Will EU Legends become canon in Solo: A Star Wars Story?

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes - Feb. 6, 2018

Possible spoilers ahead for the Muppet Show, Peter Rabbit, and Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead…

This morning’s reading and reports run the gamut.

We’ve got some musing about hair, the EU, Peter Rabbit (no kidding), Miss Piggy (again, not kidding), the AARP (I kid you not), JJ Abrams, as well as a couple of fun trailer breakdowns.

However, I’m running out of time before my vocation kicks into gear, so let me get my avocation going.

Punch it…

Do British brunettes have more fun?

Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan asks:

It’s a good thing that after decades of Star Wars films that could only offer Leia and Padme as representatives of the female gender, the new installments have much better representation of half our population, even filling out their casts with offbeat female characters like Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata and Space Dern. So why are the female leads consistently taken from such a shallow pool of British women?

With all due respect to Ms. Ridley, Ms. Clark, and Ms. Jones, this is a fair point. No?

Certainly there is no causality here, but W Magazine files this would-be-retort:

But I digress – often.

Some truth to Legends?

The Hollywood Reporter, well, ah, reports that they see some EU hints in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Graeme McMillan explained:

While this isn’t likely to be the exact arc of Solo, the combination of Imperial service (or the tease thereof) and a press kit promise of the first meeting between Han and Chewbacca would apparently suggest that there’s going to be more echo between the Expanded Universe and the movie that might have been expected otherwise. Which really raises the question…what’s the point?

What’s more evil: killing planets or rabbits?

In a story that smacks of an annoyed reporter simply not wanting to report on their primary assignment, USA Today grilled Domhnall Gleeson about General Hux during a press junket for Peter Rabbit.

Bryan Alexander (brilliantly) asked Gleeson to contrast the evil in his current character against his snively recurring character:

In terms of most evil and most deaths caused, you have to go with General Hux… He obliterated an entire planet, possibly a solar system. Hux had a pretty messed-up childhood; he’s damaged.”

Honestly, Bryan pulled a nice article out of this, so go give it a chance.


You can’t explain funny, so just go read the thread. I love the call back to the original Muppet Show and Mark Hamill’s highly-entertaining appearance on the program:

Life’s too short to take Star Wars too seriously, folks.

The Last Jedi: A Movie for Grownups

The truth that I am now agreeing with the AARP, coupled with the fact that my knee aches when it is going to rain is genuinely upsetting to me. That said, the folks at Variety were smart to include a fun exchange between Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, and Rian Johnson from the AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual awards show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Dave McNary wrote:

The Last Jedi topped Get Out, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for the prize. Mark Hamill and Kelly Marie Tran presented the award to director Rian Johnson, who said that it was time to retire the dictum that one should not meet one’s heroes… “You’re Luke Skywalker, man,” he told Hamill.

And, after I tweeted the mention of the AARP awards, this happened:

ICYMI: Snap on JJ’s regrets

Truth-seeking is good. Thus, I am pleased with the following:

Thanks to Bryan for digging this one up..

In the piece, EW.com’s Jessica Derschowitz quotes Greg Grunberg – a.k.a. Snap Wexley — speaking about Abrams’ opinion of The Last Jedi script:

He read it and said something he never, ever says… He said: ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it… I never hear him express regret like that.”

More Trailer Breakdowns

This following is just dessert with Hello Greedo and Mr. Sunday Movies refraining from giving Solo: A Star Wars Story its just desert. In fact, this pair of loveable YouTubers generally make my day, and — in this case — semi-validated my own hopes and dreams regarding the new Solo film. Enjoy.

Hey it’s #TarkinTuesday

Fire away, kids. Fire away. JB


John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.

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