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    Taika Waititi may soon be helming his own Star Wars project, if the latest rumours are to be believed. According to Hollywood Reporter, the Thor: Ragnarok director is in early talks with Lucasfilm regarding a future Star Wars movie.
    Waititi has already made an impression on Star Wars with his portrayal of bounty hunting assassin droid IG-11 in the Disney+ Star Wars television series The Mandalorian, as well as directing the final episode of the first season, overseen by executive producer and fellow Marvel alumnus Jon Favreau.
    It is unknown what project Waititi may be being sought for, but with Star Wars movies scheduled for 2022, 2024, and 2026, and no directors confirmed after the exist of Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss, Disney and Lucasfilm are sure to be on the hunt for talent to keep these projects on track (or not too severely delayed, at least).
    It is also a possibility that this could be related to the Kevin Feige Star Wars movie that was confirmed to be in early stages of development last year, or if this would be an entirely new project. Feige's successes with the Marvel Cinematic Universe singled him out as a suitable candidate for the interconnected canon of Star Wars, and it seems only natural that other directors he has worked with would also come on board.
    Although clearly popular with the decision makers at Disney and Lucasfilm, Waititi is in high demand; with a live action adaptation of the anime Akira, and Thor: Love and Thunder already lined up, it's unclear when a large project in the Star Wars universe could fit in to his schedule.
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is up for three Oscars at this year's Academy Awards.
    The event, which is the highlight of the movie world is the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, and will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 9 February 2020.
    Which awards is The Rise of Skywalker nominated for?
    Best Original Score
    John Williams
    Other nominees: Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir), Little Women (Alexandre Desplat), Marriage Story (Randy Newman), 1917 (Thomas Newman).
    Best Sound Editing
    Matthew Wood and David Acord
    Other nominees: Ford v Ferrari, Joker, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
    Best Visual Effects
    Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach , and Dominic Tuohy
    Other nominees: Avengers: Endgame, The Irishman, The Lion King, 1917.
    What are the chances of The Rise of Skywalker winning an Oscar?
    Well, put it this way: To say Star Wars has a chequered history with the Oscars would be an understatement. Rise of Skywalker received a middling reception from critics, but the audience reaction has been generally positive. This clearly doesn't always translate into awards, however.
    Classic Trilogy, 1977-1983
    In 1977, the original Star Wars movie was a sensation, and swept the 50th Academy Awards with seven wins. The Empire Strikes Back, despite being widely regarded as the best of the Star Wars saga and one of the greatest sequels of all time, only managed one competitive win for Best Sound along with a special award for Visual Effects. 1983's Return of the Jedi again picked up a special award for visual effects, but failed to garner any of the competitive awards it was nominated for.
    Prequel Trilogy, 1999-2005
    Although the prequel trilogy was nominated for several awards, none of them were ever won. The Phantom Menace was up against stiff competition from The Matrix, which scooped up every award Star Wars was nominated for that year. Attack of the Clones was only nominated for Best Visual Effects, an award which went to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; and Revenge of the Sith also only managed one nomination, this time for Best Makeup.
    Sequel Trilogy and Spin-offs, 2015-present
    The Force Awakens, Disney's first foray into the Star Wars Saga was nominated five times but sadly didn't take anything home, while a year later the first spin-off movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, also went home empty handed after two nominations. Another year later, and The Last Jedi also failed to pick up any awards, despite being nominated for four Oscars. Solo: A Star Wars Story was only nominated for, and failed to secure, the award for Best Visual Effects, which brings us back to where we are in 2020.
    There is also an interesting sidenote for this era of Star Wars: Alexandre Desplat scored Rogue One in 2016, which was big news at the time as it was the first feature length live-action Star Wars movie not scored by John Williams. Desplat wasn't nominated for at the Academy Awards for Rogue One, but the following year he won the Oscar for Best Score (for The Shape of Water) when he was up against Williams's score for The Last Jedi. This year, Desplat and Williams are facing off once more; very likely for the last time, as Williams head back into a well-earned retirement.
    Could the final episode of the Skywalker Saga break the cycle?
    While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker currently enjoys it's run on the big screen, and The Mandalorian steals the fandom's hearts over on Disney+ attention turns to the future of Star Wars; specifically those new Star Wars movies scheduled for 2022, 2024, and 2026.
    Project Luminous is an ambitious multimedia project announced at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019, and much like the "Journey to Star Wars..." projects it will span both books and comics, and if the latest rumours are to be believed it will factor into future movies and video games too.
    Little is known about Project Luminous at the moment, save that it is due some time in 2020 and has some big names attached to it: Cavan Scott, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Daniel José Older, and Justina Ireland are all confirmed to be involved.

