Star Wars Information: No, Kathleen Kennedy Is not Leaving Lucasfilm

Stick a fork in it: Solo: A Star Wars Story is just about formally a flop. Its efficiency hasn’t improved since its unimpressive debut and reveals no signal of getting a lift. Furthermore, judging from the fallout, the film had extra of an influence amongst conspiracy theorists than anybody else. Need proof? Learn on.

Is Kathleen Kennedy Leaving Lucasfilm?

The Supply: Random on-line gossipmongers

Likelihood of Accuracy: Not even barely true.

The Actual Deal: Let’s begin with one thing that’s fairly clearly wishful considering on the a part of a variety of Star Wars followers: For the final couple of weeks, there have been rumors that Kathleen Kennedy is stepping down as Lucasfilm president, with Marvel’s Kevin Feige being named as her potential substitute. That is, to be blunt, full and utter banthawash. (Look, we’re attempting to maintain it clear and on-topic.) Sure, Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed, however that’s only one failure after three of probably the most profitable motion pictures in latest reminiscence, and Solo had extenuating circumstances—particularly, shedding its unique administrators, which pressured a reshoot of just about your complete film. The concept Kennedy can be pressured to step down after that—or that followers must communicate as much as save her job—is ridiculous, and betrays a selected myopia that fandom engenders; the concept that followers know finest and have the within scoop as a result of they love the property a lot. Kennedy’s place, at the least within the eyes of mum or dad firm Disney, is just about safe; if she does step down for no matter cause—one thing that’s fairly unlikely—it’ll seemingly be a private determination that has completely nothing to do with stress from company overlords.

Kelly Marie Tran Leaves Instagram, Doubtless Due to Trolls

The Supply: Tran’s Instagram, Fb

Likelihood of Accuracy: It’s difficult, however this appears to be primarily true.

The Actual Deal: The rot on the coronary heart of Star Wars fandom grew to become obvious a pair weeks in the past when, in accordance to a number of studies, Star Wars: The Final Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran left Instagram, presumably because of social media bullying. We are saying “presumably” as a result of Tran hasn’t spoken publicly about her reasoning, however did, in reality, delete her Instagram posts, however not her account in the beginning of the month. A now-unavailable Fb group referred to as (apparently with out irony) “Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” claimed credit score for Tran’s absence with a publish that learn, partially, “it warmed my heart to see the true fans rise up against Kathleen Kennedy and her feminazi agenda,” exhorting readers to “go out there and reverse this forced diversity, go out there and show them what real Star Wars fans look like. Bring back the Straight White Male Hero that isn’t manufactured by a corrupt corporation like Disney.” For these confused, right here’s a reminder: “True fans” is a kind of phrases that’s solely ever mentioned by idiotic gatekeepers who don’t need others to share their ardour, and is subsequently a fairly speedy disqualifier for being taken significantly. In latest days, Tran’s costar John Boyega has come ahead to name for an finish to the harassment, and so has Final Jedi director Rian Johnson.

The Jedi Order Lives On

The Supply: An official announcement from EA

Likelihood of Accuracy: It is an official announcement, so it is 100 % correct, if slightly imprecise on particulars.

The Actual Deal: Introduced throughout E3 2018, EA’s new Star Wars recreation will probably be referred to as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and be launched this vacation season. Set simply after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the sport will probably be a single participant journey that follows one of many few surviving Padawans after the destruction of the Jedi Order. EA additionally introduced upcoming Clone Wars-era content material for Star Wars Battlefront II, with playable characters together with Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Normal Grievous, together with a brand new location: Geonosis, web site of the primary official battle between the 2 factions of the Clone Wars. That replace arrives this fall.

Meet the Latest Member of the Resistance

The Supply: Actor Jim Rash

Likelihood of Accuracy: If he doesn’t know who he’s taking part in, we might all be in hassle.

The Actual Deal: Star Wars Resistance isn’t scheduled to debut till this fall, however actor Jim Rash revealed some particulars about who he’ll be taking part in within the present throughout a latest interview. Describing his character, unhelpfully, as “a creature” referred to as Flex (the spelling of that identify is open to query) he mentioned, “Bobby Moynihan and I are basically two guys who basically run the equipment check out area. Sort of like an Oscar and Felix.” That’s an Odd Couple reference, for many who aren’t followers of basic comedy and/or previous Jack Klugman TV reveals, suggesting that both Rash or Moynihan goes to be a neat freak, whereas the opposite will probably be a slob. (It appears too apparent for Rash to be the uptight one and Moynihan the messy one, proper…?) We will solely hope that Flex is a particular “Felix” reference, and the opposite character is known as one thing like Oss’kar. We’ll know in just a few months when Resistance launches on Disney XD.

The Trilogy That May Have Been

The Supply: George Lucas, by way of Twitter (Form of)

Likelihood of Accuracy: Are you able to charge issues that didn’t really occur for accuracy?

The Actual Deal: Final week Twitter went right into a tizzy after, of all issues, George Lucas’ unique plans for Star Wars‘ seventh by way of ninth Episodes confirmed up on-line.

As if Lucas was some form of oracle, followers instantly pounced to name his all-so-sketchy concept lame, dumb, and, mainly, not what they’d anticipated or hoped for from the franchise. (Actually, Star Wars: The Power Awakens is nearer to that individual goal, though sure followers would declare in any other case.) But, in case you examine this concept to each the unique and prequel trilogies, it’s a must to admire Lucas for differentiating every of them, whereas staying curiously near the core idea of the Power as being the one factor that binds all of them collectively. (If the Whills sound acquainted, Chirrut Imwe from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was one of many Guardians of the Whills. Nothing will get completely thrown away in a galaxy far, far-off…)

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