The Fangirly Diary of a Geek Girl: How I learned to stop worrying and love Star Wars~
Greetings, fellow fangirls and fanboys! This week it’s all about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, because it has become the most divisive Star Wars film ever, and there was much to talk about. Also, new images, casting news and a new title! Here’s how the week started:
Our beloved Space Mom Carrie Fisher passed away a year ago, and besides all the pain and sadness, we wondered what will become of her last role, that of Princess Leia/General Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie premiered and we were told her arc didn’t change. It was as it was meant to be. Director Rian Johnson said why:
Given that we have a beautiful, complete performance from her that I think audiences deserve to see, and I think it will mean a lot for them, that ray of hope from Leia. For all of those reasons I felt really strongly that we had to let this fly. Luckily we have a fantastic storyteller in J.J. Abrams who is going to figure out a way to bring it home in the end, that’s going to be satisfying, I know he’s going to. With this movie I just wanted audiences to have this performance.
Rian Johnson also commented on what Kylo Ren said about Rey’s parents… one of the most awaited answers Star Wars: The Last Jedi was supposed to answer… which it did, with mixed results. Personally I find it amazing, and I would hate if it were retconned.
I don’t think he’s lying in that moment — I think he is like telling what he saw and I think that Rey seems like she believes it in that moment. So for me, I wrote it as an honest revelation and as an honest kind of reaction to it, as opposed to a move in a game of chess.
On loosely related news, because Oscar Isaac. He’s in talks to voice Gomez Addams… on a computer-animated Addams Family movie. Dammit! I mean Oscar as Gomez is the best idea, and people have fancasted him in the role for a couple of years now (that I am aware of), but why waste his face on an animated movie. I mean, just look at him! His Sucker Punch look is basically perfect for the role!
You know how Amazon is doing their adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, and we will probably have a Gandalf there? Well, Sir Ian McKellen is putting himself out there because he wants to keep the role. Good for you, sir!
I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.
In box office news, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened to a near-record $220 million in USA and about $451 million globally. I say “near-record” because first place remains with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its $247.9 million first weekend.
It seems that J.J. Abrams has already pitched the Star Wars: Episode IX story to Disney. Damn, too late for those fans who hated Star Wars: The Last Jedi to send in their ideas! Episode IX already has a working title apparently, and it is Black Diamond. Cue the fan theories!
We are getting over 20 minutes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scenes in the home video release that include Finn, Rose, and DJ sneaking around Snoke’s ship, a scene where Poe is catching Finn up on events during his recovery, and a full training sequence with Rey and Luke. And you know what else? A freaking blooper reel. I am so happy!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially the most divisive Star Wars film to date. Yes, that includes the prequels. Some unsatisfied fans are campaigning to have The Last Jedi removed from the Star Wars canon. Yeah, that’s kinda dumb and I hardly think Disney is going to do it, but if they have to vent that’s fine as stupid I think it is. Did I mention how stupid I think that petition is?