Han Solo Anthology: Ron Howard Named New Director

Yesterday, we told you that Deadline reported that Ron Howard was on the top of the list to replace Lord and Miller as director of the untitled Han Solo movie. Now the official site has confirmed it!

Here’s what Kathleen Kennedy said in her statement:
“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Ron Howard has some connections with George Lucas, they are great friends! He was in Lucas’s movie American Graffiti and directed Willow so he is not new to the world of Lucasfilm. Before Lucas decided to direct himself The Phantom Menace, he had approached Howard for the job. I think Kathleen Kennedy made a great choice picking Ron Howard. I’m a big fan of his movies (like The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Far And Away, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind …, if you haven’t seen them, they’re worth watching!) and I’m sure he will be able to give us an amazing Han Solo movie.

Han Solo Anthology: Lord & Miller Fired

It came as a big surprise when Lucasfilm made the announcement that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go by Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. In the statement, Kennedy explains a problem of creative vision between the directors and her and her team.

“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon. Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

“A new director will be announced soon” I think it suggests they already have picked someone. According to Deadline, Ron Howard is at the top of the list. However, this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Furthermore, according to Anthony Breznican, Lucasfilm said the movie is still on course for a May 2018 release.

I truly believe in Kathleen Kennedy. She fired Lord and Miller for very good reasons and she was right to do so. She has been in the movie business for so long, she knows what she is doing, there is nothing to worry about. What she does, she does it to protect Star Wars.

There isn’t much to worry about really. Trust in the Force.

The Last Jedi: New Photos From Vanity Fair

With their portfolio, Vanity Fair has given us great pictures of the characters from The Last Jedi! VF has always done amazing photoshoots of this saga since The Phantom Menace!

These first photos feature Rey with Luke and Chewbacca. We can notice Luke is wearing a glove covering his mechanical hand.

The Resistance photo show us another costume for Leia while Finn is basically wearing Poe’s outfit from the opening scene of The Force Awakens, only the color of the pants is changing. Poe Dameron is halfway between what he had in The Force Awakens and Han Solo costume. Rose Tico being a technician of the Resistance has a fitting outfit!

For those who hadn’t noticed at the end of The Force Awakens, C-3PO got back his old golden arm and his look for The Last Jedi is now the same as in Revenge of the Sith – entirely golden, no silver leg!

This one is a wonderful photo featuring Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher along with the dogs we all love Gary and Millie! We can notice behind them what may be a spaceship.

These are two beautiful photos of Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd and with Mark Hamill.

This photo offers a look at how Captain Phasma is without her helmet and it’s frightening! She is also getting a new weapon for the movie! Hux hasn’t changed much but Kylo Ren has a brand new look that is reminiscent of the original concept art design for Anakin in Revenge of the Sith!

First Look At Alden Ehrenreich As Han Solo

TMZ has some set pics from the Han Solo movie, giving us our first look of Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo! There’s definitely something in his face that reminds me of the character so I think it will work well! It looks like our favorite scoundrel will have some new outfit for the movie, it looks good! The pictures also feature some speeders. They look a bit odd but once we see them in the finished movie, I’m sure they look better!

[Review] Rogue One Blu-Ray

I’m reviewing the French edition of Rogue One on blu-ray.

The Blu-Ray 4/5
The French version has a different slipcover than the US version. The slipcover here is the IMAX poster, which I think is great considering Galen Erso is also on the picture and despite not having a lot of screentime, he was an important character in the movie. When you remove the slipcover, it is the same cover as the US – it’s the same picture as one of the Asian posters. It’s actually a good choice to have put this one on the cover because I think it was an amazing poster even better than the one we got in the US and France. It’s a basic blu-ray, they could have done something better on that part like Warner Bros had done for the LOTR and Hobbit movies. Unfortunately, Disney doesn’t do that much.
There two discs – one is the movie and the other contains the bonus features.

Audio 5/5
If you watch the movie in its original language (English) it is in DTS-HD 7.1, which is absolutely perfect a stereo system. I watched it yesterday and it felt like being in the cinema again. French language is in DTS-HD High Res Audio, not as best but that’s not really important, what matters is to hear the real dialogues and the real voices of the characters and not a incorrect translation with some strange voices.

Video 5/5
Watching movies on blu-ray is the ultimate experience at home. It’s the perfect high quality. Colors, details, it’s all at their best. It’s simply gorgeous, the textures are excellent, it’s the way it’s meant to be watched.

The Movie 5/5
For the movie itself, you can read the review had done when it was released in cinemas here.

Extras 3/5
That’s the problem with Disney – the bonus features. The featurettes are very interesting, it’s worth watching. There are a lot of things to learn but it’s not enough, there should be more of it. And I would have loved to have a gallery of never-before-seen concept arts. The big surprise is that there are no deleted/alternative scenes, that’s strange but it’s Gareth Edwards’s choice so I respect it.

Overall 4.5/5
Despite being a simple blu-ray and not having a big amount of bonus, Rogue One is a must have for the fans of the saga!