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The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm announced today two major upcoming release dates. Star Wars: Episode IX is now set for release on May 24, 2019. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film will close out the third Star Wars trilogy. In addition, the fifth chapter of the Indiana Jones series is now confirmed for a July 10, 2020 release. Both Steven Spielberg, director of every Indiana Jonesfilm, and star Harrison Ford will return. Source: StarWars.com
NASA has released an amazing photo of a moon that circles the planet Saturn. Named Tethys, the moon is mostly made of solid ice. Like the Death Star, Tethys has a large, distinctive crater that NASA has named Odysseus. But unlike the Death Star, its rock core and icy surface protects it from internal combustion, and is not some sort of giant phaser ready to shoot down planets. …BUT WE CAN DREAM, CAN’T WE????
Early Monday, Disney and LucusFilms have announced the name of the next Star Wars film: Star Wars: THE LAST JEDI. (TheVerge): Directed by Rian Johnson, the film is said to take up immediately after the final shot of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, when Daisy Ridley’s Rey was handing Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber. Skywalker, it would seem, is the last Jedi of the title, and while it’s not clear what the plot of the film is in any sense, the title alone could indicate the film will be largely centered around Mark Hamill’s character. But as my colleague Sean O’Kane points out, Click Here to Read more
(NYPost.com): Carrie Fisher’s death could be a windfall for Disney. The entertainment company, the distributor of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the next two films in the franchise, could receive $50 million thanks to an insurance policy the company took out in the event Fisher was unable to fulfill her three-film contract. It’s set to be the largest single personal accident insurance claim payout ever, according to Insurance Insider. Fisher reprised her career-making role of Princess Leia from the original 1977 “Star Wars” flick for the new trilogy. “The Force Awakens,” released in December 2015, made $2.068 billion at the Click Here to Read more