The Last Jedi: Empire Magazine Reveals New Images

Empire Magazine as part of their eight-page coverage on The Last Jedi for their October issue has revealed two new images of the movie.

On this first picture, you can see Poe’s X-Wing heading towards the Dreadnought, a new super destroyer that was revealed recently. Behind it you can see a First Order Resurgent-class Star Destroyer and an asteroid belt so it’s probably safe to say that this is taking place above D’Qar, the Resistance planet seen in The Force Awakens. Poe’s starfighter has received a new upgrade for the movie as Rian Johnson explains it has “been specially modified by Resistance engineers, with a temporary accelerator pod affixed to the aft section. According to The Last Jedi director, the pod, when primed, increases Dameron’s speed, allowing him to outrun First Order cannon emplacements. It’s just a temporary boost and will burn out quickly but it’s enough to get beyond the barrage of turbo laser fire from First Order Star Destroyers.

The second picture features Rose and Finn on the casino city of Canto Bight located on the planet Cantonica. On this image, Rose doesn’t seem to happy! You can also see the strange alien behind them that was revealed during the Vanity Fair coverage about the movie. Here’s what the article says about Canto Bight:
Canto Bight isn’t just another chance for Neal Scanlan’s creature shop to cut loose designing an alien menagerie but plays a key part in the story, right around the movie’s halfway mark. John Boyega’s Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose find themselves among the high rollers on a vital mission that we won’t spoil here.
Rian Johnson also adds “I wanted a new environment that was like dunking your head in a cool bath of water, right in the middle of movie. Apart from the prequels, all the touchstones that make something feel like Star Wars have to do with griminess and dirt. I wanted to do something completely different.

The October issue of Empire Magazine will be on sale this Thursday.

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Could Rian Johnson Direct Episode IX ?

Now that Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Episode IX, the question is who is going to replace him ? If Lucasfilm made the announcement, it is most likely because they already have someone to replace him, they wouldn’t have released the news otherwise.

The one name that has been circulating on most sites is Rian Johnson. There are other names circulating but Johnson is the one that has had his name mentioned everywhere. J.J. Abrams was mentioned by The Hollywood Reporter but Umberto Gonzales from The Wrap is reporting otherwise. For information, Umberto is the one who got the scoop about Trevorrow.

Deadline has a report about Rian Johnson as front runner to direct Episode IX.

“Insiders said that nothing is done yet, but that prospect is certainly in the air right now. The Looper helmer fit seamlessly into the Lucasfilm machine, which is no small feat given the number of star directors who’ve been chewed up and spat out under the “creative differences” line in exiting Star Wars movies. Deadline was first to tell you that Ron Howard was the top choice to replace Phil Lord & Chris Miller as director of the Han Solo spinoff movie, and that came to pass. If Johnson, who directed the December 15-launching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, does in fact come back to take the reins of the next movie, it somehow would seem like destiny. When Deadline revealed that the Looper helmer was being hired to take on Star Wars, the original intention was for him to direct two movies. Stay tuned. It might come to pass.”

The interesting thing in their scoop is that they say Rian was originally intended to direct two Star Wars movies, now that Trevorrow is out, it seems what was first intended could actually happen. Plus, Johnson said he would love to do another Star Wars movie:

As of right now, nothing is sure but all points towards Johnson replacing Trevorrow for Episode IX.

Colin Trevorrow No Longer Directing Episode IX

Yesterday, we shared on Facebook and Twitter the statement Lucasfilm had released about Colin Trevorrow no longer directing Episode IX. Now that the night has passed, there are a bit more information about what happened that’s why I waited to write an article, to add details with the statement.

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

As I expected it is script issues that were at the core of Trevorrow parting way as Borys Kit is reporting at The Hollywood Reporter.

“Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts.”

Let’s not forget, a new writer was hired in June to make rewrites so it meant things weren’t doing that great for Trevorrow. Plus, after Carrie Fisher’s death last December, the script needed to be rewritten as Kathleen Kennedy revealed Leia was intended to have a big role in the movie. So it must not have been easy for Trevorrow to do the job hence him leaving and a new writer hired.

We will update you as soon as a new director is announced.