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Star Wars Celebration: 10 Out Of This World Cosplays

The Star Wars Celebration is known as the ultimate fan experience. Those in the community, whether they be cosplayers or closeted enthusiasts, look forward to this event almost every year. The convention takes place annually (with the exception of the sorely missed convention in 2018) and is held in different portals of the world each time. In 2017, the Star Wars Celebration was held in Orlando, Florida which brought in over 70,000 people. And this year Chicago, Illinois had the honor of playing host to this highly anticipated occasion.

For Star Wars fans, however, it doesn’t matter where in the world they are— they are willing to make the trek for this convention. Fans come from around the globe to be the first to hear the latest in Star Wars news, meet the actors, and to buy limitless Star Wars souvenirs. Cosplayers are also known to bring their A-game to this coveted event, meaning that there were cosmic ends of phenomenal cosplays crossing paths throughout the convention’s quarters.

It would be a futile task to bring attention to all of the out-of-this-world cosplays that were seen throughout the event. From a Rick and Morty Storm Trooper to a larger-than-life Chewbacca, the creativity put into these costumes were mind-blowing.

So here are 10 inspiring cosplays from the five-day event!

RELATED: Star Wars Celebration 2019

10 Shriv

Shriv Suurgav is a Duro; a humanoid from the planet of the same name. He faithfully served the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Resistance. He helped create a new Inferno Squad for the Resistance and fought against the Imperial Forces. He is a friendly and loyal character, whose allegiance lines up with General Leia Organa. 

Shriv is voiced by Dan Donahue in the 2017 game Star Wars: Battlefront II. However, this cosplayer did a phenomenal job bringing Shriv to life. The special effects mask pairs well with his battle suit and makes the fictional alien look almost real!

9 Krennic and Vice Admiral Holdo

Orson Krennic was introduced into the Star Wars film franchise in 2016’s Rogue One. Australian actor, Ben Mendelsohn, plays the role of Director of the Advanced Weapons Research of the Empire‘s Imperial Military and turns out to be a prominent villain in Return of the Jedi.

Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, an officer in the Rebellion played a vital role in Return of the Jedi. Actress Laura Dern played the stoic lead with grace. And despite her demeanor, audiences couldn’t help feel for her character in those last pivotal moments.

These cosplayers did a phenomenal job recreating these two characters from the newest installments of the Star Wars series. Jen Markham, who is cosplaying as Amilyn Holdo here, shared this photo on her Instagram among a bevy of other cosplays from the Star Wars Celebration. She is described as a “Writer, producer, costumer, inline skater, New Yorker.”

8 The Real Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren is the estranged son of Hans Solo and Lei Organa. Viewers first learn of his history in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and fans have been watching the continuing saga with anticipation to see how Kylo turns out. This tragic warrior of the First Order aspires to be powerful like his grandfather, Darth Vadar. Though, fans are eager to see if he will ever leave the dark side of the Force with the persuasion of Rey.

RELATED: Star Wars 7 / Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

This cosplayer looks startlingly similar to Adam Driver, the actor who portrays Kylo Ren. His costume has full-fledge details so there is no mistaking which character he is. From the rivets on his cloak to his discernible lightsaber scar, this Kylo Ren cosplayer absolutely nailed it.

7 Tamry Vora

Tamara Ryvora, also known as “Tam” is a character on the Disney Channel animated series Star Wars Resistance. Tam, voice by Suzie McGrath, was introduced to the show in 2018 when it first premiered. She is affiliated with the First Order and Team Fireball. Originally, she was meant to be a background character, but she was so well-received that she now plays a major role in the animated TV show.

RELATED: Rey Cosplayers Recreate Last Jedi Mirror Scene At Star Wars Celebration

This cosplayer brought out an absolutely perfect representation of Tam. People complimented her profusely at the Star Wars Celebration for her costume and she even had the chance to meet McGrath in her cosplay. In her photo with McGrath she says,

“…lastly a shoutout to the spirit of procrastination because I finished this project 20 minutes before I took this photo “

6 Zabrak Sith

Zabrak is a near-human species from the planet Iridoniam, according to Star Wars lore. Zabrak is independent, proud and was a fierce defier when the Empire tried to overthrow her planet. Instead, Zabrak fought back and joined the Alliance to restore the Republic. She made her first appearance in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Laura Rose Xavier is a cosplayer and prop maker from Milwaukee, WI. Her special effects makeup work isn’t too shabby either! She created a seamless and convincing Zabrak cosplay, with particular praise going to the signature horns on her head.

5 Hologram Leia

Our first ever glimpse of Princess Leia (played by the late Carrie Fisher) came in the form of a hologram sent to Luke Skywalker in the initial Star Wars film. The hologram was meant to be delivered to Obi One Kenobi, who later takes on the role of Luke Skywalker’s mentor. It was during this scene that Leia delivered the now infamous lines, “Help me Obi One Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

The cosplay scene is laden with a ridiculous amount of creativity, as proven by @mslunaflare. Who would have ever thought to cosplay Hologram Leia? She pulled off the color scheme and overall costume with finesse so that there is no questioning what Star Wars scene this Leia look is referring to.

Luna Flare is a Kansas City cosplayer, who can also be seen frequently dressing up as Disney princesses.

4 Battle Damaged Storm Trooper

This graphic cosplay is one you won’t see every day. It’s this level of imagination that you can expect from cosplayers at the Star Wars Celebration. This battle-damaged Storm Trooper displays a striking scene. Even the usual impeccably white armor is made to look weathered and rusted. There are bullet holes, blood, and a major slash (from a lightsaber, perhaps) in the center of the Storm Trooper helmet.

Storm Troopers are the pawn warriors for the Empire and have been a part of the Star Wars franchise since George Lucas created this mammoth of a story in 1977. Audiences aren’t given much of a first-hand point of view of these characters– well, unless you count Luke and Hans Solo disguising as Storm Troopers in A New Hope.

