Fox Is Developing A Female-Led TV Reboot Of Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys’ – Can A TV Reboot Capture The Same Magic As The Original?

Shane Black’s 2016 film The Nice Guys is one of the best comedies in recent memory. It masterfully integrated the heart-pounding action elements of a buddy-cop romp with the sharp, dark wit commonly seen in Black’s films. Now, it’s officially returning to the public eye on the small screen with a change that seems to be a current trend in both film and TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has “given a script commitment plus penalty” for the gender-swapped reboot of The Nice Guys, which is currently titled The Nice Girls. The series is still in the early stages of development and is described as a one-hour contemporary female take on the acclaimed feature film which saw Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a mismatched duo tasked with solving the disappearance of a young woman in 1977.

2011’s 30 Minutes Or Less writer Michael Diliberti is set to write and executive produce the series along with Ken Kao (The Glass Castle), Rodney Ferrell and Black’s frequent collaborator, Joel Silver. Silver served as the producer on the original film and also produced the Lethal Weapon franchise – another property that has been rebooted as a TV series on Fox and is currently on their second season. The network also recently announced a TV adaptation of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic True Lies, so they certainly aren’t slowing down when it comes to adapting film favorites for the small screen.

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Can This TV Reboot Capture The Film’s Brilliance?

It’s somewhat ironic that while The Nice Guys was an antidote to the lack of original storylines in movies, it has now become another property set to be reimagined for TV.

The Nice Guys was praised by fans and critics alike, and grossed $62 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. While that number is respectable, it wasn’t nearly enough to warrant the studio giving the green light for a sequel that virtually every fan of the film (including myself) wanted to see.

It’s somewhat ironic that while The Nice Guys was an antidote to the lack of original storylines in movies, it has now become another property set to be reimagined for TV. A reboot can certainly be just as good as the film, however it’s seemingly destined to be a constant uphill battle because of how revered the original film is – why not just create a brand new property featuring two female characters similar to Ryan Gosling’s Holland March and Russell Crowe’s Jackson Healy? 

Including The Nice Guys’ label on this potential series is going to come with certain expectations that simply wouldn’t be present had it been developed as a new addition to the classic buddy-cop genre.

I truly hope that original director Shane Black is somehow involved in the creative process. The original was a 16-year passion project of his and the love he had for it is clearly illustrated with every word spoken from each character. Black describes how he strove to not make the main pairing in The Nice Guys your typical buddy cop duo:

“… [It’s] so common nowadays if you’re doing a detective or cop buddy movie to just pluck two SNL alumni and say ‘Be funny.’ And that’s something I was never capable of. I need guys who are organically good—who have the gravitas and the acting chops to do the dark moments as well.”

It’s with this mindset and the subversion of certain action comedy tropes that caused fans to adore The Nice Guys as much as they do. Hopefully The Nice Girls is able to follow in the footsteps of its cinematic counterpart and feature action sequences that aren’t necessarily one bombastic bang after another, and well-rounded characters who don’t solely exist for a punch line.

(Sources: THR | Variety)
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Are you looking forward to The Nice Girls? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

‘Bumblebee’ Spinoff Rounds Out Cast With A Handful Of Fresh Faces — Can A Solo Film Transform The Franchise?

The monster money machine that is Paramount’s Transformers franchise hopes to continue its ridiculously successful run at the box office with its upcoming slate of prequels and spinoffs that will form the Transformers Cinematic Universe.

Despite the latest installment of the series, The Last Knight, failing to achieve the same financial feats as its predecessors, the franchise as a whole has totaled over $3 billion which indicates the audience that does adore the Michael Bay-powered depiction of robotic violence adores it hard.

The upcoming Bumblebee will kick start the TCU (rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and we now have the names of the young cast that will lead the spinoff. THR reports Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Rio 2), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class) and Gracie Dzienny (Zoo) are all in various stages of negotiations. While these names may not necessarily be cause for celebration, others who are involved in the production and the rumored plot details of the film definitely generates some sense of intrigue… As much intrigue as a Transformers spinoff may ever generate.

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‘Bumblebee’ Has The Power To Successfully Usher In A New Audience For Transformers

When it comes to the past decade of Michael Bay’s “critic-proof” Transformers films, I haven’t been a fan myself, however I do enjoy hearing the sheer joy it brings to many moviegoers. Although the financial performance by The Last Knight certainly isn’t terrible, audiences may be growing tired of witnessing the same bombastic visual junk (with little focus on having any sort of emotional core) that the franchise has become infamous for. Even those who voice their disdain for the Transformers franchise the most may admit the first installment with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox wasn’t that bad. Truly the relationships depicted between the otherworldly metallic species appealed more to certain audience members than any of the human characters.

Among the previously mentioned bunch, the Bumblebee prequel/spinoff will also star Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and most notably, the incredibly talented Hailee Steinfeld who exceeded all expectations in last year’s Edge Of Seventeen. As we’ve seen time and time again, a great cast is never a promise for an equally great movie (as evidenced by Sir Anthony Hopkins whose wallet miraculously wandered its way into the latest Transformers). As there are a number of new talents sprinkled throughout Bumblebee, expectations for the film will be lowered drastically since audiences will now be happy if the new cast simply doesn’t suck. The addition of Steinfeld is a major advantage for those interested in her phenomenal work and hope to see her in a big budget blockbuster.

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The director for the film is frankly why I’m as excited as I am. Travis Knight’s directorial debut was last year’s criminally under-appreciated Kubo And The Two Strings – an example of an “original” movie people clamor for yet never take the time out to watch it because it’s an original property. Besides all the brilliant components of that stop motion picture, what Knight managed to accomplish with the emotional aspect of Kubo and its enchanting world made it as great as it was, hopefully that brilliance is able to be captured in Bumblebee.

Plot details have not been released officially yet, however the rumored details surrounding it sounds next to perfect – Bumblebee will serve as a prequel to the main film series and focus on Bumblebee’s life during the 1980s. The film will follow Steinfeld’s character and a group of her friends as they team up to help Bumblebee. Watching a straight prequel for one of the greatest autobots in the franchise set during an exhilarating time period with a (hopefully) talented young cast? Call me crazy but sign me up!

Bumblebee is slated for a June 8th, 2018 release and if it does well, expect 14 more Transformers spinoffs that will most likely range from When Optimus Prime Visited The DMV to Mr. Magorium’s Robotic Testicle Emporium.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

D23 Unveils Brand New Behind-The-Scenes Featurette And ‘The Last Jedi’ Character Posters That Will Make Any Star Wars Fan Yell “Yippee!”

Now this is hype-worthy. 

Disney’s biennial D23 Expo gives fans a sneak peek into the upcoming film slate that is housed over at the Monstrous Mouse House. Disney is known for its unbelievably tight hold on their properties and when your company generates over a ~gazillion dollars a year with the various franchises it has under its belt, you’re truly not going to trust anyone with your financially lucrative babies except for a selected few.

This year’s event had a ton of news within the animated realm including directing duties for Toy Story 4, possible titles for the sequel to my absolute favourite Frozen 2 (no shame, guys) and FINALLY SOME KIND OF WORD ON THE INCREDIBLES 2 – It’s only been like 15 years, no rush or anything! Of course, while other Disney properties are all well and nice (like your various Marvel films et al), the franchise everyone is ridiculously anticipating is the upcoming addition to the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi.

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Similarly to the tight grip held for last year’s The Force Awakens, plot details surrounding the installment are kept within the grasp of those included in its production and the movie Gods up above. As someone attempting to avoid any spoilers like it’s a Romulan-created plague, the good Disney folks released a featurette for individuals like myself which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Episode VIII. This installment seems to take a similar tone as everyone’s favourite sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, with emphasis being placed on how game-changing its story will affect the entire Star Wars universe. Daisy Ridley (Rey) states that despite The Last Jedi being the second in its trilogy, it “feels like its own thing” which is arguably one of the most vital components the film can have. This component indicates that TLJ will stand on its own with its respective merits rather than relying solely on nostalgic callbacks, an issue many had with TFA. There are also glimpses of the late, oh so great Carrie Fisher in full General Leia-garb concluding the featurette with what she believed made the film so powerful- family. *Cue the ugly sobbing tears from legions of humans*

Check Out The Featurette Below:


Character Posters: When You Have Such Stylish Capes On, Eye Inclusions Simply Are Not Needed

Along with the brilliant featurette, a handful of character posters were released. The posters feature key characters of the upcoming Episode and intriguingly neglects to include the eyes of the characters. There is probably some deeper meaning for this decision, however we’ll save that for when I have my tinfoil hat on.

