A VERY iffy but extremely interesting Episode IX rumor has emerged this weekend, and it’s of particular interest to long-time readers of our site. This is SUPER SKETCHY information, from a Youtuber no less, but it’s also something I don’t feel I can ignore. Head under the cut for possible (or not, it’s that sketchy) spoilers, and some additional thoughts.
On Wednesday’s Star Wars Show, writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan talk the origins of Solo, including some insight into Lando, L3-37, Tobia Beckett and Enfys Nest.
Today’s “rumor” is basically the most probable guesswork for the next Celebration: Fall 2019 in Anaheim. It comes to us via Star Wars News Net, a site I generally don’t trust all that much. But this one does make sense for some key reasons:
1. Episode IX is coming out in December, and for those of us old enough to remember, the original three Celebrations – tied to The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith – all took place about a month out from their respective movies. Remember, Celebration Anaheim in 2015 was planned and announced before The Force Awakens moved from May to December, so this allows for a bit of reorientation.
2. The Galaxy’s Edge expansion in Disneyland is expected to open in Spring 2019.
3. It’s Anaheim’s ‘turn’, and quite frankly I’d be shocked if it wasn’t there, as I expect no domestic Celebrations will ever happen less than 20 minutes drive from a Disney Park ever again.
So yes, it’s completely possible that this will turn out to be true. (But don’t fear to be skeptical, either.) Now, whether anyone will be able to get Fastpasses…
There’s a lot of Star Wars misinformation floating around right now. There’s the brouhaha with the Brazilian posters, the Solo report that stoked every fanboy “fear” and finally, the whole recast-Meryl-Streep-as-Leia petition that got manhandled into a “rumor” by the unscrupulous.
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…
— Star Wars Explained (@StarWarsExplain) February 1, 2018
An trailer teaser on Sunday, and the trailer itself on Monday? Sure, why not?
UPDATE #2: And Ron Howard is weighing in…
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 1, 2018
Donald Glover was at the Television Critics Association for his show Atlanta, and naturally that means Solo questions. He talked about something Ron Howard shot with him as Lando Calrissian, discussed the director drama, and confirmed that capes are in play. (Surprise! Or not.)
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.
Proving yet again that it’s always LEGO that leaks first… Turns out that the yellow image leak was LEGO merchandising art, and some (fuzzy, natch) photos of the set packaging confirms that the Millennium Falcon will have a different look in the standalone. Possible spoilers at the link, if that sort of thing bothers you.
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.