Why Lucasfilm May Not Delay Han Solo


With the firing of the Han Solo directors and the hiring of Ron Howard, you\’re hearing a lot of people predicting that the movie will be delayed until December once again. There are actually a couple of reasons why this may not happen, beginning with Ron Howard himself.

Ron Howard has been making movies for more than thirty-five years and is one of the fastest and best in Hollywood at it. In the 90s it wasn\’t uncommon to see him direct and release a movie yearly. That\’s one of the reasons why Lucasfilm brought him on. With 75% of a movie filmed and with eleven months left, he has more than enough time to make the May release date.

The other reason has to do with money. While December has been good for Star Wars, moving the franchise to the end of May is better for the Walt Disney Company as a whole. With Star Wars ending a May that Marvel kicked off, Disney would potentially have the box office momentum to be the #1 movie at the box office all summer long from May through July in both 2018 and 2018 using new releases from all of their studios to maintain that. This is a huge bragging point to Disney\’s shareholders and it\’s also Iger\’s last two years as CEO, so that\’s a huge high to go out on.

When Disney announced that Episode IX would release in May of 2019, making it the second of their Star Wars movies releasing in the summer after Han Solo, many people became confused. Why would Disney release an Avengers movie and a Star Wars movie in the same month two years in a row? It\’s actually pretty simple if people took the time to look at a calendar and researched the box office history of Marvel movies.

With the exception of the first Avengers in 2012, which stayed at #1 in its fourth week, most Marvel Studios films drop out of the #1 spot by their third week. Disney owns Marvel and they\’re well aware of this. By releasing a Marvel film in their traditional first weekend of May they\’ll be #1 for the first three weeks of the month. Then right at the end of the month, in the Memorial Day weekend, Disney unleashes a Star Wars movie securing both the #1 and #2 spots at the box office and potentially maintaining the #1 box office spot for nearly two months. That\’s a huge thing for Disney to brag about.

Looking at both Decembers, it actually works against Disney to release Star Wars up against their big films due to the close release dates. In 2018 they have Mary Poppins Returns scheduled for Christmas Day. Thats less than two weeks after when they would have released a Star Wars movie. And Star Wars fans may be aghast at this revelation, but to the Walt Disney Company, the Mary Poppins sequel is one of their most important releases in the last couple of decades. It\’s a sequel to Walt Disney\’s 1964 crowning achievement. Walt would pass away two years after the original Mary Poppins, so that movie stands as one of his greatest achievements on the big screen. As it shares some crossover in the family audience of Star Wars, Disney wouldn\’t want the two to cannibalize each other at the box office. The movie is such a big deal for Disney, as a 2018 release, they\’re already beginning to hype up the movie with a recent Entertainment Weekly cover.

December 2019 is even worse for Star Wars. Frozen 2 has been set for the last weekend of November, and Disney has positioned it there so it can soar across the December box office and leave everything else in its wake. Like with Mary Poppins, they don\’t want to release a Star Wars movie (especially a major one like Episode IX) two weeks after Frozen 2 just so the family audience wouldn\’t be there for Star Wars.

Going back to Marvel, that is also why Disney has wanted Star Wars at the end of May since The Force Awakens. Before JJ Abrams needed more time to remake A New Hope, the movie was internally scheduled for May 22, 2015. Disney moved Tomorrowland into that date when they had to push Star Wars to December. Before they needed more time to polish up and finish the script for The Last Jedi, it was officially scheduled to release on May 26, 2017. Just one day after the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars.

Ever since the Lucasfilm purchase Disney saw huge summer box office dollar signs for the company as a whole if they could kick off May with Marvel and then have Star Wars rekindle the momentum into June after Marvel fell out of #1. Aside from the tradition of having Star Wars in May, that\’s the real reason they want to move the movies back and why they have absolutely no problem with Avengers and Star Wars in the same month.

Rumor: Practical-CG Hybrid Jabba Appearing in Han Solo

Han Solo is known to have a history with the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt, so it\’d make sense to show them meeting in an origin movie. That\’s what it sounds like may be happening with the Han Solo movie and it\’ll be a new type of Jabba we haven\’t seen before.

