Han Solo and the Continuing Leaks from Fawley Power Station. More shots from the Han filming, more vehicle reveals, extras, and big black robes.
TMZ has a whole gallery of leaked pictures from the Han Solo set, including our first look at Alden Ehrenrich in costume (his hair is so fluffy) and a whole bunch of ridiculously ’70s-looking vehicles. After Rogue One’s very limited embrace of the real-world era style, I am so ready for Han to go full tilt. There better be a lady extra with Farrah hair somewhere.
→ Spoilerphobic? You can check out Ehrenrich’s (unstyled?) Han hair in an off-set shot from Woody Harrelson. Or, y’know, above.
→ They’re apparently filming at Fawley Power Station, where parts of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation were shot. That may be the location of the leaked pics, though it’s tough to tell.
Making Star Wars has a piece on Luke Skywalker’s gear in The Last Jedi – the items he has, what they may mean, and that it’s probably his glove we saw in the trailer.
→ A new tie-in has been spotted, a juvenile novel called Bomber Command. It’s part of the Replica Journal series, which implies that said squadron will see some action (the fighters we see on Crait, perhaps?) in the film. (via)
→ I guess we’re paying attention to flyers in Japan now. Somehow I doubt there’s any special scoop here, but you do you, SWNN.
There were a lot of baby Kylos last year. The name jumped the popularity ranks from #3269 in 2015 to #901 in 2016, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration. So it’s not incredibly popular (to contrast, Ben was #704, and Benjamin is #6) but it is getting more popular. And note – it’s still less popular than Anakin, which is #778, up from #910.
At #175 Finn is the most popular sequel-trilogy related name associated with a major character – but it’s in been in wide use and gaining in popularity for more than a decade now, so we can’t peg that to Star Wars alone. Rey hasn’t shown any major growth, though it did jump from 904 to 868 (though as a male name – it’s not in the top 1000 for girls.)
As for the old standbys, Leia is #321, while Luke is #29. Poe, Han, Padme and Armitage (I had to look it up just for kicks) are all unranked.
The Last Jedi toy leaks have begun! We have our first look at Kylo Ren’s starfighter, a new TIE variation. There are also various signs of what toys we’ll be getting in the early waves, including what seems to be two versions of Snoke.
We only see half of it at the link, but John Burns did a painting based on MSW’s previous report of the fighter; Check it out under the cut.
May the 4th is rarely a big day for anything but goofiness, and we did get that in spades. Below, Kristen Bell (guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live) surprised Adam Scott with Mark Hamill.
→ In addition to giving a few quotes to Entertainment Weekly, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson did share a quick video with another Star Wars luminary:
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 4, 2017
→ Meanwhile, Han Solo director Philip Lord teases something he can’t talk about just yet.
→ Marvel’s Doctor Aphra won the latest Hasbro fan figure poll. Expect a 3.75-inch action figure, the character’s first, sometime next year.
→ And no, we didn’t get a new Vanity Fair spread, as many of us were assuming. But do expect one later this month. Let’s just not pin it on any specific dates this time.
Rian Johnson had (at least) one request for J.J. Abrams about The Force Awakens‘ ending – to have Artoo go with Rey instead of BB-8, so the classic droid could be reunited with Luke Skywalker. Luke, naturally, is central to The Last Jedi:
“Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie. I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island?” Johnson says. “That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”
So Luke’s self-exile – and his reasoning – is a key factor in the film.