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Leia's Star Wars sendoff and more in your latest news roundup


Just about recovered from the sheer exhilaration of The Last Jedi trailer? Well hang on, because we've got more Star Wars goodies in this week's news summary. Scroll down for all the latest.

Star Wars Episode 9 will resolve Leia's story

We were all rocked last December by the sudden death of Carrie Fisher, not least because it threw the storyline of Episode 9 into doubt. How would they resolve Leia's dramatic journey? According to Mark Hamill, we needn't worry as the film will honour the late Carrie's memory.

Speaking at New York Comic Con 2017 Hamill confirmed that they will "find a way to close [Leia’s] story in [Star Wars] 9", adding that the character originally "was meant to be more prominent in Episode 9".

Given that dramatic moment in The Last Jedi trailer where Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) appears to be gunning for his mother Leia, can we expect her to be written out in this movie? We'll have to see.

Last Jedi standee shows Luke divided

We're all desperate to know whether Skywalker is about to turn to the dark side, and a section of promotional IMAX artwork has stoked conversation even further.

Check it out below – we can clearly see Luke's inner torment visualised as he's flanked on alternate sides by aspiring Jedi Rey (Daisy Ridley) and his villainous former pupil, Kylo Ren. Is it time for the Jedi to end, as he says?

Darth Vader is present (sort of) on Last Jedi poster

Yes, we know the evil Sith lord died at the end of Return of the Jedi but his presence continues to resonate through the saga. One of the most chilling moments in The Force Awakens is Kylo Ren's fan worship of Darth Vader's blackened, devastated helmet – it became immediately clear that First Order leader Ren is measuring himself against the feared Vader's reputation.

Well cinema's greatest villain (arguably) makes himself known again on The Last Jedi's poster, with each of the principal characters situated in such a manner that it forms the outline of his helmet. Creepy! Check it below.

What Star Wars news have you spotted over the past week? Let us know @Cineworld – but not before booking your tickets for The Last Jedi, released on 14th December.