Rumor: Will The Last Jedi drop on digital March 14?

Multiple sightings (Reddit, SWNN) are showing that The Last Jedi digital release may be March 14, nearly two weeks ahead of the (still unannounced) release of the Blu-Ray copies on March 27. The digital and physical releases for both The Force Awakens and Rogue One were only a few days apart. Word is we’ll get an official announcement on the 20th.

→ Oscar Isaac on shooting both The Last Jedi and the upcoming Annihilation at the same studio, and sometimes on the same day. (To make it even weird, he was playing Natalie Portman’s husband. Filmmaking!)

→ Really want tio dig into the nitty-gritty of The Last Jedi sets and filming? Production designer Rick Heinrichs wrote an article for the Art Directors Guild’s official magazine, which anyone can download in PDF form.

→ Domhnall Gleeson on how Peter Rabbit’s Mr. McGregor is like General Hux, and figuring out The Last Jedi’s choking scene.

The Last Jedi was named AARP’s Best Film for Grownups. ::sad trombone::

Episode IX begins filming in the summer

At D23 Expo Japan, Disney Marketing President Ricky Strauss revealed that J.J. Abrams will begin filming Episode IX this coming summer. A special greeting from Abrams and some behind-the-scenes footage from Solo: A Star Wars Story was also shown.

Episode IX is due out on December 20, 2019.

Rian Johnson on The Last Jedi’s throne room fight, prequel parallels, deleted scenes

IMAX and Collider held a live Q&A with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson last night. They livestreamed it, and while I’ve been hoping for better video, you can still watch it at Facebook. Johnson answered questions about the throne room scene and prequel parallels, among other things.

Collider themselves have finally weighed in with Johnson on the deleted scenes, lack of a funeral for Han Solo, Rey’s parents, and figuring out Poe’s journey. And finally, here’s the full Q&A in a proper video:

The Last Jedi passes $1.3B, Rian Johnson, Domhnall Gleeson and more

The Last Jedi has now made more than $1.3 billion, making it the all-time 9th-biggest global grosser. It’s unlikely to go any higher as we start heading into blockbuster season, with Fifty Shades Freed and Black Panther on the horizon. Scott Mendelson at Forbes writes why it’s still (duh) a big win for Disney.

→ Rian Johnson did another podcast! This time it’s the /Filmcast, and here are the highlights.

→ Domhnall Gleeson was at Sundance for National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture, and we’ve gotten several interviews from him that touch on the sequel trilogy. In an IMDB interview, he revealed the origins of Hux’s blaster scene.With The Huffington Post, he talks about Hux and the aim of the character, while on the Happy Sad Confused podcast he touches on The Last Jedi‘s “broken phone call,” surviving the film, and his relationship with Kylo Ren. Also recently unearthed in a Japanese guide to The Force Awakens is a behind the scenes photo of Gleeson (with J.J. Abrams) filming the snow rescue scene that was cut.

Lupita Nyong’o is profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, and she talks a bit about the security measures of getting The Force Awakens script. On Episode IX: “I don’t know yet,” she says. “I’ll know soon.”

→ Rotten Tomatoes says that The Last Jedi was 2017’s best-reviewed SF/F movie.