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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Will Address Your Rey And Kylo Thirst

Reylo fans will get the climax they've been seeking.

The Last Jedi stirred up a lot of feelings among the Star Wars fandom when it was released. There was a lot of entitled anger, unintentional hilarity and a surprisingly huge amount of fans thirsting for Rey and Kylo Ren to just hook up already.

Look, it sort of makes sense. They’re two good-looking people with an affinity for Force and lightsaber stuffs so it’s not a stretch for fans to want Rey and Kylo Ren to do a human recreation of a Y-Wing.

The Force is so strong right now.

Having said that, there’s also a contingent of Star Wars fans who think this ‘Reylo’ pairing is a metaphor for toxic relationships – which also isn’t that farfetched of a take considering the physical and mental turmoil both put each other through – and want it struck down ASAP.

Anyway, shipping Rey and Kylo Ren is a very real thing and Daisy Ridley has only fanned the fames even further by teasing how the relationship will be further explored in The Rise of Skywalker.

Chatting to EW, Daisy says she isn’t bothered by the ‘Reylo’ thirst exhibited by Star Wars fans and reassured them that their relationship will be touched upon in Rise of Skywalker:

“J.J. does deal with [it]. It’s a very complex issue. People talk about toxic relationships and whatever it is. It’s no joke and I think it’s dealt with really well because it’s not skimmed over.”

Thank god because there simply needs to be closure considering that Rey and Kylo ended The Last Jedi on this sour little note:

What does that stare even MEAN?!

Okay, we now know the whole ‘Reylo’ thing will be addressed in The Rise of Skywalker. The question now is “how?”

Extrapolating from Daisy’s comment, we’ve thought of a few possibilities on how this will all resolve itself:

  1. Rey helps swing Kylo Ren back to the Light Side, which would actually suck since it’ll reduce the Sequel Trilogy’s female lead’s story to a dumb tale about saving a spoiled dude.
  2. They’re related and all that pent up sexual tension is immediately replaced with more awkwardness than when we found out Luke and Leia were siblings.
  3. They discover they’re not related and end up boning, which kind of fits the whole “end of the Skywalker saga” angle Disney is pushing.
  4. Rey and Kylo break up, even though they weren’t even properly going out in the first place.
  5. None of the above.

The bottom line is we simply have no idea what J.J. Abrams has in store to wrap up the Sequel Trilogy in The Rise of Skywalker so everything possible until the film drops on December 20.

Personally, I just want to see a resolution to the one relationship we all should be paying attention to: Finn and Poe Dameron.

Stormpilot FTW.

Paul Dano Is The Perfect Amount Of Awkward Genius To Play Riddler In Batman

A false prophet is going to be a Batman villain. Sounds about right.

It’s too early to say whether Robert Pattinson’s solo Batman film will be any good but at least we’re getting a hell of an A-list cast in it. After confirmation Zoe Kravitz will be suiting up as Catwoman, word on the street is that Jonah Hill has been dropped and Paul Dano is in as The Riddler.

According to Variety, talks with Jonah to join The Batman dragged on for so long the filmmakers got annoyed and started courting Paul on the side as a back up. Once Jonah said no, Paul was offered the role of the Riddler.

“Oh you want me to play Riddler? Um, er, okay, sure.”

Now Jonah Hill is a fine actor and probably would’ve done a great job had he decided to join the DC-verse, but him turning down a villain role in The Batman is his loss and our gain because Paul Dano is utterly perfect to be Robert Pattinson’s foil.

Despite getting overshadowed by more famous villains like Joker, the Riddler is arguably Batman’s intellectual equal and more than a match for the Caped Crusader in all areas other than fisticuffs. Plus he looks great in green.

While the only version of the Riddler we’ve seen on the big screen is Jim Carrey’s take on the character, which was incomprehensible to put it nicely, there’s no reason to believe why Paul wouldn’t turn in a career-best performance as the Riddler that’ll rank up there alongside Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Ugh, still trying to forget whatever this was.

Paul’s filmography has been defined by his chameleon-like ability to play awkward characters who are smarter or have more going on underneath the surface than they look. Just look at his work in Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Prisoners and Love & Mercy.

But perhaps most importantly, Paul is very good at getting his arse kicked onscreen. Seriously, he’s been at the receiving end of some brutal beatings in Prisoners, There Will Be Blood, 12 Years A Slave, Cowboys And Aliens, and Ruby Sparks (by his real-life partner no less) and he manages to sell them all brilliantly.

When you taking into account his ability at playing character parts with his unnaturally great skill at getting (fake) wailed on, it almost feels like he’s born to play the Riddler.

Now it’s going to be a while before we see Paul’s Riddler in action as filming for The Batman is penciled in for a late 2019 or early 2020 start and is scheduled to come out on June 25, 2021. But hey, it’ll be worth the wait.

The only question left is whether Paul Dano can rock the colour green as the Riddler but I have no doubt he’ll find a way to make it work.

Elton John Was Just As Disappointed By 'The Lion King' Remake As We Were

It's not just you.

Now that the dust and buzz has settled on Disney‘s remake of The Lion King, let’s just admit what we were all thinking ever since it was released: it was kind of ‘meh’ wasn’t it?

Yes it made a lot of money and it looked like a National Geographic documentary but it was missing something that made the original animated masterpiece so special. But among the many people who were underwhelmed by the film though, Elton John is perhaps the most disappointed person of them all.

Speaking to GQ, the singer didn’t hold his thoughts about the Lion King remake and called it a “huge disappointment” because of how the filmmakers “messed the music up.”

It was always going to be a losing battle trying to improve on one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time but John thought the music this time had lost the “magic and joy,” which in turn meant the soundtrack “fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.”

Interestingly, John also mentions that despite being asked to contribute to the new Lion King, his input was essentially brushed aside this time compared to his experience on the original film because the “creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around.”

Elton John’s experience on the remake (presumably).

As a final bit of shade, John went on to say how glad he is that the spirit of the music will live on instead with the Lion King musical, which doesn’t sound bitter at all.

“I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect.

“That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

All in all, it’s quite the critique from John though it’s particularly juicy considering he’s featured on the new soundtrack and was front and centre at the film’s premiere. Make of that what you will.

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