    New rumours suggest that Project Luminous is set around 400 years before the Skywalker Saga, and would involved a group of Jedi with different strengths in the Force venturing off into unknown space where they encounter ancient evils and dark side energies. The different strengths are said to be similar to how a team of superheros has differing powers, so perhaps these Jedi all have unique rare gifts that complement each other when they work together. 
    The idea of unique or rare powers have has surfaced at least a few times recently. As this is all speculation at this point, I won't drop any spoiler bombs, but The Rise of Skywalker, Respawn's action adventure game Jedi: Fallen Order, and Disney+ TV show The Mandalorian all feature "rare" manifestations of the Force. Coincidence? Perhaps, but it is interesting to note that Jedi: Fallen Order also happens to feature a race of unknown Force users that struggled with the dark side before they left their ancient temples and headed off into the great unknown.

    Meanwhile, another rumour insists that sources have informed them that the Star Wars 2022 movie will be set in an era called the "High Republic" era, where the Old Republic and the Jedi Order are at their peak right in the middle of the 1000-year peace at around... 400 years before the Skywalker Saga. A younger Yoda will be apparently be involved, although he is not quite the wise old Jedi Grand Master we see in the Skywalker Saga.
    It had already been rumoured that the Star Wars 2022 film was to be set in the Old Republic era, and the film was originally confirmed to be helmed by Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and DB Weiss before they pulled out of the project.
    While we can only speculate right now, some kind of announcement regarding Project Luminous and Star Wars 2022 is expected to come at some point this year.
    Although the Skywalker Saga has drawn to a close (for now at least - it's not like we haven't heard that before), there is still plenty going on in our favourite galaxy far far away. As with our previous list, we'll be keeping this article updated with information about upcoming Star Wars movie and TV releases as the information becomes available.
    Whether you are looking forward to seeing a new Star Wars spin-off movie at the cinema, a new live-action Star Wars show, or the latest Star Wars animated adventure on Disney+, we've got your back!
    Last updated: January 2020.
    Disney+ Star Wars shows coming soon
    While Star Wars takes a break from the big screen following the release of The Rise of Skywalker, there's a lot going on over on the new Disney+ streaming service, and Lucasfilm are keen to continue the momentum that has been started from the successful launch of The Mandalorian in November 2019.
    The Clone Wars Season 7 - 17 Feb 2020
    The Clone Wars was a big hit from 2008 to 2014, with a feature length animated film and the series itself starting on Cartoon Network. When Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney the much loved series was put on indefinite hold leaving several threads dangling, such as the Siege of Mandalore and the unresolved issues between Ahsoka Tano and her former master, Anakin Skywalker. In 2018, showrunner Dave Filoni announced that The Clone Wars would return for its conclusion, but it's currently unclear whether the show has a future beyond season 7.
    The Mandalorian Season 2 - Fall 2020

    The Mandalorian launched with Disney+ in November 2019 and was touted as following a lone gunslinger across the "wild west" of the Star Wars universe, but it turned out to be so much more. With "Baby Yoda" stealing the hearts of fans and generating a thousand memes, it's no surprise that shortly after the end of the first season Jon Favreau announced that the Mandalorian would return to our screens soon.
    Untitled Cassian Andor series - Expected 2021

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first of the Star Wars spin-off, or "anthology" movies, and it proved to be a hit with fans in 2016. The film told the story of a band of rebels who stole the plans for the first Death Star. The Cassian Andor series announced in November 2018 will serve as a prequel to Rogue One and is said to be a "spy thriller" following the exploits of the titular shady rebel and his sidekick K-2SO before that fateful mission. Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk will return as their respective characters from Rogue One.
    Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series - TBA