What other gory details do you notice?

3 QUEEN

Probably the talk of the convention was this epic gathering of handmaidens during the Star Wars Celebration. These cosplayers recreated an “Escape From Naboo” train in reference to the scene in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace during the Fight of Naboo. In this scene, Obi-One and Qui-Gon rescue Queen Amidala and her handmaidens.

At the helm of the group is cosplayer, Jedi Manda posing as Queen Amidala. Behind her are sixteen nearly identical handmaidens. The group walked through the convention in unison, creating a terrific buzz and a memorable moment for many who attended the event.

Jedi Manda is known for creating screen accurate costumes from scratch. She recently debuted a nearly perfect Captain Marvel cosplay and is praised by her followers for her attention to detail. Whether she’s Doctor Strange or Queen Amidala, this cosplayer certainly knows how to turn heads.

2 General Leia

We finally saw the return of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After three decades, Fisher reprised her role, but this time returning as General Leia Organa for the New Alliance.

Fisher sadly passed away just a year before the release of The Last Jedi. Many were concerned at how Fisher’s character would return for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Princess Leia is one of the last characters seen at the end of the 2017 film. Fortunately, director JJ Abrams was able to reuse old footage of the late actress so that fans could rest assured that when they see Leia in the next film, it’s not CGI.

Thankfully, we also have cosplayers that are able to recreate the persona and look of these beloved characters. At first glance, this photo could be mistaken for Carrie Fisher herself. In fact, this is cosplayer, @lilypond81 who is a spitting image of General Leia from the recent films.

1 Force Ghost Luke Skywalker

In The Last Jedi, we see Luke Skywalker in his final moments (maybe– but who know with Star Wars). We seem him briefly alongside other late Jedi Masters as a “Force Ghost” and seemingly, the last we will see of this character after 42 years.

This Force Ghost Luke Skywalker cosplay is one of the more inventive cosplays recognized from the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this year. Cosplayer John Brummet brought this unique idea to life and even caught the attention of Mark Hamill. Hamill, who has played the role of Luke Skywalker since Return of the Jedi, had this to say about the clever cosplay on Twitter,

“Holy Shimmering Skywalker!!! Now THAT’s some top-notch

NEXT: Next Star Wars Celebration Announced For 2020 In Anaheim



2019-04-25 11:04:04

Tiffani Daniel

Rey Cosplayers Recreate Last Jedi Mirror Scene At Star Wars Celebration

At the annual Star Wars Celebration, Rey cosplayers got together to reenact the famous mirror scene from The Last Jedi. Over 20 Reys participated, and did the hand gesture in perfect sync.

The mirror scene is referring to a rather strange sequence in the The Last Jedi. Rey enters a cave on Luke Skywalker’s island to learn about her heritage. One of the biggest mysteries of the new movies was Rey’s parents, and this scene appeared to be leading to some kind of reveal. In the cave, we see mirror versions of Rey saying, “Let me see them, my parents, please.” Rey touches the cave wall, and we see a shadow do the same, seemingly her parent. But, the shadow reveals itself to be Rey, thus the mystery remained at the moment.

RELATED: Star Wars: 10 Spin-Offs The Fans Want & How To Make Them Work

The Star Wars Report posted an image on Twitter showing the Rey cosplayers posing for the scene. The image has quickly gained popularity, with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson himself tweeting, “So cool!” in response.

Although the mirror scene didn’t end up revealing who Rey’s parents were, a later scene seemingly did. Toward the climax of The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren tells Rey that her parents were nobody notable, and that she was abandoned for money. This was controversial with fans, as Rey’s heritage was a big talking point among the continuity. Interestingly, JJ Abrams recently said that there’s more to Rey’s parents than what Kylo Ren revealed.

Not only was there a lot of well done cosplaying at Star Wars Celebration, but new information regarding Episode IX was unveiled as well. Last week, LucasFilm premiered the movie’s first trailer, revealing interesting details and the official title. The Rise of Skywalker brings the saga to an end, according to the trailer. A mysterious laugh was heard at the end, with many theorizing the return of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Indeed, JJ Abrams confirmed that Palpatine was indeed returning.

The Last Jedi proved divisive among fans. However one feels about the decisions made regarding the story, one cannot deny that the series has gone into some unique directions. Interestingly, The Rise of Skywalker seems to be answering some fan complaints about the previous movie. Fans would argue that Luke’s legacy was tarnished in The Last Jedi, but this film is calling itself “Rise.” It sounds like Rey’s heritage will be expanded upon, and the Emperor is returning to close out the story. Everything so far is pointing to The Rise of Skywalker being a satisfying conclusion to the series that began with 1977’s A New Hope.

More: 10 Fan Theories About Emperor Palpatine’s Role In Episode IX

Source: StarWarsReport/Twitter



2019-04-17 07:04:39

Daniel Alvarez

Next Star Wars Celebration Announced For 2020 In Anaheim

Lucasfilm officially announces the next Star Wars Celebration will take place in Anaheim next year. After taking 2018 off, the studio’s trademark convention returned in a major way this past weekend, serving up a treasure trove of treats for fans of the galaxy far, far away. While The Rise of Skywalker was arguably the centerpiece of the event thanks to the debut of the teaser trailer, all corners of the franchise were represented in full force. Attendees got to learn official Mandalorian details, find out what’s on deck from the publishing division, and celebrate the return of Clone Wars (among countless other festivities).

While 2019 is poised to be a banner year for the franchise, things are going to look a little different for the galaxy far, far away in 2020. Disney is planning on putting the Star Wars movies on hiatus for a couple of years as Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss figure out their respective film series, and the Rogue One prequel TV show for Disney+ isn’t premiering until 2021. Still, it’s not like the property will be completely going off the radar next year, so another Celebration is in order.

