Were Rey’s Parents in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Just Spoiled by Adam Driver?

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We’re less than two months away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and for the most part, everyone involved with the production has remained tight-lipped about spoilers. But that rascal Adam Driver may have just let slip a big clue about Rey and her secretive parentage. Driver, you scamp! Stormtroppers from Disney are probably speeding toward your house right now to give you a stern talking to. Get the possible details on Rey’s parents below!

In the new Star Wars saga, there’s one still unanswered question that towers above the rest: when will Sy Snootles make an appearance? Oh, also, fans want to know who Rey’s parents are. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new series hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been stranded on Jakku for most of her life, waiting for her family to return. And just who are Rey’s family? We don’t know, and there’s a sense Rey doesn’t really know either.

This has, of course, lead to much fan speculation, with the fan consensus being that Rey is related to Luke (Mark Hamill) in some capacity – although that seems too obvious to be true. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has said in the past that his film will address Rey’s parents in some form, but co-star Adam Driver may have just dropped a pretty big hint. It goes without saying that this should be considered a potential SPOILER, so be warned!

Driver, who plays Darth Vader’s angsty grandson in the series, gave a recent interview to GQ wherein he discusses several things related to The Last Jedi. Among them was this bit of information about his character and also Rey:

“I remember the initial conversations about having things ‘skinned’, peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo’s pretending to be on the outside is not who he is. He’s a vulnerable kid who doesn’t know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly, he’s playing a role. JJ had that idea initially and I think Rian took it to the next level…You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who’s hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices.”

Using the phrase “princess” to describe Rey is very specific. Is there a chance Driver misspoke? Sure, but it seems like the actor may have just revealed a big Star Wars secret. Of course, the question remains: if Rey is a princess, who are her royal parents? The logical conclusion many will draw is that Rey is the daughter of former princess turned general Leia (Carrie Fisher), which would make her Kylo Ren’s sister. But again, this seems a little too obvious. And Leia gave no indication of this in the scenes she shared with Rey in The Force Awakens. Feel free to speculate wildly about what this means! We’ll likely have more answers when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

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The Coolest ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Items You Can Buy on Force Friday II

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Tonight at midnight will officially begin the onslaught of Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise that is Force Friday II. The retail celebration brings the first toys, books, games, clothes, lunchboxes and more that are tied to the upcoming sci-fi sequel from director Rian Johnson. With so many items coming to shelves, we wanted to highlight some of the coolest stuff you’ll be able to get your hands on.

Just so you know, director Rian Johnson has said that he doesn’t think any of the toys being released for Force Friday II have any spoilers in them at all:

So that means you can peruse this story and Star Wars toy aisles to your heart’s content, and you won’t ruin the mysteries of Star Wars: The Last Jedi unless you’re trying to go into the movie without knowing anything at all.

Check out our favorite Star Wars The Last Jedi toys and collectibles below.

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Hasbro’s Black Series 6-Inch Figures

These continue to be the best action figures in Hasbro’s huge arsenal of toys. Standing at 6-inches tall, they’re the most detailed and articulated Star Wars figures that you can both easily get your hands on and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The first wave of Black Series figures will include Luke Skywalker, as seen at the end of The Force Awakens, Rey in her new training gear, Resistance mechanic Rose Tico, Finn in First Order Officer uniform, Kylo Ren, a Praetorian Guard, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa and Maz Kanata.

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Those are all the figures that will be available across various retailers, but there are also exclusives you can only get at certain locations. For example, the First Order Stormtrooper Executioner (aka First Order Judicial) will only be available at Target. Meanwhile, that First Order Stormtrooper with the plethora of weapons will only be available on Amazon, and there’s a different version of the Praetorian Guard that you can only get there too. Maybe you’d like a two-pack of Admiral Ackbar and an unnamed First Order Officer can only be bought at Toys R Us. And finally, there’s that awesome Supreme Leader Snoke with his throne you can get at GameStop for $ 35. Be careful though, because some of these exclusives may not be available on Force Friday, but later this fall instead. (via io9 and The Hollywood Reporter)

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Disney Store’s Elite Series Figures

Though the Black Series figures may be the best and most affordable, a close second are these die-cast Elite Series figures. These figures are only available from the Disney Store (online and retail locations) or Disney Parks gift shops. The first wave includes Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Rey, R2-D2, First Order Judicial Stormtrooper (Executioner), Praetorian Guard, Chewbacca (with Porgs), Finn, Poe Dameron, Rose Tico (with BB-8), C-3PO, Captain Phasma and Supreme Leader Snoke. (via StarWars.com and Yahoo)

Star Wars Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi (characters included: Kylo Ren (unmasked), Rey, Luke Skywalker, First Order Judicial Stormtrooper, Praetorian Guard, R2-D2). A premium line of die cast action figures featuring characters inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Available exclusively at Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, and Disney Parks.

