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Star Wars Weekly: Lots of Lando news! And where did Thandie get that dress?

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May 18, 2018

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.

A LANDO MOVIE?

Word broke from France that the next standalone Star Wars story would be a Lando film. It felt right, seeing as how a Lando movie is greatly desired and polymath Donald Glover seems perfect to bring that story to life, in front of and behind the camera. We even had a Kathleen Kennedy quote to back it up, right?

News spread across the internet faster than the Falcon through the Kessel Run.

But there was a big problem with the story.

It wasn’t true.

The quote wasn’t accurate. There was a bad translation of Kennedy’s quotes from the French outlet who interviewed her. There’s no imminent Lando film. She said it’s something they’d consider. In the future. Probably.

Really, this was a case of bad translation, bad regurgitative reporting, and a lot of wishful thinking.

What was a bigger Lando story, though, was word from Solo scribe Jon Kasdan that he views Lando Calrissian as pansexual. Even before reading this, I left the film thinking that exact thing, based on a number of things including a line of dialogue or two. Where this develops further is anyone's guess. But it doesn't look like there's another Lando movie on the horizon just yet for this particular bit of news to bear more fruit.

STAR WARS CELEBRATION: CHICAGO

In a surprise announcement, it was revealed that Star Wars Celebration will take place in 2019 in the city of Chicago

A full extra day has been added to the convention, which means there’s a hope that it will accommodate more fans than ever before. The last time an American Celebration wasn’t held in California or Florida was in 2005, when the convention to celebrate the release of Revenge of the Sith was held in Indianapolis. 

Start making travel plans now. You’re not going to want to miss it. My predictions? Previews of Episode IX and the second season of Star Wars Resistance, as well as reveals about Jon Favreau’s television show, and which Star Wars films we’ll be getting in 2020 and beyond.

A TALE OF TWO HANS

One of the highlights from the press junket for Solo: A Star Wars Story came from Entertainment Tonight when they captured Harrison Ford crashing an interview of Alden Ehrenreich to tell the new Solo what he thought of the movie. 

At the press conference I attended, Alden called Harrison’s praise of Solo: A Star Wars Story “effusive.” If that’s not all the praise you need for this movie, I don’t know what to tell you.

THE SOUNDTRACK SHOW

David W. Collins is a name you know. He was Proxy in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and you’ve heard him in the last few Star Wars movies as an additional voice. But his work breaking down soundtracks is unparalleled. He has a new podcast that aims to do just that called The Soundtrack Show and, just in time for Solo, he’s set his sights on breaking down the Star Wars soundtracks. 

His analysis is brilliant and he dumbs it down enough for dummies like me to understand, though he never comes off as condescending. It’s easily one of the best podcasts out there for any fan of film scores, but right now, Star Wars fans want to take particular note.

ACTION FIGURE DRESS!

Thandie Newton, who plays Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story, made waves with a custom dress at the Cannes premiere of the film. 

That’s right.

Her dress featured action figures of black characters from Star Wars. It was a beautiful dress and the pattern was incredible. Everyone was represented, from Lando and Saw Gerrera to Mace Windu and Captain Panaka. Hopefully, the next time she needs a dress like this, she’ll have ten times as many options for black characters to appear on the print.

NEW INFO ABOUT THE TV SHOW

Jon Favreau was on hand for the red carpet premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. As the new character Rio Durrant in the film, he was being interviewed across the red carpet and let slip to reporters that half of the TV series has been written and he even offered the reporter at Nerdist a timeframe. It takes place seven years after the Battle of Yavin.

For those looking to keep track, that’s about three years after the Battle of Endor and about two years after the Battle of Jakku, so it looks like we’ll still be getting a galaxy in disarray. No word yet on when we’ll start seeing the show, but the best guess is that it will appear on Disney’s own, proprietary streaming service.