The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

Even though Ron Howard has been officially announced as the replacement director for Lucasfilm’s forthcoming Han Solo spin-off, many are still curious about what happened behind the scenes on the next installment in the A Star Wars Story series of films that began with Rogue One.

The official story was that the directing style of Phil Lord & Chris Miller clashed with what Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan had expected them to do, and their disagreement over the direction of the movie finally came to a head that resulted in their termination with three weeks left in production. But since then, some more details have come to the surface that shed some more light on the situation.

When it comes to stories that dig into the reasoning that saw the original Han Solo directors fired, it all still boils down to creative differences between Lord & Miller and Lucasfilm, but it’s the specifics that are rather interesting, though admittedly also a little gossipy. It includes talk of an acting coach, a reference to Ace Ventura and more.

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Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

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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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Han Solo Spin-Off Cast - Ian Kenny

Last week brought the tiniest of updates regarding the Star Wars spin-off film that will focus on Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. Not only did we learn the name of the character that Woody Harrelson will be playing (which didn’t really tell us anything), but Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some vague details about what we’ll see unfold in the movie. But today, the Han Solo spin-off also gained a new cast member.

Ian Kenny is probably best known for playing the bully in last year’s musical gem Sing Street, but pretty soon he’ll be even better known by millions around the world having just been made part of the Han Solo spin-off cast. Read More »

Woody Harrelson Han Solo Character

Over the past five years, we’ve seen Woody Harrelson get involved in some fun franchises like The Hunger Games and Now You See Me. This year, he’ll go a little darker with a villainous turn in War for the Planet of the Apes, but his biggest franchise role yet is still on the horizon.

Back in January, Harrelson was confirmed for a role in the developing Han Solo spin-off that will focus on the earlier years of the smuggler before he got caught up in the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Empire. Since then, we’ve learned that the Woody Harrelson Han Solo character would be a mentor to the beloved scoundrel, one who is also a criminal in his own right. Now we finally have a name for the character. Read More »

Han Solo Spin-Off

Lawrence Kasdan has been doing a lot of talking now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters and millions have seen it. He doesn’t really have any insight into where Star Wars: Episode 8 will go since he and J.J. Abrams left that in the hands of director and writer Rian Johnson, but he does have some interesting things to say about what will be his last Star Wars movie.

Kasdan recently talked a bit about the developing Han Solo spin-off that will be directed by The LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller, and he’s trying to assuage any fears fans might have of yet another origin story in the Star Wars universe following the disappointing beginnings of characters like Anakin Skywalker and Boba Fett in the prequels. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams and lawrence kasdan

Yes, we know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens just opened about a week ago, so it might be a little early to already start talking about Star Wars: Episode 8. But at the same time, this new era of Star Wars was done well enough to get most fans excited to see where director Rian Johnson takes the sci-fi saga next.

If you’re wondering whether or not J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan intricately planned how the next two installments should play out, the answer is mostly no. But Kasdan says there were ideas about the ultimate end of this new trilogy. Find out what Kasdan had to say, but beware of The Force Awakens spoilers from here on out! Read More »

star wars writer

Once upon a time, Lawrence Kasdan wrote (and occasionally directed) many of your favorite movies. You’ll find his name on Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Body Heat, The Big Chill, and Silverado. For a stretch, he had a magic touch – whatever he touched turned into something great. Even the film that derailed his career for a decade, an adaptation of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher, is the kind of mesmerizing, stunningly awful bad-movie-masterpiece that could have only been made by a genuinely talented person.

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still in development a few years ago, director J.J. Abrams brought Kasdan into the fold to co-write the screenplay with him and it just felt right. After all, if you’re going to capture that original trilogy vibe you might as well work with someone who helped craft that vibe in the first place. Kasdan immediately followed up that assignment with a Han Solo anthology film. However, the legendary screenwriter has now revealed that he’ll be retiring from the Star Wars business after that next project.

For all the Star Wars writer news worth dissecting and speculating over, hit the jump.

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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 »

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