Rumor: Leia’s role in IX was supposed to be bigger than in VIII, meetings at LFL next week

Per The Hollywood Reporter, meetings will begin next week to decide what to do with Episodes VIII and IX after the death of Carrie Fisher. VIII has finished shooting already, but Leia supposedly has “a bigger part” in IX.

It seems likely these meetings are the same ones that Kathleen Kennedy mentioned in November to map out the franchise’s future.

I believe this is also the first time that it’s been reported that IX director Colin Trevorrow is writing the film’s script with frequent collaborator Derek Connolly.

Obviously, there’s still a lot of mourning going on, and Lucasfilm has some tough decisions that they have to make, but I myself hesitate to speculate. Lucasfilm, mourning or not, has little choice in the matter: We do.

Club Jaders remember Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

I’ve always found it difficult to write about things like loss. If there’s no sarcasm to be found I default to news-mode about 90% of the time, and that’s probably being fairly generous with the percentages. So I asked for Jaders to send in their own thoughts and memories about Carrie Fisher – and Debbie Reynolds, who holds her own special place in Club Jade history.

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Trailer: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds


HBO has a new trailer for the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which debuts Saturday.

Fisher is also one of two stars (along with George Michael) sharing the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. This issue will also have a feature on Reynolds.

Trailer: Rest of Rebels S3 takes us to Geonosis, Mandalore, and another familiar planet

Rebels returns Saturday, and as such here’s a new trailer for the rest of season three. In addition to Saw Gerrera, looks like we’re getting more Thrawn, Mandos, and a few surprises.


Lucasfilm has also released a few images from the two-part mid-season premiere, ‘Ghosts of Geonosis.’ See the rest of them under the cut.

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Today in Rogue One: Editors talk reshoots, process

In an extensive interview with Yahoo, editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie shed some light on the reshoots and discuss their Rogue One process. Don’t skip this one!

The rest might not be exactly today, but here are a few things that have come up since we last checked in…

→ A fun look at how much the data formats of Star Wars suck, from Sarah Jeong. Yes, data formats are funny, deal with it.

→ At StarWars.com, Doug Chiang discusses designing Rogue One, from ships to stormtroopers to Darth Vader’s castle.

→ Empire has 13 things they learned from director Gareth Edwards – including, yes, there was an opening crawl early on.

→ In addition to winning a third straight weekend, Rogue One has now passed the $800M mark.

→ All about your new favorite Mon Calamari, Admiral Raddus.

→ How actual military veterans ended up in Rogue One (and other films.)

→ Not gotten around to the movie’s Visual Guide yet? io9 has the highlights. (You should still get the book, though.)

Rumor: Woody Harrelson in talks for Han Solo mentor role

Variety reports today that Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games, Zombieland) is in talks to play a mentor figure to Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo. Kathleen Kennedy said last month that they expect to begin filming in February.

Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke are the only confirmed cast members for film so far, which is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Recently, rumors have been swirling that the movie will be pushed back to December 13, 2018. It was originally announced for May 25, but after Rogue One’s success, I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t move. (Maintaining the May release date would likely butt it right into the home release promotional window for Episode VIII.) Lucasfilm has only been using the year in their most recent announcements.

Harrelson will next be seen in War of the Planet of the Apes.

Family, friends remember Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds

Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd has posted on her Instagram for the first time since the death of her mother and grandmother, thanking fans for their support and saying: “There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.” Todd Fisher also discussed his mother and sister on Friday’s 20/20.

Carrie’s half-sister Joely Fisher penned a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter: “You all lost Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher; I lost my hero, my mentor, my mirror.”

Also at THR, Mark Hamill writes at length about Carrie, sharing a couple of new stories.

Meanwhile, HBO has moved up the documentary about Carrie and Debbie, Bright Lights, to Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. Wishful Drinking, Carrie’s one-woman show from 2010, is currently streaming on HBO Go.