Report: Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz among actresses testing for Han Solo standalone

Variety reports today that three actresses have tested for the young Han Solo spinoff. Tessa Thompson (Creed), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Naomi Scott (the upcoming Power Rangers) have all tested in London for the film’s female lead, they say.

Both Thompson and Kravitz are familiar faces who’ve have been around for a bit. I remember Thompson from her turn on Veronica Mars, but she’s recently got a lot of buzz with roles in Creed, Selma, and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Kravitz has a heavy genre resume in addition to Mad Max, with roles in X-Men: First Class, the Divergent films and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy.

Naomi ScottScott isn’t quite as well known, but she was in Fox’s 2011 time-travel dinosaur drama Terra Nova and The Martian before landing the role of the Pink Ranger in 2017’s Power Rangers.

Variety also addresses the rumor about Donald Glover and the Lando Calrissian role, but there’s apparently a “second round of tests” in the offing. Until now, Glover is the only name that’s been publicly linked to the role, though The Hollywood Reporter now says that O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s The Get Down) are also finalists.

Whoever wins the role(s) will be playing against Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the untitled film is currently scheduled for a May 2018 release.

Video: Ashley Eckstein talks about Ahsoka novel, Her Universe on The Star Wars Show


Ashley Eckstein guests on The Star Wars Show today, talking a bit about next week’s Ahsoka novel, which she’s narrating for the audiobook.

The Ahsoka book tour, with Eckstein and author E.K. Johnston, kicks off at New York Comic Con on October 8 and then hits bookstores in New York, Florida and California throughout the month.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: $540 raised for charity in Force Friday challenge

Wear Star Wars Every Day - Force Friday BONUS wear

Here are the final results of last Friday’s Wear Star Wars Every Day podcast listener challenge for #ForceFriday. Last Friday, September 30, fourteen Star Wars fans donated a total of $540 to Collateral Repair Project via the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe. These donations represented a handful of Star Wars podcast listener bases, in our friendly competition to see which show has the most generous listeners. In addition, an additional $80 in donations were made by three more fans in the week prior to Force Friday in the name of one podcast, just to get the ball rolling! So that’s $620 that can be attributed to the podcast listener challenge.

Thanks to Nick Dico of Coffee with Kenobi for helping get this one-day fundraising blitz off the ground, and providing the really really awesome Durham Bulls R2-D2 jersey that I wore as a bonus if we met the basic $75 donation threshold. It was worn in their Star Wars Day 2014 game on May 4th, and is signed by infielder Hak-Ju Lee.

Now for the podcast listener standings – some donations were made in the name of multiple podcasts, so I counted each of those gifts fully for each podcast named:

  • Beltway Banthas: 4 donations, totaling $120. Plus 3 more donations in the week prior, for an additional $80.
  • Coffee with Kenobi: 3 donations, totaling $170.
  • Skywalking Through Neverland: 4 donations, totaling $150. Listener Brian Sims got into the spirit of giving, and offered up a rare Star Wars #1 variant cover up to a random Skywalking Through Neverland fan who donated, and that got some folks to chip in!
  • Far Far Away Radio: 2 donations, totaling $120.
  • Brews and Blasters: 2 donations, totaling $70.
  • Plus we had two more donations, totaling $50, with no podcast disclosed as yet.

The total amount raised is nearly one-fifth of all the money we’ve raised so far for Collateral Repair Project to further develop their mission of providing emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees, so I greatly appreciate everyone’s contributions and generosity. To learn more about this fundraising campaign for CRP, check out the Wear Star Wars Every Day information page and it’s still not too late to contribute to Collateral Repair Project – just visit the donation page at

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 39

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#WearStarWarsEveryDay got a resurgence of summer in fall with some more short sleeves (and shorter socks) for Week 39 as we got into the home stretch before the #ForceFriday podcast listener challenge (the results of which will be made in a separate article). Some of the Beltway Banthas supporters got on board with fundraising a bit early, but it will count toward the drive – Some big thanks to our donors in Week 39 on the GoFundMe for Collateral Repair Project: Anonymous, Stephen Kent. Also thanks to the podcast Skywalking Through Neverland, which donated one of the shirts I wore this week, and thanks to everyone else who lent me some Star Wars apparel for this week: Susan, Mark, Dawn, and Kristen!

Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project – and Week 39 means I’ve worn a different Star Wars item now for 273 days straight! This week, we’ve got some classics from Club Jade and, a customized top from LucasArts, a DK book tour shirt, and a pair of toddler socks! Plus I visit Stongehenge. Well, of a sort. This review for Week 39 covers September 23 to September 29 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe or a per-day pledge.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge Update

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Just checking in with the latest news from the #ForceFriday Podcast Listener Update for Wear Star Wars Every Day. Just today, we’ve had 5 donations to Collateral Repair Project so far (5 PM ET / 2PM PT), totaling $170, easily topping our basic goal of $75. That means I’m putting on the Durham Bulls game-worn R2-D2 jersey that Nick Dico of Coffee with Kenobi has graciously lent me! Check it out above.

Looking at the podcasts that have awesome listeners, we’ve gotten three donations today in the name of Beltway Banthas, totaling $95! Coffee with Kenobi listeners have donated $50, and we’ve got a mystery donation that I’m tracking down.

Since Beltway Banthas put out the call for donations last week, a few of their listeners jumped the gun and have donated $80 prior to today! So that’s really $250 raised so far because of this particular challenge. Big thanks to everyone who has donated and turned this Force Friday into a Force for good! Also big thanks to Nick for lending me this sweet jersey, which was worn in the Durham Bulls game on Star Wars Day, May 4th, 2014, and is signed by infielder Hak-Ju Lee.

It’s still not too late to contribute to Collateral Repair Project – just visit the donation page at

EDIT: Minor Update: Brews and Blasters is now on the board with a donation from one of its listeners!

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge is on today!

Happy #ForceFriday (or #RogueFriday) – Not only is it time to hit the retailers to see what cool Rogue One merchandise is out, but it’s also the big day for the Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge for Wear Star Wars Every Day! As mentioned earlier, this is a big one-day push for donations to Collateral Repair Project, the nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees.

Which Star Wars-related podcast will show that its listeners have the biggest hearts? Listeners can show support for their favorite podcast by making a donation to CRP on the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe and listing their favorite show in the comments.

Nick at Coffee with Kenobi helped kick off this challenge, and he has set a goal for Coffee with Kenobi listeners: $500 in donations! Now Stephen at Beltway Banthas has answered the challenge, in a special episode just for this fundraising blitz: he thinks the listeners of Beltway Banthas can out-do Coffee with Kenobi – and they’ve already started! And we know that Full of Sith, Skywalking through Neverland, Brews and Blasters, Jedi News UK, Tosche Station Radio, and others are raring for their listeners to represent and make a difference!

Remember, if we raise a simple $75 just today, I’ll show off a really cool item of Star Wars wear: a one-of-a-kind game-worn signed Durham Bulls R2-D2 baseball jersey, lent by Nick at Coffee with Kenobi, who obtained it by donating in a charity auction for the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2014. Now it’s back to help another great cause!

Is your favorite podcast alerting its listeners to chip in for the Force Friday challenge? If so, leave a comment here and give them a shout out!

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, and about Collateral Repair Project.

Star Wars Story Talk: Unboxing Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Story Talk: SW Art: Ralph McQuarrie

Since this couldn’t wait for the next regular episode of Star Wars Story Talk, we have a special bonus Unboxing Video as I open up the really awesome, and really hefty Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie two-volume collection from Abrams Books. This mammoth set is written by the trio of Brandon Alinger, author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy; Wade Lageose, graphic designer/artist; and David Mandel, art collector, author of Star Wars Artifact Edition and showrunner of HBO’s Veep. You can get the inside look over at, where the three authors were kind enough to answer some questions for me.
No Baby Jawa fun time this time around – just straight unboxing and page skimming madness! Continue reading