Could Disney/Lucasfilm Be Planning a Han Solo Trilogy?

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According to NYDailyNews, who claims to have inside information on the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, there might be a bigger plan in the works surrounding the young Han Solo character (played by rising actor Alden Ehrenreich).

 

 

[from NYDailyNews (via Jedi News)]:

 

Disney has quietly signed the 26-year-old “Hail, Caesar!” star to a three-picture deal, insiders tell Confidenti@l, paving the way for more Han Solo flicks if the one currently being written strikes gold at the box office.

The movie giant has publicly revealed plans for only one prequel featuring the wily Millennium Falcon captain, helmed by “Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

“There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential,” says our insider. “Given that Han’s early adventures do not need to be tied to the Empire, it leaves story lines open with the opportunity to really give fans something different. They can explore new galaxies and crazy creatures and bring in a wide array of new characters.

“They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” our source said. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

 

Obviously, if this rumor turns out to be true, the prospect of a Han Solo trilogy will hinge greatly on the critical and fan reception of the first film, as well as the performance at the box office, but it seems like Disney/LFL has great confidence in the talent behind this movie.

 

This has not been confirmed officially, so take this report with a grain of salt. I actually wouldn’t expect an announcement concerning a possible Solo trilogy to be made until they see how the first one does, but it’s interesting to see that they might have a larger goal in mind with the character.

 

Whatever the future plans concerning Han Solo may be, it looks like directors Lord and Miller are hard at work…

 

 

 

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Jordan Pate is Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net, of which he is also a member of the book and comic review team. He loves all things Star Wars, but when he's not spending time in the galaxy far far away, he might be found in our own galaxy hanging out in Gotham City or at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, NY.

Jordan Pate (Hard Case)

Jordan Pate is Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net, of which he is also a member of the book and comic review team. He loves all things Star Wars, but when he's not spending time in the galaxy far far away, he might be found in our own galaxy hanging out in Gotham City or at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, NY.

151 thoughts on “Could Disney/Lucasfilm Be Planning a Han Solo Trilogy?

  • July 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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    They routinely sign actors for multiple movies just in case there’s room for a sequel.

    Although I’m not skeptical of one Han Solo movie…2 or 3…I dunno…

    • July 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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      How about a few stand-alone original stories set in a pre-ANH era where Han Solo appears as a cameo? that I can live with.

  • July 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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    I’ll watch it but Han Solo is not overly interesting in my opinion. They should do a movie with Palpatine while Ian McDairmid is still acting.

    • July 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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      agreed. Han’s not that interesting.

      • July 25, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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        He’s interesting. There’s no question about that. But he’s just not that… Important. At least relatively speaking.

        I’m still waiting for my Old Republic film. (Didn’t Iger brag at Celebration that Star Wars was special because it covered over a thousand years of history? Well, they should try telling telling some of these stories…)

        • July 26, 2016 at 3:02 am
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          He’s interesting but not 3 movies about him interesting.

    • July 26, 2016 at 2:06 am
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      Palpatine? Not sure I see that working – he’s the ultimate puppet-master, and stays in the shadows, moving his pawns around the board rather than taking a direct hand in things. That’s great for your big-bad, but I don’t know that it’s really main character material for a SW movie.

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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      Palpatine’s story is pretty much the Prequels and the OT. He rose and fell with Anakin Skywalker, and ultimately was defeated by the man he thought was dead inside.

      I think a Palpatine novel or comic would be a much better choice to fill in the gaps of the new EU rather than a movie.

  • July 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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    While I have compete and total faith in this young Han Solo film, an entire trilogy dedicated to Han feels rather unnecessary. Han is a central figure in the majority of every Star Wars film to date. I’m not sure we need 3 more movies that fill in his backstory when there are literally hundreds of other Star Wars characters who’s stories could be explored.

    However, I will say that I could get behind some additional young Han Solo movies if it meant that they’d flesh out some of the bounty hunters and small background characters a bit more and add more to their canon stories. That being said, that could also be accomplished outside of a Han Solo helmed film.

    But If we’re going for a young-[insert character here] trilogy then I’d much rather seen Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan. What Obi Wan was up to is far more appealing IMO.

    • July 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm
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      I suspect the two will cross paths, throwing complete disregard to ANH.

    • July 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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      I agree completely. I don’t mind one young Han Solo film, but more than that is pushing it. I’m also one of those people that would LOVE to see an Obi Wan movie, but even that converted into a trilogy is pushing it. One movie per character please…

  • July 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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    We’ll wait to see how this rolls…

    • July 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm
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      It sounds like a bad idea which means…. It is probably 100% accurate.

      • July 26, 2016 at 8:03 am
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        Don’t judge it just yet.

  • July 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    I just hope for 1 really fun movie,with best duo in the Galaxy. Han and Chewie,with some really cool adventures in Falcon

  • July 25, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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    one movie about the young Han already felt a bit unexciting/unnecessary. but a whole trilogy is way too much.

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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      It’s only Disney trying to make us think they are confident, it’s classic manipulation

  • July 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    Don’t push it Disney..

    • July 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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      Let it see how it rolls…

  • July 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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    Why does it feel like Indiana Jones in space?

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:38 pm
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      Because I think that’s probably the best way to handle it actually. I don’t think Han isn’t really a character which lends itself to long form plots and huge character arcs.

  • July 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm
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    What if the first movie is the Han Solo prequel but the other two are for the post-ROTJ era?

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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      That was actually my first thought . I hope that is true

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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      I hope that too…

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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      Then you’ve got a younger actor playing Han as older than HF in Jedi? Not sure I see how that works.

