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With production still under way on Disney and LucasFilm' Han Solo spin-off, under the direction of Ron Howard, the studios haven't released any official plot details as of yet, as we continue to get closer and closer to the May 25, 2018 release date. A new rumor has surfaced from a podcast where a Funko representative named Mark was discussing how excited the toy company was about th Han Solo release, touting cast members such as "Emilia Clarke, Lupita Nyong'o, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson." Since Lupita Nyong'o has never been mentioned as part of this Han Solo spin-off, many are wondering if her Star Wars: The Force Awakens character Maz Kanata will actually be part of the story.
This interview happened on the Steele Wars podcast, although there has been no direct confirmation from LucasFilm that Lupita Nyong'o or her Maz Kanata character will be a part of the Han Solo spin-off, »
Rob Leane Aug 21, 2017
An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars Story’ is apparently in the works. What might that look like?
When Alec Guinness first portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the cinematic landscape was enjoying a more civilised age. A film was a film, and if it went well, you might make another one. But now, it’s all about plotting out sequels and spinoffs years ahead of the fact. And so, it’s come to light that Old Ben might be getting his own ‘Star Wars story’ within Lucasfilm’s sprawling cinematic universe.
Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is said to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan movie. And that’s literally all we know. It’s not clear yet if Ewan McGregor will reprise the role (he has to, right?), or when the movie will be released. Step forward, then, into our wretched hive of speculation and guesswork. »
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
World Premiere of Star Wars Film Concert Series
To Feature Iconic Scores Performed Live to Film
New York Comic Con To Feature Return Of The Jedi and
The Force Awakens as Part of Nycc Presents
“Star Wars: Music For A Galaxy”
Part of Free Insights At The Atrium
September 12, 2017
Event-Themed Photo Booth, Commemorative Merchandise, and More
The New York Philharmonic will present the World Premiere of Star Wars Film Concert Series, September 15–October 7, 2017, featuring screenings of four complete films from the saga — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens — with »
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The post Hasbro’s Star Wars Forces of Destiny Unboxing appeared first on ComingSoon.net. »
- Max Evry
In a short chat with Sunday Today, the actor hinted that things may not play out the way we’d think. When asked if fans will enjoy what happens with Kylo in the film, he simply responded by saying, “God, I hope. I hope they will. I think it will be hopefully unexpected.”
Driver, who’s by now well-versed in watching what he says in interviews, obviously didn’t let much slip out here, but the use of the word “unexpected” is an intriguing one. After all, in The Force Awakens, we learned that Kylo Ren was really Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia, who had been corrupted by Supreme Leader Snoke into joining the Dark Side.
- Christian Bone
One of the best characters from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi may be coming back to a galaxy far, far away in a huge way. Jabba the Hutt is rumored to have a role in the upcoming but still untitled Han Solo movie. Now it sounds like Lucasfilm has bigger plans in mind for the giant alien space gangster. The studio is reportedly already developing an entire Star Wars spin-off movie centered on Jabba the Hutt.
Variety reported on the news that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is currently in negotiations to helm the often discussed Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off. In the report, they note that there are several other standalone movies in development at Lucasfilm and one of them is about Jabba the Hutt. Here's what Variety had to say about it.
"Rogue One was the first of the standalones, and Disney is currently shooting an untitled origin tale of beloved smuggler Han Solo. »
As Zen Studios prepares to launch Pinball FX3, they've provided a list of previously released tables (from Pinball FX2) that will import over entirely free for gamers who already purchased them. This includes Star Wars, Bethesda's tables, all the Marvel packs, and many more. Come inside to check out the full list!
If you're looking forward to some virtual pinball action with the new Pinball FX3, you'll have plenty of tables to choose from when it launches (on top of the new Universal Studios pack). As previously announced, certain pinball tables that players have purchased from the previous game will be able to import over to the new hotness for free. Today, they've told us exactly which ones will be compatible at launch, which will also give them a graphical boost and new modes of play:
Zen Studios continues to crank away on Pinball FX3, the biggest and most community-driven pinball game ever created. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Effects Showcase of the Day: Tested pays a visit to Phil Tippett's studio and showcase some of the unused holochess pieces made for Star Wars: Movie Comparison of the Day: Many have likened Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to The Empire Strikes Back, but Couch Tomato shows 24 reasons why it's most like Return of the Jedi: Movie Influences of the Day: See the movies that influenced Raiders of the Lost Ark side by side with Steven Spielberg's homage-heavy adventure movie: Cosplay of the Day: Learn how to make a cheap and easy Captain Jack Sparrow getup from Pirates of the Caribbean from the Diy...
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- Christopher Campbell
The Empire Looms Large pic.twitter.com/IN7GiiJtXY
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 16, 2017
Aevealed on Howard’s Twitter, it is seemingly confirmed that the Empire will play into the smugglers story, as we follow a young Han Solo, portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich and his adventures in the Millennium Falcon.
Howard replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller, due to Lucasfilm and The Lego Movie directors parting ways over the much-discussed creative differences, and it is unclear whether the Empire are late additions to the film, or perhaps present in the previous incarnation under the comedy duo.
While the size of the Empire’s role is yet to be revealed, it is nonetheless great news for fans of the Original Trilogy and the Empire itself; with an »
- George Chrysostomou
If the Porgs weren't invented for printing money, then Lucasfilm is really fooling us, because the aquatic Ahch-To fowl really seem to be heading up the marketing push that happens this September for Force Friday. If there was any doubt, Hasbro will be unleashing a life-sized plush interactive Porg in just a few weeks, and it could be one of the hardest things to get your hands on. It's become obvious that Chewbacca is pals with these sea creatures who inhabit Luke's isle of exile. Does he also enjoy eating them? That is a question for another day, as we pour over the first images from Funko Pop for their line of new Last Jedi vinyl figures, which appropriately enough feature Chewbacca and a Porg.
There's going to be so much Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise flooding the market in the next couple of weeks, that fans won't know what to do with themselves. »
For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.
There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting »
“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” turns 35 tomorrow, a milestone Variety has marked by speaking to director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe. Among the revelations: the fact that David Lynch, who was also offered directing duties on “Return of the Jedi” at around the same time, was approached to helm the classic teen comedy. “I had a meeting with David Lynch,” says Crowe, apparently on the recommendation of Universal exec Thom Mount.
“He had a very wry smile on his face as I sat talking with him,” continues Crowe, who won an Oscar for writing “Almost Famous.” “He went and read it. We met again. He was very, very sweet about it, but slightly perplexed we thought of him. He said this was a really nice story but ‘it’s not really the »
- Michael Nordine
When Lucasfilm announced plans for a standalone Han Solo prequel, there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list reportedly included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Raynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Aron-Reich. But the search for the original Han Solo was just as wide searching, and possibly a little more difficult to nail down, with quit a few Hollywood icons targeted for the role.
Cast your mind back to the moment when Disney and Lucasfilm formally unveiled the very first teaser for The Force Awakens (“there has been an awakening, have you felt it?”), and you’ll likely recall the level of excitement generated by Bb-8 as that dinky little droid rolled into shot. Yes, rolled.
For years, the droids of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars had been designed to be bipedal (or sometimes quadrupedal) ‘bots, but that all changed when J.J. Abrams climbed on board to pump fresh blood into this most beloved of cinematic franchises. The fact that the spherical Bb-8 was built using black magic gyroscopes and internal mechanism, as opposed to CGI, ensured Poe Dameron’s little helper had everything it needed to become a bona fide fan-favorite. And the rest is history.
- Michael Briers
That extended to the as-yet-untitled Han Solo spinoff… until Ron Howard came on board as a replacement for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The filmmaker has been very active on social media, giving us near-daily peeks behind the scenes of the Anthology movie, and he’s been back on Twitter again to share a couple of set videos, which appear to show some kind of junkyard filled with speeders and podracers; check them out here…
Rehearsing a crane shot as we wait for sundown – pic.twitter.com/gg2MJ0aAAK
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 10, 2017
Where old Speeders go to die. pic.twitter.com/WITP1xpzvf
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 10, 2017
A previous spy video – which »
- Gary Collinson
Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled its K-2So Premium Format Figure from the blockbuster anthology movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The limited edition piece is available to pre-order now, priced at $650 and is expected to ship September-November 2018; take a look at the official promotional images here…
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K-2So measures 22” tall, standing atop a Citadel Tower themed base. His black external armor is visibly weathered and detailed to recreate the battle damage this droid has received during his service to both the Empire and the Rebellion. K-2So is also painted with red and yellow details on his shoulders and technical panels and has the logo of the Empire emblazoned on his shoulder.
This Premium Format Figure is mixed media, featuring metal in K-2So’s legs, which steadily support his unique gait. He is also outfitted with intricate pistons and gears in »
- Amie Cranswick
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic roles of heroes like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Even the Star Wars prequels most aggressive critics will admit that Ewan McGregor shined as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character fans of the galaxy far, far away first encountered as embodied by the late Sir Alec Guinness. But as with any film, the casting process is, well, a process. And there have been plenty of legendary actors who almost made their way into this galaxy from a long time ago and very far, far away.
Most fans know that Kurt Russell was among the actors considered for the role of everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. He even screen tested with aspiring Luke Skywalker William Katt, who would later star as television's Greatest American Hero. Karen Allen auditioned for Princess Leia, a »
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the last time we see Carrie Fisher on screen as Princess Leia Organa. Fisher’s tragic passing at the end of last year was met with heartbreak throughout the Star Wars community. After all, us fans had seen her character grow from an ambassador on a diplomatic mission to one of the key leaders in the Rebellion, and an essential part of taking down the Empire. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson spoke with Entertainment Weekly and commented on Leia’s journey through the films of the franchise:
“Her character to some degree or another has been defined by loss through this whole saga, starting with the loss of her home planet. She’s just taken hit after hit, and she’s borne it, and she focuses on moving forward and the task at hand.”
Johnson’s words ring true. Leia lost her mother at birth, »
- Seth McDonald
As we have known for a few months now, Luke Skywalker was never completely alone on the planet Ahch-to. Through leaked concept art we learned the Jedi Master has some company, and perhaps even friends in the creatures known as the porgs. With their short stature and adorable eyes they are probably the most awe-inducing element of Star Wars since we met the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi.
Though they do not heavily resemble their off screen counterparts, porgs are inspired by real animals that inhabit the real island of Skellig Michael, the island used for the location where Luke Skywalker went into exile. The creatures are called puffins, a seabird that is known to spend its summers on the island. Rian Johnson discussed how they came to be a part of the movie with Entertainment Weekly:
“If you go to Skellig at the right time of year, it’s just covered in puffins, »
- Seth McDonald
Though we assume it’s got to happen, we still don’t know for sure that Luke and Leia will appear on screen together in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – in what would be the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. A new interview with one of the movie’s stars, however, hints that we do have a family reunion to look forward to in the highly anticipated Episode VIII.
John Boyega was chatting to The Hollywood Reporter recently when he spoke about how The Last Jedi will deal with wrapping up Leia’s story, seeing as it will be the iconic character’s final appearance in the franchise following Carrie Fisher’s tragic death last December. We might be reading too much into it, but his reply might just hint that the two Skywalker siblings will reunite in the movie.
“I think the sendoff is really cool. »
- Christian Bone
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