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Rise Of Skywalker Star Talks Potential Beaumont Kin Star Wars Return

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Exclusive: The Rise of Skywalker’s Dominic Monaghan comments on whether he would be willing to return as Beaumont Kin for future Star Wars projects.

The Rise of Skywalker’s Dominic Monaghan addresses whether he would be willing to return for future installments of the Star Wars franchise. Monaghan is perhaps best known for his role as Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He would go on to play the down-on-his-luck musician Charlie Pace in J.J. Abrams’ hit television series Lost, and in 2018 he reunited with Abrams to film The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in Disney’s sequel trilogy.

Monaghan’s character, Beaumont Kin, is a member of the Resistance Army and served as a captain in the intelligence division. Prior to his appearance in The Rise of Skywalker, his character was first introduced in the 2019 comic The Ghosts of Kashyyyk: Part I, which was published as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker multimedia project. While Beaumont’s role in The Rise of Skywalker was relatively minor, the character would later appear in a much greater capacity in the Star Wars novel Shadow of the Sith by Adam Christopher. Set prior to the events of The Force Awakens, Beaumont is introduced as an academic and an archaeologist prior to his joining the Resistance.

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Screen Rant caught up with Monaghan during San Diego Comic-Con and spoke to him about his Star Wars role, asking if he was familiar with Beaumont’s presence in the new novel. Admitting that he is still yet to read the book, he expresses his enthusiasm for the character and suggests he “would love to play Beaumont again.” Check out his full comments below:

I did hear this. I’m gonna have to read this book. A few people have told me on Instagram that Beaumont, my character, features in the book relatively significantly; that he does a few things and has a relatively crucial role in it.

I was really tickled by the fact that the Star Wars encyclopedia came out after The Rise of Skywalker, and my character got a double-page spread. They kind of extended on his previous life: he had a complicated relationship with his parents, and they didn’t want him to go into the Resistance. They kind of rejected him when he did, and then he became a high flyer in the university; graduated with honors and became a really intelligent codebreaker.

I think there’s a lot to that character. I love that universe. Obviously, I would love to play Beaumont again.

Most fans would agree that despite the importance placed on Monaghan’s character in the promotional leadup to the Rise of Skywalker’s release, his character was not explored in any great depth and ultimately had little impact on the events of the film. As the Star Wars franchise continues to evolve, however, his character has a great deal more potential to be seen than was ever realized on film. With a plethora of new Star Wars content planned, perhaps Lucasfilm will decide to bring Monaghan back at some point and treat his character with the respect he deserves.

Of course, one of the major hurdles Monaghan will face in returning to Star Wars is the franchise’s current emphasis on other time periods. Seemingly content to leave the sequel timeline alone, much of Lucasfilm’s current efforts have all been focused in either the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (the timeline during which Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor are set) or during the era of The Mandalorian (five years after Return of the Jedi). Beaumont’s character would either be too young or not born yet in these time periods, and would require a project set closer to the events of the sequels. In the meantime, fans will need to keep their fingers crossed that The Rise of Skywalker won’t be the last they see of Beaumont Kin.


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Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Friendship With Miranda Cosgrove and Why She’s Not in the ‘iCarly’ Reboot

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Jennette McCurdy is opening up about her friendship with Miranda Cosgrove. In her new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, the 30-year-old former actress reveals her first impression of her iCarly co-star and shares why she didn’t sign on to be a part of its recent reboot. The show ran for six seasons, which aired between 2007 and 2012.

After landing the role of Sam Puckett when she was 14, McCurdy was “fascinated” to learn of Cosgrove’s “independence,” something McCurdy wasn’t accustomed to, given her abusive relationship with her now-late mom.

“She walked alone to pick up food from a different nearby restaurant each day — alone! What’s that like? Then I’d always hear when she came walking back into the studio because she’d be playing Gwen Stefani or Avril Lavigne from her Sidekick. I knew of these artists, but Mom didn’t allow me to listen to them because she said their music might make me wanna ‘do bad things,'” McCurdy, who grew up Mormon, writes of Cosgrove. “On set, Miranda said cuss words like ‘s**t’ and ‘a**,’ and she took the Lord’s name in vain at least fifty times a day. Mom warned me not to get too close to Miranda because she doesn’t believe in God.”

The then-teens quickly developed a friendship, mostly through AIM.

“Miranda and I spent hours talking every day on it,” McCurdy recalls. “… Even though in person Miranda seemed shy and quiet, she had a distinct and hilarious personality through her written words. So many of the things she said made me laugh. Her way of observing things — people, habits, human nature. I loved her. And I was so excited we were becoming friends.”

As iCarly‘s success continued, so too did McCurdy and Cosgrove’s friendship.

“My friendship with Miranda has been a source of camaraderie and emotional support,” McCurdy writes. “I’m friends with the rest of the cast too, but my connection with Miranda is different and special. We Skype on the weekends and see movies at ArcLight after work.”

When iCarly came to an end, McCurdy worried that it’d mark the end of her friendship with Cosgrove too. That fear really came into focus when the women shot their final scene together through tears.

“The reason I’m crying is that I don’t know what will become of my friendship with Miranda. We’ve gotten so close. Like sisters, but without the passive-aggression and weird tensions,” McCurdy writes. “I have my judgments around female friendships being catty and petty and backstabby, but that couldn’t be further from the truth with Miranda. With Miranda, it’s always been so easy. Our friendship is pure.”

McCurdy soon realized, however, that her fears were unfounded.

