Rumor: Westworld’s Thandie Newton in talks for Han standalone

Both Variety and The Wrap report that Thandie Newton, most recently of HBO’s Westworld, is in talks for a role in the 2018 Han Solo standalone.

The Han movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, began filming recently, and this is the second casting rumor this week. So far only Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clark have been confirmed by Lucasfilm.

Rumor: Pheobe Waller-Bridge in talks for CGI role in Han standalone

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Variety reports that Pheobe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of the Amazon series Fleabag, is in talks for a “CGI-driven” role in the Han Solo standalone.

They describe her characters as “a significant part of the ensemble,” so something more in line with Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO in Rogue One than Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens.

The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. It’s directed Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who recently noted that it had begun filming. It’s due out in 2018.

Josh Gad enlists Judi Dench in quest to pester Daisy Ridley on The Last Jedi

Josh Gad followed up with Daisy Ridley on his The Last Jedi “sneak attack.” With another sneak attack. But the real kicker here is the third video, which features Dame Judi Dench asking “What’s the deal with Reylo?” If only we knew, Dame Judi. (Okay, I kid: It’s a pretty typical ship, even if it does give some of us the willies.)

Remember that rumor that Dench would be playing Mon Mothma in The Force Awakens? And then remember how Genevieve O’Reilly actually showed up in a Rogue One trailer with none of us even hearing a hint of it beforehand? Gotta wonder if some major wire crossing happened in the rumor streams. Ahh, memories.

Also in The Last Jedi news…

→ In yesterday’s Disney earning call (which also gave us the Star Wars land dates) CEO Bob Iger admitted to seeing a cut of The Last Jedi. “It’s a great next chapter in the Skywalker family saga,” he said. (Of course.)

→ A pre-title reveal interview with Rian Johnson, and a post-reveal one with Mark Hamill.

Disney to open Star Wars lands in 2019

Disney has announced when we can start to expect their Star Wars lands to open, and it’s earlier than speculated: 2019! The two parks – at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando – are currently under construction.

The image above is previously released concept art of the Orlando version; Here’s the Disneyland one.

The continuing adventures of Millicent the cat (on Tumblr)

It’s been a year since Pablo Hidalgo introduced us to one of The Force Awakens most important bits of fanon: General Hux’s cat, Millicent. And I never did get around to doing a followup to last year’s post on the matter. So here’s another batch of great stuff from Tumblr.

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The Clone Wars to leave Netflix streaming next month

If you’ve been meaning to watch (or rewatch) The Clone Wars cartoon on Netflix, looks like it’s time to stop procrastinating. Per one eagle-eyed fan, the series will only be streaming on the service through March 3. The good news is, as of this post, you have just under a month to watch all 121 episodes.

The series has been streaming since March 7, 2014, when Netflix debuted the show’s final season. It’s been the only official Star Wars content on the streaming service in the U.S. (Rogue One – at least – will be coming later this year, under Disney’s current deal.)

Blu-rays of the show are still fairly easy to get hold of – including a 2013 box set of the first 5 seasons. But I’ve seen some speculation (nothing solid) that this could mean a new box set is coming. After all, we do have that 40th anniversary coming up…

Rumor: Rogue One Blu-ray out late March?

Per a listing for a Rogue One magazine spotted on Amazon, it seems that we could be seeing a March 28 release date for Rogue One on Blu-Ray.

This is about the same timeframe that as The Force Awakens‘ home release, so I don’t see any reason to be particularly doubtful. TFA also did a staggered release, with the digital copy coming a few days early.

The date also gives us a slight buffer before The Last Jedi promotion begins in earnest at Celebration in mid-April.

Norra, Sloane posters for Aftermath: Empire’s End

As revealed on this week’s Star Wars Show, the Barnes & Noble edition of Aftermath: Empire’s End will come with posters featuring Norra Wexley and Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. Also, more Rogue One behind-the-scenes action with Pablo Hidalgo, and Ando chats with the film’s co-producer, John Swartz.