D23, Disney’s massive fan convention, took place over the weekend including the best from all of Disney’s many properties, including Star Wars and Marvel. As part of the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens presentation (which included appearances from John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Harrison Ford), all the fans in attendance got an extra special treat: a limited edition copy of the Drew Struzan poster for the film.
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Sony will join the dark side of the Force with a Star Wars-themed PlayStation 4 console that will be bundled with Disney Infinity 3.0 and Star Wars Battlefront.
And the Star Wars news keeps coming. In addition to officially confirming Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode 9 and revealing the first photo (and new casting) for Star Wars: Rogue One, Disney chief Bob Iger gave fans another treat: Star Wars lands are coming to Disney theme parks, and they’re going to be friggin’ huge.
During Comic-Con, a rumor began circulating that Colin Trevorrow was attached to direct Star Wars: Episode 9. The convention came and went without Disney and Lucasfilm acknowledging the rumor, but during today’s live-action presentation at D23, the studios made formally announced the Jurassic World director to helm the final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy.
Last month, we heard that Benicio Del Toro was being sought to play a new villain in Star Wars: Episode 8. And then there was silence, within which we can assume salaries were negotiated, scripts were written, and conversations were had. And that brings us to right now: Del Toro cannot confirm that he’s in the movie quite yet, but he seems awfully confident that it’s going to happen.
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I imagine my reaction to the news that Disney and Lucasfilm were going to make a movie about “Young Han Solo” — and that said film was going to be directed by the dynamic duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller — was the same as a lot of other movie nerds. It went something like this.
It was quite a surprise when Josh Trank no-showed his big panel at last spring’s Star Wars Celebration. As described by one journalist, Trank’s name was still being advertised “on the jumbotron at the convention center just moments before the panel began,” when his absence was explained by moderator Pablo Hidalgo, who claimed Trank was “under the weather.” That made it much less of a surprise when, a few weeks later, Lucasfilm announced Trank was leaving the Star Wars spinoff film he’d been developing with the company, supposedly to do something more personal and “under the radar.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the subject of the next Entertainment Weekly cover story, which means the release valve on details has been ever-so-slightly loosened. Earlier today, we got a look at a fresh batch of photos from the insanely anticipated film. Now, director J.J. Abrams, the man of mystery himself, has loosened his lips. The topic is the film’s villain, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, and he certainly has some interesting things to say.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and Marvel, theme-park fans have wondered when the company would start to take advantage of their shiny new properties in their theme parks. And for a good long time, there was nothing. Marvel presented a tangled web of rights issues. Star Wars proved a creative challenge. But now, the floodgates look like they’re about to open. New rumors concerning the presence of both franchises at California’s Disneyland have emerged and it sounds like Disney isn’t kidding around.