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Gareth Edwards & Kathleen Kennedy Respond to Star Wars: Rogue One Rumors

In addition to all the character info and images revealed for Star Wars: Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards and Disney’s Kathleen Kennedy now respond to the reshoot rumors.

EW.com is also once again stating everything is A-OK (“[just]…needed to punch up its emotion and action beats.”)

Edwards and Kennedy had the following to say to calm the masses:

Edwards:

“I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit. There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage. Obviously, you’ve got to work around everyone’s schedule, and everyone’s on different films all over the world, and so it’s a bit of a logistical nightmare. That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit.

“It’s funny, making a film stops you believing anything you’ve ever read on the Internet.”

“I’d definitely describe it as: It’s got dark tone. The studio has been very supportive of that. I mean, the sort of tone we were going for when we started was the tone you have in films like The Empire Strikes Back. And that’s not in any way been compromised.”

Kennedy:

“There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography. I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”

“Star Wars: Rogue One” has a December 16, 2016 release directed by Gareth Edwards starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in Rogue One, and Riz Ahmed.

Synopsis:

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

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Star Wars: Rogue One Coming To Star Wars Celebration Europe

Disney has announced Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards will be attending Star Wars Celebration Europe for an opening day event at the massive fan gathering this July.

Warwick Davis and David Collins will be present as the Stage Hosts, and Mark Hamill from Star Wars: Episode VIII will be at Star Wars Celebration as well.

Details:

“Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about?” Find out, when Gareth Edwards — director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a Rogue One panel at Celebration Europe on July 15 for what is sure to be a can’t-miss event! Visit starwarscelebration.com for tickets, and check back closer to the show for queuing and wristband details.

Star Wars Celebration presents cast and crew from across the Star Wars saga, plus pop culture personalities, artists and writers, and celebrities who love Star Wars. With new Star Wars movies on the horizon, Celebration will be the first place to meet those behind the future of the galaxy far, far away! Guests will be announced right here and be on the look-out for surprise guests, too, as there’s no telling who might make special appearances at Celebration!

“Star Wars: Rogue One” has a December 16, 2016 release directed by Gareth Edwards starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in Rogue One, and Riz Ahmed.

Synopsis:

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. 

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Watch: Mark Hamill’s Star Wars: Force For Change Video

The Star Wars: Force For Change charity campaign is back for 2016.

Above you can watch Disney’s Kathleen Kennedy and Mark Hamill announcing a new fundraiser, with Hamill joking about having the lack of any dialogue in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In this special video, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars legend Mark Hamill announce a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens campaign: Starting April 5, Star Wars: Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1 million!

You can donate and enter for a chance to win a trip to visit Skellig Michael in Ireland (crowdrise.com/ForceForChange) where Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII were filmed.

Mark Hamill is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII as well.

Star Wars: Episode VIII has a December 16, 2017 release directed by Rian Johnson starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII announcement teaser:

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Mexico City Fan Event & Q&A Images

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Check out a batch of images from the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan event and Q&A held in Mexico City.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver & More Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Images

With today being Star Wars Day, in addition to the new behind-the-scenes featurette, check out a look at characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Composer John Williams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director and co-writer Abrams
 
 
 
J. J. Abrams directs Actress Daisy Ridley for a scene in which her character, the young heroine Rey, pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the planet Jakku. 
 
 
 
Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) stands alongside his trusty X-wing fighter.
 
 
 
Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle. 
 
 
 
A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata. 
 
 
 
Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. 
 
 

(via Vanity Fair)

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer:

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Future Star Wars Canon To Be Connected; Previous EU Called “Legendary”

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A few days ago, the executive producer on the animated Star Wars Rebels series, Simon Kinberg, mentioned that only the movies would be canon for Star Wars.

Now, StarWars.com and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have confirmed the news and announced the preceding Star Wars Expanded Universe would be referred to as “The Legendary Star Wars.”

This is pretty much what George Lucas has been saying all along: that none of the novels are considered canon, and just the movie related Star Wars projects (and Clone Wars) are canon. Timothy Zahn, writer of the Thrawn Trilogy, said the same in a previous interview: “The books were always just the books.”

It is said, however, that going forward all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected.

They also confirmed that under Kathleen Kennedy’s direction, Disney for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.

“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”

Here’s the relevant info:

[George] Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU. He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes…

Now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected. Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development. 

In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.

Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner.

On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books. First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars Rebels and offers insight into a key character’s backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman.

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Kathleen Kennedy Further Confirms Spinoffs Are Origins? Characters Not Featured In Episodes VII, VIII, IX

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Some new Star Wars news surfaces out of the recent LucasFilm Singapore Sandcrawler HQ unveiling in regards to the spinoff movies and the upcoming episodes (VII, VIII, IX).

Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm, offered the following in regards to Star Wars canon (via SlashFilm and ToyrsREvil):

George was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, episode seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created,” she says.

“There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear,” she adds.

So what is Kennedy actually stating?

Well, at this point that seems to be anybody’s guess.

She seems to be stating that the Star Wars spinoff characters won’t mingle or interact with the Episodes, right?

