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October 4, 2019It will be a day long remembered.It will commemorate the end of the Skywalker saga with Star Wars: Episode 9 (coming to theaters December 20, 2019), as well as, the premiere of The Mandalorian on the Disney+ streaming service later this year, and the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a brand-new action-adventure game coming from EA and Respawn for holiday 2019."Products spanning categories from toys to collectibles, housewares, books, apparel, and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 4. As with past Force Friday celebrations, stores around the world will join the festivities with in-store events and midnight openings."(Source: StarWars.com)
With the release of the teaser trailer for Star Wars- Episode 9: The Rise Of Skywalker, anticipation ramps up for the final film of the Skywalker Saga. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, even before they started The Force Awakens, they knew they would wrap up the nine episode storyline. Director J.J. Abrams says, when [Kennedy] asked if he'd be interested to return, ", I was surprised by how emotional I felt about it,.. “I didn’t expect to feel the way I did, and the opportunity to finish the story we started was something I couldn’t resist.” He describes "trying to tie everything together as “this crazy challenge,” but believes that the movie will satisfy the demands placed upon it." John Boyega says, “I’m very proud of the story that J.J. put together, and I’m very proud of the performances,” Daisy Ridley adds, “I felt a lot of emotion because I was so happy with what we were doing, I was so happy with the people I was working with, the cast and crew was amazing. All of the other stuff sort of falls to the wayside." Naomi Ackie, who plays new character Jana, says it was quite overwhelming, but, it continues to be positive. Meanwhile, Kathleen Kennedy is looking toward the future of the property. With the launch of the Disney+ streaming service later this year, fans can look forward to the Star Wars on the small screen, with The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series. Kennedy also plans a return to the big screen at some point, she says there is a summit planned for next month to discuss their plans. ""I’m sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff (who have a trilogy in the works) .and Rian Johnson (who is also developing a trilogy of films) We’re all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We’ve all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we’re locking it down." "We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we're really looking at the next 10 years or more," Kennedy said. (Source: TheHollywoodReporter)
Attendees of next month's Celebration Chicago (April 11-15) will be welcomed by a massive 10 foot by 88 foot mural encompassing Episodes 1 -9, as well as, The Clone Wars and Rebels. Here's a preview of the Original Trilogy segment: View image on Twitter 1,005 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy The artwork, by Jason Palmer, will also be available on a number of products (See IMAGE GALLERY Below) that will be available exclusively at AmazonYou can read more about the mural, as well as Palmer's mentorship under the legendary Drew Struzan, at StarWars.com