Alden Ehrenreich Cast as Young Han Solo

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 10, 2016.

After months of speculations and casting auditions, we now know who will play a younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character, Han Solo

Deadline has confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!, Blue Jasmine) will star as the title character in the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie.

Not much is currently known about the Han Solo standalone film aside that it will take place, like Rogue One, during the time between Episodes 3 and 4, and will deal with how Han Solo became the roguish smuggler that we first met at the cantina in A New Hope.

The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street), and is written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon.

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo is currently set for release on May 25, 2018.

Source- Deadline

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Daisy Ridley Being Eyed to Play Lara Croft For The Tomb Raider Reboot

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 13, 2016.

Video games have not had a good history when it comes to movie adaptions, but with films like Ratchet and Clank, Warcraft, and Assassin’s Creed coming out later this year, maybe there’s hope that we’ll finally start seeing some good video game movies in the near future. One of these future movies, the long in development Tomb Raider reboot, may have just made one major step forward if this latest casting rumor is to be believed.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros and MGM are making a list of potential actresses to play Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider games, and on that list is Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley. Conversations between Ridley and producers have reportedly occurred and are still in the early stages with no official offers reported to have been made yet. Deadline did not name any of the other actresses being considered for the role.

Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is set to direct the film based on a script from Transformers 5 scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

The original Tomb Raider films, based on the long-running Eidos (now Square Enix) video game series, starred Angelina Jolie in 2001 and 2003 as the adventurous archaeologist. The films got mixed critical reactions and reviews but were very profitable for the studios in the box office. Those movies were based on the older Tomb Raider games but the new movie will be taking inspiration from the two newest games in the franchise that came out in 2013 and 2015 that rebooted Lara as a young adventurer just out of college.

Ridley is currently in the middle of production for Star Wars: Episode VIII and with Star Wars: Episode IX set to follow not long after, the actress’ timetable for starring in another adventure film franchise could be slim. Then again, the new Tomb Raider film has no set official shooting or release date yet so maybe if Ridley’s schedule is flexible enough, we could still possibly see her play the globe-trotting adventurer.

Source- Deadline

Ewan McGregor Rumored to be in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 9, 2016.

The Star Wars prequel movies have been panned for years but most people seem to agree that Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the only good things to come out of them. Now it seems that McGregor might be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi once again in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The new rumor comes Kristian Harloff from Schmoes Know and Collider Jedi Council, in a tweet he posted saying: “Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.”

While this is still merely an unsourced and unconfirmed rumor, it would make sense since McGregor did already have a brief voice cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When Rey experiences a Force-vision after touching Luke’s lightsaber, we hear the line “Rey? These are your first steps”, from Obi-Wan Kenobi. The line is delivered, thanks to some movie magic, partially by Sir Alec Guinness and partially by McGregor, both of whom played the character in their own respective trilogies. You can watch McGregor talk about his role in Episode VII on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to release in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Marvel Announces Star Wars: Poe Dameron Ongoing Series

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on January 14, 2016.

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally out, we will hopefully be seeing a plethora of expanded universe material soon that will help fill in what has happened during the thirty year time gap between Episodes VI (Return of the Jedi) and Episode VII. Thankfully it doesn’t look like we have to wait too long because Marvel has just announced their latest installment in their Star Wars line-up of books which will center on the best pilot in the Resistance, Poe Dameron.

star-wars-poe-dameron-1-cover-165822Launching in April, the series Star Wars: Poe Dameron by Charles Soule and Phil Noto will show how Poe became to be known as the greatest pilot in the Resistance. Handpicked by General Leia, Poe Dameron and a squadron of pilots fly the most dangerous and top-secret missions against the First Order. The series will also introduce a new threat from the First Order that will serve as Poe’s primary antagonist. BB-8 and some of the newly introduced X-wing pilots from the film will round out Poe’s supporting cast.

Poe, played by Oscar Isaac, has become one of the breakout characters from The Force Awakens. Soule told USA Today that seeing “people reacting to him so strongly now just feels like we’re hopefully in a great position.”

“Sometimes it can feel like the Star Wars universe is so well trodden and so many stories have already been told. But the way the Episode VII galaxy is set up, there are opportunities for new archetypes almost, and the bad guy we’re working with is going to feel fresh and cool,” Soule teased of the first arc.

This won’t be first comic to feature Poe’s backstory. The mini-series Star Wars: Shattered Empire chronicled the tales of his parents who were both in the Rebel Alliance during and after the Battle of Endor before settling down on Yavin IV (the planet the Rebels were stationed on in Episode IV A New Hope) to raise their son, something that Oscar Isaac was thrilled about.

tumblr-o0ym16PoSp1tcxkqzo2-r1-1280-8b183Star Wars: Poe Dameron will be marked as Soule’s third entry into the Marvel canon, following his work on the Lando and Obi-Wan and Anakin mini-series. Noto has provided art for the Chewbacca mini-series along with cover art and illustrations for several of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens novels, including a rendering of Poe Dameron for Before the Awakening.

Not only is Noto looking at The Force Awakens, but at several of Isaac’s other movies to see how to draw him in different physical and emotional situations.

“Seeing so much of him on-screen, it’s easier in a way to act that part out in my head while I’m drawing: How would Oscar Isaac act in this situation as Poe Dameron?” Noto said.