According to The Hashtag Show Jabba the Hutt plays a pretty big part in the movie, and this time they\’ll be using a combination of practical puppet effects and CGI to bring him to life in the movie.

And there\’s another thing to add to this rumor. In the Star Wars comic (currently set between ANH and ESB) there was a storyline where Luke dealt with the Hutts early in the run. One was a baddie named Grakkus, and Lucasfilm came up with little legs that the huts use to move, so they\’re not sloshing around like a slug all the time:


As with most things in the new canon, the comics can introduce story elements that will then appear in movies. It seems like Lucasfilm likes to foreshadow small things in this way, such as the Hammerhead Corvettes showing up in Rebels first, or the fact that Vader lives on Mustafar being hinted at there long before Rogue One.

So don\’t be too surprised if Jabba the Hutt shows up in Han Solo with little legs attached to him that allow him to quickly move about.

The Han Solo Crew Cheered When Ron Howard Was Hired

When your cast & crew breaks into applause and cheers when their directors are replaced, you know something was very wrong there.

That\’s what apparently happened when Ron Howard as announced as the replacement for Christopher Lord and Phil Miller according to THR:

\”But Lord and Miller were not prepared to have Kasdan become a shadow director. With an impasse reached, Kennedy finally pulled the trigger. The next day, when the crew was told that Ron Howard would take over as director, sources say they broke into applause.\”

Even worse they weren\’t even making much progress on the movie; only filming about three setups a day:

\”That day the two used only three different setups — that is, three variations on camera placement — as opposed to the 12 to 15 that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had expected, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Not only was the going slow, but the few angles that had been shot did not provide a wealth of options to use in editing the movie.\”

The piece goes on the say that Ron Howard will be filming the movie until the first week of September. Hopefully we\’ll hear more about Han Solo at D23 Expo in two weeks.

Ron Howard Will Direct Han Solo!


For the first time ever, a Star Wars movie will be helmed by someone who won an Oscar for Best Director.

THR confirmed the news this morning:

\”Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors — Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call — to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs.

The movie was scheduled to shoot for three-and-a-half more weeks, with five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule — the latter a standard procedure on large franchise productions.\”

And the Star Wars Official Site confirmed it following that:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

I am still very excited for The Last Jedi, but now I\’m more excited for Han Solo as Ron Howard is one of my favorite directors. Apollo 13 is easily tied with E.T. as my favorite movie of all time, and he was mentored by Lucas appearing in American Graffiti and then directing Willow for George in the 80s. He\’s a perfect choice for Star Wars and this is great news for the Han Solo movie.

The Han Solo Movie Loses its Directors

Bombshell news just came out about the untitled Han Solo movie. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the movie and a new director will be announced soon.

The Official Site has statements from both Kathleen Kennedy and the directors:

\”Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm in a statement.

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

If Lorde and Miller aren\’t safe when the Han Solo movie is still in production, could this mean Trevorrow could be replaced as well? That was something fans brought up after his latest movie, The Book of Henry, was ravaged for being absolute garbage.

Hopefully we\’ll find out the new director on Han Solo soon.

Han Solo Crew Shirts Include a Cool Title Logo

An image of a crew shirt from the Han Solo movie has leaked online and it includes a pretty cool logo for a potential title of the movie.

The front of the shirt has a \”Star Wars: Solo\” logo with the \”L\” in Solo being made up of Han\’s famous DL-44 blaster. This isn\’t the production name for the movie, as that was \”Red Cup\”, which referenced the red solo cups that inspired Han Solo\’s name.

Lucasfilm is expected to reveal the final title for the Han Solo movie within the next few weeks, likely by the time of D23 Expo in early July. If it ends up being \”Star Wars: Solo\” and uses a logo like that, we\’d be perfectly fine with it. It\’s a simple and fitting title for the Han Solo standalone origin movie.

First Look at an Alien from the Han Solo Movie


Two years ago during a Force for Change promo video JJ Abrams gave the world their first look at an alien from The Force Awakens. History repeated itself today with a video from the Han Solo set.