    • July 25, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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      Already filling that in with novels.

      • July 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm
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        Then they will have to find a new Han actor for the post-ROTJ films, one that must look like Harrison Ford. Or CG his face in. Either way, it sounds like a mess.

  • July 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm
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    I think there are much more interesting stories to tell. I would much rather see the inception of the Sith.

  • July 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm
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    i imagine they’ve asked him to sign for 3 movies just in case they decide to do a trilogy rather than any actual plan. Kinda hope they don’t though, there are other stories worth telling rather than dragging out Han Solo’s backstory over a trilogy.

    • July 25, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      Other stories? You mean new stories? Why would Disney do that? They’re making a shit ton of money by reheating 40 years old leftovers.

      • July 26, 2016 at 2:00 am
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        There are plenty they can make money on; Bobba Fett & Obi Wan Kenobi stories seem to be popular choices. If they overdo it by doing something like a trilogy based on a young Han Solo they won’t just dilute the character, but the Star Wars franchise. I’d hope they’d realise this; they want to make money out of it and they should be smart enough to know that they have to keep things fresh to keep people interested. Or at least rehashing a particular formula under a facade of newness.

        • July 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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          I agree with you, but considering Force Awakens, you should know by now that Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t understand anything about Star Wars. She’s a social climber and a corporate woman that’s in for milking the franchise as fast as she can with one SW movie/per year. It’s an industrial production, no place for creativity and good script, it’s about timelines, target demographics and box office projection. Why would it change all of a sudden if KK is still at the helm and fanboys reward her strategy by throwing their money at anything Star Wars? Bob Iger thinks you don’t change a winning horse.

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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    There are so many stories in GFFA… why 3 entires movies for Han?

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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    Totally makes sense they’d at least leave the door open for it. If the movie’s a big hit and Alden works in the part why wouldn’t they want to make a sequel?

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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    Whole other galaxies? The MF has a decent hyperdrive, but I do believe Star Wars takes place in a “Galaxy” far far away… not “Galaxies” far far away… but then again.. there’s that old SW Galaxies game… but wasn’t that just referring to “online realms”?

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm
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    So they can take place under the corporate sector authority then. Sounds like Bollux to me 🙂

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm
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      The whole thing is total bollocks. Oh, wait, ha ha, I see….

      (Yeah, unless it screws with the way the galaxy has been defined since those books, I’d love to see some adventures away from the Empire too)

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    There are probably more adventures to be found in Han’s smuggling years than when Obi-wan retired on tattooine, yet many fans seem to disagree. The truth is, Han IS a great character to branch off from the main “Jedi” storyline. A familiar character is needed if you want to start exploring some of the more offbeat and foreign parts of the Galaxy. The producers aren’t gonna bank on audiences flooding in to see the Palpatine spin-off, they’re gonna take baby steps because that has proven lucrative. Furthermore, the producers are privy to more insider information (like scripts!) and would have a more informed perspective on what to invest in next. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt until the Han movie comes out in theatres.

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm
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    Ahhh, I can see it now:

    “Han Solo 2: Han Duo” and “Han Solo 3: Han Trio”.

    • July 26, 2016 at 4:09 am
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      Han Solo:A Continuing Star Wars Story Anthology Adventures

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm
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      Solo: A Star Wars Story

      Solo – A Wonderful Human Being: A Star Wars Story

      Solo – You Love Me, I Know: A Star Wars Story

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm
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    Rather than a true ‘trilogy’, if…IF Alden works in the role, I can see something akin to the Indy films – a series of standalone movies unconnected by anything really apart from a central character. Again IF he works, I would be keen to see the second one be something like an Oceans 11 heist caper with Han, Chewie, and Lando making up the core of the team.

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm
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      You’re warming up to this man. Warming up I tell you.

      • July 25, 2016 at 9:21 pm
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        Did I mention ‘IF’? Let me reiterate – ‘if’. And it’s a biiiiiiiiiiig one. I trust Miller and Lord, I’m less trusting of the Kasdans, and I still think trying to recast Harrison Ford at the explosion of his career is insane. But I have said all along, I would rather be just totally wrong about this whole thing, and I’ll happily admit it if so.

        • July 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm
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          It is a pretty big IF for pretty much all of the hardcore Star Wars fans. It’s just that some of us are more on the positive outlook side, which seems like you are now on.

          That’s a good thing. It is totally possible this Han Solo movie will suck and just not be an entertaining Star Wars experience. It is also possible however, that it will be great and quite the fun ride.

          • July 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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            Both ARE possible, I just would argue with anyone saying both are EQUALLY possible. I’m not any more on the ‘positive’ side than I was before, I still think the odds are stacked against this movie. I’ve always been pretty clear though that, as in ALL things, I’d rather be surprised with something that sounds like a terrible idea to me (Hi, Lego Movie!) that turns out to be fun, and I will be first in line to say I was wrong.

          • July 27, 2016 at 11:14 am
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            Oh totally, I was also very surprised with LEGO Movie. It’s not my favorite kids comedy animated film of all time, but it is in the same realm as Shrek and Megamind for me.

          • July 27, 2016 at 8:26 pm
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            Ewwwwwwwww….Ssssssssssshrekkkk…..Okay, I enjoyed it enough the first watching, but the more I thought about it, the more the film grated on me until now I loathe the whole franchise. Megamind I was pleasantly surprised by, especially as I’m not a huge Will Ferrel fan, although I’d still put the anarchic goofiness of Lego solidly ahead of it. Anyways, Star Wars what now?