    It was either the best kept secret or the worst kept secret in Star Wars, depending on your point of view. For years rumours circulated that Ewan McGregor would reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but it wasn't until October 2019 that anything was officially confirmed. Little is known about the series so far, but McGregor has said that we can expect to see how the former Jedi Master copes with the destruction of the Jedi Order and the betrayal of his closest friend. 
    Confirmed Star Wars movie releases
    In April 2019 Disney confirmed the release dates for three new Star Wars movies, although no further details were given at the time. The status of these projects is currently unknown, and the information available has changed several times since then. We wouldn't be at all surprised if these dates got changed or the projects were reworked altogether.
    Untitled Star Wars movie - 16 Dec 2022
    Bob Iger confirmed in April 2019 that this film would be by Game of Thrones producers David Benioff & DB Weiss, but they later left the project citing an increased workload due to contractual obligations with Netflix. No further details have been released. Given the pairs experience on the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones there were rumours that this was set to be something akin to the Knights of the Old Republic video game series.
    Untitled Star Wars movie - 20 Dec 2024
    Nothing is known about this project yet, although The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was once said to be returning to Star Wars for a series of films, and this has as of yet not been confirmed to be cancelled. 
    Untitled Star Wars movie - 18 Dec 2026
    Again, no details have been released for this project yet, so stay tuned and we'll update this article as we discover more information.
    Disney are reportedly eyeing up a new Star Wars animated series for the Disney+ streaming service, and it will take the form of a sequel to the acclaimed Disney XD show, Star Wars Rebels, according to First Order Transmissions. They also report that Rebels and The Clone Wars producer/director Dave Filoni will be returning in some capacity. 
    Star Wars Rebels spans a period of time from 5 BBY up until after the events of Return of the Jedi, and ended in March 2018 after four seasons. The finale saw the crew of the Ghost face off against Thrawn, and ended with Ahsoka Tano and Sabine joining forces to search for a missing Ezra Bridger. All of the main characters of the show had a definite resolution to their arcs, with the exception of Ezra, with Dave Filoni remaining tight-lipped on the young Jedi's fate.
    With Star Wars: The Clone Wars returning for a seventh and final season in February 2020, exclusively on Disney+ and predicted to be a big success for the fledgling streaming service, it's a sure bet that Lucasfilm will be looking to bolster their Star Wars offerings.
    For those not in the know, The Clone Wars was an animated Star Wars film and Cartoon Network animated series, introduced Ahsoka Tano as the padawan of Anakin Skywalker, and developed their relationship and her eventual exit from the Jedi Order. As a fan favourite, Ahsoka's reappearance in Star Wars Rebels was met with praise.
    In The Rise of Skywalker, Ahsoka's voice is heard by Rey as she channels the power of the Jedi, appearing to confirm that she had become one with the Force by the time of the sequel trilogy, however Dave Filoni has since teased that we have not seen the last of Ahsoka, and perhaps The Clone Wars season 7 will not be the last time we do.
    Hot on the heels of the final episode of The Mandalorian, series showrunner Jon Favreau took to Twitter to confirm that the second season of the hit Disney+ Star Wars TV show will be coming in Fall 2020.
    The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal, and his costar, Baby Yoda The Child, are both set to return in series two, with Carl Weathers set to direct an episode and Favreau himself also stepping behind the camera this time around, having been unable to direct an episode of the first series due to his commitments to Disney's Lion King remake. 
    Favreau tweet also teased the appearance of a Gamorrean for season two:

    New Star Wars game in development?

    By Andy, in Gaming,

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched last month and was widely hailed as a fantastic success for single-player gaming, with EA taking a hands-off approach and allowing Respawn Entertainment to do their thing, without insisting on features such as  microtransactions or lootboxes; which have become commonplace in gaming in recent years.
    Now, it looks like they are set to continue developing their Star Wars portfolio, as new job posting at EA appears to show that they are bolstering the workforce in their Star Wars team at Respawn. This could point to a sequel for Jedi: Fallen Order, which would be the safe play given that they have already proven to EA that the single-player story-driven concepts still work in 2019, or it could equally mean that Respawn are gearing up to tackle another aspect of the Star Wars universe. Fans were clamouring for a Bounty Hunter-esque game even before The Mandalorian won streamers over, and the success of the Disney+ TV show could have been the necessary push to bring us something similar to the once highly anticipated Star Wars 1313 which was canned in 2013 when Disney closed LucasArts.
    We eagerly await new information, although given the development cycle of gaming, we don't expect it to be forthcoming any time soon.
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here, and many fans have been been waiting for answers raised in 2015's The Force Awakens. Does the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga have the answers we seek? 
    First, a warning: If you haven't seen the film, should you read this article?
    If you want to be given the answers, this article isn't for you; I'm not going to spoil the reveals. If you just want to be assured that The Rise of Skywalker will provide you with an answer, go ahead! If you want to go into The Rise of Skywalker completely unprepared for the rollercoaster that awaits you, stop reading! Now that's out of the way, let's take a look the big questions that get answered in The Rise of Skywalker.
    What does the title mean?

