July 5, 2016 – Here are some brief updates on three Star Wars films in various stages of production:
► Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Don’t be surprised if Rogue One begins without the traditional opening crawl. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has stated that some big changes are coming to the franchise, including the removal of the iconic opening crawl. The co-producer told Entertainment Weekly: “The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
No final decision has been made yet. Rogue One comes out 16 December 2016.
► Star Wars: Episode VIII: Mark Hamill recently reported on Twitter that filming for Ep. VIII is expected to wrap up by July 22nd. The movie will premiere 15 December 2017.
Hamill tweeted: “It wraps on Friday July 22nd 2016 #LooseLipsSinkStarships #W8ForVIII #DontBeAHomer #PatienceMyPadawans #Rogue1Sooner”
► Han Solo Anthology Movie: The latest draft script of the stand-alone movie has been heavily praised. Lucasfilm concept artist Iain McCaig commented: “[It’s] by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”
Actor Alden Ehrenreich, 26, will assume the role of a young Han Solo. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) will co-direct from a script written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. The as-yet unnamed Han Solo movie will be released 25 May 2018.
Star Wars Celebration Europe (London 15-17 July) will feature a panel of the directors – Rian Johnson, Phil Lord and Chris Miller – along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Sr. Vice President of Development Kiri Hart, and Star Wars Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo. The “Future Filmmakers Panel” is described as “an informal discussion”, set for Sunday, July 17th.