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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    ugh…. all I have to say and yes, in my lifetime I said “UGH” to a Star Wars movie… even the Prequels didnt get an “UGH”… I hope they dont have a young Boba Fett stalking him thru the series… oh wait…. they probably will… maybe we can see where Han went to High School and who he took to prom and— Ugh…

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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    they are so determined to “force” this on us…they just need to scrap the whole Han Solo thing. oh well…

    • July 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm
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      I remember people telling Alan Ladd to scrap the whole Star Wars thing.

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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    “There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential”… I guess Disney and LFL don’t monitor social networks that much

    • July 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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      No, they couldn’t care less what some vocal and loud minorities thinking, especially those that are really nothing but whiny manchildren. It’s the general/casual public/masses where it matters, not on some fansite & social media groups that aren’t vastly numerous to begin with.

      • July 25, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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        You have to go not much farther than this very same message board, to find out that most of the people (even the so called majority that liked TFA) are AGAINST this idea. Besides, being a large corporations, Disney and LFL do conduct market research and tests, which some time make them change things like the now infamous R1 reshoots, so they do have to survey about this thing. Please read comments below, then come back with a better argument.

        • July 25, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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          Again, we’re talking about the masses out in the public, not just old-school SW fans that hang out at SW-centric forums and FB groups (though these same people look like they’ve taken over the IMDb forums as well).

          And no, LFL isn’t going to conduct surveys and polls for movie ideas. They aren’t having focus groups either in trying to solicit ideas for what SW film they should make. Disney and its other subsidiaries don’t do this either. Anyone that thinks otherwise is kidding themselves as there is no actual proof of this whole “let’s get ideas for movies from the public” research.

          • July 25, 2016 at 10:50 pm
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            They should open a forum for the public. I can give them some really good ideas for future films, as I’m sure many of us can.

          • July 25, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
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            No.

          • July 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm
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            Can you imagine being the person whose job it is to wade through that haystack to try to find the needle?

          • July 26, 2016 at 1:29 am
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            You’re assuming there’s a needle in there somewhere. You are technically correct, but said needle’s got traces of heroin and AIDS on it.

          • July 26, 2016 at 1:55 am
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            I’m not sure I wouldn’t welcome that after sifting through a haystack of fan ideas for SW movies.

          • July 26, 2016 at 12:38 am
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            No.

          • July 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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            Just no.

          • July 26, 2016 at 2:16 am
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            Oh, well that’s another point, I’m sure the casual moviegoer couldn’t care less who the new Han Solo is, as long as it entertains them for 2 hours and 15 minutes, and maybe LFL just doesn’t care about fans anymore, so they are moving forward with this, my point always referred to the fanbase (as a 40 year fan, I sometimes tend to think everybody is a SW fan) so the real question is, how will this affect the fanbase? so far, most of what I’ve read and talked within SW fans, the Han Solo movie does not seem such a good idea, (again, among most SW fans) but then again, maybe it will divide us even more?

        • July 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm
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          Except that people on messageboards dedicated to Star Wars are a tiny minority of the people who pay to go watch Star Wars movies. They are also disproportionately likely to be the people complaining about how everything is wrong / not as good as it used to be / destroying their childhood / a feminist conspiracy. The very people a new movie will NEVER satisfy.

          I’m skeptical of the idea myself but it’s not like it’s impossible it can work. The only real issue is the re-casting. Sure that’s an elephant of an issue but it’s not insurmountable.

          As a story or set of stories there’s a lot more room there than the Obi-Wan idea — the guy was hiding in the desert with the entire Empire convinced he was long dead. There’s almost no way I can believe they can get a movie’s worth of story out of that let alone a trilogy’s worth without trampling continuity underfoot.

        • July 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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          You only have to go to any major non genre specific website to see that the gen. aud. i.e. “the ignorant masses” i.e. casual moviegoers, are very much excited about the possibility of any new star wars. People seem to forget that it’s a business and that the largest audience for the Star Wars brand is kids. Every kid wanted to be Han Solo throughout the 80’s/90’s why would they want it to be any different now?

      • July 25, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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        That’s what everyone said about Ghostbusters. Meanwhile Ghostbusters is tanking in it’s second week against Star Trek Beyond and will struggle to break even, and people are foolish if they think the backlash against it had no impact.

        Will Han Solo fail like GB? No, I don’t think so. But it has divided fans, and that immediately carries a greater risk factor.

        I think the problem is that some people think that the prequels prove that Star Wars is fail proof. That even if bad SW is out there it’ll still make a gazillion dollars. But I don’t think that’s right. I think the more content they do, the less special it all becomes and the more picky audiences will be.

        • July 26, 2016 at 1:27 am
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          Hell, GB tanked against Secret Life of Pets in what, it’s second week? Good riddance.

          • July 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm
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            I say, let the market decide. If Star Wars fans, and general audiences don’t want to see more of Han Solo after the first standalone film then that will tell Lucasfilm/Disney what to do.

          • July 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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            My only fear there is that some ungodly number of utterly terrible Transformer movies say ‘hi’. Studios are infamous for learning the wrong lessons from both success and failures.

          • July 27, 2016 at 11:12 am
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            Yeah, but that’s Paramount, and there are plenty of people that enjoy the Transformer movies even if we don’t. I liked the first and third one, the other two not so much. Although, Disney is now working on their 5th Pirates movie. Hahaa

            The same can be said of the Marvel movies too.
            Iron Man has three films of various quality.
            Captain America has three that got better, Thor is going to have three, Avengers has two with the second being worse.

            It’s really a roll of dice when it comes to how good these Star Wars spin off films will be at this point. I don’t doubt that Lucasfilm has hired some of the best in the business though.

