The Last Jedi is just months away! The Han Solo spinoff, 2018 and Episode 8 the final chapter in the sequel trilogyhas been revealed to have a 2019 release, but fans want to know what happens in 2020..... and beyond! Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has given us an update!
Kennedy gave an update on the status of future films to Spanish outlet eCartelera ), saying that Lucasfilm would begin planning for Star Wars movies past 2020 after doing a reading of the script for Episode IX, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).
Kennedy said, "to be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film Han Solo and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, so we have a lot of work at the moment. In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here".
Disney is reportedly planning to make multiple movies featuring the new Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.
Ehrenreich, 26, best known for his roles in Hail, Caesar! andBlue Jasmine, was officially cast as a young Han Solo earlier this month (July). A film telling the character's origin story is due to start shooting in January for a May 2018 release.
The insider is also quoted as saying: "They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies. They're keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies."
Director Christopher Miller said earlier this month that 3,000 actors had been auditioned to play Han Solo over six months and that Ehrenreich had actually been the first person they saw for the role. He beat actors including Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Jack Reynor, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner to the high-profile part.
Entertainment Weekly have released an exclusive look at the characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Take a look at the profiles below.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
Lucasfilm president and Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy has described Jyn as having "a checkered past." She went on to say that Jyn has been detained [by the Rebellion] and is being given an opportunity to be useful. And by being useful, it may commute her sentence… She’s a real survivor. She becomes a kind of Joan of Arc in the story.”
Captain Cassain Ador (Diego Luna)
Captain Cassain Ador is more of the Obi-Wan Kenobi mould, as he is a by-the book Rebel intelligence officer. Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s chief of story development spoke about his personality further “He conveys a fair amount of experience and the reality of what it’s like to do this every day, to try to figure out how to resist the Empire effectively and intelligently, it’s not easy.”
Galen Erso (Mads Mikklesen)
Jyn’s estranged father possesses doomsday knowledge that is sought by both the Empire and the Rebellion. “He’s one of those people that has insight into you know specific aspects of just how the universe works,” says Hart. On the relationship between Galen and his daughter, Hart went on to say “The circumstances of how the family got to the state that it’s in is something that we probably don’t want to share right now,” Hart says. Strikingly, Lucasfilm has yet to reveal an on-screen image of his character.
Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen)
Pronounced chi-RUT, he is devoted to Jedi ways, but himself is no jedi. He has used the spiritual powers to overcome his blindess. “Chirrut falls into the category of being a warrior monk,” says Kennedy. “He very much still believes in everything the Jedi were about.” He maintains that belief even though the Jedi are no longer there to protect the galaxy.
Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) Heavily armored, Baze prefers the use of a blaster to a staff or lightsaber, yet is devoted to protecting his friend Chirrut at all costs. “He understands Chirrut’s spiritual centeredness, but he doesn’t necessarily support it,” Kennedy says. Baze goes along with this Force business because “it’s what his friend deeply believes,” she adds.
Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)
Bodhi is this Rebel squad’s lead pilot. “He flies a lot of cargo, one of his key jobs,” Kennedy says. “And he tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills.”
K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) This towering, powerful security droid is described by Edwards as “the antithesis of C-3PO.” In other words, he’s tough, confident, not especially interested in "human/cyborg relations." “Kaytoo is a little bit like Chewbacca's personality in a droid’s body,” Edwards says. “He doesn’t give a s--- about what you think. He doesn't fully check himself before he says things and does things. He just speaks the truth.” Like Jyn, he’s also seeking a bit of redemption for past wrongs.
Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
Orson Krennic is the principal villain of the piece. He is an ambitious Imperial Officer who intends to use his squad of Deathtroopers to crush rebel insurgent groups and gain favor with the Emperor, whilst simultaneously avoiding the wrath of his enforcer, Darth Vader. “The bad guy is a lot more terrifying when he’s really smart, and really effective,” says Knoll. “There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other. There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”
Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) Forest Whitaker's character has finally been given official confirmation. He will play the brash Rebel, Saw Gerrera, first seen in the Onderon arc on the TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Kathleen Kennedy has described Saw as a "battered veteran, who leads a band of Rebel extremists." She went on to say, "He's on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance, even they're concerned about him".
The heroes and villains of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story adorn the stunning key art for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, which was revealed today on The Star Wars Show.
As seen in the image, the art features the cast of The Force Awakens looking stoic, along with a beautiful rendering of the characters of Rogue One. Alongside the Rogue One cast are a squadron of death troopers — the black-armored stormtroopers seen in the film’s trailer — and the first clear look at the brand new shoretrooper on the bottom left. Also on the poster is a new class of AT-AT: the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport. The key art will be featured on merchandise throughout Celebration, and available to purchase as a poster.
So, if you are new to Star Wars and have never seen any of the films EVER! then maybe this is the order in which you should watch the Star Wars Saga. This is entirely my opinion, I'm not hating on the prequels or jumping on any "prequels are crap" bandwagon, I love the prequels, I think theres some great moments in the prequel trilogy, E.g Darth Maul! Easily one of the best Star Wars baddies. In the list are the Saga films Episodes 1 - 7, I do not watch The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, though I did watch Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, I thought that was pretty good. It had the original Star Wars feel to it. So, check out below which order to watch the Star Wars films.
Before we get into it, Star Wars Anthology is the banner title for a series of upcoming stand-alone Star Wars films, beginning with Rogue One in December 2016. Also announced is a Han Solo Anthology film scheduled for release on 27th May 2018 and a untitled Star Wars Anthology film.
Ewan McGregor's comments
"I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one" said McGregor. "The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a – I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years."
And when asked if he'd talked to Disney about it.
"I’m not sure I’m at liberty to say, really, but I’m very interested in doing that," he told Collider. "That would be great. Maybe there’s even a trilogy!" There's not much chance of him popping up as a Force ghost in Episode VIII, though.
"I’m really not in the picture with the Star Wars trilogy. As far as I know, I would be Alec Guinness by now, so I don’t know how that would work... "To play Obi-Wan Kenobi again would be something I would love to do in one of the spinoff movies. If that were to happen in one of their trilogies, I would be up for that, but I don’t know how that would happen. I’m sure some of the Star Wars fans would come up with an idea of how that could happen."