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In a fashion that has become typical of Disney’s rejuvenated Star Wars universe, a thick veil of secrecy currently clouds Kenny’s mystery character, but TV viewers will no doubt recognize him from his time spent on Irish soap opera Fair City. Now, he’s trading the cobbled streets of Dublin for a galaxy far, far away. It’s a journey he’ll be making with Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Michael Kenneth Williams and Joonas Suotamo – the latter of whom doubled as the lovable Wookiee in Star War: The Force Awakens. And though there are many questions currently lingering over the Han Solo anthology film, its ensemble »
- Michael Briers
Author: Zehra Phelan
With production currently underway on the as yet untitled LucasFilm Han Solo movie, the list of impressive names on the cast list is growing bigger by the day. Today’s reveal has seen Sing Street breakthrough artist, Ian Kenny, join the likes of Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover in the film which is due for release in 2018.
However, Ian Kenny may have been revealed as another new cast member details of the character he may take on are being firmly kept under wraps until we are deemed worthy of this snippet of information.
The Dublin star played Tj Deegan in Fair City for six years before departing in 2012 and went on to receive high praise for his performance as antagonist Barry in last year’s John Carney hit Sing Street, which in our opinion was robbed of even a nomination for best original song at this year’s Oscars. »
- Zehra Phelan
Another young and talented actor has been added to the cast of the upcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ian Kenny, who is probably best known for his role in last year's critically-acclaimed Sing Street, has joined the cast of the Star Wars anthology movie, which is currently filming for a release next summer. This could definitely wind up being a major breakout role for the young up-and-comer and is just the latest in a growing, promising cast for the upcoming adventure set in a galaxy far, far away.
The news comes courtesy of Variety, who sadly couldn't provide any details on who the young actor is playing, but having talent is always a good thing. Ian Kenny may not have name recognition, but anyone who saw Sing Street last year would probably tell you that he could definitely fit into the Star Wars universe quite well. Especially as »
Last year, John Carney’s movie musical Sing Street introduced viewers to a slew of talented young actors, not the least of which being Ian Kenny. Despite having a fairly small role, the actor managed to bring a healthy dose of vulnerability and heart to his character of Barry, a bully with a hard exterior.
Disney has clearly taken notice of the Dublin-based actor, as Variety reports that Kenny has been cast in the studio’s upcoming Han Solo standalone film. Not unlike most Star Wars-related casting news, details regarding Kenny’s character are being kept under wraps.
The role is clearly a major opportunity for Kenny, who currently has so few acting credits to his name that you can count them on one hand. Han Solo will not only be his first blockbuster but his second acting gig in a feature film period.
As was announced yesterday by Disney CEO Bob Iger, »
- Justin Cook
Whether you’re a “Star Wars” fan or not, and maybe you couldn’t care less about what Han Solo’s life was like between the ages of 18 and 24, you have to admit that the upcoming untitled Han Solo prequel film features a hell of a cast. According to Variety, the film, written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is adding another strong actor to the cast.
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- Charles Dean
24 March 2017 3:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The movie is shooting in the U.K. and sees Alden Ehrenreich portraying the galaxy’s most charming spice smuggler. Donald Glover is playing gambler with the swagger Lando Calrissian, while Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton, among others, are also on the call sheet.
- Borys Kit
Ian Kenny, who broke out with his scene-stealing performance in “Sing Street,” has joined the ensemble of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo stand alone pic starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety has learned exclusively.
Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke are already set to co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Jon and Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script.
The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters May 25, 2018. Production is currently underway.
Details about Kenny’s character are unknown. Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call earlier this week that the movie would cover Solo’s life from when he was 18 to 24, revealing how he came to own the Millennium Falcon as well as how he met his Wookie sidekick, Chewbacca.
- Justin Kroll
Borrowing character names and a few elements from the Larry Wilcox- and Erik Estrada-led television drama CHiPs, Dax Shepard’s remake feels more like a big-budget reboot of his delightful shit-kicking action comedy Hit and Run. His sophomore feature as a director delivers, fittingly, a few sophomoric laughs operating at the same frantic energy level as his previous film. Although its structure is similar to that of a loose Judd Apatow sensibility (which can be quite painful, as was the “extended cut” of the 40-Year-Old Virgin), CHiPs is a buddy comedy that’s more interested in homosocial bonding than the actual mission. The problem is the bonding, as sweet as it is, grows a little tiring and the film is structured so that we’re far ahead of our heroes, and where’s the fun in that?
Shepard stars as Jon Baker, a former BMX champ who has »
- John Fink
As production continues on the as-yet-untitled young Han Solo movie, Disney CEO Bob Iger has peeled back the curtain on the second Star Wars Anthology film somewhat, offering up the very first plot details for the May 2018 release.
“It picks up Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through when he was 24. There were a few things that happened [that were] significant in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you’ll also discover how he got his name.”
Iger’s comments about “how he got his name” have certainly sparked speculation among fans: does he mean that Han Solo isn’t the smuggler’s real name, or is he referring to how Han got his reputation as a smuggler and scoundrel?
- Amie Cranswick
Oh, boy! This could go over like a lead balloon. But it seems Han Solo: A Star Wars Story may be taking a page out of the Indiana Jones playbook. Possibly as an ode to Harrison Ford, who is being replaced by Alden Ehrenreich in this second spin-off since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney. And keep in mind, this isn't some lofty rumor. This comes directly from the mouth of Disney CEO Bob Iger, who is in charge of this entire operation. Apparently Han Solo isn't really Han Solo's name. But we'll learn how he got this name in the upcoming movie, set for release in summer 2018.