The official Star Wars YouTube channel released a video of Warwick Davis promoting the latest Force for Change contest and it features a clip from the Han Solo set. It\’s quick but it gives us a quick peek at one of the background aliens from the movie that\’s currently filming.

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No Panel for Han Solo at Star Wars Celebration Orlando


A traditional panel from the last two Star Wars Celebrations is missing this year, which means Han Solo won\’t get the spotlight.

The previous two Celebrations featured a \”Future Filmmaker\’s Panel\”. At Anaheim we learned about Rogue One and how Josh Trank likely wouldn\’t be involved with Star Wars anymore. Then in London they covered Han Solo a little bit with the directors and Han himself. This year that panel is not on the official schedule for the convention meaning they\’re skipping it and anything big that will be announced could be done during the 40th Anniversary panel.

Current rumor says Disney is holding off on Han Solo stuff until the D23 Expo in July. While it\’s likely we could get the title before then, if for some reason that doesn\’t happen it\’s expected that they\’ll reveal the title and possibly even more at Disney\’s presentation.

The D23 Expo is every two years, and they tend to show things very far out there. Two years ago they showed the first footage for Pirates 5, which is out this May. With Han Solo currently due in May of 2018, it\’s even possible they may show some kind of behind-the-scenes clip at D23.

Han Solo Wasn\’t Always Known as \’Han Solo\’?

How\’s this for a bombshell bit of Star Wars news about the upcoming Han Solo movie?

Disney\’s Bob Iger, who just had his contract extended to July of 2019, was just being interviewed by the USC Marshall School of Business (Periscope link) and he revealed that the Han Solo movie would follow him from age 18 to 24, how he met Chewie, found the Falcon…and how he got his name.


That\’s a pretty huge surprise. I\’m sure there is going to be endless speculation for the next year or so about what Han Solo\’s real name is…

Woody Harrelson\’s Star Wars Character Name Revealed (NOT Garris Shrike)


A couple of months ago, right before we learned the title of The Last Jedi, many sites were making themselves look really stupid by proclaiming that Woody Harrelson would be playing an obscure SWEU character in the Han Solo movie. Garris Shrike was Han\’s mentor in the old SWEU and since Harrelson was playing his mentor in the movie it had to be him, right? Thankfully Lucasfilm made everyone forget of the stupidity of that by quickly releasing the Episode VIII title and squashing the clickbait madness over Shrike.

Now we know the real name of Harrelson\’s character, and he casually revealed it this time avoiding any of the confusion that led to the Garris Shrike \”certainty\” a couple of months ago. He appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night and said his character name in the Star Wars movie is \”Beckett\”. It\’s obviously a new character, not one from the SWEU, which is exactly what you\’d expect from the Kasdans as they never read any of the novels and don\’t know those characters.

Here\’s the video where he gives his character\’s name:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWJcvW_FFM0&w=853&h=480]

Has Peter Mayhew Officially Retired From Chewie?

A couple days ago a Tweet went out in reaction to the Han Solo cast photo that many fans are taking as a sign that Peter Mayhew has retired from Chewbacca. Everyone knows that Joonas Suotamo played Chewie for a lot of The Force Awakens, with Peter reprising the role the remainder of the time. But now it looks as if Joonas is the sole Chewbacca for the Han Solo film.

Joonas Suotamo posted this statement on his Twitter the other day:

I'm ecstatic. It's official. And here is my statement to this terrific piece of news https://t.co/a1DPsNDb2P pic.twitter.com/r4EUZ2r17V

— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) February 21, 2017


The wording of that certainly sounds as if the torch has been passed. It\’s unclear how things worked out in The Last Jedi, but it is known that Joonas was apparently involved there and Mayhew was at one time listed as the \”Chewbacca consultant\” on the film.

Both Han Solo and Episode IX Are Officially Set for May Dates (For Now)

When Lucasfilm once again said that Han Solo would be coming out on May 25, 2018 yesterday some people were surprised because people assume Disney would want Star Wars in December from now on. However it does look like that right now they want the next two movies in May.

