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Han Solo Anthology Film Announced

It’s official, the second Star Wars anthology film will feature everyone’s favorite galactic smuggler — Han Solo.  The film, which will be directed by The LEGO Movie’s Chris Miller and Phil Lord, will take place before the events of A New Hope and will chronicle Solo’s early days as a smuggler.

The film will be written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan.  If the name Lawrence Kasdan sounds familiar, it’s probably because he wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, meaning he is pretty familiar with the source material.

Lord and Miller put out a hilarious joint statement saying, “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.”

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The Kasdan brothers also put out a statement praising the directors, calling them “two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”

No word as of yet as to who they have in mind to play the titular role, but so far they seem to be heading in the right direction.  Who do you think should play Han “Who’s Scruffy Looking” Solo?

Star Wars Gets a Release Date

Good news, Nerds!  Star Wars Episode VII will be hitting theaters on December 18, 2015, which means it’s time to start polishing the Stormtrooper armor and dusting off your camping supplies. There are not a lot of details available yet on the movie itself. We know J. J. Abrams is directing and cowriting the script with Lawrence Kasdan (Michael Arndt was recently released). The inclusion of Kasdan, who cowrote Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is particularly exciting.  It also expected that the original cast is returning, though their role is uncertain.

Disney has recently issued an open casting call for a young man and woman for an unnamed film that is rumored to be Star Wars.  The young man they are looking for could easily fit the description of Luke: smart, capable, courageous when he needs to be, and fatherless. The young woman, Rachel, had to grow up in a rough town after the loss of her parents. 

It will definitely be interesting to see where they go with the story. Kasdan has stated that they won’t necessarily be following the continuity set by the Expanded Universe, which will be a bummer for some fans, but ultimately will allow them to craft a story that is both surprising and a fitting sequel to the Original Trilogy.