The eighth episode in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, may not be coming until later this year, but that hasn’t stopped Lucasfilm and Disney from wanting to tease us with the new trilogy’s conclusion. Earlier today Episode IX’s release date was announced by the studio, and unlike The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it won’t be in December.
It’s now official that Episode IX will hit theaters May 24, 2019.
This isn’t the first film in the revived franchise to come earlier in the year, as the Han Solo anthology film will release in the spring as well (with a May 25, 2018 release date). These seem like much larger gambles though than the December dates that The Force Awakens and Rogue One enjoyed. As there was little January competition for the films, they remained in theaters longer, and saw better ticket sales. By putting out movies in May, the movies will face much stronger competition.
On this (audio only) episode of Nerd & Tie, your three hosts have gathered in the Wisconsin Dells to do an episode of the show live at No Brand Con 2017! We discuss the first trailer for The Last Jedi, celebrate the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000, contemplate Monica Valentinelli and Tad William’s withdrawal from Odyssey Con, and marvel at the fall of Rocky Mountain Fur Con.
We were tight on time, so there’s not a lot of audience interaction – but we did remember to mock Arcemise.
Breathe, just… breathe. The first teaser trailer is now here for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it’s exactly what we needed. First shown earlier today at Star Wars Celebration, like the trailers for The Force Awakens it doesn’t give too much away. It does however whet our appetites for the film so sharply that December can’t come soon enough.
I don’t want to speculate too much (or spoil the trailer before you watch it), so you should really just put the video on. I rewatched it three times right now, and I’ll probably do so again. I am very, very excited about this movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
Omaze, Disney and Lucasfilm are teaming up yet again with their Force For Change charity project this year, and it promises to be bigger than ever. The collaboration has previously raised $4.26 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs, and is kind of a big deal. By donating the campaign, you get the chance to win a myriad of prizes, which include:
Spending the night at the Skywalker Ranch, where you’ll get to tour the place and see a private screening of A New Hope
The chance to go to the premiere for The Last Jedi and walk the red carpet with the cast.
A visit to the Han Solo anthology movie set, and appearance onscreen in the film (we assume as an extra).
There are other prizes and perks, and you can find them by going to the campaign’s official website. The campaign starts today, and this year’s contributions support UNICEF and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s for a good cause, and it’s some pretty neat stuff.
Production on the still untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology film is already underway, and the cast looks pretty fantastic. I mean, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo are a pretty talented group of people.
And it looks like we can add one more.
It’s now been announced that actor Michael K. Williams has joined the cast. Williams has a long resume, but is probably best known for his role on The Wire. Of course, I will always remember him most for his character on season three of Community (where he acted alongside his Han Solo Anthology film co-star Donald Glover).
The going theory is that Williams will be playing the film’s unnamed villain, though that’s speculation. He certainly has the screen presence to pull off a part that important, but as we have zero details on the character that’s the most we can say. In any case, this should be fun.
The Han Solo Anthology film is currently scheduled to come out May 25th 2018.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss how Bill Paxton’s passing, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s new season getting a release date, the addition of Generation 2 to Pokemon Go, Matt Reeves taking over The Batman, Syfy launching reality series Cosplay Melee, how “Jedi” is plural in The Last Jedi, and how Angry Goat Productions quietly cancelled their Sailor Moon Themed events.
Because who would have guessed that the company that cancels all of their events would cancel another.
Since its reveal, the semi-cryptic title for the eighth episode in Star Wars‘s Skywalker saga has left many guessing as to what or who “The Last Jedi” is. The problem comes down to language, as Jedi is both the singular and plural form of the noun. This means that “The Last Jedi” could refer to one person, a group of people, or even (as John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats posits) the Ultimate Jedi who wastes all the other Jedi and eats their bones.
You see, while English for the most part doesn’t modify it’s articles or adjectives based on the singular of plural status of a noun, a lot of other languages do. As we have now learned that the French title for the film is Les Derniers Jedi and the Spanish title is Los Últimos Jedi. For both of these, while they directly translate to “The Last Jedi,” the forms of “the” and “last” both are in their plural forms. We see the same thing in the German (Die Letzten Jedi) and Portuguese (Os Últimos Jedi) titles as well.
It’s pretty clear that the title refers to multiple Jedi then, and not just Luke Skywalker. We kind of expected this though, especially considering Episode VI’s title (Return of the Jedi) used it as a plural too, referencing both Luke’s taking up the mantle and Anakin’s redemption. Honestly I expect it refers to both Luke and Rey (who is clearly his new apprentice), as well as a reveal of more details surrounding Kylo Ren’s fall.
With the passing of Kenny Baker last year, Lucasfilm needed a new performer to take over operating R2-D2 in the Star Wars films. I mean, sure they could go completely electronic or CGI with the character as they have with BB-8 and K2-SO, but there’s just something special about a human operator squeezing themselves into that tiny shell.
THR is reporting that the performer filling those shoes is none other than Jimmy Vee.
Jimmy Vee is best known for his multiple appearances on Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures. It’s going to be difficult taking the reigns from the late Baker, but it’s pretty clear he’s up to the task.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters this December.
Apparently John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats was joking around with Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson about the title of the film, and… well… a song happened. You see, apparently “The Last Jedi” is actually the Ultimate Jedi that all Jedi eventually have to confront, and that Ultimate Jedi kills and eats the bones of every other Jedi.
You see, he needs the calcium.
And man, that Ultimate Jedi going to be pretty annoyed when he finds out Kylo Ren’s been just been burning the bones of his enemies. I mean, that’s just a waste when you think about it.
On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.