Category: Star Wars Musings

LET THE DROOLING COMMENCE!

Vanity fair and Annie Liebowitz, have just released the first images and some more behind the scenes photos for Star Wars Episode IX, in an article titled ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Ultimate Preview’.
The full article can be read HERE

A few of the images really caught my attention and I just needed to get this off my chest…….

OMG!!! Adam is smoking!

The article goes on to reveal… FINALLY… our first good look at the Knights of Ren, on set with Director JJ Abrams. Mentioned and seen fleetingly in The Force Awakens, and then completely glossed over in The Last Jedi, these guys finally see the big screen proper in The Rise of Skywalker.

But there was one image that REALLY caught my attention.
I have always loved the look and uniforms of the Imperials in the original movies and the subsequent First Order look and uniforms in the current trilogy.

The bonus in the current trilogy is General Hux.
Not only is the uniform hot, he is played by one of my favourite actors, Domhnall Gleeson.

And then today, just when I thought that uniform couldn’t get any hotter, Vanity Fair go and release an image of General Hux and new character, Allegiant General Pryde, played by Richard E. Grant, and OMG!! The First Order uniform went from smoking hot to completely on fire.

Then I saw this and I really can’t wait to see this showdown.

7 months to go.
Absolute torture!

Go and give the article a read. Obviously there’s no real information about the film itself, but there are quite a few more images to look at.

AND SO THE THEORIES BEGIN

Yesterday saw the release of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX
They really know how to fan the flames of fandom and get everyone speculating and throwing around theories for the next 8 months while we patiently wait for the release date in December!

So, just in case you missed it last night…….


Mmmm!!
Short and sweet but definitely not enough.
Of course the internet has been going mental. Lots of speculation and theories already flying around, so here are a few that have caught my attention, with a bit of my own mixed in.

First of all, we FINALLY have a title.

People are already assuming that this is referring to a single person when in fact, I think it reads more like a ‘title’ than a ‘name’.
Could we in fact, be seeing the rise of a new Jedi based order?

The beginning of the trailer sees Rey facing off against Kylo in his Tie Silencer and literally had me hyper-ventilating.
However, the more I watched, the more I thought, ‘he’s not firing at her!’
If it was his intention to annihilate her, and knowing his temper, he’d be all guns blazing on his attack run and he’s not!
This begs the question…. are they working together? Could he be training her?
Also, what planet is this? We see rocky outcrops so, in my mind it can only be one of two places. Tatooine or Jedha.

One of the best shots of the teaser!!
This begs the question, WHO is Kylo impressively body slamming into the ground?
Worryingly in my mind, it looks like one of his Knights of Ren and he is also fighting alongside stormtroopers.
All I know is that Adam has me salivating. He is a powerhouse of a man and this move is strangely exciting!

Who is fixing Kylo’s helmet.
Those are definitely not Kylo’s hands.
Obviously people are assuming that Kylo starts to wear the helmet again now that he has seemingly made his choice between the light and the dark.
BUT……
What if we have an imposter? A wannabe trying to take on the mantle of the new Supreme Leader?

And here’s where the Disney marketing machine gets involved.
I see Xmas sales of BB8’s new friend rocketing when the toys go on sale before Xmas. I believe his name is D-0. If he is as cute and funny as BB8, the kids are going to go crazy for him.


What is the significance of the medal?
We haven’t seen this medal since the end of ‘A New Hope’ where they were given in the ceremony at the end of the film, to Luke and Han.
Who is holding it? It certainly looks like it could be Leia.

WOW, just WOW.
That is a downed Death Star.
But it begs the question…. which one?
After this scene is immediately followed by the ominous cackling of Emperor Palpatine, it is already assumed to be the second Death Star that was felled in Return of the Jedi and therefore this is the planet of Endor.
We know from a certain Ewok film from the 80’s, that Endor does indeed have seas, it’s not just thick forrest.
But is it actually Palpatine? or is it an old holo-recording? or…… is it a clone?!

