Disney and Lucasfilm this week announced several possibilities for who will play the young Han Solo, even though that origin story won’t begin filming for a year and won’t hit theaters until May 2018. Why the rush? Well, says Variety, the character will first get a cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which has a month left of shooting and hits theaters in December. Among the names on the Solo short list: Miles Teller, Scott Eastwood, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman and “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen. Expect a decision in the next few weeks.
Rey of light
For the two or three of you who still haven’t seen “Episode VII,” not to spoil anything but the rest of us are dying to know more about Rey (Daisy Ridley) and where she came from. Colin Trevorrow, who is directing 2019’s “Episode IX,” had an explanation, sort of, for “Entertainment Tonight”: “What I do know is that we’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying, because Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of ‘The Force Awakens’ but in the entire galaxy, and she deserves it.”
The eye of the “Panther”
In non-“Star Wars” news, Ryan Coogler, who resurrected the “Rocky” franchise with “Creed,” will bring a nice shot of diversity to the Marvel universe by directing “Black Panther.” Chadwick Boseman, who played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” takes on the title role, aka T’Challa, prince of the fictional African country of Wakanda. Andy Serkis, who played the CGI villain Snoke in “The Force Awakens,” reportedly will continue his evil ways as the dastardly Klaw. It’s due February 2018.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that a “Creed” sequel is set for November 2017, but chances are Coogler will have no time to direct it.