Daisy Ridley in talks to star in thriller The Ice Beneath Her

Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in a movie adaptation of psychological crime thriller The Ice Beneath Her. The British actress, who is best known for playing Rey in the recent Star Wars trilogy, is in negotiations to play the lead character in the ad…

Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in a movie adaptation of psychological crime thriller The Ice Beneath Her.

The British actress, who is best known for playing Rey in the recent Star Wars trilogy, is in negotiations to play the lead character in the adaptation of Swedish author Camilla Grebe’s bestselling 2015 novel of the same name, according to Deadline.

The novel, which features an unreliable narrator, is similar in tone to previous book-to-movie adaptations Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The story focuses on a detective and psychological profiler who work to solve the case after a young woman is found beheaded in the home of a prominent businessman. The investigation quickly evolves into a race against time.

The project was the subject of a bidding war among Hollywood financiers and bosses at STX won the film rights and will finance the movie, which will be directed and produced by filmmaking collective Radio Silence, which is made up of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella, who are best known for last year’s breakout horror-comedy Ready or Not.

Caitlin Parrish, a writer on TV shows such as Supergirl and The Red Line, has adapted the novel, while American Sniper’s Andrew Lazar is also producing.

Ridley is currently in post-production on sci-fi adventure Chaos Walking, which is due to be released early next year. She was most recently seen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the concluding chapter of the trilogy.

However, the 28-year-old admitted she was taken aback by the polarising reaction to the movie following its release in December.

“January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, ‘Where’s the love gone?'” she said on the DragCast podcast.

The Rise of Skywalker is being made available to stream two months early, with Disney bosses announcing on Monday that it would be released on Disney+ on 4 May, also known as Star Wars Day.

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Daisy Ridley breaks silence on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker criticism

Daisy Ridley found it “so upsetting” to read criticism about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The British actress made her third appearance as Rey in J.J. Abrams’ film, which divided both fans and critics when it was released in December, and has sinc…

Daisy Ridley found it “so upsetting” to read criticism about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The British actress made her third appearance as Rey in J.J. Abrams’ film, which divided both fans and critics when it was released in December, and has since become the lowest-rated feature in the main nine-movie Star Wars franchise.

Breaking her silence on the criticism in an interview on the DragCast podcast, Ridley admitted she had a tough January because she struggled with the fact fans didn’t love episode nine like they did the other instalments.

“This last film was really tricky,” she said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, ‘Where’s the love gone?'”

She added that watching The Skywalker Legacy, a making-of documentary on the Rise of Skywalker’s DVD release, and remembering the love the cast shared on set, made it more difficult to accept the lukewarm response.

“I watched the documentary, the making-of, this week,” the 28-year-old continued. “It’s so filled with love, and I think it’s that tricky thing of when you’re part of something that is so filled with love and then people (don’t like it). You know, everyone’s entitled to not like something, but it feels like it’s changed slightly. But I think in general that’s because social media and what have you.”

Ridley also insisted that if she didn’t like a film she wouldn’t tweet about it, but many others do and she had a hard time avoiding negative articles and reactions because they flooded her social media feeds.

“Conversations are just more public, so there’s stuff I wouldn’t have seen, but honestly trying to scroll through my newsfeed in January and trying to not see Star Wars stuff, I’d see headlines and be like ‘Oh my God, this is so upsetting,'” she shared.

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Mark Hamill bids emotional farewell to Star Wars saga

Mark Hamill has bid an emotional farewell to the Star Wars saga after 40 years of playing Luke Skywalker.In a heartfelt letter accompanying the release of The Skywalker Saga box set, the actor recalled his audition for George Lucas’ original sci-fi tri…

Mark Hamill has bid an emotional farewell to the Star Wars saga after 40 years of playing Luke Skywalker.

In a heartfelt letter accompanying the release of The Skywalker Saga box set, the actor recalled his audition for George Lucas’ original sci-fi trilogy alongside Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as he reflected on his role as the Jedi hero.

“What an extraordinary journey it’s been,” Hamill wrote. “Back in 1976 when Carrie, Harrison, and I were testing for our roles in what was then called ‘The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars,’ there’s no way we could have known what an incredibly rich and imaginative set of adventures this obscure little space movie would launch inspiring eight more chapters to tell the entire Skywalker story.”

He continued: “I am deeply thankful for your continued enthusiasm and dedication to George’s faraway galaxy, which will continue to grow with new storytellers building an even bigger galaxy filled with heroes, villains, action, romance, and, of course, the Force. May the Force be with you… always.”

Hamill shared the letter on social media to mark the release of The Skywalker Saga box set, and wrote: “A few thoughts as one era ends and another begins…#StarWars.”

The 68-year-old first played Luke Skywalker in 1977’s A New Hope and the two follow-ups, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He then reprised the role for 2015’s The Force Awakens and made his final appearance in last year’s The Rise of Skywalker.

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Greg Grunberg defends Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Greg Grunberg was “so angry” about the criticism directed at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The third instalment in the sci-fi sequel trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams, was released in December and divided audiences, with many accusing the film of jus…

Greg Grunberg was “so angry” about the criticism directed at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The third instalment in the sci-fi sequel trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams, was released in December and divided audiences, with many accusing the film of just trying to please the fans.

And Grunberg, who plays Resistance pilot Snap Wexley, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was infuriated by the unfair criticism.

“When the movie came out, I was so p***ed off and angry about one specific criticism that I heard. It said, ‘Oh, he’s just pandering to the fans.’ It’s like, ‘What are you talking about? A movie like this is all about satisfying the fans,'” Grunberg fired.

He went on to dismiss rumours that director Abrams refused to follow the storylines created by Rian Johnson in The Rise of Skywalker’s predecessor, The Last Jedi.

“It’s one of those things where if you pay attention to the film and engage with it, all it does is keep that story going,” Grunberg explained, insisting that he never heard Abrams make any disparaging comments about Johnson. “I would absolutely tell you if there were moments here and there. And there weren’t. There just absolutely weren’t. If anybody was going to try and dig that out of J.J., it’d be me.”

The Heroes actor, who has been friends with Abrams since they were children, said that the filmmaker “loves” Johnson because of how “creative and brilliant he is.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Grunberg debunked reports of a director’s cut of The Rise of Skywalker, and said there was no pressure on Abrams by Disney and Lucasfilm bosses “to cut things out.”

“Personally, I don’t think there’s any truth to that, and I would be surprised if there’s a ‘J.J. cut.’ Every movie goes through a series of cuts; it’s just the nature of it. I don’t buy into it at all,” he stated.

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Trolls World Tour to debut at home and in cinemas simultaneously

Animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on the same day due to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on theatrical releases.After big blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Pl…

Animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on the same day due to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on theatrical releases.

After big blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, and Mulan postponed their releases, the animation, which features a voice cast led by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, was thought to be the next studio release, with it scheduled to hit cinemas on 10 April.

However, on Monday, Universal Pictures representatives announced that they would be making the movie available on home entertainment and in cinemas on the same day.

In addition, they are also going to make films still showing in cinemas, such as horrors The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and period drama Emma, available on-demand from Friday.

“That’s right folks – due to…um…things happening in the world, we are releasing @TheInvisibleMan for streaming this Friday,” tweeted Leigh Whannell, the director of The Invisible Man. “So those who wanted to catch it in theatres but couldn’t will be able to view it from the safety of their biohazard containment zones (couch or bed).”

The films will be available for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested price of $19.99 (£16) each in the U.S. and for similar prices internationally.

The decision is a huge blow to cinemas, which have been forced to close or reduce seating in some areas due to new social distancing rules implemented to help halt the spread of Covid-19. The news follows a difficult box office weekend, with the North American box office plummeting to a two-decade low.

As a result, Warner Bros. executives have decided to make Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, available for digital purchase early, on 24 March. Disney bosses also made Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker available for digital purchase almost a week early and put Frozen II on their streaming service, Disney+, three months earlier than expected.

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John Boyega teams up with Netflix to create African films

John Boyega has teamed up with Netflix to create a series of feature films focused on African stories.The 27-year-old actor, who has British-Nigerian parents, has partnered with the streaming giant through his UpperRoom Productions company to develop n…

John Boyega has teamed up with Netflix to create a series of feature films focused on African stories.

The 27-year-old actor, who has British-Nigerian parents, has partnered with the streaming giant through his UpperRoom Productions company to develop non-English language films focusing on stories and characters in Africa.

Representatives for the independent production company announced the news on Tuesday, revealing that they will “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”

Boyega, who shot to stardom playing Stormtrooper Finn in the recent Star Wars trilogy, said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to tell stories about his ancestry.

“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories, and my team and I are excited to develop original material,” he said in a statement. “We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.”

Back in December, Boyega proudly showcased his heritage at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by walking the red carpet in traditional Nigerian attire, including a royal blue Agbada robe with gold accents and matching hat.

“Africa has a rich history in storytelling, and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world,” said David Kosse, vice president of international film at Netflix.

Boyega founded UpperRoom Productions in 2016, when he co-produced and starred in sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim: Uprising, and has since been developing a series of TV and film projects.

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Billie Lourd was emotional filming Star Wars scenes for late Carrie Fisher

Billie Lourd endured a full roller coaster of emotions on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after agreeing to stand in for her late mother Carrie Fisher.The actress, famed for her role as Princess Leia, died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in D…

Billie Lourd endured a full roller coaster of emotions on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after agreeing to stand in for her late mother Carrie Fisher.

The actress, famed for her role as Princess Leia, died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in December 2016, but director J.J. Abrams was able to cut together unused footage of Fisher from 2015’s The Force Awakens to resurrect her character for key scenes in the recently released The Rise of Skywalker.

Lourd, who portrays Resistance member Lieutenant Connix in the sci-fi blockbusters, helped Abrams and his team complete the sequences by taking part in the Leia shoots, and she has now admitted it was truly bittersweet to fill in for her mum.

“It’s literally like a gift from her, or her forcing us to make her the star of the movie – probably both!” she laughed in the new behind-the-scenes documentary, The Skywalker Legacy. “Being back has been incredible, painful, surreal – all of the adjectives that you can come up with, probably, I felt.”

Abrams later used Fisher’s earlier film clips to digitally replace the 27-year-old’s face with that of her mother.

Production on The Rise of Skywalker’s Princess Leia scenes was also an emotional experience for leading lady Daisy Ridley, who needed to collect herself after filming.

“The reality of having to do a scene with someone who isn’t actually there was very difficult,” the British actress shared. “I sort of had to walk off and have a moment.”

And Abrams insisted he will forever be grateful to Lourd for giving him her blessing to bring Fisher back from the dead onscreen.

“To know that we were doing this with her at our side, that’s something that I will always be grateful to her for,” the director said.

The Skywalker Legacy, which details how filmmakers incorporated unused Fisher footage into the latest movie, will be released to coincide with the digital launch of The Rise of Skywalker on 17 March.

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Ian McDiarmid: ‘Palpatine’s clone reveal was originally in Rise of Skywalker script’

Ian McDiarmid has revealed the original script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stated his character Emperor Palpatine was a clone. The Scottish actor’s evil Sith lord Palpatine was assumed to have died in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and yet he made…

Ian McDiarmid has revealed the original script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stated his character Emperor Palpatine was a clone.

The Scottish actor’s evil Sith lord Palpatine was assumed to have died in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and yet he made a surprise comeback in last year’s The Rise of Skywalker, which never explained how he survived his apparent death to make a new claim for power.

However, fans were shocked earlier this week when an upcoming novelisation of the film by writer Rae Carson indicated Palpatine was a clone inhabited by the soul of the villain’s original self, with social media users expressing their disappointment that this wasn’t established in the movie.

During an appearance at London Comic Con Spring earlier this month, McDiarmid confirmed that the clone reveal was in the original script, in an exchange between Palpatine and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but was cut from the final film.

