STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY LAUNCHES WITH ANIMATED SHORTS AND ADVENTURE FIGURES

There’s never been an all-star lineup like this in any galaxy.

Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters. Announced by Disney and Lucasfilm today, Star Wars Forces of Destiny launches in July with a series of animated shorts (2-3 minutes each) on Disney YouTube, exploring all-new adventures of the fan-favorites. A two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts will follow on Disney Channel in fall 2017. Significantly, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show. Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.

“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”

Hasbro is set to launch a line of Star Wars Forces of Destiny toys, including new “Adventure Figures” — a fusion of traditional dolls and action figures. The toys are 11-inch in scale, and feature multiple points of articulation, as well as dynamic action, including Rey swinging her lightsaber. Villains such as Kylo Ren are also on the way. Get a sneak peek at Jyn Erso, R2-D2 Leia, Rey, BB-8, Sabine Wren, and Chewbacca below.

“From Princess Leia to Sabine Wren, Star Wars heroines are unique, and we wanted to represent that in the product line for Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The result is the creation of our new ‘Adventure Figures’ that celebrate the power and stories of these incredible characters and allow kids to recreate their most heroic moments at home.”

In addition to Adventure Figures, Hasbro will also release Star Wars Forces of Destiny role play items and accessories, from Rey’s Extendable Staff to a new, electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber toy, which are part of the Star Wars Bladebuilders system. Added John Frascotti, president of Hasbro: “As the Star Wars fan base has broadened over the last 40 years, we have continued to add new and exciting play experiences to the Star Wars brand, to engage fans across generations. We’ve worked closely with Disney to bring the storytelling from Star Wars Forces of Destiny to life through this innovative toy line to help connect with new audiences as well as appeal to existing fans.”

More products based on the series, including books, apparel, bedding, and more, are also coming. The covers for books Star Wars Forces of Destiny – Daring Adventures Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are revealed in the gallery below, both featuring three stories starring Star Wars heroes from across the saga. SOURCE

STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS WITH SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT AND AMAZING PRIZES

 

Do you want to celebrate Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary — and support a good cause for the chance to win amazing prizes? Star Wars: Force For Change has the fundraising campaign you’re looking for.

As announced today on Good Morning America, Star Wars: Force For Change has teamed up with Omaze to launch Star Wars “Past, Present, and Future” — a new fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation — in honor of the saga’s landmark anniversary.

The initiative kicks off today, April 11, and runs for four weeks until May 11; fans who enter at Omaze.com/StarWars will have the chance to win a different prize each week, such as the chance to appear in the upcoming untiled Han Solo movie, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or an overnight stay at Skywalker Ranch. Additionally, at the end of the campaign, one randomly-selected grand prize winner will be awarded all three Force-filled experiences.

Starlight Children’s Foundation is joining Star Wars: Force For Change as the initiative’s newest charity beneficiary in 2017. Through a $1 million grant, Star Wars: Force for Change supports the foundation’s core programs which are designed to bring comfort and joy and comfort to hospitalized kids through Starlight’s network of more than 700 children’s hospitals, clinics, camps and other partners across the US. Star Wars: Force for Change and fan donations through this campaign will also provide new Starlight programs, like fun, comfortable Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns, to tens of thousands of hospitalized children across the country.

“In a year that we celebrate 40 years of the Star Wars saga, I continue to be inspired by the incredible generosity and charitable efforts of our fans,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “We are so proud of their tireless dedication to positively impact the lives of children and others around the world, and hope this year’s Force For Change campaign will offer a few of those wonderful fans an experience they will never forget.”

The prizes are themed to honor all eras of the saga, as follows:

Past – Stay at Skywalker Inn, tour of the archives and the Ranch, and a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope
Present – Join the cast and attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere and exclusive after party
Future – Visit the set, meet the directors, and have the chance to appear in the untitled Han Solo movie
Grand Prize – One winner will receive the Past, Present, AND Future prizes!
Fans are encouraged to follow the campaign at Omaze.com/StarWars for exclusive updates each week.

StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Promotion begins 12:01 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 11, 2017 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on May 11, 2017. Must be at least eighteen (18) years old and a resident of an eligible domicile to enter and win prizes. Residents of of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Malta, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria, or Thailand are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes consists of four (4) prize drawings; odds of winning a prize depend on number of entries received for each drawing. For free entry: (i) send postcard to Sponsor at P.O. Box 866, 9942 Culver Blvd, Culver City, California 90232 and write the following statement: “I have read and agree to the Star Wars: Force For Change Official Rules” and send by applicable mail date; or (ii) visit www.omaze.com/starwars. Prizes that include being filmed in a movie scene do not guarantee that such footage will be included in the final movie. Travel and accommodations are at Sponsor’s discretion and subject to availability and change. Winner and guest may be required to pass a background screening or security check to receive a prize and/or reward. Visa conditions may apply. All taxes are winner’s responsibility.

Rewards are separate from sweepstakes prizes. Some rewards are limited in quantity. Not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook®. Residents of certain territories may be required to successfully complete a trivia question to qualify. For full sweepstakes entry requirements, methods & entry periods, prize details, list of rewards and all limitations & restrictions, see Official rules at www.omaze.com/starwars. Sole Sponsor: Omaze, Inc., P.O. Box 866, 9942 Culver Blvd, Culver City, California 90232. SOURCE

Daisy Ridley gets hit with Star Wars: The Last Jedi questions from Judi Dench – “What’s the deal with Reylo?”

I never thought I’d hear Dame Judi Dench utter the word “midichlorians,” but thanks to Josh Gad and his persistent effort to squeeze Daisy Ridley for information about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, what once seemed impossible has now come to pass. On the set of Murder on the Orient Express, Gad recruited his veteran co-star to pepper Ridley with a new round of Jedi-related questions.This marks the third time he’s tried to uncover some answers for fans, following a sneak attack effort and a slightly more tactical approach, both of which failed to yield any results. But it looks as if Dench may have used the Jedi mind trick on Ridley, because Daisy agrees to answer her questions at the end of the video. Could Judi Dench herself be the last Jedi?

Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Benicio del Toro, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Paramount Buys Spy Novel ‘A Woman Of No Importance’ For Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley

Paramount Pictures has acquired the Sonia Purnell book A Woman Of No Importance, and has attached Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley to star. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is the producer on this, just like on Star Wars. 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.

CAA brokered the deal with lit agent Grainne Fox at Fletcher & Company.

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Star Wars Episode 8 Actress Daisy Ridley Reveals Insane Workout Routine

Star Wars Episode 8’s Daisy Ridley is all about her fitness and she proves it by following insane workouts. The 23-year-old Star Wars actor shared a video montage of her crazy energy-fueled workout online, marking the return of her #FitnessFriday posts. The British actor is in phenomenal shape and would undoubtedly pass any fitness test thrown at her.

In the workout video, Ridley combines a number of exercises, including circuit training with weightlifting, and she rotates between a dumbbell, weight plate, and kettlebell.

She says that the workout doesn’t look that intense (but it did; watch the video and prepare to weep). Here’s her routine: a warm up, three rounds of activators, two circuits of three rounds. Just looking at her workout videos is exhausting enough!

She does everything from weighted squats, plyometric cardio, and weight lifting in a variety of forms (with squats, without, lunging, static, on a bench) to box jumps and heavy curls.

In July, Ridley posted an impromptu #workoutwednesday video because she found time to go to the gym between Star Wars shoots. Things are under wraps, so much so that her hair was literally concealed for the workout in an effort to keep her character’s hair a secret.

She gave a shout-out to her chiropractor on social media, crediting him with making her feel the strongest she ever has and thanking him for keeping her body moving.

Training Like a Jedi Means Eating Like One Too
Ridley’s eating plan is regimented and is governed by a few rules. The first is to eat frequently, and she does, as she eats five times a day.

However, her portions are controlled: eating smaller meals throughout the day is a good way to keep the metabolism fired up.

The second rule is to have her largest meal in the morning, and then each meal gets progressively smaller as the day goes on. Whatever meal she eats will consist of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and good quality fats—she is particularly fond of avocados and nuts.

Her last rule is to stay hydrated throughout the day—especially when she works out—because she likely sweats buckets in the gym.

Ridley tries to consume between two and three liters of water a day. When she’s not working out, the Daisy Ridley is busy filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due in theaters next year.

Source: foods4betterhealth.com

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley is starring in another massive sci-fi franchise

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley is starring in another massive sci-fi franchise

Daisy Ridley isn’t quite sick of travelling to galaxies far far away just yet, as she’s signed up for another blockbuster sci-fi franchise in waiting.
The Star Wars’ actress has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking, a young adult sci-fi series set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
A large portion of Chaos Walking is focused around Prentisstown, the only human settlement on the planet New World which is solely populated by males. Just imagine.

It’s safe to assume the film adaptation will focus on the first book in the trilogy, The Knife Of Never Letting Go, which centres on Todd Hewitt as he’s forced to escape his home and encounters a girl called Viola in the swamp – the role Daisy has most likely signed up for.

The film is set to be directed by Doug Liman who previously helmed the underrated sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity, with production set to begin in 2017.

Daisy certainly isn’t settling on the Star Wars franchise, as she’s also set to reunite with The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams for the supernatural drama Kolma too.

Source: metro.co.uk

Daisy Ridley takes social media break after gun violence post

Daisy Ridley has left Instagram, and taken a break from social media after a backlash for sharing a post about victims of gun violence, on Monday.

A day after attending the Teen Choice awards, during which Jessica Alba paid tribute to victims of gun violence by having young relatives of shooting victims join her on stage, Ridley posted a message to her social media platforms, which read:

As I sat in the audience yesterday, tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence. I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came onstage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must ‪#‎stoptheviolence‬.

A slew of comments followed. Many praised the actor’s words, while some criticized her for speaking out, accusing her of hypocrisy due to the violence in the Star Wars franchise.

Soon after, Ridley’s Instagram account disappeared. The message remained on Facebook, where she has more than 738,000 followers, before being deleted on Wednesday. A number of comments on her Facebook post urged her to return to Instagram where she regularly interacts with fans.

Ridley briefly reactivated her Instagram account and posted a message explaining her hiatus: “I just want to be on my phone less! Trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions … It’s all good! 🙂” she wrote, according to The Nerdy Bird.

Since first joining Instagram a year ago, Ridley has frequently used the social media channel to connect with her fans on a variety of issues, including self-esteem, body-shaming and her struggles with endometriosis.

Her Star Wars co-star John Boyega told his fans on Instagram that Ridley “is doing what’s best for her” and added that he “won’t be advising [his] friend to come back”.

Ridley isn’t the only celebrity to leave social media after online attacks. Leslie Jones, one of the stars of Paul Feig’s contested Ghostbusters reboot, took a break from Twitter after being bombarded with racist comments around the time of the blockbuster’s release. Twitter stepped in and permanently banned a user for his abuse aimed toward Jones. The actor has since come back to Twitter.

Source: theguardian.com

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley on the hunt for Lara Croft role in Tomb Raider reboot

LARA the movie

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley has confirmed talks to take on the role of Lara Croft in a forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter at the Empire awards in London, the British actor said there had “been conversations” about her taking on the part of the English archaeological explorer made famous by Angelina Jolie in two early noughties films.

I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’,” she said. It is understood no script yet exists for the project, which is in its early stages.
Ridley, 23, who is set to return as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII suggested she would have enough time to shoot different projects. “Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

Jolie played Croft in two films, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Neither fared well with critics but the first instalment was a box-office smash, taking $274.7m worldwide. Both movies were based on the long-running Eidos Interactive video game franchise which kicked off with 1996’s Tomb Raider.

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, best known for disaster movie The Wave, is set to make his English language debut on the reboot. The new iteration, announced in November, is reportedly an origins story.