“There was no need to worry about context; our friendship has gotten stronger since iCarly ended,” she writes. “We hang out three or four times a week. Usually one of the nights is a sleepover.”

In fact, their bond remained so close that McCurdy eventually opened up to Cosgrove about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia. 

“Miranda’s been very supportive. I appreciate her support but it’s also difficult at times,” McCurdy writes. “Before Miranda knew about this stuff, when bulimia was my secret, I could get through the ups and downs on my own. I was the only person I had to be accountable to, the only person I would disappoint. But now that she’s in on the secret, I can tell she’s hyperaware of my eating tendencies. She’s constantly observing. I’m not just disappointing myself with my slips, but her too.”

As close as the women once were, though, they did start to “drift apart” as they entered their late 20s.

“At the beginning of the decade, the people I was close to seemed like friends for life, people I could never imagine not seeing every day. But life happens. Love happens. Loss happens,” McCurdy writes. “Change and growth happen at different paces for different people, and sometimes the paces just don’t line up. It’s devastating if I think too much about it, so I usually don’t.”

That change in their dynamic came around the same time that an iCarly reboot was in the works. Cosgrove wanted McCurdy to jump on board, but the latter actress had expressed embarrassment about her time on the series.

On a phone call, McCurdy insisted, “Miranda, I’m not doing the reboot. There’s nothing you can say to convince me.” 

“She tells me she thinks the reboot could be an opportunity for all of us in the cast to ‘get back out there,’ maybe get some other opportunities from it,” McCurdy recalls of Cosgrove.

When that tactic didn’t work, Cosgrove reminded McCurdy that “it’s really good money.”

“But there are things more important than money. And my mental health and happiness fall under that category,'” McCurdy recalls telling her. “There’s a moment of silence. It’s one of those rare moments where I feel like I didn’t say too much, or too little. I feel like I represented myself accurately and there’s nothing I would change about the way I said it. I feel proud. We wrap up our conversation, promising to keep in touch, and hang up.”

When ET spoke to Cosgrove last year, she reacted to McCurdy’s decision not to reprise her role in the reboot.

“We all really wanted Jennette to be a part of the show in real life, but she’s just doing other things and we’re really happy for her,” Cosgrove said at the time, adding that McCurdy would be welcomed onto the reboot “anytime.”

I’m Glad My Mom Died is out now.

ET, Nickelodeon and Paramount+ are all subsidiaries of Paramount.

 

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Apple Orders Dramedy Series ‘Land of Women’ Starring Eva Longoria, Carmen Maura

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Apple has ordered the limited dramedy series “Land of Women” with Eva Longoria and Carmen Maura set to star.

The six-episode series is based on the Sandra Barneda novel of the same name. Longoria will star as Gala, a New York empty nester whose life is turned upside down when her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties, and she is forced to flee the city alongside her aging mother (Maura) and college-age daughter.

To escape the dangerous criminals to whom Gala’s now vanished husband is indebted, the three women hide in the same charming wine town in Northern Spain that Gala’s mother fled 50 years ago, vowing never to return. The women seek to start anew and hope their identities will remain unknown, but gossip in the small town quickly spreads, unraveling their deepest family secrets and truths.

The series is currently in pre-production in Spain and will be shot in both English and Spanish and will be made available to view in both languages.

Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira are adapting the book for the screen, with Campos also set to serve as showrunner. Longoria will also serve as an executive producer under her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner along with Ben Spector. Teresa Fernández-Valdés will also executive produce. Carlos Sedes will direct. Bambu Studios will produce the show for Apple.

This is the latest Spanish-language production for Apple. The streamer also has the thriller series “Now & Then,” “Acapulco” starring Eugenio Derbez, and the recently ordered “Midnight Family,” based on the documentary of the same name.



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Stranger Things Star Joe Kerry Cast in Fargo Season 5

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Stranger Things star Joe Keery is joining the cast of FX’s Fargo season 5, after his run as Steve Harrington in the Netflix hit series.

Stranger Things star Joe Keery will be joining the cast of FX’s Fargo season 5. Keery made a name for himself as the archetypal 80’s high school bully-turned-hero, Steve Harrington, in Netflix’s hugely popular supernatural/science-fiction show. The series has proved to be the biggest hit for the streaming giant, with Stranger Things season 4 being the most-watched television show on any streaming service this year. For its part, Fargo is a series inspired by the critically-acclaimed Joel and Ethan Cohen 1996 black comedy crime film of the same.

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Now, as confirmed by FX, Keery is set to join the cast of the upcoming Fargo season 5. The actor will play a character named Gator Tillman, though no other details about his role have been revealed so far. Keery will be joined by more new cast additions in New Girl‘s Lamorne Morris as Witt Farr, and Never Have I Ever‘s Richa Moorjani as Indira Olmstead. How Tillman, Farr, and Olmstead will fit into season 5’s story has also yet to be revealed.

In a break from the previous season’s more historical settings, Fargo season 5 will reportedly be set in 2019. Its story will likely feature a kidnapping, given FX’s previously released tagline for the season: “When is a kidnapping not a kidnapping, and what if your wife isn’t yours?Ted Lasso star Juno Temple is slated to star as the female lead, Dot, a secretive housewife. According to FX chairman, John Landgraf, the upcoming Fargo season 5 season will also be more comedic compared to previous seasons’ dark tone. Rounding out the cast is Jon Hamm as Roy and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lorraine. Following his beloved role as Steve in Stranger Things and his recent comedy turn in Free Guy, it will be interesting to see how Keery’s role fits into this new take on the Fargo universe, but the actor has proved himself more than up to the task.


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