This Star Wars fan theory argues that The Last Jedi is lying about Rey's parents

What’s that? You thought the reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Rey’s parents were nobodies who died in penniless in the deserts of Jakku was the end of all the fan theories about which famous Star Wars characters were secretly her mother and father? Well you must be new here, because nothing is ever over in the…

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mark Hamill tries to get in on some of that sweet memorabilia cash

It’s hard to imagine anyone not being happy for Mark Hamill’s perhaps unlikely return to big-screen stardom. After all, being the central figure in the biggest movie trilogy of all time and then watching your movie career peter out has to be a real kick in the pants. And yet, Hamill—who became a legendarily lauded…

Star Wars: Episode IX will complete Leia Organa's arc with footage from The Force Awakens

Calming fears of fans worried that she’d be replaced with a CGI avatar a lá Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (more extensively replaced, anyway—a digital version of her 21-year-old self appears briefly at the end of that film), an official casting announcement for Star Wars: Episode IX says that Carrie…

Simon Pegg's career took him from playing himself to playing an alien junk trader

In the latest installment of GQ’s “Celebrities Break Down Their Iconic Roles” series, Simon Pegg takes a trip down his own IMDB page to discuss the biggest performances of his career. While the British-born actor is best known these days for his supporting roles in blockbuster sci-fi and action franchises, he found…

Minor tweaks by Irvin Kershner helped transform Darth Vader into an icon

There might be no more iconic character in pop culture than Darth Vader, whose sloping, passionless mask you’ll see on the heads of children and adults every Halloween. What’s wild is that, as Nerdwriter points out in his latest video essay, Vader is barely in the original Star Wars trilogy. Of that trilogy’s 6 and a…

Jonathan Kasdan confirms connection between Solo and Rogue One

Yes, we realize they’re both Star Wars movies. That’s not the connection we’re talking about. As Slashfilm recently pointed out, Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan confirmed an intended direct link between the two films that was meant to add subtle detail to the ever-growing Star Wars cinematic universe. Fair warning: You…

People are using Lando Calrissian's return to dream of more Han Solo in Episode IX

If there’s one downside to the culture of nostalgia in which we now live—and there are many—it’s that our desire to see old faces and familiar locales is negatively impacting modern storytelling. One major critique of the Marvel franchise, for example, is that it lacks stakes—there’s no way the franchise is going to…

Billy Dee Williams to finally class up the Star Wars sequels in Episode IX

Now that Snoke is dead and the mystery of Rey’s parentage has been definitively addressed in a way that was clever and interesting (even if it didn’t live up to the internet’s boring fan theories), there’s only one lingering question that has plagued Star Wars fans: Where the hell has Lando Calrissian been since …

Introducing the Marvel Curriculum: A look at film history via the MCU

One of the biggest criticisms leveled against the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the films are too similar—that they, for example, too frequently end with the hero battling some (usually) forgettable supervillain or army in an orgy of CGI destruction. There’s some validity to this, but it overlooks how varied these…

Let's see how much fake money we can donate to that sad Last Jedi remake campaign

It was with both a heavy heart and a delightful sense of schadenfreude that we recently reported on the “fan” campaign to remake The Last Jedi, arguably the best Star Wars film since the original trilogy but definitely the best at inciting ire from people who seem to deeply misunderstand how movie franchises work.

Luke Skywalker and Captain America are arguing over who would win in a fight

Sure, there are plenty of downsides to Disney owning every major creative property under the sun. But one of the few benefits is that all the mashup, crossover events that were once limited to the fantasies of comic book nerds could now become a reality. So, when Luke Skywalker and Captain America—or, more accurately,…

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as rumors that some of the three planned Star Wars trilogies will be reconfigured in this disaster’s wake, Disney must now face a new rebellion from within their own ranks. Yes, that nattering horde still upset that Luke was a…

This fan remake of The Last Jedi is totally real, definitely happening

Last week, an account called “Remake The Last Jedi” appeared on Twitter, soliciting funds for a remake of The Last Jedi without any vaguely defined “poor storytelling” or “pointless diversions” in it. The person or people behind the campaign are “raising money” for the project on their website, by which we mean…

It's Rumor Time: Lucasfilm might be putting future Star Wars spin-offs on hold

According to a rumor dug up by Collider, Lucasfilm might not be making any more standalone Star Wars spin-offs like Rogue One and Solo, despite the fact that James Mangold was attached to make a Boba Fett movie just last month and The Hours’ Stephen Daldry was in “early talks” last year for an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.…

George Lucas' Star Wars sequels would've been all about midi-chlorians 

A handful of people really hate what Disney has been doing with Star Wars, partially for racist and sexist reasons, but only the most dedicated hater of all things good and pure could think that George Lucas’ original vision for post-Return Of The Jedi sequels would’ve been better. We’ve heard bits and pieces of what…