Han Solo shortlist

Harrison Ford is Han Solo, as much as any real person can embody any fictional character, and it’s tough to imagine anyone else stepping into the role after nearly 40 years. But with a “young Han Solo” spinoff in the works from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the time has come for us to meet and hopefully fall for a different stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.

The filmmakers have taken their time, reportedly looking at thousands of young actors for the part, and now they’ve finally started to narrow down their choices. Among those on the shortlist are Miles TellerAnsel ElgortDave Franco, and Logan Lerman. Hit the jump for more on the Han Solo shortlist.  Read More »

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animated spider-man movie release date

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a special kind of disaster. A year and a half removed from the wreckage, it has become fascinating in an anthropological sense – here is a movie that broke one of the most popular movie franchises in Hollywood industry and gave a major studio a black eye so severe that they had to sit down with Marvel Studios and Disney because they no longer had any idea what to do with the world’s most popular superhero not named Batman.

The end results: Sony signed off on Peter Parker joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own solo movie that is set for release on July 28, 2017…and a new animated Spider-Man movie with no connection to his live action counterpart from directors/miracle workers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. However, that second project has undergone a delay and will no longer open in the summer of 2018. It has shifted to a new date with a handful of interesting, if not solid, implications.

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new han solo actor

Recasting Han Solo for a spin-off movie about the charming scoundrel’s early adventures across the galaxy sounds like such a disastrous folly that of course directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are involved. Only the directors of 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, guys whose modus operandi seems to be “How do we take this terrible idea and make it glorious?”, could make us feel like this one is going to be totally okay.

But still: how the heck do you recast Han Solo, a character who is built entirely on the specific charms of the great Harrison Ford? Fortunately, Miller, Lord, and Lucasfilm know just how tricky and important this is going to be. If they don’t find the right actor, this whole thing falls apart. And that’s why they’ve already looked at thousands of actors for a movie that doesn’t even begin filming for well over a year.

The hunt for a new Han Solo actor is officially underway and there are all kinds of people, known and unknown, in contention for this potentially career-defining (or derailing) role.

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Hey… we hear you’re interested in some Star Wars Bits. Follow us. C’mon. We’ve got all the Star Wars Bits you could possibly want. In today’s batch:

  • Harrison Ford surprises Star Wars fans… for charity!
  • George Lucas explains why he’s done with the series.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse reveals a stunning Star Wars commemorative magazine.
  • John Boyega loves his lightsaber.
  • Riz Ahmed‘s Rogue One character name, revealed.
  • The surprising origin of Captain Phasma.
  • One insane The Force Awakens tattoo.

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Richard Linklater Exits ‘The Rosie Project’

new Linklater film

Earlier this week Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) dropped out of The Rosie Project. Now Richard Linklater (Boyhood), has followed her lead, leaving the Sony project without a star or director. Learn why Linklater exited The Rosie Project after the jump.

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serial TV series

The popular podcast Serial, which was spun off from the podcast series This American Life, is going to return as an audio series sometime in the next few months. But there’s also a Serial TV series on the way, and now we know some details. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films as well as Fox’s series The Last Man on Earth, will produce the Serial TV series. Read More »

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Han Solo movie

Just one month ago we got word that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller would be at the helm of the second Star Wars Anthology movie coming in 2018, this one focusing on Han Solo, renowned smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon. But since then we haven’t heard anything about the project, not even wild rumors.

But that changes today as Chris Miller spoke a little bit about the “huge pressure” of making a Han Solo adventure, let alone a new Star Wars movie, and how they’re grappling with the fact that they’re making a “childhood dream” come true. Find out more about what Chris Miller said about the Han Solo movie after the jump! Read More »

last man on earth season 2

The cast and creators of The Last Man on Earth mingled with the press at the Television Critics Association summer press tour yesterday. Fox execs announced Jason Sudeikis is going to be added to the cast, but the mere attendance of January Jones at this even suggests that the show has not abandoned its Tucson-based characters, even though (spoiler) Phil Miller (Will Forte) and Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal) left Tucson in the season finale.

Executive producer Chris Miller was careful not to spoil too much of the upcoming season, but hinted at how the split works out. “I will say that Phil and Carol are in one place at the very beginning,” Chris Miller said. “January is in another place. I will also say that the majority of this season does not take place in Tucson.” Read More »

23 Jump Street

The prospect of Phil Lord and Chris Miller writing the Flash and animated Spider-Man movies, and directing Han Solo’s Star Wars Anthology film, is very exciting. We’d suspected that these commitments would prohibit them from directing the third entry in the Jump Street franchise that, against all expectations, they helped turn into a blockbuster series. They’d already decided to produce Lego Movie sequels and spinoffs for other directors while concentrating on other big-screen projects and TV series like The Last Man on Earth.

Chris Miller was at the Fox day for the Television Critics Association summer press tour representing The Last Man on Earth, and he confirmed for me that he and Phil Lord are likely only going to produce 23 Jump Street. Read More »