I decided to draw and design my own poster for an Obi Wan Kenobi standalone film – in the style of a Spaghetti Western

Ah, the Kenobi Star Wars Story film that could be. The movie idea that just won’t go away, thanks to people asking Ewan McGregor if he’d do a movie that would make him lots of money, playing a beloved character in an even more beloved franchise again, every two months or so expecting a surprise answer. Kenobi is not actually a thing, at least not yet. Still, this fan-designed poster, featuring McGregor returning to the role in the “Dark Times” era that the other two Star Wars Story movies also cover, is pretty darn awesome. The poster by Tom Lathom-Sharp invokes the spaghetti western genre that was a major inspiration for Star Wars, and features a villain that could very well be an evolution of Cad Bane, the cowboyesque bounty hunter from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Yes, McGregor would do the movie, and yes, we’d see it.

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While we’ve only just learned who’ll complete the Han Solo film as director, there’s still a big question mark by several of the castmembers, as we don’t know what character – or even really what role – they’re playing. Emilia Clarke commented on her mystery role to RollingStone, but was worried Lucasfilm’s real-life contingent of stormtroopers would be by to silence her if she said too much:

“All I can say is that she’s awesome. Like, legit, that’s all I can actually get away with saying. There’s a stormtrooper with a gun, and he’s going to come walking in any second.”

According to reliable rumor mill That Hashtag Show, another character from the original Star Wars trilogy will be showing up in Han Solo. Yup, it’s Jabba the Hutt, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, since Han had been working with him for some time before the original trilogy, and since we know Jabba and the Hutts were active during this entire era, it makes perfect sense.

george lucas

With a story as big as the Han Solo director switch, everyone who’s ever been associated with the films or characters has to be asked their opinion: it’s geek news law. Luckily, TMZ got to George Lucas, the Maker himself (who has worked with Ron Howard as an actor and director), and asked about Howard’s move into the chair.

“I think he’ll be great.”

George, never change.

Okay, this is the last Han Solo director-related story, we swear (until it isn’t). Chris Miller, one of the two now-former directors, took to Twitter with an oh-so-subtle bit of snark, tweeting just two words, “Situation normal.” That of course refers to the scene in A New Hope when Han Solo tries – and fails – to clear the air over an intercom with the superiors of the stormtroopers he and Luke took out while freeing Leia. When Han said it, it wasn’t exactly true. Hopefully, that’s not the case for Miller and his directing partner Phil Lord.

The BFI Film Academy has partnered with Lucasfilm to install trainees for on-the-job learning on the sets of Star Wars films. Thanks to the behind-the-scenes video they posted to twitter, you can see many BB-8 shells, an Imperial droid likely from Han Solo, and even a couple of shots from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, including new Rey and Phasma bits. The BFI’s program includes many women and people of color – two groups we have not seen behind the camera of Star Wars films much (if at all), so it’s a pretty great-looking program. Now let’s get these kids in the director’s chairs!

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Both Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story walked away from the Saturn Awards with some extra hardware this year. Rebels won for best animated series or film on television, and Rogue One won best sci-fi picture, best director, and best visual effects. Congrats to the teams involved and check out the full list of winners.

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