Han Solo Movie First Look

Right now, the folks at the Disney marketing department are probably sitting back at their desks and groaning. Why didn’t they release an official still of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s upcoming spin-off movie when they had a chance? Now, our first look at the Hail, Caesar! star as the galaxy’s most famous (young) smuggler has arrived via paparazzi shots, and that’s certainly not the way anyone wanted this to go down.

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“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

Those seven words, some of the first we’ve heard from the mouth of Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy era, set the internet ablaze last month when the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Whether you’re a die-hard fan who takes in every bit of Star Wars you can find or a casual fan of the movies, those words had a heavy sensation to them: what in the galaxy could Luke mean?

Of course, with that question comes worry and speculation. If the Jedi end, what does that mean for the galaxy? What does it mean for the Force? What does it mean for our heroes like Rey, who ostensibly wants to train as a Jedi? We’ve been taught by decades of Star Wars storytelling that without the Jedi there can be no balance to the Force. It’s literally in the opening dialogue of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, courtesy of Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka.

But let’s face it: The Last Jedi, or even the “end” of the Jedi, won’t be the end of Star Wars. With games, TV series, movies, books, and comics all in development for after the film’s release, it’s obviously not the end of the franchise, or even of the story of the Skywalker family and the Jedi as a whole. So what does it mean? Well, some of those other canon projects may be gearing us up for a new understanding of the Force, and a new type of Force user altogether.

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Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Original Ending

Even though Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel trilogy in the Star Wars saga, it’s still a far cry from measuring up to the original trilogy. One of the biggest issues with the final chapter in the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) became Darth Vader is how the former Jedi’s relationship with his secret lover Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) comes to an end.

On one hand, seeing Anakin’s judgment clouded by the dark side, so much that he nearly kills her, is a powerful tragedy. But the fact that Amidala ends up essentially dying because she “lost the will to live” is a bit silly. It doesn’t help that Padmé, who was once a strong, independent leader, never willing to walk away from a fight, just cries and whines when Anakin clearly isn’t himself anymore. But in the original ending, she didn’t take Anakin’s betrayal the same way. In fact, in the Revenge of the Sith original ending, Padmé made some bold moves to stop him. Find out more below. Read More »

Han Solo Movie First Look

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Han Solo spin-off star Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about the movie.
  • A fan petition wants Peter Mayhew to cameo in the Han Solo movie.
  • Could Ian McDiarmid play Emperor Palpatine on Star Wars Rebels?
  • Ewan McGregor is still not opposed to an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
  • Read excerpts from two Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel novels.
  • Rogue One finally finishes its theatrical run.
  • And more!

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Snoke Darth Plagueis Theory

Star Wars fans are notoriously detail-minded. Just look at the selection of Star Wars-related books that publisher DK releases. There are ultimate guides, visual dictionaries, atlases, blueprints of weapons and ships; it goes beyond the scene-by-scene breakdown and crosses into in-universe knowledge you won’t necessarily find on screen, all to help make the characters, objects, and places of Star Wars all the more real for the die-hard fans.

And in those details, fans may sometimes find some hints about what’s to come in the feature films that sell billions of dollars worth of tickets, getting a leg-up on those who only hit the theater each year. They’re not necessary to understand or enjoy the core story of the Skywalker Saga, but they can certainly build it up and enhance it. Such has been the case since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, and the Story Group at Lucasfilm has started coordinating everything related to Star Wars. If there’s a book or comic or animated series or narrative-driven game in the works, it gets the Story Group stamp, as they help storytellers bring the world of Star Wars into a whole new galaxy.

And if you’re willing to do some detective work, it certainly looks like the recent books have been laying the groundwork to explain Supreme Leader Snoke, the villainous leader glimpsed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as the uncharted areas of the Star Wars universe.

Spoilers ahead for recent Star Wars novels.

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han solo movie

We may be getting a blast(er) from the past with the upcoming Han Solo standalone movie.

The newest entry in the Star Wars anthology series follows Rogue One by taking us to a time long ago, before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. We already knew that it would follow a young Han Solo and his origin as one of the most infamous smugglers in the galaxy, but new set photos reveal that we may see a familiar location in the still untitled film: Tatooine.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at how Christopher Nolan played a key role in the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out who won the fan vote to become the new Hasbro Star Wars figure, see video from Rian Johnson‘s editing session with John Williams, Daisy Ridley says that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is “more ominous,” take a first look at Kylo Ren’s new starship from The Last Jedi, Christopher Patrick Nolan who played a Rebel Trooper in the Darth Vader sequence from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals some inside information about the making of that sequence, find out which Last Jedi scenes played in full-screen ratio in the IMAX cut of the trailer and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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warwick davis in han solo

There are Star Wars actors and there are Star Wars mainstays, the performers who seem perfectly happy to be linked to the massively successful film series. Warwick Davis made his film debut in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, playing Wicket the Ewok, and he’s been attached at the hip to the saga ever since. In addition to playing roles in the various films, he’s also become one of the franchise’s figureheads, hosting events at Star Wars Celebration and generally appearing whenever an affable face is needed.

So yeah, of course he’s in the Han Solo movie.

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episode 9 changed

Carrie Fisher‘s tragic death rocked the world and a galaxy far, far away. But while the world had to come to terms with losing a beloved star, Star Wars: Episode 9 had to grapple with losing their General.

And after they mourned the loss of Fisher, the team behind Episode 9 had to rethink how they were moving forward with the sequel to The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. In the end, the only option was to not have General Leia Organa appear at all.

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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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