Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars Episode IX

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As rumored last month, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will indeed be directing Episode IX, the concluding chapter of the latest Star Wars trilogy.

“This is not a job or an assignment,” Trevorrow said in a statement. “It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

“We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe,” Kathleen Kennedy said.

The film is expected for a May 2019 release.

Rumors: Benicio Del Toro isn’t playing coy, and are these more Knights of Ren?

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Benicio Del Toro, who’s reportedly in talks for an important role in Episode VIII, told Entertainment Tonight that “it looks like it’s gonna happen.” Let’s hope that Rian Johnson is more forgiving of information slips than J.J. Abrams…

Indie Revolver has a collection of concept art that could very well be more Knights of Ren, the group that (apparently) gave rise to our pal Kylo.

→ You want leaked action figures? Knock yourself out.

→ After dropping a big bombshell on fandom last night, Star Wars 7 News plays it a bit safer today, with… The film’s marketing plan. Their apparent willingness to leak images aside, I don’t find SW7N the most trustworthy site, but the bit about “a mandate from the absolute top down” rings fairly true.

D23 Expo begins: George Lucas becomes a Disney Legend


Disney’s own convention, D23 Expo, began today in Anaheim, and George Lucas was inducted as an official Disney Legend. (Bonus: Be sure to check your Star Wars app for a George emoji.)

Of course, The Force Awakens has a sizable presence on the con floor, where the highlight may very well be Captain Phasma’s armor.

At least she is today: We can certainly expect something from the live-action panel tomorrow. Our own Mandy will be there! legend

J.J. Abrams: Simon Pegg “was an honest, critical friend” on The Force Awakens

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Entertainment Weekly dropped their last 3 Fall Movie Preview stories today. First up, the reveal of Simon Pegg’s role… Sort of. It’s not so much who he’s playing (“he won’t be recognizable,” J.J. Abrams says) but what he was doing behind the scenes.

“He was a sounding board,” Abrams says. “He would drop by the set because he wanted to, and when he could, he would help… We could talk about things, and he was a perfect combination of incredibly smart screenwriter, fan of the series, critical fan of the series, and friend of mine – but not just blindly supportive. He was an honest, critical friend. And he wasn’t so close to it that he became immune to things. He would come in with fresh eyes and very smart ideas. He’s one of a handful of people along the way that has been really priceless.”

→ EW asks who the film’s “Ralph McQuarrie” is. Abrams points not only to the actual Ralph McQuarrie and his work for the original trilogy, but production designer Rick Carter.

Abrams adresses the fandom, keeping secrets, Ben Burtt, Andy Serkis and fear. He confirms that some of the things they’ve already put out are red herrings.

Doctor Who’s Tom Baker coming to Star Wars?

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Could Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor on Doctor Who, be the second (official) Doctor to come to Star Wars? “I’m going to be in this new Star Wars thing, you know,” he told fans at a recent convention, per Sci-Fi Fantasy Network. “I’m going down to recording some voices for this new character they’ve created for me, very soon.”

The article references The Clone Wars, but a voice part makes me think the mostly likely answer is Rebels. Or, if you want to go a little further, he could be lending his voice to a character in Rogue One.

One of Baker’s Doctor Who successors, Tenth Doctor David Tennant, voiced a droid on The Clone Wars in 2012.

Hey kid, you wanna see a picture of Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens?

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A picture of Mark Hamill in costume as Luke Skywalker for The Force Awakens has been C&Ded all over the place – including the source – so it’s likely legit, but I’m not going to post it myself. The internet being the internet, chances are you’ll have no trouble finding it, even if you don’t want to find it.

If you can’t resist, sites still running it (as of post time) include Indie Revolver and Heroic Hollywood. And it’s been posted multiple times in the Luke Skywalker tag on Tumblr, a trend which will no doubt continue. Catch them while you can!

How old will Han Solo be in his Anthology movie?

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Han’s prequel won’t go back quite as far into his past as The Phantom Menace did with Anakin Skywalker. Han will “definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.” She also hints as to the tone of the film, but as for plot? What should remain a mystery?

“Those are exactly the questions we’re asking,” Kennedy says. “There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be. And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered.”

The film was one of several ideas floating around, and it appealed to was Lawrence Kasdan:

“They said, ‘Here are the things that we’d like to make movies about,’ and I said, ‘Oh, well, Han Solo. I would write a movie about Han Solo. He’s always been my favorite.’ And that’s the job that I took,” Kasdan says.

As for the now-third Anthology movie, the one developed by Simon Kinberg, it’s still in the mix. (And rumored to be about Boba Fett, but isn’t everything?) They haven’t hired a new director to replace Josh Trank yet, but it will likely come out in 2020.

And there’ll be yet more Star Wars out of EW tomorrow…

The Force Awakens: EW on the return of Han Solo

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Today’s first The Force Awakens story from Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Preview is all about Han Solo. Err, Harrison Ford’s return to the role. It’s a nice piece – the bit about Ford’s reunion with Peter Mayhew is very sweet – and there’s at least one laugh-out-loud transition, but the news here is slim. (At least, if you watched the SDCC panel.)

But later, we’re getting something on the Han Anthology film… Though Lawrence Kasdan does talk about the script like it’s already done!

The Force Awakens promotional partners announced; CoverGirl line revealed

Lucasfilm and Disney will have some big names to help them market The Force Awakens: Subway, General Mills, Verizon, FCA, CoverGirl and Max Factor among them.

CoverGirl we’ve known about since some product packaging was leaked a few months ago; Max Factor is a surprise, though. The two brands are working together, with Max Factor selling the products internationally. Allure has our first official look at the collection, which will be on the shelves in mid-September.

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My foray into nail polish aside, I’ve never been much for makeup, but I do have to say I’m rather disappointed in the products on offer. The nail polishes are bland – even for a mainstream collection – and it seems odd that there’s more variety in the lipstick. Not that the lipstick colors would be revolutionary polishes, but no one expects ‘revolutionary’ from a brand like CoverGirl. Still, that’s it? No eyeshadows? Eye liners? Will there be a second wave?

Still, the campaign looks – droid and stormtrooper – are certainly striking, and I can’t hate on something that gets Star Wars makeup in stores across the country.

As for the other licensees – Subway we’ve been expecting, and HP is already in the mix. But I’m most intrigued by FCA’s involvement. (Don’t follow auto news? That’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.) Will we be seeing Star Wars-themed car commercials? Special edition cars? But this is Woodward Dream Cruise weekend here in the D, so I’m not shocked that FCA themselves are mum.