Han Solo and Jabba the hutt

A few weeks ago it was revealed that Woody Harrelson would be joining the cast of Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Star Wars standalone movie focusing on the origin story of Han Solo. At the time we had a few guesses as to who the Oscar-nominated actor might be playing, and now Woody has seemingly confirmed that he will be playing Garris Shrike in the second Star Wars Story…. or did he? Let’s hear what he said after the jump.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Woody Harrelson thinks it will be pretty cool to mentor Han Solo.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story picks up seven VES awards nominations.
  • The actor behind the digitally recreated Grand Moff Tarkin speaks out…
  • …and could more digitally recreated Star Wars characters be on the way?
  • One of the Rogue One editors talks about building the final film.
  • Rogue One writer Gary Whitta shares pictures from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set.
  • Brian Blessed has a pretty great Jar Jar Binks story.
  • And more!

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Woody Harrelson Han Solo character details

Last week it was revealed that Woody Harrelson would be joining the cast of Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Star Wars standalone movie focusing on the origin story of Han Solo. At the time we had a few guesses as to who the Oscar-nominated actor might be playing, and Woody is speaking publicly about his upcoming role, providing some clues to his role in the second Star Wars Story.

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Woody Harrelson in The Hunger Games

UPDATE: Woody Harrelson has officially been confirmed for the Han Solo spinoff. Read the full press release below. Also, read our speculative analysis of which character Woody Harrelson might be playing in the Han Solo movie.

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

One of the selling points of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was that there would be no sequel. This was a one and done movie that wasn’t trying to build a new franchise within the Star Wars brand. And while the fates of the heroic group of Rebel operatives has been solidly established in the movie, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Jyn Erso and crew. Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera has already appeared in the DisneyXD animated series Star Wars Rebels, and he won’t likely be the last.

Before Rogue One hit theaters, we heard reports that the Rogue One stars were signed to multi-picture options. We had initially heard rumors that Alden Ehrenreich would be making a cameo as Han Solo in Rogue One, and that didn’t pan out. But maybe it will actually be the other way around? Could we see characters from Rogue One in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller‘s yet-to-be-titled Han Solo standalone movie? If you ask Diego Luna if his character Cassian Andor may appear in the second Star Wars Story, he suspiciously avoids answering the question.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Adam Driver talks about the humanity of Star Wars: Episode 8.
  • Harrison Ford and Alden Ehrenreich have officially met.
  • New details revealed about Marvel’s Darth Maul miniseries.
  • A Star Wars regular will voice Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Lots of new Rogue One details revealed and discussed.
  • A very interesting Princess Leia petition…
  • How Diego Luna‘s son used Star Wars spoilers to woo girls.
  • ILM will receive a special Oscar for their Rogue One work.
  • And more!

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When Will the Han Solo Movie Hit Theaters?

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With occasional exceptions for an Avatar or a Lord of the Rings, December has not traditionally been a boom time for blockbusters. More often, summer is when the big-budget spectacles come out in full force. But you may have noticed that the past two winters have been absolutely dominated by Star Wars — and we have every reason to believe Episode VIII will repeat the trick in 2017.

No surprise then, that a new rumor claims Disney is thinking of sticking with that Christmas corridor, instead of shifting to summer with 2018’s Han Solo spinoff as originally planned. More about the Han Solo release date rumor below.  Read More »

Han Solo Fan Film

We already know that the next installment under the Star Wars Story banner following Rogue One is a movie that will follow a young Han Solo. Disney and Lucasfilm have already brought on Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) to direct, and Alden Ehrenreich has been to play the smuggler originated by Harrison Ford in 1977 with Donald Glover as his old buddy Lando Calrissian. But that movie won’t arrive until 2018.

In the meantime, some dedicated Star Wars fans got together to create a rather impressive short film following Han Solo on one of his early adventures. The project is called Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade, and while it’s obviously not up to the quality of any of the big screen chapters, but for a production made by fans, it’s one of the better attempts we’ve seen.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: carrie fisher as princess leia and jj abrams

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Carrie Fisher completed her work on Star Wars: Episode 8 before she passed away.
  • Rian Johnson offers a simple and compelling defense of the prequels.
  • Carrie Fisher was working on a new one-woman show prior to her death.
  • Adam Driver has a number of nice things to say about his Episode 8 director.
  • Poe Dameron comic writer Charles Soule will pay tribute to Carrie Fisher in an upcoming issue.
  • There is now an official online store to buy Star Wars autographs.
  • The Doctor Aphra comic is about to explore what happened to Yavin IV.
  • The Han Solo movie is about to begin casting its supporting cast.

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The most exciting aspect of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is that it represents an opportunity for Lucasfilm and the various creative people in its employ to break the mold on what a Star Wars movie can be. Freed from the obligation of carrying on the core saga, these spin-off movies have the potential to hire interesting directors with unique takes on the material who want to color far outside of the lines.

With Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy now describing Chris Miller and Phil Lord‘s upcoming Han Solo film as a heist movie and a western, it certainly sounds like they’re using these spin-offs to try something a little different.

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