Time again for Star Wars Weekly, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.
SOLO TRAILER DROPS
The final trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped on Sunday and it was quite a thing to see.
There's a lot going on there, and there are some cool things that connect to lines and ideas in the other Star Wars films already. In one of the very first shots, we see a Star Destroyer being built in the orbit of a planet that we've been led to believe is Corellia. Which could give a lot of meaning to one line in particular: "I've outrun Imperial Starships," Han told Obi-wan and Luke in Mos Eisley. "Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships." And I don't see any ships bigger than a Star Destroyer.
The other thing we caught a glimpse of is a Wookiee other than Chewbacca. I thought that we might be seeing Chewie's wife Malla, here, but then another thought struck me. If they hold fast to the origin of Han and Chewie where they get out of the spice mines of Kessel together, why couldn't this be another prisoner they've rescued? We don't have long to wait to find out. The other thing that most people looked to the trailer for was an assurance that Alden Ehrenreich would be able to nail the character of Han Solo in his pre-Episode IV form. Judging by the reaction online, he seems to have won over most of the naysayers with our brief glimpses of him here. Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out May 25, 2018.
SOLO PRESS TOUR BEGINS
And since we're so close to the release of the film, it's no wonder that the foreign press tour has begun. Foreign outlets have been snagging interviews that seem like they're destined to sit on a shelf until release, but one hit the internet early. In it, Solo star Alden Ehrenreich put at least one rumor to rest: George Lucas didn't actually direct a scene when he visited the set. He made a single suggestion during a scene Ron Howard was directing. More than anything, he seemed relaxed in a way that honestly reminded me of Harrison Ford. Unfortunately, the interview itself has been pulled. My guess is that we'll see it again when the film is closer to release, but it's also a good reminder to be vigilant if you're avoiding spoilers and excessive talk about the movie. The marketing machine has begun, so be ever vigilant.
If you want to watch an interview with Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, though. The Star Wars Show has you covered:
ROGUE ONE'S "MESS"
Podcasts are a great source of news about the inner workings of films and Star Wars is no exception. On a recent episode of The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast, Tony Gilroy offered some candid thoughts about his work on Rogue One and the state the film was in before he came on board. His assessment is pretty bleak. "They were in such a swamp," he said. "They were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position."
Gilroy also stated that much of his work dealt with the final fates of the characters and why they would be inspired to sacrifice themselves and how their moments of sacrifice resonated with the audience. Gilroy did enough work on the film to earn a writing credit on the end, that actually went through arbitration with the writers guild. There's no doubt that the final product of Rogue One packed a punch and Gilroy's contributions helped, but don't expect him to step into a galaxy far, far away again any time soon.
"I've never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever." Later in the interview, he explained that Rogue One is a little different though. "I don't think Rogue really is a Star Wars movie in many ways. To me, it's a Battle of Britain movie."
MARK HAMILL'S PASSION
It seems as though Mark Hamill's passion for Star Wars might be, understandably, waning in the wake of Carrie Fisher's death. In an interview with ABC, that you can read more about here from SYFY, he said that he almost doesn't care if he comes back anymore.
He posted this on twitter and I'm not sure if it adds meaning from his statements or takes them away. Fitting that the star of The Last Jedi would offer a response that could be read either way that fits your thinking. I think in any case fans shouldn't worry what this means for Star Wars. If JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm ask him to come back, I'm sure he will be. And, who knows, this could all be a ruse of Mark's. Who has been better at keeping spoilers about Luke Skywalker quiet than him?
STAR WARS POLAROIDS
Vintage Everyday is a website that posts galleries of old snapshots and polaroids every day. Recently, they featured a gallery of polaroids taken on the set of Return of the Jedi, many of which I hadn't seen before. These polaroids were taken every day by the continuity or costume or makeup departments to make sure things on set matched from one day to the next. They were meant to be largely disposable and never really designed for public consumption, but it's always great when some of them slip into the wild.
If you want to look at the whole gallery (and yes, you want to look at the whole gallery), you can head over to Vintage Everyday and see all fifty that they've got on hand. My favorite might be the one pictured above of Michael Pennington and Dave Prowse as Moff Jerjerrod and Darth Vader, respectively. You'll see shots that span continents, from the studios in England to the deserts of Arizona and the Redwood forests, as well as all of your favorite Star Wars actors.