THIS MONTH IN STAR WARS
Despite last being seen heading for a trash compactor on the doomed Starkiller Base, Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that the chromecovered First Order villain Captain Phasma will return for Episode VIII. Perhaps this means Captain Phasma toys were really popular, or could Rian Johnson have big plans for her? Perhaps another showdown with John Boyega’s Finn?
Episode VIII has been pushed back from its May 2017 release to December 15, 2017. It follows the astonishing success of The Force Awakens, which also opened in December and promptly sailed past the $2 billion mark at the box office. With Disney’s other space opera, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2, also set for May, it now gives both movies plenty of room to breathe.
Rogue One, the Gareth Edwardsdirected movie about the operation to steal the plans of the first Death Star, may feature some heavy-duty cameos. Whoever wins the race to play the young Han Solo in the 2018 Phil Lord/chris Miller spin-off may also be introduced, briefly, in this movie, while scuttlebutt suggests Darth Vader might also show up for a spot of heavy breathing...