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Yesterday, we learned that there will be a live action Nightwing film that will be directed by Chris McKay! So who is Chris McKay and why is this huge news? Outside of Robot Chicken, Morel Orel (funny if you remember the '80ish Sunday morning Christian show), and -- wait -- that is about it, right? So what has he done? Oh yeah. The Lego Batman Movie. He was able to combine all of the "negative & dark" elements of Batman and make him into a character that you originally love to hate, but finally are totally on-board with. Many are saying that The Lego Batman is the best Batman ever featured on the big screen, including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
- Drew Carlton
“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
While J.J. Abrams isn't directing any of the upcoming Star Wars movies, he will still be involved as a producer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and, presumably, on Star Wars: Episode IX. The filmmaker wasn't listed as a producer on the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it is unclear if he is producing the Han Solo spin-off that just started shooting. But the filmmaker and producer revealed in a recent interview that he's excited for the future of the franchise. Here's what he had to say about the script for the Han Solo spin-off.
"I can tell you it is an amazing script and the cast is obviously extraordinary."
Production started just a few days ago on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson as Han Solo's mentor Garris Shrike, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo »
Production for the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is underway in London, and I couldn't help but notice in the cast picture released by Lucasfilm and Disney that the actor Alden Ehrenreich seems to be hair ready to portray the space pirate. While the physical resemblance isn't obvious, Alden captures the mischievous spirit of Han Solo, but more importantly his coif seems to be point. Let's compare the young Han Solo in the first official Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story cast photo with Harrison Ford's original scoundrel.
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Say hello (in your best Wookieespeak) to Joonas Suotamo, the new Chewbacca!
Suotamo, 30, will take over the fur suit and signature roar for the new Han Solo movie, officially replacing veteran Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Harrison Ford’s shaggy sidekick in the first three films and has been sidelined due to knee problems.
Chewbacca made it into the first official cast photo, released on Tuesday, but not all fans realized it was a newcomer under that mask.
After the big reveal, Suotamo posted a message on social media, writing, “I am profoundly grateful for this amazing opportunity »
- Karen Mizoguchi
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
There are very few movie franchises on the planet that are popular enough to warrant a massive, annual celebration, but Star Wars is one of those franchises. Now that we are getting new Star Wars movies, shows, books, comics and games on a regular basis, Star Wars Celebration has become an even more essential event for fans of a galaxy far, far away. This year is particularly special, as it marks the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars and it has been revealed that the event this year will kick off with a special panel celebrating the four-decade legacy of the franchise.
StarWars.com made the official announcement, saying that the very special tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars will kick start Celebration Orlando, Florida this year. Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as well as several other characters »
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 »
Suotamo, who also performed as Chewie alongside Mayhew in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will do so again in this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has now posted a statement expressing his excitement and gratitude over landing the role, and sharing his thoughts what Star Wars means to him. Check out the Instagram post below:
I'm ecstatic. It's official. And here is my statement to this terrific piece of news https://t.co/a1DPsNDb2P pic.twitter.com/r4EUZ2r17V
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) February 21, 2017
Starring Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) in the leading role as the iconic smuggler, the Han Solo film is directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord and also features Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, »
- Robert Kojder
With the film now in production, the official Star Wars Twitter account released an image from the set of the Han Solo spin-off movie, featuring directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller alongside stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. “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,” said Lord and Miller. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.” See the photo here.
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Some new images from the upcoming Wonder Woman movie landed online yesterday via Empire [see those here] and Joss Whedon has been talking about his cancelled adaptation. “I worked really hard on that movie and it meant a lot [to me], but I don’t know if what I was trying to »
- Luke Owen
For the upcoming young Han Solo film, producers needed a young Chewbacca -- and the filmmakers found their star in 29-year-old Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo.
Watch: Stars of Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff Squeeze Into Millennium Falcon Cockpit for First Cast Photo
This won't be the first time Suotamo dons the hirsute costume. He previously appeared alongside Mayhew in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, where he performed the more physical action scenes that proved too difficult for the 71-year-old Mayhew.
However, for the upcoming prequel story, Suotamo is going to be in the driver's seat, playing the celebrated Wookiee throughout the entire film.