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Daisy Ridley as Rey | Disney/Lucasfilm

 

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Carrie Fisher as General Leia | Disney/Lucasfilm

 

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Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker | Disney/Lucasfilm

 

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John Boyega as Finn | Disney/Lucasfilm

 

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren | Disney/Lucasfilm

And My Personal Favourite…

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Oscar Isaac as Poe DAMNeron | Disney/Lucasfilm

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac and is directed by Rian Johnson. The Last Jedi will release on December 15th, 2017.

 

 

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Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige Says Spider-Man Is The Greatest Superhero Ever – This Is Why He’s Right

As fans across the world wait impatiently for the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the man behind the Marvel machine has revealed why he believes Spider-Man is the greatest superhero of all-time.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios and person responsible for popularizing the MCU, spoke about the web-slinger for the upcoming Disney channel special A Fan’s Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Considering the insanely large slate of characters who call Marvel home, Feige seemingly does not have to think twice when it comes to choosing which hero he would label as the greatest.

He briefly touched on his adoration for Spider-Man and lovingly refers to him as “an amazing icon”:

“Spider-Man is the biggest Marvel character. He is the jewel in the crown. Such an amazing icon. He’s a very different kind of hero because he is, quite simply, the greatest superhero of all time.”

Audiences have seen two notable incarnations of Peter Parker throughout the past fifteen years including Tobey Maguire’s stint in the Sam Raimi trilogy and Andrew Garfield’s two film appearance in the Marc Webb films. When it was announced that a then-19 year old Tom Holland would inherit the iconic web shooters – Both Maguire and Garfield were in their late 20s when initially cast – hesitation set in as many wondered whether Holland could handle the immense pressures placed upon those that tackle the role of a Marvel superhero.

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There was also the issue of whether audiences would tire of seeing a new incarnation of Spider-Man as there were only two years between Garfield’s final appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and last year’s Captain America: Civil War which briefly introduced audiences to Holland’s take. This hesitation remained present until virtually everyone praised his cameo in Civil War and the hype machine began churning in favor of more Spider-Man.

Spider-Man remains as beloved a character as ever because of the various traits inherently in him that transcends whatever incarnation he is in. Here are a few reasons why Feige’s declaration of the Web-Head is an accurate one.

1. No Other Superhero Has His Moves

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ [Credit: Sony]

Spider-Man doesn’t have a specialized web-cave where he can store all of his gadgets and knickknacks, nor does he run a multi-billion-dollar empire. As a young man with not nearly as many financial resources as his Avenger counterparts, Parker had to use his own ingenuity. He taught himself how to use his powers, and inexperience never deterred him from doing the right thing.

Even Spider-Man’s physical movements had an impact on the comic book world. Readers were accustomed to the straightforward brawler-type artwork featured in Superman and Captain America comics, but web-slinger introduced a leaner, contorted gymnastics style. The spidery movements — like his bent legs and chilling out while upside down — allowed readers to witness a character drawn in a way they had never really seen before.

2. He Gets Hurt And That’s Okay

Spider-Man can and does get his ass kicked… Hard. Although he is undeniably powerful, he’s not the Hulk – when he is beaten down by a seemingly superior opponent, you feel it. And you feel his endurance when he gets back up from being pummeled. Peter Parker is truly the superhero embodiment of “I could do this all day.”

3. “He’s Just A Kid”

Spider-Man’s relatablility is arguably his most important component as a character. He was the first major teenage superhero, not just a sidekick. Young fans had the opportunity to imagine themselves in a hero’s shoes, thanks to co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The legendary duo wanted to stray away from creating a perfectly all-powerful adult; instead they created Peter as a normal teenager with flaws and everyday struggles like homework and romantic issues.

4. His Selfishness Embodies What A Superhero Should Be

Throughout the comics and film installments, audiences have grown to admire Spider-Man for placing aside his own well-being for the sake of others. Regardless of how many times he has experienced the lowest of lows (the loss of his beloved Uncle Ben and his love Gwen Stacy) or contemplated giving up his heroic identity (as seen in 2004’s Spider-Man 2), Peter Parker always finds himself putting others first.

Even in The Superior Spider-Man, when faced with losing everything and Doc Ock taking his place, Peter Parker chooses to use his final moments to tell Octavius everything he needs to know about being a hero. Peter wants to know that the people he vowed to protect are left in the safe hands of a capable Spider-Man — even if he is not the one to protect them anymore.

