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Netflix acquires 'Two Graves' as Gary Young preps second feature 'Stolen' (exclusive)

Netflix acquires 'Two Graves' as Gary Young preps second feature 'Stolen' (exclusive)
Young’s second feature will be action thriller Stolen, a UK-South Africa co-production.

Netflix has acquired SVoD rights for all English-speaking territories for Gary Young’s British thriller Two Graves, which it will launch on the service in May 2019. Front Row has acquired Mena rights. Moviehouse Entertainment handles international sales.

Young wrote and directed Two Graves as his feature directorial debut; he previously wrote the Michael Caine-starring Harry Brown. The revenge thriller stars Katie Jarvis, Cathy Tyson, Dave Johns, David Hayman, Josh Herdman and Danielle Harold. Tyson (Mona Lisa) plays a mother trying to uncover the circumstances behind her son’s brutal death.
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2018 British Urban Film Festival unveils line-up, hosts and awards

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe’s No Shade, produced by the Festival, to open the event.

The 2018 British Urban Film Festival (June 4-9) has announced its line-up, hosts and awards today.

The festival will open with writer-director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe’s No Shade, about a British woman coming to terms with her relationships with men and her skintone, starring Adele Oni in her debut lead role. It is the first feature to be released by the Festival under its new Buff Originals slate.

The closing night film is the festival premiere of Harry Brown writer Gary Young’s directorial debut Two Graves, a revenge
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UK thriller from 'Harry Brown' writer scores world sales deal

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UK thriller from 'Harry Brown' writer scores world sales deal
Exclusive: I, Daniel Blake star Dave Johns and Mona Lisa’s Cathy Tyson among cast; first-look revealed.

UK-based Moviehouse Entertainment has been appointed to handle world sales for Gary Young’s directorial feature debut Two Graves.

Young produced and wrote Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer starrer Harry Brown and most recently co-wrote Adam Randall thriller Level Up.

Also written by Young, Two Graves is being produced by Keith Bell (Harry Brown), Shantelle Rochester-Henry (The Rise Of The Krays) and Lorianne Hall (SoulBoy) and stars I, Daniel Blake’s Dave Johns, Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), David Hayman (Taboo), Josh Herdman (Robin Hood), Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Danielle Harold (EastEnders) and Kedar Williams-Stirling (Roots).

The deal was negotiated by Lorianne Hall for the producers and Moviehouse Entertainment’s Mark Vennis.

Screen can also reveal the first-look at Katie Jarvis in the film.

Set in the Northeast of England, the plot is about a middle-aged, middle class doctor
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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Quinn Shephard — “Blame”

Blame

As an actress, Quinn Shepard is best known for Paul Feig’s “Unaccompanied Minors and “Hostages” on CBS. Her upcoming films include “Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl” and Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Her directorial work includes the short film “Till Dark.” “Blame,” which she directed at just 20 years old, is her feature debut.

Blame” will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Qs: “Blame” tells the story of two girls who find themselves deeply entangled in rivalry when their new substitute drama teacher casts one over the other as Abigail Williams in their high school production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

The film draws many parallels to the play, and it delves into the psyche of modern teens in a way that vacillates between the raw and dreamlike, mirroring the perspective of the young protagonists’ coming-of-age.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Qs: When I was a sophomore in high school, I was cast as Abigail Williams in a regional production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” At 15, it was the most mature role I’d ever played, and the experience had a tremendous impact on me.

Beyond my fascination with the play, embodying Abigail had a strong influence on my day-to-day life. It changed the way I perceived both myself and the world around me. The role innately tied into my own coming-of-age; I felt powerful for the first time.

The script for “Blame” was born, not only from imagining what Abigail’s story would look like set in a modern day high school, but also from observing the way she changed my own perspective, and heightening that to a fictional level.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Qs: “Blame” begins with a lot of familiar characters in a prototypical all-American high school; it plays into tropes and stereotypes in a way that pokes a bit of fun. But by the end, all of that is turned on its head. We see a lot of films about student-teacher relationships, about girl-to-girl rivalries, but this rarely portrayed from such a young and brutally honest perspective.

I hope the final act makes people question the judgements they made at the beginning of the film — and maybe even reactions they’ve had to films on similar subjects in the past. It’s important to me that every character is intimately understood and humanized by the time the credits roll.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Qs: Ha! Can I say everything? “Blame” was pretty much a two-woman show. My mom and I produced the film together — by ourselves. We did everything — and I mean everything. It was all-day, everyday, for years. I totally gave up on having a normal life. We literally poured every bit of energy and money we had into this film!

We were doing so many things for the first time, learning as we went. But what came out of it is something beautiful that we are both tremendously proud of.

If I was going to single out a challenge, music is the part I completely underestimated. I found every musician you hear in the film myself. My mom and I had to teach ourselves music law. I was there for the writing and production of 90 percent of the songs.

It was months and months of work, but luckily I gathered a team of generous and talented artists, including my amazing composer Peter Henry Phillips, who I found by chance at a Quebec City music festival! I was literally walking past the venue on the street and heard his music. I was so drawn in that I convinced my family to stay for the show. My mom encouraged me to approach him after his set and he ended up scoring the film.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Tribeca?

Qs: It’s an incredible honor. I am an east coast girl through and through, and I truly love New York. I have been to Tribeca many times as an audience member, but never as a director. They have shown tremendous support for the film, which means a lot. And my entire cast and crew is NY-based, so it is shaping up to be one big reunion for us!

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Qs: The best advice I’ve received was the repeated advice to just go for it, over and over, from my mom. Even when I was 15, it was, “You can direct a movie! You can get your favorite actor to star in it! We can make this happen!” I never doubted my ability to achieve my dreams because I was repeatedly told, “Why not?”

Years before “Blame” happened, we used to watch Chris Messina in movies and talk about him starring in the film as if it was already a reality. I don’t think I would have had the guts to track down his email and write to him if my mom didn’t constantly tell me my dreams were plausible, realistic goals. It gave me so much confidence from such an early age.

In my opinion, the worst advice I’ve received was during our early test screenings. I was advised to cut a few scenes from “Blame” that made test audiences uncomfortable. From my perspective, there is nothing about the topics I examine in my film that should be easy to swallow. The point is to shoot a scene that is beautifully composed, sexy, and familiar, but make it raw and realistic to the point where you start to question the beauty of it, and you’re forced to face what the scene is really about.

I want people to be uncomfortable. And if those scenes don’t make you uncomfortable — that’s part of the self-reflection. Why not?

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Qs: To stick to their vision with full confidence and have faith in their gut instinct. All of the female directors I admire have unwavering, exceptionally strong visions for their films.

It’s easy in an industry like this to feel like women’s voices need to be softer, flexible, or more apologetic. Screw that. Women know what they want, and their stories and ideas are just as important as those of their male colleagues — maybe even more so!

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Qs: It is so hard to pick a favorite. I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank,” Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and Céline Sciamma’s “Girlhood.”

Fish Tank” and “Girlhood” are big tonal references for me as a filmmaker. The magical realism and distinctive color palette of “Girlhood” and the intimacy of certain scenes in “Fish Tank” — the scene where Michael Fassbender and Katie Jarvis are wading in the pond comes to mind — just take your breath away.

“Diary of a Teenage Girl” is perfect. It’s funny, tragic, relatable, heartbreaking, and celebratory. Most importantly, the film shows not a shred of judgement for its protagonist.

Runners up are Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” Elizabeth Wood’s “White Girl,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and, of course, Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides.”

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have.

Qs: I am optimistic because women are amazing, and we’ll fight ten times harder for what we deserve. It’s a tough industry, and unfortunately gender bias is very real. But, the more I see festivals like Tribeca taking strides towards more diversified lineups of directors, the more I see possibility for change.

Hopefully, the major production companies will eventually stop seeing certain films as designated “women’s stories” and will recognize that the pool of working female directors out there in the world are equipped to tackle any topic with the same versatility as men!

Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Quinn Shephard — “Blame” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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'I, Daniel Blake' star joins debut feature from 'Harry Brown' writer

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'I, Daniel Blake' star joins debut feature from 'Harry Brown' writer
Exclusive: Cast For Two Graves also includes Dave Johns, Cathy Tyson, Katie Jarvis and Josh Herdman.

Gary Young, writer of Harry Brown, will make his feature directorial debut with neo-noir thriller Two Graves.

I, Daniel Blake’s Dave Johns [pictured] has joined the cast, which also includes Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), David Hayman (Taboo), Josh Herdman (Robin Hood), Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Danielle Harold (EastEnders), and Kedar Williams-Stirling (Roots).

The film will mark Johns’ second feature after BAFTA winner I, Daniel Blake, for which he won a Bifa award for best actor.

The thriller, set in the Northeast of England, will start shooting on March 29 for a 24-day shoot.

The plot is about a middle-aged, middle class doctor of pathology (Tyson) who captures and tortures the young man she believes murdered her son, leading to further tragedy. A twentysomething addict helps her. Johns plays a shipyard nightwatchman.

Young, who writes and directs the original story, said: “I am absolutely
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'I, Daniel Blake' star Dave Johns joins debut feature from 'Harry Brown' writer

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'I, Daniel Blake' star Dave Johns joins debut feature from 'Harry Brown' writer
Exclusive: Cast For Two Graves also includes Dave Johns, Cathy Tyson, Katie Jarvis and Josh Herdman.

Gary Young, writer of Harry Brown, will make his feature directorial debut with neo-noir thriller Two Graves.

I, Daniel Blake’s Dave Johns [pictured] has joined the cast, which also includes Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), David Hayman (Taboo), Josh Herdman (Robin Hood), Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Danielle Harold (EastEnders), and Kedar Williams-Stirling (Roots).

The thriller, set in the Northeast of England, will start shooting on March 29 for a 24-day shoot.

The plot is about a middle-aged, middle class doctor of pathology (Tyson) who captures and tortures the young man she believes murdered her son, leading to further tragedy. A twentysomething addict helps her. Johns plays a shipyard nightwatchman.

Young, who writes and directs the original story, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve put together such an amazing cast. Cathy Tyson, Katie Jarvis and Dave Johns, are amazing
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The Duplass Brothers Reveal Favorite Films in Curated Collection For Sundance Now

The Duplass Brothers Reveal Favorite Films in Curated Collection For Sundance Now
The Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark, put together a list of their top nine favorite films available on Sundance Now, the streaming service with award winning films, documentaries and TV series. Their curated collection features the early works of directors like Barry Jenkins, Andrea Arnold and Andrew Haigh, among others.

Since it’s a list for Sundance Now, the brothers recommended movies that in their mind are “quintessentially Sundancian” and have a “rawness of emotion.”

“In my mind, these films have a surprising number of specific elements in common: pin-pointed specific point of view from the director, a first or early film, non-professional actors, an uncontrolled documentary style, low budget, rawness of emotion, and performances that make your subconscious wonder at times if it’s a documentary,” said Jay Duplass. “More than anything, the films feel like they have been made by someone very specific, and you get the feeling
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American Honey Trailer Takes Shia Labeouf on a Wild Road Trip

American Honey Trailer Takes Shia Labeouf on a Wild Road Trip
This fall, come on and dream, baby dream! A24 presents the stirring trailer for American Honey. In this slice of pure Americana, a teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. The teaser is set to the anthemic Bruce Springsteen ballad 'Dream Baby Dream', which sets the tone for the drama that plays out.

Overflowing with electric, primal energy, American Honey is an immersive, exhilarating odyssey of heartbreaking beauty. It is a generation-defining movie that celebrates the defiant resilience of young people looking for a place they belong. These teens are chasing their own version of the American Dream, and there may be only one person who can truly show them what that is.

'Optimistic and just plain beautiful...A film for this generation',
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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season

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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

White Girl,” September 2 – Elizabeth Wood, Writer and Director

Elizabeth Wood’s feature film debut was almost immediately deemed “shocking!” and “racy!” and “wild!” as soon as it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but underneath a film about throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of both terrible decisions and the capricious joys of youth beats a big, honest heart. Wood’s
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25 great directors working outside mainstream cinema

Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...

Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.

Here are 25 examples.

Lee Hardcastle

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up,
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The best award-winning films on Netflix

The best award-winning films on Netflix
We're knee-deep in awards season at the moment, with all the attendant speculation, drama and controversy you would expect. Who should win? Who was snubbed? Who will fall over before they reach the podium? We're looking at you, Jennifer Lawrence.

Around this time, we tend to realise the shocking number of lauded films from previous years which we still haven't seen. So here's a selection of the best award-winning films you can catch up with on Netflix:

The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic hardly needs an introduction from us. The film took three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, as well as a record five Golden Globes and further nods from the Grammys, and Writers and Directors Guilds of America.

Brando's performance as mafia boss Vito Corleone is, of course, legendary, with other fantastic turns from Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan and Robert Duvall.
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Suspects series 2 premiere date announced by Channel 5

Suspects will return to Channel 5 later this month.

The semi-improvised crime drama will launch its second series over two nights on Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21 at 10pm.

Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey will reprise their roles from the first series, with In the Flesh actor Luke Newberry joining the cast for the new episodes.

Last month, it was announced that EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks and Emmerdale's Dominic Power will guest star in Suspects.

Meanwhile, Claire Cooper (Hollyoaks), Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Emmett Scanlan (The Fall) and Ben Peel (The Fall) will all feature in upcoming episodes.

Devised by Paul Marquess (The Bill, Footballers' Wives), the series was Channel 5's first original drama for eight years. Working without a traditional script, the cast improvise their dialogue and actions based on a detailed plot synopsis.
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Charlie Brooks to appear in Suspects

Charlie Brooks is to guest star on 'Suspects'. The former 'EastEnders' actress - who played troublemaking murderer Janine Butcher - will find herself in hot water with the law once again in the second series of the hit Channel 5 crime drama. Charlie and a host of other guest stars - including 'Fish Tank' actress Katie Jarvis, Dominic Power, Luke Newberry and Claire Cooper - will appear in the show's two-part premiere later this year which will see Detective Inspector Martha Bellamy (Fay Ripley) and her team attempt to solve the mystery of a sex game gone wrong. Martha and her colleagues DS
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EastEnders and Emmerdale stars to appear in Channel 5's Suspects

EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks will guest star in Channel 5's Suspects.

The network's original crime drama - which stars Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey - will return to screens with two hour-long specials in the autumn.

Emmerdale's Dominic Power, who played serial killer Cameron Murray, will also guest star in the new episodes.

In The Flesh actor Luke Newberry has also been cast, alongside Claire Cooper (Hollyoaks) and Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank).

Other guest stars for future episodes of the new season are Emmett Scanlan (The Fall, In The Flesh, Hollyoaks), Ben Peel (The Fall), Gillian Kearney (Casualty, Brookside) and Carley Stenson (Hollyoaks).

Devised by Paul Marquess (The Bill, Footballers' Wives), the series was Channel 5's first original drama for eight years. Working without a traditional script, the cast improvise their dialogue and actions based on a detailed plot synopsis.

The second series of Suspects will be comprised of five additional episodes,
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Devious Maids star happy to go topless

Charlie Brooks is to guest star on 'Suspects'. The former 'EastEnders' actress - who played troublemaking murderer Janine Butcher - will find herself in hot water with the law once again in the second series of the hit Channel 5 crime drama. Charlie and a host of other guest stars - including 'Fish Tank' actress Katie Jarvis, Dominic Power, Luke Newberry and Claire Cooper - will appear in the show's two-part premiere later this year which will see Detective Inspector Martha Bellamy (Fay Ripley) and her team attempt to solve the mystery of a sex game gone wrong. Martha and her colleagues DS
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Lupita Nyong'o And Gwendoline Christie Join Cast Of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have officially been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie Join Episode VII

Nyong’o was rumored to have auditioned for director Jj Abrams in March, after her Oscar win, but when she was left out of the original casting announcement, many believed that she would not be part of the project. Many were upset at the first casting announcement’s lack of female actors – only one of the seven new performers initially announced was female – but the new addition of two well-respected actresses should counteract the gender imbalance of the Star Wars franchise.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

Breaking: Lupita Nyong'o & Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of #StarWarsVII! http://t.co/4O4O4l1CDU pic.
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Katie Jarvis Latest Name Linked to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Fish Tank” star Katie Jarvis has had a pretty low profile acting career since breaking out in Andrea Arnold’s gritty 2009 drama opposite Michael Fassbender, but that may be all about to change as Latino Review (as well as The Tracking Board) are reporting that Jarvis may have landed one of the new female roles teased for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Additionally, a name we’ve heard in connection with Jj Abrams’ reboot of the sci-fi franchise before is resurfacing again. Maisie Richardson-Sellers, the complete unknown whose name first surfaced last month, but whose name was not called along with Adam [...]

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'Star Wars' Female Casting Confirmed

Hello!

Let's pretend for a moment you're the kind of person who doesn't want to dig through a major Star Wars: Episode VII spoiler to get to the juicy casting news about two fresh-faced females getting parts. No Spoilers Here.

Now that I'm not alone in my assertions, thanks to The Tracking Board who backed me up, here's what you spoilerphobes were missing:

Elsewhere in the realm of Star Wars news, the shoot is still doing early, low-key, establishing stuff in Abu Dhabi. Word is John Boyega is either on a flight right now down there to start shooting or he flies down early next week.

When we started to get word that John Boyega was going to be cast in Star Wars, we started getting tips of him hanging around Pinewood Studios before we got the full on reading photo. With the knowledge that proximity may, at this point,
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Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Fish Tank’s Katie Jarvis Cast in Star Wars Episode VII?

A rumour started doing the rounds earlier today that J.J. Abrams had added two more young British actresses to the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, but now the news has seemingly been confirmed in a report from The Tracking Board.

Oxford-educated actress and relative unknown Maisie Richardson-Sellers has reportedly joined the cast alongside Katie Jarvis. In 2009, Jarvis delivered an incredible performance opposite Michael Fassbender in Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, but her IMDb page has remained empty ever since.

Fans of that movie have been hoping that she might branch out into bigger projects, but a role in Star Wars Episode VII for the now 22 year old actress could really help to elevate her career to the next level.

This will be the feature debut of Richardson-Sellers who has appeared in the short films Americano and Rum and Our First World, while Jarvis’ only other credit is 10 Minute Tales.
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Two More Linked To "Star Wars: Episode VII"

Have two more women hopped onboard J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" which just began filming in Abu Dhabi?

A report at Latino Review claims that there isn't one but two major female roles left that have yet to be announced, one of which has gone to the previously rumored Maisie Richardson-Sellers. The actress has reportedly been spotted around the production.

The other has been linked to a fresh face - Katie Jarvis. British film fans will remember her as the young female lead who hooks up with her mother's handsome but predatory boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) in Andrea Arnold's 2009 drama "Fish Tank".

There's no indication about either of the roles these actresses might be playing. The site also says the rumor of Adam Driver playing Han Solo's son is Not true.

Potential Major Plot Spoiler Ahead

Finally, the site says that Harrison Ford's beloved Han Solo
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