        • July 26, 2016 at 1:28 am
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          To be fair, the new Ghostbusters movie wasn’t projected to rake in a bajillon dollars to begin with (and if I’m not mistaken, it wasn’t a high prediction to begin with – which was established long before the film’s release – and I don’t think the number for the prediction had to do with “controversy”) and based on predictions alone, it did hit the ballpark area of them hence why you don’t see a lot of film publications calling it a flop (and its weekend-to-weekend drop-off isn’t that large for what a typical movie’s drop-off would be), not to mention, its RT score of 73% and qualifying for Certified Fresh. Furthermore, there’s still international gross revenues and also hasn’t opened in many territories yet.

          • July 26, 2016 at 1:34 am
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            It also, on the other hand, didn’t open that strong, so where was it going to drop off TO exactly? I think you’re wrong on the studio hopes for it as well – the intention was for this film to kick off a new shared GB universe of films, and I would be surprised if the middling domestic numbers it’s doing mean that’s still the plan.

          • July 26, 2016 at 1:42 am
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            The new GB movie WAS meant to make a lot AND it was meant to kick start a cinematic universe franchise. Plus, it won’t be opening in China. The box office prediction leading up to release had nothing to do with studio planning.

            As a standalone it likely won;t cause the studio any real damage. But as a franchise starter it’s failed, and anyone who tracks these sorts of things knows it.

          • July 26, 2016 at 1:45 am
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            Well, they HAVE said they’re moving forward with a sequel. I wonder if that’s at least part bluster to show shareholders everything’s fine, but they have said it.

          • July 26, 2016 at 1:55 am
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            I know. But it wouldn’t be the first time a studio has said something like that. For instance, Warners insisted there would be a sequel to Superman Returns for at least a couple of years, and that performed way better than GB so far has. It was originally said there would be a fifth Star Trek Next Gen movie. There’s been talk of a Zoolander third sequel, but I doubt that will happen after 2’s performance. It all comes down to money and the studio won’t commit until they see the bottom line financially.

          • July 26, 2016 at 2:02 am
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            Which is why I said it that way – they were VERY quick, after the weak opening, to jump in and say they still plan to move ahead – no need to panic, shareholders! And “thhhppppttt!” sexist haters! Can always be quietly moved to development hell a year from now and eventually cancelled.

          • July 26, 2016 at 4:45 am
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            GB’s problem was that first trailer – it was crap. They completely screwed themselves.

            Internationally, China has banned it, so it will be the victim of some unfortunate circumstances.

    • July 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm
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      I read that as meaning more that internally there’s a lot of excitement, as in people within LFL and Disney.

  • July 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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    ooh for my ***hole’s sake i hope it’s only rumor. One yes, three NO

  • July 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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    What? Would they miss the opportunity of milking that FOREVER, like Bob Iger said. There will be one cliffhanger after another, forever.

  • July 25, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Please.. NO… NO.

    • July 26, 2016 at 10:04 am
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      exactly

  • July 25, 2016 at 11:27 pm
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    I’m going to share something radical and crazy with everybody. As skeptical as I’ve been about a young Han Solo, pre-A New Hope, film, this actually increases my optimism. Why? Because it shows confidence in the story and script they’ve laid out. Not only that, but their choice of actor. Could they be planning only one film, but also be signing a three-picture deal just in-case they do decide later to make more? Possibly.

    But I think the original plan was definitely to just make one film. And this also means we’re not going to have just one overstuffed film squeezing in everything the writers want to have Han Solo do and say. The last couple of times we had a trilogy of Han Solo adventures (Brian Daley’s first trilogy comes to mind most, of course) they were pretty great. So I don’t think it’s hard to write good Han Solo stories that people feel satisfied about having told to them. Most just seem to be skeptical about the recasting. But if they had so little faith in ther ability to find a great actor who could play the character justly, they’d rather not risk it. They’d just make an Obi-Wan film for Ewan McGregor (which I say needs to happen).

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:50 am
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      I think the original plan still consist on making one film but they’re talking about sequels before they even started shooting. They want you to think that they are very confident with this. Congratulations, you’ve been mind tricked by Disney propaganda.

    • July 26, 2016 at 1:26 am
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      I think you’re reading more into this than there is. As others have pointed out, it’s not unusual for a contract to include terms for additional films, even if there is at the time no intention to make them.

  • July 25, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    I would much rather have Obi-Wan Trilogy than a Han Solo trilogy.

    • July 26, 2016 at 1:23 am
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      when i want a Kenobi movie so hard i would prefer an old republic trilogy and to show people where all begins, no ?

      • July 26, 2016 at 2:10 am
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        Better yet, it frees writers from having to worry about tripping over just about any existing canon. If they go down this road, I wouldn’t expect to see it until sometime after the current trilogy wraps up – splitting the timeline between two concurrent trilogies like that seems counterproductive.

  • July 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm
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    And so, the over saturation of Star Wars begins….

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:37 am
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      And so the believing of a rumor leads to a baseless conclusion…

      • July 26, 2016 at 1:43 am
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        Yes, because Disney haven’t said they’re trying to make a Star Wars movie every year for God knows how many years….

        SMH.

        • July 26, 2016 at 4:48 am
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          Yes, they have said that. But a Han Solo trilogy is a rumor from the NY DAILY NEWS.

          They also said the stand alone movies are not meant to start new series. So you ignore some of what they say to favor the part that lets you complain.

          SMDH.

        • July 26, 2016 at 11:48 am
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          Why is that a bad thing?

