To /Film, Ron Howard explains how that shocking Solo cameo came to be and whether a sequel is in the cards. Plus, the Kasdans on that choice and why Teras Kasi.
A new book by Amy Ratcliffe will profile 75 Star Wars women. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, due out in October, will feature an “eclectic mix of female characters from the films, cartoons, novels, comics, and video games.”
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who was the original pick for Episode IX, isn’t going to give any details about his scuttled plans. (J.J. Abrams took over and wrote his own script with Chris Terrio.) But Trevorrow does tell Empire that he got to talk to both George Lucas and Mark Hamill about it.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films,” he said. “When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that. Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Trevorrow will next direct Jurassic World 3.
The Solo novelization by Mur Lafferty is coming on September 4, Del Rey and StarWars.com announced today. There’ll also be a junior version by Joe Schreiber. A cookbook, the Millennium Falcon: Owner’s Workshop Manual and a Deluxe Smuggler’s Guide from Dan Wallace are also coming in the fall.
Lafferty has previously written two Star Wars short stories – ‘The Voice of the Empire’, a tie in to the Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst which appeared in the Insider, and ‘Not for Nothing’ for the anthology From a Certain Point of View.
This week brings us a paperback reprint of one of The Last Jedi’s fiction tie-ins, and a Solo comic. First up, on Tuesday, May 29, the paperback for Canto Bight, which features novellas from Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller. Then, on Wednesday, May 30, it’s time for Lando: Double or Nothing #1, first issue in a five-part miniseries.
It’s looking like Solo may be the first new Star Wars to lowball box office expectations. It’s taken in about $103 million domestically over the holiday weekend. The worldwide take is expected to be $148 million.
This week’s standalone rumor has Logan’s James Mangold writing and directing a Star Wars standalone featuring Boba Fett. This is from The Hollywood Reporter and quickly doubled down by Variety – both industry trades, aka pros – so their sources are likely fairly solid.
The elusive Qi’ra Forces of Destiny short is live now, and it also features Hondo Ohnaka and IG-88.
The rest of S3 went up on May 4. All eight episodes will air tonight at 8:30 p.m. on the Disney Channel.
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Today, upon the occasion of the movie’s release, a new Solo featurette puts the spotlight on the scoundrels – aka most of the cast, really.
I’ll have a discussion post up this evening for anyone who wants to char or give their first impressions in a spoiler-safe place.