The First Word Spoken in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Revealed by Rian Johnson

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opening Line

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi less than two weeks from hitting theaters, director Rian Johnson and the cast of the anticipated sequel are making the publicity rounds all over the world. Just before the weekend, they stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, and while they didn’t bring any new footage with them, there was one little detail revealed about the movie probably only the most hungry fans will want to hear.

Director Rian Johnson was struggling to think of something he could reveal when Jimmy Kimmel asked him to give away a little nugget from Star Wars: The Last Jedi that we didn’t know about yet. Then he gave him the softball question of revealing what the first word spoken in Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be. Find out what it is below.

If you don’t have a minute to spare to watch the whole video, Rian Johnson gives away the first word starting at 38 seconds into the video. But for those of you who maybe can’t play the video for whatever reason, we’ll just tell you. Rian Johnson says “we’re” is the first in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi opening line.

So what does this tell us about the opening scene of Star Wars: The Last Jedi? The easy answer is not much. But at the same time, this might just confirm that the first scene of the movie will not immediately take us back to Ahch-To where Rey was last seen attempting to give Luke Skywalker back his old lightsaber.

If “we’re” is the first word said in the movie, I can’t imagine either Rey or Luke beginning their interaction with a sentence that starts with the word “we’re.” Rey could maybe say, “We’re going to need your help,” or Luke could immediately refuse to be part of whatever Rey has come to retrieve him for by saying, “We’re not doing this,” or something like that. But either of them starting the first sentence they say to each other with “we’re” just feels a bit awkward.

More than likely, this first word is said by somebody in the Resistance. And it’s probably part of the opening assault that the First Order will make against them on the planet D’Qar, where the Resistance base is located. We know that one of the early sequences of the movie is a space battle about that planet thanks to a book that ties into The Last Jedi, and since all Star Wars movies immediately go from the scrolling text in space to some kind of scene that is taking place in space, this is most likely where the movie will begin.

For those curious, here are the first lines of every live-action Star Wars movie so far:

  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – “Captain.”
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – “Senator, we’re making our final approach into Coruscant”
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – “Lock on to him, R2.”
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – “Mama!”
  • Star Wars: A New Hope – “Did you hear that?”
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – “Echo Three to Echo Seven.”
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – “Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue.”
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – “This will begin to make things right.”

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First Trailer for Live-Action ‘Rampage’ Movie Starring Dwayne Johnson

Rampage Movie Trailer

“Oh, what, you didn’t know about the 30 foot wolf?” Warner Bros has launched the first official trailer for Rampage, the live-action version of the classic 1980s video game about apes and monsters destroying city buildings. Yeah, they actually went and made this. Can you believe it?! Rampage the movie, get out of town! From the director of San Andreas and Incarnate, Rampage follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye, played by Dwayne Johnson, who shares a bond with the big white ape George. Suddenly something weird causes him to start growing in size fast. The full cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, Marley Shelton, Jake Lacy, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Joey Thurmond, and P.J. Byrne. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that this looks fun, but it also looks like CGI mania. Yes, there is building smashing. I prefer this Dwayne Johnson over the one in Jumanji any day. ›››

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The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson on Rey’s Family, Kylo Ren and More

Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson talks about Rey's family, Kylo Ren and more

Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson talks about Rey’s family, Kylo Ren and more

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is only a few months away. Fans have been endlessly speculating on whether or not we’ll learn who Rey’s family is. There are dozens of theories out there, from Rey being a Skywalker and Luke’s daughter to Ben Kenobi’s granddaughter. Writer and director Rian Johnson and some of the cast spoke to EW about Rey’s family, it’s importance, Kylo Ren‘s journey and more.

Johnson talked about what discovering the identities of Rey’s family means to her character. He said, “To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her. And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.” Despite the advice, Johnson says that Rey, “…holds onto the thought that where she comes from will help define where she’s going.”

Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, said that where you come from doesn’t determine your path. She told the site, “What’s wonderful is it’s not so cut and dry, who’s good and who’s bad and that’s not me saying, ‘Oh, my God, some people are gonna go bad.’ There’s always room for bad people to make good decisions and vice versa. Again, that could be nothing to do with your parents and it could be everything to do with your parents.”