Han Solo opening in May makes business sense for Disney. Avatar 2 still has not yet been delayed out of its December 21, 2018 date and James Cameron is actually filming the sequels this summer. Also Disney has just begun production on their big budget Mary Poppins Returns, which is scheduled for Christmas Day 2018. With Pandora: The World of Avatar opening in Walt Disney World this May, Disney needs that franchise to be healthy and not steamrolled by Star Wars. Likewise they have a big family movie locked in for Christmas Day that they wouldn\’t want Star Wars to cut into. That\’s likely why they still want Han Solo in May.

Disney revealed that Episode IX was set for May 24, 2019 last April. Nearly a year ago. Here\’s Business Insider\’s story about that. As of right now that\’s the official release date for the final movie in the Sequel Trilogy. It\’s not something someone random put on IMDB, right now that\’s the date (unless Disney moves it).

There\’s a reason why they likely don\’t want to push Episode IX to December, and that\’s because both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be opening their Star Wars expansions in the summer of 2019. Based on previous Disney Parks openings, it\’s very likely we\’ll see the new lands opening either the last weekend of May or the first week of June. Perfect timing to release a major new Star Wars movie and then have people run to the parks to go on the new rides.

It\’s still possible either one of these could be pushed to December, and there are still rumors Han Solo will be delayed at Celebration, but with each of them Disney has very strong reasons to release them in May.

Rumor: Han Solo Movie Title Reveal Coming in July at D23 Expo

Yesterday Lucasfilm revealed the official cast photo from the Han Solo movie, but we may be waiting a few more months to learn its official title.

According to StarWarsNewsNet on Twitter, we\’ll get the title during Disney\’s D23 Expo this July in Anaheim:

We are hearing that the title for the #HanSolo film will be revealed during D23 in July (14-16). The event will be much bigger this year. https://t.co/Lo1aRCwjhX

— SWNN (@StarWarsNewsNet) February 22, 2017


Traditionally the Walt Disney Studios panel is on the second day of the Expo, so in this case we\’re looking at July 15th as the date for the title reveal. The first day of the convention covers Disney\’s animation output from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, while the second day covers Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm Releases Han Solo Cast Photo


The official Star Wars site premiered the first official cast photo of the untitled Han Solo movie, although we didn\’t get any new character names.

According to the official site, here\’s the official cast list:

\”Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.\”

The funny thing about this announcement was just last week Phoebe Waller-Bridge denied being cast in the movie, yet there she is in the official cast photo.

Another interesting bit of confirmation in the article was that Han Solo is still set for May 25th, 2018. There are still rumors of it being pushed to December, even happening as soon as Celebration, but with them re-iterating the date this close to that event it could be doubtful that they\’ll change the date that soon.

Star Wars: Red Cup Begins Filming

Despite some people trying to claim that the untitled Han Solo movie won\’t begin filming until March, one of its directors confirmed otherwise today.

Chris Miller Tweeted the above photo today confirming that the movie is going into production now. That lines up with previous reports that it will begin filming in February, and his image also confirms the code name for the movie. Red Cup is in reference to the Red Solo Cup, which is what inspired George Lucas to name Han Solo.

I don\’t think many fans would mind if they kept Red Cup as the official title, but it\’ll obviously be something different. Star Wars Celebration is coming up in April and there is usually a panel on the last day for the spinoffs. Perhaps we\’ll learn the official title for the Han Solo movie there?

Woody Harrelson Playing Garris Shrike in Han Solo? Not So Fast…

Tonight the Star Wars side of the internet is going crazy over a video Variety filmed at the Sundance Film Festival where they baited Woody Harrelson into \”confirming\” that he\’s Garris Shrike in the Han Solo movie. Except, that\’s not exactly what happened and this is a repeat of the \”Darth Vegas\” hilarity from 2015 when Kasdan didn\’t recognize the Darth Plagueis name.

