Category: Actors

Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian for Episode 9

Source: ScreenRant

Billy Dee Williams will indeed reprise his famous role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX. The actor first joined the galaxy far, far away back in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and came back for Return of the Jedi. While Williams has portrayed Lando in other Star Warsmediums (including a guest spot on Rebels), he has been absent from the feature films ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm. Donald Glover played a younger version of Lando in this summer’s Solo, but the sequel trilogy has made no mention of the character to this point.

For a while now, it looked like that was going to change. Not only has Williams been getting into shape with a new training regimen, he recently canceled a convention appearance due to a “film schedule conflict.” It appears the rumors are true, and Williams will help bring the saga to a close with a role in Star Wars 9.

Recommended reading:

Lando’s Back: Our Biggest Questions About Star Wars 9’s Surprise Return
Star Wars 9: Everything You Need To Know

My Oppinion: 

It’s too late for Disney to save the franchise… They should let the past die. I see the return of Lando as a desperate attempt of Disney to call old SW fans now they lost Carrie Fisher and killed Han and Luke in stupid ways. Lando without Han won’t bring balance to Episode 9, but if is to call him back, kill him after 5min of screen like they did with Ackbar, and kill also Chewie, 3P0 and R2 in a Millennium Falcon explosion. Who cares, anyway? Star Wars is dead thanks to Kathleen Kennedy and Rian Johnson:

And I am really thinking about closing this blog now that I lost interest in everything about Star Wars in the current “Disney Era”…

Source for Picture Pinterest.

Mark Hamill pays tribute to Carrie Fisher on anniversary of her death

Source: ScreenRant

With today (December 27) marking the one-year anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s passing, moviegoers around the world are once again remembering her. As one would expect, that also includes Mark Hamill, who made sure to commemorate Carrie in a heartfelt social media post.

Taking to Instagram, Mark Hamill shared a collage of three different images. On the far left is an artist’s drawing of Carrie Fisher as a religious figure, giving her famous middle-finger salute while holding her dog, Gary. The right column includes two photos of Mark and Carrie together; the first taken from the days of the original trilogy and the other from the Vanity Fair spread for Episode VIII earlier this year.

Mark Hamill’s post includes the caption “No one’s ever really gone…” which is a Last Jedi quote taken from the scene where Luke Skywalker and Leia have their brief reunion on Crait. 

Mark Hamill regrets his Last Jedi criticisms. Really???

As was posted here, Mark was giving many negative comments about The Last Jedi. I was really impressed by the frankness of the actor, and I confess that I was surprised with the freedom that he had to talk about the movie.

And of course, someone at Disney/Lucasfilm would start to feel uncomfortable, and soon someone defending Disney’s interests would order him to shut up and publicly retaliate that Rian Johnson is one of the greatest living filmmakers, that there are none problem with how Luke is portrayed in The Last Jedi and that Episode 8 is the eighth wonder of the world…

We’ve seen it happen before. In the movie industry this happens all the time.

Okay, let’s be realistic here. Can you believe that Mark Hamill wrote this Twitter of his own free will, and he did not was Force choked by Mickey Mouse? Let’s not forget for a second that Mark is a Disney employee, and an employee speaking ill of the boss’s business can result in dismissal and defamation proceedings.

As bad as his involvement in The Last Jedi may have been, Mark’s return to the character in Episode 9 has not been ruled out at least as a Force ghost. Probably in addition to the threats of prosecution for defamation, breach of contract, etc., Mark was forced to apologize publicly if he still has any hope of being in Episode 9.

Imagine how bad is for Disney/Lucasfilm have their own employee making negative reviews of something they produced while all efforts are being directed at marketing campaigns and spreading bots over the internet to try to convince people that The Last Jedi is a great movie…

Shut up, Luke!

Source: USA Today

The Dark Side of the Force even gets to Jedi masters. Mark Hamill took to Twitter on Tuesday, the day after Christmas, to apologize for the smack-talking he put out to the universe about the direction of his character, Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Hamill, who added the hashtag #HumbledHamill, said that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson “made an all-time GREAT one!”

In an interview for Vanity Fair posted in May, Hamill recounted a discussion he had with Johnson after reading the script featuring the full return of Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

“I, at one point, had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision,’ ” Hamill recalled.

During an interview with the Spanish outlet SensaCine, an emotional Hamill said, “I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker — he’s not my Luke Skywalker. But I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.”

In an interview with The Daily News, Hamill called himself “the host body to which this character has been assigned.”

“That’s the problem. When I disagree with the direction of the character, I get a little mouthy,” he said. “Like when the trailer came out and the line is, ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end.’ There’s no way, I don’t care what happened to this guy. Jedis do not give up. It’s just inherent in them.”

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill honored as Disney Legends at D23

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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been honored as Disney Legends in a special ceremony at the D23 Expo. It’s been an emotional year for Star Wars fans, following the sudden loss of Fisher when passed away at age 60 on December 27, 2016. Fortunately, Fisher had completed filming her scenes as General Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi before her passing, and in the past few months months, Lucasfilm and Disney have slowly been revealing images and footage of the late screen icon in her final performance; along with tributes from several Star Wars luminaries  including Mark Hamill – at gatherings like Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, in April.

The celebration of Fisher continued at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, where the actress was posthumously named a Disney Legend in a ceremony where Hamill was named a Disney Legend as well. The introduction to the ceremony honoring Fisher, much like her tribute at D23, included a video featuring Fisher’s film acting work, as well as her accomplishments as a screenwriter and her life with her late showbiz mom Debbie Reynolds.

Following the presentation, Disney CEO Robert Iger delivered a tribute, saying, “Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise as you saw from the very beginning, and she will always hold a very special place in our hearts, and the hearts of fans around the world. We all miss her talent, her wit, and her friendship.” Talking about her role in her final film, The Last Jedi, Iger says, “As always, she brought her trademark strength, heart and humor to the role, which is truly, truly a legendary performance.”

Mark Hamill receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Source: StarWarsNews.Net

The Hollywood Walk of Fame has grown pretty large by now, with several names being added each year since the 1950s – they’re at over 2,600 stars by now, and with so many famous people out there, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is still adding names that surprisingly weren’t there before. And this year (or next year, technically, in 2018), veteran Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is one of the couple dozen celebrities who’ll be getting their own star on the Walk of Fame.

Hamill’s new star will be going alongside other newcomers Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeff Goldblum, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, Lynda Carter, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dog, Weird Al Yankovic, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among many others.

That’s an impressive crowd, and to promote the big news, Hamill quoted a line from his scene in The Force Awakens:

Hamill first appeared in Star Wars 40 years ago, in one of his first film roles, and Luke Skywalker alone is an iconic enough character to earn him the star. He’s had an extremely prolific voice acting career since then, including being the iconic voice of the Joker in several Batman shows, but it’s probably Luke Skywalker that got him his own little chunk of Hollywood sidewalk.

His upcoming return in The Last Jedi at the end of the year may also be why he’s getting it now, but like many of the names on that list above, it’s been overdue anyways. He also won’t be the first Jedi to enter the Hollywood Walk of Fame: other Star Wars actors who already had their own stars include Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Samuel L. Jackson, and Forest Whitaker (although he got his long before Rogue One, of course).

Before you visit Hamill’s shiny new star the next time you’re a tourist in Los Angeles, you can catch him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it comes out December 15, 2017.