We’re also going to learn more about Finn’s past. John Boyega said, “We will learn more about his past and where he came from, and potentially why he made the decision [to escape] that he made. I’m also very curious. The question that needs to be answered is why he decided to leave as a stormtrooper in the first place. We will find out just a little bit more about him.”

Johnson told the site about Kylo Ren and how his anger and the aftermath of what he did at the end of The Force Awakens is like the journey of adolescence and that his defeat by Rey is going to change him. “He’s definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”

Will we see Han Solo again? Johnson was careful with his words. He told the site, “Han, the ghost of – well, not literally…I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.”

Are you guys excited to maybe learn more about Rey’s family, Finn’s backstory and see what Kylo Ren’s dastardly act did to his psyche? Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on December 15.

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American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber Joins Dwayne Johnson Actioner Skyscraper

Pablo Schreiber has joined Skyscraper. Pablo Schreiber plays Mad Sweeney on American Gods.

American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber is the latest star to join the Dwayne Johnson actioner Skyscraper

Pablo Schreiber, who just finished his a first season as leprechaun Mad Sweeney on Starz’s acclaimed American Gods, has, per Deadline, joined the cast of the upcoming Dwayne Johnson actioner, Skyscraper. The film, which will re-team Johnson with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber, also recently added Chin Han (Ghost In the ShellIndependence Day: Resurgence) and Neve Campbell (Scream, House of Cards) to its cast.

RELATED: American Gods Renewed for Season Two

Universal Pictures and Legendary production, Skyscraper stars Johnson as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building… above the fire line.

Written and directed by Thurber, the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San AndreasBaywatch), Johnson and Thurber. Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (Baywatch, Ballers) and Hiram Garcia (San AndreasCentral Intelligence). Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), meanwhile, is set to serve as co-producer.

Skyscraper will hit the big screen Friday, July 13, 2018.

Pablo Schreiber is also well known for playing George ‘Pornstache’ Mendez on Netflix‘s hit series Orange is the New Black. On the big screen, Schreiber was recently part of Michael Bay’s true 2016 military thriller, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

What do you think of the Skyscraper cast so far? Is there anyone else you’d like to see join the ensemble? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Dwayne Johnson Has Revealed More Rampage Story Details

Dwayne Johnson Has Revealed More Rampage Story Details

Dwayne Johnson has revealed more Rampage story details

Filming for the video game adaptation started on April 17, but star Dwayne Johnson has now arrived on the Atlanta, Georgia set and shared quite a bit of Rampage story details in a new Instagram post!

“Good to finally have boots on the ground here in Georgia for production of #RAMPAGE,” he says, adding: “I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don’t like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them.”

Johnson also said Weta Digital is handling the special effects: We have the best VFX monster making team (WETA) on the planet. Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let’s have some fun. Let’s shoot.

Goin’ primal. Good to finally have boots on the ground here in Georgia for production of #RAMPAGE. I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don’t like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them. We have the best VFX monster making team (WETA) on the planet. Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let’s have some fun. Let’s shoot. #PrimalDNA #George #Lizzy #Ralph #RAMPAGE

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Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris star in the Rampage, an adaptation of the classic Midway arcade game. The cast also includes Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, PJ Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Breanne Hill, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

RELATED: Joe Manganiello Shares a Marvelous Photo from the Rampage Set

This will mark the third collaboration between Johnson, producer Beau Flynn, director Brad Peyton and New Line, having worked on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas together as well. The latter film earned over $ 473 million at the global box offices, making it the most successful original blockbuster of summer 2015. Carlton Cuse (San Andreas) and his Colony co-creator Ryan Condal rewrote the Rampage script by Non-Stop screenwriter Ryan Engle.

Released in 1986, the original Rampage put players in control of one of three monsters: A giant ape named George; a giant lizard name Lizzy; or a giant werewolf named Ralph. The game saw the monsters running amok across the United States, fighting the military, and destroying key landmarks. Several sequels were developed for the title as well, adding even more types of monsters to the playable roster and extending their path of destruction into the cosmos and even back in time.