Related: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Round-up: Biggest News & Reveals

Today, as Celebration Chicago held its closing ceremony, Lucasfilm confirmed there will be a Celebration Anaheim in 2020. No dates were announced yet, but it’s only a matter of time before that happens. The last time Celebration was in Anaheim was 2015, when the studio promoted The Force Awakens.

With no feature film to serve as the main attraction, it’ll be interesting to see how Celebration Anaheim shapes up. It’s certainly plausible there will be a panel dedicated to the next film slate, revealing details for Johnson’s and Benioff & Weiss’ projects. Even if the first of those won’t hit theaters until (theoretically) 2022 at the earliest, it’s vital for Lucasfilm to at the very least secure release dates for these movies as soon as possible. In today’s day and age where franchises are prevalent in the marketplace, lucrative windows can be filled in the blink of an eye. Case in point: Warner Bros. smartly snagged a December 2022 date for Aquaman 2. December, of course, has been a very fruitful month for the modern Star Wars films. Additionally, this would be a way for Lucasfilm to dominate the news cycle and drum up hype for their next era of storytelling.

Of course, it’s entirely possible Celebration Anaheim is a more low-key event when compared to the past handful of years. Not every previous Celebration was tied into the upcoming premiere of a new movie (including the first one under Disney in July 2013), so fans shouldn’t take this as an indication Lucasfilm has something massive up their sleeves. After all, Johnson is still in post-production on his mystery-thriller Knives Out, and Benioff & Weiss are waiting until the final Game of Thrones season is over until they fully shift gears to Star Wars. Regardless of what happens on the film side of things, Celebration Anaheim should have plenty of fun things to check out.

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Source: Lucasfilm


2019-04-16 07:04:31

Chris Agar

Jedi: Fallen Order – Every New Detail Revealed At Star Wars Celebration

Although Star Wars movie and TV news was prominent at Star Wars Celebration 2019, one of the most exciting reveals of the event was video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Developed by Titanfall studio Respawn Entertainment, Jedi: Fallen Order will be released on November 15, 2019.

Jedi: Fallen Order had Star Wars fans wondering about it since it was initially revealed in 2018. The topic of much discussion, particularly given the struggles of publisher EA to release Star Wars games worthy of the license and last year’s loot box debacle surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Jedi: Fallen Order needs to be a hit to help alleviate doubts over EA’s use of the property. Following Star Wars Celebration, at the very least the community knows a little more of what to expect.

Related: Amy Hennig Reactions to Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal

Respawn Entertainment shared plenty of details about Jedi: Fallen Order as part of its panel. With that in mind, here’s everything that was revealed as part of Star Wars Celebration.

The Story of Jedi: Fallen Order

The most exciting part of the reveal was Jedi: Fallen Order‘s inaugural story trailer, which confirmed an awful lot about where the game is set within the context of the wider Star Wars lore. Taking place after the events of Revenge of the Sith, but before A New Hope, Jedi: Fallen Order revolves around the fallout of Order 66. This action was the one that led to the near-destruction of the Jedi, as they were hunted down by the forces of the Emperor.

Enter Cal Kitsis. Cal is the playable character of Jedi: Fallen Order, and is a Jedi Padawan who escaped Order 66. Played by Cameron Monaghan of Gotham, Cal has been hiding his Force sensitivity for some time, but after being forced to reveal himself he must go on the run under pursuit from forces including Purge Troopers and the Second Sister of the Inquisitors – the group made infamous by the events of Star Wars Rebels.

Along the way, it looks like Cal is going to visit plenty of new places for Star Wars fans. Cal’s journey will start on Bracca, which is one of many new locales that Respawn Entertainment is going to include within Jedi: Fallen Order. But if that footage of the Star Destroyers at the scrapyard in that trailer is anything to go by, there’s going to be plenty that’s familiar to Star Wars fans as well.

Cal does appear to have some help in his escape from the Inquisition. The Jedi Padawan will have a droid companion called BD-1, but also will have Cere for support, a former Jedi Knight played by Debra Wilson who will reportedly act as Cal’s mentor. However, given how much the trailer warned players to “trust no-one,” it might be worth keeping a close eye on those who come to Cal offering help.

Page 2 of 2: Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay & Miscellaneous Details

Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Details

Respawn Entertainment did not show any gameplay of Jedi: Fallen Order at Star Wars Celebration, which was a disappointment for those wanting to see the game in action. The developer was able to share a fair few details about how the game will play, however. Thankfully, this provides a decent base line for what fans should expect from Jedi: Fallen Order.

For starters, Respawn has been adamant that Jedi: Fallen Order is a single player, microtransaction-free experience. This was first announced before the more in-depth session, but Respawn reiterated as much throughout, as if to separate it out from the troubles of Visceral or the well-deserved ire of Battlefront 2 – not that the gaming community will forget quickly. With that in mind, players should expect something of a more straightforward, less predatory experience than EA’s previous Star Wars games – although Jedi: Fallen Order will still offer up some cosmetic DLC as part of its inevitable deluxe edition release along with a few extra bits and pieces.

Jedi: Fallen Order will be a third-person, action-heavy experience with an emphasis on melee combat. This will reportedly include both lightsaber combat and the use of Force powers, in line with previous games that put players in the shoes of a Jedi. Since Cal doesn’t appear to have been fully trained before Order 66, it will be interesting to see how he fares using some of these powers.

Respawn explained that Jedi: Fallen Order revolves around “thoughtful combat.” This means players will need to exploit enemy weaknesses in an easy to pick up, difficult to master system that tests the user’s ability to understand mechanics and use all their tricks and tools to succeed. That certainly sounds like a good basis for a combat system, with Cal’s skill growing alongside the player.

It’s not just Cal that will improve over the course of Jedi: Fallen Order, either. His lightsaber will be upgradable too, although at the moment the details on how this upgrade system will work are few and far between. Perhaps it will allow the player to customize the lightsaber in some way, or add some variation in combat styles as seen in games like Jedi Academy.

Everything Else You Need To Know

Unlike other Respawn games, Jedi: Fallen Order is purely single player. Although Respawn did put together a great campaign for Titanfall 2, the studio is known predominantly for its multiplayer efforts. Jedi: Fallen Order is being put together by a new team at Respawn, and headed up by director Stig Asmussen, of God of War fame.

That’s not the only big name who is attached to Jedi: Fallen Order. Chris Avellone has worked as a writer on the game, and his previous writing credits include the fantastic Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, and Prey, among a stunning career of well-crafted games. Often cited as one of the strongest storytellers within gaming, it’s a good sign that Jedi: Fallen Order will deliver when it comes to its Star Wars story.

From a technical standpoint, Jedi: Fallen Order will not be using EA’s in-house Frostbite engine. This engine has been used effectively by DICE for the Star Wars: Battlefront games, but has caused trouble elsewhere in ambitious titles such as Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. Instead, Jedi: Fallen Order is built in Unreal Engine 4, which may allay fears of the kinds of technical glitches seen in other recent EA games.

Finally, Jedi: Fallen Order is now available for pre-order, complete with the aforementioned deluxe edition that comes with cosmetic options for both the lightsaber and BD-1, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage of the game being made. That said, some may wait until more details are available; even if it’s looking good so far, the complete lack of gameplay footage means this is still something of a gamble to immediately put on pre-order. May 4 may be a fitting date for another reveal for the game, but a much better bet will be that more details, including gameplay, will be shared as part of the EA Play event during E3 2019. Then, fans will be able to see exactly how Jedi: Fallen Order is shaping up.

More: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Round-Up: The Biggest News & Reveals


2019-04-16 05:04:31

Rob Gordon

Biggest News From The Mandalorian Celebration Panel

Star Wars Celebration began to lift the lid on the secrets of The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. The Mandalorian is set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, against the backdrop of a galaxy in chaos. The Empire has fallen, but the New Republic hasn’t really stabilized as a force for law and order across the galaxy just yet. As Jon Favreau noted, in the aftermath of a revolution “it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly.

The Mandalorian will be one of the first TV shows to premiere on the Disney + streaming service, and will be available on November 12, the launch of Disney +. Given that’s quite a way away, it sadly proved far too soon for a trailer drop. In fact, while footage and behind-the-scenes shots were shared at the panel, they weren’t streamed online.

Related: The Mandalorian Footage Description

Filoni and Favreau were joined by special guests, stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Corano, and Carl Weathers. The whole panel were careful to avoid giving away any major spoilers, but they did confirm a few details.

The Mandalorian’s true identity is evidently being set up as one of the show’s greatest mysteries. The panel studiously avoided using his name, with even Pedro Pascal referring to his character as “The Mandalorian” throughout. He was described as a skilled bounty hunter with questionable morals, and Pascal suggested that his portrayal was influenced by both Westerns and old Samurai movies. The Mandalorian’s ship is called the Razor Crest.

Lucasfilm may be hesitant to reveal the identity of The Mandalorian, but they did at least give names to members of the supporting cast. Gina Corano is playing an original character called Kara Dune, an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s struggling to adjust to civilian life now the Galactic Civil War has come to an end. She appears to be something of an action heroine; descriptions of the footage suggest she’s every bit as skilled in battle as Pedro Pascal’s character. Corano likes to do her own stunts, and told an anecdote about dragging another member of the cast during an action sequence.

Meanwhile, Carl Weathers is confirmed to be playing the part of Greef Marga. He’s described as head of a local branch of the Bounty Hunters Guild, and apparently he hires the Mandalorian because “he’s looking for someone to go after a product that he wants to bring to a client.” Fans of the old Expanded Universe will be thrilled to see the Bounty Hunters Guild become more prominent in the Disney Star Wars canon; they were a major part of the EU, but until now have only ever been mentioned in the new canon.

Related: What To Expect From The Mandalorian TV Show

Favreau and Filoni have clearly gone to great effort to ensure The Mandalorian fits perfectly into the ongoing narrative of the Star Wars galaxy. They described it as drawing in plot threads from the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, and The Clone Wars. Intriguingly, Favreau noted that it’s “even pulling stuff in from Legends, starting to bring some of that EU stuff in.” That will have to be done very carefully, given Karen Traviss’ Mandalorian novels were hugely popular, but flatly contradicted The Clone Wars.

The 501st Legion is an international fan-group best known for stunning Stormtrooper cosplays and their high-profile charity events. When it came to casting Stormtroopers for The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm decided to reach out to the 501st. Amusingly, the group who turned up had no idea they were actually going to play Stormtroopers in the first live-action Star Wars TV series. Jon Favreau noted that this provided an ideal opportunity to see just how the fans would react to the show.

Jon Favreau is well-known for being at the cutting edge of modern cinema; he’s the director behind the remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King. But with The Mandalorian, Favreau was careful to ensure that everything felt like it belonged to the same galaxy as George Lucas’ movies. He went old-school, using everything from puppets to animatronics. The visual effects team even went through the films to work out the tracking shots Lucas tended to use for starfighter combat, so they could reproduce it.

