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.
STAR WARS RESISTANCE
In a surprise announcement yesterday, Lucasfilm and Disney unveiled Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The series revolves around a new character named Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot in the Resistance. He's recruited by the Resistance to spy on the First Order. Characters that will be making appearances on the show include BB-8, Poe Dameron, and Captain Phasma, with Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie reprising their roles, respectively. The show was created by Dave Filoni and described as being inspired both by Anime and his interest in World War II and dogfighting pilots. Other members of the cast include Saturday Night Live alum Bobby Moynihan and Scrubs star and super-Star Wars fan Donald Faison.
Resistance premieres in the fall and surely we'll learn more about it between now and then. But we have a lot of Solo to worry about first.
SOLO WRAPS PRODUCTION
Ron Howard has been the single biggest source of news for Solo: A Star Wars Story since he was tasked with finishing the film. Not a week goes by when we don't get an update from him about the film and this week we got one of the biggest bits of news yet: the film has finished production. Not only did Howard come in late in the game to finish the film, he finished it an entire month before the release date.
Howard also revealed a look at his brother Clint in his role in Solo. Clint Howard has been a mainstay in the Star Trek universe, so it's great to see him crossover into the world of Star Wars, joining the likes of Brent Spiner, George Takei, Greg Grunberg, and Simon Pegg.
More than anything, Howard has used his social media to show people how much fun he's having on Solo, which is a job that could have been very daunting to anyone else. We'll see how much of that fun translates to the film when it comes out next month.
EHRENREICH SIGNS FOR THREE MOVIES
Although this bit of information has been floating out there for a while, Esquire published an interview this week that renewed interest in the idea that Alden Ehrenreich has signed on to appear as Han Solo in not one but three Star Wars films.
Some outlets have been quick to say this is proof of a planned trilogy of Young Han Solo films, but we don't have any evidence to believe that's the case. These sorts of franchises will always sign their stars to multi-picture deals as a matter of course, even if there is no intention of using them for it. But this is how Han Solo could appear in a different Star Wars movie set in the same era.
THE MILLENNIUM FALCON EXPERIENCE
Ever wanted to sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon? Well, it looks like there's a way for you to do it soon.
In the lead up to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm is going on the road with a replica of the interior of the new and pristine Falcon and, if you make it to one of four cities in the country, you could get that chance.
In this new episode of The Star Wars Show (which you should watch anyway because the interview with Kevin Feige is great), they give a bit of a video tour about what to expect with the Millennium Falcon experience.
If nothing else, it'll be a great place to meet other Star Wars fans from your region, united in your desire to see everyone's favorite hunk of junk while it still looks pristine.
Check with StarWars.com to see if it will be coming near you any time soon.
TURKISH STAR WARS IN HD!
The Man Who Saves the World is a film every Star Wars fan has probably heard of, even if they aren't familiar with that title. They've probably heard it referred to more commonly as the Turkish Star Wars movie. It's a bizarre film from 1982 that combines new elements and actors with stolen footage from Star Wars to make one sort-of cohesive film using music ranging from Flash Gordon to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It's bad. And for many years it could only be seen in a crappy VHS bootleg version. But film historian Ed Glaser managed to find a 35mm print of the film and had it scanned into 2K.
If you're interested in learning more about the film, Glaser produced this eight-minute piece giving the history of the film, including scenes of its stolen footage.
Though many legal hurdles would need to be jumped before a pristine version of this cult classic could be seen widely available in a digital format, Glaser is doing two screenings in the UK of the film, one in London and one in Glasgow.