Geroge Lucas Solo Set Visit - Willow

Ron Howard has grown up in show business. He began his acting career at a young age as one of the main characters on The Andy Griffith Show and countless appearances on plenty of other classic TV shows. He was able to ride that wave through his teens, 20s and 30s before beginning a career behind the camera as a feature filmmaker. Now, he finds himself trying to save a major blockbuster in one of the biggest franchises in the world, and it just so happens to be based on characters created by the filmmaker who gave him one of his most well-known roles as a big screen actor.

Back in 1972, Ron Howard starred in American Graffiti for director George Lucas, a promising young filmmaker who had just come off his acclaimed sci-fi project THX-1138. He went by Ronny Howard in those days, and he first heard about Star Wars on the set of American Graffiti when it still just an idea popping around George Lucas’ head. Who would have ever thought that 43 years later the two would find themselves on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story, working together to bring the origin story of one of George Lucas’ most iconic characters to life? Read More »

Solo Trailer Breakdown - Donald Glover Lando Calrissian Interview

This week brought our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story, and while this movie may be about Han Solo’s younger years, one character is already stealing the show from him.

Solo: A Star Wars Story not only introduces us to a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich, but also his scoundrel of a pal Lando Calrissian. Bringing the future Cloud City overseer to life is none other than Donald Glover, who seems to succeed in everything he sets his mind to. He recently sat down to discuss the young Lando Calrissian and what he can tell us about the first owner of the Millennium Falcon.

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New Solo Images

After months of waiting around for the first Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, it finally arrived this week. And now, the deluge has begun. A slew of new Solo images have arrived online, along with new details about the characters and plot points involved in this origin story. So buckle in. We’re going to make the jump to lightspeed and run down what you need to know.

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Solo Trailer Breakdown - Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Last night’s Super Bowl brought our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story with a 45-second spot introducing the young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich. But it was mostly a tease for the full trailer that arrived this morning with much more footage from the Star Wars spin-off origin story.

There’s not much for us to glean as far as story details are concerned, but this is our first proper glimpse at anything from Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it does provide us with a few pieces of Han Solo’s origin and more. So let’s dig in with this Solo trailer breakdown.

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paul bettany han solo

If you’re a /Film reader, you’re probably familiar with the messy production of Solo: A Star Wars Story by now. We’ve written about the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the hiring of Ron Howard to finish the movie, how actor Michael K. Williams could not return for the reshoots, and how Paul Bettany stepped in to take his place. Now, we’ve reached the point where we can start talking about Solo as an actual movie and not something that is totally on fire.

Case in point: we can now talk a little about who Bettany is playing in the movie.

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Solo

Horror blog ShockTillYouDrop.com will soon begin distributing films, and their first foray into your home is called SoloIsaac Cravit wrote and directed the thriller which is about a young summer camp counselor (DeGrassi’s Annie Clark) who must survive on her own for two days as initiation to her new organization. How does it go down?Things are very, very quiet, she learns about herself in the wilderness, and goes home happy. Roll credits.

Of course that’s not what happens! Things get incredibly freaky and disturbing, which is why the horror movie blog is on board. Check out the first trailer for the independent thriller, which will be out October 22, below. Read More »

Antonio Banderas to Direct ‘Solo’

Briefly: In the US Antonio Banderas is thought of as an actor rather than a director. But he’s already made two features (Crazy in Alabama and Summer Rain) and is about to embark upon his third. Solo will be produced by and likely star Mr. Banderas as well, and it is a thriller with some sort of sci-fi element.

Variety says Solo will be “a psychological thriller with sci-fi touches turning on a Spanish colonel suffering post-conflict trauma.” Antonio Banderas will play the colonel, but we don’t have much more info other than that he says the film is ultimately about solitude. The script is by Erik Jendresen, who wrote a few episodes of Band of Brothers, but whose later feature credits (Otis and Crazy as Hell) aren’t all that appealing.

Solo will shoot next year, and despite being a Spanish production with Spanish actors, it will be shot in English. “Unfortunately, to reach large international markets, you have to shoot in English,” Mr. Banderas said.