Photo: Is Disney Building a Star Destroyer From ‘The Force Awakens’ In Star Wars Land?

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One of the most amusing things about watching the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida has been seeing familiar designs take shape in the middle of active construction sites.

Now, a new Star Wars land construction photo hints at another location guests will probably visit during their journey: the interior of a First Order Star Destroyer.

Like other theme modern park lands, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will offer an immersive experience that includes dining, drinking, shopping, and simply existing in an exacting replication of a beloved fictional world. It will also include two major rides at opening: one that puts you in control of the Millennium Falcon and one that will put you in the middle of a battle between Resistance and First Order forces. The latter, which has become known as the “Battle Escape” ride amongst theme park fans, is our focus today.

Check out the construction photo below from MouseInfo, who note that the distinct shape of that interior wall looks an awful lot like the docking hangar of the Finalizer, the Star Destroyer commanded by Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There’s not a lot we know for sure about this still untitled (at least in public) attraction, but we do know that it will employ that new-fangled trackless technology that powers next-generation rides like Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor and Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction. Rather than follow the same path every time, this tech allows vehicles to change paths, rotate and turn at different times, and communicate with other vehicles to provide near misses and coordinated movements. It’s cool stuff, especially since the ride vehicles themselves will be “piloted” by an astromech droid.

And it’s those ride vehicles themselves that actually make it pretty clear that this is most likely the Finalizer and that this is most likely the setting of the “Battle Escape” ride. After all, a model of the ride vehicle at D23 noted that vehicle is a “First Order Fleet Transport” and is used to “traverse the interiors of massive ships.” Oh, and they’re programmed with access codes allowing them to get around easily, which is pretty convenient for a theme park ride!

So, Disney is building a ride where guests escape a big battle in a vehicle used to transport First Order troops around ships. And Disney is currently building a structure that looks very much like a Star Destroyer from the new movies. We may not know the specifics, but we can put two and two together: this ride will almost certainly send you driving through the interior of the Finalizer, trying to escape as war rages around you. And past construction photos seemingly promise that First Order walkers will be involved as well.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is currently under construction on both coasts with an estimated 2019 opening date.

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

Carrie Fisher The Last Jedi

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?

Laura Dern The Last Jedi

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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‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed in Talks for ‘Venom’ Spin-Off, May or May Not Be Carnage

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Sony Pictures is getting their Spider-Man franchise spin-off Venom ready to go. Tom Hardy has been attached to the project as the title character for some time now, and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer will be behind the camera for the film that is said to have no ties to the Spider-Man played by Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now the supporting cast is starting to fill out.

Reports have indicated that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Riz Ahmed is in talks to play a popular Marvel Comics character in Venom. While the character isn’t being disclosed at this time, there is word on which character it won’t be. Find out more about Venom cast addition below.

Variety was the first to report on the Venom cast looking to recruit Riz Ahmed. While their reports doesn’t mention which character he would play if a deal comes together, The Hollywood Reporter has heard from sources that it won’t be Carnage, even though that’s the role in the film that Sony Pictures has been looking to cast. Carnage was supposed to be the villain and Riz Ahmed is said to have been considered for the role, but the script has changed since then and now he’s reportedly up for a different role.

Meanwhile, Jeff Sneider from The Tracking Board says his sources are torn as to what role Riz Ahmed would play, with one trustworthy source saying it will be Carnage. So it sounds like it could go either way.

Reporter Justin Kroll at Variety indicated on Twitter that Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) and Mathias Schoenarts (The Danish Girl) were also in the running for the role, so if Riz Ahmed somehow isn’t able to make it through negotiations, the studio does have other options at their disposal. Unfortunately, none of those options give us an idea as to who the character they could have played will be if it’s not actually Carnage.

Considering that Spider-Man: Homecoming has already used Vulture and Shocker, not to mention hinting at Scorpion, maybe Venom will venture into different villain territory by bringing someone like Kraven the Hunter or Mysterio into play (especially since there are spin-offs for those characters in the works). Or maybe they’ll dig deep into sci-fi Spider-Man territory by bringing Scarlet Spider into the mix, who is actually a clone of Spider-Man. That sounds pretty far fetched, but Venom is supposed to be a straight-up sci-fi movie, and potentially R-rated, so maybe it’s not too crazy.

Very little is known about Venom at this point, but the script is being written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie along with Sony’s Amy Pascal.

As of now Venom is slated to arrive in theaters on October 5, 2018.

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Theme Park Bits: Updated ‘Pirates’ Video, Star Wars Land Construction, and the Few ‘Fantasmic’

Star Wars Land Model

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch video from the new additions to Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Commentary on and photos of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • The Great Movie Ride is being sent out in style.
  • The Slinky Dog coaster track has been finished,
  • Retro Epcot merchandise is on the way.
  • Watch full video of the new Fantasmic.
  • And more!

