On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
A few days ago we learned that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had parted ways with Lucasfilm, and were no longer going to be directing the (still untitled) Han Solo anthology movie. As the days have gone by, it’s become more and more clear that “parted ways with” really meant “totally got fired by.” With only a few weeks left in filming (as the movie has been in production since February), speculation as to who would take over the movie has been running rampant.
And now that speculation can end.
THR is reporting that Ron Howard has signed on to take over directing duties. It’s expected that Lucasfilm will make the formal announcement tomorrow, but Howard has been the rumored frontrunner for the job since Lord and Miller’s departure was announced. Howard isn’t a name most of us associate with big action movies, but it’s not like he doesn’t have the chops. If anything, he’s a much larger name than we’d expect to hear attached to a project like this.
But with the studio wanting to right the ship with only a few weeks to do so, maybe someone with that much talent is exactly what they need.
The Han Solo film is still expected to release in May of 2018.
In a bizarre turn of events, Lucasfilm has announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy stated:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.
Miller and Lord contributed to the statement, saying:
Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.
This is a strange one. The Han Solo movie (which still doesn’t have a title) is well into production, with only three weeks remaining of principal filming. For a film like this to lose its directors this far along is rather concerning. Lucasfilm says the film is still on track for a May 2018 release, but I can’t imagine that’ll be easy if they’re changing creative direction this late in the game.
Omaze, Disney and Lucasfilm are teaming up yet again with their Force For Change charity project this year, and it promises to be bigger than ever. The collaboration has previously raised $4.26 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs, and is kind of a big deal. By donating the campaign, you get the chance to win a myriad of prizes, which include:
Spending the night at the Skywalker Ranch, where you’ll get to tour the place and see a private screening of A New Hope
The chance to go to the premiere for The Last Jedi and walk the red carpet with the cast.
A visit to the Han Solo anthology movie set, and appearance onscreen in the film (we assume as an extra).
There are other prizes and perks, and you can find them by going to the campaign’s official website. The campaign starts today, and this year’s contributions support UNICEF and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s for a good cause, and it’s some pretty neat stuff.
Production on the still untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology film is already underway, and the cast looks pretty fantastic. I mean, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo are a pretty talented group of people.
And it looks like we can add one more.
It’s now been announced that actor Michael K. Williams has joined the cast. Williams has a long resume, but is probably best known for his role on The Wire. Of course, I will always remember him most for his character on season three of Community (where he acted alongside his Han Solo Anthology film co-star Donald Glover).
The going theory is that Williams will be playing the film’s unnamed villain, though that’s speculation. He certainly has the screen presence to pull off a part that important, but as we have zero details on the character that’s the most we can say. In any case, this should be fun.
The Han Solo Anthology film is currently scheduled to come out May 25th 2018.
Rumors have been swirling for a while, but Lucasfilm has now officially confirmed that Woody Harrelson has been cast in the (still awaiting a title) Young Han Solo Star Wars anthology film. Harrelson is believed to be playing Solo’s mentor in the film, though that’s largely rumor at this point.
Unsurprisingly, with this cast announcement the directors are pretty jazzed about it:
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Harrelson’s casting puts him in the company of actors Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke. Ehrenreich and Glover are playing Han Solo and Lando Calrissian respectively, with Clarke in a currently unknown role.
The Young Han Solo Anthology film is currently scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release, though its rumored that date may shift to December 2018.
Donald Glover, who is arguably one of the most talented people working in show business today, has officially been cast as young Lando Calrissian in the (still untitled) Young Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Glover will, of course, be taking over the role from the talented Billy Dee Williams, who portrayed the character in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Alden Ehrenreich, of course, will be playing Han Solo in the film, and it’s currently expected to have a 2018 release (between Episodes VIII and IX). Originally we weren’t too excited about this movie, as it’s a part of Han Solo’s life we, for the most part, don’t really care about. The casting of Donald Glover though has kind of turned us around on the project. He’s an amazing actor, and we’re hoping he features prominently in the project.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about the SAG-AFTRA strike against the biggest video game companies out there, Tim Miller exiting Deadpool 2, Donald Glover getting cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo anthology film, we let Nick talk about Shin Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 gets a teaser, Logan gets a trailer, and Pher and Nick went to some conventions.
One of the biggest questions since Disney and Lucasfilm announced they’d be making a young Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is who would take over the role from the legendary Harrison Ford. Well, after literally dozens of speculative articles and supposed “leaked” short lists we seem to finally have our answer.
THR is reporting that Alden Ehreneich has been been cast in the part. Viewers likely know Ehreneich from Kingsman and his scene stealing moment in Hail, Caesar!, and he bears enough of a resemblance to Ford where I can definitely see this working.
Technically the casting has not been announced by studio, but multiple sources have confirmed the news. The film is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (best known for directing The Lego Movie and creating the amazing TV series Last Man on Earth), and while it’s probably the upcoming Star Wars film I’m the least excited about, it should still end up a pretty decent flick.
Right now the as-of-yet-untitled Han Solo Anthology film is due out in 2018.