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Empire April 2020

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THE MANDALORIAN: A new dawn in Star Wars, with a new mantra (and a thousand new memes). It’s a mantra that connects people, a code by which they live. Simply it’s: “This is the way.” But The Mandalorian’s arrival marks not just a new dawn in the world that George Lucas began, but the one we now live in. This is much more than the start of a great new telly show, but a whole new world and a whole new way. With Disney+, we’re set to see the most ambitious small-screen/big-screen/telly/movie cinematic storytelling crossover project ever. What does it mean for cinema? What does it mean for TV? Oh God, wherever will we get the time? As with all big changes we’re nervous, a bit scared and massively excited. So…

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talk to us

BABY BOOM My girlfriend and I loved the page of baby Star Wars characters in the March issue. Every year for my birthday she draws me something, and most recently it was us as baby Rancors (see pic), inspired by the most heartbreaking part of Return Of The Jedi which is, of course, the tale of the Rancor trainer and the best friend he raised from a baby (Rancling?) tragically taken too soon. OLI BAUER, VIA EMAIL Here’s hoping the next season of The Mandalorian gives us a whole nurseryload of Star Wars babies – if you’re listening, Favreau, we reckon baby Max Rebo plushes would fly off the shelves. Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year at 23 Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK, including…

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no./1 why bill & ted are the heroes we need now

WHEN THE WORLD is in turmoil, when times are dark, when all seems lost, true heroes are required. Specifically, two sunny-souled, slang-spewing slackers from San Dimas in California named Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan. In their previous antic outings, 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the duo faced down Genghis Khan, the Easter Bunny, evil robot versions of themselves, Satan, Death and their pissed-off dads, all without losing their cool. And so perhaps their long-awaited return to the screen in 2020 is exactly what Earth needs. “These two characters are sort of ludicrous optimists, who keep regrouping and attacking anything in their way,” reflects Dean Parisot, the director of this year’s Bill & Ted Face The Music. “Now they’re in their…

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no./2 super bowl special

MARVEL/DISNEY + John Nugent (News Editor) So. Our first look at Marvel’s Disney+ shows. Even if it’s in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 30-second trailer. Are we excited? Joanna Moran (Photography Director): I am very excited by Wandavision. I think it looks really fun. And quite crazy. Ben Travis (Online Staff Writer): I think Falcon & The Winter Soldier is exciting because of what was teed up at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Presumably this is a kind of stop-gap towards a full-on ‘Sam As Captain America’ situation. Jamie Inglis (Deputy Art Director): I’m excited for Loki. There could be time-travel! John: I’m hoping it’s going to be like Quantum Leap, but with Norse gods. Ben: Cap’s shield! Nick de Semlyen (Features Editor) : So he’s using a tree for shield target practice? Aliyah Allen (Designer): He won’t look as good…

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no./3 antlers

WHERE? Vancouver, Canada WHEN? 14 November 2018 WHY? Because when Guillermo del Toro produces a new horror film, and that new horror film is directed by Black Mass and Hostiles director Scott Cooper — pretty much the last person you’d expect to make a genre flick — you have to be there. WHO’S IN IT? Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, a Wendigo. A WENDI-WHAT? A legendary creature, borne of Native American mythology. Part-deer, part-ravenous psycho hose beast, all bad motherfucker. Here, it comes into the lives of a brother and sister (Plemons and Russell), via a young boy (newcomer Jeremy T. Thomas), like a reverse E.T.. But Cooper isn’t just planning your basic stalk-and-slash. He’s got something to say about man’s rapacious destruction of the environment. The Wendigo is, like brush fires and tornados and…

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d’angelou osei kissiedu

ON GETTING INTO ACTING “I was always into acting and roleplaying. I liked dressing up as characters. Sometimes I would pretend I was making my own movies. And then Mum told me that there was some audition in London for a film. The first time, I was kind of nervous, because there were lots of people sitting there waiting to be auditioned. But a few days later, Mum and Dad told me I got into the film.” ON WATCHING ROCKS FOR THE FIRST TIME “I watched the film for the first time last year and I was excited. I went with Mum and everyone was there. It was nice to meet everyone again because I hadn’t seen them in a long time. And then I watched the whole film. I kind of enjoyed…