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The comic book realm is filled with spectacular characters and rich universes that have entertained fans for decades. Certain superheroes manage to transcend generations by appealing to the very depths of the heart, and Spider-Man is one of the best examples. As film installments come and go, and another actor eventually takes the helm, the inner good of the Spidey character will remain…

And if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll receive another weird dance out of it!

You can catch Tom Holland appear alongside Michael Keaton, Zendaya and Robert Downey Jr. in Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to hit in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Who would you consider to be the greatest superhero of all time? Let me know in the comments below!

Emma Watson Already Has An Idea For Where She Sees Belle In A ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Sequel

Throughout the past few years, Disney studios has found immense success in their live-action remake adaptations of their beloved animated properties. Their upcoming slate of releases show no sign of the Mouse House slowing down and with their latest adaptation in Beauty And The Beast being an enormous success, they probably will continue until they run out of animated films.

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The live-action Beauty And The Beast faced a difficult test when it released last March because the original animated film was only 25 years old. Compared to many previous live-action Disney adaptations including Cinderella and The Jungle Book, the key demographic of people that would see the film or take their kids were exactly the right age to have extremely strong feelings about the animated original. Any hesitation felt from this demographic clearly didn’t affect the box office because the film has generated over $1.1 billion worldwide and counting, leading many to wonder if a sequel is imminent because that’s the way the world works now.

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Emma Watson faced the daunting task of portraying the role of Belle and many critics agreed her take on it was one of the best aspects of the film. While speaking with Access Hollywood on the red carpet for her newest film, The Circle the prospect of a sequel came up and whether she had any idea for a potential premise.

Watson says she was unaware of any buzz on social media about fans’ hopes for it however she says she “would love” to do Beauty and the Beast 2 someday. When asked where she could see the story headed, she replied with a prospective career that is so Belle:

“I always thought that Belle had become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle, and open it up to the village. This is where I was going.”

Check Out The Interview Below:

Watson’s idea for where the development of Belle leads is an interesting concept. Although it could use a bit of sprucing up to include a potential antagonist to provide that much needed Disney drama, the concept expands on her role as the kindest (and most intelligent) person in the village. It would allow for the legions of children that look up to Belle to see what happened following the salvation of everyone while also providing a logical step forward in her progression.


Dan Stevens Is Also Open For A Sequel

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We certainly wouldn’t need a sequel/prequel/another reimaging to Beauty And The Beast although it is fun to imagine how it could play out. The Beast himself, Dan Stevens recently spoke with Variety on a potential sequel and stated his support despite it ultimately not being up to him:

“… I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.”

I am a firm believer in “never say never” so if Disney ever finds itself running low on funds maybe they’ll resort to developing a sequel to this property to make ends meet!

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Live Footage At Disney HQ

Until we hear news about the sequel coming to fruition, you can catch Emma Watson star alongside Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly and the late, great Bill Paxton in his final theatrical role prior to his tragic death in The Circle.

The film is directed by James Ponsoldt and is currently in theaters. Check out the trailer below:

(Sources: Screenrant, Collider)

What are your thoughts on Emma Watson’s potential premise for a Beast sequel? Would you want to see a sequel? Let me know in the comments below!

Fans Took To Social Media To Express Their Love For Star Wars Celebration 2017 – Here Are Some Of The Best

This year’s Star Wars Celebration has been a whirlwind of emotion for fans of the galaxy far, far away. There were plenty of tears shed for the iconic Carrie Fisher, a trailer released for arguably the highest anticipated film of the year in The Last Jedi and the beginning of the end for the beloved Rebels series. The Celebration transcended generations and legions of fans, young and old, attended the event to witness the incredible Star Wars cosplay and be the first to revel in the announcements made.

Thankfully for those who were unable to attend, many posted their glorious Celebration experience on social media because that is the interconnected world we’re living in today. Here are a collection of various twitter and instagram posts from the lucky attendees.


1. Darth Kanye Making An Appearance

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The guy in the Kylo Ren t-shirt behind this fan’s take on Darth Maul seems to be captivated by his overpowering command of the person taking his picture.

2. Deadpool Took A Wrong Turn On His Way To A Chimichanga Convention (I Believe)

It simply wouldn’t be a proper picture taken with Deadpool if he didn’t flip off the camera. This fan went the whole nine yards with his take on Deadpool’s costume, complete with a bad ass utility belt and katana blade!

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3. Official Star Wars Twitter Posts Some Amazing Ahsoka Cosplay

The official Star Wars twitter account was so impressed by this fan’s cosplay of Ahsoka, they tweeted the photo out to their over 3 million followers. When you manage to spend the whole day in orange and white body paint, you deserve all the glory.

4. Young Rey Mastering The Pinball Machine

This little fan’s adorable take on Rey includes the trademark hair and stern look as she attempts to conquer a Star Wars pinball machine celebrating 40 years since the release of A New Hope.

5. It Is Useless To Resist Your Love For An Animated Character

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This user attempts to mask her love for this beloved fictionalized animated character, however we all know Kallus (voiced by David Oyelowo) is looking good. In the immortal words of the Borg, resistance is futile – and yes, I’m aware of how blasphemous it is to make a Star Trek reference in a Star Wars article.

6. A Sea Of Matt The Radar Technicians

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The man who portrays Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) also starred in a ridiculously popular SNL spoof called Matt The Radar Technician. In the above photo, a Kylo Ren cosplayer is surrounded by six Matt The Radar Technicians all pulling off that trademark thumbs up.

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‘SNL’ | Credit: NBC

 

7. Hangin’ With The Scum Of The Galaxy

Nothing screams “fun” like being in the same vicinity of Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and the incredibly talented Cantina band that excel in playing that one song!

8. Josh Gad’s Sweet Message For Daisy Ridley

After many instances of Josh Gad (Beauty and The Beast) attempting to pry The Last Jedi spoilers out of Daisy Ridley – including enlisting the help of dame Judi Dench – Gad took to Instagram to post a few kind words for the beloved actress.

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9. Little Jyn Erso, Princess Leia And Rey Taking Over The World And Our Hearts

How brilliant is this Charlie’s Angels-inspired pose by three of these fantastic heroines? They are dressed to cosplay perfection and hopefully they continue to express their badassness at future Celebrations.

10. The Official Star Wars Instagram Concludes Celebration With A Stellar Pun

And with that comes the end of Star Wars Celebration 2017. Unfortunately we’re not going to have a Celebration next year, however 2019 sees the concluding chapter of this new trilogy in Episode IX.

The next installment of the Star Wars franchise is The Last Jedi which releases in theaters on December 15th, 2017.

Check out the teaser trailer shown at Celebration below:


What was your favorite aspect of Star Wars Celebration 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

4 Callbacks To The Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Your Ears May Have Missed From ‘The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

A teaser trailer dropped this morning for the insanely anticipated upcoming installment to the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi. Everyone and their mother seems to be looking forward to the eighth episode of this beloved saga (myself included) and with the trailer racking up over 4.6 million views in six hours, there are a lot starving for a piece of the galaxy far, far away.

If you’ve managed to not watch it thus far, why not watch it now?
If you have seen it, let’s watch it once more to refresh your memory:

Now as is the internet world in our present day and age, there are a ton of insane theories floating about and easter egg discoveries made from the trailer. While scrolling through reddit to satisfy my Star Wars comment craving, this post stood out at me by pointing out the callbacks made in the trailer that I barely realized during my watch.

They are all audio callbacks that include the iconic line uttered by Princess Leia (portrayed by the late, great Carrie Fisher) among a few others. Here are four examples of them that your ears may have missed the first time. The timestamps should work however I will leave them in the subheadings in case shit goes wrong.


1. Echo Of Princess Leia’s “Help Me, Obi Wan Kenobi” (~0:46)

As the brief shot opens of what appears to be the back of General Leia, we faintly hear the plea from the message that started off this phenomenal saga: “help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” from the 1977 original, A New Hope.

2. The Spine-Tingling Iconic Darth Vader Breath (~0:51)

This doesn’t need an explanation.

3. Ben Kenobi’s Vader Story And How He Was “Seduced By The Dark Side” (~0:53)

It is no coincidence the voiceover you hear right after the Vader (James Earl Jones) breathing is that of Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness) from A New Hope detailing the story of Darth Vader to a young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

4. Yoda’s Explanation Of The Force With Its Power That “Surrounds Us… Binds Us…” (~0:59)

Yoda’s (Frank Oz) training of Luke in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) was as much spiritual as it was physical. His awe-inspiring monologue about the Force uplifts the soul and makes you want to carry an old Jedi master on your back because they’re not only wise, they are adorable af.

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedreleases in theatres on December 15, 2017. You will find me in a self-induced comatose state until then because I simply can’t wait any longer.

What was your favourite part of The Last Jedi trailer? Let me know in the comments below!