Good day, and welcome to another installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. What’s happening this week? Star Wars, mostly. But also some news about Watchmen—and, interestingly, about a new team-up between Leslie Jones, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss.
Regina King Would Do a Second Season of Watchmen
After seeing the amazing cliffhanger on last Sunday’s season finale of Watchmen, it’s hard to imagine HBO wouldn’t want to make a second season. But that doesn’t mean there is one in the works. According to Regina King, who plays Angela Abar/Sister Night, show creator Damon Lindelof doesn’t even know what it would look like yet. “I know that Damon doesn’t even kinda have an idea of an entry point and an ending for a second season,” King told Vulture. “And I know he wouldn’t come onboard for a second season unless he did. I don’t want there to be a second season if it’s not going to at least be comparable to this first season, which is going to be really hard to do.” Regardless, she says she’s onboard if they make one.
China Censors Allow Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Same-Sex Kiss
We won’t spoil it fully here, but there is a same-sex kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and, per Variety, it’s made it past censors in China. The film, which opens in North America today and is expected to make between $175 million and $200 million at the box office, started previews yesterday in China and so far audiences have reportedly been surprised but largely undaunted by the gay moment. The scene, however, has reportedly been cut from the version of the movie that is showing in Dubai, according to people who have seen the film there.
Leslie Jones’ Netflix Special Is Directed By David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones has a new Netflix standup special coming January 14. It’s titled Leslie Jones: Time Machine, and it’s directed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Hey, if they don’t have a future directing Star Wars movies, this is a pretty cool alternative. Watch the new trailer below.
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