Alec Baldwin, Unafraid Of The Woody Lynch Mob

I've already covered the Woody Allen allegations that Mia Farrow and her kids Ronan and Dylan have laid down on him. His reputation has surely been hit as actors that have worked with him in the past, no doubt driven, pressured, by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, have changed their tune on the director and now expressed regrets in working with the 82-year-old filmmaker.  Ellen PageGreta GerwigRebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet have all expressed remorse in working with Allen.
So it was with a breath of fresh air that I read Alec Baldwin's tweets earlier this afternoon, DEFENDING Woody. Baldwin's starred in three Woody movies: Alice,” “To Rome With Love,” and “Blue Jasmine.

Matt Damon Says "I Will Close My Mouth For A While" After Backlash Happened To His #MeToo Comments

In an interview Matt Damon did for ABC‘s “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” actually tried to explain why he thinks is a downside to the #MeToo movement sweeping the industry. 
“I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it’s totally necessary,” Damon had said. “I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior. … You know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.”
“All of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum,” he added. “And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That’s criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross.”
“We would then go to mediation and organize a settlement,” he said. “I’d go, ‘I don’t want this out there. … it’s going to be overshadowing the opening of this movie. How much money do you want?’ The lawyers would get together, and they do this cost-benefit analysis, and they’d go, ‘Oh, this is what it’s worth.’ And I look at the number and go, ‘OK, I’ll pay it, but you can never talk about this again. You’re fucking lying about this, but never talk about this again.’ ”

Of course, Damon trying to explain what he would do if he were in the same position as the victimized women might have been going a little too far. The response to this interview was almost too predictable. Social media quickly attacked the actor, I mean, "how dare a man say what he thinks about the #MeToo movement?" 
The backlash was pretty bad, and during an interview this morning on the Today show, Damon apologized. Hell, he and begged for forgiveness.
“Boy, I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” he stated. “I think, ultimately, what it is for me is I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that, I’m really sorry. This whole Time’s Up — a lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and go along for that ride.”
“I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while,” he added.

Woody's Hollywood Career In Question. After Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page, and David Krumholtz, Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Upcoming Woody Allen Movie To "Time's Up."

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Just last week Greta Gerwig released a statement regarding her past work with Woody Allen in the film “To Rome With Love,” saying she deeply regretted working with the 82-year-old director. Why? Well, Allen has been scuffled in years of controversy involving Dylan Farrow, his longtime partner Mia’s daughter, who has, countless times, alleged that Allen molested her for years. Now that the #MeToo movement is in full-surge, it seems like Allen’s past has resurfaced as a hot-button issue. It’s not just Gerwig.  Other actors that have worked with the iconic director, including Ellen Page, Griffin Newman, and David Krumholtz, have expressed regret in working with him.
Rebecca Hall then lent her voice to the Mia Farrow-backed witch hunt that list. The actress, in a statement released on Instagram, all but shunned her former director, saying she “deeply regrets” signing on for a role in his next movie “A Rainy Day in New York.” What sparked the outrage? Reading Farrow’s latest statement this past week. Though to be fair, they’re the same claims Farrow has been making for the last decade. But people are finally listening. Hall said she was ready to donate her salary from the film to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.

Now Timothee Chalamet, who stars is Woody Allen's next movie, has decided to donate his salary to Time's Up. “I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer,” Timothy Chalamet said on Instagram Monday evening. “What I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME’S UP, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN.”
What does this ever-growing list of actors and actresses condemning Allen mean for his future in moviemaking? We’re not sure yet, but one suspects that if more stars come out to condemn him then he might be hounded out of moviemaking for good, at least in Hollywood. American actors are surely going to think twice about working with him now and it will be really interesting to see what happens with the announcement of Allen’s next film if it happens because the writer/director typically announces and shoots a new film about every 12-16 months.
There would surely be European financiers ready to back his next projects, but a total ousting from Tinstletown would be a significant event. Following the allegations of child abuse, Allen’s much-publicized split with Mia Farrow back in the 1990’s ended in hostility, most of which has been unresolved almost two decades later. Ronan’s brother Moses has vehemently defended his dad over the years saying “My mother [Mia Farrow] drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister, and I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.” However, Ronan Farrow, a reputable journalist, who helped uncover the Harvey Weinstein scandal for The New Yorker a few months ago (and signed a three-year deal this week with HBO to head up investigative documentaries), stands by his assertions that sexual abuse did happen. It’s a polarizing and infuriating scandal and the noise around it is not about to quell anytime soon.
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"Disgusting, bullshit...McCarthyism...people crumbling and turning out of fear...mass public shaming....this is a disgraceful moment. Will Woody get hounded out of moviemaking? I don't know. I hope not. That would honestly crush my heart. I mean, I feel there are European financiers that would fund him. People know that Mia is a brainwasher who abused her kids. But they CAN'T SAY THAT Because that would be BLAMING THE VICTIM. I think we are fucked. The more times Trump does something like "shithole"...all white males pay. You can protest Trump 24 hours a will still pay."