    • July 26, 2016 at 3:05 am
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      Star Wars already had over saturation in its characters long before Disney decided to start the anthology films.

      http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Han_Solo_Trilogy

      Behold, a “Han Solo” trilogy before Disney even decided to make a Han Solo trilogy..the only difference is these will be films while this series were books.
      Yes you can argue that as films you would want to see something new and original outside of the characters, but really, over saturation of Star Wars and its characters was always around long before Disney took ownership.

      • July 26, 2016 at 3:55 am
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        Not in a cinematic medium it wasn’t.

        • July 26, 2016 at 4:25 am
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          Doesn’t really matter. Cinematic or book, the stories of these characters were never really going to be secluded to the trilogy’s only. Over saturation of the franchise was inevitable and already happening, whether Disney did it or not. We were at one point to have a live action tv series at some point before Lucas sold the rights, so to say over saturation only started because of Disney is a bit of an overstatement.

          I feel is the prequels had done better, Lucas would have pushed out and saturated the franchise as much as Disney would have (if not more). Basically this is what Star Wars was always going to be, it’s just run by a completely different set of minds. For me, this isn’t an issue, because I’ll admit it; I’m a sucker for Star Wars stories.

          • July 26, 2016 at 4:36 am
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            Well, it does matter because the general audience aren’t lining up to buy novels, etc. They’re mainly for the fans.

          • July 26, 2016 at 5:50 am
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            And yet the fans ate up and enjoyed the novels, the same as many could potentially do the same with these films. Star Wars over saturation is not as hard to avoid as you think, if you’re worried about getting sick of seeing it everywhere. The only time I’m filled with an abundance of Star Wars hype is when, well, I’m purposely looking for Star Wars.

            Yes the films will come and will be talked/hyped about, but they will pass before you know it. The Force Awakens wasn’t talked about outside of the fandom in my social circles or community, only roughly for the month of December.

            It’s the same with days before Disney bought the franchise, the only time the hype and never ending news I received was when a new novel/game etc. would arrive. It quickly came to pass, all would remain calm and normal again. Really, nothing has changed, except more films. Which I’m sure will become more original and unique as time flows, after all, are first anthology film is about a band of Rebels we never even heard of.

          • July 26, 2016 at 6:10 am
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            OKay, let me try and explain this to you in simple terms. The fans are the ones buying novels. They, along with kids, are the ones watching shows like Rebels. They, along with kids, are the ones buying action figures. They are the ones playing the video games.

            But this is not about any of that. Why? Because the people who will go and see a new Star Wars picture are vastly greater in number that the consumers of the above, namely the stuff you are arguing shows pre-existing over saturation. The general audience doesn’t read novels, or collect figures of Admiral Thrawn. They just go and see the films. If the films become too plenty the interest begins to wane as a Star Wars film stops being a major event. If interests wanes, so do box office takings.

            Looks at the Star Trek franchise. Throughout the 1990s it was an unstoppable juggernaut. But by the middle of the next decade the audience had gotten bored. They stayed out of the cinema and stop watching the TV show. It was only the fans who were left supporting it. Therefore, the show got cancelled and the Next Gen movies got canned. In the decade since the output from the franchise has been a fraction of what it was before, and while the JJ movies have been good money spinners in and of themselves, the franchise is not currently the powerhouse it was back in the 90s when you have movies coming out every few years with TNG, DS9 and Voyager all dominating ratings throughout that period.

            Point is that Paramount thought people would never get bored of Star Trek and they could just keep cranking stuff out. But people DID get bored and it had to take a rest.

            Personally I think Disney needs to slow down with it’s SW output in order to sustain the interest. As the old saying goes, “keep them wanting more”.

          • July 26, 2016 at 7:05 am
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            I already understand what the agenda is here for the studios, and yes, I see your point. However, aside from wanting to make tonnes of cash and reach a broader more general audience, the other goal of Lucasfilm here is to attract a new amount of fans; the kind that will end up potentially becoming the new era of diehards that will spend cash on merch and the films in the near future.

            Take Marvel for example, a company that has been around even before Star Wars. As of now, the franchise is nearing it’s first decade since the cinematic universe began. Before this, Marvel was seemingly fading into obscurity with the exception of its heavy hitters like Spider-Man. Since the films began with Iron Man back in ’08, Marvel has increased in popularity with it’s plethora of superheroes, not just with films but comic sales as well, attracting new fans who never READ comics before-the general audience.

            You can argue that Star Wars is completely different from Marvel, but if you think about it, they have one thing in common that keep the film series fresh and possibly defy the odds of becoming old and tiring; Genre. Yes, Marvel is indeed mostly labeled as the “Superhero” story by the general audience, but many argue that what keeps it fresh is the fact that it’s not always the typical “men in tights, wearing capes” story, but rather many genre’s. You have fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, crime thrillers, etc.

            Star Wars can also play with the idea of genre as well, ranging from saga epic, to war film (as we see in Rogue One), to heist, mystery, crime etc. and we have seen this before in the EU from time to time. Now obviously, we don’t know if that’s the direction we are going in, but you’d think that Disney/Lucasfilm would want Star Wars to go down the same route as Marvel, changing it up from one genre to another. This is what makes a series have the potential to avoid becoming stagnant in the future. The universe is there, but the element of the genre is always changing enough, not to stray from what they love, but to keep things fresh.

            Granted, everything could fall apart for Marvel after its first decade and I could totally eat my own words. Yet there really isn’t any signs of the franchise slowing down just yet. I think the major difference from this era of film making compared to before is because people understand that throwing something you love to the audience needs to be changed up every so often. I don’t say this for every industry, but from what I’ve seen from Marvel, it seems to make quite an impact.