The video from Variety is here. The questioner asks Harrelson first if he\’s playing Han Solo\’s mentor in the movie and quickly adds in the name \”Garris Shrike\”. That\’s an obscure Legends character from A.C. Crispin\’s Han Solo trilogy, and Harrelson pauses when he hears the name because he doesn\’t recognize it. The questioner then asks if he\’s playing \”that character\” and he answers yes, confirming the mentor part. That\’s what happened, but that didn\’t stop people from hearing what they want to hear.

And to add support to him only answering the \”mentor\” part of the question, I\’ll just leave these Tweets here:


Han Solo\’s Origin: Unlearn What You Have Learned

With the news yesterday of casting of Han Solo\’s mentor in next year\’s movie, a lot of fans are questioning why they\’d do that when they already know his past.

For years, in the old Expanded Universe, Han Solo\’s origin was that of an Imperial cadet who rescued Chewbacca from slavery by the Imperials. Aside from the fact that all of that old SWEU stuff not being canon now, there are other big reasons why that old origin likely won\’t be shown on screen next year.

The earliest most people can find of Han Solo being an Imperial cadet comes from the Dark Empire sourcebook by West End Games in 1993:

It was there that Han Solo was named as a Imperial cadet. Four years later A.C. Crispin would write the Han Solo Trilogy, which greatly expanded his SWEU origin:

These books also weaved in the events of Brian Daley\’s Han Solo Adventures that were published in 1979, long before the SWEU officially began:

As the Solo books were all published prior to the release of the Prequels, they contain a lot of stuff that was over-written by the top level G-Canon of the films. Boba Fett\’s origin is detailed in Crispin\’s novels, and it\’s completely different than what it is in canon. The book origin was later retconned as a dumb smokescreen explanation to hide Jango\’s role in The Clone Wars.

Thankfully we no longer have to deal with convoluted and confusing G, T, C, S, and N levels of canon. There\’s only one canon level, so whatever the Kasdans decided for Han\’s past in next year\’s movie will be the official origin.

While there\’s no way to know what they\’re really doing, George Lucas did have an official backstory for Han Solo in mind that goes all the way back to when they were working on The Empire Strikes Back.

In the Lucas version, Han was raised on Kashyyyk by the Wookiees before going off to a \”Space Academy\” he flunked out of. After that he meets a powerful trader mentor who takes him under their wing before having a big falling out. At one point this mentor was Han\’s step-father who was married to a Wookiee.

We know the \”Han raised by Wookiees\” angle survived through the Prequels. During Revenge of the Sith concept art was done for a young Han Solo who would\’ve appeared during the Kashyyyk scenes in the movie. The scrappy younger version of Han, who grew up with the Wookiees (and Chewbacca), would\’ve briefed the Jedi in one scene.

If the idea of Han being raised with the Wookiees is something that survived in Lucas\’ mind all the way to 2003, it\’s very possible that\’s the \”official\” backstory for the character…even though we haven\’t yet seen it on the big screen.

Woody Harrelson in Talks for Han Solo\’s Mentor

A real big piece of casting for the Han Solo movie may be close to happening, and it fulfills an old piece of Han\’s backstory George Lucas came up with.

Variety is reporting that Woody Harrelson is in early talks to play Han\’s mentor in the 2018 movie. After The Hunger Games and War for the Planet of the Apes, Harrelson is taking on some cool SciFi roles and he\’d be perfect in Star Wars. But the mentor role is an ancient part of Han\’s story.

Back during the writing of The Empire Strikes Back\’s first draft, George Lucas fleshed out a backstory for Han Solo. He was raised with the Wookiees and then entered a Space Academy before flunking out. He met an Ernest Hemingway type character who became his mentor before the two had a big falling out and Han swore to never talk to him again.

In the first draft of ESB, this mentor character was someone the Rebellion needed for help. Threads of that idea could be seen in Saw\’s role in Rogue One, and an old friend of Han\’s obviously turned into Lando in the final movie.

Lawrence Kasdan was involved with The Empire Strikes Back, so he was likely exposed to that element of Han\’s origin. It\’s very possible that\’s what we\’ll be seeing in the movie when it comes out next year.

