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Carrie Fisher's Scenes Have Been Completed For The Next STAR WARS Film
Fans concerned with whether or not actress Carrie Fisher finished her scenes for her slated appearance in the next Star Wars movie which wrapped this past summer, can put their minds at ease. The latest trade news according to The Wrap reports that Fisher will, indeed, reprise her role as Leia, formerly a rebel princess and now an active general of the Resistance against the First Order as seen in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The news comes hours after Fisher's death was confirmed on December 27, four days after the actress's plane landed in Los Angeles inbound from London amid suffering a stroke, prompting her admittance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where her condition reportedly improved. Fisher's career launched with Hal Ashby's Shampoo (1975) and has worked with stars such as the Beatles's Ringo Starr, The Blues Brothers, Tom Hanks, Mike Myers and comedy duo Jay and Silent Bob - Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. Fisher is also a multiaward-winning activist and author having earned her acclaim with her outspoken gravitas and comedic allure, and shedding light on issues such as mental health and drug abuse.
To date, her biggest stake in film is accomodated by director George Lucas co-stars, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew among others, and a worldwide fanbase that accumulated in nearly four decades with the premiere of Star Wars in 1977 launching a franchise that would embed itself as a contending bookmark in sci-fi history for years to come. Fisher, who was 60, will be seen in the tentatively titled Star Wars VIII from director Rian Johnson on December 15, 2017.
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…