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Obi-Wan Kenobi may get his own ‘Star Wars’ movie: reports

August 18, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co is developing a “Star Wars” standalone movie based on the beloved character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wise and noble Jedi master, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on Thursday. The Hollywood trade publications cited unnamed sources as saying that the project was in the early stages of development by Disney and Lucasfilm. The project has no script yet but British filmmaker Stephen Daldry, best known for 2000’s ballet movie “Billy Elliott,” is in early talks to direct it, the publications…

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Netflix discussing keeping Disney’s Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ films

August 11, 2017 By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is in “active discussions” with Walt Disney Co about keeping Marvel and “Star Wars” films after 2019, when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior executive said late on Thursday. Disney announced on Tuesday that it was pulling new Disney and Pixar films from Netflix, starting with new releases in 2019. It will start putting the movies on a new Disney-branded online service that year. Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger…

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Disney builds buzz with superheroes, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Mary Poppins’

July 15, 2017 By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Avengers, Mary Poppins and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co’s annual D23 fan convention on Saturday, as the studio drummed up excitement for upcoming films including a live-action “Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Dumbo.” From Iron Man to Spider-Man, the cast of the upcoming ensemble “Avengers: Infinity War” gathered on stage for a superhero-sized selfie and debuted new footage for fans. The May 2018 film, which Marvel studios President Kevin Feige said was the biggest production so far…

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Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea, other factors: coroner

June 17, 2017 By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The death last year of actor Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, was due to sleep apnea and other causes, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on Friday. Fisher died aged 60 on Dec. 27, four days after she became unresponsive on a flight from London to Los Angeles and was rushed to a hospital. Fisher was a mental health advocate who spoke about her struggles with…

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Carrie Fisher would have led next ‘Star Wars’ before her sudden death

May 25, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Late actress Carrie Fisher was supposed to be the leading force of the ninth film in the “Star Wars” saga, plans derailed by her sudden death last year, Lucasfilm Ltd president Kathleen Kennedy said in an interview published on Wednesday. Kennedy told Vanity Fair that Fisher, who died in December at age 60 after suffering a heart attack, had finished filming the forthcoming eighth film “The Last Jedi” and was hoping her character, General Leia Organa, would be the central figure of Episode…

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ gets May 2019 release date: Disney

April 25, 2017 (Reuters) – The final film in the new “Star Wars” trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode IX,” will be released in May 2019, movie studio Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday. The May 24 release date marked a shift in strategy for Disney, whose two previous new entries in the sci-fi adventure have all been set for release in mid-December, during the winter holidays. Disney gave no details on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” about which little is known except that it will be directed by Colin Trevorrow. “Episode IX”…

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