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“I can tell you it is an amazing script and the cast is obviously extraordinary. I think it is a thrill to be a part of something that meant so much to me as a kid and to be part of allowing it to mean so much for kids now. It is fun to see it live on in various forms and ways even five years ago I would have never imagined it would have continued and knowing what is coming up is even more exciting,”
- David James
If April’s Star Wars Celebration belongs to The Last Jedi – a first-look teaser/trailer is expected, along with a few other trinkets – then it looks as though Disney will shift the focus over to Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo anthology film in time for D23 in July.
Sources close to Star Wars News Net claim the Mouse House will officially unveil the title of its second standalone movie at Disney’s D23 expo. Anaheim will play host to the annual showcase over the weekend of July 14th, and though a mid-summer announcement is a lot sooner than many would expect, it’s important to remember that Lord and Miller’s Han Solo origin story is, at the of writing, penciled in for May 2018. That leaves only five months between the Alden Ehrenreich-fronted spinoff and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which means, providing everything goes according to plan, »
- Michael Briers
Just a few days ago, production started on the highly-anticipated Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Disney sending out the first full cast photo with all of the main stars. The announcement also revealed that Joonas Suotamo will be fully taking over the role of Chewbacca in this long-awaited spin-off, after splitting time with the legendary Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Shortly after the cast photo was released, Joonas Suotamo released a heartfelt statement to the fans about his portrayal of Chewbacca.
We first met Joonas Suotamo back in January 2016, just weeks after The Force Awakens had opened, where it was revealed that this 29-year-old basketball player from Finland was the actor who wore the Chewbacca suit during all of Chewie's action sequences, since Peter Mayhew has suffered from knee problems for the past several years. Peter Mayhew was still on board in »
Disney has scheduled a May 25, 2018, release for Lucasfilm’s untitled feature.
They include Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones, Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover as Calrissian, Westworld star Thandie Newton, and Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique »
Han Solo – Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A New Star Wars Story Begins.
The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.
The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. »
- Melissa Thompson
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
We have a good feeling about this.
Shooting has begun on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie, and here’s the proof: The first cast photo from the eagerly awaited film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) and starring Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the young scoundrel (that’s Lord and Miller with their hands on the Millennium Falcon’s controls in the front; Ehrenreich is in the leather jacket).
- James Hibberd
Disney released the first photo of the cast on Tuesday morning while announcing that principal photography officially began on the film on Monday at London’s Pinewood Studios.
Han Solo – Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A new Star Wars Story begins. https://t.co/6mjWKQcwwk pic.twitter.com/dWJwccpY33
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 21, 2017
The spinoff — set before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope” — will explore the adventures of a young Han Solo and Chewbacca
The cast photo includes Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. “Westworld” star Thandie Newton, who wasn’t in the photo, rounds out the cast. Directors Phil Lord and »
- Maane Khatchatourian
And so it begins! Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the production start on Han Solo, a new Star Wars Story. This comes along with the first cast photo featuring all of the main actors who will appear in the film. We have the cast photo below for you to check out, along with the full PR from Disney and LucasFilm. Though, the only one that showed up in costume is Chewbacca. And yes, they are all crammed inside the cockpit of the iconic Millennium Falcon.
"The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone's favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London."
The Han Solo movie is still arriving in May 2018, and the first cast picture
And we're off. Production is now underway on the Han Solo movie, that's being directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. And Disney has released a start of production press release, to mark filming commencing at Pinewood Studios in London. What's more, a special cast image has also been published. It did the rounds on the internet earlier, but in case you've not had the pleasure...
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As part of the official start of production announcement, Disney reaffirmed that the release date for the film is May 2018. There remains speculation that the movie will slip back to December 2018 - December being the opening date for the last two Star Wars films as well »
With filming already under way on Disney and LucasFilm's latest Star Wars spin-off, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the cast continues to be filled out. Today we have word that Westworld star Thandie Newton has entered negotiations to join the cast. As is the case with most of the recent casting additions, no details were given as to which character Thandie Newton may be playing, but her casting may hint at a recent character rumor.
Variety broke the news on today's casting, which comes just two days after the site broke the news that Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will join the cast as a CGI character that is said to be quite important to the film. Unfortunately, the site has no details about Thandie Newton's character, but back in October, a report claimed that three actresses of color, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road »
With production already under way, more cast members are starting to come together for LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Fleabag creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge coming aboard. Her character's identity was not yet revealed, although it was stated that she is playing a "CGI-driven" character that will play a "significant part" in the ensemble cast. Her role in the Han Solo spin-off was compared to Alan Tudyk's K-2So droid character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which he portrayed through a motion-capture suit.
Variety broke the casting news this afternoon, although no further details were given regarding her character. Regardless of who she's playing, Phoebe Waller-Bridge joins a growing cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han Solo's mentor, Garris Shrike, and Emilia Clarke as a currently unspecified character. There have been rumors that Emilia Clarke is playing Sana Starros, »
The second Star Wars standalone movie just began principal photography, but Donald Glover has yet to begin filming. Actually, as of a few days ago, the actor had yet to even read Jon and Lawrence Kasdan‘s screenplay for the Han Solo origin story. But the Golden Globe-winning actor has been spotted out having a lunch […]
- Peter Sciretta
Earlier today, Chris Miller, who is directing Han Solo: A Star Wars Story with Phil Lord, announced that shooting is under way with the first set photo. Even though production has begun, that doesn't mean the entire cast has assembled yet. Woody Harrelson recently revealed that he doesn't start filming until March. And it seems Donald Glover isn't filming yet either, explaining in a recent interview that he hasn't even read the script yet.
