Star Wars: Episode IX Leak Hints That Kylo Ren Is Getting a New Weapon

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Lucasfilm

Star Wars Episode IX is currently shooting and is expected to enter post-production on schedule, but so little is known about the highly-anticipated film that any and all rumors are still very much on the table. Though all speculation should be taken with a grain of salt at this point, those with even an air of believability seem to be making headlines for possible consideration.

The latest rumor to leak out of the ongoing production is from Express, which details the possibility of a new weapon being wielded by Kylo Ren:

Specifically, a description of Kylo Ren inside his throne room, assumed to be the headquarters of the First Order, viewing a hologram [from] a device held in his hand.

Kylo appears to be examining three large superweapons that are in a cylindrical shape with an enormous engine on each side of each superweapon of this ship/weapon, destroying terrain on a planet. The engine burner is colored red and the blast from the bottom of these three massive weapons is colored blue, impacting a surface causing astronomical destruction. Parts of the weapon seem to be under construction and not finished.

Fans have already voiced speculation that these superweapons are, in fact, World Devastators—weapons that were employed in the now-defunct Star Wars Legends comics.

In their original form, World Devastators could harness a planet's natural resources with a tractor beam while simultaneously disrupting its topography, devastating a planet's structure while whoever pilots the World Devastator makes off with anything of value.

Even if the leak is true, and the reported superweapon isn't a World Devastator, it does make sense that Kylo would have a new big toy with which to blow things up. Episode IX is being directed by J.J. Abrams, who also directed The Force Awakens. One of the major criticisms of The Force Awakens was that it was a beat-for-beat retread of A New Hope, which was forgivable at the time to prove that the franchise could recover from the horrible prequel films.

If Abrams continues on the path he set for himself with The Force Awakens, then ​Episode IX should be at least tangentially similar to the final film in the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi, wherein the villainous Emperor Palpatine was in the process of rebuilding his old superweapon, the Death Star.

Welcome to the Party, Pal: A Die Hard Board Game is Coming

Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images

On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the classic Bruce Willis action film Die Hard last year, tabletop board game company The OP has announced that John McClane will once again battle his way through Nakatomi Plaza. Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist is a board game officially licensed by Fox Consumer Products that will drop players into a setting familiar to anyone who has seen the film: As New York cop McClane tries to reconcile with his estranged wife, he must navigate a team of cutthroat thieves set on overtaking a Los Angeles high-rise.

The box art for the 'Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist' board game is pictured
The OP

The game is expected to have a one-against-many format, with one player assuming the role of McClane and the other players conspiring as the thieves to eliminate him from the Plaza.

The OP, also known as USAOpoly, has previously created games based on Avengers: Infinity War and the Harry Potter franchise. Die Hard has spawned four sequels, the latest being 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis will likely return as McClane for a sixth installment that will alternate between the present day and his rookie years in the NYPD. That film has no release date set.

The board game is expected to arrive this spring.

[h/t MovieWeb]

Ralph Fiennes Doesn’t Want to See Anyone Else Play Voldemort

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Who knew actor Ralph Fiennes would be so possessive of his Voldemort role from the Harry Potter movies? After all the hours sitting in a makeup chair, putting on a bald cap, and making his nose disappear day after day, you’d think Fiennes would be ok with never playing this evil character again—especially considering that he almost turned down the role in the first place. But it seems that the character really grew on the two-time Oscar nominee. As Screen Rant reports, Fiennes has made it clear that if Voldemort is ever needed in a future film, he's ready to come back.

“Well, there are variants, aren’t there? Fantastic Beasts and things. I feel a kind of affection for Voldemort," Fiennes said while appearing on Newsnight. "So if there was a world in which Voldemort came back, I would be very possessive about wanting to reprise that."

Voldemort coming back was always a lingering danger in the early Harry Potter books and movies, as fans waited eagerly to see the Dark Lord reborn and return to full power. It was definitely worth the wait when we were finally able to watch Voldemort return toward the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book—and movie—in the series.

As of right now though, it's uncertain whether Fiennes will ever get the chance to reprise his role. The only movies exploring the Wizarding World currently are the Fantastic Beasts films, which take place in 1927. Voldemort was born in 1926, so even if there would be a substantial time jump, Fiennes might be too old to play Voldemort. But at least we know that he is dedicated to the character, and that if Voldemort ever did come back, fans could count on him to jump right back into the role.

[h/t: Screen Rant]

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