And finally……….Leia!!
Looks like JJ is delivering on his promise of not using CGI to re-create Carrie.
He promised faithfully to use footage that had already been shot for The Force Awakens and then to actually write a script around them so that she would actively be a part of this final movie.
A fitting tribute and one that I am sure will have fans in tears!

So there you have it.
No doubt they will keep us waiting a few more months for the full trailer.
We will just have to make do with this for now.

Looks like Kylo sees plenty of battle in this one!

As much a I hate the fact we still have 8 months to go, I really do love the build up to the release date.
And at least I can really enjoy it this year. No Uni worries. I can waste as much time as I want on totally geeking out!!

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

So! After a day a lovely day at work that ended with a manic last couple of hours, I came home to a new Star Wars teaser trailer and movie title.

The Rise of Skywalker!!



I cannot process this right now. I’m just too tired.
I’ve seen a few theories kicking around on Tumblr already. Think I’ll take a closer look tomorrow and post a few.

Now the fun really starts!!!

ANTICIPATION

Today could be the day!

Yesterday, fans from all over the world started gathering for the annual Star Wars Celebration and this year, it’s in Chicago.

Today, on the main stage between 11 and 12 is the Episode IX panel.
With only 8 months to go until the film is released, fans are hoping that the actual title of the film is going to be dropped and praying that we get, at the very least, a teaser trailer!!

I can’t wait!!
I am at work today until 20:00. Chicago is approx 6 hours behind us. So, 17:00 to 18:00 my time is when we could be hearing some really exciting news. Just in time for a dinner break!!
Well, it’s exciting for me!!

Watch this space.

IS THIS REAL?

So this has just surfaced on the internet.
It’s a supposedly leaked Star Wars Episode 9 poster.

Can’t make my mind up about it.
I’m loving the fact that the Knights of Ren are there…… finally! Are we actually going to find out about them.
I’m intrigued by C3P0 wielding a bowcaster.
The image of Rey looks a little bit too similar to images we’ve seen in the past.
Most importantly, looking at Kylo, there is a more elaborate robe there but I’m devastated that he’s got the helmet back on!!!


Hopefully things will be made a little clearer in April during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago!!! Fingers Crossed.

THE END IS IN SIGHT

I suppose, for anyone who reads my blogs regularly, that title could mean two things.

I am coming to the end of a tumultuous two years of University work, with just a few small hurdles to leap before the end of February….. but that is for another blog.

This blog is about Star Wars!… Also due to end filming at the end of February.

Cardington sheds (hangars) are a familiar sight for me as they are literally just a few miles on the outside of town and something I see and drive past quite frequently. Standing on the top floor of my workplace, you can actually see the hangars, they are that close.

They are currently being used to film Star Wars episode 9.
It was announced late last year that filming was being extended due to re-writes, which meant extending the filming schedule at the sheds.

Re-writes are something that always gets fans worried but they are not unusual on ‘any’ movie, especially big budget blockbusters.
Ideas that are put down in writing and thumbnails often end up not working properly or spark new ideas and end up meaning a re-write is in order.

Re-writes can be a bit of a logistical nightmare if your principle actors, who thought that their filming had finished, are required to return to tweak a scene or even film something completely new.

One such event took place late last year for Adam Driver when a HUGE schedule change meant that Adam, who was due to be here in England to promote ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ at a couple of film festivals, had to cancel and re-arrange his own schedule.

In a statement from @AdamDriverUK they announced“Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow”.

An ‘all day‘ rehearsal and a week of shooting is a BIG deal and sounds like there was a major change to some of Adam’s plot line.

It’s all getting very real now!

Cutting and special effects are all being worked on and when filming officially ends in February, the marketing team will be able to put together and ‘teaser’ trailer in time for the Star Wars Celebration event in April.
I suspect this is when we will get a title release.

After that, the rumour mill will be going crazy for 8 months.
Snippets of information will be drip fed to the public.
Fan theories will abound.
Principle actors will start their promotion of the film a month or two before release.
And I will be following it all and blogging my own theories or discussing other people’s theories and collecting lots of new images of Adam and Domhnall Gleeson along the way.

