The Star Wars Report: Open Arms


Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s futures are looking murky if you ask some Star Wars fans online. Colin Trevorrow’s slated to direct the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars: Episode IX, and many Star Wars fans are debating whether or not his new film The Book of Henry — a critical failure and burgeoning internet joke — will have any effect on his helming the final film of the trilogy.

A majority of the critical reviews, verging from plain scathing to hilariously so, all express the same concern: If The Book of Henry is this bad, what does that mean for Episode IX?

Well, honestly, it doesn’t mean a lot.

Before The Book of Henry, the last film Trevorrow directed was 2015’s Jurassic World, which received a respectable critical score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an “audience score” of 78 percent, meaning 78 percent of average Joes enjoyed it. In comparison, The Book of Henry has, as of the time of this article’s publishing, received a dismal 25 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and, despite what you might be hearing online, a 74 percent approval rating from audiences.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a Star Wars nerd or just a casual watcher there are those who adore the franchise and would absolutely love to see more about it. There are so many different characters that are worthy of so much more exposure than their getting that one would almost think that Lucas and/or Disney would be more open to more ideas about expanding this beloved universe. With that in mind the desire to see a few more stories be fleshed out within the canon would be something that most fans would jump on.

Here are our picks for five Star Wars characters that deserve their own movies

Darth Maul

There wasn’t quite as much development on this character as fans would like. While it’s true he was revealed to have a brother and his home planet of origin was revealed, his childhood and training are still large question marks that only the comic books seem fit to answer. His relationship to the emperor is more than enough to fuel a story and drive fans wild with the revelation of how he came to hate the Jedi and how he was turned into a living weapon.

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Star Wars icon Mark Hamill says his criticism of The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s take on Luke Skywalker “was inartfully phrased.” Hamill, of course, shot to superstardom 40 years ago as the Tatooine farm boy-turned-intergalatic-hero Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope. After rounding out the Star Wars trilogy with impressive turns in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Hamill went on to successful career both in live-action and animated projects, becoming, among other things, a DC Comics legend as the voice of The Joker on episodic television and in features like Batman: The Killing Joke.

Hamill, however, has not been afraid over the years to use his voice in other ways, oftentimes giving blunt observations about politics, the entertainment industry and sometimes even projects he’s involved in — which turns out to be a pretty big deal when those projects are Star Wars films.

But in a interview with Variety on the red carpet of the Tony Awards earlier this week in New York City, Hamill took the initiative to clarify comments he made at Star Wars Celebration in April about The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson, where he discussed his disagreements with the writer-director about creative decisions he made regarding Luke in the film.

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The full trailer for Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi will be quite a treat to fans, with Disney and Lucasfilm looking to break new ground with it.

Star Wars watcher and YouTuber Mike Zeroh has revealed a new set of niceties about the upcoming trailer, which is expected to be shown this summer.

Before going over the details, it is to be noted that there are three trailers reportedly being worked on for Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi, one of which will be tied to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Dunkirk, another for the D23 event, and one for the web.

According to Zeroh, the Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi trailer “outperforms” all trailers for the most recent films in the saga like Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens. This suggests that Disney and Lucasfilm are going big for the first full-length preview for the highly-anticipated sequel.

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The most anticipated film Star Wars: Episode 8 might see a battle between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker. A recent toy leak has dropped this speculation but fans will have to wait as nothing is officially revealed yet.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has seen a major showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren. But a new update teases that a battle might take place between the uncle and nephew. According to Comicbook.com, the Promo Bricks (via Star Wars News Net), the site has revealed a listing of LEGO sets which are likely to be part of Lucasfilm’s Force Friday event.

A previous leak from the same package has disclosed that The Last Jedi’s climatic battle takes place on the Planet Crait. Now a new leak reveals that this set that is associated with the battle includes mini-figures of Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker.

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If the latest reports are to be believed, fans will have a reason to worry about Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi.

According to the ever-ardent Star Wars watcher and YouTuber Mike Zeroh, Rey could be facing the same danger that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) faced in Star Wars: Episode 5 – Empire Strikes Back.

Fans will remember in the movie that Luke lost his hand, along with his lightsaber, during his showdown with Darth Vader. The trouble Rey will be involved in come Star Wars: Episode 8 will reportedly be in the same vein as that.

Zeroh said that many locals at Pinewood Studios where The Last Jedi was mainly filmed saw Daisy Ridley wearing green sleeve that covers almost her whole arm.

This is a trick in computer-generated imagery (CGI) that will allow the editing team to make that covered part invisible in the post-production for the film, which would mean that at some point, Rey could lose her arm in Star Wars: Episode 8.

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