A bumper round-up of hap­pen­ings in a galaxy far, far away…

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A bumper round-up of news from a galaxy far, far away.

star wars: rogUE oNE ETA: 14 DE­cEm­bEr 2016

may wasn’t the best of months Pr-wise for the hunt-forthe-Death Star-plans stan­dalone movie. First, leaked im­ages from a vis­ual story guide to the movie re­vealed nu­mer­ous pre­vi­ously-un­der-wraps char­ac­ter names; sec­ond, news of reshoots this sum­mer led many to as­sume that all was not well on Gareth Ed­wards’ A New Hope pre­quel.

So, along­side the al­ready known Jyn Erso (Felic­ity Jones), we now know about cap­tain cas­sian An­dor (Diego Luna), assassin baze (Jiang Wen), en­forcer droid K-250 (a per­for­mance-cap­tured Alan Tudyk), rebel sol­dier bodhi (riz Ahmed), and the war­rior chirrut (Don­nie Wen). There are also VErY LOUD hints that Darth Vader is, as we sus­pected, in the movie.

As for those reshoots, early ru­mours sug­gested that Dis­ney re­ally didn’t like the film’s dark tone and craved more ad­ven­ture and ex­cite­ment. How­ever, quot­ing “high level sources” at Lu­cas­film, En­ter­tain­ment Weekly says that the reshoots were planned all along, and that “the changes have ev­ery­thing to do with clar­ity and char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and all take place within scenes we’ve al­ready shot.”

EpisoDE Viii ETA: 15 DE­cEm­bEr 2017

JJ Abrams did a spec­tac­u­lar job of keep­ing us in the dark about the plot of The Force Awak­ens, and rian John­son is pick­ing up where he left off. We do know that mark Hamill, Daisy ri­d­ley and Adam Driver have been spot­ted ar­riv­ing in Ire­land to shoot in Done­gal, so the smart money’s on Luke Sky­walker and rey fac­ing off against Kylo ren and his knights of, er, ren.

John boyega, mean­while, has de­scribed Episode VIII as “a dif­fer­ent take, darker, big­ger [than The Force Awak­ens], while Os­car Isaac told Rolling Stone, “there’s a lot more to do. What hap­pens now is the he­roes get tested. All three of them. bb-8 gets tested too! Every­body gets tested! It’s the dark sec­ond chap­ter, but not re­ally dark.” We’ll un­doubt­edly learn more about both movies at Star Wars cel­e­bra­tion, which takes place in Lon­don from 15-17 July. (­warscel­e­bra­

HaN soLo: tHE MoViE ETA: 25 mAY 2018

We now know, of course, that the un­en­vi­able task of step­ping into Har­ri­son Ford’s very tight trousers falls to new­comer Alden Ehren­re­ich – only time will tell if he’s both scruffy and nerfherdery enough for the Han Solo gig. The pre­quel movie’s writer (and Em­pire Strikes Back and Force Awak­ens scripter) Lawrence Kas­dan has also re­vealed that the movie – which will show Han and chew­bacca’s ori­gins – will start shoot­ing in Jan­uary. but ru­mour has it that the solo Solo movie won’t be Ehren­re­ich’s first ap­pear­ance in the fa­mous waist­coat – he might just be re­quired for those Rogue One reshoots...

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