A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a Rebel pilot by the name of Wedge Antilles helped to destroy not one, but two Death Stars. Wedge helped bring balance to the galaxy and, outside of the core trio of Han, Luke and Leia, is truly one of the most important characters in the Star Wars franchise. As such, it should be exciting for fans to learn that actor Denis Lawson is finally, it seems, returning as Wedge in The Rise of Skywalker.
"Look at the size of that thing. We just received a solid 'Yes' from a representative for the actor, Denis Lawson will be in #StarWars #TheRiseOfSkywalker reprising his role as Wedge Antilles."
Exciting as this may be, until director J.J. Abrams or Lucasfilm confirm this directly, it may not be worth getting too worked up over. That said, this seems to be a situation of, where there's smoke, there's fire. Abrams is notoriously secretive with his projects, and Lucasfilm is definitely keeping a tight lid on this one as well. Undoubtedly, Wedge's return is something they might have liked to keep a secret, but the cat does seem to be out of the bag.
Denis Lawson first appeared in A New Hope in 1977 and flew an X-Wing alongside Luke Skywalker to help destroy the first Death Star. Lawson once again suited up as a member of the Rebellion in The Empire Strikes Back and fought alongside Lando Calrissian in Return of the Jedi to take down the second Death Star. As it just so happens, Billy Dee Williams will also finally be returning as Lando in the finale to this sequel trilogy. Maybe Lando and Wedge will be called into battle once again?
Many fans have been vocal about their desire to see Wedge return to the big screen. While that didn't happen in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, Wedge has been featured in the animated series Rebels, and he was mentioned over the intercom in Rogue One. But this could be a more proper homecoming for Wedge after all these years away, and the Resistance is going to need all the help they can get. Feel free to check out the post from the Rebel Force Radio Twitter account for yourself, as well as the Resistance Reborn cover, in case you missed it.
LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING. We just received a solid “YES” from a representative for the actor, Denis Lawson will be in #StarWars#TheRiseOfSkywalker reprising his role as Wedge Antilles. pic.twitter.com/ESoB0JhA1L
— Rebel Force Radio @RFRRebelForce October 5, 2019
The cover of the novel #StarWars: Resistance Reborn revealed that Wedge Antilles would be returning for Star Wars: #TheRiseOfSkywalkerpic.twitter.com/B4LKviYpqx
Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hardcore Star Wars fans have been yearning to learn more about the mysterious Knights of Ren, the rain-soaked battle bros loyal to Kylo Ren, aka Ben Solo Adam Driver. The characters were completely absent from The Last Jedi, but they’ll be back in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this winter, and they’ve been teased in a few pieces of marketing leading up to the movie’s release.
But just because they’re going to appear on screen again, that doesn’t mean Abrams is going to peel back the curtain and reveal their identities. In fact, according to a new book, we’ll never see the characters’ faces or even learn what species they are.
Hopefully you haven’t gotten a Knights of Ren tattoo or, worse, wagered your entire life savings in a bet that we’ll learn a lot about them by the time the credits roll at the end of the cinematic Skywalker saga. Because according to ScreenRant, their identities will remain a mystery – at least through The Rise of Skywalker. There’s always the chance that a comic comes along that fleshes them out more and fills in their backstory.
The outlet points us to an entry in a new reference guide called Ultimate Star Wars New Edition, which a Twitter user has helpfully taken a screenshot of below:
Sounds like we won’t see their faces, which I’m not surprised about but I was kind of hoping we might *shrug* pic.twitter.com/ZilQVgIl4i
— Mollie Damon?? @MollieDamon October 8, 2019
In case that tweet gets deleted, the text reads:
“The Knights of Ren are Kylo Ren’s most deadly and mysterious servants. With their bodies encased in rusty, battered armor and their faces permanently concealed beneath ominous masks – echoing that of the new Supreme Leader himself – even their species remains a mystery. What is obvious to anyone who witnesses them in action is that their fighting skills and martial prowess are without equal. Each Knight is armed with a lethally effective and unique weapon, suited to either long range or close-quarter combat.”
Abrams and company are, as usual, keeping a tight lock on the specific details of these characters, like whether or not they’re Force-sensitive, leaving the fan community to speculate and wonder about them until the film hits theaters on December 20, 2019. But this book entry seems to indicate that there will be a lot more wondering left to do after that, so there’s still time to turn your Knights of Ren tattoo into one that says “Knights of Renovation” to match your new medieval-themed house restoration business. Hey, it’s not my fault you got a tattoo based on characters you know nothing about and now you have to start a small business and live with the consequences!