The controversial update (which Imagineers explained at D23) to Pirates of the Caribbean that modifies the scene with the redheaded woman being “auctioned off” to salacious pirates has gone into effect at Disneyland Paris. Now, she’s a pirate herself, overseeing a treasure auction and armed with a rifle. You can watch the first footage of it above, months before this change will take place at other parks.

Even more impressive is the new Captain Barbossa audio animatronic, which transforms from human to skeleton before swinging his sword at passing guests.

The Great Movie Ride is set to close forever on August 13, but D23 Gold Members will be able to send it off in style. This special event begins at 7:15 a.m. at the entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and latecomers will not be allowed to join (so plan carefully). Details remain scarce, but it will be a “behind-the-scenes experience” that comes with breakfast and a special gift.

As The Great Movie Ride closes its doors, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is starting to take shape across the park. Here’s some very interesting construction going on at the location of the Millennium Falcon ride show building.

And while it will be a few more years before we can ride it, here’s a great look at the ride vehicle design for the other Star Wars attraction in that land, which will plunge you into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

You may remember that highly detailed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model from D23. If not, you’ll still enjoy this guided tour of the intricate and gigantic model with Imagineer Scott Trowbridge. If you want to know more about this model and how this land was designed, StarWars.com spoke with Lucasfilm designer Doug Chiang about working on the land:

The process is pretty in-depth, because we’re trying to anchor something that’s very grounded in the Star Wars universe, yet add something new to it. So it’s a very fine line of where that balance should be. For this land in particular, we were very careful because we wanted to create something fresh that would be timeless. You know, like a film, these have to exist for years and years, and so we wanted to make sure that we captured that perfect note. 

One of the interesting challenges for this was to find a world that felt exotic enough, and yet felt familiar. So one of the key things that we did was really play around with scale and the idea of petrified formations. It’s that blend of something that’s exotic, but then exaggerating the scale quite a bit and then creating a whole world based on that one idea. If you look closely, there’s history built into it. There’s history built into the landscape and history built into the structures themselves.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Star Trek 4’ Update, Another ‘Simpsons’ Movie, and Is Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’?

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Joe Manganiello knows whether or not he’ll appear in The Batman, but will he tell us?
  • Zachary Quinto gives an update on the progress of Star Trek 4
  • One of the stars of Baby Driver will play a major role in the Mamma Mia sequel
  • Sarah Paulson boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable sequel
  • The latest odds of a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • And more!

Despite appearing in costume as Deathstroke in some footage from the Justice League set, it remains unclear if True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello will actually show up in that movie, in Matt ReevesThe Batman, or in nothing at all. THR caught up with him and asked him if he has any info on his status as the assassin character now that Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the Batman solo film, and Manganiello was non-committal:

I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.

When asked if he knew when we would find out, he replied, “It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.” So he’s just reiterating his statements from March, which basically boiled down to, “we’ll see.”

Star Trek 4 Development

Zachary Quinto, the actor plays Spock in the latest iteration of live-action Star Trek films, gave a brief update to Entertainment Tonight about the status of Star Trek 4:

“I’m expecting [the film to come together], but it’s a process. It’s always this way. It’s like, “Yes, we’re going to do it!” But then there are many steps in that process – writing a script being primary among them – and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. [Abrams] on the other end. But yeah, it is a process. There is years between the first few movies – I think four years between the first two and three between the second and the third. So we are kind of on track. It was two years ago we shot the last one and it came out last year so I feel we are still in the strike zone.”

He also said he didn’t think he’d be interested in making a cameo appearance on Star Trek: Discovery, saying “There is an endless combination of possibilities of stories and characters. I don’t feel like they will need me.” Still, he didn’t slam the door entirely on the possibility, so if the right story comes along, we might see his Spock on the small screen.

Baby Driver - Deborah (Lily James) and Baby (Ansel Elgort)

Baby Driver and Cinderella star Lily James will star in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! for Universal. She’ll play the younger version of Meryl Streep‘s Donna, and the film will bounce back and forth in time “to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.” Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski will reprise their roles from the 2008 movie.

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

Pamela Adlon, the star and co-creator of the FX comedy Better Things, has joined the cast of Paramount’s Bumblebee movie. She’ll play the mother of Hailee Steinfeld’s character in the studio’s first Transformers spin-off film, which is being directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

Director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The People vs. O.J. Simpson star Sarah Paulson has boarded his new movie Glass, which is the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. He ended the message with “#powerhouse,” which could easily be referring to Paulson’s acting abilities or…hear me out…what if she’s playing a superhero named Powerhouse in this movie? GET PUMPED, AMERICA.

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Ten years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters, director David Silverman and producer Al Jean gave an update to EW about a possible sequel:

I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time.