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Funko’s POP Vinyl Collection

Of course there are going to be an ample amount of Funko POP Vinyls featuring characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The line-up will feature many of the characters from the rest of the action figure lines (not all are shown above), but there are some new ones too, such as Benicio del Toro’s mysterious character DJ. It’s funny that his name isn’t officially DJ, but that’s how he’s being referred to on packaging. Could DJ end up being his real name after all? His hat say something in Aurebesh, but all we can make out is either “Jorn” or “Join” so it could be a phrase or a name. We’ll have to wait and see. Plus, notice that there are two alternate Prateorian Guards, each with different helmets and weapons.

For a closer look at all of the Funko offerings for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, check out this official unboxing video, or head over to Funko’s blog for the full reveal of all of their various little collectible figures.

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Rey’s Premium Lightsaber

There have been plenty of premium lightsabers over the years, and this one was even released as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber before. But now it’s officially Rey’s and you can get your hands on this latest version of the weapon that’s been handed down from Anakin Skywalker for years for yourself. However, this one is only a Disney Parks exclusive, so make room for it in your vacation luggage.

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Porg Pillow and Chewbacca Blanket

We can’t help but fall in love with the cute, puffy little Porgs from the planet Ahch-To. We’re hoping that they don’t turn out to be the most annoying little creatures ever and are maybe a little better than the Ewoks. Therefore, we’re cautiously optimistic about this adorable Porg pillow that comes with a blanket featuring Chewbacca and his new little bird friends. Even your aunt might love this Star Wars item from Northwest.

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LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit

For any kid who has every wanted to build their own droid but doesn’t have the parts to do so, this little Droid Inventor Kit from LittleBits should do the trick. You can reconfigure parts to come up with your own droid, give it special abilities through the app that works with the kid and take it on missions. It’s perfect for the pint-sized nerd in your life.

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The Last Jedi LEGO Sets

As always, there are a bunch of new LEGO sets being released in conjunction with The Last Jedi. The first wave includes several new vehicles like the Resistance Transport Pod, the First Order Heavy Scout Walker, Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, a Resistance Bomber, the First Order Heavy Assault Walker, the First Order Star Destroyer, and a BB-8 made entirely of LEGO.

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New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Character Reveal Coming During Force Friday II

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We’re just one week away from Force Friday II, the big merchandising event that will see a slew of Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys, clothing, posters, books and more thrown on shelves as part of Disney and Lucasfilm’s massive hype machine that we happily crank up each and every week. While most of the secrets of The Last Jedi will likely be kept intact, it doesn’t mean there won’t be some details gleaned from the event. In fact, part of the Force Friday II promotion will include the reveal of a new character through the “Find the Force” augmented reality event accessed through the official Star Wars app.

Find out more about Star Wars Force Friday II and this special promotion below.

This video explains how you can unlock characters in the Star Wars app by participating in Force Friday II:

As you can see, by scanning the “Find the Force” logo, you’ll unlock characters in the app, almost as if they were trading cards. Apparently at least one of the characters you’ll be able to unlock during the global event that spans three days at 20,000 retail locations spread across 30 countries will be a never-before-seen character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Will this be a new key character in the Star Wars saga or are we talking about getting a glimpse at another Constable Zuvio here? It’s difficult to say, but it’s a relatively cool way to keep fans active on the Star Wars app while also unlocking new information about the movie.

You can use the Star Wars app right now to get an early look at the Porgs in augmented reality before the treasure hunt for more characters goes live next week for Force Friday II on September 1st. In fact, once you start the treasure hunt, you’ll be able to post photos and videos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #FindtheForce and #Sweepstakes throughout that weekend for a chance to win the ultimate fan experience: tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere in December.