Rumor: Han Solo Film Moving to December 2018


Could the Han Solo movie be changing release dates from its currently scheduled May 25, 2018 date to Christmas?

That\’s what a new rumor MakingStarWars has heard says:

\”Interestingly, over the holiday, our sources in the theater industry have received a release date of December 13th, 2018 for Star Wars: Han Solo. We are not saying the release date has changed but it could signify that a release date shift for Star Wars: Han Solo is in the works. The paperwork states the release date is subject to change for Han Solo. It was strange to hear that from disparate sources in the theater industry, but at the same time there’s a variety of factors that could have caused a mistake to occur (see products that assume Rey’s last name is Skywalker). Some dates on some paperwork sent to corporate does not conclusively mean the release date for the untitled Star Wars: Han Solo stand-alone has changed. Often where there’s smoke there’s fire so we’re sharing the information in case the story does develop.\”

This would put Han Solo very close to the release of Avatar 2 (December 21st) and close to Disney\’s own Merry Poppins Returns (Christmas Day). Also as December 13th is a Thursday in the US, this is possibly an international date and that would mean the US release date would likely be on the 14th.

Disney recently spent more than $400 million to build Pandora at Disney\’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, and the land will open this coming summer. It\’s interesting that they would want Star Wars competing against Avatar in December 2018 after that huge investment in the Florida\’s parks. It\’s always possible that Avatar will move again, but Disney seriously needs a new Avatar film from Fox to get people excited over their big expansion in Florida.

Right now this is just a rumor, but don\’t be surprised if this happens…

Rumor: Young Lando Will Appear in the Han Solo Star Wars Story


Han and Chewie won\’t be the only familiar characters showing up in the young Han Solo movie as they apparently will be joined by Lando.

According to a report from El Mayimbe at The Wrap, a young Lando Calrissian will show up in the 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story.

Han famously won the Falcon from Lando \”fair and square\”, so there\’s always a possibility we\’ll see how that happened (in an official canon way) in this movie. The non-canon explanation was that Lando lost the Falcon to Han in a game of Sabaac, but as that\’s part of the now non-canon Expanded Universe it\’s possible the Kasdans have come up with a different explanation as to how Han won the Falcon from Lando.

The report says casting is underway for Lando, and an earlier report also says they\’re trying to cast the female lead. As they\’re looking at non-white actresses for that, there\’s speculation we could see Sana Solo on the big screen after she was introduced in the canon comic book series recently.

George Lucas is a Fan of Marvel\’s Han Solo


The Maker himself appears to be a fan of the new Marvel Han Solo comic mini-series, as George Lucas has requested original art from the artist.

Mark Brooks, who draws the mini-series for Marvel, announced on his Facebook that George Lucas wants to purchase every original page from the first two issues of the book:

Original comic art like that will usually go for thousands of dollars for just one page, so this is a pretty big deal if George wants the complete original art for the first two issues.

After his retirement, George has been spotted in comic shops buying issues of Marvel\’s Star Wars comics. It appears that Lucas is a fan of the visual genre as when Lucasfilm was licensing fan fiction in the form of the Expanded Universe novels, he didn\’t read any of the books but he did read the comics.

Alden Ehrenreich is the New Han Solo


After a long search Lucasfilm has found their new Han Solo in Hail Caesar\’s Alden Ehrenreich.

He was said to be the front-runner for a couple of weeks now, and last night a British tabloid said the job was his. Now long after that all of the Hollywood trades confirmed that he\’s in final negotiations. One of them even claims he does have a cameo in Rogue One this Christmas, which lines up with rumors that have been flying around.

Those say there\’s a scene where the Rogue One crew are trying to put together a team and they run into Han Solo. He either turns them down or points them in the right direction of a scoundrel who will take them up on their offer. That would be a way to introduce the young Han Solo before his own movie releases in 2018.

Han Solo Episode VII Concept Art Leaks

Han Derp
Yesterday Indie Revolver leaked concept renders of the Episode VII Stormtroopers and Flametroopers, which have been confirmed as real, and today they followed that up with a look at two pieces of Han Solo concept art.

