This Week In Star Wars: Han Solo Casting, George Lucas Opens Up, New Pictures and More

This Week In Star Wars: Han Solo Casting, George Lucas Opens Up, New Pictures and More

Dec 04, 2015

News

Han Solo Lurks Among Us - There wasn't a whole lot by way of official Star Wars movie news this week, but THR did some poking around the untitled young Han Solo spin-off movie and discovered that Disney and Lucasfilm have put out one of the widest searches ever for the role. They've reportedly seen at least 2,500 actors so far and while some may want a total unknown to take on the role, there are some established names in the list. According to them, Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Nick Robinson and Rami Malek have all tried out for the role. We don't know if any of them will progress to the next stage, which will eventually be meeting with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but they've got plenty of time to find the right person. The movie won't even film until January of 2017 for its May 2018 release.

 

Cast / Crew Comments

George Lucas Gets Real - The Washington Post has a terrific piece up about George Lucas and his current state of mind about the franchise he created and sold. It's a fairly candid look into the mind that started at all. Lucas admits he doesn't really use the Internet and hasn't since working on the prequels in the early 2000s. He likened the experience of selling Star Wars to getting a divorce, knowing full well that the only way to actually get away was to hand it off to someone else entirely. He hasn't seen The Force Awakens yet. He will, of course, and has a funny metaphor for what it'll be like:

“I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that made.”

Oh, and Lucas still stands by changing it so that Greedo shoots first. He actually has a pretty noble rationale for the change, too. Basically, he thinks a hero - at least one we mythologize - should never be the one to shoot first.

Rolling Stone Goes Behind the Scenes - Rolling Stone published a rather large piece on the making of The Force Awakens, talking to everyone from Adam Driver (who plays Kylo Ren) to Harrison Ford to J.J. Abrams. Obviously no one is going to spill any major plot details at this point, but it does include a few hints about goodies in the movie. For example, it's got confirmation that Admrial Ackbar is in it. They also were able to snag a number of new images from the movie, some of which are below.

You've Gotta Diet to be in a Star Wars Movie - It's no secret that Hollywood is an industry that rewards smaller waistlines and toner muscles. Not even the older Star Wars cast members are immune to the pressures to lose weight for the big screen. This week Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil both bemoaned the fact that they had to lose a lot of weight (30 pounds for the former, 50 pounds for the latter) and get in shape to do the movie. As Hamil put it, "I'm on the 'if it tastes good, don't eat it' diet."

The Women of Star Wars - While women have always had a place in the Star Wars universe, they've never had a bigger impact on the franchise than The Force Awakens. Kathleen Kennedy is now the head of Lucasfilm and the one overseeing the entire franchise. The movie has its first female lead in the form of Rey (Daisy Ridley), it's bringing back Princess Leia and it's introducing us to the well-armored Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and the mysterious Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o). And thankfully The LA Times did a piece about all of them and more that is well worth reading.

 

Pictures

 

Video

The cast and crew are going to be all over the talk show circuit between now and the movie's release, so you can expect a ton of videos like this to keep rolling in. If you didn't already like the cast of this movie, prepare to love them after watching these.

By far the greatest video of the week is Mark Hamil dressing as a Stormtrooper and talking to people on Hollywood Blvd. And if we're being honest, that weight loss mentioned above has him looking pretty dang great.

Harrison Ford demonstrating on a Han Solo doll what injured him on set:

Daisy Ridley admitting how much the trailer made her cry:

And also playing flip cup with Jimmy Fallon while wearing a bacon skirt and an R2-D2 hat:

Adam Driver jokes about how little we've seen of him in the marketing so far.

 

 

Random Stuff

We'll leave this week's recap with a vintage document that should get you excited. Recently StarWars.com shared this internal memo Peter S. Myers wrote in 1976 when he was the Vice President of Domestic Distribution for 20th Century Fox. This memo is basically what became the studio's marching orders and it shows how they went from "What movie did we make?" to "Wow, this is going to be a big deal." Page 3, in particular, is cool to read.




Who knows, maybe in another 40 years we'll see a memo from Disney that looks an awful lot like that but for The Force Awakens.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015. Head to Fandango to get your tickets.

 

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