            Lastly, I think this is all in reserve for now. They will wait to see how the first Solo movie goes. If a total flop, it’s obvious we won’t see anymore. Hell, if Rogue One really does well, we might end up seeing more original characters in SW films to keep things unique.

          • July 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm
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            The STTNG movies sucked though.

            And major shows aren’t the same as monthly comics and a few novels. There has always been ST novels throughout the 90s and 2000s. And its somewhat foolish to compare what Paramount was capable of versus the infrastructure Disney/Lucasfilm has. They picked guys like Edwards, Riann Johnson, brought back Kasdan, still have Kennedy and ILM….the infrastructure dedicated solely to SW is way beyond anything Star Trek has had since the OG movies with Nimoy and Shatner backing the franchise. Jonathan Frakes is certainly not Nimoy and Shatner (even with Shatner’s flaws).

          • July 26, 2016 at 11:48 am
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            The general audiences aren’t the ones complaining about too much Han either.

  • July 25, 2016 at 11:38 pm
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    Seems more likely that he is signed on for 3 movies so he can pop up in other spin offs(Boba Fett maybe?) They’d have to announce the trilogy sooner rather than later, because they have a limited amount of time before they catch up to Harrison’s age in A New Hope. They sign all the Marvel actors to 5 to 10 movies even though they won’t get that many solo movies. It just means they’re contractually obligated to appear in the main Avengers movies and other characters films.

      • July 26, 2016 at 2:02 am
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        maybe he’ll turn up in Frozen 2 as Esla’s love interest.

    • July 26, 2016 at 10:02 am
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      exactly! Robert Downey Jr. has a contract for i don’t even know 10 movies (??) which 5 of them are ensembles.

  • July 26, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    More likely he is gonna appear in other movies.

  • July 26, 2016 at 2:33 am
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    no

  • July 26, 2016 at 3:09 am
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    I’m not a Han Solo fan, I never was. Always was a “Luke” kid then and today. While this doesn’t get me hyped, I’ll wait to see where this leads.

    I find it funny how some people are complaining about a Han Solo trilogy, considering we had a Solo trilogy long before Disney proposed this idea if you take the former EU into consideration.

    • July 26, 2016 at 4:47 am
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      Which we don’t anymore and novels are not the same as movies, which you know, so I find it funny that you are acting like they are the same…

      • July 26, 2016 at 5:32 am
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        Mmmm yes and no, I always challenge that aspect. If you strip away the medium, both are designed for similar purposes, to provide information, story telling and/or both. I read the Star Wars books and treat them the way I watch the films, with the only exception being one is visual storytelling while the other is what I read and perceive in my mind. The same argument can be made with graphic novels being somewhat the same as reading a traditional novel. Yes, there are rules and ways to define differences, but all mediums can be built with a similar purpose.

        The argument is about people complaining about how a Han Solo trilogy is yet another corporate scheme to make more money or over saturation of the franchise, which, yes, I can see that. Yet we didn’t complain as much when hundreds of books, video games, comics were being made about our favorite characters.

        • July 26, 2016 at 5:43 am
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          Yes, both are designed for the same purpose, but you left one out: to make money. And movies (if successful) make far more money than books and reach a much larger audience.

          So tens of thousands were aware of the Han Solo trilogy (both of them, actually) that you speak of, but tens of millions (maybe even hundreds) will be aware of a movie. That’s what I meant when I said it was different. Just the audience reach.

          And yes, people didn’t complain about the WAY TOO MANY books they were throwing at us at one point. Which is far less costly and far less time consuming.

          People don’t make sense, haha!

          • July 26, 2016 at 6:08 am
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            I agree, and it is definitely the agenda, regardless of Disney/Lucasfilm, money making plays a huge role. I guess what strangely annoys me; how too many people complain about how Star Wars has BEGUN to get so bland, unoriginal with horrible plots under the mouse’s direction, but it’s not like the saga was subject to this in the past.

            Star Wars has always had its fair share of that. I guess that’s what I am trying to say. I guess the only difference is now we are seeing it on a larger scope.

            As much as a fan I am, Star Wars is a guilty pleasure, it will always be known for its wonderful storytelling and breaking the mold artistic direction, as much as it will be remembered for its occasional bad storytelling/cash cow ideas, EU OR new canon.

          • July 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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            The EU plots had been plenty bland for years. We have had exactly 1 movie and people are saying this? Who cares what people say? They don’t know what the hell they are talking about and besides, it is LFL running it, not Disney.

            Something is only a guilty pleasure if you care what others think. Don’t.

          • July 27, 2016 at 6:16 am
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            True, sound logic. Plus it’s way less energy wasted having to forget about every complaint that shows up.

          • July 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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            That is simply not true. Videogames outsell movies easily but they are then again outsold by books. Don’t overestimate the importance of movies. The average American only watches 1,7 movies annually in a movie theater.

          • July 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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            It is true.

            Millions of people go to the movies, as do play video games. But only hundreds of thousands read books. That is true. The difference in awareness of the Star Wars books and the Star Wars movies is proof alone of this.

            Ask the average person who Darth Vader is. Now ask them who Thrawn is. The awareness is much lower.

            As for video games, yes, they make more money (because the cost more than a movie ticket), but more people see movies.
            135 million tickets were sold for Titanic back in 1997-1998. No video game has come close to those numbers, even Super Mario or Wii Sports only sold 25-30 million.

