After early speculation on it, Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that a Knights of the Old Republic film is officially in the works with writer, Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel), writing the screenplay. Early reports indicate that she is very close to finishing the first draft of the script.
Set thousands of years before the Skywalker Saga, KOTOR was released as a video game in 2003 by LucasArts before expanding to numerous other novels, and spin-off stories. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available on Knights of the Old Republic.
It’s almost become tradition since the acquisition of LucasFilm by Disney that Vanity Fair’s Annie Leibovitz appears to take the most gorgeous photos of production on each an every Star Wars film. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is no different with the magazine revealing a slew of new photos and reveals.
The new photos reveal Keri Russell’s character, Zorri Bliss, as well as the Knights of Ren, first teased back in The Force Awakens. Hit the jump for a full look at all of the photos and what they mean.
In what is sure to be fantastic news for fans, LucasFilm head, Kathleen Kennedy, confirmed that the studio is working on a project based on the massive video game and subsequent tie-in, Knights of the Old Republic. Beginning life as a video game in 2003, KOTOR has since gone on to inspire countless novels and comic books. This will mark its first foray into live-action territory.
Unfortunately, Kennedy remained tight-lipped on further details, so we’re unsure if the property will be a film, or television series, though it’s certain it will debut on Disney+ in the future.
The final piece of the puzzle from Star Wars Celebration in Chicago was the full unveiling of the upcoming Star Wars live-action series, the first ever created, titled The Mandalorian. Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star as a lone Mandalorian in the outer reaches of the galaxy, joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool) who plays Cara Dune, a former Rebel Shock Trooper, having trouble re-integrating herself into society, and Carl Weathers (Predator) as Greef, a man who heads a guild of bounty hunters that hires The Mandalorian for a specific job.
The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. The live-action series will debut exclusively on Disney+ on November 12. Hit the jump to check out the first official photos from the series.
The Star Wars Celebration continues to keep on giving, as LucasFilm and Oculus have unveiled the first Star Wars VR Series, Vader Immortal. The game sees the player as a smuggler who is kidnapped by Vader’s forces and said to be a force user that he has been searching for. The one who can help him track down the “Bright Star.”
The series is in canon, and set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV, with the voice talents of Maya Rudolph as ZOE3, and Scott Lawrence as Darth Vader. The game will be out later this year, for the Oculus Rift.
The presentation on Star Wars: Episode IX finished up moments ago, giving us the official title for the definitive end to the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. On top of that, we also received the first teaser trailer for the film, showing the young cast, and a returning Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters worldwide on December 20th, officially wrapping up one of the largest, most influential sagas of films in cinema history.
Despite promises to the contrary, massive changes to Fox Studios after the Disney merger are already happening. Fox 2000, the studio behind films like The Devil Wear Prada, has been shuttered, putting approximately 5,000 people out of work. Additionally, it’s being reported that Fox, as a studio, will only put out four theatrical films a year, and four streaming films a year, with a more precise focus on what does and doesn’t get made.
Disney CEO Alan Horn is now responsible for green-lighting films, with Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy said to be a tentpole film for the studio, and Ridley Scott now attached to a Merlin film. Additionally, projects that were previously shut down, such as Noah Hawley’s Alien TV series are being revived, after Fox film boss Stacey Snider, who was voraciously against film franchises being brought to life on the silver screen, was let go.
It’s only been two days, and the entire slate of films at Fox Studios has been completely shaken up. Expect to hear more as time goes on, and Disney’s presence becomes more and more of a focus.
We’ve known for several months that Taika Waititi would be helming an episode of the live-action Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. Now, thanks to showrunner Jon Favreau, we know he’s providing the voice for an iconic character, as well. Fan-favorite bounty hunter, IG-88, is being brought to life by the quirky actor/director. There is currently no release date for The Mandalorian, but as time goes on, this show just continues to become more special.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Schiff has been tapped to serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars spin-off series, Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising the role as the titular character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Before jumping aboard LucasFilm, Schiff served as showrunner for the critically acclaimed FX series, The Americans, about a husband and wife set of Russian spies posing as a normal American family. While that’s great news, let me know when Alan Tudyk is confirmed to return to the role of K-2SO, the best character in all of Star Wars.
Jon Favreau has confirmed that his live-action Star Wars series, officially titled The Mandalorian, has gone into production. To celebrate, he revealed the first photo from the series, seen above.
In addition, he also revealed the list of directors for the series, and it’s quite impressive. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), making for quite the eclectic cast of all-star directors. The Mandalorian will debut in late 2019.
Kathleen Kennedy has officially renewed her contract to remain the president of Lucasfilm through 2021, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. Kennedy became head of LucasFilm after the studio was acquired by Disney in 2012, and is said to act as the studio’s version of Kevin Feige.
Films under Kathleen Kennedy have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office, with Star Wars: Episode IX currently in production as the finale to the Skywalker Saga. Her tenure has been met with much skepticism after numerous creative clashes with directors, and several films under her eye being forced into heavy re-shoots and director changes.
The Disney Channel and LucasFilm have posted a first look trailer at the upcoming animated series, Star Wars: Resistance. The series takes place prior to the events of The Force Awakens and expands the Star Wars universe, taking flight with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, October 7th.
The incredible voice cast includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives) as Kazudo Xiono, Suzie McGrath (East Enders) as Tam Ryvora, Scott Lawrence (Legion) as Jarek Yeager, Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor) as Torra Doza; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Neeku Vozo; Donald Faison (Scrubs) as Hype Fazon, respectively; Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Poe Dameron; and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Captain Phasma. The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels).
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the long-standing rumor that Billy Dee Williams would be returning to a galaxy far, far away and will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. After the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and the sad, real life death of Carrie Fisher, it makes sense to bring back the other fan-favorite classic character, particularly after the character’s revival in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
In Star Wars: Episode IX, Williams will join returning franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomer Keri Russell.
Thanks to the terrible showing at the box office that Solo: A Star Wars Story has had, Collider is reporting that the other spin-off films in the Star Wars universe have been put on hold at Lucasfilm. This includes previously announced films for Obi Wan Kenobi from director Stephen Daldry, as well as the Boba Fett film from James Mangold.
The Saga films, including Star Wars: Episode IX, and the new trilogy from director Rian Johnson will continue to move forward.
Lucasfilm debuted a small teaser for the film during the Super Bowl, but shortly thereafter, revealed the full teaser for the long-awaited spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film looks pretty decent, but doesn’t quite have the bang that we’ve come to expect from other Star Wars trailers.
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, Beckett, while Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.