Rumor: Ian Kenny joins Han Solo standalone. He’s a relative newcomer who’s apparently known for the Irish film Sing Street. Yes, he has red hair, but he’s young enough that I feel confident saying he’s probably not playing Clone Wars veteran Brendol Hux.
Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped a couple of things about the two Star Wars films in production – and those beyond. (The ever-vague “starting talks.”)
He was most detailed on the Han Solo film. It will span 6 years – Alden Ehrenreich’s Han from the ages of 18 to 24 – and deal with him meeting Chewbacca and “finding” the Millennium Falcon. WSJ reporter Ben Fritz tweeted about Han “finding his name,” which a lot of folks are jumping on. I’m a little more hesitant – it’s not designated as a direct quote, and the meaning could easily be making his name. So don’t place any flags in your theories yet!
For The Last Jedi, he said they won’t change the film due to Carrie Fisher’s death. “Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.” He also promised that Mark Hamill will do “a lot of talking.”
Earlier, Iger announced he would remain as Disney’s CEO through at least July 2019.
Woody Harrelson revealed his Star Wars character’s name on Jimmy Fallon last night: Beckett. (That’s the standard spelling, anyway.) He’s “kind of a criminal” and a “mentor” (as we knew) to Han Solo.
There are no previously-existing characters with that name in Star Wars. But hopefully this means no one will ask him about Garris Shrike again.
The still-untitled Han Solo standalone is filming now and set for a May 2018 release.
We got an early announcement that Celebration Orlando will be livestreamed, just like the last two. Straight from the most correct time zone! (For those not on EDT, here’s a handy tool. Customize it!)
All that, plus a few more guests, newspaper comic reprints, and ILM’s Hal Hickel talks about Rogue One on today’s Star Wars Show.
We learned in The Art of Rogue One that Jyn’s mother was a Jedi in early drafts of the film, but Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta go into much more detail with Entertainment Weekly on why they choose otherwise. Galen was always the scientist in the pairing, and Chirrut Imwe was developed to bring in the Force side of things instead.
Still, given Star Wars‘ surplus of daddy issues, it would have been a nice change if they’d decided to make Lyra the scientist instead…
Here’s another early draft Rogue One tidbit from Entertainment Weekly and Gary Whitta: Darth Vader’s original victim weren’t nameless Rebel soldiers, but a major character in the film. The piece also includes a new video.
Meanwhile, here’s some behind-the-scenes videos from the filming, including a feature on Alan Tudyk K-2SO.
Screenwriter Gary Whitta tells Entertainment Weekly about Rogue One’s original ending today, and why it ended up scrapped long before filming started. We also get an explanation for why some of the early Jyn toys labeled her as Rebel sergeant.
Rogue One will be out in digital on Friday (March 24,) with Blu-ray and DVD editions dropping on April 4.
With the Rogue One home release imminent, director Gareth Edwards has been making the rounds. At SWSW, he talked about how Scariff’s name came about. With /Film, he explains the original ending and what changed, plus. how he got away with killing everyone off.
Meanwhile, Ingvild Deila, the actress who helped recreate young Leia, talks to The Hollywood Reporter.
We’ve also seen a few aditional Rogue One guests named for Celebration, namely Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk. (There’s been some speculation that Tudyk might host The Last Jedi panel, as Gwendoline Christie did for Rogue One’s at Celebration Europe.)
Frank Oz has been “asked not to talk about” reprising Yoda, he told Variety. There were some rumors about Oz and The Last Jedi, but take it as you will.