The aspiring actor -- who, standing at a towering 6 feet 11 inches, is still shorter »
Good news: The first image from the set of the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story, which began filming this week, has just hit online. Bummer news: Disney still hasn't announced a name for it, so for now it's still an Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. The image, from left to right, introduces us to Chris Miller (co-director), Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Chewbaca (Joonas Suotamo), Phil Lord (co-director) and Donald Glover. The only other cast member that we know about so far, but who is not pictured, is Thandie Newton. The press release revealing the pic does also confirm the release date is indeed May 25, 2018, which means this will be the first of the new Star Wars movies to not release in Winter. Living up to Harrison...
- Peter Hall
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 »
The general consensus seems to be that the Disney era of Star Wars has been pretty great so far. Different, but great. The new Star Wars movies have been a blend of old and new, which looks to be what the upcoming young Han Solo movie is going to be. There will be one very big "out with the old, in with the new" change this time around as the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew will not be playing everyone's favorite Wookiee.
StarWars.com released the first official cast photo for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story today, which featured the gang all together in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon. Chewbacca can be seen hanging out with Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The man in the costume is Joonas Suotamo, who shared Chewbacca duties with Peter Mayhew »
Get your first look at the cast of the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars story!
The stars of the untitled spinoff posed together inside the cramped cockpit of the Millennium Falcon for the first cast photo, which was released on Tuesday.
"Han Solo - Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A new Star Wars Story begins," the official Star Wars account tweeted along with a picture of Woody Harrelson (Han Solo's mentor), director Christopher Miller, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), director Phil Lord and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian).
"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 in a statement. "We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really »
Good news: The first image from the set of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars story, which began filming this week, has just hit online. Bummer news: Disney still hasn't announced a name for it, so for now it's still an Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. The image, from left to right, introduces us to Chris Miller (codirector), Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Phil Lord (codirector) and Donald Glover. The only other...
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It's been over a year since a Han Solo spinoff film was announced, and things are finally heating up. The latest addition to the Star Wars universe will be the second stand-alone film in the franchise, meaning it exists outside of the Luke Skywalker saga (Episode I through Episode IX). The first "rogue" film of this kind, of course, was Rogue One, which chronicled the rebel seizure of the Death Star plans and hit theaters this past December. As is pretty customary, we haven't gotten may details about the new Han Solo film; we don't even have a title yet! What we have received, though, is a handful of casting announcements that are giving us a better idea of what we're in for. Related:6 Things You Need to Know About Alden Ehrenreich, the New Han SoloHow Donald Glover Plans to Honor Lando Calrissian in the Upcoming Han Solo FilmThe Title, »
- Ryan Roschke
The upcoming Han Solo movie still doesn’t have a title, but it does have a cast. Disney has released the first image from the standalone “Star Wars” story, which officially went into production at Pinewood Studios, London yesterday.
Alden Ehrenreich plays the young Han Solo and is joined by Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Also appearing are Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo (as Chewbacca); the nature of most supporting actors’ roles has yet to be disclosed. “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,” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in a statement. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, »
- Michael Nordine
It's starting again! After the incredible success of Rogue One, a new Star Wars story is on the way. This one is focused on Han Solo, and as previously reported, Alden Ehrenreich is stepping into Harrison Ford's shoes as the legendary smuggler. The first photo from the set (filming began on Feb. 20) shows the lead, alongside cast members Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo (as Chewbacca!), and codirectors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Let's just stare at it until we get set photos and more details. Related:4 Theories About the "Last Jedi" in Star Wars: Episode VIII »
- Maggie Pehanick
Grab your inhalers, Star Wars nerds, because Lucasfilm has unveiled our first look at the cast of its upcoming ”young Han Solo” spinoff film. The announcement was made today over Twitter, linking to a story on the official Star Wars website that says the movie started filming yesterday at London’s Pinewood Studios and gives this preliminary synopsis:
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.
And there’s young Lando himself, Donald Glover, doing his mom proud alongside Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo (he’s the one in the leather jacket, obviously) and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Joining them are Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose roles are all still shrouded in »
- Katie Rife
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