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Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of sweet, nourishing, life-enriching Star Wars news! In today’s edition:

  • Lawrence Kasdan teases his Han Solo movie.
  • Fascinating work-in-progress Ralph McQuarrie art is revealed.
  • Peter Mayhew reveals himself to be one stellar guy.
  • Someone printed their own 24-inch Star Destroyer.
  • Two Star Wars novels get new release dates.
  • Luke Skywalker is on Twitter and he’s very lonely.
  • The classic Star Wars movies re-cut into modern movie trailers.

Following a Directors Guild of America screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-writer/director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan participated in a Q&A that focused mostly on the film everyone had just watched. However, Kasdan was also grilled about the upcoming Han Solo movie he’s writing for directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Interestingly, Kasdan says he accepted this gig before he was roped into helping finish The Force Awakens:

I wasn’t sure I wanted to be involved. And I was a little relieved when they said Michael Arndt had been hired to write ‘Episode VII,’ because whoever writes that episode, I don’t know what you do with it. But they said, ‘Here are these other stories we’d like to do.’ And the one that caught my attention was a young Han Solo because that’s my favorite character.

Kasdan later doubled down on the message that everyone in connection to this project has been trying to make clear – this isn’t a Han Solo origin movie, but rather just a look at this character having an adventure in the years before the original 1977 Star Wars:

It will not be here’s where he was born and this is how he was raised. I think what it will be is, what was he like 10 years earlier, maybe a little earlier, you’ll get a glimpse. But Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are. And Harrison embodies in ‘Force Awakens’ someone who is still not settled on who he is.

Fair enough, Mr. Kasdan. But we’re keeping an eye on this project. Han Solo is sacred turf.

mcquarrie

The office Star Wars site has been sharing art that famed illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, who is best known for designing countless iconic elements of the original Star Wars trilogy, created for a series of published and unpublished books in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Having the chance to view his earliest sketches and, in some cases, the finished product, is fascinating. There are few things as pleasurable as watching a talented artist do what he does best.

Digital Spy reports that Ashley Fleetwood, widow of Daniel Fleetwood, was recently invited to visit the home of Peter Mayhew. Mayhew is, of course, the actor who has played Chewbacca since 1977. Daniel Fleetwood is, of course, the Star Wars fan who passed away last year shortly after J.J. Abrams granted him an early screening of the finished film. It turns out that Mayhew’s home has a “Chewie Museum” and everything:

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the blockbuster saga, invited the widow of late fan Daniel Fleetwood to his home.

Ashley Fleetwood was granted a visit to Mayhew’s farm in Texas, which includes a “Chewie museum”.

Daniel, who was terminally ill and passed away last month aged 32, was granted an early screening of new film The Force Awakens after a social media campaign went viral.

It looks like you can add Mr. Mayhew to that list of fine, upstanding celebrities you secretly keep in the back of your brain.

star destroyer

Here’s a two-foot long 3D-printed Star Destroyer that was exactingly recreated piece by piece and assembled with hot glue. Welcome to 2016. Feeling lazy yet?

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