Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.
1. Marvel releases Han Solo #1
Despite the fact that Harrison Ford’s run as Han Solo has officially come to an end, that doesn’t mean Disney is done with the character in the slightest. Solo will be getting his own standalone origin movie in 2018, with Hail, Caesar!‘s Alden Ehrenreich assuming the iconic vest of the infamous smuggler. That’s not the only place where Han Solo lives on though. He’s made frequent appearances throughout Marvel’s comics, set primarily between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Now, he’s finally getting his series, marked by the release of the first issue this week.
Early returns for the comic seem generally positive. io9 published a full review that you can find here, detailing the basic story, all the highs and lows, and what fans can expect. Says the site:
Han Solo #1 displays an affectionate understanding of the pilot of the Millennium Falcon. Han’s a character cut from the classic rogue archetype, a devil-may-care, morally ambiguous hustler who’s only a hero when he has absolutely no other way out of a rock and a hard place. His unlikely partnership with the idealists of the Rebellion creates one of the core tensions that makes the original Star Wars trilogy work.
They go on to note that Han’s motivations for staying with the Rebellion despite his morally ambiguous nature act as the core of the story, something that we have a hard time not being excited for ourselves. The comic is out now both online an in stores, so get at it now before the second issue drops.
2. Star Wars makes a huge splash at the annual E3 video game conference
It’s not just the comics that are carrying the torch for non-movie content within the Star Wars universe. As ambitious as Marvel’s plans have been, it pales in comparison to what Lucasfilm has coming down the pipeline for its various video games. Things kicked off in 2015 with the first new Battlefront game in nearly a decade, and as it turns out, that was merely the tip of the iceberg.
At E3, Lucasfilm unveiled a massive roadmap for the future of its video games. We already know about the planned sequel to Battlefront, joined by new games from Respawn Entertainment, Bioware, Visceral, Motive, and Capital Games. Soon we’ll be getting everything from large-scale campaign type of gameplay, to role-playing akin to the kind we saw in the wildly popular Old Republic series. The cherry on top: a free virtual reality mission that puts Battlefront players in the cockpit of an X-Wing. Suffice it to say, it’s never been a better time to be immersed entirely in the Star Wars galaxy.
3. Mads Mikkelsen eases our minds about the Rogue One reshoots
There’s been new information concerning Rogue One‘s controversial reshoots almost every week since the news first leaked. It’s a story that’s been met with a fair share of trepidation from fans, spurred by comments from a source that told Page Six that “the execs at Disney are not happy with the movie.” As the first movie in the Star Wars universe ever set outside the main trilogies, there’s a lot riding on Rogue One‘s success. Luckily, Mads Mikkelsen, who himself stars in the film as the father of Jyn Erso, doesn’t seem concerned in comments made to the Independent.
Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing.
The fact that one of the key players in the actual movie doesn’t seem worried could be construed as toeing the company line, but with a world-class talent like Mikkelsen, it sounds more like a veteran actor drawing from his own experience in the industry.
4. Could Hayden Christensen be appearing in Episode VIII?
One of the most intriguing rumors regarding Episode VIII concerns the potential appearance of Hayden Christensen, the actor behind Anakin Skywalker in the original trilogy. We’ve pretty much heard the entire gamut in terms of certainty, from “he’s headed to the U.K. to begin training for Episode VIII,” to “are you kidding? There’s no way that’s happening.” Recent statements from Christensen seem to confirm the latter of those two schools, noting in an interview that “if they ever gave me the call I’d sign up in a heartbeat.” Even with the relative secrecy surrounding the project, it seems unlikely that they’d have him pretend that he hasn’t even gotten the call from Lucasfilm (which he apparently hasn’t anyway).
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