If you’re wondering where the best place to go for Force Friday II is going to be, StarWars.com has all the details on the various events and parties that certain retail locations are having. Some establishments like Target, Walmart and Meijer will be opening at midnight to start selling The Last Jedi merchandise immediately. Other retailers have their own exclusives and whatnot too, which you can find about in much more detail right here.

Happy hunting, and may the Force be with you!

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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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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: The Bond Between General Leia and Poe Dameron Explained

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In the Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes sizzle reel that debuted at this year’s D23 Expo, Carrie Fisher said the upcoming sequel is powerful because “it’s about family.” Sadly, her words have taken on a whole new meaning in the wake of her sudden death at the end of last year: it will now be about watching the final time this actress – who, for many fans, has felt like a part of their pop culture family for 30 years – steps into the role of Princess-turned-General Leia, one of the most iconic sci-fi heroes ever conceived.

In Entertainment Weekly’s latest barrage of Star Wars news, there’s a story about the bond Leia shares with Oscar Isaac‘s Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, her impact on his growth as a leader, and the vulnerable place we find the Resistance at the start of the new film.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson says that Leia’s character “to some degree or another has been defined by loss through this whole saga, starting with the loss of her home planet. She’s just taken hit after hit, and she’s borne it, and she focuses on moving forward and the task at hand.” In The Last Jedi, Leia is mourning the death of her husband Han Solo, who was murdered at the hands of their son, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. The suffering the character has gone through is something that Johnson spoke to Carrie about when he started writing Episode 8.

We’ve previously been told that despite Fisher’s death, her role will not be retroactively changed in this film. But according to Johnson, “watching the film, there’s going to be a very emotional reaction to what she does in this movie.” We’ve also heard that Leia’s impact will be felt for years to come, even though she may never appear on screen in a Star Wars movie again.

Leia’s character in The Last Jedi has a special relationship with X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. Poe is “in some ways a surrogate son for Leia,” Isaac tells EW. “But also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond.” It seems as if Leia is encouraging Poe to take up more of a leadership role in the Resistance:

“Poe’s arc is one of evolving from a heroic soldier to a seasoned leader, to see beyond the single-mindedness of winning the battle to the larger picture of the future of the galaxy,” Isaac says. “I think Leia knows she won’t be around forever and she, with tough love, wants to push Poe to be more than the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”

Don’t expect the Resistance to fill that void of the Republic, who were destroyed by the Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Johnson says the Resistance is “a small band that’s now cut off, on its own, and hunted when the Republic is shattered.” The fact that the republic is no more means that the Resistance is “isolated, and they’re very, very vulnerable.” And while the First Order took a huge hit at the end of Episode 7, they are still a massive organization primed to take over the galaxy.

And don’t expect a slow build, either. Johnson mentions that the heat is “immediately turned up on the Resistance,” with everyone being “put in a pressure cooker right away, and relationships crack and strain under that pressure.” I wonder if that includes any friction between Leia and Poe?

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Meanwhile, Laura Dern’s character, Vice Admiral Holdo, is a commander in the Resistance who likely has a history with Leia Organa. Johnson says part of the fun of this movie is figuring out what Holdo’s relationship is with the other characters in the film. Is she an adversary or a friend? The behind the scenes video that was released at D23 Expo shows Leia and Hondo having what appears to be a very friendly meeting, but maybe there is some underlying deception going on within this small but growing resistance? We do know at some point in the film she picks up a blaster and gets in the middle of some intense action.

The Last Jedi should mark the final time we’ll see Fisher on screen as General Leia; Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Episode 9 co-writer/director Colin Trevorrow started over with that script following her death and she won’t be a part of that sequel, so we’ll cherish seeing her one last time in a galaxy far, far away later this year.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes in New Featurette for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

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“I’m hoping it’ll be a little shocking. But I’m hoping it will feel real and honest.” Lucasfilm has dropped a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at their D23 Expo presentation this weekend. Like the behind-the-scenes featurette for The Force Awakens, this includes a whole bunch of new footage and looks at various characters/aliens/scenes we haven’t seen anything about yet. And oh my goodness does it look magnificent. I can’t wait!! Daisy Ridley returns as Rey, with John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, and Warwick Davis. Newcomers include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and others. There’s so many questions I have after watching this. But that’s the point – it’s an exhilarating tease that will keep our interests piqued while we wait until release. Fire this up below. ›››

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A last look at The Leftovers

Showrunner Damon Lindelof joined me for episode 206 to talk through the process of writing The Leftovers. Here’s how he described breaking an episode:

For the “blue-sky phase,” once we land on something that we like, you just write a sentence. Like, “Baby doll made in Tijuana.” And the last one is “Kevin throws baby out window.” It’s literally just those sentences.

After two days, you look and you have about 20 of those sentences up on the board. Then you’re ready to go into the next phase, which I think is what I would call the story-breaking phase, where you just go scene-by-scene and you start to pitch specific dialogue, character dynamics, etc.

Writing for Vulture, Boris Kachka takes an in-depth look at how the final episode was written, shot and edited. It’s a great look at the process from blank whiteboard to final cut. Highly recommended for anyone interested in making television.

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Tuesday, June 20 Filming Locations for The Last Ship, Jessica Jones, Search Party, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Tuesday, June 20: Filming in California TV Series: The Last Ship Stars: Eric Dane Location: 419 Lorraine Blvd, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 11:59 PM) TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchell Location: Warner Bros, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movies: Widows Stars: Liam Neeson Location: 22nd and Hoyne, Chicago Filming in New York‏ Movie: The Week Of Stars: Adam Sandler Location: Gold Coast Studio in Bethpage TV Series: Red Oaks Stars: Craig Roberts Location: Central Ave, Pearl River TV Series: Shades of Blue Stars: Jennifer Lopez Location: Mott and Prince St, NYC  TV Series: The Tick Stars: Peter Serafinowicz Location: Broadway Stages, Glendale Movie: Untitled Steven Spielberg Project Stars: Tom Hanks Location: N Broadway and Hamilton Ave White Plains TV Series: The Sinner Stars: Jessica Biel Location: Sanitorium Rd, Pomona  TV Series: Crashing Stars: Pete Holmes Location: 18th and 8th Ave, NYC  Credit: Jen, @kitson Movie: Summer Movie Stars: Louis CK Location:  6th Ave and 57th St, NYC  @ArtsCommented Movie: The Neighborhood  Stars: James Russo Location: Bath Ave and Bay 43rd St, Brooklyn Credit: @AmyK1791 TV Series: Search Party Stars: Alia Shawkat Location: N 1st St and Kent Ave, Brooklyn  Credit: @NatheaRegalsSVU TV Series: Mozart in the Jungle..

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Monday, June 12 Filming Locations for Mr. Robot, The Sinner, Chance, Last O.G. and more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Monday, June 12: Filming in California TV Series: Chance Stars: Hugh Laurie Location: 661 Imperial St, Los Angeles (5:00 AM – 12:00 PM) TV Series: American Horror Story Stars: Billie Lourd Location: FOX Studio, Los Angeles  TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchell Location: Warner Bros, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movie: Widows Stars: Viola Davis Filming: 930 E 50th St, Chicago Filming in New York‏ Movie: The Week Of Stars: Adam Sandler Location: near Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head TV Series: Last O.G. Stars: Tracy Morgan Location: Hoyt St between Douglass and Butler St in brooklyn Credit: @alexiapouet TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: Broadway Stages, Long Island City Movie: Untitled Steven Spielberg Project Stars: Tom Hanks Location: N Broadway and Hamilton Ave White Plains TV Series: Mr. Robot Stars: Rami Malek Location: Park Ave and E 57th St, NYC TV Series: Luke Cage Stars: Mike Colter Location: Monitor St and Norman Ave, Brooklyn TV Series: The Sinner Stars: Jessica Biel Location: W 101st St, NYC Credit: @XMelDNY TV Series: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Stars: Rachel Brosnahan Location: Washington Square Park, NYC Filming in Tennessee TV Series: Nashville Stars: Rachel Bilson..

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You can watch the last glorious Adam West cameo in this unaired episode of ‘Powerless’

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Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in.  

Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds.   

The actor, who died at 88 from complications from leukemia, kept busy up until the end, as he was almost as famous for his career’s second act poking fun of and referencing the persona he created with his most famous role — but his final TV appearance, a cameo on NBC’s Powerless, never aired after the show was cancelled before it finished its first season.  Read more…

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