Expect to see Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 on shelves in April, 2016

Source- USAToday.com

REVIEW: Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on December 18, 2015.

I’ve been on a pretty big Star Wars kick lately due to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So to satiate my hunger for more Star Wars stories, I looked over my book collection once again and decided to reread Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead.

Written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Chris Scalf, Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead is a short four-issue story that is apparently part of a larger series but thankfully you don’t need to have to read any them if you just want to pick up this one. All of the events in this story are non-canon so don’t expect it to tie in or match up with anything in the movies.

The infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett has fallen at the hands of an elite group of soldiers at the word of a shady benefactor. Fett’s killers soon get picked off one by one by a mysterious assassin. Connor Freeman, the son of one of Jango Fett’s clones, gets drawn into the whole mess and is recruited against his will to find and safeguard a particular bounty hunter on a distant world with an unknown connection to Boba Fett.

This is a really neat but simple story. I’ll admit, I’m a Boba Fett fan. I know he wasn’t given much to do in the movies but I still just like his character. It was neat to see the whole detective angle of this series as the mysterious man (whose identity I felt was obvious) track down each of the killers and then how he disposed of them all. The action scenes are written really well and look almost like something from one of the films. I did feel that the reason why the villain wanted Fett killed was pretty weak in terms of motivation, but then again not everyone always needs a major reason for wanting someone else dead and with Fett’s line of work you would probably have a long list of enemies out for your blood. I also wasn’t entirely a fan of Conner at first. He comes off as a little whiney but he did have a few moments where I genuinely got a laugh out of him. Especially when he interacted with another character later in the story who I will not bring up—spoiler potential. I’m sure that if I read the previous Blood Ties book I’d get a better idea of Connor but otherwise he’s just ok.

I have mixed feelings on the art. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t always work. Things like the backgrounds, action scenes, vehicles, armor, and creatures look really gorgeous with this style and it’s totally well suited for this kind of action sci-fi story. The art doesn’t work, for me at least, when it comes to some of the human and alien characters. For the most part they look fine but in some panels their hands and faces just look so weird and distorted–especially in the close-up shots. At some points the coloring on the hands and fingers look like they’re blending into the background. It is passable I guess, but still just so weird to look at when compared to everything else.

VERDICT

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead is a simple, short, and enjoyable story from start to finish. Sure the art is off in places, the surprises are lackluster, and the villain is weak, but I didn’t want an award winner. I wanted a simple, enjoyable story to pass the time and that’s what I got here. It’s not a major space epic but still good enough to hold your interest.

FINAL SCORE: 7 out of 10

REVIEW: Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on December 9, 2015.

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just weeks away, I’ve been preparing by rewatching all of the movies, viewing the TV shows, and reading some of the comic books. Since most of the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, most of the books that I have are made up of stories that no longer take place in the same universe as the films. So instead of reading the non-canon books or the very few Marvel Star Wars comics that I own, I decided to take a look at the only other piece of canon material that was in my comic library, Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir by writer Jeremy Barlow and artist Juan Frigeri, is a four-part mini series that continues Darth Maul’s story after the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The Clone Wars was a popular animated television series that ran from 2008-2014 and took place between the events of Episode’s II (Attack of the Clones) and III (Revenge of the Sith). The show was canceled in its sixth season when Disney bought Lucasfilm, but several of its characters and plot lines were followed up on in its sequel series, Star Wars: Rebels. While the fate of some of the characters from Clone Wars has been answered in Rebels and other canon stories, the one thing that was still on my mind was what had happened to Darth Maul after the last time we saw him during that huge cliffhanger ending. Originally, I hated the idea of bringing a supposedly dead character who was chopped in half with a lightsaber back to life, but I liked what Clone Wars was doing with Maul’s character and was really invested with where his tale of family and revenge was going. Thankfully his story didn’t end with the show since this comic was actually adapted from several unproduced screenplays for episodes of season six that never got made.

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir starts where we left off after the events of “The Lawless,”episode sixteen of season five, with a defeated Maul being held prisoner by Darth Sidious. Maul is then quickly freed by two members of his Mandalorian army and goes on the run with them to take the fight to his former master once again. The rest of the story from here on out is about Sidious, Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their forces chasing and engaging with Maul and his criminal empire in order to weaken him and force him to fall back so that their real target, Mother Talzin will come out of hiding to help save Maul from the Sith.

I really enjoyed this story on a number of levels. Everything that occurred here felt like something that I could actually see happening in three to four episodes of the show which in a way, is also a bit of a double-edged sword. While it was great to see these unaired episodes brought to life, the story as a whole feels kind of rushed since I’m sure that a lot of material was cut out and condensed to fit into a four issue series. While I would have liked to have seen more storyline, I’m still happy with what we got in the end. The art here is also great to look at–very detailed and colorful especially during the big battle scenes and when it came to the designs of the characters like the Mandalorians.

VERDICT

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir is a short fast paced story that answers some unresolved questions from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While this did not give us full closure on Darth Maul’s story, it did end his tale at a good place for now and it helps to set up for his return in the next Star Wars–story whether it be a novel, another comic, in Star Wars: Rebel’s, or maybe even in another movie one day.

FINAL SCORE: 8 out of 10