'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3' To Be Released In 2020

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It's currently been kept pretty hush but we really want to know what are Marvel's plans post-"Infinity War" and its untitled sequel in 2019. Phase 4 titles would be very much welcome but Marvel head Kevin Feig seems to be keeping the gameplan a little closer to the vest compared to past phases, only teasing at what may come next. However, he has mentioned that what will kickstart the next phase is "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." James Gunn's sequel from last summer didn't garner the same glowing reviews as his predecessor but I found it to be an absolute delight, filled with self-disregard, colorfully inventive visuals and the perfect example of pop art done right.

Best Picture Oscar: Will It Be "Get Out" Vs. "Lady Bird"?

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Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells and I recorded a chat on Sunday morning which was accidentally not recorded, because good ol' Jeff's batteries died about 12 minutes in. However, I elaborated, yet again, that I believe the Best Picture Oscar resides in two films "Get Out," and "Lady Bird." You can also add Guillermo Del Toro's "The Shape of Water" as well,  but I just can't see the Academy honoring that kind of film, especially since it lacks the political undertones that have made the industry vibrate the last year or so.

Aziz Ansari controversy might be the make it or break it moment for #MeToo movement

Aziz Ansari has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, even wearing a Time’s Up pin. Well, it seems like now his time might actually be up as a complaint about said behavior has been done against him by an anonymous woman on

The 23-year-old accuser told the website that the date she had with Ansari was “by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had. I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz,” she said.
Uncomfortable is what she described the experience as, as sexual activity escalated after an apartment dinner, she claims the comedian ignored her verbal or non-verbal discomfort. Ansari moved her hand to his genital area repeatedly and, in her own words, "pressured" to have sex with him.
Ansari quickly responded to accusations saying that the sex was “by all indications completely consensual” but that he “took her words to heart”.
This whole fiasco is so disheartening.  I don't know what to say. Women need to also take responsibility and say "No." You can't expect telepathy from men. I think ages of people consuming idiotic culture and not getting educated have caught up with us. Neither the left nor the right seems to me sane or even fully adult. Those of us who are civilized adults are way in the minority. I think there is also a weirdness at work here, hard to talk about...which is I think this is the revenge of sexually inactive people, female and male, on sexually active people. I don't see a lot of people I know of as mad fuckaholics screaming "Yes! More rules on sex! More, more, more rules!" The Aziz Ansari controversy might be the make it or break it moment for #MeToo movement, stay tuned.

The first film to be screened in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban on cinemas was 'The Emoji Movie'

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Well, it had to happen. We know that 200+ high ranking Saudis have been detained and $50 billion in assets seized. Some kind of societal overhaul is happening over there.  I wonder what is the cause? There has always been a running division amongst Saudi royalty. The powerful are Western educated and their religious beliefs are, err, moderate to say the least.  The royals being arrested seem to be those using religion to gain more power. This has been a major crutch for the moderates. To avoid this, they have focused on bringing about attitude changes first - hence the enormous women's university and similar projects. It seems like it might be working. Either this will blossom into a full-blown westernized country or we see a religious uprising and it'll all go to hell. Good luck to anyone living there.


Liam Neeson says #MeToo movement "A bit of a witch-hunt"

The 70-year-old father of a Heat Vision contributor sees 'The Commuter' as a nostalgic "throwback" to an imaginary time when travelers were kinder and more accepting of each other.

Making the rounds promoting his latest film "The Commuter," on Ireland's "Late Late Show," Neeson, borrowing unfortunate language from President Trump, suggested the revelations about sexual harassment in the industry have gotten out of hand and, problematically, how some sexual harassment transgressions are less egregious that others.

Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5 Million To Time’s Up After ‘All The Money’ Scandal

Wrote for The Playlist:
Wahlberg’s full statement:
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for ‘All the Money in the World’ has become an important topic of conversation,  I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name. The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoots, WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month. It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”
It would feel like a generous gesture if Wahlberg hadn’t already essentially held the entire production and film crew hostage by threatening not to approve Plummer, but the fact remains that the actor is not going to get out of this one clean and his reputation has been tarnished. Exacerbating it all is his morally reprehensible ransoming juxtaposed with Williams’ “whatever-you-need” selflessness.
Worse, Wahlberg is currently the highest paid actor in Hollywood. The irony here–given the fact that “All The Money In The World,” is about an old rich sociopath who has an insatiable lust for amassing, and never parting with, his wealth–is thick. If Wahlberg or his reps think this questionable gesture is going to close the matter, they’ve likely got another big thing coming. This likely won’t be the last we hear of this saga given that Michelle Williams and the always candid Scott haven’t weighed in yet.

Rumor: Matt Reeves' Batman Movie Won't be in DCEU; Affleck to Get Last Hurrah

We need to stress that this is still a "rumor" and that we cannot verify it at all, but BoF (the source here) was right about the Justice League reshoots, but he also stresses this is a rumor. It's possible they're waiting until it's written to know if it can be incorporated or not. Who knows but if this happens it would be fantastic, Reeves' Batman could be a game-changing event for the WB, in that, if it's successful it could bring more standalone non-DCEU films.

Rebecca Hall Regrets Working With Woody Allen; Donates Salary To Time’s Up Movement

Disgusting, bullshit...McCarthyism...people crumbling and turning out of fear...mass public shaming....this is a disgraceful moment. Will Woody get hounded out of moviemaking? I don't know. I hope not. That would honestly crush my heart. I mean, I feel there are European financiers that would fund him. People know that Mia is a brainwasher who abused her kids. But they CAN'T SAY THAT Because that would be BLAMING THE VICTIM. I think we are fucked. The more times Trump does something like "shithole"...all white males pay. You can protest Trump 24 hours a will still pay.

Wrote about Hall's statement for The Playlist

"The Dark Knight" chosen by Collider as the #1 superhero movie of all time, Logan at #2 and "Captain America: Civil War" at #3

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Collider's list of top 50 Superhero Movies of All-Time is surprisingly decent. I've posted the top 20 below and, safe for a few awkward choices ("Wonder Woman" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" being included is ridiculous), I like it. 

1. The Dark Knight 
2. Logan
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. The Avengers
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
6. Superman
7. The Incredibles
8. Wonder Woman
9. Iron Man
10. X2
12. Deadpool
13. Spider-Man: Homecoming
14. Batman Begins
15. Spider-Man 2
16. Unbreakable
17. X-Men Days of Future Past
18. Batman
19. X-Men: First Class
20. Kick-Ass

Leonardo Dicaprio To Star In Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson Movie

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Quentin Tarantino's movie will be a drama set in late 1960s and early 1970s Los Angeles and revolve around a few characters that might or might not be c0onnected to the Charles Manson murders.

PTA praises Steven Spielberg's "The Post"

Steven Spielberg has actually become a better and more mature filmmaker since his E.T heydays. Take for example, some of the craft and masterful storytelling he produced between 1998 and 2006 ("Saving Private Ryan," "Munich," "Minority Report," "AI: Artificial Intelligence," "Catch Me If You Can" and "War of the Worlds"), an incredibly impressive and varied résumé. This was some of the riskiest storytelling he'd ever given us."

Mark Wahlberg reportedly refused to approve Christopher Plummer's casting until he was paid $1.5 million

USA Today‘s Andrea Mandell reported earlier this week that Mark Wahlberg was paid way more than his co-star Michelle Williams for the reshoots in Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World." Over the nine-day period, which had Christopher Plummer reshooting Kevin Spacey's scenes as John Paul Getty III, Wahlberg earned a $1.5 million paycheck, as for Williams? $80 per day, for a grand total of less than $1000. That's not even a joke. Three people familiar with the situation, but contractually unable to speak about it, were quoted by Mandel in the article, which has caused waves around the industry today. Who is to blame? We don't really know but more will surely be revealed in the days to come.

