Kathleen Kennedy Confirms The Next ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Will Be Decided On In June

Star Wars logoPresident of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the next spinoff in the Star Wars franchise will be decided on in June and it will likely release in 2020.

Kennedy confirmed last month that by the end of the year the company will have begun to map out the future of the Star Wars franchise beyond the sequel trilogy. The statement itself was somewhat confusing as the legendary producer had previously said that she was hopeful an announcement regarding the next spinoff after the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story would be coming this summer.

As part of the extensive coverage in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Kennedy participated in an interview in which she offered some clarification when asked whether or not another spinoff was in development:

“Yes. We haven’t identified it yet, but yes. We have a couple of things right now that we’re circling, and we’ll make a decision between the two pretty shortly. It’s probably for 2020, and we will make a decision by June.”

If the company is able to make a decision between one of the two potential projects by next month, then it is certainly possible we could hear an announcement as early as D23 in July.

Next up for Lucasfilm is the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which hits theaters later this year on December 15, 2017. Following Episode VIII is The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. The film is being directed by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is slated for release on May 25, 2018. The franchise will then close out the sequel trilogy with the ninth chapter of the Skywalker saga when Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters May 24, 2019.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.

Source: Vanity Fair

10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

1. Ahch-To at sunset

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In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.

2. Kylo remnants

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In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?

3. A mysterious book

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We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.

4. Lightsaber training

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“It’s so much bigger.”

This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.

5. AT-ATs on the horizon?

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We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. 

6. Still asleep…

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Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.

7. Poe & BB-8 on the run

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The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi. 

8. Falcon takes flight

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There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.

9. Ben
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Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.

10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

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In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV fan with a passion for Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and Stranger Things.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    I would LOVE to see the Darth Vader story redone. I find it hard to marry Hayden Christensen’s whiney performance as Anakin to the Vader that sliced and diced his way through Rebel soldiers in the last 8 minutes of ‘Rogue One’.

    Give us an intense 2 hr and 30-40 min movie that chronicles Anakin’s seduction to the dark side and begin his story at age 19 (not 9). Show him and Obi-Wan as best of friends on Jedi missions and then introduce Palpatine who senses the great power that Anakin has a his plot to subvert him.

    Actually SHOW Anakin murdering the Jedi knights in the temple (including his battle with Cyndralig and his padewan) and eventually his ultimate battle with Obi-Wan on Mustafar…minus the fancy choreography, the hokey swinging on ropes (like it’s a damn Errol Flynn movie) and close quarters fighting on a hover board traveling 30 mph over lava. (Really, George?).

    Lastly…explain the reason for the selection of his Sith garments (robe, cloak and mask) AND how the the life support aspect of it came to be. ROTS gave the impression that that the Emperor had Vader’s outfit simply LYING around as a contingency for JUST such a lava accident. (Smdh) AND…cast Chris OR Liam Hemsworth as Anakin. :-)