14 (5) Star Wars stories we want instead of Solo (source)
Who really wants to see Han Solo's backstory? Here are some stories we'd want to see instead:
- Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ewan McGregor's said he'd be happy to play Kenobi again, and rumors from last year suggest the film might already be in development. McGregor is at the perfect age to play Kenobi between Episodes III and IV, showing his journey from hopeful Jedi master to recluse.
- Snoke. It would be natural to use Snoke's backstory to fill in the events between the original trilogy and the most recent, to see how the First Order came to power and dealt with the power vacuum created by Vader's death.
- Leia: The Alderaan Years. Hire Patty Jenkins to show us how Leia went from being an orphan to one of the galaxy's most powerful women.
- Darth Plagueis. Spoken of with care even by the big bads of Star Wars, this Sith Lord became so powerful that he could control life and death and make himself (nearly) immortal. Plus, a Darth Plagueis film would introduce a new character instead of filling in gaps in an existing character's story.
- Star Wars Tales. An anthology based on the comic book series (1999-2005), this could feature smaller stories like the duel between Darth Vader and Darth Maul.
Ben Schwartz was a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (source)
On this beautiful #MayThe4thBeWithYou I feel like I can finally reveal that I played a Storm Trooper in @starwars The Force Awakens. It was an incredible honor and years later, I’m still smiling from the experience but please do not tell BB8. pic.twitter.com/CAd6aV14sX— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) May 4, 2018
Schwartz mentions BB-8 because he and Bill Hader were responsible for inspiring the droid's vocals. The actors reacted in scenes with BB-8's dialogue, as spoken lines and vocalizations; the sound designer then used their pitch, cadence, and inflections to inspire BB-8's digital "voice."
Donald Glover gives a tour of the Millenium Falcon (source)
Lando's Summit (source)
Lego Millennium Falcon pedicab raises $ in NYC (source, 2)
Lucasfilm and Star Wars: Force for Change created a Millennium Falcon pedicab, which took almost 400 hours to design and contains 20,300 bricks. The bike made its first appearance on #StarWarsDay in Bryant Park, where fans could take a 10-minute ride around the park, get a photo with Chewbacca, and help raise money for UNICEF. See more photos of the vessel at the source.
From May 4-25, Force for Change will donate $1 for every "Wookie roar" photo shared with hashtag #RoarForChange.
#MayTheFourthBeWithYou Inaugural flight on a custom built LEGO Millennium Falcon with @HerUniverse! 20,300 @LEGO_Group bricks! ⭐️🤪✨#LEGOStarWars #RoarForChange (& @ashley24taylor !) pic.twitter.com/T8zjPIl4vn— Katie Linendoll (@KatieLinendoll) May 4, 2018
Alden Ehrenreich defends former ‘Solo’ directors, confirms three-film contract (source)
The original directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the film in June of last year. Ehrenreich says he had a good relationship with the directors and no idea things were as bad as later reported: “The actors are at the kids’ table, unless you’re also a producer of the movie. So you’re really kept out of all the backroom dynamics of what was going on."
On working with Lord and Miller: “From the first screen test on, we played around with it a lot. We tried a lot of different things, rethinking behind the scenes. That was yielding a different movie than the other factions wanted. I knew what I was doing, but in terms of what that adds up to, you’re so in the dark as an actor. You don’t know what it’s shaping up to be, how they’re editing it, so it’s kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences.”
Rumors that cast and crew applauded when they heard the news of their firing are untrue: "That’s bulls**t. For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case.”
He also praises new director Ron Howard's ability to get everyone excited about the film again after so much turmoil.
Finally, Ehrenreich confirms he's signed a three-film contract (“I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But — yeah.”), though that's no indication that we'll see him as Han again. Rogue One’s Felicity Jones had also signed on for three films.
Emilia Clarke finds strong characters exciting (source)
"It is really exciting. As someone who has taken on characters that already exist, which can be really daunting and scary, it's been really fun to slip a new character in here that is integral to a character that we all know so well. [...] I did a lot of research and I kind of geeked up on a lot of stuff because I wanted to get it right."
She also says The Force Awakens was an incredible piece of work and stunning on screen. "It's this beloved story that you’ve grown up with that’s been given a whole new makeover, and an opportunity to be part of that is too good to miss.”
Solo extended TV spot trailer (source)
This clip shows the first moment Han and Chewie sit at the helm of the Millenium Falcon together. Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) relinquishes the co-pilot seat in deference to the Wookiee’s age and experience.
It includes the leitmotif from “The Asteroid Field” on The Empire Strikes Back. Composer John Powell says the music also features the debut of Chewie’s theme (the first time the character has had his own musical motif).
"190 Years Old" clip (source)
"Ride" clip (source)
Becoming Solo featurette (source)
Star Wars secrets! The cast of Solo goes behind the scenes (source)
Star Wars Secrets! The Cast of Solo Takes PeopleTV Behind the Scenes https://t.co/BxjtEk9eCI— People (@people) May 4, 2018
A preview of PeopleTV's upcoming special about Solo: A Star Wars Story, which features exclusive interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes details. The special streams on PeopleTV starting May 18, the same date the collector's edition of People, Secrets of Solo, hits newsstands.
Solo: A Star Wars Story gets a Chinese release date and poster (source)
Though Star Wars films do not have the strong track record in China that Marvel movies do, Solo will be opening in Chinese theaters the same day as in the US: May 25.
Solo: A Star Wars Story 360° video (source, 2)
In this scene, Han and Lando first meet and face off for the rights to the Falcon. VFX supervisor Rob Bredow says: “There’s a lot of really fun things happening in the background and with the other characters at the table. If you watch and listen carefully, you’ll hear some things that aren’t going to appear in the movie."
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J.J. Abrams has the script for Episode IX (source)
The Last Jedi deleted scenes (source)
RiffTrax: Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview (source)
Top 10 Star Wars memes (source)
Bonus: 'Solo' advance ticket sales double 'Black Panther'
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