On the October 8, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and tv news, including John Wick spin-off, Avengers: Endgame, Infinity Saga, Incredible Hulk and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And in Our Feature Presentation, writer Hoai-Tran Bui will join us to talk about New York Comic Con, and specifically Watchmen and Devs.
>Opening Banter: Ben is back!
In The News:
Ben: ‘John Wick’ Spin-Off Film ‘Ballerina’ to Be Helmed By ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ Director Len Wiseman Chris: Robert Downey Jr. Declined to Campaign for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Best Actor Oscar Ben og Brad: Marvel’s Infinity Saga Box Set of All 23 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Will Set You Back a Pretty Penny Chris: Edward Norton Originally Pitched Marvel Two ‘Incredible Hulk’ Movies Ben og Brad: Why Does ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Merchandise Have Rose Purposely Removed from Images? Ben: Disney to Utilize New Tool That Checks Its Film and TV Scripts for Gender Bias
In Our Feature Presentation: Hoai-Tran Bui joins us to talk about NYCC.
HT: ‘Watchmen’ Pilot First Reactions Are Vague But Overwhelmingly Positive HT: HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ May Only Be One Season, Damon Lindelof Suggests [New York Comic-Con 2019] HT: Alex Garland’s Stunningly Ambitious ‘Devs’ Will Only Be One Season, But the ‘Annihilation’ Director Hints at More [New York Comic-Con 2019]
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The time after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker seems so far, far away for now. But it could be getting closer with the release of new Star Wars books and comics that will feature events beyond the Skywalker Saga. While we know little of the Star Wars future beyond Episode 9, which will close out the Skywalker Saga this December, a top-secret new book project announced at this year’s New York Comic-Con may reveal more.
SyFy reports that the new Star Wars books and comic books from Del Rey will show us a glimpse at the future of Star Wars beyond Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
A top-secret project called Project Luminous was announced at NYCC, along with an intriguing tagline: “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things… Until… Project Luminous.” More details will be revealed “after the new year,” according to Del Rey, but these cryptic hints suggest that the very nature of the Force will be changed in the future of Star Wars. With that in mind and a release likely set for after 2020, that could only mean that this mysterious Project Luminous will take place after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
You've been asking about #ProjectLuminous. All will be revealed, after the new year.
We've been working on some stuff with a bunch of friends.
— Star Wars Books @DelReyStarWars October 4, 2019
Little is known about Lucasfilm’s projects set to come out after The Rise of Skywalker. The upcoming highly anticipated Disney+ series The Mandalorian will take place in a fairly familiar point in the timeline, five years after the events of Return of the Jedi . But details are vague on the film trilogy set to be helmed by Rian Johnson, which will be “something that steps beyond the legacy characters.” Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also set to develop the next Star Wars films to hit theaters, though it’s unclear whether they’ll chart new territory beyond Rise of Skywalker or return to an older place in the timeline. Disney and Lucasfilm will be taking a hiatus for Star Wars feature films after The Rise of Skywalker, providing ample opportunity for a book or comic book series to fill in the gaps.
From where we last left off in Star Wars Resistance, the Colossus is sailing into the cosmos. Kazuda Xiono Christopher Sean witnessed the Starkiller base’s annihilation of his homeworld, Hosnian Prime, and is unsure if his family survived the attack. Disgruntled by Kaz’s and Jared Yeager’s Scott Lawrence deceptions, Kaz’s fellow mechanic, Tam Ryvora Suzie McGrath has made the choice to jump aboard the First Order shuttle with the conniving Agent Tierny Sumalee Montano, the former naïve to the First Order atrocities. Oh, and pirates are hanging around the Colossus after striking an alliance with Captain Doza, but they’re not in the spotlight this episode.
In the season two premiere, “Into the Unknown,” the First Order is displeased with the Colossus’s escape into hyperspace. Captain Phasma Gwendoline Christie, reprising her live-action role orders Commander Pyre to not let the valuable refueling station fall into the Resistance hands. The Colossus makes it somewhere close to D’Qar, the Resistance base. Of course, the Colossus hasn’t sailed the cosmos for a while so breakdowns and gravity malfunctions inevitably occur. Kaz, Torra Doza Myrna Velasco, and Neeku have to fix the gravity generator.
Where is the Resistance?
Kaz and the Colossus attempted to contact the Resistance on D’Qar but the Colossus has stopped at an undetermined coordinate, near the Resistance base. But no answer. As the events of Resistance drift toward The Last Jedi timeline, fans know that the base may have been evacuated. Time will tell if the Colossus would run into any of the Resistance members or if the Resistance would even contact them.
