A lot has been said and written since Carrie Fisher‘s untimely death last year about the effect it will have on the future of her character in the remaining entry of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Fisher, it seems, was not just going to be a part of the as-yet untitled Episode IX, but she was going to be a big part, if not the biggest part. Obviously, those details are being kept largely under wraps, but both the producer and director of Episode IX are shedding light on how they’re trying to carry on without Fisher and why that may be easier said than done. (more…)
Vanity Fair has just released four new covers celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars giving us a good look at many of the characters we’ll see in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Annie Leibovitz took the cover photos which also features the first time Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) has shown her face. Check out all four below. (more…)
Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)
The Star Wars Celebration taking place this weekend has a hell of a lot to cram into just a few short days. On top of its existing legacy spanning decades of fierce fandom, the new movies released in recent years have brought droves of new fans to the franchise. That is now compounded with Disney’s plans to release even more films expanding the Star Wars universe perhaps indefinitely – with fans eager to hear more about the future movies that will build on the new characters they’ve come to love and introduce even more heroes to follow in their adventures in a galaxy far, far away. (more…)
The sad and untimely passing of Carrie Fisher was gut punch to fans, especially since they were finally seeing the new adventures of her most famous character, Princess Leia, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Grief is hard, but trying to figure out what to do about your movie trilogy now that one of its stars has died is harder. More cynical, yes, but also hard. In a recent press conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about Fisher and how her real like curtain call will effect her Star Wars character, and he affirmed that when it comes to Leia’s story line in The Last Jedi, they’re not going to touch it. (more…)
After the sudden and tragic passing of Carrie Fisher the question of how the Star Wars franchise would react, rose. Almost immediately (morbidly), there was speculation that LucasFlim/Disney would “resurrect” General Leia digitally as they had done with Peter Cushing/Grand Moff Tarkin for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After all, they did use the actresses likeness for a younger Princess Leia cameo in the same movie, but that was with the help and blessing of a living Carrie Fisher.
Speculation gave way to rumor recently after the BBC stated that the studio was reportedly in talks with Carrie Fishers’ estate to use her image in future films. Whether in reaction to the response the report garnered or in lines with pre-existing plans, LucasFilm broke silence and released the following statement on StarWars.com: (more…)
The future of Star Wars was thrown into a world of uncertainty when Carrie Fisher died at the end of 2016. Although potentially record breaking insurance payouts could make the financial journey to the end of the current trilogy somewhat more comfortable, there is not going to be an easy way to continue the story as planned without Fisher there in her iconic role of General Leia Organa. There are already plenty of ideas floating around about the options available to Disney and Lucasfilm, and it has been reported that key players at the companies and in the film have already met to discuss potential paths. (more…)
If you couldn’t tell by her Disney Princess demeanor in the Star Wars films, Carrie Fisher has always been a very blunt person. When she passed away, the world lost an iconic figure, a role model, and a leading lady. So, it would only make sense that, even after her death, Fisher was still making statements. This time it was in the form of a Prozac pill. And not just any pill – a giant one to hold her ashes in. For more, keep reading after the jump.
In Hollywood today, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds will be laid to rest, ending a powerfully painful mourning period for movie fans who still can’t believe the people’s princess is gone too young at the age of 60. Explorations and commiserations of Fisher’s legacy will go on for the years to come, but if you’re looking for something more immediate, you can sign a new petition making the rounds to give Fisher’s defining character, Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, a status that was never asked for, but through the winds of fate and commerce is nevertheless available now: let’s make Leia an official Disney Princess. (more…)
Along with the shattered hearts of fans across the galaxy, Carrie Fisher‘s death in late December 2016 has left a gaping hole in the plot of the newest additions to the Star Wars series. Sources have said that all her scenes for the next installment were shot before her death, but that still leaves two movies left in the trilogy that were expected to have General Leia Organa play a big role. While Disney could get an insurance payout of up to $50 million to help solve the practical issues that have been raised by the loss of one of the series’s most iconic actors, that’s not going to make it an easy feat. (more…)