Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes – May 22, 2018
Slight spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story may be ahead.
As per usual, Brian Truitt’s Star Wars reporting delivers the goods.
Yesterday, the USA Today reporter covered the upcoming debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story from soup to nuts to “Wookiee-palooza.”
In “Solo: Everything you need to know about the ‘Star Wars’ spinoff,” Truitt wrote:
After playing the furry Chewie in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, [Joonas] Suotamo plays a younger version of the character — “young” being relative, since he’s 190 years old in Solo — who runs into fellow members of his species during a big heist situation. “At first, I was a little bit like, ‘Huh, why does there need to be other Wookiees?’ I felt my special place was being challenged,” quips the 7-foot Finnish actor. “But they were wonderful to have. It really allowed for some great moments to show Chewbacca’s nature and personality. He is very loyal to his tribe and his people.” And unlike Han, Chewie is pretty good in a fight. “As a fan of Star Wars, I’ve just always wondered how strong this Wookiee is and what would happen if he just snapped at you,” Suotamo says. “I think we get our answer: It’s Wookiees unleashed.”
And if wild Wookiees doesn’t float your freighter, maybe some robot/human romance might get your engine to full capacity.
“The feisty L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is Lando’s co-pilot on the Falcon but also is kind of the infamous gambler’s life partner,” wrote Truitt, who quoted Waller-Bridge saying of the dynamics between droid and Calrissian, “The fact that they can be rude and short with each other and they can boss each other around is actually what reveals their love and trust for each other.
“Because they know they can speak to each other that way.”
Like a Day at Disney World
Meanwhile, Disney knew they had to go with a seasoned pro when it came time to switch directors. However, that doesn’t mean that Ron Howard had ever been a shoot like Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“There wasn’t much time to overthink things. However, there was some time to explore and experiment creatively and everybody was up for that,” Howard told Truitt. “It was a very unique circumstance, to say the least, and I wound up having an excellent, exciting, kind of surprising creative experience.”
Also surprising, particularly to the actors, was some of the new tech Howard employed while filming and high on the tech factor list was a new wraparound screen used in filming shots from the interior of the Falcon.
“[It was like] spending a day in a Disney World attraction,” Suotamo explained to USA Today.
Speaking of Ron Howard
I loved this tweet from Monday:
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 21, 2018
So close to Solo
— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) May 22, 2018
I’m very much looking forward to seeing the film at a screening this evening. Here’s hoping the Disney World analogy rings true! JB