The Backlash Against "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri"

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A backlash happens every year to a film seemingly flourishing with awards love and destined for Oscar gold. It's just part of the game but now that the "woke" movement is in full-swing on social media, it's a little easier for a film to offend the timid-minded and be dealt a severe blow during awards season. This year, that film seems to be "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri," a well-made, darkly humorous film that was the toast of the Toronto International Film Festival, winning the audience award and making Frances McDormand the front-runner to win the best actress Oscar in March. Well, McDormand can kiss those hopes goodbye because people are clamoring on that the movie is "racist."

After Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman, Director Gore Verbinski Exits "Gambit"

I have a theory about directors and superhero movies, well, it's not really a theory, it's actually mostly fact. If you have sense of self-pride or dignity and consider yourself an artist or an auteur, then you won't sign on to any Marvel or DC blockbuster. It's as simple as that. Unless, of course, you're Christopher Nolan and the WB decides to give you complete creative freedom to make a "Dark Knight" trilogy.

DGA Nominees: Gerwig, Peele, McDonagh, Del Toro, Nolan

I predicted it: “Get Out” director Jordan Peele and “Lady Bird” helmer Greta Gerwig made the cut for the Directors Guild of America award. They were joined by Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”).

Jason Reitman's "Tully"

Director Jason Reitman has been very much hit and miss, his best work ("Up in the Air," "Juno, "Young Adult," "Thank You For Smoking.") had that satirical sting that was all-too rare in American cinema, but his his last effort "Men, Women and Children" was TERRIBLE. 

Kevin Feige Says Marvel Is Finally Making A "Black Widow" Movie

I have been clamoring for a "Black Widow" movie for years, the cinematic potential of that character is endless, she's a kickass, female spy! Marvel Studios is finally going to make a stand-alone “Black Widow” movie with Scarlett Johansson. Marvel’s Kevin Feige was officially screenwriters until he landed on Jac Schaeffer who will pen the script.

"Justice League" Ben Affleck Stunt Double Says Zack Snyder Cut Exists


Joss Whedon‘s extensive reshoots on “Justice League” no doubt clashed with Zack Snyder‘s original vision. Among the changes, Jesse Eisenberg‘s return as Lex Luthor was reportedly axed, and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman is said to have received more scenes and screentime. It’s not just the characters, the overall mood was rumored to get a lighter makeover with Whedon deviating away from Snyder’s darker palettes for a more colorful tone. “Justice League,” in short, was the mix of two visions and you could see that while watching the film. Sure there’s Zack Snyder’s use of ultra slow-mo, the dark interiors and exteriors he so loves to use, and his penchant for the camera zooming in and out of action  sequences, but Whedon crashed the party by pulling back on some of that, so much so that as you’re watching the movie you can tell exactly who shot what. The work of these two titan directors that couldn’t be more different, resulted in the “Justice League” that we got. 

Now Richard Cetrone, Benn Affleck's stunt double, is saying that a Zack Snyder cut does exist:

Stan Lee Accused of Groping Nurses

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Marvel comics mastermind Stan Lee has been accused of sexually harassing and groping nurses who care for him.
The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that the 95-year-old groped young women who worked at his home, asked them to perform oral sex on him and walked naked before them. The actions have led to a legal dispute between Lee and the care company, the Mail reported.
“He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.”“There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny. He walks around naked and is vulgar towards the women, he asks them for oral sex in the shower and wants to be pleasured in his bedroom,” the source said.
Lee has denied the claims outright.
The Jewish creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men issued a statement through his lawyer, in which he intoned that the accusations were an attempt at blackmail.
“Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character,” attorney Tom Lallas said.
“We are not aware of anyone filing a civil action, or reporting these issues to the police, which for any genuine claim would be the more appropriate way for it to be handled,” Lallas said.
“Instead, Mr. Lee has received demands to pay money and threats that if he does not do so, the accuser will go to the media. Mr Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Greta Gerwig Says She Regrets Working With Woody Allen

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As she is about to nab a Best Director nomination for the Oscars, Greta Gerwig is trying to swipe everything on her path to glory, including the assertion that she "regrets" working with Woody Allen on "To Rome With Love." Even though accusations against Allen have always been shady.

