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Star Wars roundup, 6/4/17

April 6th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

Another week, another report from the House of Mouse about Star Wars.

The standalone young Han Solo movie is shooting as I type this, and naturally security is tighter than Ebeneezer Scrooge. One thing that has leaked out, however, is that apparently Han Solo isn’t really called Han Solo.

Erm, whut?

Disney CEO Bob Iger made a speech to the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business last week, where he dropped this little bombshell:

[The film] picks up Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through to when he was 24,” Iger said. “There were a few things that happened [that were] significant in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you’ll also discover how he got his name.

…okay then. Iger also touched on The Last Jedi, confirming that Carrie Fisher’s image will not be digitally altered and the storyline will not be altered in the wake of her death.

Carrie appears throughout [Episode] VIII. We are not changing the film to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is.

Well, that’s something at least. Still no confirmation on what’s gonna happen in Episode IX, but we’ll swing over that bridge when we come to it. Iger has also stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Disney has plans for Lucasfilm through into the 2030s:

We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.

Interesting. Hopefully said ideas are good, but we’ll have to see.

And as for what Han’s real name is, I defy anyone to come up with something better than Trevor…

Sources: The Guardian, Consequence of Sound

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...