The Solo Han Solo Film is Called Solo

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The Han Solo anthology film finally has a title, folks… And it is precisely as inspired as the idea of a Harrison Ford-less Han Solo origin story.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is brought to us by director Ron Howard and the father/son writing team of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan (although after the senior Kasdan’s involvement in The Force Awakens this isn’t exactly a positive). It’s scheduled for release on 25th May 2018, AKA the original Star Wars day.

After reading the announcement last night even my wife, who isn’t a Star Wars fan, enjoyed TFA, and has no idea why I’m so frustrated with Disney, turned around and commented on how uninspired the name is.

Of course despite the fired directors, the dodgy writers, the unnecessary concept and the bland name, there are still reasons to be optimistic for Solo… right?

Of course there are. Here are a few choice factors showing why Solo: A Star Wars Story might not be a complete disaster…

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The Last Jedi: The Poster & Final Trailer Have Arrived!

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Now that the Blade Runner 2049 hype circus has left town (and note to Lucasfilm – that is how you follow up a classic film after 30+ years), it’s time for desperate YouTubers across the land to start laying on the overwrought excitement for December’s Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

That’s right: the final trailer is here.

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JJ Abrams to Direct ROTJ2

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OK, this blog title somewhat jests – Starkiller Base aside, the common criticism that The Force Awakens was a rehash isn’t as entirely fair as the popular narrative suggests, or indeed relevant to the actual flaws with the film. Still, there’s no question that the experience of watching Episode VII felt remarkably familiar…

I’ve been guardedly optimistic about how The Last Jedi is shaping up. It looks like it will address some of the issues raised by TFA (if not all) and Rian Johnson’s pedigree would indicate that the film is in safer hands than Abram’s initial entry ever was. So the news that Abrams is returning to the vacated director’s spot for Episode IX is disappointing to say the least.

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Uncharted Evolution for the Jedi Robe

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As the trailer and leaked studio shots have shown, in Episode VIII Luke Skywalker looks like the kind of Jedi we’ve waited a long time to see – a utilitarian Force user whose outfit echoes the past without being beholden to it. It’s a departure from the classic Jedi robes that shows yet another evolution of Luke’s character.

Before the Prequel Trilogy cemented the look of the Jedi there was a world of possibility about how different Jedi across the galaxy could look. A great deal of our visual ideas of the ‘guardians of peace and justice’ were informed by the now abandoned EU, and the work of Dark Horse Comics in particular.

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Reassurance of The Last Jedi Spoilers

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As long-time readers will know, I have many problems with The Force Awakens.

Whilst there are a few issues that will never go away (the absolute destruction of Han Solo’s character since Return of the Jedi being a major one), I’ve still held out a faint hope that The Last Jedi could redeem some of TFA’s missteps and get the new trilogy on track. I admit that this hope has been tested, particularly as the woes of the ill-conceived Han Solo film roll on, but in recent weeks there has been one thing to make me feel more optimistic about the film than ever before – and that, ladies and gents, has been the spoilers.

I’ll be discussing some of these revelations in detail after the jump, so don’t click through if you want to stay unspoiled!

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