Thursday, September 5, 2019

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Theory Proposes 'Dark Rey' Has a Secret Identity

A few weeks ago at Disney's fan convention D23, there was some crazy exciting new footage that was shared for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. That footage revealed a shocking drastic dark turn of a character. That character was Daisy Ridley’s Rey. With Rey’s Force-connection with Kylo Ren set to play an even larger role in the Skywalker finale, “Dark Rey” might also share in that connection, though in a completely different way.

The only information we have about the Knights of Ren, an elusive group that first appeared in Rey’s vision during The Force Awakens, is that they report to Kylo. But, what if we’ve already met one of their members? An intriguing new theory proposes that Dark Rey’s secret identity is actually one of the Knights of Ren.

Redditor u/contrabardus theorizes that Rey belongs to the mysterious Knights of Ren, and that they are all essentially clones… but let’s skip that last part because, while Dark Rey could absolutely be a clone, it’s doubtful and a bit ridiculous to think Kylo’s been working with a bunch of clones this whole time. (After all, the Knights of Ren follow him and they’re more than likely former Jedi trainees who also went rogue after Kylo’s fallout with Luke.)

“They have to fit the Knights of Ren into the storyline somehow and make them relevant within a movie where they are seemingly not the primary antagonists. I think this is how they are going to do it,” they write, and adds that the knights are “Rey’s ‘family’.”

While Emperor Palpatine is set to return as the franchise’s big bad, one group of people will finally be getting a bit more attention. The elusive Knights of Ren have appeared only once in the new sequel trilogy, showing up briefly and unexpectedly in Rey’s vision during Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Additionally, Kylo was seen murdering them in the first Episode IX trailer, so if Dark Rey is one of its members, then that doesn’t bode well.

The theory makes sense on some level, even though The Rise of Skywalker would have to explain a lot of things to make it work — like how Rey ended up joining them and, of course, whether Dark Rey is actually even Rey. However, if Dark Rey is a Knight of Ren, it would explain how she “had at least some training and how she is able to pick up things related to the Force so fast”. Though these reasons can be connected to the fact that Rey is Force-sensitive, it also fits within the scope of this theory. The theory ties Rey back to Kylo and having have another connection besides that of the Force could prove interesting.

At Disney’s D23, Daisy Ridley revealed that Episode IX will avoid a lot of fan discourse by having a “less controversial” ending than that of The Last Jedi. This implies that the film could play it safe and that J.J. Abrams never had any intention of making Rey go to the Dark side permanently. If that’s the case, then the mysterious Dark Rey could prove to be nothing more than a brief blip on the radar.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2019.

Paramount Pictures Officially Prepping Another "G.I. Joe" Spinoff

Paramount Pictures is in early development on another G.I. Joe spinoff with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec scripting.

Paramount has another G.I. Joe project on its slate. Snake Eyes, based on the Hasbro toy, is the silent, masked, ninja commando who is part of the original members of the G.I. Joe Team. The character was featured in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, played by Ray Park. The released date for this film was recently moved from March 27, 2020, to October 16, 2020.

The previous two G.I. Joe movies grossed $678.1M around the globe.

New "Halloween" Movies Set for 2020 and 2021

Universal Pictures has unveiled back-to-back “Halloween” sequels that will open in 2020 and 2021.

The studio made the announcement while noting that last year’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide.

The first film will be titled “Halloween Kills” and open on Oct. 16, 2020. “Halloween Ends” will open a year later on Oct. 15, 2021. Green will direct both films and Curtis will star.

Last year’s “Halloween” was the 11th installment in the franchise, five of which included Curtis, and a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original 1978 movie. Nick Castle returns to portray the deranged Myers, who has escaped custody and heads for Haddonfield, Ill., for a final showdown with Strode on Halloween night.

The 2018 take, produced by Trancas International Films, Blumhouse, and Miramax, garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. While the last few iterations have been panned, “Halloween” holds a 79% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for “Halloween.”

In the original film, villain Michael Myers has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On the night before Halloween in 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, Ill., where he stalks high-school student Laurie Strode, memorably played by Curtis in her film debut. The original “Halloween” was directed by Carpenter from his own script and begins with six-year-old Michael killing his teenage sister on Halloween in 1963.

In the 2018 film, Curtis’ character has a final confrontation with Michael Myers, who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. That film found Strode as a reclusive grandmother still traumatized by her encounters with the killer and praying every night to get one more chance to dispatch Myers. After he escapes prison, she gets her wish. The film also starred Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner.