The future of Star Wars was thrown into a world of uncertainty when Carrie Fisher died at the end of 2016. Although potentially record breaking insurance payouts could make the financial journey to the end of the current trilogy somewhat more comfortable, there is not going to be an easy way to continue the story as planned without Fisher there in her iconic role of General Leia Organa. There are already plenty of ideas floating around about the options available to Disney and Lucasfilm, and it has been reported that key players at the companies and in the film have already met to discuss potential paths. (more…)
Terrible and obvious puns aside, Lucasfilm has made it official today, Woody Harrelson is joining the cast of the upcoming, untitled Han Solo movie, the second Star Wars Story film to follow-up on the tremendous success of Rogue One. Although it’s been rumored for a couple of weeks now, Harrelson now joins an already impressive cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke who will tell the previously unknown (canonically anyway) true story of how Han Solo became the best swindler in the galaxy and the legendary captain of the Millennium Falcon. (more…)
Now that he has sold his baby Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas has a lot of free time on his hands. Most people would just play golf or go to the beach. The Star Wars creator, however, wants to expand his legacy and build a place for all his fans to view and appreciate his legacy. Lucas would be financing the project himself (after all, he is worth more than $5 billion) promising to put up to $1 billion of his money into the museum. More than 40,000 paintings, drawings, and other memorabilia would be donated to the museum. The museum location was a choice between San Francisco and Los Angeles for quite some time. It looks like a city has been chosen.
Aside from a few comments from Adam Driver and the news that the late Carrie Fisher shot her scenes in time to be included, there hasn’t been a lot of infomation floating around about what fans can expect from Star Wars: Episode VIII. For a franchise with such a huge following, those in the know have done an impressive job of keeping the movie’s secrets under wraps. Now director Rian Johnson has offered USA Today some choice comments, which have given fans plenty to mull over while they’re waiting for the December release. (more…)
Throughout the original Star Wars Trilogy, Han Solo had the looming threat of Jabba The Hutt looming over his head. Because he owed money to the intergalactic gangster, he was always one second away from abandoning the Rebellion so that he could remain in hiding. Jabba dispatched bounty hunter Boba Fett after him and when finally caught, Han was captured and frozen in carbonite, needing Luke and the gang to rescue him in Return of the Jedi. When we finally met him, he was a larger than life (and disgusting) space slug that ran his own palace under his iron fist and was finally stopped by Leia. But, was he really a bad guy?
In Hollywood today, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds will be laid to rest, ending a powerfully painful mourning period for movie fans who still can’t believe the people’s princess is gone too young at the age of 60. Explorations and commiserations of Fisher’s legacy will go on for the years to come, but if you’re looking for something more immediate, you can sign a new petition making the rounds to give Fisher’s defining character, Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, a status that was never asked for, but through the winds of fate and commerce is nevertheless available now: let’s make Leia an official Disney Princess. (more…)
Along with the shattered hearts of fans across the galaxy, Carrie Fisher‘s death in late December 2016 has left a gaping hole in the plot of the newest additions to the Star Wars series. Sources have said that all her scenes for the next installment were shot before her death, but that still leaves two movies left in the trilogy that were expected to have General Leia Organa play a big role. While Disney could get an insurance payout of up to $50 million to help solve the practical issues that have been raised by the loss of one of the series’s most iconic actors, that’s not going to make it an easy feat. (more…)
From Mister Miyagi to Master Splinter, a good mentor is a crucial component of any budding young hero’s origin tale. After all, whose death is going to inspire them to defeat their enemies if not that creepy old guy who took an unnatural interest in a young boy and let them train in their basement instead of going to school? Frankly, if you want to make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, you’re going to need a good coach in your corner. Fortunately for a young Han Solo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller may have just found the perfect surrogate father for their upcoming Star Wars spinoff. (more…)
With the success of the first “Non-Saga” Star Wars film, Rogue One, Lucasfilm is starting to look towards their next spin-off, the untitled Han Solo film. The upcoming film will focus on a younger Han Solo before he teamed up with Luke, Leia, and the gang to save the galaxy. When he was just a smuggler dealing with the underworld of the Star Wars universe. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and will star Alden Ehrenreich as the younger Han Solo and Donald Glover as a younger Lando Calrissian. The film is set to start filming soon for a planned May 2018 release date. However, it looks like that date may be changing.
The world was rocked this Christmas when Carrie Fisher tragically passed away after going into cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. What made it all the more shocking was how vibrant, energetic and full of life she seemed on various UK television programmes, on which she had appeared while promoting her new book, The Princess Diarist. Since then, fans have held a light sabre vigil for her in Downtown Disney. Her brother Todd Fisher has began arrangements for a joint funeral for Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died following a stroke not long afterwards. (more…)