Nerdy News: Star Wars Title Revealed, Terminator Reboot, Geek Politics & More!

The official Star Wars Twitter account revealed the title for Episode VIII this morning – Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December. #TheLastJedi” they wrote on Twitter and linked to their website which added:

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

In related news, Carrie Fisher and Leia were utilized to great effect at the Women’s March this past weekend and Mark Hamill took notice.

And while a lot of celebrities attended marches around the world, I feel compelled to share Supergirl Melissa Benoist and her excellent signage.

💪#womensmarchonwashington

A photo posted by Melissa Benoist (@melissabenoist) on

In fact, there was a lot of dialogue over the last few days about politics in the geek sphere, particularly as it pertained to Nazi punching…

Related: my pal Marlene writes “Comics are Political” over at her site i like comics too!

And Saturday Night Live, always diving into politics, had a great stand-up monologue by Aziz Ansari this weekend. Definitely worth a watch.

In other news, Deadline says James Cameron is trying to reboot the Terminator franchise…with Deadpool director Tim Miller. They say Cameron won’t have the rights back until 2019 so for now this is just testing the waters.

A minor update on the Karen Gillan Jumanji costume controversy. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about it and said:

I’ve experienced something similar when I worked on Doctor Who and there was such an uproar about my costume when that was first revealed, so I thought it was happening all over again. But I have to say, I’d never take on a role that was truly gratuitous for no reason. There’s a really valid reason why she’s wearing that. My character is really not happy about it!

TVLine.com reports Music Meister has been cast for the Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover episode. Sadly it’s not Neil Patrick Harris but it will be a Glee reunion as Darren Criss picks up the role. “With our Flash and our Supergirl being Glee alums, how could we not have them go up against another Glee favorite like Darren Criss?” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told the site. “We have been blown away by his talent over the years and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Music Meister.” The episodes will air March 20 and 21 on The CW and Supergirl returns tonight.

And last but not least today, London Toy Fair revealed we’re getting Alias Funko Pops and I couldn’t be more excited!!!!!!

AND TWIN PEAKS!

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8 Responses to “Nerdy News: Star Wars Title Revealed, Terminator Reboot, Geek Politics & More!”

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  6. Mark Wyman says:

    Aziz Ansari also gets bonus points for triggering Chris Brown’s vile, racist response. Further delegating him to the refuse pile of history.

  7. The Last Jedi is SO open:
    The Last Jedi – Luke?
    The Last Jedi – (Rey) (read as the last HOPE)
    The Last Jedi – (read as PREVIOUS, the Jedi that was here before you)
    The Last Jedi – (read as EXPECTED, all the other Jedi showed up, but Rey/Luke was late)
    The Last Jedi – (assuming Jedi is the plural of Jedi, literally any number of Jedi) The Last 8 Million Jedi

    Terminator: pls stop

  8. Aziz Ansari’s set was amazing. I thought a very sober, healing approach to things. The only way forward from here on out is to reach out to those with differing viewpoints, condemn the ugliest actions and beliefs but in a way that allows those people that speak them to change and not be pushed into a corner where the only human reaction is to dig the heels in.

    And as for The Last Jedi… heh, I have been singing the Last Dragon theme to myself since I heard the news earlier today!

    https://youtu.be/Ff_rNhmJ570