JUST IN CASE you haven’t been paying attention, two newTV spots dropped in the last couple weeks for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Remember when no one outside of Lucasfilm had seen any footage from this movie? That was just a couple of months ago! Perhaps they’re releasing new trailers and ads as soon as they finish each part of the movie. That might explain a lot, actually. But that’s not all the Han news. Read on for all things Solo.
Vive la Resistance!
Source: Marvel Comics’ solicitation text for upcoming releases
Probability of Accuracy: It all depends how the story wraps up, but perhaps it’s dangerous to put too much hope in a happy ending…
The Real Deal: Fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens might have left The Last Jedi with a particular question: Where was the rest of Poe’s squad of X-wing pilots during the whole thing? Never keen to let a mystery stand for too long, Lucasfilm is letting Marvel Comics answer that with a storyline in an upcoming issue of the Star Wars: Poe Dameron comic book series. Written by Charles Soule with art by Angel Unzueta, Poe Dameron #29 is being touted by Marvel with the following text: “Where were Snap Wexley, Jessica Pava, and the rest of the Black Squadron during the events of The Last Jedi? Fighting for the very survival of The Resistance, of course. Now, at last, their story can be told…” That doesn’t sound too good for the Black Squadron, or fans of Greg Grunberg in an X-wing flight suit. The storyline begins in July.
Solo Isn’t Really an Origin Story
Source: The men responsible for writing the whole thing
Probability of Accuracy: It really depends how you parse the idea of an origin story…
The Real Deal: Speaking on the most recent episode of Lucasfilm’s YouTube series The Star Wars Show, Soloscreenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan discussed how they approached creating a backstory for the beloved character. Talking about the way in which Han Solo is such a self-invented character, the younger Kasdan (Jonathan) joked, “He would never want this movie to be made.” (He’s like many fans in that respect, then.) He continued, “What we started with in A New Hope was a very cynical guy, and it allowed for a character arc that sort of naturally lent itself to this movie, which is: How do you become a cynical guy?” Lawrence Kasdan, referencing his love of the character in the original movie, said that instead of setting out to tell a particular “origin story” for Han, he wanted to chart a path showing how Solo became the man fans met in New Hope. Also revealed in the interview: All of Chewbacca’s lines in the movie were actually scripted. No, really; watch below if you don’t believe it. (The interview begins at 3:11.)
Maybe Luke Is More Gone Than It Seems
Source: Mark Hamill, who would know better than most
Probability of Accuracy: This is either a sign that fans shouldn’t expect a cameo in the next movie, or a convincing attempt to keep such a cameo under wraps.
The Real Deal: After Luke Skywalker’s death in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, many wondered if he could return as a Force Ghost in the final chapter of the series. Mark Hamill, however, doesn’t appear to be one of those people. In fact, in a recent interview he sounded as if he didn’t really want to return even if the opportunity presented itself. “I haven’t really thought about it because there’s such a sense of closure; Luke’s story is told,” he reasoned. “What more can I do? And you know, you have to start disconnecting from it emotionally … The main thing [that shocked me in Star Wars: The Force Awakens] was—Han Solo is killed! I’ll never get to work with Harrison again. Luke will never see Han again. That’s what struck me, that was the first break, we lost a member of the band. And then what happened with Luke [in The Last Jedi], I said ‘OK, that’s the next link’ when I was still thinking I’ll come back as a Force Ghost. And then to lose Carrie in real life, I said ‘That’s it.’ They say you can never go home again, and that for me was the real indication that it’s time to move on.” A fake-out or a sign that the Skywalker Saga will somehow close out with only one Skywalker left in it? (If Kylo Ren could really be considered a Skywalker, of course.) Fans will find out soon enough.
How Many Jedi Will Be in the Next Movie? More Than One, Perhaps
Source: An anonymous source who may or may not exist, as quoted in the New York Daily News
Probability of Accuracy: I have a bad feeling about this.
The Real Deal: Meanwhile, on the subject of Force Ghosts and Episode IX, the New York Daily News of all places claimed to have a scoop a few days back when it reported that a certain Jedi will definitely be showing up in J.J. Abrams’ 2019 movie. “Yoda will again appear as a ghost as he acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi,” an unnamed source apparently said. “The scenes are due to be put together later this year.” On the plus side, there’s some thematic consistency with Yoda being a character who shows up throughout the entire Skywalker Saga and especially in the second and third installments of each trilogy. But does anyone really think that the Daily News has an inside source who’d spoil this kind of thing this early? Considering the hush-hush nature of Lucasfilm projects, that seems fairly unlikely.
A New Hope for Star Wars Directors
Source: Ava DuVernay, via Twitter
Probability of Accuracy: This is 100 percent legit.
The Real Deal: While the directors of Star Wars movies continue to share the apparently important characteristics of being white and male, let’s take a moment to recognize one welcome shift in a galaxy far, far away: Victoria Mahoney being second unit director on Episode IX, as announced on Twitter by none other than Ava DuVernay.