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In-Depth Interview Of Harrison Ford For GQ

GQ has done for their October issue and in-depth interview with Harrison Ford, which is really really interesting and worth reading. The interview reflects on his career but also his life. It’s not everyday we get an interview of him like this. Throughout the interview, you can really see that he’s just a simple man and it’s one of the great things about him, and he definitely doesn’t hesitate to say what he thinks! You can read his full interview at GQ.

Here’s when he talks about Star Wars and reveals that it was George Lucas who called him to come back for The Force Awakens and it was mentioned that Han Solo would die right from the first call:
Ford’s least expected late-career reprise was his return to the world of Star Wars. “I was surprised,” he concedes. The first call came from George Lucas. “It was proposed that I might make another appearance as Han Solo. And I think it was mentioned, even in the first call, that he would not survive. That’s something I’d been arguing for for some period of time”—Ford had unsuccessfully lobbied for Solo to die in Return of the Jedi in 1983—“so I said okay.”
Was that a necessity for you to be involved?
“Not necessarily. But it was, you know, an interesting development of the character.”
This year Ford attended his first Star Wars “Celebration” fan event, in commemoration of the first film’s 40th anniversary. “I was asked to make an appearance and I did,” he says, as though only the want of an invitation has kept him away until now. He appeared on a panel with Lucas, and I was surprised to watch Ford bring up his famous criticism of the director’s clunky dialogue right to his face: “You can type this shit, but you can’t say it.”
Lucas doesn’t get offended by that?
Ford laughs, as if this has never really crossed his mind. “I don’t think so. He sold the company for, you know, $4 billion. He doesn’t give a shit what I think.” Ford reminisces about the first time he shared this opinion on the Star Wars set. “George usually sits near a monitor, far removed, so I had to convey my impression…or my feelings…about the dialogue across a great space. So I did shout it. ‘George! You can type this shit, but you sure can’t say it! Move your mouth when you’re typing!’ But it was a joke, at the time. A stress-relieving joke.”


Star Wars Episode IX To Be Released In December 2019

After the news that J.J. Abrams would return to direct Episode IX, it has now been announced that the movie will be pushed back to December 20, 2019. It was originally schedule for May 2019. It makes sense considering Abrams and Chris Terrio have to write a new script, it demands a lot of work and this way the entire Sequel trilogy would have been released in December.

J.J. Abrams To Write & Direct Episode IX

It’s him who started the Sequel trilogy with The Force Awakens and it’s him who will close this story. J.J. Abrams is set to return in the Star Wars universe to direct and co-write Star Wars Episode IX! The news was made today in announcement on the official website.

Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio will write the movie. Chris Terrio is known for writing Batman v Superman and Justice League so it’s definitely a great choice to have picked him, he did a brilliant work with DC Comics! J.J. coming back to direct the final installment of the trilogy makes sense, he created these new characters and it’s the best choice they could go with to complete their stories now.

Here’s what Kennedy said in the announcement:
With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.

Rian Johnson Talks About The Last Jedi At Fan Event In Japan

Rian Johnson in Tokyo, Japan today for a fan event about The Last Jedi. While, there were no new footage of the movie shown, he revealed a few interesting things.

First, Johnson said that the movie was almost done, when he returns to Los Angeles, he’ll just have a few more days to work on it.

As some may have suspected it, Joseph Gordon Levitt will be in The Last Jedi as a voice actor. He will be voicing an alien, it’ll be exciting to try to hear him in the movie!

My very good friend, the actor Joseph Gordan-Levitt, who was in a movie I made called Looper, he does a cameo as a voice of an alien in the film. So, it’s a very brief little thing, but it’s fun and if you watch the movie maybe you’ll be able to hear and pick out Joe’s voice in the movie.

Rian finally talked about Episode IX a little bit. He obviously didn’t deny nor confirm the rumours that he is in the top candidate list to direct the final installment of the sequel trilogy, if he does direct the movie, the news would be given in a proper announcement on the official site. What Rian said suggest he hasn’t been approached to direct the movie, at least for now. But what he says doesn’t seem like he is going to direct it.

