This year, a new "Star Wars" novel from author Claudia Gray will detail the events in the life of Leia Organa - former princess, current general - between "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983) and the new sequel trilogy, which began with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015).
The main conflict in "Star Wars: Bloodline," which follows last year's "Star Wars: Aftermath" by Chuck Wendig, occurs several years before the events in the hugely successful "Episode VII" and will explain how the First Order ascended to power under the New Republic's watch.
In the novel, which takes place decades after the death of Darth Vader and the collapse of the Empire, Leia (Carrie Fisher in the "Star Wars" films) is in a position of power in the New Republic. Everything seems to be going well; however, Leia will begin to see that a new generation, unaware of the evils of the now-defunct Empire, could bring the galaxy back into turmoil. more >>
"Captain America: Civil War," the much-anticipated opener of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the third "Captain America" stand-alone film, is now in post-production and going through test screenings and additional photography, Collider reports.
And, as Birth.Movies.Death. has learned, the film has been doing "exceptionally well" at these test screenings. According to the website, five of its sources have reported that audiences "loved the movie" and that "the only thing [the sources] disagree on is whether the movie tested as well as or better than 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' which had previously been the best-testing Marvel movie."
As for what fans can expect regarding the movie's plot, the website's sources said that "Captain America: Civil War" "doesn't pull any punches in the third act" and that "if Marvel execs had been concerned about the film going dark places, these stellar test screenings have alleviated all those fears." more >>
Taraji P. Henson is sharing her beliefs in the power of prayer.
The 45-year-old "Empire" actress who hosted the BET "Celebration of Gospel" on Sunday followed up the event with a post that reads: "Prayer Works" to over 6 million Twitter followers Wednesday.
After answering a bunch of Twitter questions about "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" last week, director James Gunn has now given "Guardians" fans another treat, posting several behind-the-scenes photos of the film's human cast on Facebook and Instagram.
One of the behind-the-scenes photos shows Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), and Sean Gunn (Kraglin the Ravager) rehearsing in a studio in Atlanta. Gunn captioned the photo: "When someone's screwing up a scene during rehearsals I show them Dave Bautista (Batista) as an example of good acting. With Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and Sean Gunn. #GotGVol2"
Sean Gunn, James' brother, stands in for Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) during filming and rehearsals. more >>
Gwendoline Christie, who played the role of Captain Phasma in the 2015 blockbuster hit "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," is set to reprise the role in the next film in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy, "Star Wars: Episode VIII."
"I will be in the next 'Star Wars' movie," Christie told PEOPLE at the red carpet pre-show for the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards. "I think that's an exclusive, actually," she said.
Christie, who is best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO's popular fantasy drama series "Game of Thrones" and for playing Commander Lyme in the final "The Hunger Games" film, said that she was "very overexcited" about the casting and admitted that she campaigned for a long time to get the part. "And then I was delighted when J.J. Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man," she revealed. more >>
Little is known about the actual plot of the forthcoming "Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Though avid fans already know who the actors are and what the film's main storyline is, there have been few clues about who the characters will be up against.
Now, "Star Wars" fan site Making Star Wars has come out with what may prove to be a major revelation about the film's villains - or, at least, one of them.
According to the site: "There is a bad guy or person of some importance to the Empire. His main feature is a huge majestic white cape with a slit in the back." more >>