When You Will See the First ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer

Over the last couple of weeks the Internet has gone into trailer Nostradamus mode trying to predict when the first teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released. While some thought we’d see it at the release of The Last Jedi, others have come up with completely bogus predictions of during a college football game, one of the NFL Wild Card games, or even Good Morning America. Since you’re not watching the trailer right now, all of those predictions are wrong.

The latest wrong prediction is being spread by British tabloids claiming it’ll be on Good Morning America today. Obviously it wasn’t. So people are now adjusting their predictions to claim it’ll be on GMA this Thursday. Or this Friday. Both of those are wrong, as is the prediction of Lucasfilm using GMA to premiere it like they did Rogue One.

This year Solo is starting its promotion at a time when there are bigger outlets than GMA to release it on. Rogue One’s first trailer was in April, and there was no Star Wars Celebration that year until July. In the first two months of the year, there are much bigger places to premiere the first teaser for Solo. And I’ve been able to confirm this morning that it won’t be showing up on Good Morning America this year.

While I can’t tell you the exact place to watch it just yet, I can tell you what day of the week it’ll be on.

The Solo: A Star Wars trailer is going to debut on a Sunday. You can figure out the rest, most likely…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

That Leaked Solo Art is Real and Official

Earlier today some artwork from Solo: A Star Wars story leaked online. I won’t host it here because I don’t want to deal with a takedown like JediNews got, but you can still see it hosted on Reddit’s leaks sub here (a different image looks to have been removed already). You can also find the original PDF on this Russia licensing site along with a whole bunch of other Disney art I’m sure is also fake.

Not long after that leak, Disney’s PR went into overdrive during their holiday break telling film bloggers that it was a fake image, leading to these Tweets that definitely won’t age well:


The problem is, the image was real. And it is official. It’s using actual assets from the movie. That’s what Han, Lando, Chewie, Kura, and the Falcon look like in May’s movie. You’ll see the same character artwork being used on those cheap posters you can buy at Target, toys, TOPPS cards, $7 T-Shirts at Walmart, and calendars.

Oh, speaking of calendars Disney’s claim that the artwork isn’t official or in other words “fake” has been exposed as a flat-out lie. The image is being used on the official company calendar for the Walt Disney Company CIS LLC in Russia. That is the official international subsidiary of Disney headquartered in Moscow.

So basically all the bloggers who were parroting the PR spiel that it wasn’t official or fake just ended up with egg on their face.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

As a Star Wars fan, it’s difficult to “review” a new Star Wars movie. Firstly, it’s Star Wars and there really isn’t a bad one if you’re a big Star Wars fan. And then there’s the euphoria that falls over people immediately after seeing a new Star Wars movie, which is what causes all of the “Best since Empire!” reactions. But I can safely say, after a night of reflecting on it, that The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars movies. To me, Revenge of the Sith was my favorite since Empire, so I’m not going to say that The Last Jedi is the “Best since Empire!” like others are, but it is definitely the best since 2005. It’s my new favorite Star Wars film.

My problem with The Force Awakens was that it felt like Abrams was going down a nostalgia checklist, filling in the boxes to make sure people saw recognizable “Star Wars” things at the expense of cool new ships and ideas. I remember when Empire and Jedi came out, and my favorite thing about those new Star Wars movies is how each one introduced new ships and vehicles, and of course that meant cool new toys. The Last Jedi really feels like a New Star Wars movie, and not one that relies on nostalgia just to win people over. This is the Return of the Jedi sequel I wanted The Force Awakens to be.

I really don’t want to spoil anything in this review, it’s important to go into the movie as clean as possible to really enjoy it, and believe me it’s a ride you will enjoy. But I will say that you do get to see Luke do amazing things, how great Carrie is as Leia will break your heart because she won’t be back in IX, and the movie seriously opens up some fantastic new avenues for Star Wars to go. It also shatters almost every fan theory over the last to years and leaves them in a pile of rubble.

The story basically alternates between what’s happening with the Resistance fleeing The First Order and Luke and Rey on Ahch-to. Eventually Finn and Rose go on a secret mission to the casino city of Canto Bight to help the Resistance’s chances, and then everything comes together in the end as you’d expect in a Star Wars movie. What you don’t expect is some of the character choices they made, especially with Luke, but Rian Johnson makes it work spectacularly. Reading one-sentence spoilers on the internet does not adequately explain how great all the decisions are, which some hyperbolic fans are claiming “destroys Star Wars forever”. Just about every spoiler plot point people are melting down over on the internet are actually some of the best parts of the movie.