Now that could mean the spinoffs may feature younger versions of the characters, as without time travel, they wouldn’t appear in the later Episodes (hence fitting her argument that the standalone spinoff characters won’t be carried in and out of the saga episodes – as they are set in different time periods).

She could also be stating that the spinoffs will not be considered canon. If I have my facts straight, George Lucas only considers Episodes 1-6 canon. All the books, comics, games etc. are not canon, but would be considered a part of the general “Star Wars” universe. Or as Kennedy perhaps puts it: “vast universe.” This seems unlikely and a bit ridiculous as having a major motion picture essentially not “technically” being a part of Star Wars would be pointless, at least in my opinion. 

I’m guessing she is slyly stating the movies are going to be set in different time periods, because if we literally read into the above (assuming it’s correct), she is stating if one of the spinoff movie characters gets super popular, the character has no chance of appearing in an Episode. I can’t see that happening. 

Sounds to me like she is confirming the spinoff movies are origins just as a Disney chief financial officer did back in September.

Rumored spinoff movies include Boba Fett, Han Solo and Yoda.

Have a different interpretation of Kennedy’s words? Let us know in the comments below.

The good news is that we don’t have to figure it out as it recently became known that Disney has a consulting group regarding canon

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Lucasfilm’s New Sandcrawler Singapore HQ Already Working On The Avengers 2

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George Lucas was on hand for the opening of LucasFilm’s new regional headquarters in Singapore where the building is modeled after the Sandcrawler, which is the iconic transportation vehicle of the Jawas from Star Wars.

President of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, was also present, in addition to Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, where she revealed the Singapore office is already underway working on The Avengers 2 and Transformers 4.

The Singapore office works on animation and visual effects with it also said the office will be working on Star Wars: Episode VII.

Check out some images and video from the press event below.

The Singapore office also had a hand with the visual effects for the Iron Man movies, Pacific Rim and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Avengers 2 opens May 1, 2015; Transformers: Age of Extinction has a June 27, 2014 release and Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for December 18, 2015.

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More Trouble For Star Wars Episode VII? Release Date Delay Requested & Denied

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Recently it became known that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII from Michael Arndt.

Now word hits that Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm, asked Disney for a delay in the release for the new Star Wars to 2016, with reportedly CEO Bob Iger giving it the big thumbs down.

The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter where it’s stated the script for Star Wars: Episode VII is nowhere near being ready. There is also some potential issues over casting with it said Abrams is doing all the casting while another says Kennedy is still involved.

The report goes to to say that Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film’s creative team have asked Disney for the delayed 2016 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, but Bob Iger denied the request as he is adamant about the 2015 release as it sets up things to come with Episodes VIII and IX, as well as the spinoff movies.

Regarding the departure of Michael Arndt, it’s said he already completed a 40-50 page film treatment prior to Disney purchasing LucasFilm and has been working on Star Wars: Episode VII for almost a year. The report goes on to state that Arndt commands a whopping $300,000 per week for rewrites, and while it’s not specifically stated cost is a factor, it is insinuated as a reason for letting him go. The reason the report states for Arndt’s departure is that the writer is ready to move on to other projects. It’s further stated that a source said it’s not unheard of to get a new writer on a big movie. 

The news comes at an interesting time as many fans have been expecting announcements about the new Star Wars at recent conventions – and yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Disney aquring Lucasfilm – but nothing has come as of yet.

The report also states that the 2015 release also leaves no room for error, and that they must “get it right” the first time.

For more news on a galaxy far, far away head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars movie hub.

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Live Star Wars Episode VII & Rebels Production News Rumored To Be Released Digitally With Final Clone War Episodes

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A new rumor has landed online stating that Disney and LucasFilm are moving into the digital distribution game with Apple as it’s reported live production news from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and the new Star Wars: Rebels animated series will be made available through an App as well as the final episodes of Clone Wars.

The Star Wars fan site, Jedi News, has it from an insider source that a Disney App will launch on Apple TV which will exclusively include the final episodes to Clone Wars.

It’s also said that in 2014, plans are underway to use the new platform to distribute Star Wars Episode VII news live from the sets, as well as from Star Wars: Rebels all the way through to Episode 7’s release.

The report goes on to state that the new App will be available only on Apple TV devices capable of running iOS 7, with no confirmation of the other devices such as the iPhone or iPad.

Interestingly enough, Kathleen Kennedy, head of LucasFilm, previously stated in an interview (below around the 1:15 mark) that in regards to internet spoilers and such that they need to embrace it:

We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is going to be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize that they are important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re going want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.

Star Wars: Episode VII has a 2015 release being directed by J.J. Abrams.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars movie hub for more.

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Warwick Davis Interviews Kathleen Kennedy For Star Wars Celebration (Video)

Below you can check out a video with Warwick Davis, who played the Ewok, Wicket, in Return of the Jedi, interviewing the head of Disney’s LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, about Star Wars Celebration Europe.

Kennedy remarks that it’s great to see the fans show up and also says, regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, that it’s going fantastic and that the creative team gets along well.

