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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Ron Howard on Han Solo Directing Gig

This week has been a whirlwind for Star Wars fans — the news that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired two-thirds of the way through production of the untitled Han Solo spin-off movie hit the Internet on Tuesday. Just as quickly, it was announced that Ron Howard would step in to finish directing the film.

But the man at the center of it all has remained largely silent as the fans and hot takes swirled around him. Now, Howard has spoken up about taking over the Han Solo directing gig, offering a humble response to the burden that has been placed on him.

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Han Solo Movie First Look

On Tuesday night, a shockwave was felt throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were abruptly fired from the Han Solo standalone movie. While the full story is unclear (and will probably be speculated and debated upon for years), we have some inside word on what happened behind the scenes. Why did Lucasfilm fire Han Solo directors Lord and Miller? And who might replace them to direct the rest of the film and the reshoots? Below, you can read the rumored story of how the clash happened behind-the-scenes of this Star Wars anthology movie

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rian johnson millenium falcon

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this week, Vanity Fair has published a huge cover story on this year’s forthcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We saw the four covers that will be on shelves this week, but now the full photo spread shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is online.

Along with the photos, there’s an extensive cover story that reveals a bunch of new Star Wars The Last Jedi details. So let’s run through everything we learned, including new information on characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, the location known as Canto Bight, and a surprising interaction between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher). Keep in mind that if you want to go into The Last Jedi completely blind, you probably shouldn’t read beyond this point. Read More »

episode 9 changed

Carrie Fisher‘s tragic death rocked the world and a galaxy far, far away. But while the world had to come to terms with losing a beloved star, Star Wars: Episode 9 had to grapple with losing their General.

And after they mourned the loss of Fisher, the team behind Episode 9 had to rethink how they were moving forward with the sequel to The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. In the end, the only option was to not have General Leia Organa appear at all.

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rey costume the last jedi

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at new images showing off Rey and Kylo Ren’s costumes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, video footage from the largest gathering of Star Wars droids that I’ve ever seen, the names of two major characters from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rian Johnson talks about the pressures of following up Force Awakens and his approach to The Last Jedi, a closer look at Johnson’s Millennium Falcon graffiti, how Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy discovered Star Wars in film school, A new theory which suggests that Rey’s parents were shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but are no one you might suspect, get a first look at the blockbuster Star Wars comics crossover with Doctor Aphra in Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, Kathleen Kennedy talks about the progress of future Star Wars spin-offs, a new video explains how Grand Admiral Thrawn was able to rise to one of the most powerful positions in the Galactic Empire despite being a nonhuman in an alien-hating military, Han Solo is shooting for a few weeks on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura but what planet is it? Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Star Wars Original Cuts - Return of the Jedi

Every now and then a new rumor emerges that the original cuts of Star Wars are on the verge of getting a home video release without all the Special Edition modifications George Lucas has made over the years, some of which were made even after the new version of the movies hit theaters in 1997. Sadly, fans are always left disappointed when it doesn’t come true.

Due to issues with the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the supposed difficulty of getting the original versions in a format that can easily be converted to a high-definition video format, it might be a lost cause. But even if there was the possibility of making it happen, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy seems to indicate that she doesn’t want to mess with what George Lucas has already done to the original Star Wars trilogy. Read More »

star wars standalone movies

Star Wars Celebration continues to be the gift that keeps on giving…provided that you like Star Wars movie news.

It’s been two days since the Orlando, Florida, convention ended, and we’re still getting news about Star Wars anthology films — including a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff! — as well as clarification over Disney CEO Bob Iger really meant about how Han Solo “got his name,” thanks to a recent MTV interview with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

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Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9

Ever since Carrie Fisher passed away before the end of 2016, Star Wars fans have wondered how her character General Leia would be handled as the Star Wars saga continued. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would not have to be altered following her passing, despite reports indicating that Carrie Fisher was meant to play a bigger role in Star Wars: Episode 9. Part of the solution was to use existing footage of Carrie Fisher in Episode 9 that was shot during production of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, according to Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher. But now Lucasfilm has done a complete 180 on that proposed plan.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently sat down for an interview after debuting the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (watch it over and over again right here, and then check out our trailer breakdown), and she said that we will not see Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9 after all. Find out what Kathleen Kennedy said about the matter after the jump. Read More »

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Kathleen Kennedy

While the development of new Star Wars films remains shrouded in mystery, fans are certain of at least two things: Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi and Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX will continue the tale of the Skywalker saga, and anything with “A Star Wars Story” in the title is considered a standalone spinoff film. We’ve been wondering what will happen after Episode IX for a while, and now Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has given us some insight into what she might have planned beyond 2019.
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