In an interview with Sci-Fi Now Magazine (courtesy of Xpose.ie), Donald Glover was discussing the level of secrecy on a Star Wars movie and his level of preparation. The actor stated that he was cutting down on fast food and starting to hike more, to get in shape to play Lando Calrissian, but he admitted that he still hasn't seen the script. Here's what he had to say, joking about the level of secrecy there »
It's official! Han Solo: A Star Wars Story has begun production! And earlier than expected. Director Chris Miller, who is working alongside longtime collaborator Phil Lord, tweeted out the announcement which arrives along with the first set photo. He includes a photo of the day's slate along with this funny one liner, teasing 'who shot first'.
"Han first shot."
This Twitter quote is in reference to one of Star Wars more controversial moments. In the original Star Wars released in 1977, before it was officially known as A New Hope, George Lucas edited the infamous Cantina showdown between Harrison Ford's Han Solo and bounty Hunter Greedo to appear as though Han shoots the alien in cold blood. In the 1997 A New Hope special edition, George Lucas went back and edited this scene so that Greedo shoots first. Ever since, there have been fan conspiracies, more than one video essay and »
Earlier this month, Woody Harrelson signed on to star in Disney and LucasFilm's new spin-off Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. While his character was never confirmed by the studio, rumors swirled almost immediately that he is playing a character named Garris Shrike, who serves as a mentor to Alden Ehrenreich's title character. During an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, Woody Harrelson confirmed that he is in fact playing Garris Shrike, a very important character in the Star Wars canon.
Garris Shrike first appeared in the A.C. Crispin novel The Paradise Snare, where Garris teaches Han Solo how to fly and serves as his entry into a world of smuggling and other crimes. The story is said to take place approximately 10 years before A New Hope, giving fans an origin story for Han Solo. It's worth noting that in the novel The Paradise Snare, Shrike catches up »
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Mickey Rourke is getting in the ring with Apa. The Wrestler star has signed with the agency for representation.
Rourke started his career in Lawrence Kasdan's hit feature film Body Heat, with other early career roles in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, Barfly, Angel Heart and the erotic thriller 9 1/2 Weeks, where he starred opposite Kim Basinger.
In the early '90s, Rourke left acting to try his hand at a career in professional boxing, retiring a few years later and returning to Hollywood.
- Mia Galuppo
If there’s one film that’s got me nervous in the Star Wars universe, it’s definitely the upcoming standalone Han Solo flick. In short, this is a movie that really doesn’t need to happen. We all have nice, warm, fuzzy memories of Han Solo in his prime during Star Wars: A New Hope. We got to see his evolution as a character all the way through the recently-released Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since we’ve seen this character grow on screen over the past several decades, there is really very few reasons why we’d want to see him young…or played by anyone else other than Harrison Ford.
But, let’s be real. No one’s asking my opinion, and no matter what I say, or how resistant I am to the idea, the movie’s getting made. Given that I have no control over that, »
- Joseph Medina
When the Young Indiana Jones TV show was on the air, many fans were surprised to see Harrison Ford arrive in the flesh to bookend an episode. Many have wondered if the old space pirate might do the same in 2018's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. It's unlikely that he'll turn up on screen, as the movie attempts to distance itself from the lore already established, introducing a new actor in the role. But that doesn't mean Harrison Ford isn't involved on some level.
A photo was recently snapped and shared on Twitter that shows Harrison Ford and new Alden Ehrenreich having lunch. It's kind of a weird image that appears to have been taken from a moving car. And it will bring images from Finding Bigfoot to mind. But that is clearly the elder Solo dispensing his wisdom to the younger version of himself at a table, at a restaurant. »
Actor Woody Harrelson is said to be heading to the Star Wars universe. The actor, who we most recently saw in the superb comedy The Edge Of Seventeen is reportedly in talks to play Han Solo’s mentor in the forthcoming stand-alone movie, which kicks off production this year.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) are directing the film for Lucasfilm/ Disney, which sees the very talented Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar) take the lead role. Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan are writing the film for the studio, which is also said to feature the iconic character of Chewbacca (possibly to be played by The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo – though that’s not been confirmed »
- Paul Heath
It's kind of funny, considering what a resounding success the new Star Wars films have been, to think of all of the times things have shifted for the relaunched Lucasfilm series. If you follow the history of the films that have gone into production since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, you'll see that the company has no problem moving things around.
While initial rumors for Star Wars: The Force Awakens found the film arriving in "Summer of 2015" since, historically, Star Wars has been a summer franchise, that movie ended up arriving in December of '15 after the studio threw out Michael Arndt's script and had J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan rewrite it. Then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story followed the precedent established by The Force Awakens by coming out in December of 2016, and it was going to be followed-up five months later by Star Wars: Episode VIII in »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
20 items from 2017
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