More: Star Wars Celebration 2019: How To Watch Live & Panel Times


2019-04-14 01:04:20

Thomas Bacon

Star Wars Celebration 2019 Round-Up: The Biggest News & Reveals

Here’s a round-up of all the biggest news from Star Wars Celebration 2019. For years, Star Wars Celebration has been a huge event for fans of the Star Wars franchise. It’s a tradition that began back in 1999, when George Lucas used it to promote Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and while it sometimes skips a year – there was no Star Wars Celebration 2018, for example – this one’s a special one. It marks the beginning of the marketing campaign for the last film in the sequel trilogy – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Over the weekend, there’ll be a whole host of panels focusing on everything from the movies to the comics, from the TV shows to the Galaxy’s Edge theme park, from the computer games to the novels. Lucasfilm hold a lot of news in reserve ahead of Star Wars Celebration, which means there’s a lot for Star Wars lovers to keep up with. Attention has naturally been focused on the films and TV series, and it’s not hard to miss some of the other key announcements.

RELATED: Star Wars Celebration 2019: How To Watch Live & Panel Times

So here’s a collection of all the biggest breaking news from Star Wars Celebration 2019, to help you keep up-to-date on everything that’s happening in a galaxy far, far away.

  • This Page: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the TV Shows
  • Next Page: Official Star Wars Games and Merchandise

The Official Title of Episode IX is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The sequel trilogy will come to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. At the Star Wars Episode IX panel, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams stressed that they have a responsibility to bring a satisfying close to not just the sequels – but the entire Star Wars saga. The title is every bit as mysterious and enigmatic as that of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it’s sure to inspire a lot of speculation over the months to come. Is this referring to the last of the Skywalker bloodline, Kylo Ren or Leia? Does it refer to a major role for the Force Ghosts of Luke and possibly even Anakin? It probably doesn’t mean Rey is being retconned as a Skywalker, but it could mean Rey moves beyond Jedi, founding a new order called “Skywalkers.”

Related: The Rise of Skywalker: What Star Wars 9’s Title Really Means

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Dropped At Last

The Star Wars 9 panel ended with the much-anticipated release of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was only a teaser trailer, raising as many questions as it gave answers, and it began with an extended scene in which Kylo Ren chases Rey down in his TIE Interceptor. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Cropduster scene in North by Northwest, this ended with Rey performing a stunning Force Leap over Kylo Ren’s fighter with her lightsaber in hand. The trailer ended with the Resistance heroes unexpectedly heading to what appeared to be Endor, and looking out at the wreckage of the second Death Star. As the screen faded to black, there was a sinister and very familiar laugh. When the lights came back on after the trailer, the delighted audience found that Ian McDiarmid had taken to the stage. His presence confirmed the shocking twist: Palpatine is back.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown – 28 Story Reveals & Secrets

The panel carefully avoided answering any specific questions; they wouldn’t even indicate how much time had passed between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Still, Naomi Ackie did confirm that her mysterious character’s name is Jannah, and Lucasfilm revealed that Artoo has a new droid friend, D-O.

The Story of Hera Syndulla Will Be Continued In A Tie-In Novel

Star Wars Rebels may have come to an end, but Hera Syndulla’s story isn’t over. At the Lucasfilm Publishing panel, Alexander Freed revealed that his upcoming Star Wars tie-in novel, Alphabet Squadron, will see Hera take command of a rag-tag group of New Republic pilots in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor.

Page 2 of 2: Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars Games and Merchandise

Fans Were Given A Glimpse of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme parks are due to open this year, at Paris in May and at Florida in August. They’re set on the in-canon Star Wars Universe planet known as Batuu, site of the Black Spire Outpost. Although this is a brand new addition to Star Wars canon, the planet and its inhabitants are full of familiar lore and it’s being written into the timeline via various novels and comics, including one where Han Solo and Chewbacca visited the location in the original trilogy era. The panel spent some time teasing the excitement of visiting a to-scale Millennium Falcon, which is the basis of a highly interactive flight and combat simulator. The goal will be to keep the Falcon in one piece but if you take a lot of blaster fighter or crash into spires, that damage will be reflected in the iconic corridors of the old hunk of junk on the way out. Lights will be broken, comms will be messed up, etc. A future attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, involves joining a Resistance group who live in the ancient ruins – and winding up in the gun-sights of the First Order.

All of the vendors here sell items that are set in-canon, in-world and are only available at Galaxy’s Edge. Even Hasbro is selling toys that are exclusively available at the park, and skip the regular packaging you’d see in normal stores. Coca-Cola has collaborated with Lucasfilm to create unique new cans that are labeled in Aurabesh.

Related: Galaxy’s Edge Details, Characters, Videos, Star Wars App Revealed

Vader Immortal Was Revealed

ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio, finally shared details of the upcoming Star Wars VR game, Vader Immortal. They confirmed that star Maya Rudolph will play ZOE3, a quick-witted droid co-pilot and first mate that players partner with. “Much in the way Alan Tudyk did with K-2SO, we needed somebody for this role that could create a unique character using their improvisation and performance skills,” writer and executive producer David S. Goyer noted at the Vader Immortal panel. “Maya truly was the first person we thought of, right from the very beginning, and her contributions and sense of humor have guided ZOE3 every step of the way.

The story will be closely tied to the wider Star Wars universe, with a direct link to ILMxLAB’s previous VR game Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. You’ll get to explore Mustafar, and even interact with the planet’s natural inhabitants. In the game, you play a smuggler who gets taken in by Imperial Forces and escorted to Vader’s castle for a very important mission. “The story is about why Vader has chosen you,” Goyer said. It also explores the man behind the mask. “There’s a mournfulness, a sadness beneath the helmet,” he added, and promised that players will get to see that side of the Dark Lord in an intimate and surprisingly emotional way.

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Jedi: Fallen Order Was Revealed – And Will Release In 2019

Respawn Entertainment revealed the story trailer for Jedi: Fallen Order, confirming that the game will be a single-player with no microtransactions. It stars a Jedi pupil named Cal Kestis, who survived Order 66 and is on the run from the Imperial Inquisitors. The focus is on what Respawn Entertainment called “thoughtful combat,” and it will introduce players to a host of new planets and characters. It will be fascinating to see how this fits into the wider Star Wars story, given the odds of Cal’s survival by the end of the story are pretty slim. To the delight of gamers, Respawn revealed that Jedi: Fallen Order will release on November 15 this year. No actual gameplay was shown during the panel, which focused more on the basics and the story, but it surely won’t be long until Respawn release some.

