Empire Issue Preview: Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, Martin Scorsese, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Knives Out, Ken Loach

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by Ben Travis |
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The Resistance is rising. The First Order is flexing its might. And is that the laugh of Emperor Palpatine, echoing from beyond the apparent grave? Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker marks the end of the sequel trilogy, and it has the weight of an entire galaxy on its shoulders. As the ultimate sci-fi saga prepares its high-stakes landing, Empire takes a first look at the end of an era in the new issue, on sale Thursday 3 October. Here’s a sneak peek inside the magazine.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Empire – November 2019

42.years after Luke Skywalker first discovered that he was more than a mere Tattooine farmboy, Star Wars’ central Skywalker Saga is readying its final chapter. Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker has the task of closing out the sequel trilogy, concluding the stories of Rey, Kylo Ren and Finn, while also wrapping up a trilogy of trilogies that began in 1977. In a world exclusive, Empire has the first look at the final chapter – speaking to returning writer-director JJ Abrams, co-writer Chris Terri, producer Kathleen Kennedy about the beginning of the end.

Empire 30: Martin Scorsese

Empire – November 2019

From gangster epics to soul-searching passion projects, Martin Scorsese’s astonishing filmography is full of all-time classics. Empire sits down with the man himself in New York for a career-spanning interview. Plus, we talk to the filmmakers he’s worked with as a powerhouse producer – including Joanna Hogg, Ben Wheatley, and Jon S. Baird.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

Empire – November 2019

Last year, writer-director-actor Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack that nearly claimed his life. Now he’s back with Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, a jaunt through the New Jersey-set View Askewniverse he first established back in 1994’s Clerks. Empire heads on set to find a slacker comedy with real heart.

Knives Out

Empire – November 2019

Fresh from breaking all the rules on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson is back with the star-studded Knives Out – a modern murder mystery that imbues all the classic Agatha Christie-isms with a contemporary perspective. Empire sits down with the mastermind behind the murder.

Ken Loach

Empire – November 2019

As he prepares for the release of new film Sorry We Missed You, the iconic British director talks to Empire Editor-in-Chief Terri White about his six decades in the industry.

Motherless Brooklyn

Empire – November 2019

Edward Norton returns in front of and behind the camera with Motherless Brookyln – a noir movie with a difference. The filmmaker talks Empire through its 20-year journey to the screen.

Eyes Wide Shut – Oral History

Empire – November 2019

Twenty years since Stanley Kubrick presented his final film, Empire presents an oral history of its most intoxicating sequence – the masked ball orgy.

Take 20

Empire – November 2019

This month’s film moments that matter include an interview with Jesse Pinkman himself, Aaron Paul, for surprise Breaking Bad movie El Camino, a fresh look at the BBC’s His Dark Materials, Olivia Colman on stepping up for The Crown Season 3, Pixar’s all-new fantasy, and much more.

Spoiler Special

Empire – November 2019

This month we take a spoiler-filled deep dive into It: Chapter Two and The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, unpacking all the major talking points.


Empire – November 2019

In the home entertainment arena, we talk John Wick 3 with director Chad Stahelski, take an indie-movie crash course with Thunder Road writer-director-star Jim Cummings, break down Rocketman with Dexter Fletcher, rank the top 10 films of 1989, and much more.

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