One theory that I actually quite like the sound of is that, the film is set one year on from the events on Crait at the end of Last Jedi and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren is actually doing a pretty good job! What transpires from there is anyone’s guess but the thought of a more clean cut Kylo Ren in even more tailored uniforms is quite thrilling!

From images I’ve seen of Adam during the filming time frame, his hair appears to have been kept quite a bit shorter than what has been the ‘norm’ for Kylo in the past, but with that said, his hair right now is longer than I’ve seen it in a while and as his last minute filming was quite late last year, any goes!!

So watch this space.

HERE WE GO!

I did my presentation today.
I’ve discovered a little problem I have.
I keep taking deeper and deeper breaths after each slide until I reach the point where I literally can’t take a deeper breath and end up almost hyperventilating!!
I only just made it through my 10 minutes and my next presentation is 15!!
I may just turn blue and pass out.

Anyway, I think everyone in my group did really well and we now just wait for our results.
The frustrating thing is that we will probably have finished and presented our next presentation before we find out about this one.
Frustrating.

Anyway, I chilled this afternoon. Did a little shop and watched some of ‘The Crown’ that I’ve decided to binge watch.

As I sit here, I have literally just found out that Matt Smith has been cast in a ‘key’ role in Star Wars episode 9.
My mind has gone into overdrive.
Who is he playing?

As a Brit, my mind has immediately flown to First Order/Imperial.
Could Hux be getting a rival?
Could Supreme Leader Ren be promoting someone over Hux?

Then my husband came up with an idea and one I think fans would love.
Considering where they are thinking about taking any future films, could he possibly be getting cast as Grand Admiral Thrawn?

Thrawn

We have yet to see a Grand Admiral in this trilogy but unless they are going to do some major playing around with timelines, Matt is just too young and Thrawn is out of his timeline considering Star Wars Rebels.

Interestingly, with the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise in April 2014.

Meaning that anything with Thrawn in it was now ‘not’ Canon and open to interpretation in anything new and Thrawn has long been considered by Lucasfilm when developing projects like Star Wars Rebels.

How he would be written into episode 9 is still a mystery to me, but the thought of Matt bringing him to life with the blue skin and flaming red eyes against the white uniform is quite a delicious thought.

Anyway, probably got that one completely wrong.
Watch this space.

But with that news and the leaked images from the set this week, we are now well and truly into ‘speculation’ about what to expect in episode 9.
Only 16 months to go!!

AND SO IT BEGINS….

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away……

Well, actually not that far away.
55 miles or just over an hour in the car at Pinewood Studios in London and some of it, right on my doorstep at the Cardington Airship Sheds just 3 miles away!!
Star Wars episode nine will start filming on Wednesday this week!!Star wars blue

Redemption for Kylo?
Balance for Kylo and Rey?
Dare I say the word ‘grey’?
NOT A CLUE!
Only 16 months to go to find out.

The cast has FINALLY been confirmed.
Adam and Daisy will obviously be reprising their roles of Kylo and Rey.
John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran will be back as Finn, Poe and Rose.
Mark Hamill is back as Luke, even though he died in the last film so it’s likely that force ghosts will be back. Will Uncle Luke be tormenting Kylo?
Carrie Fisher is returning as Leia!! and they are staying true to their word about not using CGI to create Leia by using existing unreleased footage that was filmed during the first two movies.
A welcome return to the SW universe is Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
And yes… my General is back to HOPEFULLY kick some ass before he ultimately dies as Domhnall Gleeson reprises his role of General Hux.

And there you have it.
I don’t have much in the way of expectations.
I’ve learnt over the last few years that most of the fun of these films is the speculation about story lines and the build up to each release and then ultimately having everything knocked on the head and going in completely the opposite direction.

