“Star Wars” Empire, Styles, Robot & Rebels Talk

Star Wars Celebration was last weekend, but that hasn’t stopped this being a busy weekend for further “Star Wars” talk – albeit of the more speculative and even pithy kind.

First up, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson joking dismissed a complaint about the upcoming film in a tweet indicating that he has no plans to just ‘copy’ “The Empire Strikes Back” with this middle film of the new trilogy. J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” came under fire for borrowing too many elements from the original 1977 “Star Wars,” it’s hoped Johnson won’t do the same here.

Next there’s the currently in production “Han Solo” spin-off film. Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, musician and “Dunkirk” actor Harry Styles was asked if the rumors were true that he auditioned to play Han Solo at one point – the other guests gauged his reactions and think it’s a yes, but Styles wouldn’t say.

Separately, Making Star Wars reports that a character named Dryden Vos will be a player in the film and could well be prequel-era character Quinlan Vos.

Next, Omega Underground has published a report claiming that Lucasfilm has had several meetings with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail about potentially penning the script for the next anthology film – the most likely one being the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film. Esmail is still working on both “Mr. Robot” and an upcoming TV mini-series adaptation of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” so his schedule may not allow it.

Finally, “Star Wars Rebels” showrunner Dave Filoni has revealed the ways in which the show is changing for its final season that it’s approaching the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in the timeline. He tells IGN:

“Now that Rogue One is out, it opens up a lot of possibilities for us to tell these stories. We can go to Yavin now. We can start to deal with the way things worked out in the film and include ideas that are happening prior to that. The look of the background rebels really shifts to being more of the kind of drab military colors that you see in Rogue One.

The Phoenix group of rebel soldiers are kind of petering out. They were more brightly colored, kind of in blues and oranges and yellows. Well, they all got wiped out for the most part, so they’re redistributed into Mon Mothma’s group on Yavin and Dodonna’s group.

You see a restructuring of certain cells and certain cells get destroyed and that’s true of the ships as well. There’s lots of little neat detail-level things that happen when our characters are kind of heading into Season 4 and absorbed into the kind of pre-Rogue One era.”

The new season of ‘Rebels’ and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” both hit later this year.