STAR WARS – Attention, Star Wars fans: It’s time to make some room on your desk, toy shelf, bookshelf, and in your closet.
Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products. Toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017, with stores around the world opening for a weekend-long celebration of all things Star Wars. In addition, packaging for the new line, featuring striking images of a lightsaber-wielding Rey, Poe Dameron, and Finn, was also revealed today and can be seen below.
“The first Star Wars Force Friday event was truly unique, uniting fans across five continents in an unprecedented global live unboxing event ahead of thousands of midnight openings at retail,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We’re excited to confirm that Star Wars Force Friday is back for The Last Jedi. Plans for this year’s worldwide event are top secret, but expect something befitting the excitement around the next episode of the Star Wars saga.”
Star Wars fans around the globe embraced Force Friday in 2015, with hundreds of thousands turning up to stores at midnight to be the first to get their hands on merchandise from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Toys from the new line were revealed via a global livestream unboxing event with top Maker Studios creators that unfolded over 18 hours, 15 different cities and 12 countries, attracting millions of views on YouTube. Fans took to social media to share their experiences with nearly 3 billion Twitter impressions about the events, using #ForceFriday.
Jill Wilfert, vice president of global licensing and entertainment from The LEGO Group commented, “It was so much fun to be a part of Star Wars Force Friday, and we can’t wait for fans to join this year’s celebration as we reveal new Star Wars: The Last Jedi products during Force Friday II — a global event that will connect fans and families, and allow them to build, create and share their experiences with others.”
Details of how fans can participate will be revealed closer to the event, but the worldwide launch will tap new technology and Star Wars mythology to create a unique experience for fans. Just like 2015, products for The Last Jedi will be kept under wraps until Force Friday II to preserve surprises for fans. As well as introducing new characters from the movie in toy form, the line will build on the success of products like Sphero’s BB-8, introducing more innovative technology to bring the characters and stories from the film to life in unique ways.
“Toys play a unique role in the Star Wars universe, and we’re proud to have been part of that incredible legacy for the past 40 years. The new line for The Last Jedi is our most innovative yet, and we’re excited to unveil it on Force Friday II,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president at Hasbro.
Last night (February 12), Daisy attended the EE British Academy Film Awards and presented the Special Visual Effects award with Luke Evans. She wore a Roland Mouret “Baldersby” floral-embroidered gown. Head over to our gallery to find many high quality pictures from the event!
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SCREEN DAILY – “It’s a really fucking scary time to be alive,” comments Star Wars’ leading lady Daisy Ridley about the first days of Donald Trump being president of the US. The actress recently attended the anti-Trump women’s march in London, calling it “an incredible show of democracy”.
Ridley is deeply passionate about tales of female empowerment; from her breakthrough role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the her latest film, the Bafta-nominated documentary The Eagle Huntress, which she narrates and exec produced.
Screen sat down with Ridley to discuss the doc, which is the story of a 13-year-old girl in Mongolia who is attempting to become the first female eagle hunter in her country. She also updated on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, talked having to audition for Murder On The Orient Express, and had her say on Piers Morgan’s recent spat with Ewan McGregor.
Screen: How did you get involved in The Eagle Huntress?
Daisy Ridley: Morgan Spurlock came on as a producer after Otto [Bell, director] had done the initial shoot. He got in touch with my agent and said he wanted me to watch it. I watched it, was blown away and said I’d love to be involved somehow. I came on as exec producer and then – Otto initially had title cards in it but wanted to narrate it for younger kids – so I then narrated it too.
What did being executive producer involve?
I mean it’s a glorified spokesperson. I am taking credit for something I really haven’t had much to do with. It has been my pleasure, basically, to spread the news.
Do you see yourself using your star power in the future to help out smaller films like this?
When I came on, I wasn’t like ‘Hey, let ME make this a big thing’. It would have done amazingly with or without my help. I don’t plan. If something else came along that touched me in the same way and I could be involved in it, then great.
What did you love about the film?
It was mainly the relationship between Aisholpan [the film’s subject] and her father. The world we’re living in is terrifying and [it’s great] to watch something that for an hour and a half takes you out of yourself and shows you something about somewhere that none of us really knows. It’s incredible how everything is so divisive at the moment – what colour your skin is, what religion you are – and to watch a film that’s set in the back end of Mongolia, that made me think: ‘oh my God, her dad reminds me of my dad’.Continue Reading (…)
DEADLINE – Paramount Pictures has acquired the Sonia Purnell book A Woman Of No Importance, and has attached Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley to star. The book by the author of Clementine is the biography of American heiress and super-spy Virginia Hall, who attempted to break into the ranks of the American Foreign Service in the years before World War II. Rejected because of gender and a disability — she lost part of her leg in a hunting accident — Hall worked during the war for the British intelligence unit SOE. She later joined the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.
Ridley is currently shooting the Murder On The Orient Express at Fox, and will reprise in the just-named Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is also attached to Chaos Walking at Lionsgate, Kolma at Paramount and the indie Ophelia.
STAR WARS – We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
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.
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EMPIRE – A new documentary is out this week, and it features a voice you may be familiar with. The Eagle Huntress tracks the story of 13-year-old Aisholpan, the first female eagle hunter in Kazakhstan, and it boasts a narration from Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley. We spoke to Ridley about how she became involved with a low-budget documentary – as well as the obligatory Star Wars questions.
