Adam Driver, Richard E. Grant among Star Wars actors up for for Golden Globes

Several Star Wars actors got Golden Globes nominations today – Adam Driver (for BlacKkKlansman and Richard E. Grant (for Can You Ever Forgive Me?) are both in the running for a supporting nod, while in the TV categories we have Keri Russell (for The Americans), Laura Dern (The Tale) and Thandie Newton (Westworld), all in different categories (lead TV drama, lead limited series and supporting series, respectively). Grant and Russell will make their Star Wars debuts in the upcoming Episode IX.

We also see Marvel get their first Best Drama nod at any major awards show, for Black Panther. This is the first superhero picture, period, to be nominated to the category for the Golden Globes. (Deadpool did get a nod in 2017, but as a Comedy.) It’s also up for Song and Score.

You can check out all the nominations at EW.

Rebels gets 3 Emmy nods for final season

Star Wars Rebels has been nominated for three Emmys for the show’s fourth and final season: Children’s Program, Sound Editing, and a Music Composition nod for Kevin Kiner.

The show was nominated for Children’s Program last year as well, but lost to Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas.

Game of Thrones has the most nominations this year, with 22, though nothing for Star Wars alumni Emilia Clarke, who submitted in the lead actress category this year.

Donald Glover’s Atlanta got writing, directing and lead acting nod for him, and the show is up for comedy series. He also got a guest actor nod for Saturday Night Live. Laura Dern (for The Take) and Thandie Newton (for Westworld) also got nods in lead and supporting actress categories, respectively.

Thandie Newton’s Star Wars dress wins on Solo red carpet at Cannes

Solo may not be up for any prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, but Thandie Newton is winning with what seems to be – at least among geek circles – the most talked-about dress. Her look for the Solo red carpet was a custom Vivienne Westwood with fabric featuring the action figures of the black characters of the franchise. (Newton is the first black woman to have a major role.) The action figures – photographed by Christian Högstedt – are from Newton’s own collection. They’re layered over Westwood’s ‘Absence of Roses’ print. See more photos of the dress at Red Carpet Fashion Awards!

As for the film itself, it received a three-minute standing ovation from the Cannes crowd.

Fashion bloggers Tom & Lorenzo have eben more pictures, and call getting this dress made “just about the most badass nerd move of all time”.

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Solo lowdown: Production updates, conspiracy theories and more

Ron Howard gave a brief Solo update on Twitter yesterday, saying that this week they should finish up the film’s scoring and sound mix. A couple days ago, he also revealed that some early press work has begun, in a picture with Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Laurence and Jon Kasdan.

→ Floating around is a new article that purports to be from an actor in the production, but it tells us little we don’t already know from other sources (director troubles, acting coaches, etc.) and ends on a note that sounds more like someone reading fanboy conspiracy sites than someone truly plugged in to the industry. Read it if you must, but I’d supplement it with these Twitter threads from Bobby Roberts and Jordan Maison.

Thandie Newton says her character’s brief appearance in the trailer actually “tells you a lot” about Val.

→ And finally, on the possible spoilers front, a few new names and story details rounded up at SWNN.

Today in Ron Howard’s Han Solo set pics: Thandie Newton

Han Solo director Ron Howard shared a photo of Thandie Newton back on set. “@thandienewton returned 2 #TheGalaxy to light up some key new #UntitledHanSolo scenes then back to #Westworld,” he wrote. “What a powerhouse talent!”

Hard to say if this is before she’s been through makeup and costume, but folks are sure interested in that logo on her shoulder… (And we don’t yet know anything about her role, either!)

The second season of Westworld is expected to debut in the spring of 2018 – just like the Han film.

But wait, there’s more…

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Principal photography begins on Han Solo standalone, release date is still May

StarWars.com has annouced that principal photography has begin on the Han Solo standalone, along with confirming rumored cast members Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It’s also the first time they’ve mentioned the release date in quite a while – and surprisingly, it’s still May 25, 2018.

If it does indeed remain May, this would be our first non-December release since Disney bought the franchise, and could signal a permanent move back to spring for Episode IX and beyond. The May release date will put Han just on the heels of Episode VII, The Last Jedi, which is out December 15, 2017.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca along with Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.