Apparently J.J. Abrams considered bringing Palpatine back in The Force Awakens

Apparently J.J. Abrams considered bringing Palpatine back in The Force Awakens

At Star Wars Celebration last year, when it was first revealed that Sheev Palpatine would be returning in The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy said that the idea had been in the works for a long time. Apparently a recent interview that Roger Guyett, the film's visual effects supervisor, did with Cinefex revealed [...]

Twelve things we learned from The Skywalker Legacy documentary about the making of The Rise of Skywalker!

Twelve things we learned from The Skywalker Legacy documentary about the making of The Rise of Skywalker!

The Rise of Skywalker released early on digital home media, and with it came lots of bonus content! Most prominently was a feature-length documentary, The Skywalker Legacy, focusing on the making of the film, with a recognition of the saga that came before it. I am utterly fascinated by the making of Star Wars films [...]

Kathy Kennedy put a program together for Dave Filoni to learn about live action directing

Kathy Kennedy put a program together for Dave Filoni to learn about live action directing

Dave Filoni is perhaps the most well-versed and well-learned pupil of Star Wars at Lucasfilm (a company filled with those kind of people), but while his talents have flourished in animated projects, he didn't have experience on the live action side of things. So he went to Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy, herself one of the [...]

The opening crawl for The Rise of Skywalker references something heard in Fortnite

The opening crawl for The Rise of Skywalker references something heard in Fortnite

****This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker**** The Rise of Skywalker brought back Emperor Palpatine from the dead, and here's how they did it: in the opening crawl. It was nothing more elaborate than that, and we didn't really get any further explanation in the film, but the opening crawl [...]

My spoiler-free review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

My spoiler-free review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

Star Wars Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker, officially released on Friday, with Thursday previews the day before! I have seen it several times already, and wanted to wait to write this review until after I had gotten multiple viewings in. This post will include only the faintest of spoilers, and nothing that you wouldn't [...]

Latest TV spots for The Rise of Skywalker tease “the rest” of Rey’s story

Latest TV spots for The Rise of Skywalker tease “the rest” of Rey’s story

Throughout the sequel trilogy, Rey has been wondering who she is and how she fits in to this story, waiting for her parents to return. In The Last Jedi, however, it was revealed that Rey's parents were nobodies - a fact important to remember, since Rey herself was the one who admitted this. This was [...]

Brand new clip from The Rise of Skywalker released!

Brand new clip from The Rise of Skywalker released!

Today on Good Morning America, The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams debuted a brand new clip from the upcoming movie! The 30-second clip is from the speeder chase scene on Pasaana, which we've seen glimpses of in various trailers and TV spots. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCPiBWrIaSI I think this looks great. It has that [...]

J.J. Abrams was inspired by Rian Johnson to take a more daring approach in The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams was inspired by Rian Johnson to take a more daring approach in The Rise of Skywalker

When J.J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens, he delivered a very fun and welcome introduction to the sequel trilogy, but the criticism he faced was that it was too similar to A New Hope. Rian Johnson, meanwhile, did things in The Last Jedi we've never seen before in a Star Wars film, and his daring [...]

Carrie Fisher’s brother says Leia was originally supposed to be “the last Jedi” in Episode IX

Carrie Fisher’s brother says Leia was originally supposed to be “the last Jedi” in Episode IX

Whereas The Force Awakens gave Han Solo more of a spotlight and The Last Jedi focused on Luke Skywalker, Episode IX was originally planned to be Leia Organa's time to shine. Of course the focus of this sequel trilogy is on the new characters - especially Rey and Kylo Ren - but the original three [...]

J.J. Abrams gets it: “I never found myself trying to repair anything” Rian Johnson did

J.J. Abrams gets it: “I never found myself trying to repair anything” Rian Johnson did

After The Last Jedi, there was a segment of fans that made their displeasure with the film quite vocal. Some even wondered whether J.J. Abrams would retcon some of the decisions that Rian Johnson made, 'fixing' them in The Rise of Skywalker (which hilariously and falsely assumes that there are mistakes that need fixing in [...]