New Line will release the Rampage movie to theaters on April 20, 2018.

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Did Vin Diesel Axe a ‘Fate of the Furious’ Credits Scene with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham?

Fate of the Furious Credits Scene

If you head out to see The Fate of the Furious this weekend, there won’t be a credits scene teasing the next installment of the high-speed franchise. However, there were plans in place for for a credits scene that would have featured Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as a way of hinting that a spin-off might be coming featuring the adversaries forced to be allies. So what happened to it?

Reportedly, Vin Diesel had the credits scene pulled after it was shot without his knowledge. But there’s another side of the story that indicates there wasn’t really a confrontation reason behind The Fate of the Furious credits scene being axed. Find out more below, but beware of some minor spoilers for the sequel.

Fate of the Furious Credits Scene

Where Did This Credits Scene Come From?

The Wrap has word from “insiders” that a credits scene would have had Hobbs and Shaw appearing, though details on what they were doing in the scene were not provided. In the film, Hobbs and Shaw are initially at each others’ throats when they are locked up in the same prison. When a prison riot breaks out, Hobbs pursues Shaw to give him the Cherokee drum beating that he’s promised, but the chase ends up leading them outside where Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) is waiting, having orchestrated the breakout.

When Mr. Nobody (along with his young protege Little Nobody, played by Scott Eastwood) rounds up Dom’s team to help track him down after he’s gone off the grid with the dangerous hacker known as Cipher (Charlize Theron), he surprises the crew by bringing in Deckard Shaw to help them, who we learn also has an axe to grind with Cipher because she coerced his brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans from Fast and Furious 6) to do her bidding.

Hobbs and Shaw are still taking shots at each other while being forced to work together, which brings a good amount of humor in the movie. Eventually, Hobbs and Shaw become more friendly with each other, and their rapport becomes more playful than vindictive. One of the insiders behind this story says there were “early screenings where Johnson and Statham popped so much on-screen together that they were looking at doing a spinoff.” And that’s what the credits scene was meant to tease. So what happened to it?

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The Rage of Vin Diesel

The insiders behind this story indicate that producer Neal Moritz had the credits scene shot, but he didn’t tell producer and star Vin Diesel, which was apparently a big mistake. Executive producer Samantha Vincent found out about the scene, and she just so happens to be Vin Diesel’s sister. So she told the actor, and he “became enraged.”

Following this revelation, Diesel called NBC Universal (the studio behind the film) and unleashed his fury on them. After this, the studio supposedly recalled all the theatrical prints and had the scene taken out of the credits. That implies this issue was something that came up very recently.

However, there’s a chance that Vin Diesel wasn’t actually mad about this situation at all. In fact, another insider explains that the scene in question wasn’t even meant to be included with the theatrical release of the film. The scene was filmed ad bonus content for the home video release, but after studio executives and producers reviewed the sequence and “loved it”, they ultimately decided against including it in theaters because “the sequence would make for a better opportunity somewhere else.”

That sounds like a damage control response to the other side of the story. And considering the rumors of a feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear if the latter was behind this credits scene getting thrown out. Lending further weight to this story, we know that Vin Diesel is a very hands-on producer, and all major decisions go through him. So if a spin-off involving Hobbs and Shaw wasn’t discussed with him and a sequence was shot without his knowledge, his anger wouldn’t be surprising.

Diesel has downplayed his supposed feud with Johnson in recent interviews, but it sounds like there was definitely some disagreement between the stars during the production, even if they’ve buried the hatchet since then. I just hope that this scenario doesn’t ruin our chances of seeing a spin-off with Hobbs and Shaw, because they’re one of the best parts of this sequel.

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Dwayne Johnson Confirmed to Film Disney’s Jungle Cruise in 2018

Dwayne Johnson Confirmed to Film Disney's Jungle Cruise in 2018

Dwayne Johnson confirmed to film Disney’s Jungle Cruise in 2018

According to The Hollywood Reporter, superstar Dwayne Johnson is confirmed to head down the river for Disney’s live-action film based on their popular theme park attraction, Jungle Cruise. Johnson, who’s been attached to the project since 2015, is slated to begin shooting the film in spring of 2018.