That Durn First Order Droid is Still Around
Yup, that little First Order BB-series astromech droid that Kaz kicked down the elevator shaft? It survived and remains hidden in the Colossus. It tries to send data to the Empire. Luckily, Kaz and friends manages to stop the fellow and send it out the airlock.
Tam Bears the First Order Helmet
The newly inducted cadet Tam has become a number, DT533, for the First Order. Wracked by Kaz and Yeager’s keeping secret and her own confusion about the nobility of the First Order, Tam has hopped onto the First Order shuttle. She as no problem wearing the First Order helmet, believing herself to have achieved her dream of becoming a “real pilot.”
Kaz is coping with the loss of Tam, wracked with guilt. Despite Neeku warning about the risk of the message being intercepted, Kaz tries to contact Tam through their secure comlink. Considering how Yeager and Kaz’s spy secretiveness took a toll on Tam’s livelihood last season, Kaz isn’t wrong but he is playing a dangerous game reaching out to Tam in First Order territory.
In her new Cadet cabin, Tam is surprised to hear Kaz’s apology and pleas from her comlink. She flings the comlink away, too enraged to accept his apology. She drinks in a moment of hesitation before she planting on the First Order pilot helmet, becoming a faceless First Order drone.
Now that Star Wars Resistance has launched into an exciting new on-the-run narrative, “Into the Unknown” sets the stakes for the short and the long-term, while unraveling the psychological blowback of the Colossus’s launch and Tam’s deflection. There are sure to be large prices to pay, such as Tam adopting the First Order mantle and Kaz’s misguided choice to reach out to Tam, which could jeopardize the Colossus.
Other Tidbits Interestingly, Captain Kragan Gary Anthony Williams and his pirate gang are enjoying some drinks and gravity shenanigans at Aunt Z’s. The Colossus’s alliance with the pirates is going to be an interesting mix in the future. The Colossus citizens seem hunky-dory about being uprooted from Castilon. As long as they have Aunt Z’s alcohol to keep them occupied, they seem pretty complacent about their home and economy being flung into the stars—as of now. But what will happen once Aunt Z runs out of alcohol when the Colossus is cut away from trade and commerce.
Dominic Monaghan posted an image of his The Rise of Skywalker character on social media over the weekend. Monaghan and J.J. Abrams go way back to when they were working on the TV series Lost together. It was announced last year that The Lord of the Rings actor was going to have a part in the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, though it is still unclear who he is playing, even with the latest image from the movie. "The galaxy far, far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved," Monaghan said at the time of his casting.
Dominic Monaghan originally wanted to get in on the Star Wars action in 2015's The Force Awakens, but J.J. Abrams was looking for more unknown actors to take part in the new trilogy, so Monaghan was denied. However, now that Abrams is back for The Rise of Skywalker, he agreed to have Monaghan come on board to play a mystery character and the actor could not be more excited. The actor posted a promo picture of himself and stated, "Oh it's on now."
While we don't know who Dominic Monaghan is playing in The Rise of Skywalker, it looks like he might be a Resistance trooper on Endor, by the coloring on his uniform. It certainly looks a little bit like the uniforms we saw in Return of the Jedi. The Resistance suffered heavy losses in The Last Jedi and needs to rebuild, so it makes sense that Monaghan would be playing a new ally for the good side. It's unclear how big his role in the movie is at this time.
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Since we've seen a glimpse of Dominic Monaghan's character so soon, we will more than likely end up seeing him in the upcoming full-length trailer for Star Wars 9. That has not been confirmed, but Lucasfilm and Hasbro have been going out of their way to make sure nothing leaks out early. With Monaghan's image coming out with Force Friday, it seems that we were supposed to be introduced to him a little bit early to prepare us from the upcoming footage.
The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20th and there is a lot of speculation as to what will go down when the movie hits theaters. J.J. Abrams is back on board as director for the first time since 2015's The Force Awakens and many Star Wars fans are happy to see him back to finish what he started and to pick up from where Rian Johnson left off on The Last Jedi. Official details are scarce, but we should be getting an update in the next few weeks when the full trailer drops. In the meantime, you can check out Dominic Monaghan's Twitter reveal of his Rise of Skywalker character below.
Oh it’s on now. @starwars#becurioushttps://t.co/ctJiWPlbSkpic.twitter.com/OdzlSkSdRI
— Dominic Monaghan. @DomsWildThings October 5, 2019