Will we see Rey, Finn and Poe on screen after Rise of Skywalker? (And other news)

What would it take to get John Boyega to return to Star Wars? Not streaming, he jokes to Variety: “You ain’t going to Disney Plus me!” But he says he would come back for a movie “as long as Daisy and Oscar are down for it.”

They are both less enthusiastic about the prospect: “[I’m] happy and feeling fulfilled that the task is complete,” Isaac says. “So I can’t imagine what it would be that would make me want to redo this thing or revisit it.” He’s also not very keen on taking Poe to Disney+.

Ridley says “I just don’t know if anything could top this one, honestly… it would have to be so extraordinary [to return], and I don’t know if that’s possible.”

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Carrie Fisher might have haunted the Rise of Skywalker presser (and other news)

The Rise of Skywalker (D23 sizzle)

Today was the film’s big press day, which meant that Kathleen Kennedy, Chris Terrio, Billy Dee Williams and the elusive Adam Driver all joined the folks we’ve been seeing over the past few days… Plus, quite possibly, the ghost of Carrie Fisher.

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We’ll learn about Finn’s origins in Rise of Skywalker (and other news)

The Rise of Skywalker (D23 sizzle)

The Rise of Skywalker will address Finn’s origins, J.J. Abrams tells Vanity Fair‘s Anthony Breznican. “I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are,” Abrams said. “But there are a lot of questions about Finn’s past, about Poe’s past, obviously Rey and Kylo, and then some of the new characters we meet.”

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J.J. Abrams reveals Rise of Skywalker’s first word and more of today’s news

J.J. Abrams was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he revealed that the first word spoken in the film is “At.” Colbert also ran some fan theories past the director.

And in an interview with Esquire, Abrams talks about the whole toxic fandom issue, not doing test screenings and of course… Baby Yoda.

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Rise of Skywalker novelization cover revealed and other news

The Rise of Skywalker (Trailer #2)
The Rise of Skywalker (novelization)

The cover for Rae Carson’s The Rise of Skywalker novelization has been revealed, and like The Last Jedi‘s, it takes design cues from an early poster – this time, the one revealed at Disney’s D23 Expo.

Also like TLJ, the novel will be coming out well after the movie – in March.


In an interview with Empire, Colin Trevorrow is fairly gracious about The Rise of Skywalker, and reveals that he was there when J.J. pitched bringing back Palpatine. Trevorrow was announced as IX director in August 2015 – before The Force Awakens was even out – so the two directors would certainly have crossed paths. He also revealed that he asked The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson to include the moment where Poe and Rey officially meet.

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Entertainment Weekly’s Rise of Skywalker issue and other movie news

Entertainment Weekly has unleashed the cover story, and it’s actually three covers: One for each trilogy. And great news for those who love publicity shots! Honestly, this whole thing makes me yearn for the days of illustrations on magazine covers. But seriously, the main cover story, several new images, and of course, Rey’s parentage and Reylo.

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The Rise of Skywalker showtimes are starting to appear

The Rise of Skywalker (D23 sizzle)

You can’t actually buy tickets yet, but some The Rise of Skywalker showings are appearing on Fandango. Interestingly, I’m seeing 6:00pm as the first showings on December 19, when in the past the so-called “midnight” screenings started at 7:00pm, so consider that in your planning.


There’s a tiny bit of Star Wars in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and in addition to the new Zorii Bliss photo, we also have Daisy Ridley on “this whole Reylo thing,” and J.J. Abrams with the stuff he always says.


They’re attempting to win China over to Star Wars again, this time with… Books? A popular Chinese internet novelist will write a new story, and 40 existing novels will be translated and available for free on the digital reading platform of the country’s biggest publisher, Tencent. This is, as io9 points out, some real interesting timing.


Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has been named an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions in bringing film projects to the U.K. All the Star Wars films under her tenure have been primarily filmed in the country.