As many well know, Indiana Jones' real name is Henry Jones Jr., and that he took on the name of his family dog when he got into archeology. That has always rubbed some fans the wrong way. Now, it appears that Han Solo »
Iger said the Alden Ehrenreich-starring film will chronicle Solo's life between ages 18 to 24 and explore how the beloved smuggler went about "acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie." Iger added, "You'll also discover how he got his name."
Little by little, we’re beginning to form a clearer picture of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo anthology pic. Ever since Disney gathered most of the film’s principal cast members and squeezed them into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon – barring Thandie Newton and Michael K. Williams, of course – we’ve had J.J. Abrams shower praise on the “amazing” script, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards commenting on the creative difficulties that Lord and Miller face, and Woody Harrelson going so far as to suggest that the 2018 spinoff could go on to become the best Star Wars movie yet.
It’s a bullish claim, but one that doesn’t necessarily carry a lot of weight given Harrelson is smack bang in the eye of the storm. Thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger though, who incidentally agreed to a contract extension with the Mouse House through 2019, there are »
- Michael Briers
Oh, those irascible Disney executives. So cheeky. So coy. So unwilling to share any details on what’s up with any of their upcoming Star Wars movies. Bunch of scruffy-looking nerf herders, the lot of them. Disney CEO Bob Iger seems to think he’s a regular Han Solo, perpetually staying one step ahead of the nerds in Boba Fett outfits clamoring for the smallest scrap of information about Lucasfilm’s upcoming “young Han Solo” prequel.
Iger decided to take pity on all the mouth-breathers at a tech conference at USC earlier today, however, actually providing a few concrete piece of information about what to expect from the upcoming Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed film. First, Iger said the movie will follow Han’s life from the ages of 18 to 24, and will include adventures like “acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie.” (What a rascal.) “You ...
- Katie Rife
Before today, the only thing we knew for sure about the young Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently filming is that it will follow the galaxy’s most charming scoundrel in his younger days. Now, thanks to an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, a few other details about the film’s scope […]
The post The Han Solo Movie May Reveal That Han Solo’s Name is Not Han Solo?! appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Disney CEO Bob Iger shed a little more light on the upcoming young Han Solo movie at a USC event Thursday, providing details about the “Star Wars” universe film centered around the pilot iconically played by Harrison Ford. In an interview with USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay — also Iger’s wife — in Santa Monica, he said the still-untitled film, scheduled for release on May 25, 2018, will cover Solo’s life from the ages of 18 to 24 and show him finding the Millennium Falcon, meeting Chewbacca and obtaining his name. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing »
- Matt Pressberg
Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Han Solo spin-off started production in London last month, with the studio releasing the first official photo, featuring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, along with Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose characters have not yet been confirmed. The photo also featured Woody Harrelson, who confirmed in an interview just a month before filming started, that he is playing the iconic character Garris Shrike, who first appeared in the 1997 novel The Paradise Snare, and was seen as a criminal mentor to Han Solo in the years before A New Hope. Now it seems that the actor may be playing the same character, but with a different name.
Three months ago, Garris Shrike was a name that sent the rumor mill into overdrive, with many believing that Woody Harrelson had signed on to play the former bounty hunter in Disney’s Han Solo movie – including Harrelson himself.
Part mentor, part criminal, it wasn’t long before subsequent reports cast doubt on those rumors, and we now have confirmation from Woody Harrelson himself, who appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss Wilson and his experimental film, Lost in London. But just as those linked with Marvel and/or DC movies are badgered about costumed crusaders at every turn, it wasn’t long before the conversation veered toward Disney’s Star Wars universe. Harrelson was understandably coy when asked about the finer details of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 2018 anthology film, but the former True Detective star did take time to clarify the identity of his character. »
- Michael Briers
We critics often get asked how we can sit through so many bad movies. The answer — apart from the fact that it isn’t exactly hard labor — is that even a lot of middling Hollywood product has moments of baseline entertainment value. The average Adam Sandler comedy is funnier than the worst Adam Sandler comedy; most mediocre superhero movies are better than “Suicide Squad.” And when it comes to the brain-dead action comedy that “ironically” reboots a piece-of-crap television series from the ’70s or ’80s, “Starsky & Hutch” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” were flat-out masterpieces compared to “Chips,” an ultra-violent and ultra flavorless buddy movie that’s so dedicated to hitting the generic sweet spot of “what the audience wants” that it actually had to go and capitalize the “i” in the title, as if that quirky lower-case digit from the TV show was just too threateningly odd.
“Chips” was »
- Owen Gleiberman
Baywatch has a real branding problem. Most associate it with a subpar television show from the ‘90s that took itself too seriously and had those laughable running on the beach sequences. They need to let audiences know that this isn’t their parents’ Baywatch. Interestingly enough, this is a very similar problem that the Baywatch is facing in the upcoming film starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. In a plot that seems ripped straight out of the Jump Street franchise, they’re breaking the fourth wall left and right just to prove how different it is from the source material.
And it’s working. The end product seems to bear no resemblance to the TV show on which it is based, and that works out for the best. Johnson and Efron seem to have solid chemistry, and a good portion of the jokes land on fairly solid ground, but is »
- Joseph Medina
There’s no doubt that with the success of Rogue One a spin-off universe outside of Star Wars can exist and prosper. The next project that we’ll see on the big screen is a Han Solo film. Fans and critics are pretty excited to see what Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be doing with the film. One cast member is already touting the film as being one of the best movies, if not the best Star Wars movie ever. Woody Harrelson had this to say to Collider. “They’re great. You know, any movie’s only as good as the director or
- Nat Berman
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