          • July 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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            Of course more people know who Darth Vader is than who Thrawn is. Darth Vader has been the face of Star Wars since forever. Your example doesn’t work out. This is comparable to me asking people wheter they discoveredHarry Potter because of the books or because of the movies. As for your Titanic/Superman example. Ask them if they have seen Titanic and/or played a game with the character Super Mario in it. I am sure there are more than 135 Mio people who have played at least one game that had Super Mario in it.Or why do you think would they produce for as much as 500 Mio $ (Destiny) while the most expensive Movie (Avatar) has roughly half of that budget.

  • July 26, 2016 at 3:26 am
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    Damn just leave it at one Han Solo movie, they don’t even know if Alden will pull the insanely difficult task of playing a young Han Solo and he isn’t even that interesting of a charcater in the first place. If Disney wants more money they should do a Obi Wan trilogy with Ewan McGregor thats something people want to see.

    • July 26, 2016 at 9:59 am
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      I don’t. No single character in Star Wars deserves his own trilogy, not even Obi Wan. What do you even want to tell in a Obi Wan trilogy? Him sitting in the desert for 3 films? Fuck no!
      I would like to see a single movie though…

      • July 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm
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        Exactly, and I never liked Han Solo to begin with. This character is a jerk and you have to be a jerk to like him. I always identified to Luke and Star Wars is a whole universe, Han Solo is insignificant and doesn’t deserve a movie. What’s next? A Leia spin off focused on political intrigue?

      • July 27, 2016 at 1:44 am
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        Yoda told Obi-Wan at the end of ROTS that his Master Qui-Gon had found a way to achieve immortality and that during his exile on Tatooine he should contact Qui-Gon trough the Force. Yoda did the same thing during to Clone Wars, going on a trial visiting many worlds. Since Yoda told Obi-Wan he should learn the way to manifest into a Force Ghost after his death it is during the 20 years on Tatooine that he must have completed this. They could easily make a trilogy about this.

        starting with him contacting Qui-Gon on tatooine learning the first steps. He would then need to ensure that Luke was save with Owen and Beru so that he could leave for a while setting of on a new journey that takes him to many worlds previously unseen in the cinematic universe.

        And it would end with the final confrontation with Maul on Tatooine. Obi-Wan’s past haunts him, not only Order 66 but also the death of Duchess Satine, his former lover, who Maul had killed on Mandalore. Obi-Wan must find closure with the death of Satine to fulfill his training. At the end of he duel Obi-Wan forgives Maul for the death of Satine and Maul forgives Obi-Wan while dying for taking away the chance he had to rule the Galaxy as Sidious’ apprentice that was taken away by Obi-Wan all those years ago on Naboo. Maul dies and rather then burning his body on Tatooine or taking it to Moraband, the Sith homeworld, he takes Maul’s body to Dathomir and cremates his body among the huts of the villages he came from. He true home.

        • July 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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          Leave out the love story because nobody outside the EU cares or knows who is love interest was anyway and you got yourself one movie.

  • July 26, 2016 at 4:54 am
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    If it’s done well I can get behind it, and so far looking at the marvel spin off movies I have fairly high hopes for it doing fine. Regardless of that though, the fact that they put so much effort into finding the right actor tells me they’re going to put him in more than just one movie. They wanted somebody reliable

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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      Star Wars has nothing to do with Marvel superheroes, you and Disney don’t understand that, unfortunately

      • July 30, 2016 at 7:13 am
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        That video does not support your statement in any way.

        • July 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm
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          You need to get your ears checked then

          • July 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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            My ears work fine. I think yours probably do, too, but you are misinterpreting what they are saying. They “saw over 3000 people.” Those were auditions. The first of those 3000 people happened to be Ehrenreich. Presumably he and several others got callback auditions where they went on the Falcon and worked with Chewy, as mentioned later in the interview, and they ended up choosing Ehrenreich. That’s why they (half-jokingly) apologize to Kennedy for wasting money: in hindsight they could have stopped after the first audition.

          • July 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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            You really need to get your ears checked, THEY didn’t apologize to Kennedy, they ask HER to apologize for wasting time and money, because they went throughout the world to select people, as I understand to gather them for audition but she imposed Ehrenreich on them. You’re not that gullible to think that Alden Ehrenreich happenned to be the first to audition and won the role, just like that. This guy was discovered at a Bar Mizvah that Spielberg and Coppola were attending. He played in a Coppola film, and then Spielberg got him the Han Solo role through Kathleen Kennedy. He hijacked the casting process. None of theose 3000 ever had the opportunity to compete with ALden Ehrenreich, and I think it’s disgusting.

          • July 31, 2016 at 5:21 am
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            Okay, I guess I was wrong. About your ears. He clearly says, “Kathy, I apologize for wasting that, but it’s nice to be sure.” In other words they went through 3,000 people only to decide the first guy was the best. That doesn’t discount Ehrenreich being discovered by Spielberg and getting an audition through that, but he wasn’t just given the role.

          • July 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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            He might have said “I apologized?”, nevertheless it was a jab at Kathleen Kennedy, revealing that she dismissed the 3000 candidates to give the role directly to Alden Ehrenreich, because he is a friend of them. I would have understood if all these actors turned out to be bad and they ended up with Ehrenreich like it happenned for Harrison Ford for ANH. But in this case, instead of picking the best among 3000 actors, they picked their buddy right away.

          • July 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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            No, they said they went through thousands of auditions, and the guy they ended up picking happened to be one of the first to audition.

            If they wanted him all along through nepotism why would they still go through all of the trouble of auditioning 3000 young male actors for the role?