Kennedy goes on to talk about George Lucas passing the torch as well as how in current meetings for Episode VII there is daily talk about Warwick Davis.

Check it out below.

Star Wars: Episode VII goes into production in 2014 directed by J.J. Abrams with a 2015 release date.

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Star Wars Episode VII Will Be Scored By John Williams (Video)

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In addition to the Star Wars Rebels logo, art, and info coming out of the Star Wars Celebration taking place in Germany, it is confirmed that John Williams will score Episode VII.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced the news of the legendary composer scoring the soundtrack for J.J. Abrams and Star Wars: Episode VII.

Williams has won 5 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, 7 British Academy Film Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, with a total of 48 Academy Award nominations placing him second to only Walt Disney.

In addition to the Star Wars theme, Williams is known for scoring the music behind Superman, Jaws, Gilligan’s Island, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln and loads more.

Updated: With video interview below.

Star Wars Episode VII is due to go into production next year for a 2015 release.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars hub for more news.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Production Announced For UK

Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in the UK, the same location as the previous six films.

“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, said. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost ArkEmpire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, added. “I am delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain. Today’s announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries.”

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars hub for more news.

(via StarWars.com)

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Star Wars Episode VII Pre-Production Starts In Spring; Director Named In January?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4720:]]We get a brief update on the status of the new Star Wars Episode VII movie slated for 2015.

Kathleen Kennedy, who is overseeing Star Wars for Disney, revealed that pre-production for the movie will begin this Spring and that more will be made known in January.

“I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say,” Kennedy informed ABCNewsRadio.

As of yet, no director is attached to the movie, which has a script being written by Michael Arndt.

Among the rumored contenders is Matthew Vaughn, who mysteriously bowed of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Iron Man director John Favreau also said he is pursuing Star Wars.

It’s thought that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will reprise their characters setting up a new generation of Star Wars characters and movies.

It’s also been said that there will be Star Wars spin-off movies, with Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) on board to possibly write them.

For more Star Wars news head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.

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2-3 Star Wars Films A Year; Episode VII Will Feature Original Characters

We get an update on Star Wars from Kathleen Kennedy, who is spearheading the new movies for Disney.

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In the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, Kennedy reveals that she wants to put out two or three films a year.

Now, it doesn’t exactly read “Star Wars” movies, as Indiana Jones is also included with Lucasfilm, but producer Frank Marshall previously let it be known that Indiana Jones is on the back burner.

Furthermore, they could be animated films, children’s films or Star Wars adapted made-for-tv films.

Could you image 2 or 3 Star Wars movies a year?!

It’s also stated in the magazine that Star Wars Episode VII will feature the original characters as well as taking place after the events of Return of the Jedi that saw Vader give up his life for Luke.

Here’s the full quote (via Kotaku):

Lucasfilm’s co-chairman and soon-to-be president, Kathleen Kennedy, has told employees she wants the company to produce two or three films a year (it’s averaged fewer than four per decade), and first up is Star Wars: Episode VII for 2015, which will pick up sometime after Darth Vader gave his life to overthrow (figuratively and literally) the Emperor and save Luke in 1983’s Episode VI— Return of the Jedi. Yes, the plan is to return to the characters in the first trilogy (1977–83). Whether the original actors will have significant roles or merely be on hand to pass the baton to a new generation of actors—something Lucasfilm tried with mixed success with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Disney with TRON: Legacy—is unclear.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date.

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Star Wars Not Like Harry Potter Says Kathleen Kennedy (Video)

I suppose depending how you look at it, Star Wars being described as not like Harry Potter can either be a good thing or a bad thing.

Disney released Part 2 of the Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas Star Wars Disney interview.

They are pretty much mum on what we can expect from Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, but do confirm they have spoken to a couple writers.

George Lucas offers that his creative consultant role means he will be helping with the script as there are a lot of gaps to fill.

Kathleen Kennedy, the veteran producer on the likes of Schindler’s List, The Sixth Sense, Jurassic Park, Hook, Indiana Jones, Poltergeist, and E.T. then said that Star Wars isn’t Harry Potter.

“This is not like a series of books like Harry Potter where you’ve already got a template of what the stories might be,” Kennedy says. “These are original stories and original ideas that come out of a world that is essentially in George’s head.”

Kennedy’s statements reflect what we have previously heard in that the Star Wars movies will not be based on any of the previous novels or comic books, but be all-new.

The pair then discuss future filmmakers on the Star Wars movies and what sort of director they are looking for.

“Enthusiasm, having a sense of how to tell stories within complex worlds like this,” Kennedy offers. “There are many people who sprang to mind, with writers and directors that I’ve worked with in the past, that I’m really excited to try to bring into the fold on this. I think we have an unique opportunity to go after some incredibly talented people. It’s not going to people who don’t already have some affinity for Star Wars already, probably. It’s going to be somebody who really appreciates what Star Wars meant to them and is excited to dive in and be a part of this. That’s the thing that I think will become immediately apparent are the directors who walk in the door and say, ‘I can’t wait to be a part of this.'”

Check out the full video below.

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