Star Wars Pinball is Coming to Nintendo Switch

Chris Baker, Zen Studios’ creative director, revealed that Star Wars pinball is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. Speaking to StarWars.com, he explained that game will come packed with its previously released collection of 19 digital pinball tables, including those based on the prequel, classic, and sequel trilogies, Rogue OneSolo, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels. The Switch edition is also getting all-new modes: the community-based Galactic Struggle, which allows players to contribute points to the light or dark side; a new Career mode, in which fans choose the side of the Jedi or Sith as they work their way up the ranks; and a Force Training mode for pinball Padawans.

Hasbro’s Black Series Is Coming To Galaxy’s Edge

Hasbro revealed that a range of exclusive Black Series figures will be available only at Galaxy’s Edge, including a First Order 4-pack (Kylo Ren, Commander Pyre from Star Wars Resistance, a Mountain Trooper, and an MSE droid), a Droid Depot 4-pack (C-3PO, R2-D2, BB-8, and Galaxy’s Edge’s own R-3X), and a Smuggler’s Run 4-pack (Jedi Training Rey, Chewbacca, fan-favorite Hondo Ohnaka, and some Porgs).

The Emperor Returns to the Black Series

The Emperor is returning to the Black Series with an Amazon exclusive model that’s inspired by Return of the Jedi. This new take on Palpatine includes three alternate heads, Force lightning, and a throne. “We’ve updated the soft goods,” said product design manager Sam Smith, “which is important for our Emperor. Unlike the earlier iteration of the Sith Lord, this new version can fully bend his legs thanks to a fully cloth cloak, allowing him to do something simple but iconic: sit down.

Hasbro Is Working On The Ultimate Lightsaber

At the end of the Hasbro panel, they cut the lights and showed off a whole new lightsaber toy that actually ignites a beam of light. No photographs or videos were allowed, and it’s currently only at a prototype stage. Vickie Stratford, director product design and development, noted that it’s the latest in Hasbro’s efforts to develop “the ultimate Star Wars lightsaber.

NEXT: Star Wars Celebration Chicago: Photos From The Show Floor


2019-04-13 09:04:47

Thomas Bacon

What Trailers & Reveals To Expect At Star Wars Celebration 2019

Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner, so what trailers and reveals can fans expect over the weekend? After sitting 2018 out, Lucasfilm’s trademark convention returns in 2019 and there’s plenty to be excited about. This year is set to be a massive one for the entire franchise, with Episode IX premiering, The Mandalorian forging ahead into the realm of live-action TV, and several other materials on the horizon. Once the floodgates open, the galaxy far, far away will once again dominate the pop culture zeitgeist.

For those lucky enough to attend Celebration Chicago, the major panels are only the tip of the iceberg, but for everyone else following from home, they’ll be the main attractions. Lucasfilm has already confirmed presentations for Episode IX, The Mandalorian, and their various animation shows. History’s proven there will be some marketing materials unveiled at these panels, so we’re running down what fans can expect over the next few days.

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Episode IX is unsurprisingly a centerpiece at Celebration, much like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before it. Lucasfilm clearly has something big planned here, as they’ve yet to even announce the film’s official title (despite the movie wrapping about two months ago). The studio seems to be pulling a page out of the Avengers: Endgame playbook and saving the title reveal for the trailer, which will surely cap off the panel. There should also be lots of information about the film. In the past, Lucasfilm’s revealed new characters and teased plot points at Celebration. The Star Wars 9 panel is on Friday, April 12 from 11 am – 12 pm CDT.

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The Mandalorian panel, which takes place on Sunday, April 14 from 11 am – 12 pm CDT, will probably also end with the first bits of footage from the streaming show. The only question is if fans will learn the release date, because it’s likely connected to Disney Plus’ launch. If Disney announces when their subscription service will be available at an investors’ meeting on April 11, Lucasfilm can then confirm the Mandalorian release date.

Lucasfilm surprised everyone last summer at San Diego Comic-Con when they announced the fan-favorite Clone Wars animated series was getting a revival so it could finally end its story on its own terms. The Clone Wars panel takes place Sunday, April 14 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm CDT, where a “sneak peek” will be shown. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a trailer there as well, building hype for the anticipated return. Like The Mandalorian, this will be on Disney Plus.

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Star Wars video games haven’t had the best of luck in recent years, but everyone’s hoping the tide changes with Fallen Order. The story follows a young Padawan in the aftermath of Order 66, and Lucasfilm will be spotlighting the game during a panel on Saturday, April 13 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm CDT. In addition to learning more details about the game, people should also be treated to a trailer. There are high hopes for Fallen Order, which is part of Triple Force Friday this fall.

Episode IX is the end of the current slate of Star Wars films, but Lucasfilm as a lot more in the works. There are currently two separate trilogies being developed by Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, the latter of which is said to revolve around the Old Republic. These movies are currently without release dates, and Celebration seems like a logical platform to announce future plans. However, nothing’s been confirmed yet. The studio may be waiting until another time to unveil a slate. They can schedule these at any time and keep Celebration focused on the present.

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2019-04-12 08:04:51

Chris Agar

Star Wars Celebration 2019: How To Watch Live & Panel Times

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is finally here, taking place in Chicago from April 11-15, and we have a guide to all the panels and how to watch them live – to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Disney has been carefully keeping Star Wars 9 under wraps, with only a half-second of footage from the movie seen so far (and that half-second only shown to audiences at CinemaCon). However, with an entire fan event dedicated to everything Star Wars, we can expect to see the first trailer, poster, and other major reveals.

