‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Casts Matt Smith in Key Role

Matt Smith, the former Doctor Who and The Crown star, is set to play a key role in the forthcoming sequel, which is currently in production in the U.K with JJ Abrams as director. It’s unknown yet whether Smith will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire.

Production on the film began at London’s Pinewood Studios earlier this month. Smith joins Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, as well as newcomers Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie for the final part of the revived trilogy. Billy Dee Williams is surprising his role as Lando Calrissian, and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa in the final installment of the Skywalker saga, using previously unreleased footage shot for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” because Fisher died in December 2016 at the age of 60. Mark Hamill will be returning as Luke Skywalker and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO.

Abrams was confirmed as director of Star Wars 9 last September. For his stint, Abrams has drawn upon two actors he’s worked with on previous projects: Keri Russell (Felicity) and Dominic Monaghan (Lost).

Smith found fame playing the 11th Time Lord in Doctor Who from 2010 to 2013. This year’s, Both him and Russell, are nominated for the Emmy Awards, for their roles in The Americans and The Crown, respectively.

Revealed: The Story of A Never Produced “Star Wars: A New Hope” Sequel

Have you ever thought that the Production Team of Star Wars was once worried that the movie would bomb at the Box Office? Yup, you heard it right, and we have the whole story in full.

The year was 1976, and Alan Dean Foster was hired for two jobs. The first job was nothing abnormal: he was asked to ghostwrite a novel for the Star Wars. The second job, however, was breathtaking: writing a low-budget successor to “Star Wars: A New Hope” provided the film bombed at the Box Office.

Though Alan wrote the novel – it was released under the name “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” in 1978, it was never turned into a movie, with the success of A New Hope playing a huge part. The novel was released between the releases of New Hope and its successor, the Empire Strikes back.

Despite the fact that it was never turned into a movie, the Novel went on to become one of the first pieces in what was to become the Star Wars Universe. Hence, if you always wonder at “what could have been”, the novel’s story would take you right there.

Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind

Thanks to the Good Guys at Mr. Sunday Movies, we’ve been given the chance to look at the proposed sequel to the first Star Wars’ movie ever made.

Take a look.

It is important to note that Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Princess Leia, and R2-D2 were all central characters in this novel. However, both Chewbacca and Han Solo didn’t make an appearance. After a gap of nearly two decades, the book was turned into a Graphic Novel – it was published by Dark Horse Comics in the year 1996.

Talking about the story, it revolves around a MacGuffin, known as “Mind’s Eye”. In the novel, it was named as Kaiburr Crystal, an ancient relic which could increase the sensitive power of the force by one thousand times, whereas its shards acted as lightsaber crystal.

For avid Star Wars fans interested in reading this sequel, the novel is available on Amazon whereas its graphic version is available digitally.

‘Star Wars’ Releases Details of Han Solo Movie

Though the movie has experienced a number of delays in the past – particularly due to the firing of its original directors, “Star Wars” has now released the release date as well as the plot of the movie.

In a sign that a trailer is all but due in the coming weeks, ‘Star Wars’ has released the details of a Han Solo movie due to hit cinemas later this year. The teaser has come after the production of the movie was shrouded in mystery for months.

 

Made under the direction of Ron Howard, the film looks forward to following the life and adventures of a teenaged Han Solo, after which he meets Luke Skywalker in a curious location in Star Wars: A New Hope.

 

“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the plot release reads.

“Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”

 

The synopsis of the movie has come at a time when ‘Star Wars’ fans were losing hope regarding its release. For instance, during the making of the movie, Lucasfilm fired the directing duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, before appointing the renowned filmmaker Ron Howard in their place.

 

In addition to featuring Alden Ehrenreich as a space smuggler famed by Harrison Ford, the cast of Solo includes Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi) from the Game of Thrones, Donald Glover, Michael Kenneth Williams and Woody Harrelson.

 

Solo is the second anthology movie made by the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. It follows the 2016 Rogue One and is set to be succeeded by its sequel in 2020. In the meantime, the 9th Episode of the ‘Star Wars series will come in 2019, in which J.J. Abrams will serve as the director in place of the departing Colin Trevorrow.

’Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Collects $1Billion Worldwide

Though it has been just three weeks since its release, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has stunned everyone by collecting more than $1 billion at the box office.

However, before you drool any further, let me remind you that despite raking in such huge amounts, “The Last Jedi” still isn’t the biggest-film of 2017. According to an estimate, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Fate of the Furious” performed better than the Star Wars movie in the preceding year.

Still, since the film is only three weeks old, it is expected to take over both its predecessors. Thus, it seems only a matter of time before “The Last Jedi” becomes the highest-grossing release of 2017.

One area where “The Last Jedi” has left “Beauty and the Beast” behind is its grossing in the domestic market. While the latter collected $504 million from North America, “The Last Jedi” has earned already in the region of $517 million.

The bullish trend which has seen the movie raking in billions was expected, at least after a blockbuster opening day. The movie collected $104 million on its first day at the box office. Hence earning the honor of 2nd highest opening day in the history of Hollywood.

The numbers which “The Last Jedi” got on its opening day were second only to its predecessor “The Force Awakens” which collected a whopping $119 million on its first day at the Box Office.

Despite raking in such huge numbers, “The Last Jedi” still lags behind its prequel “The Force Awakens” on one count!

That doesn’t mean, however, that “The Last Jedi” received a relatively underwhelming response from the audience. Rather, the difference has more to do with the cinemas which both movies got on their opening days.

While 5000+ Cinemas showed “The Force Awakens” on its opening day, only 4100 cinemas showed “The Last Jedi” on its. Thus, if you compare both of them on this count, the recent episode of the Star Wars Series has done comparatively well than its prequel.

Despite bringing in such numbers, “The Last Jedi” has divided opinion among its audiences and critics. For, while Rotten Tomatoes has given it a 93% score, the movie has got the lowest audience score among any Star Wars movie on the same website.