The Fangirly Diary of a Geek Girl: How I learned to stop worrying and love Star Wars~
I almost missed Kevin Feige’s comment about Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War… and I’m glad I didn’t because it both ominous and badass:
Within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There are some casting news about the Artemis Fowl movie, but the only one I care about at the moment is Dame Judi Dench playing Commander Root! In the novels, he’s the grizzled, cigar-smoking elf who serves as the leader of LEPRecon, the elite reconnaissance division of the fairy police force. Yep, I wrote “he”, because Julius Root is indeed a dude in the books.
We have seen Leia Organa use the Force to communicate with her twin Luke Skywalker, somehow know they were actually twins (which makes their kiss kinda creepy), and feel her asshole son Kylo Ren off her husband Han Solo; but we’ve never seen her using the Force in a showy manner in the movies until Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And while the execution might not be up to everyone’s tastes, it’s amazing we actually saw it. Here are Rian Johnson’s words on that particular moment:
It’s instinctual, her use of it. It’s the opposite of when Luke Force-pulls the saber in Hoth. It isn’t like, ‘I’m going to try and do this.’ For her it’s just an instinctual thing of, ‘I’m not done yet. I’m not giving up. I’m pulling myself back in.’
My new love for Kelly Marie Tran remains untouched and in fact keeps growing. Here’s another interview where it shows she’s very much a fangirl. Yep, I will have done exactly the same:
Pretty much every scene they would let me go to, I would go. I just wanted to watch people work! I had no scenes with Andy Serkis, but you bet your ass I was there watching Andy Serkis, and same with Laura Dern. It was like someone gave me this golden ticket and I got to the chocolate factory and was never leaving. […] I don’t know how to explain this experience other than to say it was like someone had told me Hogwarts was real. It says so much that every department was so welcoming to me, and they really took time out of their day to talk to me for half an hour and explain things to me.
Did you remember how some of us freaked out because Kevin Feige said Loki would team up with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Well, apparently he didn’t say that at all, and it was a case of misinterpretation… or being a clickbait asshat. In any case, I’m glad we have the actual quote, which implies Loki will be there with Thanos… for a while. OK, that also worries me. Will he be the first casualty?
He’s got some company. There’s some old faces that you’ll recognize. A certain brother of Thor might show up for a while.
Rian Johnson talked about THAT Supreme Leader Snoke scene (and fan expectations) in Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Ultimately Snoke was not built up in the last movie. He was built up with fan theories since the last movie. The truth is Snoke has a couple of very brief scenes in the last film. And I love fan theories by the way. I don’t want to just poo-poo them. I think that’s an important part of Star Wars fandom and I think it’s really fun to think about where these people came from, but the truth is in terms of Snoke’s actual place in this movie, it’s much more similar to the Emperor’s place in the original trilogy. […] It’s not about where he comes from. It’s not about his backstory. He is the guy behind the guy, and I think he plays out his part in this movie as is appropriate.
Since before Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered, we knew Mark Hamill had some doubts about his role in the film, and most recently he has come clean about his feelings about his role and how the Luke Skywalker shown in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is #NotMyLukeSkywalker. But he also added that he “came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they need for this job”.
Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well, in this version, see I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.
Nothing much this day except for Empire’s awesome Black Panther subscriber cover! And it was designed by the film’s actual production designer: Hannah Beachler.
And that’s it for the week. Before I go, I want to wish you Merry Xmas and Happy Birthday to Krysten Ritter, Shane Black, James Mangold, Rian Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Steven Spielberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Ralph Fiennes.