“The cloning thing? Yes. Well, of course, there were all sorts of explanations for why I might return,” McDiarmid said during a panel, according to IndieWire. “But it’s interesting because at one point the script had a line in that first scene with Adam when he says, ‘You’re a clone.’ And I said in that original script, which is no longer with us, ‘More than a clone. Less than a man.’ Which seemed to me to sum it up really.”

The 75-year-old, who also played the character in all three prequel films, previously told Digital Spy that he was “totally surprised” to be asked to reprise the role because he thought Palpatine was dead, just like everyone else.

“I thought he was dead. Because when we did Return of the Jedi, and I was thrown down that chute to Galactic Hell, he was dead. And I said, ‘Oh, does he come back?’ And (George Lucas) said, ‘No, he’s dead.’ So, I just accepted that,” he commented.

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J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens working on secret Star Wars project

Director J.D. Dillard and writer Matt Owens have made history by becoming the first African-American creative team to work on a Star Wars project.The duo has reportedly been tapped to work on an upcoming project set on the hidden Sith planet Exegol, wh…

Director J.D. Dillard and writer Matt Owens have made history by becoming the first African-American creative team to work on a Star Wars project.

The duo has reportedly been tapped to work on an upcoming project set on the hidden Sith planet Exegol, which was introduced in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

However, it’s unclear if they have been hired for a movie or limited series for streaming on Disney+, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dillard, who is best known for writing and directing the 2016 sci-fi thriller Sleight, is already affiliated with the franchise, with him working in production/technical support on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and appearing as a First Order FN Corps Stormtrooper called FN-1226 in The Rise of Skywalker. Owens has worked on Marvel TV shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, and The Defenders.

The future of the iconic sci-fi saga was cast into doubt back in October when Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss walked away from their much-publicised deal with Lucasfilm to launch another Star Wars trilogy in 2022 in order to focus on their partnership with Netflix.

However, Marvel boss Kevin Feige and The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson are also working on separate Star Wars projects, believed to be unrelated to the Dillard one.

Disney is working on a number of Star Wars spin-offs for its new streaming service, which launched in the U.S. last year, following the success of The Mandalorian, which starred Pedro Pascal and launched the viral sensation, Baby Yoda.

Ewan McGregor is also reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for an upcoming Disney+ spin-off series, which was recently delayed due to production issues, while Diego Luna is playing his Rogue One character Cassian Andor once again in a new show.

Disney+ will launch in the U.K. on 24 March.

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Harrison Ford shocked by proposal for Han Solo’s cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Harrison Ford was stunned when J.J. Abrams approached him to reprise his role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The iconic character was killed by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben, in 2015’s The Force Awakens, b…

Harrison Ford was stunned when J.J. Abrams approached him to reprise his role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The iconic character was killed by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben, in 2015’s The Force Awakens, but briefly appeared in last year’s final instalment of the trilogy, much to the surprise of fans.

In an interview with USA Today, Ford admitted he was also shocked about Abrams’ plans for his cameo, and had to remind the filmmaker that he was killed off.

“When J.J. asked me to do it, I said, ‘Are you kidding? I’m dead!'” the 77-year-old recalled. “He said, ‘Sorta dead. You can do this.’ He hadn’t written anything at that time. But he said, ‘This is going to be great.’

“So I said okay. If J.J. asked you do something, you’d probably do it too. He’s a very persuasive guy.”

The Indiana Jones actor also insisted that he agreed to come back to the sci-fi fantasy saga because he felt Solo returning as a ghost-like figure to his son Ben was a pivotal moment in the villain’s transition from the dark to the light side.

“It was a useful addition to the story and the continuing development of Adam Driver’s character,” he explained. “And the chance to do another scene with Adam was great.”

Since the movie was released in December, fans have speculated if Ford’s character was using Jedi powers to return as a Force ghost, but he confessed he had no idea what one was.

“A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is… Don’t tell anyone. I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no f**king idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!” he laughed.

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