Rumor: Will The Last Jedi be the longest Star Wars film yet?

According to Cineworld, The Last Jedi will be an astonishing 150 minutes long – two and a half hours.

If the runtime is confirmed, that would make it the longest Star Wars film yet. Currently, that’s Attack of the Clones, which clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes. Most of the prequel trilogy falls into that range, while the original trilogy averages at just over two hours – Return of the Jedi is the longest at two hours and eleven minutes.

The Force Awakens was two hours and sixteen minutes; Rogue One clocks in at two hours and thirteen minutes.

Report: Colin Trevorrow’s ego torpedoed his shot at Star Wars

Vulture reports on why Colin Trevorrow left Episode IX – per “speculation from a ranking Hollywood movie insider with direct knowledge of the productions on both The Book of Henry and Jurassic World” – that the director’s ego might have gotten in the way. Basically – do not mess with Kathleen Kennedy.

“When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway,” the executive continues. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”

Previous reports claimed script issues were at the source of the split.

Everyone is cantina fighting in the latest Han Solo set pics

Ron Howard has graced us with a few new set snaps of the Han Solo film. The first, “a dark and strange new corner of the Galaxy” appears to be our first (official) look at Alden Ehrenrich as Han (although: “Adam Driver” in Resistance pilot gear, never forget.) The second is an “intense & cool action scene” where we can’t make much out, but the locale does seem to be Mos Eisley-inspired.

Meanwhile, on the rumor front, seems like the Millennium Falcon may have a different look for this one. Though not too different.

The Last Jedi: Maz’s role, wipe transitions and what about Phasma?

Making Star Wars’ latest is about Maz Kanata and her role in this film, which we already know will be fairly small. They also have some indications that we haven’t seen the last of Jakku in this trilogy.

→ Rian Johnson has revealed that The Last Jedi will have a record low number of wipe transitions for a Star Wars film: 12. The reigning champion is The Phantom Menace, which had 55. Of course, there was a poll.

→ A new rumor from Reddit and SWNN claims that we won’t actually see Phasma without her helmet. Would Vanity Fair lie to us? (Well, maybe.)

LFL may be considering a Jabba standalone

Variety is backing up The Hollywood Reporter on yesterday’s news about an Obi-wan Kenobi movie with director Stephen Daldry, but what’s really making waves today is the one-liner about how a Jabba the Hutt movie also being in the pipeline. Alrighty then.

Pictured, above: My approximate feelings on a Jabba the Hutt movie. Between this and Boba Fett, it’s like the rumors are endeavoring to make movies on saga major leaguers like Han and Obi-wan more palatable. But man, if this is what they’re really knocking around for future spin-offs, no wonder Rogue One got to be first at bat.

Rumor: That Obi-wan movie may finally be happening

I guess all that fan foot-stomping may finally be paying off. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in “early talks” to direct a standalone starring Obi-wan Kenobi. It’s in “the earliest of stages” and there’s no script yet, so I don’t expect we’ll hear anything official from Lucasfilm anytime soon. (EW’s Anthony Breznican also seems positive on it – though again, “very early.”)

It’s not known if Ewan McGregor will return, but he’s been open to the idea ever since the standalones actually became a thing.

Better than Boba Fett, I guess.

The Last Jedi: More porg art, latest leaks

Lucasfilm has blessed us with even more porg concept art by Jake Lunt. So expressive. I love them.

→ Leak watch: A new vehicle was spotted, and it reveals the name of the planet Canto Bight is on. (It’s a pretty goofy name, perfectly matched to a very looking vehicle, but that’s Star Wars for you.)

→ Also leaked – though I can’t even begin to tell you where exactly it originated online – is a new still of Carrie Fisher in Leia’s cape costume.

→ Making Star Wars shares some sketch recreations of two of the posters that Jason saw back around SDCC.

→ Much has been made of this John Boyega interview and his Carrie Fisher comments, but I do believe he’s speaking metaphorically. There’s another one over here, and also some Gwendoline Christie. Vagueness for all!