Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have announced the official cast for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX and there are some surprises! Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. New cast members include Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who) and Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, Hudson Hawk). They will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The most surprising news is that there is unused footage of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa that will be used in the film! Director J.J. Abrams had this to say in a statement: "We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we … [Read more...] about The Cast of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Announced! Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher To Be Featured!
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Alden Ehrenreich is not a bad actor. Let’s get that out of the way now. There’s a steely distance that he can project on camera that’s effective. He seems to be squinting even when he’s not. That’s part of why he was so appealing as dopey movie cowboy Hobie Doyle in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar. The squint, the square jaw, and the flat intonation were perfect for both the silver screen hero and the doofus who played him. The problem is that those qualities weren’t right for the character he’s required to play in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Han Solo might not be the smartest man in the galaxy, but he thinks he is. It’s that supreme confidence that allows him to succeed beyond his wildest dreams in the original Star Wars trilogy. He beats the Empire. He gets the girl. He becomes a respectable hero instead of a greasy scoundrel. The loner now has a place in the world. Solo, written by the father-and-son team of Lawrence and Jonathan … [Read more...] about SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Is A Good Movie In Search Of A Movie Star
Shakespeare stole from classic texts like a kleptomaniac, carrying their complex plots, star-crossed lovers and antique events back to his Globe Theatre. Dr. Dre created multiplatinum albums by sampling well-known recordings into new hip-hop harmonies. And such are the humble origins of one of the most iconic movie franchises in history. George Lucas mashed together the “Star Wars” saga from borrowed scraps of the past, building his world with ideas, characters, images and music born a long time ago and cinemas far, far away. As “The Force Awakens” nears its Dec. 18 release, “Star Wars” scholars call those borrowed cornerstones a vital link to the franchise’s cross-generational appeal and staying power. Call it homage if you like, imitation if you must, but don’t confuse it with coincidence, said Bryan Young, editor in chief of bigshinyrobot.com and co-host of the weekly “Star Wars” podcast “Full of Sith.” … [Read more...] about In making ‘Star Wars,’ George Lucas saw future of movies in past
It's about time. After over 40 years, Chewbacca has finally gotten his own theme music, thanks to Solo composer John Powell. Ron Howard revealed the news today during a Q&A that the director held on social media. Fans have asked Howard a bunch of different questions, but one of the more interesting facts that he revealed was that Solo composer John Powell wrote a theme for the Wookiee for the first time in Star Wars history. When asked about working with John Powell compared to other composers that he's worked with over the years, Ron Howard stated that Powell had come at the recommendation of Star Wars composer John Williams. Right off the bat, you know that's a good fit when John Williams is giving someone the thumbs up to work on a Star Wars movie. Howard also talked about Williams writing the Han Solo theme for Solo: A Star Wars Story. He had this to say. In addition, Ron Howard revealed that Chewbacca and young Han Solo aren't immediately best friends in Solo. The director was … [Read more...] about Chewbacca Gets His First-Ever Star Wars Theme in Solo
Solo: A Star Wars Story shows Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as they attempt to maneuver the ship through a storm as TIE Fighters chase them down. In the clip, we hear a brand new musical theme for Chewbacca as he showcases some of his surprising skills to an impressed Han. John Powell, the Academy Award-nominated composer for Solo: A Star Wars Story revealed that the musical theme heard in this brand new clip was in fact a new theme he composed for Chewbacca in the film. Powell confirmed on his official Facebook page: Also read: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Image Reveals Lando In Jabba’s Palace Disguise Powell is the latest composer to score a film in the Star Wars franchise that is not the living legend John Williams (who composed a brand new theme for Han in this film). Previously, Academy Award-winner Michael Giacchino stepped in to compose the … [Read more...] about ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Composer Confirms That New Theme Belongs To Chewbacca