Writer-director pair John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (FocusCrazy, Stupid, Love.) were originally set to pen the Jungle Cruise script, though J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) wrote the most recent draft. Johnson is set to produce alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partner Dany Garcia, as well as frequent collaborator Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch) of Flynn Picture Co.

A film adaptation of the ride, one of the original rides from the opening day of Disneyland, was previously in development with a script by Al Gough and Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2, “Smallville”). Another attempt was made in 2011 with Disney officially announcing an adaptation starring Toy Story‘s own Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Neither versions ultimately materialized.

Should this version become a reality, it would join the ranks of films Disney has created based on their theme park attractions, including The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Mission to Mars, Tomorrowland, and the most popular, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Johnson has a big year ahead with Fate of the Furious opening next weekend, then Baywatch on May 26 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 20. Having just completed Fighting With My Family, he’ll next shoot New Line’s Rampage later this spring, followed by the China-set adventure movie Skyscraper in late summer and fall.

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‘Jungle Cruise’ is Full Steam Ahead With Dwayne Johnson

jungle cruise movie

Years ago, the Jungle Cruise movie was a Tim Allen and Tom Hanks project. A lot has changed since then, but Disney’s big screen adaptation of its beloved theme park ride is finally looking to leave port. As previously reported, the film will star Dwayne Johnson, who has somehow found time in his increasingly busy schedule to officially sign on the dotted line and confirm his involvement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson will squeeze the film in next year, with production  currently set to begin in the spring of 2018. There’s no release date set yet, but with that schedule, it’s easy to imagine Disney positioning Jungle Cruise as a summer 2019 tentpole, perhaps as a replacement for the somewhat exhausted Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Johnson and Disney make for one heck of a pair: neither of them every stop to catch their breath. While Disney juggles Star Wars and Marvel and Pixar and countless remakes of their animated classics, Johnson has Baywatch out this summer and Jumanji out later this year. He’s set to film Rampage in a few months before taking on the China-set action film Skyscraper. And then he’ll steer the Jungle Cruise movie.

For those unfamiliar with the attraction, Jungle Cruise is one of Disneyland’s original rides and it remains popular to this day. Guests crowd into a boat and journey past a series of scenes featuring audi0-animatronic animals, some threatening and some benign. Meanwhile, the skipper (played by an enthusiastic cast member) provides a deliberately hokey spiel full of puns and dad jokes. It’s old-fashioned, but it’s still popular for a reason. It’s a delight.

It’s easy to imagine Johnson knocking the role of “Jungle Cruise skipper” out of the park and we’ve been told that the screenplay for the film is infused with humor. Surely Disney realizes that there’s a lot of money to made from the world’s most charming man dropping cornball jokes and narrowly avoiding death by sudden hippopotamus! Expect the final film (which is reportedly set in the 1920s) to be full of action and adventure, but it wouldn’t be the Jungle Cruise without a lot of comedy.

Jungle Cruise represents Disney’s latest attempt to build a movie franchise out of its theme park properties. It worked like gangbusters for Pirates of the Caribbean, but it didn’t take off with Tomorrowland and The Haunted Mansion.. It remains to be seen if they can make this one work, but locking in someone as charming as Johnson feels like the right first step.

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‘Win It All’: Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson on Shooting a 16mm Micro-Budget Movie for Netflix

Netflix’s Win it All may be Joe Swanberg’s most mainstream movie yet, but it was still a true micro-budget endeavor.

For the oral history of mumblecore, look no further than micro-budget guru Joe Swanberg, one of its de facto architects. Swanberg wrote, directed, produced, shot, edited, and starred in his first feature, Kissing on the Mouth, which he made for $ 3,000. The film premiered at SXSW 2005 alongside Andrew Bujalski’s second film, Mutual Appreciation, and Mark and Jay Duplass’ The Puffy Chair, and it was at that very festival that the term “mumblecore” was coined.

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