The latest Star Wars 9 TV spot seems to tease a battle between Dark Rey and Kylo Ren. Disney and Lucasfilm have been releasing new TV spots for the movie on what feels like a daily basis. With these new spots, more and more footage from the highly anticipated sequel has come out in a short amount of time, giving Star Wars fans a better idea of what to expect. But, could the studio be using some misdirection to promote the final installment in the Skywalker Saga?
>Dark Rey was revealed earlier this year and it came as a shock to most Star Wars fans. We're still not entirely sure about the details, but it looks like she's getting ready to fight Kylo Ren in The Rise of SkywalkerTV spot. Both characters are in dark areas and things look like they're going to get crazy. The spot shows a quick look at Dark Rey, which we have seen previously, and then edits directly to a shot of Kylo Ren getting ready to slice someone up with his Lightsaber.
While the thought of Dark Rey taking on Kylo Ren is interesting, it could just be some marketing misdirection. The long-running fan theory seems to believe that Rey will be the one to face off against Dark Rey, much like Luke Skywalker did with himself in The Empire Strikes Back while on Dagobah. The Cave of Evil, aka Darkside Cave, "subjected entrants to the vergence's control, projecting their worst fears as apparitions and illusions." This seems to make sense for The Rise of Skywalker, but what if it isn't Rey who sees this illusion?
It could be Kylo Ren who comes into contact with Dark Rey, but that doesn't seem to make sense. We know from previous TV spots that Rey returns to Ahch-To with Kylo Ren, which is more than likely where the Dark Rey scene comes from. Rey may be there to communicate with Jedi Force Ghosts, or to go back to the mirror cave under the Jedi temple. Regardless, going back to the temple seems like a pretty big deal for the overall story arc. This is also where Yoda's Force Ghost visited Luke in The Last Jedi.
While we have received a lot of Star Wars 9 footage over the past few days, we certainly do not know what the main storyline is. J.J. Abrams recently said he wasn't as worried about some of the larger stuff being revealed since The Rise of Skywalker is the last movie in the trilogy. We have seen some pretty huge reveals since the first trailer debuted and bigger stuff seems to keep coming, leaving fans wondering what exactly Abrams has up his sleeve. You can check out the latest TV spot above, thanks to the Star Wars YouTube channel.
There’s one particularly telling and effective moment in The Skywalker Legacy, the feature-lenght documentary that’s included on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release that sums up much of the ambivalence and consternation that some had with J.J. Abrams’ return to the Star Wars universe. After showing the intricate construction of a giant, practical snake monster, the doc cuts back to footage of Jabba The Hutt, that old analogue beast that slithered its way into our hearts. The sentiment is clear – we’re making movies like we used to! A celebration of practical effects, the dripping of k-y jelly to give viscosity just like the old costume days, it’s all there. There’s excitement on set, everyone talking about how amazing it looks, how lifelike, how this is how you’re supposed to do movies like this.
Cut to Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett who shatters the myth, letting us know the creature was replaced by a CGI version in post.
Guyett’s resume is mighty. Having made his bones on groundbreaking films like Twister and Casper, he helped Spielberg bring the events of D-Day to screen in Saving Private Ryan, helped bring to life the best looking film in the Harry Potter series, Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, and even made the theatrical version of Rent feel more than a stage production. Guyett has had many collaborations with Abrams – from the Star Trek Reboots through The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker he was even second unit director on the former, as well as working with George Lucas on Episode III to round off the prequels. He’s in a unique position to speak to these changing landscapes of epic filmmaking.
We spoke at length about the apparent contradictions and indulgences in making a Star Wars film, and he made the case for why nothing was wasted and all contributed to the final presentation. He was erudite and open to the discussion, making for a dream conversation with a man who quite literally has helped shape what amazes us on screen for decades.
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We see practical effects being championed as almost a marketing ploy with the “postquels” as a mix of nostalgia and an attempt to delineate from Lucas’ second trilogy. In some ways the love of the practically-realized snake undercuts the extraordinary CGI you and your team accomplished, and raises questions about why the need to fetishize the on-set inclusions when they’re replaced anyway. Could you talk about that ethos, that somehow doing stuff on a computer is a “cheat” while doing an effect practically is not?
I think at the end of the day we’re all trying to do the best that we can, trying to make the best, most dramatic or emotional movie we can visually. I’m coming from figuring out how do you get the most...
Okay, I guess we can all safely assume The New Mutants is finally coming out. The long-delayed X-Men spin-off has a rating, a release date, and now, a new TV spot. The spot below plays up the action and throws in a few groan-worthy quips. But it also features some neat elements, too – like Anya Taylor-Joy‘s Magik brandishing a giant glowing sword. Watch The New Mutants TV spot below.
The New Mutants TV Spot
After a long and bumpy road, The New Mutants will finally have their day on the big screen unless the coronavirus delays the release for some reason. The film was originally set for an April 13, 2018 opening, but release date moved to February 22, 2019, then to August 2, 2019. Finally, it ended up with an April 3, 2020 release. Why the delay? Reshoots were initially reported, but we’ve since learned that wasn’t the case at all, and the version finally being released was the original version delivered by director Josh Boone.
Of course, none of this really explains why the movie was delayed so many times. But that’s in the past, and The New Mutants are set to arrive next month. This TV spot gives us some new footage, including a very corny joke where Maisie Williams warns Anya Taylor-Joy against fighting a foe because that foe is “magic,” to which point Taylor-Joy replies, “So am I.” Get it? Because her character’s name is Magik? Do you get it, folks? Should I get a whiteboard out to better explain the joke?
In all seriousness, I’m hoping for the best here. I dig the movie’s A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors vibe, and I like that overall, this looks different – and not just another retread of the same X-Men-style movie we’ve seen countless times before. Fingers crossed that in the end it’s all worth the wait.
The New Mutants, starring Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga, is described as “an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.”