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.
Last night was the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and I was on hand for it with my son, Anakin.
I can't say much about the movie now, but the premiere was an unforgettable experience. A full-size Millennium Falcon blocked off Hollywood Boulevard, and the stars of the film and Star Wars fans alike gathered in the El Capitan, the Chinese theater, and the Dolby theater to watch Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo take the helm of the Falcon for the first time. It was surprising and wonderful and you'll get more about the film on May 15, as that's when the review embargo lifts.
Watch the Star Wars Show livestream of the premiere to get you hyped all over again:
LANDO ON SNL
The most recent Saturday Night Live was hosted by the new Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover, and, of course, there was an obligatory Star Wars sketch. In the sketch, Lando is hosting a convention on Naboo for all the black people in a galaxy far, far away and offers a speech. Keenan Thompson's hilarious Saw Gerrera makes an appearance. You really just need to watch it for yourself.
I couldn't tell if the sketch was criticizing the lack of diversity on SNL or in Star Wars more, but the issue remains. There's a lot to be done in the Star Wars universe in the realm of representation, in front of and behind the camera. Let's hope it gets better in the next few years — to the point where we'll be satisfied by how dated this sketch will seem.
SOLO SOUNDTRACK LISTING
John Powell released the track listings for the soundtrack to Solo: A Star Wars Story, and although it doesn't have any spoilers akin to "Qui-Gon's Noble End" from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, it does offer some tantalizing clues to the new Star Wars film.
First, it's fascinating to discover that not only did John Williams write the new Han Solo theme, but he scored it and arranged it into a concert suite for the soundtrack as well. Other things we can glean from the tracklisting? Well, if cues are in chronological order, the most noticeable thing to me is the idea that the train heist isn't the big finale and seems to appear much earlier in the film. "The Maw” appears to be a reference to the Kessel Run, making me think it is actually the big finale.
One of the most striking images and locations in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was Vader's castle on Mustafar. It was instantly heartbreaking to see that Vader spent so much time on the planet where he was reborn as a monster after having killed his wife. Is that a way to tap into the anger and pain? Or is it something else? Well, writer Charles Soule aims to show us in a new story in his Darth Vader run of comics.
For us prequel nerds, this is a story we need, and I'm so glad we're getting it. Soule has done amazing things with the character, and anything we can do to chip away at Anakin's state of mind as Vader is endlessly fascinating to me.
AN OBI-WAN FILM?
Fantha Tracks, an outlet I know to be run by very reputable sources, is reporting inside information about an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film.
Details are thin (and it's still an unsubstantiated report, so don't get your hopes up), but they're claiming that the film will be going into production in spring 2019, aiming for a December 2020 release date. The rumored director is Stephen Daldry, and there are no hints about anything else, really. Daldry was rumored to have been in talks to direct a Kenobi film back in August 2017, per The Hollywood Reporter.
As with any rumor, take this with a grain of salt, since there is no official confirmation of this whatsoever, but it's worth pointing out. Fantha Tracks isn't the sort of outlet that would post news like this without a legitimate reason. They heard something from a source — whether it's true or not is still up in the air.