How did this film first enter your radar?
I actually didn’t know how it had entered. My agent sent it to me – and it’s now been revealed that [executive producer] Morgan Spurlock sent it to my agent. I watched it and was totally blown away by it. I watched it that evening and was like [puts on crying voice] “oh my God, how can I be part of this?” So I was on a call with Morgan and Otto [Bell, The Eagle Huntress director] later that week, which was the night before the film’s Sundance premiere. Initially I just came on as executive producer, and then they wanted to edit it a bit, to make it slightly more accessible to kids – just because there’s a lot going on. Just those little…Otto describes them as “hand holds”. So I was able to narrate too!
What was it like to narrate the film? A day in the recording booth must be easier than running around with lightsabers.
You know what? It was really hard! I think I speak for like five minutes altogether, maybe less – and it took a good three, four hours. I’d already done a bit of voice stuff last year [for the English redub of anime film Only Yesterday], and I always found it really knackering. I was doing it with Otto, and it’s his whole thing. I’m such a tiny part of it, I really wanted to do justice to it. I was so nervous about doing a good job. It took a while.
As you say, you’re also credited as an executive producer. What does that involve exactly?
Essentially, it was a way for it to reach people, I guess. I really didn’t do much, and I kind of feel awful taking any credit for it. It has been great, because while I was on social media, I was able to talk about it on social media, and spread the message. That’s really all I’ve done! But I like to feel like I’m a small part of it.
Is this something you’re interested in doing in the future – using your profile to bring attention to smaller films?
It’s funny because I didn’t really think about it in those terms. I just thought, oh my God, what an amazing thing to be a part of. I guess I underestimated the whole profile thing. Yesterday I did this Q&A and it was the first time I thought, oh actually, this is great to be able to bring a bit more attention to it. But I don’t think I go into something just because of that. If I hadn’t have responded so overwhelmingly to the film, I wouldn’t have felt so passionate about becoming part of it. Being part of something like this is incredible. Plus it’s incredible for me. It’s like everyone’s a winner!Continue Reading (…)
TIMEOUT – Did we miss something in ‘The Force Awakens’? This morning, Time Out caught up with ‘Star Wars’ actress and proud Londoner Daisy Ridley to discuss her work as a narrator on superb upcoming documentary ‘The Eagle Huntress’, but we couldn’t help slipping in a ‘Star Wars’ question at the end. Ridley has already revealed that in the as-yet-untitled Episode VIII, due in 2017, we’ll learn a lot more about her character Rey’s mysterious backstory. We asked if it’d feel good to get the secret off her chest – and her answer startled us. ‘I thought a lot was answered in “The Force Awakens”,’ she said. ‘Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realised that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!’
Is she messing with us? Did every audience around the world manage to miss some vital clue? Or are we just reading too much into this still-fairly-cryptic answer? Ridley seems happy to keep things ambiguous: ‘I think curiosity is a wonderful thing,’ she told us. ‘And I do find it quite funny that people keep asking about it. Just yesterday a guy asked to take a picture with me, and went “Is Luke your Dad”? And I was like, “chill out, you’ll see”!’ So does she think people are going to be surprised when they find out the truth? ‘I’d love to see the look on people’s faces,’ she says. ‘But with answers come more questions, and there’s definitely going to be enough to keep people going for another two years!’
One thing that is in no way ambiguous is Ridley’s enthusiasm for the upcoming Episode VIII: ‘It’s going to be great,’ she told us, in no uncertain terms. Fingers, tentacles and lightsabers crossed that she’s right…
A documentary about a teenage Mongolian girl’s quest to become an eagle hunter – a skill normally passed down from father to son – is released in the UK next week.
Its narrator and executive producer is the young British actor Daisy Ridley, who shot to fame as Rey in the latest Star Wars film ‘The Force Awakens’.
Daisy told the Today programme about her experience on Star Wars and if veteran stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher had offered any advice.
MTV – Seeing Star Wars heroines Rey and Jyn Erso together on a poster for the first time was enough to make us go all teary-eyed. Knowing that Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones recently got together in London over tea to discuss galaxies far, far away? Well, that’s the stuff dreams are made of. We’re just a little upset we weren’t invited.
“We talked for hours, and we just talked really quickly and really intensely to each other,” Jones told Josh Horowitz during MTV News’ Facebook Live with Jones and her Rogue One co-star Diego Luna. “Obviously, it’s difficult because you can’t really talk to your friends or family about it because we’re keeping the story mysterious, so it was really nice to actually sit down with someone and be able to share the entire experience.”
So this definitely means that Ridley knows how Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ends, right? Ridley previously told MTV News that she spent a day on the Rogue One set, where she met Jones briefly, but it wasn’t until Jones was preparing for the Rogue One press tour that they actually made plans for a cuppa outside of Pinewood Studios. That’s when the fangirling really started. “I thought she did such a superb job,” Jones said. “She was excellent.”
As for that popular, albeit completely groundless, theory that Jyn is Rey’s mom, Jones took it in stride — well, kinda. “It’s kind of the worst thing,” she said. “An actress over 30 never wants to think of herself as a mother.”