Star Wars Bits: New ‘Episode 8’ Location, Great New ‘Star Wars’ Posters, Harrison Ford to Introduce Disney’s Star Wars Land
Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
You may have noticed that Rogue One news stories are becoming common enough that we’ve had to spin them off into their own separate series. Does that mean Star Wars Bits is any less crammed full of cool stuff? Nah. In today’s edition:
- Star Wars: Episode 8 heads to a familiar location.
- Two potential Han Solo actors speak out.
- Harrison Ford will introduce Star Wars Land on television.
- A clip from the next episode of Star Wars Rebels.
- An official update on the latest Star Wars trading cards.
- Star Wars: Battlefront gets new updates.
- A smorgasbord of great Star Wars art that you can buy right now.
According to the good folks at Making Star Wars, Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode 8 will film in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This area should already be well-known to some pop culture fans – this is where they film the King’s Landing scenes on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Details of the shoot are not known, but Making Star Wars cites a pleasant atmosphere and killer tax breaks, so it sounds like everyone wins. Especially you, since you can know impress everyone in your life with the latest connection between Westeros and the Star Wars universe.
How do you play Han Solo without, you know, being Harrison Ford? According to Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor, who is reportedly in contention to star in Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s upcoming young Han Solo spin-off, you try to do your own thing. While he wouldn’t confirm that he’s up for the part, he did tell MTV:
We’re talking about Harrison Ford. He’s no chump. You can’t do an imitation. You can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new. It’s also got to be something that the audience is going to respond to.
Meanwhile, Logan Lerman (who is also supposedly on Lucasfilm’s shorlist) said “I don’t think I’d be intimidated. It would just be fun.” Is that kind of brashness admirable or insane? You decide.
But here’s the real question for anyone looking to play Han Solo – who is willing to grin and bear it for the Disney corporation? EW has revealed that Harrison Ford will host an ABC television special that will offer an official first look at Disneyland and Disney World’s upcoming Star Wars Land expansions. We know that these ambitious areas will feature shops and restaurants and envelope-pushing rides (including one that puts you in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon), but beyond a few boilerplate quotes and few pieces of concept art, the whole endeavor remains cloaked in mystery. But now, we’ll get to learn a little more thanks to Han Solo himself. Place your bets now on which Ford shows up: the positive, spirited guy who promoted Star Wars: The Force Awakens or the grumpy, grumbly Ford who has promoted everything else in the past decade.
While we’re on the subject of Harrison Ford, artist Jeff Victor has revealed this very cool tribute to the beloved actor, which depicts his most iconic characters across 40 years and eight films. The Star Wars entries are cool and all, but you’ve got to love that he included a gem like Witness.
Speaking of Star Wars on television, Disney has released another new clip from the next episode of Star Wars Rebels, titled “The Protector of Concord Dawn.” The scene finds Hera behind the controls of an A-Wing fighter, trying to elude death at the hands of some not-very-nice guys who seem to want her dead.