I know that I would love to see redemption for Kylo. He may not survive but I want him redeemed. I also want to see at least one scene where he confronts his Mother. I’m just hoping that a scene like that has been filmed previously and never used.

I want more information about Rey. There is something very different and powerful about her. It needs explanation. How and why is she still linked to Kylo through the force. Snoke said that he’d created the link but they were still linked at the end of Last Jedi AFTER Snoke had been killed.

What I want most of all from the last film is to finally see General Hux in all his glory.
Kicking Kylo’s ass and biting back after everything he went through in the Last Jedi.
In the final shot of him in the Last Jedi, he looks like a man with a burning desire for revenge and is just biding his time until he gets his chance.
He’s going to die doing it, I have no doubt about that, but give him a chance to get his dignity back, please!! Domhnall may be a funny guy and General Hux was the comic relief for the Last Jedi but (if you read the books) Hux has a past and he’s pretty ruthless. Give him chance to show it. (Beyond blowing up a few planets of course)
He even shares something in common with Kylo in the fact that he killed his own father!
Technically he got someone else to do the killing, but that’s just semantics.

Hux dog

And so it begins. A 16 month wait for a conclusion.
16 months of reading what people are speculating.
16 months of taking in any snippet of information we are given or photo that is released.

And now I have to get back to the mundane task of housework and uni work.
Oh the joy.

NOT SURE…..

Since Star Wars The Last Jedi landed in December and divided the Star Wars community, the question left for many fans was, after the death of the people’s princess, Carrie Fisher, just how are they going to finish the current trilogy?

Disney have stated from day one that they will NOT use CGI to re-create Leia.

So fans have been left to wonder just how she will be included in episode 9 and will Kylo get the conclusion he desperately needs.
Have they been lucky enough to have masses of existing footage they can cut into the story line or will they need to re-cast?

There is now talk about re-casting Princess Leia.

SERIOUSLY?!!

If they did, it’s a risky step.
They are going to have to get the casting spot on or fans will NEVER forgive them.

In a recent article on movieweb.com, 5 actresses have been theorised.

Only one, in my opinion, could seamlessly slot into Leia’s place

The articles states that a petition is calling for Meryl Streep to finish the role.
Again…. SERIOUSLY?!!!

This would be a HUGE mistake. She is totally wrong, as is Olivia Coleman and Sally Hawkins who are both too young. Robin Wright and Laura Linney are both too….glamourous and again, a little too young looking.

Leia actresses

No, in my opinion, the only actress who could justify replacing Carrie Fisher is Joely Fisher!!

Joely Fisher

Carrie’s half sister and Auntie to Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter who also has a small recurring part in the current trilogy.
In my opinion, she has similar looks and build to Carrie and it would be keeping it in the family for what would have to be Leia’s last outing in a Star Wars movie.
OK, there’s 11 years between Carrie and Joely but physically Joely is perfect and a good makeup artist could complete the look.

There is a script in place and filming starts at the end of July, so speculation starts right now!!
The last two films have confirmed how little we will know until we go and see the film in December 2019.
With that said, here is where the fun begins.

Every snippet of info a clue to what we can expect and with JJ Abrams back in charge, it’s going to be one hell of a ride and I just can’t wait!

 

 

SO HERE GOES…..

After 2 long years of waiting, speculating and theories, the torture is finally over, only to be replaced by the knowledge that we are in for another torturous wait of two years for the finale!!

And this time it REALLY is going to be torturous!
I could have cried when I reset my countdown clock.

So, after seeing The Last Jedi twice, I think it’s about time I set down my thoughts.
I think it’s fair to say that there will be spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie please don’t go any further.

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I’m serious, don’t go any further if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to be spoiled.

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OK, if you’ve carried on reading after that warning, I have no sympathy for you.

The Last Jedi is absolutely bloody amazing!!
It was completely worth the wait.

I love the fact that for two years people have been arguing about ‘who’ Snoke was and ‘who’ Rey’s parents are, and in the end, Snoke was quite literally a nobody (unless there is something to surprise us in episode IX) and most importantly Rey’s parents were nobodies. ‘Junk traders who sold her off for drinking money’. Rey is a nobody!!