    When the title was revealed to be The Rise of Skywalker there was much speculation as to what this could mean or who this could refer to. Rest assured that this is answers, although the answer is more metaphorical than literal. 
    Is Palpatine really back?

    The big reveal of the first Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration this year was the fact that Ian McDiarmid had returned as the late Emperor Palpatine, although McDiarmid himself shrugged it off saying that he had only popped in for a laugh. Further trailers and marketing materials made it clear that there was more to the Emperor's reappearance than that. Luckily, the issue of whether Palpatine really has returned or not is cleared up pretty quickly.
    Who was Snoke?

    Supreme Leader Snoke was a mysterious character from the get-go, and The Force Awakens launched a thousand theories over who this guy really was. Then The Last Jedi came along and removed him from the picture without answering any of the questions about his backstory, much to the chagrin of many fans. Much like the issue of Palpatine, Snoke is handled very early on in The Rise of Skywalker, but whether the reveal is satisfying or not may depend on which of the many theories you had bought into.
    Why is Rey so powerful, and were her parents really just nobodies?

    Perhaps one of the least satisfying moments of The Last Jedi was Kylo's revelation that Rey's parents were nobody important, apparently killing off the fan theories about her parentage which ranged from descendant of [any major lore character] to reincarnation of [any major lore character]. One thing that has kept the theories alive is the fact that Kylo Ren isn't exactly what you would call a reliable narrator; his agenda was to manipulate Rey into join him. The Rise of Skywalker handles the issue of Rey's parentage as a major plot point, and I am sure the truth will prove to be one of the more satisfying answers you get from The Rise of Skywalker.
    Does Leia get a fitting send-off? 

    When Carrie Fisher passed away in 2016, the fandom mourned for our lost Princess, who was set to play a larger role in the final part of the Skywalker Saga. Unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi have been used to ensure Leia could remain a part of the story, and I think that this was done tastefully, with her passing handled in a suitable poignant way which paid respect to the character and to the memory of Carrie Fisher.
    So what about that Jedi Prophecy?

    I'm throwing this in here, because although I haven't heard many people explicitly asking about the prophecy, it and the concept of balance are a kind of meta thread running through the Skywalker Saga. The Jedi Prophecy was a major plot point of the prequel trilogy, with Anakin Skywalker being believed to be the Chosen One, only instead of bringing balance to the Force he was seduced by the dark side and corrupted by Palpatine, only to later turn against his master and destroy the Sith's hold over the galaxy. Many argue that Anakin's choice to destroy his master in Return of the Jedi doesn't actually bring balance to the Force, and wonder if the prophecy was just planted by the Sith. There is a case for arguing that The Rise of Skywalker delivers the promised balanced in the Force in a way that leaves the text of the prophecy unambiguously true - but that's a debate for another time.

    Jedi: Fallen Order launch trailer

    By Andy, in Gaming,

    The official launch trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been released, along with new gameplay footage available across the web from a portion of the game that was made available to previewers in the games industry.
    Feedback from those that have played the game is mostly positive at the moment, with reviewers saying the game is far deeper than initial previews lead them to believe. Even for non-Star Wars fans, Jedi: Fallen Order represents an interesting proposition - a AAA title focusing on a singleplayer story mode, with no micro-transactions or multiplayer mode in stark contrast to the usual offerings from EA who have previously derided these types of games as being unwanted by modern gamers. Success has the potential to spin EA's current ethos on its head and drive more investment to singleplayer story driven gaming.
    Check out the trailer below:
    Jedi: Fallen Order releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on 15 November 2019.
    The creative duo behind the hit TV show Game of Thrones have reportedly stepped away from Star Wars, according to a report by Deadline.
    David Benioff and DB Weiss joined the Star Wars family with much fanfare earlier this year, to head up a new series of films starting in 2022. Rumours had circulated that the film was to be based in the Old Republic era, possibly an adaptation of the beloved Knights of the Old Republic RPG games.
    The pair have cited their reason for leaving the project as being due to commitments with their recent $200 million Netflix deal which would require attention that they felt would not leave them able to focus fully on Star Wars.
    In response to the news Kathleen Kennedy has left the door open for their return in the future, but despite this apparent setback there is no shortage of other Star Wars projects in the works; with Kevin Feige becoming involved recently and the Rian Johnson trilogy not completely off the cards (yet). There are also TV projects in the works, such as the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Cassian Andor series, and of course The Mandalorian which launches with Disney+ on 12 November, and video game Jedi: Fallen Order also releasing in November.

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