Let’s Talk Props on 2017 Super Bowl of Movies: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:26 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 3:26 PM UTC

The movie event of 2017 arrives on Dec. 15 in the United States as that’s when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is released nationwide. Bovada offers a few props on the film.

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There’s no such thing as a lock in sports betting, but here’s one entertainment item I can guarantee: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be the biggest money-making movie worldwide this year. Episode VIII is released in the USA on Dec. 15. Bovada sportsbook has some interesting prop options on the movie.

Will The Last Jedi Gross Over $1 billion US?

Yes is -650 and no +375. Unless the movie is somehow all about Ewoks, this is a sure thing for yes. “The Force Awakens” was the highest-grossing movie of all time in North America and joined “Titanic” and “Avatar” – both directed by James Cameron, by the way – as the only films to ever reach $2 billion worldwide.

Shoot, even “Rogue One” made more than $1 billion last year and that was a spinoff and full of characters no one had ever heard of. Also keep in mind the Carrie Fisher angle as she of course passed away earlier this year and this will thus be her final turn as Leia.

Will The Last Jedi Have The Highest Opening Weekend Gross Of 2017?

Yes is -500 and no +300. That number is currently held by “Beauty and the Beast” at nearly $175 million in the USA back in March. “The Force Awakens” grossed nearly $250 million. It will be close, but yes here as well. It’s around Christmas time and kids will be out of school.

Will The Last Jedi Be Oscar Nominated For Best Picture?

No is -370 and yes +235. Unfortunately, the Academy doesn’t usually reward movies like this – i.e. science fiction – with an Oscar nomination. The original Star Wars was nominated in 1978 but the winner was “Annie Hall.” This film will get plenty of technical nominations, but not Best Picture. “Avatar” scored 9 nominations in comparison, including best picture and directing nods.

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EXCLUSIVE: @StarWars director @rianjohnson says Rey's parentage will absolutely be addressed in #TheLastJedi. #SWCO pic.twitter.com/wgupPzYDkB

— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017

Will Luke Be Identified As Rey’s Father?

No is -350 and yes +225. “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson has said his movie will reveal Rey’s parentage but not necessarily all the answers: “To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her,” Johnson says. “And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.”

J.J. Abrams, the director of the “The Force Awakens” said this at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016: "Rey's parents are not in Episode VII, so I can't possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too."

Frankly, it would be a bit silly if it’s Luke, who technically was in Episode VII. If you look at the trailers, it sure doesn’t appear that Luke knows who Rey is or vice versa. “The Last Jedi” picks up with Rey coming face-to-face with Luke. I doubt that her parents are Han Solo and Leia, either. Perhaps Obi-Wan Kenobi factors into this as her grandfather, but it’s not going to be Luke as the dad. That would be too cheesy and too obvious.

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