“Solo” Fun, Episode IX Shoot & Videos

A couple of “Star Wars” updates today starting with comments from Donald Glover who plays a young Lando Calrissian in Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” film opening in May.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Glover says the new film could be the most fun one yet in the entire franchise because the story is free from many of the expectations that have been placed on the other movies:

“I think it’s just a lot more fun. All the Star Wars’ are really fun, but I think this movie – we know what’s gonna happen. We know they’re not gonna die. We know, kind of, what happens, but how we got there is, I guess, the crux of it. So, we’re allowed to have a lot more fun than, I think, in the other movies, where you have to deal with a lot of lineage and what’s going to happen. I think this movie’s just a fun summer film. I’m really excited about it. It’s really cool.”

Speaking of “Solo,” a fan of the franchise has recut the trailer and the Superbowl commercial for the film and crafted a new nearly dialogue-free preview set to the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”. What’s surprising is how effectively it works:

Next up, filmmaker J.J. Abrams appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this week and revealed the script for “Star Wars: Episode IX” is done and they’ve already got a filming start date targeted. He says:

“We have a script, which is a big deal for me. It starts shooting end of July … Sometimes having the script in advance is something I haven’t always been lucky enough to have … But I’m writing this with Chris Terrio, who’s a genius, and I’m having a great time.”

Abrams’ film follows in the wake of Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which is set to hit home video release in a couple of weeks. Ahead of that, a visual effects breakdown reel from the film has gone online and can be seen below: