Han Solo Movie Character Names

When it comes to upcoming Star Wars movies, we’ll take whatever new details we can get. Normally we’d relegate something like this to our recurring Star Wars Bits, but since it’s Star Wars Day today, we thought we’d have some fun with some new information about the Han Solo movie that just came to light.

We already know this is a movie about Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich) that will focus on the time in his life from when he was 18 up until he’s around 24, and during that time he’ll meet Chewbacca and acquire the Millennium Falcon. Plus, his old buddy Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) will be around and Woody Harrelson is playing a man named Beckett who mentored Han during these important years. Now we have the names of some new characters we’ll encounter in the movie, and we’re going to try to figure out who or what they are.

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rian johnson millenium falcon

Rian Johnson came on board to direct the eighth installment of the Skywalker saga a couple of months after JJ Abrams began filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve heard that Johnson gave Abrams some notes on the work in progress, and it turns out one of the notes was a request to make a change to the Force Awakens ending.

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Star Wars Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mash-Up

Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of The Beatles, you probably know their famous album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Personally, I think it’s one of the band’s best albums, but some genius went and made it even better by adding more than a little Star Wars to the mix.

YouTube user Palette-Swap Ninja has taken the entirety of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and rewritten the lyrics to tell the story of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s an incredible piece of parody work that may even make Weird Al Yankovic a little jealous. Marvel as the titular track from the album is turned into “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” and Luke Skywalker gets made fun of with lyrics saying “Luke is in the desert and whining” set the tune of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Listen to the Star Wars Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band mash-up below. Read More »

Mark Hamill Pranks Star Wars Fans

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you and all that jazz! In honor of today’s makeshift holiday that celebrates the saga from a galaxy far, far away, we have a new video to share as part of Omaze’s ongoing Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, this time benefitting Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For Star Wars fans, there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting the actors who played the heroes (and even the villains) that they grew up loving. So imagine being asked to record some memorable Star Wars lines as part of some montage of fans showing their love for the saga or something silly like that, and then suddenly being interrupted by none other than Luke Skywalker himself. That’s exactly what happens in this video where Mark Hamill pranks Star Wars fans by surprising them in some pretty hilarious ways, including appearing as a cheap Darth Vader stand-in and more. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens supreme leader snoke 2

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Interviews with Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran
  • The Last Jedi may feature a confrontation between Leia and Snoke
  • Download a cancelled Star Wars first person shooter
  • Disney Stores are planning special events for May the Fourth
  • J.J. Abrams talks about shrinking theatrical release windows
  • And more!

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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

When I got out of the premiere for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the first questions I got was: how does the first Star Wars standalone film compare to JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? And for me the answer was simple, while both movies are good, The Force Awakens is better because it offers better-written characters and a story in which I became more emotionally invested in.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, Lessons From the Screenplay, has just published a video essay taking on this exact topic and I want to share it with you since it says everything I have felt about the differences between these two stories.
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doctor dolittle release date

In news that everyone and their mother could have predicted, Universal’s upcoming Doctor Dolittle movie has vacated its May 24, 2019 release date…mainly because a little movie called Star Wars: Episode 9 decided it wanted that Memorial Day weekend and Star Wars gets what Star Wars wants and a talking veterinarian (even one played by Robert Downey Jr.) cannot stop it.

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rey costume the last jedi

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at new images showing off Rey and Kylo Ren’s costumes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, video footage from the largest gathering of Star Wars droids that I’ve ever seen, the names of two major characters from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rian Johnson talks about the pressures of following up Force Awakens and his approach to The Last Jedi, a closer look at Johnson’s Millennium Falcon graffiti, how Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy discovered Star Wars in film school, A new theory which suggests that Rey’s parents were shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but are no one you might suspect, get a first look at the blockbuster Star Wars comics crossover with Doctor Aphra in Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, Kathleen Kennedy talks about the progress of future Star Wars spin-offs, a new video explains how Grand Admiral Thrawn was able to rise to one of the most powerful positions in the Galactic Empire despite being a nonhuman in an alien-hating military, Han Solo is shooting for a few weeks on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura but what planet is it? Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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star wars episode 9 not written by rian johnson

With a different director from sequel to sequel, it would have been great synergy for Lucasfilm to get the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi to write the script treatment to its follow-up, Star Wars Episode 9. In fact, that’s what was reported back in June 2014, when it was announced that Rian Johnson would create a treatment upon which Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly would build the movie.

But alas, that was not meant to be, as Johnson himself confirmed that he has taken no part in the Star Wars Episode 9 treatment.

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Star Wars Original Cuts - Return of the Jedi

Every now and then a new rumor emerges that the original cuts of Star Wars are on the verge of getting a home video release without all the Special Edition modifications George Lucas has made over the years, some of which were made even after the new version of the movies hit theaters in 1997. Sadly, fans are always left disappointed when it doesn’t come true.

Due to issues with the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the supposed difficulty of getting the original versions in a format that can easily be converted to a high-definition video format, it might be a lost cause. But even if there was the possibility of making it happen, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy seems to indicate that she doesn’t want to mess with what George Lucas has already done to the original Star Wars trilogy. Read More »