You can try really, really, really hard not to be all pre-judgy about upcoming projects and be ruthless with yourself when trying to keep an open mind. Sometimes, though, you are doomed to failure. Like when you are reminded of a Star Wars movie that will feature the return of Rey from the director of Ms. Marvel, with Lucasfilm still pulling the strings, as part of Disney.
I mean, not even Professor O.P. Timist, Lifelong Presdient Emiritus Of The Global Confederation of Optimists, can see their way past that sheer level of suckage.
Daisy Ridley seems a really nice, fun person and we know she can act. She did the best she could with a woefully underwritten character that felt like some kind of a cipher for the current generation of creatives who simply must insert themselves into everything.
New Jedi Order will be the first Star Wars project in theaters since The Rise Of Skywalker showed us that somehow Palpatine returned more than five years ago. New Jedi Order will be set roughly fifteen years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker and will feature the character of Rey once again facing no real growth or challenges as she Mary Sue’s her way towards doing everything that Luke Skywalker failed to do.
Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is helming the project. One glimmer of hope could be that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is holding the pen. Filming was originally rumored to begin in April next year at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom before strike-related delays pushed back the start date. Obaid-Chinoy gave an interview to CNN where she said:
“I’m very thrilled about the project because I feel what we’re about to create is something very special. And we’re in 2024 now, and it’s about time that we had a woman come forward to shape a story in a galaxy far, far away.”
There was one. Rogue Squadron was to be directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and that was yet another project killed off by Kathleen Kennedy, proving once more that nobody tears women down quite like other women.
The film is already penciled in for a May 22nd 2026 release, however, Lucasfilm’s record in this regard is less than stellar, so odds are probably slightly against this ever existing, at this stage.
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