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.
The BBFC in the UK has listed a new trailer for The Last Jedi! It classified it PG and the running time is 1m31s, which means 30 seconds shorter than our first look at the movie back in April.
Now the question is, when will this trailer be released? We know there will be a Star Wars presence at D23 and most likely at SDCC too so it got to be at either one of these events. Both are taking place in July so it’s just in a few weeks away, we just have to be patient.
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 Facebook page Templo Jedi Aztlan has revealed some leaked images revealing the design of new characters!
The first picture is one of Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, unlike the Emperor’s Royal Guards, it looks like these ones will get some action!
Then, we have a new First Order Trooper. It looks very much like one of the Executioner troopers Making Star Wars talked about except this one is red meaning he could be an officer.
The last two pictures give us a better look at the new First Order walker, it looks very much like a Gorilla and better armed than its predecessor the AT-AT, it has a big cannon! This new walker is called the AT-M6!
Vanity Fair has some more photos of aliens from a casino that we’ll see in The Last Jedi!
These new aliens are done in the same style as the ones from The Force Awakens, often very weird looking and in painted in the same colors with absolutely zero aliens from the six first movies. The costumes of the people of the Canto Bight Casino don’t look much like Star Wars. Some of them are good like the tall alien but for most of it there is something off and it seems it’s a flaw from TFA that The Last Jedi will be carrying again unlike what was done with Rogue One.
Vanity Fair revealed today their portfolio of photos Annie Leibovitz did, giving us a better look at The Last Jedi. Among these photos, we got our first look at the characters played by Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern.
Laura Dern is playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. She’s all pink – hair and dress! It’s a simple look but I think it works and it reminds me of how the humans were dressed on Hosnian Prime in The Force Awakens. It’s a character I definitely want to know more about! She has a military rank so it says a little bit about what we can expect from her.
Benicio Del Toro is playing DJ, a mysterious character whose allegiance is unclear. I think this picture says it all and he doesn’t look like a character you can trust. I love the costume, it feels like Star Wars and it suits Del Toro perfectly!