Ridley Scott Thinks Disney’s Acquisition of Fox Is Bad News For The "Alien" Franchise

"Alien: Covenant" was a disappointment. It went back to the narrative structure of the of the first two movies. Ridley Scott decided to feed the masses and say "fuck it" to any kind of artistic statement. Are some scenes scary? Yes, but they're just empty thrills, empty calories that don't have the substance of "Prometheus." This "Covenant" just wanted to entertain, nothing wrong with that, but we deserved better.

Christian Bale bashes "Terminator: Salvation" - It was a "great thorn on my side"

The “Terminator” franchise has been a catastrophe ever since Arnie and James Cameron left.. The last two films, “Terminator: Salvation” and “Terminator: Genisys,” were, well, they were soul-crushing. 

Christian Bale on “Terminator Salvation”:
“I said no three times. I thought that the franchise…I went ‘Nah, there’s no story there.’ I’d seen seen the first one and enjoyed that back in England, I’d been to the movies and seen the second one. It was an unfortunate series of events involving the writers’ strike, involving Jonah Nolan, who was able to come on, and really start to write a wonderful script, but then got called away for a prior commitment that he had,” Bale explained. “And it’s a great thorn in my side, because I wish we could have reinvigorated [the franchise]. And unfortunately, during production, you could tell that wasn’t happening. It’s a great shame.”
“There’s a perverse side to me, where people were telling me that, there’s no way on God’s Earth that I should take that role, and I was thinking the same thing,” he continued. “But when people started verbalizing that to me, I started to go, ‘Oh really? All right, well watch this then.’ So there was a little bit of that involved in the choice.”

T.J. Miller Won’t Be Replaced On ‘Deadpool 2’ Following Sexual Assault Allegations

“Deadpool” co-star T.J. Miller was recently accused of sexual assault, however, Miller’s performance will not be replaced or erased in the sequel. All this despite the fact that Scott did the same with almost impossible time-constraints, as the film was weeks away from release when the Spacey-Plummer switcheroo occurred. “Deadpool 2” lands in less than six months, but its producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Rotten Tomatoes that being in “final editing stages” would make it impossible for this to occur. In short, as she says: “I don’t think so.”
I wrote a whole recap of this situation for The Playlist

How in Trouble is "Solo: A Star Wars Story"? It is 4 months until it is released and there hasn’t been any promotional material for it at all

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Sure, we had that picture of the cast in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, easy snap to take, but that’s it. We've had no teasers, no trailers, no posters, no pictures, no plot details, nothing. nada. zilch. For such an important Disney-backed film, especially a Star Wars movie, this feels very off. My guess? Disney acknowledges that this film will be a mess no matter when it is released, so they're really pushing for that summer release to finally happen, it'll make money no matter what, and rolling the dice on Ron Howard, a stable director, could make for a good, watchable movie ala "Rogue One."

Catherine Deneuve and 100+ Women From The French Film Industry Slam Post-Wenstein Witch Hunt, #MeToo Movement, As "Attack on Sexual Freedom."

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The French want to tell the world that the #MeToo movement is attacking sexual freedom. At least that's what a group of more than 100 "prominent French women," from the industry and beyond, are saying, making the argument that "clumsy flirting" is not "macho aggression." Writer/clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst  Sarah Chiche wrote the text that was signed on by many prominent women from Catherine Deneuve to Catherine Robbe-Grillet. Insisting on "la liberte d'importuner," the letter decries a new Puritanism being unleashed on the world.

Ewan McGregor Would Be 'Happy' to Reprise Obi-Wan Kenobi Role

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Lucasfilm has been considering a possible "Star Wars" spin-off movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi for a few years now, but many "Star Wars" fans, especially the purist, nostalgic kind, want Ewan McGregor to return and don the Jedi’s robes. I don't blame them because McGregor was inspired casting in the prequels and did right to the legend of Kenobi.

After winning The Golden Globe on Sunday night, for his excellent dual performance in "Fargo," McGregor stated that, despite not knowing anything about LucasFilm's plans for a potential spin-off,  he’d return in a heartbeat as Obi-Wan.

“There’s a lot of talk,” McGregor told reporters backstage. “I’d be happy to play him again. But I don’t know any more about it than you do. There’s no plan at the moment.”

McGregor did add that he liked "Star Wars: The Last Jedi “I saw the new one just over Christmas, and I thought it was really, really beautiful,” he said. “I loved it.

Stephen Daldry is rumored to direct the spinoff, which would take place between "Revenge of the Sith" and the original 1977 "Star Wars." 

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