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HUGE STAR WARS NEWS DAY: Han Solo Anthology Film, Vader to Appear in Rogue One, Donnie Yen Cast in Episode VIII

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We now have official confirmation that the second Star Wars Anthology film will be a Han Solo origin story.  The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who most recently helmed what I thought was the best movie of 2014: The LEGO Movie.  This is the project being written by Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote The Empire Strikes Back), and is rumored to also contain Boba Fett.  Lord & Miller are already committed to direct DC’s solo Flash movie and an animated Spider-Man film for Sony, but this project moves to the front of their queue as it already has a release date of May 25, 2018, sandwiched between Episodes VIII and IX.

I think Disney/Lucasfilm have made another superb pick.  Lord & Miller have just the kind of irreverent edge to take on a young Solo.  Lord and Miller expanded on landing the second spin-off (which is apparently NOT the same project that Josh Trank quit or was fired from): “This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all” said Miller and Lord.

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Speaking of Star Wars Anthology films, Geek Tyrant is reporting that the first spin-off: Star Wars Rogue One will bring Darth Vader back to the screen.  Given that the film takes place shortly before Episode IV and involves the mission to steal the plans for the first Death Star, that’s not a huge shock, but cool to know that he’ll be showing up.  Here’s Geek Tyrant’s scoop:

[Vader] will not be the main antagonist but he will be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen. Literally, I’m told – he’ll be showing up via viewscreen or holo projection or something. Will our heroes actually run into the Dark Lord of the Sith in person? My source wouldn’t say. My source was also mum about Grand Moff Tarkin, who was of course the commander of the fully operational Death Star.



If that wasn’t enough Star Wars excitement for you, IGN and several other sources have reported that Donnie Yen (Ip Man) has been signed to play a Jedi in Star Wars Episode VIII.  The only officially confirmed cast member for Episode VIII is Oscar Isaac, but the Yen rumor seems pretty solid.  Episode VIII is currently being written by Rian Johnson (Looper) who will also be directing the film and is scheduled for a May 26, 2017, release.  An additional facet to the Yen rumor is that he is also intended to appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.  This would be extremely interesting as the two films will be separated in time by roughly fifty years, and would mean Yen’s Jedi managed to elude Vader’s purge.  Yen is not just a peerless martial artist, but an outstanding actor so this would be just icing on a birthday cake of a day for Star Wars fans.


5 thoughts on “HUGE STAR WARS NEWS DAY: Han Solo Anthology Film, Vader to Appear in Rogue One, Donnie Yen Cast in Episode VIII”

    1. Let me try that again…

      I wonder how much is strategy, and how much is just falling into place? It’s not just the filmmakers they’re putting together (though Abrams was the smart choice to kick things off, and they got rid of Trank the moment they could see FF was obviously going south). It’s the way they chose to center the first Anthology film around heroes who are not in the proper episodes, ensuring there will be diversity in subject matter from the start. But Vader will be in there (a little) to keep things from veering too far. They’re waiting to do a Han film until after the Anthology films have been established as their own separate thing. Also Han will be dead by then and the solo Han Solo film will be filling a void at the exact right moment. Also Yen is there to tie the old era of films with the new one, and the new episodes and the anthology films together.


      1. I think in the beginning it was good fortune and a solid plan, but now I think we’re seeing the pieces of the type of well-oiled machine that Marvel developed coalesce into Star Wars. We had news about three different films today and none of them was even the film that is coming out this year! Kathleen Kennedy deserves a lot of credit for heading this up the way Kevin Feige has with the MCU. The quality and cohesion isn’t just in film. I can’t wait to catch up on Star Wars Rebels and season two has Vader as the main villain and Ahsoka returning. The novels, especially the last one Lords of the Sith, have been very good. The newest one also came out today taking what was going to be a Clone Wars arc for Asajj Ventress and turning it into a novel (it’s only a matter of time before she makes it to a live action film). The comics, done in conjunction with Marvel, have been freaking fantastic. The Vader comic is my favorite ongoing book. The main book introduced Han Solo’s WIFE. He was married during Episode IV (not terribly happily) but that’s canon now. Han had a wife before, presumably Leia. E3 just ended and Star Wars Battlefront, which comes out in November, is being called by some the best game they’ve ever seen at E3. This is a mission to produce the best Star Wars media, not just films, and create a universe of possibilities on the page, on the console, on the TV and on the screen. I so hope Donnie Yen’s rumor (it’s everywhere so it seemed solid enough to include) is right because can you IMAGINE the possibilities for a duel with that character? This isn’t just a franchise, this is a universe coming afire. We’re only seven weeks or so from the release of the beginning of the stories in novels and comics that will connect the dots between ROTJ and TFA. I think Aftermath by Greg Rucka (fantastic writer) is going to be to most mainstream Star Wars novel since Zahn’s trilogy and begin a drumbeat that’s going to culminate in a worldwide EVENT when this film premieres. The possibilities are as large as imagination itself.


  1. I remember getting hooked on the Thrawn Trilogy way back when (except for the part about those furry creatures that blocked out the force, which were worse than the midi-cholrians). But then I became so disenchanted. I had always thought Star Wars was about a single overarching narrative, but rather than illuminating that narrative with stories that were interesting in their own right, the EU was evolving into a convoluted mess that observed continuity for the sake of observing continuity. At least it felt that way to me. Also, and this probably played a bigger part than I realized at the time, I always held out hope that Lucas would make the sequels, and when that happened, goodbye EU, because Lucas seemed to hold the novels, comics, ect, almost beneath contempt. Those were different times, and even a master brand-exteneder like Lucas did not see the possibilities inherent in a unified front at Lucasfilm. But now I’ve got six months before TFA, and I’m satisfied that the people at Lucasfilm have their act together, and I’m preparing to binge on season one of Rebels. I’m going to miss out on the gaming end of things, but otherwise this is going to be fun.

    I don’t know if you can relate to the experience of having friends and family who seem to simply be humoring your Star Wars obsession, but I always get the feeling that mine are puzzled by my devotion. Most of them have only seen a few of the films, and only because I’ve made them, but I’m going to be showing everyone the entire series (in order) to prepare them for TFA. Sadly, that order will be chronological instead of the order in which the films were made, because otherwise confusion reigns. I swear people turn their brains off.

    But that’s going to be the best part of the lead-up to Episode 7. I’ve seen the movies so many times that the real joy comes from introducing others to the brilliant imagination of George Lucas.


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