The first obviously will remind people of Captain Mal from Firefly, which is funny because Mal was always a Han Solo style character:

The second is Han in a similar coat to his Hoth look, only with Imperial-style rank insignia on his chest. I wouldn’t listen to their speculation that Hoth is returning in Episode VII, as the snowy planet in the movie also has lush forests, which Hoth doesn’t have:
Han Solo Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII: The Search for Skywalker? (Possible Spoilers)

Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Deleted Scene
Is Luke in hiding when Episode VII begins?

As production of Star Wars Episode VII continues despite Harrison Ford’s injury, it’s only natural that more and more plot details will gradually leak out. Despite Bad Robot having things locked down to protect the “Mystery Box”, as licensees get their hands on things to produce toys and other merchandise stuff is going to start to leak. This isn’t like Star Trek where Bad Robot was able to control everything, this time the Mystery Box will be in the hands of many different companies and we’re going to know a lot of things Abrams doesn’t want us to until December 18th, 2015.

Today a minor thing leaked out that may be pretty big if true. This one was spotted by our buddies at MakingStarWars.net and it comes from Mr. Beaks at AICN who claims that the plot of Episode VII is about:

Han Solo is pretty much the main character of EPISODE VII, leading a galaxy-wide search party for Luke Skywalker.

This actually ties in well with previous plot rumors about the movie and the state of the galaxy following Return of the Jedi. Despite some very strong resistance to the concept from Expanded Universe-holdouts, it’s sounding very much like the Empire wasn’t completely wiped out. If there really are Inquisitors hunting Jedi in the years following the Battle of Endor, it’s very believable that Luke Skywalker would go into hiding as he’d be at the top of their kill list.

Han Solo\’s Origin Would\’ve Been Told in \’Star Wars Underworld\’

Han Solo yeaaaPrior to the revelation of the Sequel Trilogy, long before those uninterested in the saga took a renewed “passion” in it, Star Wars fans were speculating about the “Live Action Television Series”. About the time it was shelved we learned it was titled “Star Wars Underworld” and would be a darker, more adult, Star Wars series set between Episodes III and IV. Aside from there being more than fifty scripts done for the show and that Star Wars 1313 would’ve tied into it, we haven’t heard anything about the series for quite a while.

MakingStarWars.net found a Kickstarter from one of the writers on the show who explains how it would’ve told the origins of Han and Lando:

Star Wars: Underworld was going to feature episodes on how Han Solo and Chewbacca met one another. There was going to be a sequence about how Lando lost the Falcon to Han Solo. There was going to be a Boba Fett rocket pack sequence. The series was going to start out with a new take on Star Wars and then loop back around and bring in all the characters we’ve loved for years into the fold.

Lucasfilm never discards anything, so it’s entirely possible these story elements established in that movie could show up in the Han Solo spin-off. It’s also not the first time Lucasfilm wanted to tell the origin of Han Solo, he was included in early drafts of Episode III during the Kashyyyk sequence.

Fanboy Debate: Malcolm Reynolds vs Han Solo

Pizza, Mountain Dew, and a bunch of  your favorite movies in a torrent queue.  That can only mean one thing. It’s time for Friday night Fanboy debate.  So while you wait for your downloads to finish, you might as well rage all over your fellow fanboys.

We touched on Han Solo vs Mal Reynolds as part of another article some time ago.  Now it’s time to open this discussion up on it’s own platform.

Who takes the Cake?  The Falcon vs Serenity, DL-44 blaster vs Mal’s revolver.


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The 10 Most Badass Gunslingers in Science Fiction

Old West style Gunslingers seem to be a perfect fit in science fiction, and whenever they pop up they instantly make whatever they’re in better. From Star Wars to shows like Stargate; there’s no shortage of scoundrels ready to pull a gun at a moment’s notice and make you’re day go from bad to worse. Here are ten of the best gunslingers in science fiction.

Han Solo

Anyone who doesn’t recognize the Corellian Smuggler Han Solo as the definitive science fiction gunslinger needs to have their head examined. Han was the best part of the original trilogy as he added a more human face to the mythical mumbo jumbo the Jedi were spewing. And he’s quick on the draw too, at least in the non-special edition.