As a Star Wars fan who was alive for the Original Trilogy, lived through the “Dark Times”, the Prequels, and now; this movie is a rollercoaster of emotions. You go from having a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes to John Williams soaring you through the sky with hope and optimism of where Star Wars is going. If this is how Rian Johnson’s trilogy is going to be, Star Wars fans are going to be in for an amazing decade of movies coming up. Like no one except for maybe a young George Lucas, Rian Johnson gets it. He is absolutely worthy of carrying the torch for the next generation of Star Wars fans.

And that’s something very important that the movie speaks to. The Last Jedi is a Star Wars film, and while George always intended Star Wars to be for kids there’s a very big element to the story of this film about growing up. Even though I don’t know if it was intentional by Rian Johnson, it speaks to Star Wars fandom. For a long time there’s been an aging group of Star Wars fans who are so afraid of new people coming into Star Wars that they’ve been gatekeeping and trying to shoo new fans away for one reason or another. The Last Jedi shows that even when you get old, there will be people to carry the flame and it’s OK to let go and embrace that. Detailing it any further would be major spoilers, but it’s definitely there.

I do have to mention John Williams’ score as there has been a surprising lack of talk about it. He brings back all of the great themes from The Force Awakens, including a reprise of Jedi Steps, but also weaves in Original Trilogy themes and there’s even a very slight hint at the Prequels in a scene where the past Jedi are discussed (including a Prequel character name-drop by someone fans won’t expect to hear saying the name). And Rose’s theme is fantastic. It’s the biggest new theme in the soundtrack, and it’s obviously played during Rose’s scenes with Finn. It’s very strong on Canto Bight and then later in a scene between the two of them.

When driving home from our screening my friend asked if there was anything that disappointed me in it, and I can honestly say there wasn’t. It would’ve been nice to have more Artoo, but the one scene he’s in is one of the highlights of the movie and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s the longest Star Wars movie, but that gives all of the key storylines time to play out to an immensely satisfying ending. Looking back at the whole thing, I can’t say I was upset about anything done. Perhaps that’s because I didn’t get invested in any head canon theories over the past two years. I had theories, but it wasn’t the end of the world to me if they weren’t correct.

Rian Johnson has raised the bar to a level JJ Abrams may never be able to reach. The Last Jedi is a Star Wars film that I will watch over and over, for decades to come. It may be a very long time before one tops this.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The Solo Teaser Poster is Arriving in Theaters (Trailer Soon?)

What is always a herald of a new trailer has arrived in theaters for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Posted on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, the teaser poster is what you’d expect based on the previous three teaser posters from this era of Lucasfilm:

And right there on the poster it lists May 25th as the release date, cementing that Solo is not being delayed.

While some people don’t want to believe that Lucasfilm would promote a new Star Wars movie with The Last Jedi, Solo’s May release date throws a wrench into their previous marketing pattern. As the poster is arriving in theaters right now, it’s very likely we’ll see a trailer release next week.

With Marvel releasing Infinity War this week, and Jurassic World expected next Thursday during football, I wouldn’t be shocked if we got the Solo teaser by Friday the 8th.

That’s the day of the big premiere in Los Angeles, so it would make a lot of sense for GMA to reveal the teaser that morning before the big party in Hollywood. Then the teaser will be attached to The Last Jedi in theaters the following week.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

If Battlefront II’s Campaign is Another Canon Red Herring, Fans Deserve to be Angry (Spoilers)

I’m just going to say right now that this post will contain spoilers for Battlefront II’s campaign, so if you haven’t finished it yet stop reading right now.

When Lucasfilm did the “canon reset” for Star Wars, one of the advantages they cited was that the books, comics, games, and movies would all exist in one shared canon universe. So things that happened in one medium could be reflected in the other. This is really something no one has ever attempted before, and it’s pretty ambitious. But as the last couple of years have shown, it may be too ambitious to adhere to even for a company as big as Disney.

Flashback to the second Aftermath novel, Life Debt, where fans were really led along to believe that Gallius Rax could become Supreme Leader Snoke. Life Debt laid out all the clues, only to reveal that fans have been fooled by a misdirection in Empire’s End and Rax is really no one.