I’d say [it’s in] the very earliest stages. I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money. I would want it to be a really great movie. I personally feel no need for another one unless it’s great.

Sounds like they’re still recovering from the last one, and while they have some ideas kicking around, I don’t expect to see Another Simpsons Movie (or whatever it ends up being called) any time soon.

the predator cast

While appearing at Comic-Con, Olivia Munn spoke a bit to Yahoo about the upcoming sequel The Predator, which she stars in alongside Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and a handful of others.

“We just wrapped and it comes out next summer. I’m so excited about it. It’s really cool because it’s a standalone. We have the inspiration and we’re in the world of Predator, so we have all the other movies that exist [in that franchise], but we don’t need to acknowledge them. It’s a really cool movie because it feels very present day, and it’s a great ensemble of amazing, funny, comedic actors, too.”

She also talked about the “visceral” and “jarring” experience of seeing the Predator himself on set for the first time, praising the film’s use of practical effects, so that should give fans something to look forward to. The Predator blasts its way into theaters on August 3, 2018.

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Great Scene: “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back”

Luke confronts a phantasm of Darth Vader… and his own Shadow.

I would argue the best Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back (1980). And one of the reasons is because it trafficked in the some of the most interesting ideas in the SW saga, in particular the relationship of Luke Skywalker to the “dark side” of the Force.

This scene occurs on Dagobah, where Luke has been in training with aged Jedi master Yoda, learning the ways of the Force, and signifies a major turning point for young Luke — as he is forced to confront his own shadow self. It’s a scene thick with metaphorical and symbolic import, and I feel confident in saying that Carl Jung himself would have been proud of it.

EXT. DAGOBAH — DAY

With Yoda strapped to his back, Luke climbs up one of the many thick
vines that grow in the swamp. Panting heavily, he continues his course
— climbing, flipping through the air, jumping over roots, and racing in
and out of the heavy ground fog.

YODA
Run! Yes. A Jedi’s strength
flows from the Force. But beware
of the dark side. Anger… fear…
aggression. The dark side of
the Force are they.
Easily they flow, quick to join
you in a fight. If once you
start down the dark path, forever
will it dominate your destiny,
consume you it will, as it did
Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

LUKE
Vader. Is the dark side stronger?

YODA
No… no… no. Quicker, easier,
more seductive.

LUKE
But how am I to know the good side
from the bad?

YODA
You will know. When you are calm,
at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses
the Force for knowledge and
defense, never for attack.

LUKE
But tell me why I can’t…

YODA
(interrupting)
No, no, there is no why. Nothing
more will I teach you today.
Clear your mind of questions.
Mmm. Mmmmmmmm.

Artoo beeps in the distance as Luke lets Yoda down to the ground.
Breathing heavily, he takes his shirt from a nearby tree branch and
pulls it on.

He turns to see a huge, dead, black tree, its base surrounded by a few
feet of water. Giant, twisted roots form a dark and sinister cave on
one side. Luke stares at the tree, trembling.

LUKE
There’s something not right here.

Yoda sits on a large root, poking his Gimer Stick into the dirt.

LUKE
I feel cold, death.

YODA
That place… is strong with the
dark side of the Force. A domain
of evil it is. In you must go.

LUKE
What’s in there?

YODA
Only what you take with you.

Luke looks warily between the tree and Yoda. He starts to strap on his
weapon belt.

YODA
Your weapons… you will not
need them.

Luke gives the tree a long look, than shakes his head “no.” Yoda
shrugs. Luke reaches up to brush aside some hanging vines and enters
the tree.

INT. DAGOBAH — TREE CAVE

Luke moves into the almost total darkness of the wet and slimy cave.
The youth can barely make out the edge of the passage. Holding his lit
saber before him, he sees a lizard crawling up the side of the cave and
a snake wrapped around the branches of a tree. Luke draws a deep
breath, then pushes deeper into the cave.

The space widens around him, but he feels that rather than sees it.
His sword casts the only light as he peers into the darkness. It is
very quiet here.

Then, a loud HISS! Darth Vader appears across the blackness,
illuminated by his own just-ignited laser sword. Immediately, he
charges Luke, saber held high. He is upon the youth in seconds, but
Luke sidesteps perfectly and slashes at Vader with his sword.

Vader is decapitated. His helmet-encased head flies from his shoulders
as his body disappears into the darkness. The metallic banging of the
helmet fills the cave as Vader’s head spins and bounces, smashes on the
floor, and finally stops. For an instant it rests on the floor, then it
cracks vertically. The black helmet and breath mask fall away to
reveal… Luke’s head.

Across the space, the standing Luke gasps at the sight, wide-eyed in
terror.

The decapitated head fades away, as in a vision.

Here is the scene from the movie:

A great scene from a great movie.

