hamill, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson had very different views for Luke Skywalker’s arc in the film. Speaking to Screen Rant at a Last Jedi press junket, the Star Wars icon gave a firm “No” when asked if his vision for Luke’s role in the film matched that of Rian Johnson’s. When pressed to go into more detail, Hamill gave this in response:

“Well, I think when I read it, it’s like the movie is just mind-bogglingly complex. It’s challenging. It’s hilarious in parts. It’s suspenseful. It’s dark and somber. I’m holding the fort down on the dark and somber. But, you know, I mean, the most shocking thing I read was it’s time for the Jedi to end. Are you… What? And I mean, I understood Luke’s regret at being
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Daisy Ridley clarifies her comments on her Star Wars future

A few days ago, Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Daisy Ridley seemed to suggest that 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX would mark her final outing as Rey, stating that “What I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”

Well, Ridley has now clarified her comments during an interview with the BBC, where she explained that her original contract was for three films, but she is not against reprising the role for future instalments:

“When I did sign up, I did sign up for three films and that’s where I sort of saw the story ending. I think everyone has perhaps taken that as me going, ‘I don’t want anything to do with it’ which is vastly untrue because this is awesome.”

Of course, we have no
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi gets 17 new promo posters

You might not be aware of this, given that it’s coming in under the radar with little in the way of promotion, but there’s a new Star Wars film opening in less than two weeks. And so, with that in mind, here’s 17 new promo posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which include the likes of Bb-8, R2-D2, C-3Po, Bb-9E, Porgs, Caretakers, lightsabers and various Resistance and First Order ships and apparel. Take a look here, and click on any of the posters for hi-res versions…

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In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks
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Rian Johnson has “all the freedom in the world” for his new Star Wars trilogy

While Lucasfilm has been garnering a bit of a reputation lately for rewarding Star Wars directors with their pink slips for their efforts, that hasn’t been the case with Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson.

Earlier this month it was announced that Johnson has been handed the keys to his very own Star Wars trilogy, separate from the main Skywalker saga, and while he’s only just in the very earliest stages of planning, the filmmaker has been chatting to IGN about the freedom Lucasfilm is affording him.

“Right now there’s all the freedom in the world,” said Johnson. “That’s the whole thing that’s exciting to me is let’s go some new places, let’s meet some new folks, let’s see what else is out there. Let’s have one story told over three films in this galaxy with no limitations. It’s pretty exciting.
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Star Wars 8 Director Reveals First Word Spoken in The Last Jedi

Star Wars 8 Director Reveals First Word Spoken in The Last Jedi
Star Wars fans are hungry for any little morsel of information they can scoop up about The Last Jedi with less than six minutes of its two-hour and thirty minute runtime having been revealed in the various trailers and TV spots. While director Rian Johnson refuses to go into specifics about what fans will see play out this December in theaters, he did give us all the very first word spoken by a character on screen.

"We're..."

We are what? That now seems to be the question. While we get the first word spoken by a character, we don't know who says this word or its intent. It could be in reference to anything. Does the movie pick back up immediately on Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker and Rey? Is this Rey speaking to Luke, with the 'We're' in reference to her, Chewbacca and R2-D2? Some reports indicate that The Last
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Mark Hamill was originally “appalled” at Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s running time

In less than two weeks we’ll be returning to the galaxy far, far away for the latest – and longest – instalment of the Star Wars saga, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi clocking in at a lengthy 152 minutes.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Mark Hamill has revealed that he was originally “appalled” when he heard how long the movie was, but his fears were put to bed once he saw the final film.

“The good news is I’ve seen it, and it’s like The Godfather,” said Hamill. “It doesn’t feel that long. And I’m really cranky. I’m one of those guys where you go see, like, a big superhero movie and you go, ‘I really love it, but it’s too long!’ I guess it’s ‘cause they want people to feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. But I say get it on!
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Bb-8 And Bb-9E Will Battle In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Bb-8 rolled his way into our hearts from the moment we first saw him, managing the impressive task of recreating what audiences loved so much about his astromech predecessor, R2-D2. The little droid was a key part of The Force Awakens‘ plot, acting as the custodian of the map to Luke Skywalker’s location on Ahch-To. Now that he’s succeeded in delivering that, you may worry that he won’t have much to do in The Last Jedi.

But fear not, because he’s set to tangle with his evil First Order counterpart, the sinister Bb-9E (I can’t help but imagine him as Bb-8 but with an old-timey moustache to twirl). Star Wars creature shop head Neal Scanlon told Entertainment Weekly the following about this rotund nemesis in a recent interview.

“With Bb-9E, we go back to literally the cold First Order sort of Empire version
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9 New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Posters Tease The Light Side Of The Force

“Darkness rises, and light to meet it.”

That eternal struggle between good and evil – between the dark side and the light – has been a cornerstone of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise ever since Luke Skywalker walked out into Tatooine’s twin sunset. And when it comes to The Last Jedi, that feud will essentially boil down to two very powerful individuals who may have more in common than we’ve been led to believe: Rey and Kylo Ren.

Played by Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, respectively, the Force-sensitive duo will be a big, big part of Rian Johnson’s sci-fi sequel, and we’ve even heard rumors that Luke Skywalker will be the one who pushes Rey toward Kylo Ren in the first place. Remember, Mark Hamill’s jaded Jedi has seen better days, so we can only assume that Rey and Luke’s relationship will get off to a
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