Roland of Gilead

As a young man, before becoming one of the most popular authors of the 20th Century, Steven King created Roland. A gunslinger drawn to the Dark Tower. It took him decades to complete Roland’s tale, but the result is one of the best stories you’ll ever experience and it’s being made into a movie trilogy and television show soon.

John Crichton

John Crichton shot through a wormhole to a distant part of the universe. At first Crichton was looked at as a “lower than most” species.  The writers often made a point to show the other aliens claiming the human brain and body were inferior on many levels.  However, despite all of his short comings, John always seemed to prevail. With the help of his powerful sidearm “Wynonna” John and his crew soon made a name for themselves in the uncharted territories.

Captain Reynolds

Joss Whedon’s science fiction Western Firefly (or Serenifly, whichever you prefer) is the perfect setting for gunslingers, and Captain Malcolm Reynolds fit the bill perfectly. There are people out there who don’t think Whedon is all what his fans preach, but Firefly and Captain Reynolds can be considered one of his best creations.

Cad Bane

The Clone Wars series is beginning to get pretty dark, and Season Two brought Bounty Hunters into the mix. While familiar faces such as young Boba popped up, the series introduced a new Bounty Hunter in Cad Bane. A dual-wielding Duros with a big western-style hat, he’s the most like the typical Old West Gunslinger that Star Wars has seen.

Dash Rendar

He may be a poor man’s Han Solo, but Dash Rendar saw the spotlight in Shadows of the Empire. Han was frozen in Carbonite, so the Star Wars universe needed a smuggler to take the spotlight for a while, so Dash filled in for fans in the short time period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Ronon Dex

Stargate Atlantis had a lot of problems. One of them was the constant changes in the cast that happened nearly every season. But that turmoil did bring us Ronon Dex, who ended up being one of the best characters on the show and an easy second favorite among fans right behind Rodney McKay. Ronon was an expert with his pistol, and the buddy-cop style chemistry he and Sheppard had made the series entertaining.

The Fetts (Boba and Jango)

Both Fetts are here because, well, Boba is a clone of Jango. While Boba did really just use a sawed-off blaster rifle, he wielded it like a pistol, a trait he obviously got from his old man, the dual-wielding Jango Fett.

Duke Nukem

“I came here to kickass and chew bubble gum…and I’m all outta gum.” Duke Nukem was the asskicker who saved the world and all of its babes from annihilation. Using monumental catch phrases that were inspired by Evil Dead’s Ash Williams, Duke ran through alien bodies like they were butter. Duke Nukem was a muscle-bound, lady killing, alpha male, with a bad attitude and a bitchin’ cigar. His one liners alone, have put people into tears.


Teal’c a gunslinger? Indeed. While his gun was usually at the end of a giant stick, I doubt there is anyone you’d want to face off against in a quick draw contest.

New Corellia info for The Old Republic

Bioware has updated the Holonet for Star Wars: The Old Republic with new information on Corellia. Known in Star Wars lore as the home system for Han Solo, the planet also appeared in Star Wars Galaxies and on most servers was a popular open PVP world with Imps fighting Rebs in their little cities they set up. Of course these skirmishes would always cause people to accuse each other of exploiting and headaches and facepalms would go around to everyone. You can check out Corellia in the holonet here, and they even posted a quick flythrough of Coronet here.

The Solo Adventures

One of the big hits at Celebration V in Orlando was a 3D CGI animated short created at the DAVE School of animation which showed how Han lost that cargo Jabba was so pissed about. Now the creator of the shot has uploaded it on Vimeo, and it’s in 3D! You’ll need the old fashioned red/cyan 3D glasses to see it correctly, but you can check out an embed of it below.

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The Solo Adventures from Daniel Smith on Vimeo.

Scar Wars

scar wars

Han Solo meets Tony Montana to blast your face with more asskickery than you thought was imaginable.  Running low on holiday funds this year?  Burn this to a DvD and send it out.  You and your gift will retain godlike status until at least Memorial Day.