While it’s obviously the main attraction, Star Wars: Episode IX isn’t the only part of the franchise that will be promoted at Star Wars Celebration 2019. There’s also highly-anticipated TV show The Mandalorian, which will debut on new streaming service Disney+ along with a new season of The Clone Wars, upcoming video game Jedi: Fallen Order, VR experience Vader Immortal, season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, and details about new Disney Parks attraction Galaxy’s Edge.

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There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a Star Wars fan, so whether you’re attending Star Wars Celebration in person or just planning to watch the panels online, here’s what you need to know.

Both StarWars.com and the official Star Wars YouTube page will livestream Celebration panels, along with interviews and segments from the show floor, as part of The Star Wars Show LIVE. The show will be hosted by Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni. If you miss out on watching them live, videos from each of the panels are usually uploaded to the Star Wars YouTube channel the next day, and you can also find videos of smaller panels that aren’t featured on the main livestream on the channel as well.

  • Star Wars: Episode IX Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST – We can expect to finally learn the full title of Star Wars: Episode IX during this panel, along with an official poster reveal and a trailer.
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series Panel – 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST – ILMxLAB and Oculus offer a sneak peek at a VR experience that takes you into the heart of Darth Vader’s Mustafar Fortress.
  • Creatures, Droids, and Aliens Panel – 4pm CT/5pm ET/2pm PT/10pm BST – Neal Scanlan, Creative Supervisor of Pinewood Studios’ Star Wars creature shop, hosts a look behind the scenes at the making of the Sequel Trilogy’s aliens and droids.
  • Lucasfilm Publishing Panel – 4:45pm CT/5:45pm ET/2:25pm PT/10:45pm BST – Expect announcements of upcoming Star Wars tie-in books and novels from a panel featuring writers like Jeffrey Brown, Claudia Gray, and Timothy Zahn.
  • Galaxy’s Edge Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST – Details about upcoming Disney Parks attraction Galaxy’s Edge, which will feature a ride called Rise of the Resistance and offer blue and green milk as refreshments.
  • Del Rey Panel – 12:45pm CT/1:45pm ET/10:45am PT/6:45pm BST – Star Wars authors Claudia Gray, Timothy Zahn, Alexander Freed, and Delilah S. Dawson discuss their current books and what else is on the way.
  • Rebels Remembered Panel – 12:45pm CT/1:45pm ET/10:45am PT/6:45pm BST – A retrospective on Star Wars Rebels with Dave Filoni and special guests. Disney has said that a new series will not be announced during this panel.
  • Jedi: Fallen Order Panel – 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST – A first look at the upcoming video game from Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment. Expect a trailer and possibly a gameplay demo.
  • The Mandalorian Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BT – Our first proper look at the Disney+ series, with a trailer and possibly other footage to be expected, and hopefully a release date as well.
  • Marvel Comics Presents: Star Wars Panel – 2:30pm CT/3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT/8:30pm BST – Marvel Comics writers Greg Pak and Ethan Sacks discuss their respective comic book series, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • The Clone Wars Panel – 3:30pm CT/4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT/9:30pm BST – This panel will offer a sneak peek at the revival of the series, and we can probably expect a trailer as well.
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST – A look back at the movie that kicked off the prequel trilogy, hosted by Warwick Davis with special guests.
  • Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Panel – 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST – Executive Producers Justin Ridge, Athena Portillo, Brandon Auman plus special guests offer a sneak peak at the upcoming season.
  • Star Wars Celebration Closing Ceremony – 3:30pm CT/4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT/9:30pm BST – Wind down with a closing ceremony that looks back at the biggest reveals and highlights of the weekend.

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2019-04-12 08:04:47

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Full Star Wars Celebration 2019 Mural Revealed – Including Episode 9

The full Star Wars mural at Celebration Chicago – including the Episode IX section – has officially been revealed. This weekend, the galaxy far, far away takes center stage in the Windy City, with Lucasfilm going the extra mile to make their trademark convention a memorable experience for attendees. It goes without saying there are plenty of big panels planned over the next few days, spotlighting the various corners of the franchise and teasing upcoming projects.

It’s been said before, but 2019 is a massive year for Star Wars. More than four decades after George Lucas started the Skywalker saga with the original film, Lucasfilm is at long last bringing this story to a close in Episode IX. Though the studio has several other movies and television shows in the works, J.J. Abrams’ film will be the final chapter in a story audiences have been following since 1977, marking the end of an era. That incredible history is on display in full force during Celebration Chicago.

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Those walking through McCormick Place have probably already seen the beautiful Star Wars mural, which acts as an illustrated timeline of the franchise to date. The 11 feature films and both animated shows are represented. When Celebration kicked off, the last part of the mural was covered in black tarp, keeping the Episode IX art hidden from public view. But now, it’s finally been revealed for all to see. Check it out in the space below, via @DanielKennedyDK:

It goes without saying there isn’t anything too spoilery here; the artists were likely working with minimal Episode IX assets to draw from, so they were limited with what they could include. Perhaps the biggest reveal is Kylo Ren’s reconstructed helmet, which is held together by the red adhesive material that was reported on late last year. The section is a nice blend of sequel trilogy and legacy characters, with the Resistance’s big three (Rey, Finn, and Poe) appearing alongside Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO. That works as a depiction of what the modern movies – and Episode IX in particular – represent. Chewie and the droids have been here since the very beginning, so it’s only right for them to have spots at the end of the mural. Odds are, this is their last rodeo on the big screen.

As great as it is to see Artoo and Threepio on the Episode IX portion, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have sizable roles in the film. After all, Captain Phasma is a curious inclusion on the Last Jedi section, even though she hardly had any screen time in the sequels. It’s quite plausible everyone’s favorite dynamic droid duo were include for sentimental reasons than anything else; wile both have had moments in The Force Awakens and Last Jedi, they’ve been background players within the larger context of the plot. Many fans would enjoy to see that change for Episode IX, so it’ll be interesting to see how everything plays out.