It’s at that point where I basically gave up on the Star Wars novels. I still read the comics, and play the games…for now. How Lucasfilm decides to play out what Battlefront II is apparently setting up will determine if I continue on those others mediums.

The Battlefront II campaign tells the story of an Imperial special forces squad after the Battle of Endor. At least for the first three and a half levels it does. At one point they realize how evil the Empire is and two of them (Iden Versio and Del Meeko) defect to the Rebellion.

From there the game actually interacts really cool with the rest of the expanded universe. Life Debt is directly led into with a Han Solo mission, and the Naboo part of Shattered Empire is shown in the Leia mission. Everything leads up to the Battle of Jakku (which was my favorite story transition in the game where you go from Bespin directly to the battle).

At the end of Jakku you see that Iden and Del end up together. These are two characters with dark hair and dark eyes, one had an encounter with Luke and started believing in the Force, and the story flash forwards thirty years later to the time of TFA.

We find out that at some point between Jakku and TFA these two characters (again who have dark hair and dark eyes) ended up having an unnamed daughter, and of course everyone thinks it’s…
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Now some people are claiming that Rey can’t be their daughter as the timeline doesn’t line up, but the game does not tell us when they had their daughter. The only thing we know is that she was born some time between Jakku and TFA, and based on Rey’s age in TFA that fits.

At the end of the campaign we don’t know who the daughter is, where she is, or even where Iden is. It ends on a cliffhanger. We know what happens to Del, who joined the Church of the Force and ended up leading Kylo to start tracking down Lor San Tekka, but we don’t know anything about this mysterious daughter other than if Iden and Del had a daughter…she’d likely look a lot like Rey.

Again, this wouldn’t be the first time that the Lucasfilm Story Group led fans on a big red herring, Gallius Rax in Life Debt was a pretty nasty misdirection with the hints they dropped in that book.

Rey’s parentage is easily the biggest question fans have about the Sequel Trilogy, and if they intentionally set this up in Battlefront II only for it to be a huge nothing like in Empire’s End, then it’d be enough for a lot of fans to swear off anything canon related to the expanded universe. It’d also be enough for Lucasfilm to seriously re-examine the type of things they’d do in non-movie material going forward as stringing fans along with misdirections and red herrings is a mean thing to do.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

No, Rian Johnson DID NOT Say The Last Jedi Trailer Was Too Spoilery!

Yesterday morning Rian Johnson replied to someone on Twitter worried about avoiding spoilers. If you’ve actually left your house any time after Force Friday you’ve probably seen as much as the next trailer will show, but spoiler-phobes are still worried.

He explained in his Tweet that if someone wants to go into The Last Jedi without seeing ANY new footage, then they shouldn’t watch the new trailer. It’s simple logic. The only way to go into a movie completely clean without seeing ANYTHING from it is to not watch the trailer:

Of course writers in the field of ad-driven online media have to get clicks on their stories to maximize their page views so they’re flat out lying about Rian Johnson’s comments.

Neither of those things are what Rian meant with his Tweet, but the internet is lying to people today just to maximize their ad views by exploiting Star Wars fan’s worries about spoilers. They’re the scum of the Earth, and its for things like this that online media needs to go the way of AOL’s AIM…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Official Press Release: The Last Jedi Trailer & Tickets During Monday Night Football

Lucasfilm has issued the press release this morning OFFICIALLY confirming that the trailer will debut during halftime tomorrow and then the tickets will go on sale afterwards:

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI TRAILER DEBUTS TOMORROW
DURING HALFTIME ON ESPN’S “MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

Tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Go on Sale Everywhere Following the Trailer Launch

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (October 8, 2017)—Lucasfilm announced today that the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Monday, October 9, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT.

Following the trailer launch, tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

UPDATE! Thanks to the Reddit AMC Leak, The Last Jedi Ticket Sales MAY be Delayed

UPDATE!

Received more information about what happened yesterday, and it looks like it’s still 95% sure that tickets WILL go on sale as planned, but here’s what I know now.

After Reddit pulled down the image of the AMC computers there was an internal memo sent out about the leak. As standard procedure, they explained how bad leaking stuff to Reddit is, etc. The big thing was that they were ordered to remove any posted information about The Last Jedi ticketing. They’re also trying to find who posted the image to Reddit.