          • July 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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            Because it wasn’t THEIR decision, it was Kathleen Kennedy’s!

          • July 31, 2016 at 11:52 pm
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            No, it was Chris Miller’s Phil Lord’s and the casting agents. Not Kathleen’s.

            Where are you getting that it was Kathleen Kennedy’s decision?

          • August 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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            Because she’s the head of Lucasfilm and therefore has the last say. Miller and Lord didn’t select 3000 dudes only to hire the first person to audition , and that person happens to be a friend of Spielberg. Btw it doesn’t seem that anyone auditioned after Alden Ehrenreich, the other candidates never had a chance. They must have been mind blown by his audition! Strangely, the fans don’t seem convinced.

          • August 2, 2016 at 7:18 am
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            The fans aren’t always right and don’t have any inside knowledge like Lucasfilm employees do.

      • August 3, 2016 at 8:35 am
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        I think that spielberg putting in a good word could have cemented it, but that doesn’t make an impact that they still saw 3000 people before keeping him for sure. When you’re casting for a movie there’s a chance that any person walking in, if it’s actor #1, actor #90, or actor #3000 could be a lot better and gets the role

        • August 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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          It’s obvious that Spielberg is putting his pawns all over the place, it’s a bad habit he developped a while ago. Look at Shiah Laboeuf, his simple presence was already ruining Indy4 which was an already terrible movie. The nuked fridge was Spielberg’s idea btw, he sabotaged Lucas franchise on purpose. Look at episode VIII’s cast, they’ve hired Laura Dern, what are the chances for a failed actress that disappeared from screen since Jurassic Park gets to play in a SW movie? It’s a shame because it’s not only disrespectful for the casting candidates but it’s also an insult to the fans who get to watch actors connected to Spielberg instead of the best actors for the role.

  • July 26, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    Let’s see how the first one works out before planning a trilogy shall we? 😉

  • July 26, 2016 at 10:35 am
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    Could it be that one of the three films is actually RO? Just a little background shot of Han and Chewie propping up the bar?

  • July 26, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    (Clone Wars lector mode ON) Amazing Adventures of Han Solo are comming into YOUR Blu-Ray soon in thrilling story of: “Solo amongst the Wookie”, “Solo in the deapth of Temple Of Doom”, “Solo and Changes in Canon”.(Clone Wars lector mode OFF)

  • July 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm
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    This is just rumor, but it could just mean that Alden is signed on to appear in three movies as the character of Han Solo. Not necessarily three standalone films about Han Solo. Much like a lot of the Marvel actors have to be in multiple movies.

    • July 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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      True. In fact movie production companies usually require actors to sign on sequel deals to keep them locked for years even though the sequels might not happen.

  • July 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm
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    they just want to keep all options open and he’ll most likely just pop up in another (Boba Fett?) movie. It doesn’t mean at all that they’ll do a trilogy. It’s probably like in the Marvel universe and he’ll have a scene or two in another spin-off. Wasn’t he supposed to be in Rogue One? There you’ve got your movie no.1, Han Solo is movie no.2 and then something else…like I said , Boba Fett would be a good guess.
    Everyone chill.

  • July 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    To me, Star Wars is about the Galaxy far far away. “She” is the main protagonist. The one thing all movies, toys, comics, games, etc have in common. Star Wars is similar to a genre. There are going to be bad movies and great movies like there are good cop movies and bad cop movies. That doesn’t mean however, that you shouldn’t give every single of these movies the same chances. The only thing that I am worried about is that Ep. IX should be the grande finale and not “Boba Fett’s epic adventure on Mustafar – Part 2”

    • July 26, 2016 at 10:32 pm
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      So you would want Episode IX to conclude the “trilogy of trilogies” as THE final installment of the central narrative structure, and never make any movies set after it? (If it ended on some kind of “happily-ever-after” note, any further movies would tend to cancel out that, since new villains and conflicts would be required.)

      • July 26, 2016 at 11:45 pm
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        I could image the new trilogy to end the war inside of the galaxy far far away. In ep X to XII a danger would rise outside of the galaxy, similar to the Vong invasion, or a threat that wants to “cleanse” the galaxy off all life or something like that. Finishing the Solo trilogy after ep IX seems weird to me. It’s like having another football match a couple of days after the Worldcup finale. The only they could to (in my oppinion) is to use the Solo trilogy as an introduction of a new trilogy. For example: Solo somehow manages to leave the galaxy and finds a threat out there in the void that could potentially destroy all life in the galaxy. A nomad civilization for example that “feeds” on the force and drains galaxys until they are no longer capable of producing/sustaining life. Solo leaves hints for the heroes of ep X to XII to help them identify and ultimately defeat that extragalactical threat. However, I don’t think that a Solo trilogy should be of such a massive scale so I would prefer them to show the Solo trilogy in between ep VII and ep IX if they really need to do three individual Solo movies.

  • July 27, 2016 at 12:31 am
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    Yes, let’s all say “NO NO NO!!!” to a film (or films) we haven’t seen one single second of yet.

  • July 27, 2016 at 2:50 am
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    ..

  • July 27, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    I really hope, sooner rather than later, they come out with some old republic stories. Or a movie that focuses more on characters like Darth Bane, and rehashing out a “canon” story of the early sith.

    But I’m sure Disney won’t ever even touch anything that isn’t specifically geared towards the OT. They hate the prequels. They have their problems, but the Clone Wars show made me appreciate that era more than the original trilogy.

    • July 28, 2016 at 6:04 am
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      I fully agree. I too wonder why they only focus on OT stuff. They must realize that they are missing out on big money makimg opportunities right?

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