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Source: @DanielKennedyDK



2019-04-12 06:04:04

Chris Agar

Biggest News From The Star Wars 9 Celebration Panel

Lucasfilm finally peeled back the curtain on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealing lots of new information during Celebration Chicago. In the build-up to the convention, the mystery box surrounding the film was locked tight, with even the official title kept under wraps until the big day. But now the floodgates are open, and already Episode IX is delivering surprises few people would have predicted a couple of months ago.

Due to the nature of the marketing strategy (the trailer came at the very end of the presentation), director J.J. Abrams and company were somewhat limited with what they could talk about and had to dance their way around certain topics. However, the panel did showcase some cool bits from the upcoming film, and we’re going to run them all down here.

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Other than the title, this was the biggest reveal of the entire panel. Sheev Palpatine, overarching villain of the first two trilogies in the Skywalker saga, is returning for the final chapter. Once again, he will be portrayed by the one and only Ian McDiarmid, who first appeared as the character in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The nature of Palpatine’s reemergence is, of course, heavily guarded for now, but all signs point to him being the movie’s big bad that must be defeated in order for freedom to truly be restored to the galaxy. It’ll be interesting to see how much of Palpatine is showcased in the rest of marketing. Lucasfilm may want to preserve as many of his scenes as possible and rely more on the sequel trilogy’s established characters to sell the film.

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Palpatine isn’t the only Return of the Jedi character coming back for Episode IX. Last summer, it was confirmed Billy Dee Williams would reprise his iconic role as Lando Calrissian. The actor was among the many on hand for the panel, and Lucasfilm gave fans their first look at the old smoothie from the film. Lando’s costume seems heavily inspired by Donald Glover’s outfit in spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story, with the yellow shirt prominently featured. Calrissian also made a brief appearance in the trailer, flying the Millennium Falcon with Chewie.

The sequel trilogy gave Star Wars fans plenty of new characters to fall in love with, but unlike Luke, Han and Leia in the original trilogy, this new group hasn’t spent much time together. Finn went on separate adventures with Poe and Rey in Force Awakens, and then the trio was separated for much of Last Jedi. During the Rise of Skywalker panel, Abrams confirmed the Resistance heroes would embark on a new mission together, allowing their relationships to further develop and flourish. Part of the Star Wars charm is watching the characters play off each other, so hopefully there’s some fun banter and interactions that rank among the best the saga’s seen.

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The subject of the trilogy’s most infamous plot hole (will it ever be “another time” to ask that good question?), the Skywalker family lightsaber has been a key component of the sequels so far. Of course, during The Last Jedi, the weapon was literally torn into two halves, though Rey was seen at the end keeping both pieces for herself. Fans wondered if Rey would construct a new lightsaber or simply restore the old one, and it looks like it’s the latter. During the panel, Daisy Ridley stated that the lightsaber lives, and the trailer footage showed her wielding it. Whether it’s fixed at the start of the film or not remains to be seen.

Page 2: New Characters, Droids, and Aliens

Rose Tico was not seen in the trailer, but Kelly Marie Tran is in Episode IX. The actress sat on the panel and a new image of Rose talking with Rey was shown on the screen. While that was happening, Abrams took the opportunity to say how thankful he was that Rian Johnson cast Tran in The Last Jedi, which was a huge, public display of support for her. Tran was incessantly harassed online following The Last Jedi‘s premiere, and it got to the point where she had to leave social media. Lucasfilm seemed to make it a point to champion Tran and her contributions to the films, which is nice to see considering all that happened. How Rose factors into the larger story remains to be seen.

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Every Star Wars film introduces new characters to the canon, and Rise of Skywalker is no different. Among the many fresh faces is relative newcomer Naomi Ackie, who plays someone called Jannah. Not much was revealed outside of that, but it was confirmed she will cross paths with the main trio, perhaps going along on the adventure with them. At first glance, Jannah would appear to be aligned with the Resistance’s cause, but betrayals are known to happen in Star Wars, so Jannah’s true nature is one of the many questions remaining about Episode IX.

Droids have always been a vital part of the Star Wars franchise. R2-D2 and C-3PO established that legacy back in 1977, with the likes of BB-8, K-2SO, and L3-37 following in their footsteps during the Disney era. Before the book closes on the Skywalker saga, Abrams and company gave the story one last cute robotic companion. His name is Dio (also known as D-0), and a working prop was brought on the Celebration stage to show off. Much like BB-8 once upon a time and then the porgs, Dio looks like he’s taken the mantle of the “adorable cute thing” that’ll sell merchandise like hotcakes. It’s only a matter of time before Sphero welcomes Dio to their app-enabled droid family.

Star Wars is famous for its intricate creature designs, which populate the galaxy with a wide variety of interesting aliens that are instantly recognizable in the pop culture zeitgeist. It’s why just about every film has its own version of “the cantina scene,” allowing the creature shop to go wild and let their imaginations run free. For Rise of Skywalker, there’s a new alien character, and it sounds like he has a decent role. He’s called Klaud, and Abrams described him as a friend of the Resistance that Chewbacca brings in. It’s unknown who plays Klaud, but he’s already left an impression on viewers. The juxtaposition of him next to a Wookiee could be very amusing.

Moviegoers waited a very long time to learn some official details about Rise of Skywalker, and the first tastes were quite tantalizing. Obviously, this is just the beginning of what should be an eight-month long marketing campaign, slowly building up hype and anticipation until the film’s premiere this December. After being in the dark for a while, it’s nice to know at least a few things about the movie.

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2019-04-12 03:04:01

Chris Agar