It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it. For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience and now I’m just thinking of putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. So no, I’m not really thinking about that now. Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again. And to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going.

You can watch the video below to see what he said during the fan event:

The Last Jedi: New Details From The Empire Magazine Coverage

The new Empire Magazine is on sale today and we got additional details on what you can find on their coverage story about The Last Jedi thanks to StarWarsNews.

Rian Johnson talked about Snoke and drew some comparisons with Emperor Palpatine about their stories as we won’t get his whole stories in The Last Jedi, we will only know about him what we need to know for this story. So I think it would be interesting once the Sequel trilogy is finished to get Snoke’s full story in either on a comics form or through an animated medium to truly understand the character.

We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor’”Johnson tells Empire in the new October issue. “He’s a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.

Johnson also talked about Kylo Ren.

Writing Kylo Ren is just so much fun,” says Johnson “Star Wars boils down to the transition from adolescence into adulthood. That’s the heart of these films and Rey is most obviously the one that hangs on. But it’s also Kylo. In the originals you project entirely onto Luke, while Vader is the scary other — he’s the minotaur. The fascinating thing about Kylo and Rey is that they’re two sides of something. We can all relate to Kylo: to that anger of being in the turmoil of adolescence and figuring out who he’s going to be as a man; dealing with anger and wanting to separate from his family. He’s not Vader — at least, he’s not Vader yet — and that’s something I really wanted to get into.

With The Force Awakens, we could see that Kylo Ren mirrors Anakin in many ways and it seems that it will continue with The Last Jedi. Even his costume for this new movie is similar to a Revenge Of The Sith concept art costume for Anakin as we talked about it in our article of the Vanity Fair photoshoot. Kylo is on the same level of complexity as Anakin, they face the same dilemma. This “that anger of being in the turmoil of adolescence and figuring out who he’s going to be as a man” side of Kylo Ren is exactly what Anakin is facing in Attack of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith. These whiny, angry Kylo Ren moments we saw in TFA are the same kind of whiny, angry moments Anakin had in the Prequels. It’s all part of how these characters are written and part of their emotional journey. The main difference between Kylo and Anakin is Kylo is already with the villains while Anakin was a Jedi. It’s going to be exciting to see what is next for Kylo.

Mark Hamill talked about Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

Luke’s changed a lot. It was as shocking for me to read what Rian had written as I am sure it will be for the audience. I was surprised by the way he saw Luke – to hear him say something like, ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end’ – and I wasn’t even sure I agreed with it. Being the caretaker of the character I have a possessive attitude towards him, but even though it’s not the way I would have gone, the more I got into the work, the more I realized I was wrong.

Rian Johnson had a few words about Luke as well and how he thought about working on the character:

Who is Luke Skywalker? But more than that, who’s Luke Skywalker now? I grew up with an idea of who Luke was, so the real question was why is Luke on that island? Luke’s no coward, he is not hiding from a fight, so there must be some reason he’s there that makes sense to him. That was the first nut to crack. The seed for the whole story was inside that shell. I just had to get to it.

The Force Awakens might have been a film about Luke Skywalker, but The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker’s film. Missing for decades, his trusty X-Wing rusting beneath the waves, Luke finds redemption in the form of Rey.

It surely is not the same Luke we last saw in Return of The Jedi and that’s what I would call a great character development. It makes sense to have a different Luke Skywalker and not have an all confident winning hero. Thirty years have passed and the character has obviously changed. It’s really something I’m looking forward to see and I think it’s the right move Johnson made.

The last thing worth mentioning is people often think that the Sequel trilogy was all planned out and there’s a lot of micro-managing by the producers but it’s not the case and I think it’s great that Rian Johnson talked about it and explained how the process was because he really had creative control on the movie:

The perception of these films is that they’re all planned out on a secret sheet of paper in advance, but that’s just not the case. I wasn’t given an outline of where it goes or even a list of things to hit. It really was just, ‘Okay, what’s next?’

For the rest of Empire’s coverage, you can check our article about Poe’s X-Wing, Finn, Rose and Canto Bight.

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.

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.