Woody Harrelson confirmed for Han Solo film

Woody Harrelson is indeed joing the Han Solo standalone, StarWars.com confirms today. The casting was first reported by Variety last week.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

Harrelson joins Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke as the film’s fourth confirmed cast member.

Like the last few annoucements, StarWars.com declines to use any release date for the movie besides “2018.” It’s been heavily rumored and seems fairly likely that the film will move to a December release date, just like The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Episode VIII before it.

Later Wednesday, Harrelson commented on the role during a Facebook Live chat with Mashable, confirming the “mentor” portion of the original report. (via)

5 more Episode VIII hints from Rian Johnson

Turns out USA Today got a bit more from Episode VIII director Rian Johnson than what we heard yesterday. He wants it to “to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride;” Luke Skywalker is the “emotional entry point” and… It does have a title. Or rather, Johnson’s had one from “the very first draft.” The rest of us will probably be waiting until spring.

Rian Johnson actually talks about Episode VIII

Episode VIII director Rian Johnson actually said something new! For USA Today’s 2017 movie preview, he said that “a large part of the movie” will address why Luke is on Ahch-To and what he’ll do next, as well as Rey’s “realization that she has this power and this gift.” It’s not the most shocking of revelations, but it’s more than we’ve gotten in quite a while.

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Star Wars out this week: Poe Dameron #10

There’s only one thing this Wednesday, and it’s Poe Dameron #10.

Coming up later in the month is Claudia Gray’s Bloodline in paperback. It’s last year’s must-read Star Wars novel, and if you’ve been waiting for the price to drop, January 31 is the day. Our next brand-new novel is Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Empire’s End – the final book in the new canon’s first post-Return of the Jedi trilogy – on February 21. Check out our book schedule for more upcoming releases.

Rebels Recon: Ghosts of Geonosis

Rebels returns with ‘Ghosts of Geonosis,’ Saw Gerrera and a brand-new Imperial officer. Andi talks to Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Pablo Hidalgo, Henry Gilroy, and Dave Filoni. Also, behind the scenes footage of Chopper on the Rogue One set!

Carrie Fisher’s urn is a giant Prozac pill, because of course it is

Carrie Fisher’s ashes were laid to rest in a giant Prozac pill. (You can see the pictures at Buzzfeed.) Her brother Todd explains to Entertainment Tonight:

“Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill,” Todd explained. “She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she’d want to be.”

He also said the private service for family and friends on Thursday – attended by Meryl Streep, George Lucas and others – was “fitting” and ” beautiful.”

Yesterday also saw Fisher’s Star Wars son, Adam Driver, share his thoughts on the actress with Stephen Colbert. Here’s the clip:

Rumor: Leia’s role in IX was supposed to be bigger than in VIII, meetings at LFL next week

Per The Hollywood Reporter, meetings will begin next week to decide what to do with Episodes VIII and IX after the death of Carrie Fisher. VIII has finished shooting already, but Leia supposedly has “a bigger part” in IX.

It seems likely these meetings are the same ones that Kathleen Kennedy mentioned in November to map out the franchise’s future.

I believe this is also the first time that it’s been reported that IX director Colin Trevorrow is writing the film’s script with frequent collaborator Derek Connolly.

Obviously, there’s still a lot of mourning going on, and Lucasfilm has some tough decisions that they have to make, but I myself hesitate to speculate. Lucasfilm, mourning or not, has little choice in the matter: We do.