Take it as you will.
In still-rare (if minor) legitimate Episode IX news, John Boyega revealed that he’s growing out his hair for the film, hinting at the time jump most of us are expecting from the film. “The first step is growing out my hair so you can wait for the trailer to see why,” he told Yahoo. Sounds like Finn is getting a new look! (You can check out Boyega’s current hairstyle on his Instagram.)
The Last Jedi is the only episodic Star Wars film that did not begin with a significant time jump from its predecessor.
Director J.J. Abrams has said Episode IX will start filming at the end of July.
I’ll be honest: I’m not really feeling much of the 40th Anniversary hullabaloo. (It’s… Okay. I guess? But aside from The Last Jedi stuff, much of it feels same-old-same-old to me.) But here are a few highlights:
→ io9 has debuted the Poe Dameron scale, the “ultimate Star Wars name-ranking system.” It made me giggle, so it must be worth your time.
→ Time has pictures of Star Wars fans from back in the day, including several women and girls.
→ Wired ranks Star Wars hair, a topic near and dear to my heart. Demerits for not giving the Padawan braid a solo entry, though they do at least call it “gross.” (It is.)
→ StarWars.com has a ton of stuff, naturally, all gathered on their own little page. (I enjoyed the anniversary poster retrospective.) The Star Wars Show interviewed Tim Zahn yesterday, that was nice.
→ And finally, props to The Hollywood Report for tracking down Laurie Goode, the stormtrooper who hit his head.
So tomorrow is the 30th anniversery of the release of Return of the Jedi: Why not experiment? Bria over at White Hot Room has a tutorial on how to create Leia’s Endor braids.
IGN lists their top ten cool Star Wars nerds. Honorees include Conan O’Brien, Seth Green, Kevin Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and… Oh, screw it, go read.
In other list news, Princess Leia’s buns top movie hairdo poll, beating out Marge Simpson, Audrey Herburn and John Travolta. That, my friends, is cultural permanence.
One man’s mission at Celebration IV… (Yes, it’s safe for work!)
Instructions for a Legolas braid. Certainly doesn’t require a long-suffering significant other, but there’s far more potential for great lulz that way.