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.
BOBA FETT? BOBA FETT! WHERE?
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that it looks like we’re getting a Boba Fett movie from Lucasfilm and it will be directed by James Mangold of Logan and Walk the Line fame. There are large caveats to that, though. For one, bear in mind that this is not an official confirmation and something could have been lost in translation. Perhaps Mangold merely took meetings with creatives at Lucasfilm. Or he's signed on for something else entirely. We won’t know for sure until Lucasfilm or Disney make an official announcement. One thing we do know for sure is that young Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones) wants the gig:
And let's be honest. If he doesn't get it, there's only one other person for the job: Temuera Morrison.
Disney dropped a casual tweet last week announcing the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Disneyland Park's version of the Star Wars theme park will be opening first in the summer season of 2019, followed by Walt Disney World's in late fall of 2019.
It’s not exactly the hard dates we were looking for to start booking passage to Batuu and a galaxy far, far away, but it certainly gives us a ballpark. Amy Ratcliffe over at Nerdist broke it down even further and gave us a more specific (but still approximate) window. Disney considers summer to be from about June 20 to September 20, and the fall is about September 20 through December 21. Naturally, we’ll get more concrete information the closer we get to the launch dates, but I know Star Wars fans aren’t going to want to be patient. Galaxy’s Edge looks amazing.
SOLO IS HERE!
Today sees the official North American release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and that means we’re getting a lot of reaction to the film and, by and large, initial reports on Twitter seemed mostly positive. There were a few quibbles here and there, but, for the most part, the fans I saw reacting had a lot of fun.
Jon Kasdan, one of the screenwriters of Solo, offered a note for fans as they head into the film.
The man is, first and foremost, a fan, and it shows in the film. Every loving reference and hidden secret seems tailor-made by a fan of the universe and Jon Kasdan was that guy.
When you’re watching the film this weekend, be sure to refrain from posting spoilers. Would you want that big surprise ruined for you? If you’re tweeting, use the hashtags. If you’re on Facebook, bury your spoilers under warnings or comments. Be courteous to your fellow fans who won’t be able to see the film until later in the week — or even next week.
SOLO BOOKS AND SOUNDTRACK
With the release of the film comes an avalanche of content we’ll be sifting through for quite a while. There are three things I’m most excited for. First is Rae Carson's Star Wars: Most Wanted. It’s set before Solo and tells the story of a young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). That part of the film was a little short because of the breakneck speed of the movie and I wanted more there. Second is Phil Szostak’s Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s the closest thing we’ll get to a behind the scenes look at the film any time soon.
The last thing I’m most excited for is the release of the soundtrack from John Powell. I downloaded immediately after my screening of the film last night (which makes four for me) and have been mainlining it since. Standouts on the album include "Marauders Arrive," "Chicken in the Pot," and "Reminiscence Therapy."
HAN IN REVENGE OF THE SITH
That last bit of interesting news is a reminder from Club Jade about George Lucas’s early plans for Han Solo.
They dug up scans and stories from The Making of Revenge of the Sith book to remind us that Han had appeared in early drafts of that screenplay, as well. He’d even made it through to the design. He would have been a young scumrat on Kashyyyk, never once wondering about the droid attack on the Wookiees. Why? Because he was there. It’s an interesting story because of how fluid the backgrounds of characters can be in Lucas' mind until a new idea solidifies. But, as Lucas was gearing up to make new movies before the Disney sale, the new Solo movie became a more likely background for our favorite smuggler.
Tom Spina Designs partnered with Gentle Giant to put together 50 life-sized Chewbaccas for photo ops in time for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. This video documents their process.
You'll recognize Tom's work if you watch enough Star Wars material — he's been a mainstay at Star Wars Celebration's offering in-depth looks at the making of the creatures of Star Wars alongside Pablo Hidalgo. The man knows his craft and videos like this always blow my mind.