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Alec Baldwin to Star in NBC’s A Few Good Men Live

Alec Baldwin to Star in NBC's A Few Good Men Live

Alec Baldwin to star in NBC’s A Few Good Men Live

Fresh off his remarkable two Emmy Award nominations last week, Alec Baldwin, a two-time Emmy winner and Tony Award and Oscar nominee who has been on top of the cultural zeitgeist with his performance as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, has been cast as Col. Nathan Jessup in NBC‘s upcoming live A Few Good Men, from esteemed playwright and Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin, who will executive produce and adapt his own play for the broadcast.

Baldwin and Sorkin will join Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as executive producers of A Few Good Men. Zadan and Meron’s Hairspray Live! received seven Emmy nominations last week, including Outstanding Special Class Program.

“Alec Baldwin is the gift that keeps on giving at NBC, and we’re excited to have him starring in Aaron Sorkin’s towering work as we expand our live theater imprint beyond musicals,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “No stranger to live television, Alec is the most multi-faceted actor in the world and his range is incomparable. He will put his own inimitable stamp on the role of Col. Jessup in a play that is still as surprising and relevant as ever, from one of the most gifted writers working today.”

“Alec is one of our greatest actors. Having him play this role – live onstage for a television audience – is a dream come true. This will be a brand new take on Nathan Jessup and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms,” Sorkin said.

Sorkin will write the teleplay adaptation of A Few Good Men, which he penned at age 26 as a stage production that premiered on Broadway in 1989 at the Music Box Theatre to critical acclaim. Three years later he adapted the play as a feature film that went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

A Few Good Men marks NBC’s first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years since the network began reinvigorating live programming in 2013 with the hugely popular production of The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood. That was followed by musicals Peter Pan Live!The Wiz Live!, and Hairspray Live! as well as next season’s live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday.

Baldwin won two Emmys as well as three Golden Globes for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series 30 Rock, co-starring Tina Fey. Nominated for 18 Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, a Tony (Best Actor in a Play for “A Streetcar Named Desire”) and an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor for The Cooler), Baldwin is one of the most diverse actors of his generation, earning acclaim in a broad range of dramatic and comedic roles.

Prestigious or highly popular films on Baldwin’s resume include Beetlejuice, Working Girl, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Aviator, The Departed (both from director Martin Scorsese) and Blue Jasmine, (from director Woody Allen and featuring Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-winning performance). On the TV side, Baldwin has hosted NBC’s iconic late-night franchise Saturday Night Live a record 17 times – more than any other host. Other TV projects over Baldwin’s career include Knots Landing, The Larry Sanders Show, the telefilms Nuremberg and Path to War and Will & Grace.

Set in 1986 and taking place in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, A Few Good Men centers on newbie military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who comes up against the formidable Col. Jessup when he is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder. Tom Hulce (Amadeus) was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal of Kaffee on Broadway. The film adaptation starred Tom Cruise as Lt. Kaffee and Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessup.

A Few Good Men will air in the second quarter of 2018. A date will be announced soon.

El Dorado Pictures’ Mallory Schwartz and Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will also produce. The telecast will be produced by Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television.

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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

«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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Disney’s Star Wars Land Appears to Be Called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars Land - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

On the eve before the Parks and Resort panel at D23 Expo 2017, it appears that the name of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Land may have been prematurely revealed. Find out more below.

A few hours ago, an eagle-eyed Redditor noticed that the source code for a post on the official Disney Parks Blog seemed to reveal the official name of Star Wars Land as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Let’s look at the evidence.

First of all, if you type “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge” into Google, complete with the quotations around it to create a more specific search, the first result is the official Disney Parks website:

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Secondly, if you look at that page’s source code, you’ll find this line in there as an alt tag in the HTML:

starwarsland-sourcecode-galaxysedge

Previously it was rumored that Disney was thinking of calling the new lands, which are being constructed in Anaheim and Orlando, The Star Wars Experience. This name sounds a lot more cool, and it jibes with the concept of the park itself since the land is supposed to be a remote outpost of the edge of known space in the Star Wars universe. This kind of name also implies that we could get other Star Wars additions in the future with more sections being called Star Wars: Insert Name Here, not unlike how there’s the Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley sections in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

However, even if this title turns out to be the official name (which won’t be confirmed until the Parks and Resort panel at D23 tomorrow afternoon), we still don’t know what the planet will be called where this outpost exists in the Star Wars universe.

No matter what the name of the Star Wars Land at Disney parks is going to be, it will be positively huge when it opens. I know I’m already anticipated choosing a side in the Star Wars universe, either as a member of the Resistance or the First Order. Plus, being able to fly the Millennium Falcon is a lifelong dream that will finally be realized, not to mention the chance at drinking some tasty blue milk

Anyway, the D23 Expo is in full swing and we’ll have more details on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (if that is the real name) when the Parks and Resort panel unfolds tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for all our D23 coverage on the way.

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