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Geek News on the Radio for September 7th, 2017

Star Wars: Episode IX just lost its director

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t hit theaters until December 15th, but it appears that the movie’s sequel is already running into problems. Director Colin Trevorrow, who directed the runaway success Jurassic World, has stepped down from the project. The news comes a month after a new screenwriter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Jack Thorne, come onto the project to rewrite the script by Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly. Trevorrow was announced as the director of the project back in 2015, fresh off his Jurassic World success. That film ended up grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide, but his follow-up The Book of Henry was both a commercial and critical disaster. Episode IX was reportedly set to begin shooting in January of next year, but it’s not clear whether this creative change will push that date further out.

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Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID today announced a new hyper-reality experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, which promises to plunge fans into the Star Wars universe. Created by ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, in collaboration with THE VOID, it will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow fans to move freely in an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience, including interaction with friends, fans, and Star Wars characters.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Where to Find The Real-Life Staircase to Dragonstone in Spain

That’s how many steps visitors to the real-life, steep twisting staircase at Spain’s San Juan de Gaztelugatxe have to take in order to make it to the peak of the islet, located in Spain’s Basque Country. “Game of Thrones” filmed at the location last fall, for a pivotal scene that capped Sunday night’s Season 7 premiere. During a recent visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, locals excitedly told tourists of how “Game of Thrones” had recently filmed at the landmark. But even they weren’t clear of how it would play a part on the show or when it would first appear. That mystery was solved on Sunday night, when the unmistakable staircase popped up toward the end of the episode.

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Gotham Adds Professor Pyg to Its Roster of Season Four Baddies

Fox’s Gotham wants to bring terror back to the Big City, and this latest villain gives us a peek at what’s in store. Executive producer Danny Canno has announced that The Tick’s Michael Cerveris is joining the cast as Professor Pyg. “Michael is one of my best friends,” Cannon told TVLine. “He was in my film school graduation movie, when we were both amateurs. And now he’s joining the fold as Professor Pyg.” Professor Pyg, also known as Lazlo Valentin, is one of the weirdest villains to come out of the Batman canon. First appearing in DC’s Batman #666, he’s a skilled surgeon who is obsessed with making people “perfect,” to the point where he forcibly turns people into so-called Dollotrons by bonding fake doll faces on top of their own. Yes, he wears a pig mask… and he loves it.

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