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Kathleen Kennedy Extends Lucasfilm Contract, 20th Century Fox Delays Alita and X-Men Movies, and More!

Read below for today’s headlines from the world of geek news, or listen along through Alexa or iTunes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kathleen Kennedy has signed a new contract with Lucasfilm to remain president of the studio through 2021. Since taking over as Lucasfilm president in 2012, Kennedy has produced all of Disney’s Star Wars films. Star Wars: Episode IX is currently in production for a scheduled December 20th, 2019 release.
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John Boyega Would Return to Star Wars for Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams

John Boyega hasn't always had the nicest things to say about his Star Wars experience, but he's still leaving the door open for a potential return. Starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, Boyega starred in the sequel trilogy as Finn, a role he reprised in The Last Jedi (2017) and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). There are various Star Wars projects in development, but the future of Finn in the franchise remains unclear.
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John Boyega Would Consider Returning To ‘Star Wars’ If Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, And ‘The Team’ Are Involved

After slightly opened the door to returning to Star Wars in the wake of his comments calling out the franchise for failing its POC characters in the sequel trilogy, John Boyega is now signaling that he’d come back for another live-action film if the proper people are involved. In a new Twitter video posted by the user Palpamemes, Boyega reveals his conditions for reprising the role of Finn, which would require the involvement of the head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Boyega also mentions the “team,” and it’s open to debate whether he’s referring to Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac reprising their roles as Rey and Poe, or the overall creative team from the sequel trilogy.
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John Boyega Expresses Interest in Returning to Star Wars as Long as Kathleen Kennedy is Involved

Socially awkward straightedge fraud. John Boyega's Star Wars tenure was one giant missed opportunity and instead of Finn being established as the next big thing in the franchise, the character was pretty much sidelined over the course of the divisive sequel trilogy. It's no secret to a lot of fans that the British actor has made his differences with Lucasfilm public last year and people were under the impression that the idea of Finn making his return to a galaxy far, far away is now out of the window.
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STAR WARS Actor John Boyega Would Return For Another Movie IF J.J. Abrams And Kathleen Kennedy Are Involved

The Star Wars sequels are divisive for a long list of reasons, but many fans have found fault with the portrayal of the franchise's non-white characters. John Boyega's Finn was promoted as a Stormtrooper turned Jedi, but ended up being a supporting character who didn't bring too much to the table (his arc in The Rise of Skywalker consisted of trying to tell Rey...something).
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Kathleen Kennedy Rumored To Want Jon Favreau To Take Over Star Wars After Her

While the development of a gigantic movie franchise like Star Wars requires the hard work and creative input of hundreds of people, fans have for one reason or another found one person to blame for all the shortcomings of the Sequel Trilogy. We’re referring, of course, to Kathleen Kennedy, current...
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The Resistance Broadcast – Disney CEO Debunks All Rumors About Replacing Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm

On this episode we discuss new the Disney CEO making it clear they want Kathleen Kennedy running Star Wars for a long time, so if she leaves her post at Lucasfilm it will be her decision. We get into the latest Obi-Wan Kenobi casting news, the cancellation of The Mandalorian books, and more. We also discuss your submitted questions in #AskTheResistance like, will Obi-Wan and Vader converse via the Force across the galaxy in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series?
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Disney CEO Voices Support For Kathleen Kennedy, Looks Forward To Her Directing Lucasfilm For Many Years To Come

Disney CEO Bob Chapek voiced his support for Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy during The Walt Disney Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders today. Chapek was forced to speak up in support of Kennedy when one Texas shareholder dropped the surprisingly aggressive "question" of whether or not Chapek was planning on firing Kennedy and installing The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau as the head of Star Wars. In response to that, Chapek said that "We look forward to having Kathy directing the activities of the entire Lucasfilm operation for many years to come." It seems Disney is fully committed to sticking behind Kathleen Kennedy for the time being.
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Star Wars Dead: Disney CEO Backs Kathleen Kennedy Not Gina Carano

It's just as I said, Kathleen Kennedy is in complete control of Star Wars and Lucasfilm, and it doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. Though there have been rumors that a "civil war" has been taking place at Lucasfilm between Kennedy and Jon Favreau, and that Star Wars is getting rid of its wokeness and will be rest, that looks to be a vast overstatement if not a made-up rumor entirely.
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Kathleen Kennedy Will Remain Lucasfilm President Despite Replacement Rumors Confirms Disney CEO

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy isn't going anywhere Star Wars fans. At least not anytime soon. This, according to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who recently addressed the topic during the company's shareholder meeting. There has been more than some desire by fans online to see someone like Dave Filoni or Jon Favreau, who are behind The Mandalorian, take over as head, or heads, of Lucasfilm. But Chapek shot down that idea in a hurry.
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Disney Shoots Down Rumors About Kathleen Kennedy Leaving Lucasfilm

Disney Shoots Down Rumors About Kathleen Kennedy Leaving Lucasfilm. No matter what Kathleen Kennedy does, some Star Wars fans will never be happy with her. Objectively speaking, the franchise has enjoyed a great many successes ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and appointed Kennedy as president. Regardless, there’s still a (very) vocal contingent of fans that hasn’t been happy with the studio’s direction under her leadership. Fans have also closely followed the rumors that The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni might take over from Kennedy and guide all future Star Wars endeavors. Regardless, Disney CEO Bob Chapek says that there are no plans to sever ties with Kennedy anytime soon.
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Disney CEO defends Gina Carano firing, hopes Kathleen Kennedy leads Lucasfilm ‘for years to come’

A month after parting ways with one of The Mandalorian’s biggest supporting stars, Disney is defending its decision to shareholders, while serving up a bird's-eye view of the company's corporate values. After firing Cara Dune actor Gina Carano in February and hinting her role on the series won’t be recast, Disney appears determined to clarify that it takes no sides in the cultural war of words typified by the Carano controversy.
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Someone Actually Asked Disney's Head Honcho If Lucasfilm Would Replace Kathleen Kennedy

The relationship between "Star Wars fans" and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy has been a tenuous one of late. At this point it seems likely that even if you really like Star Wars, there's a recent piece of media that you're not a huge fan of. Maybe it's Star Wars: The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker, but the last Star Wars trilogy wasn't perfect. And a lot of fans figure the buck stops at the top with Kennedy, with some fans hoping she might step down. Unsubstantiated rumors have even claimed she was on the way out more than once. And now Disney CEO Bob Chapek has been asked directly if there's any chance she could be fired.
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No, Kathleen Kennedy Is Not Being Replaced by Jon Favreau or Dave Filoni, Says Disney CEO

There’s no truth to the rumors that Kathleen Kennedy is being replaced as the head of Lucasfilm, Disney CEO Bob Chapek assured shareholders on an investor’s call on Tuesday. Chapek was asked rather bluntly if Kennedy was being replaced by Dave Filoni or Jon Favreau – both of whom have been building out the Disney+ Star Wars realm with shows like The Mandalorian and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett. Taken aback, Chapek responded: