More fuel for the Solo Super Bowl commercial

Jason Ward over at Making Star Wars weighs in on the Solo trailer and the Super Bowl. His source says that “a shorter version of the teaser will hit on the Super Bowl” on Sunday, with a longer one to follow next week. Seems likely enough, but as always, we’ll see!

And because I’m damn sick of that logo, here’s a flashback to Ron Howard giving us our first look at Donald Glover as Lando.

UPDATE: But wait, there’s more…

An trailer teaser on Sunday, and the trailer itself on Monday? Sure, why not?

UPDATE #2: And Ron Howard is weighing in…

Rumor: Home release of The Last Jedi coming March 27?

The Digital Bits is reporting that The Last Jedi will likely be out on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on March 27. This is still tentative, and both The Force Awakens and Rogue One had layered releases, so keep that in mind before planning time off for GIFmaking and the like.

Going by the previous releases, we could get official word on the release date in February.

We expect that the release will contain at least 20 minutes of deleted scenes in addition to the usual making-of extras. Hopefully a director’s commentary is included in this one: We had to wait for the 3D home release to get J.J. Abrams’ commentary on The Force Awakens, but we know that Rian Johnson was recording one back in November.

Rumor: Is something Star Wars going to film in Scotland in June?

There have been reports out of Scotland that Star Wars may be headed to Argyll and other areas in the north of the country in the summer for a new film.

Unfortunately, they all seem to peg it being for Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, which has no script, cast or release date yet. J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX seems like a more likely bet, and a tweet from a local tourism account lends slighly more credibility to that theory. IX is due out in December 2019.

There’s also the possibility it’s for the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which has a July 2019 release date.

However, it’s noteworthy that we’ve seen plenty of false claims for shooting locations over recent years, so I hesitate to buy this one in full.

Report: “Black Diamond” is the working title for Episode IX

Fantha Tracks reports that the business name for producing Episode IX is Carbonado Industries (UK) Ltd. The working title of the film will be Black Diamond, they say. (Both terms refer to the same substance.)

The article also contains a short history of the recent production companies and working titles, many of which were uncovered by the same folks when they were with Jedi News.

Episode IX, which will be directed by The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams, is due in December 2019. Other reports says that the returning crew also includes visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett and costume designer Michael Kaplan (who also stayed on for The Last Jedi.)

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.