Star Wars fans collectively wiped tears from their eyes last week after learning that Carrie Fisher would indeed appear in J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX. Mark Hamill and Fisher’s family have weighed in on the news... and if you’ll excuse me, I may have something in my eye again.
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Disney has revealed the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, which will see the directorial return of J.J. Abrams. Among the cast are the expected stars, such as Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. But it looks as though Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will be back, and we’ll even see the return of the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. It will also mark the end of the Skywalker saga.
Poe Dameron deserved so much more than a light slap on the face in response to his gross insubordination during Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is part of what makes this blooper supercut of the multiple times Carrie Fisher had to dramatically hit Oscar Isaac while filming so satisfying. Clearly, they were both having fun.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally made its way to home release this month, packed with featurettes, commentaries, and deleted scenes that enhance our understanding of the film. But this month also saw the movie enter another form: a novelisation that adds more to The Last Jedi even beyond its deleted scenes.
Early on in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, R2-D2 tries to get his disillusioned former master Luke Skywalker to join the fight against the First Order with what Luke calls a "cheap trick" - replaying the hologram that started Luke's journey in the first place. But it turns out, a lot of work went into making that hologram sound like it had been accumulating dust since A New Hope.
During yesterday's Grammy award ceremony, the late Carrie Fisher won a much-deserved Grammy for the audiobook recording of The Princess Diarist, her memoirs based on the diaries she kept while filming the first Star Wars. Fisher beat Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bruce Springsteen, and Shelly Peiken, who were also nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
Few people had a closer relationship with Carrie Fisher than her dog, Gary, who was a fixture alongside the actress on the red carpet, as well as onstage at events. Gary was in attendance with Fisher's former assistant Corby McCoin last night for an LA showing of the latest Star Wars film (in X-Wing pilot cosplay, no less), during which the dog's ears repeatedly perked up during the scenes featuring General Leia.
Days removed from seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I still can't believe it's a real movie. I can't believe what writer-director Rian Johnson did: He took all of our preconceived notions of what a Star Wars movie is and evolved them. The movie is genuinely shocking at times - multiple times - but it also feels fully authentic to the Star Wars universe. And this is why The Last Jedi is so good, even if there are a few hiccups along the way.
Carrie Fisher's death last year was a major blow to the many fans who took inspiration from her life, as well as her work as a writer and actor. She'd completed filming for her final turn as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi before she passed, but sometimes, filmmaking demands that actors return to the recording booth. A new quote from director Rian Johnson talks about how he dealt with this problem.
Star Wars has always had a bit of space glamour to it - especially in the prequels - but jewellery has never been particularly important to the saga, unless you count the kyber crystal in every lightsaber being the ultimate Star Wars fashion accessory. And yet, it's seemingly all over the place in the Last Jedi, for one good reason in particular.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than two months away, and while it may seem like we know almost nothing about it, that's not exactly true. There's not a ton of official information about the film, but over the past year, between the trailers (including the newest one), set reports, and rumours, we've been able to piece together a lot about Episode VIII -- and we've collected it all here for you. Potential spoilers ahead!
In The Force Awakens, we learned Leia Organa had spent the 30 years since Return of the Jedi kicking arse and taking names as the head of the Resistance. But even though it's been over two years since the movie, the mighty General has yet to get an action figure of her awesome, elder self. Hasbro's finally decided to change that -- and she isn't coming alone.
"My mum battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it," Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd told People this weekend in a compassionate statement about her mother's passing. Fisher's autopsy has, tragically, confirmed her struggle continued right up to her death.
Even after today's trailer drop, we still don't know much about The Last Jedi. We know even less about Episode IX. But one rumour about that yet-to-be-titled film has been shot down: the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in it.
The loss of Carrie Fisher was a huge blow to those who loved her, both on- and off-screen. Inevitably, it also raised questions about the future of her iconic Star Wars character. We've known for a while that she'd already completed work on The Last Jedi before she died. Now we're hearing that plans may already in place for her to make a posthumous appearance in the upcoming ninth film in the Star Wars saga.
Ingvild Deila had one of the most important roles in Rogue One, but you've probably never heard of her. The Norwegian actress was the person on set whose face was turned into the young Carrie Fisher's for the film's climactic scene. While most Star Wars actors aren't allowed to say much about the films, Deila was sworn to total silence -- she couldn't even say she'd been hired -- but now she's finally speaking out about the role.