Filming has just commenced for A Star Wars Story: Rogue One, formally titled Star Wars Anthology. The film, the first of many planned spinoffs taking place in Star Wars canon, is set in between the events of Episode III and Episode IV and will focus on a group of Rebel fighters who go on a daring mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
At the D23 Expo on Saturday, director Gareth Edwards couldn’t reveal too much about the film because it is early in the production phase, but he was able to reveal the very first look at the movie’s cast, the group of rebel fighters, which will be lead by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything).
So when it was announced that the next Star Wars Anthology film would focus on a young Han Solo, there was both excitement and hesitation. The former because it would give us a look at how Han Solo came to be one of the greatest smugglers in the galaxy, but yet also constantly owing notorious gangsters money. Which is where the latter comes into play. The new film would basically be another origins story, which is not the kind of movie everyone likes to see, especially when each of them feels the same. Then comes the “young” part — just how young will Solo be? A kid or, worse, a teenager?
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has come out to confirm that Han Solo won’t be a kid or a young teenager, but rather someone who is already an adult. More on this story below.
The name Josh Trank has been in entertainment news a lot lately. The director came under fire for tweeting his frustrations on studio interference during the production of Fantastic Four, which then led to a series of reports citing his erratic behavior. But this wouldn’t be the first time that we heard of it. In fact, way back in May, he was let go from the second Star Wars Anthology film due to those reported acts of odd behavior.
At the time, it was thought that Trank’s Star Wars project was one of the two reported Star Wars Anthology films, and that his spot had been filled by directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord. But as it turns out, Miller and Lord’s Young Han Solo film is completely different from what Trank had been working on, and that Disney and Lucasfilm are still developing the film Trank has been on. More on the story below.
Recent news on the second Star Wars anthology film has been surrounded in a bit of controversy. We know that Josh Trank is no longer the director of the film, but it was the reasons why Disney and Lucasfilm let him go that were so controversial. Since then, there has been word that the film could center on Boba Fett, and while this has been unconfirmed, there are new reports that back that claim up, plus additional reports that the film could also have Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and Bossk in the mix.
Not only that, but there are rumors that Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn are in talks to direct the film.
When Disney announced that they would be extending the Star Wars franchise with spinoffs films that would focus solely on characters like Han Solo or Yoda. One of the top characters on the wish list was Boba Fett, who met his unfortunate demise when he fell into a Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi.
Now according to a story from The Wrap, the second of many Star Wars Anthology films will be an origins story of the fan-favorite bounty hunter. More on this below.