Greg Grunberg continues to parlay friendship with J.J. Abrams into sweet Star Wars gigs

If there’s one thing that everybody had an issue with in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was the very noticeable absence of Greg Grunberg’s Snap Wexley, the Resistance pilot from The Force Awakens who… was played by Greg Grunberg (he had a line or two, but that was his most memorable trait if we’re being…

Matt Smith is going back to space for Star Wars: Episode IX

Evidently, three seasons of zipping around time and space wasn’t enough for former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, because he’s now going back to the past and to a far away galaxy for Star Wars: Episode IX. That comes from Variety, which says it’s “unknown” whether Smith will be part of the Resistance or part of the First…

J.J. Abrams casts old Lost buddy Dominic Monaghan in Star Wars: Episode IX

Ruthlessly threatening to merge the cornerstones of the various geek genres—potentially causing some kind of nerd apocalypse, or possibly just yet another Comic-Con—J.J. Abrams has cast his old Lost buddy, Dominic Monaghan, in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX. This news comes to us courtesy of Deadline, faster they…

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…

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…

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 …

Victoria Mahoney named second unit director on Star Wars: Episode IX

We don’t usually spill a lot of ink on the status of second unit directors—i.e., the leaders of the teams tasked with filming stuff like action scenes and other less-central shots on the set of a blockbuster film—but we’re happy to make an exception for Star Wars, and, specifically, the news that Disney has hired…

The ghost of a certain puppet might be popping up again in Star Wars: Episode IX

According to The New York Daily News’ unnamed sources, Yoda might be appearing in the next Star Wars movie as a new mentor for Rey. Supposedly, he will show up “as a ghost” in a scene where he “acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi.” That’s not a particularly shocking rumor, since Yoda materialized on Porg…

John Williams says he's only got one more of these damn Star Wars movies in him

The Star Wars film franchise will presumably go on for as long as we continue making movies, periodically reviving itself under the watch of its corporate masters, and joining the Super Bowl as the average American’s sole regular exposure to Roman numerals. But while the Star Wars machine will endure indefinitely, its…

Paramount is reportedly "not happy" about J.J. Abrams leaving to make another Star Wars movie

Paramount is having a pretty crummy 2017; this year’s Transformers movie, The Last Knight, was the franchise’s lowest-performing entry to date, and the company’s schedule has been dotted with bombs like Ghost In The Shell and Mother!, the latter of which managed to be exactly as audience-alienating as Darren Aronofsky…

LucasFilm has brought in a new writer for Star Wars: Episode IX

Colin Trevorrow has been attached to direct Star Wars: Episode IX for a while now, and while the reviews of Trevorrow’s The Book Of Henry probably made a lot of Star Wars fans worried about how he’d handle the end of this new trilogy, LucasFilm itself didn’t seem to show any concerns. Now, though, it’s hard not to…

Disney started over on Star Wars: Episode IX after Carrie Fisher’s death

Following Carrie Fisher’s death late last year, it was evident that the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy was going to have to be altered. And, according to an interview Entertainment Weekly published with series brand manager Kathleen Kennedy last month, the team behind Episode IX drastically shifted…

Disney unveils release dates for Star Wars: Episode IX, The Lion King, and Frozen 2

It’s easy to forget just how thoroughly Disney has monopolized the blockbuster movie industry, but that fact becomes very clear when the studio decides to announce release dates for multiple huge movies all at once. This comes via Variety, which reports that Disney has just announced the premiere dates for Star Wars:…