Now that Comic-Con International and Star Wars Celebration Europe are both over and done with, it would only be logical to presume that things would calm down on the intergalactic front that is Star Wars. That’s not the case, however. Instead, the last few days have brought updates on Star Wars: Episode VIII, Rogue One, and just how many young Han Solo movies we’re going to see over the next few years. Absolutely no Bothans died to bring us this information, but we’re going to refrain from making any similar boasts about Jawas this time around.
Episode VIII Has Finished Filming. Does That Mean It’ll Get a Title Soon?
Source: The official Star Wars Twitter account
Probability of Accuracy: 100 percent correct.
The Real Deal: As revealed on Twitter, Rian Johnson is about to move from the studio to the editing bay, because Star Wars: Episode VIII has wrapped initial production:
Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Cannot wait to share it with you all! [email protected] pic.twitter.com/l4Apk0Ro4i
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 22, 2016
This is important news not only because it means that we’re one step closer to the release of the movie in December 2017, but also because it was just after Episode VII stopped filming that the official title of the movie was revealed. Everyone suspected a title release at Star Wars Celebration Europe, but that never happened, and Comic-Con passed without even a hint. So… can we get a title now, please?
A Han Trilogy?
Source: Anonymous sources talking to the New York Daily News
Probability of Accuracy: Cynicism suggests that there is probably some truth here.
The Real Deal: Good news for those who like the casting of Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as Han Solo for the upcoming Star Wars Story feature: According to the NY Daily News, the actor is contracted for “at least three movies” in case the Han standalone film is a smash. An anonymous source told the newspaper that executives at Lucasfilm “feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies.” Much reporting of this has suggested that Lucasfilm is planning a potential Han Solo trilogy, but it seems to me more likely that Han might be used to set up a whole new wing on the mansion that is the Star Wars franchise, becoming an all-purpose character a la Iron Man in the Marvel movies. Either way, expect to see a lot more of Ehrenreich’s Han in the next few years.
Here Are the Hans You Could’ve Had
Source: TBS’ Conan, via Comic-Con in San Diego
Probability of Accuracy: Well… obviously not.
The Real Deal: If Ehrenreich isn’t your preferred Han Solo, Conan O’Brien was on hand to let you know that things could have gone in an entirely different direction with the help of some celebrity friends and a special audition reel.
While this is clearly fake (and fairly similar to the Saturday Night Live auditions for The Force Awakens last year), it should be noted that Bill Hader is already part of the Star Wars family after helping out with BB-8’s vocals in TFA, and also that someone really has to bring in Jeff Goldblum to play a Jedi as soon as humanly possible.
What If Han Solo Had Died For Real?
Source: News reports
Probability of Accuracy: Worryingly true.
The Real Deal: Remember the accident that sidelined Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014? Turns out, it was more serious than many people believed at the time. An inquest into the accident revealed that the weight of the hydraulic door that slammed into Ford’s leg was “comparable to that of a small car” and that the accident could have killed Ford. Foodies Production, the shell company created to produce the movie, pleaded guilty to two breaches of British health and safety legislation in court. On the plus side, at least no one almost killed Carrie Fisher during the shoot for Episode VIII.
Meet Some More Rogues From Rogue One
Source: Lucasfilm, via Entertainment Weekly
Probability of Accuracy: It’s all above board.
The Real Deal: They stole the show in the behind-the-scenes peek at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now we have the names of the characters known to fans as Space Monkey and Bigmouth. They’re actually called Bistan and Pao, and they’re parts of the nascent Rebellion who play small, but important, roles in the movie, as the Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo explained during the weekly Star Wars Show broadcast:
Sure, it’s no Edrio Two Tubes, but Bistan is still better than “Space Monkey,” let’s be real.