Finally, we may receive the Obi-Wan spin-off movie we were looking for. The long-rumored Star Wars standalone movie centered around the Jedi Master first played by Alec Guinness in A New Hope and Ewan McGregor in the prequel films looked like it was finally getting off the ground last year when news broke that The Hours director Stephen Daldry was in talks with Lucasfilm to direct.
But then, as the Star Wars fandom attention turned to Star Wars: The Last Jedi then Solo: A Star Wars Story, not a peep was heard from Lucasfilm about the potential Obi-Wan spin-off. Until now.
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After years of being rumored and discussed, we have word that another Star Wars spin-off is in the works that will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This is the first time that the news has come from one of the major entertainment trades, and they even have word that Billy Elliot and The Hours director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct.
We recorded a podcast talking indepth about this breaking news with Fanboys director Kyle Newman, including the filmmaker involved, what the movie could be about, and our genral thoughts. You can listen to that podcast embedded below. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).
Find out more about the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off below.
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The minute Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, we knew the studio planned to expand the Star Wars franchise far beyond what we’d already seen. To their credit, they moved quickly: it’s now five years later, and they’re already in production on their third Star Wars movie. Now you can go ahead and mark your calendars for 2032, because Disney CEO Bob Iger says there’s a good chance they’ll still be pumping out Star Wars films at that point. Read More »
Star Wars fans are some of the most rabid in pop culture. The most hardcore of them know each and every detail of a lightsaber, they can name dozens of planets in the galaxy, they know the names of the most obscure characters with the smallest amount of screentime, and they’re also the most critical of every single decision made as a movie crawls through development.
For an actor like Alden Ehrenreich, that’s an especially daunting environment when you’ve been cast as fan favorite character Han Solo in his own A Star Wars Story installment coming in 2018. But thanks to co-director Phil Lord, one particular scene in the sports drama Hoosiers helped him calm down about the long road he has ahead of him as the galaxy’s best known smuggler.
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This winter brings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to theaters. It will be the first theatrically release live-action Star Wars feature film that tells a story outside of the traditional trilogy narrative of the saga. Even though we still have months before we see that film in its entirety, the second movie in the Star Wars Story series is already in the works, and it will focus on the famous smuggler Han Solo before he became caught up with the Rebellion in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Alden Ehrenreich was previously confirmed to play Han Solo, taking the role played memorably by Harrison Ford, and just yesterday we learned that a young Lando Calrissian will be joining him at some point in the movie. Right now the hunt is on for an actor to play the scoundrel friend of Han Solo who made his debut in The Empire Strikes Back and received an expanded role in Return of the Jedi.
After the initial report surfaced, Donald Glover was said to be the frontrunner. But there’s no guarantee he’ll end up with the part when all is said and done, so we came up with a batch of 15 other possibilities for who could play young Lando Calrissian. Some of the choices are obvious, but we dug a little deeper for some of the options to come up with some lesser known names who could catch their big break like Harrison Ford did back in 1977. Read More »
UPDATE: Birth Movies Death is reporting that Community and The Martian star Donald Glover is currently Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s number one choice to play the young Lando. While he has yet to commit to the part and he could easily say no, it’s easy to imagine Glover stepping in for Billy Dee Williams. He has the right mixture of charm, humor, and dramatic chops.
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You know him as Han Solo‘s old buddy, and he once owned the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy before it ended up in the custody of the famous smuggler. Therefore we couldn’t have a Han Solo spin-off without bringing Lando Calrissian into the mix.
A new report indicates that casting for the Star Wars Story that will focus on the younger days of Han Solo is looking to fill a role going by the code name “Chance,” and that character is actually meant to be young Lando Calrissian, the future administrator of Cloud City. Read More »
Disney has locked down actor Alden Ehrenreich to be their new Han Solo in the spin-off film that will be directed by The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord & Chris Miller. In total, over 2,500 actors auditioned for the role including Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Emory Cohen, Jack Reynor, and Taron Egerton. But Ehrenreich came out on top. While his work as an actor speaks for itself, Ehrenreich had someone in his corner who vouched for him, and it just so happens to be iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
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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 »
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 »