This film has everything. Action, drama, humour and a smouldering love triangle.
Yes, a love triangle.
Kylo Ren, Rey and Ben Solo.
Let me explain. Rey finds out a lot more about who Kylo is and what made him the way he is and she softens.
She sees the possibilities in him. She wants to see Kylo disappear and Ben Solo return.

They are bonded through the force.
They keep ‘hooking up’ for quick chats.
Kylo softens when talking to Rey and looks like a kicked puppy!! (be still my heart)
It’s quite clear that Rey sees ‘Ben’ when they talk and Kylo drops his harsh ‘Kylo’ side and becomes ‘Ben’.
She see’s and falls in love with ‘Ben’.

When they touch hands during one of these force Skypes, they both see a future of them together.
I speculate at this point as I think Rey sees a future with Ben in the Light but Kylo sees a future with Rey as they both rule the Galaxy in the dark.
I think that episode IX will see them having to come to terms with the fact that they must work together if they want to ‘be’ together, neither light or dark, we will see the rise of the ‘grey’ jedi.
Balance!!

The best scene in the entire movie was the moment they ‘teamed’ up to take out 8 praetorian guards!!

Last Jedi move

And then Kylo spoils it by asking her to join him to rule the galaxy together!!
Holding out his hand, Kylo even ‘pleads’ with her.
Rey’s response is to turn him down and leave him. She wants Ben and not Kylo, and she is distraught by her decision!
I lOVE the way they are taking these two.

But I’m gettting carried away.
The rest of the film is incredible.
The battle scenes are out of this world.
The battle on Crait was a work of art.
The planet is made up of red crystals and covered in a white salt layer so when the surface is broken with explosions there is literally an explosion of colour.
The contrast of the red on the white is stupendous. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

The space battles are phenominal but I’d expect nothing less from a Star Wars movie.
The destroyers, the Dreadnaught, the Supremacy! The First Order ships were beautiful.
I may be a little biased as I love anything Imperial/First Order.

Canto Bight is OK but the Fathiers are beautiful!

The island of Ahch-to is stunning.
The keepers are funny and they really don’t like Rey! but the Porgs steal the show.
The scene where Chewbacca has killed and grilled a couple of them is hilarious.
The look on their faces as they plead with Chewbacca is the ‘aaahh’ moment of the movie.
Kids are going to go crazy over the porgs.

The characters.

I already told you what I thought about Kylo and Rey.
Leia is simply beautiful. She has gone out on a high, although I really want to see how they deal with her ‘disappearance’ in episode IX. The fact that we finally have confirmation about how strong she is with the force was amazing.

Poe remains the cocky pilot and will be a worthy leader in the next film.
He’s certainly not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.

Finn and Rose make a wonderful couple. Rose was a brilliant newcomer and summed up where the films are going in one simple quote.
” This is how we’re going to win. Not by killing those we hate, but by saving those we love”
Before she kisses Finn and passes out.

Admiral Holdo!
Admiral Holdo is not what I expected.
Her character was played very well. We were made to kind of hate her before we realised that ‘actually’ she was doing what she was doing for the greater good.
She gave her life to save what was left of the rebellion.

General Hux!!
OMG!! This character did not go where I expected.
He certainly was the comic relief of the movie but there was also a hidden villainy.
You really had to feel sorry for him. Nothing went right for him.
The moment he realised what Admiral Holdo was doing was a picture.
I seriously thought he was going to throw up!!

Hux sick

But I came away happy.
Poor Hux may have had everything taken away from him, including respect, but at least he made it to the end of the movie!!

Rian Johnson did a fabulous job.
This film is incredible.
I can’t wait to see what JJ Abrams does with the finale.
It’s going to be an excruciating 2 years of waiting, speculating and theories.

I love JJ Abrams, I trust JJ Abrams.
That will be my mantra for the next 2 years.
BRING IT ON!!