That’s where the belief that ticketing was delayed comes from. After learning this, I think it’s a safe bet to camp your computer for tickets on Monday.


On Thursday a Reddit user leaked a photo of confidential information from AMC’s computer system that confirmed The Last Jedi tickets would go on sale Monday. That picture was quickly pulled off Reddit via copyright claims, but now that leak may have spoiled everyone’s fun as there’s a slight chance it’ll prevent theaters from going ahead and selling tickets as planned on Monday.

The same source that confirmed to me on Tuesday that tickets would indeed be sold this coming Monday got back to me early this morning and apparently Disney is extremely upset over someone on Reddit leaking classified information for everyone to see. They’re so mad, they may stop tickets from going on sale:

“Theater chains have all been contacted by Disney and Disney is angry as classified info should not have been leaked. They will have more info by tomorrow or Sunday whether they can proceed with sales…They had to remove all showtimes from the system apparently so that there are no further leaks.”

Even worse, one AMC theater in Cleveland, Ohio has already sold tickets to people who asked in person. And the photos of those physical tickets were even removed from Reddit.

I hope this doesn’t happen, but this is why you don’t post pictures of confidential information on the internet. A big company like Disney isn’t something to mess with, and them doing something like this isn’t to punish fans; it’s more about punishing the theater chain for allowing their confidential information to leak onto the internet.

Hopefully we’ll know something concrete before Monday if tickets will end up going on sale or not. If they don’t, that guy in Ohio who bought four is very lucky!

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

How Lucasfilm Announced The Force Awakens Final Trailer in 2015

With the final trailer and tickets expected for The Last Jedi on Monday, a lot of people are trying to remember how they revealed the final trailer for The Force Awakens two years ago.

While the trailer debuted on Monday Night Football at the beginning of halftime on October 19, 2015 Lucasfilm revealed both the trailer date and the final theatrical poster the day before on October 18th.

At 9:00am they sent out a Tweet with the final theatrical poster and the announcement to watch Monday Night Football the next day for the trailer:

So I’d turn on Twitter notifications for the official Star Wars account this weekend if I were you…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The Last Jedi Ticket Sales Begin October 9th

Tuesday night I received rock solid confirmation that ticket sales for The Last Jedi will begin on Monday, October 9th. If they follow the schedule they did with The Force Awakens in 2015, online ticketing will begin around 7:00pm Pacific after the trailer airs during Monday Night Football (although some ticketing sites put theirs on sale two hours earlier).

Back in 2015 one of the dumbest things I saw people do to try to debunk the spoiler of “Cameo Luke” was demand proof be posted. Random people posting anonymously on internet forums don’t quite get that posting confidential stuff in public isn’t the smartest thing to do. That’s why (right now) it isn’t smart for me to post an image of the 100% rock solid evidence I’ve seen to prove tickets are going on sale on Monday.

But I can describe it in-depth and explain why it’s legitimate.

The major theater chains have internal computer systems where bulletins from the corporate office can be relayed to the theaters around the country. Most places do, even retailers.

This week the biggest theater chains in the US posted a bulletin on their systems giving theater managers instructions on how to program showtimes for The Last Jedi as well as the important dates for the movie. These were Oct 2nd (for programming showtimes), Oct 9th (ticket sales), Dec 14th (opening night events), and the December 15th opening.

These bulletins aren’t written by Star Wars fanboys, they’re very professional from a corporate office only concerned about getting things in line for a big movie release that will cause their employees a lot of headaches in a couple of months.

That was a big thing that came up as a red flag as this being legitimate and not someone just faking an internal company bulletin. The language used was that of a corporate office using terms that an average hoaxer on the internet wouldn’t know. There was one thing in particular, which is unique to one of the theater chains, and is something not even the average concession stand worker would know about. That being there was a big seal on the legitimacy of the information.

Then IMAX happened.

It appears as if IMAX is testing their website for traffic in preparation for ticket sales to go online. In addition to now displaying showtimes for one IMAX theater near San Diego, CA, the site now lists The Last Jedi as offering Advance Tickets. On the IMAX site if a movie doesn’t offer Advance Tickets the wording just says “More Info”, but The Last Jedi has now been changed from “More Info” to “Advance Tickets”.

With what is going on with the official IMAX site and the other evidence I’ve seen this week, I’m very confident we’ll be buying our tickets for The Last Jedi sometime Monday evening.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.