Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Image: Ron Howard/TWITTER.

Though he's always thrived on the challenges of movie-making, I bet even Ron Howard, pictured here having fun in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, is breathing a huge sigh of relief in completing Solo: A Star Wars Story in record time and against the kind of odds our smuggling hero would enjoy breaking, alongside the tireless and equally enthused help and dedication of his team, for what will surely be an accomplished Summer blockbuster.

A gorgeous look at the clean Falcon interior.

Latest TV spot:

Here's a fun look at Ron's acting brother legend Clint in the film, presumably playing a grubby smuggler within what looks like a spaceship hold area.

Image: Ron Howard/TWITTER.

Monday, 23 April 2018


More colourful character posters for the newly post production completed Solo: A Star Wars Story, including one for Paul Bettany's villainous role.

He may not be a well known name compared to his colleagues, but I have to say that I'm disappointed with Disney/Lucasfilm that Joonas Suotamo is not credited here- a fine successor to Peter Mayhew, Mister Suotamo more than deserves a proper acting credit on his poster, having now done three STAR WARS films and especially based on the scene-stealer teaser footage for the film shown so far! To me, this echoes the dismal time in 1977 when Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse and Peter Mayhew were never named for their roles in marketing/publicity photos.


A perfect instrument of war for the exclusive use of the evil First Order, who found her, or more a case that she found them, on a far-off world in the mysterious Outer Regions. A resourceful warrior woman who was not the primitive originally indicated, 'Phasma' soon became the malevolent focal point for the new Stormtrooper forces building in strength to fight the New Republic and its Resistance, ash she effectively drummed obedient loyalty, fear and murderous efficiency into the men and women under her command. And, with her past banished away, she'll let nothing stand in her future path to power and control...

Find out more about this unique female villain, sorely underused in the modern STAR WARS films, in the paperback release of Delilah S. Dawson's popular Phasma, available in UK paperback from Arrow on 24/4/18.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018


Personally, AFICIONADO feels that Ahsoka Tano should never have survived her lightsaber duel conflict against Darth Vader, as seen in Star Wars Rebels, and that writer/producer Dave Filoni gave in to fan pressure with the eventual timeline time travel 'get-out clause' that saw her return post EPISODE VI, with that series animated finale. Still, Ahsoka's popularity, as personified by  the ever enthused actor/business woman Ashley Eckstein, continues to radiate like a bright star for her dedicated fan base worldwide.


Inside the colourful and meticulously decorated inner chamber of the alien space ship set at Universal Studios- a visual marvel from Guy Hendrix Dyas - Steven Spielberg goes through the destructive finale ahead for the Crystal Skull holding Russian villainess Irina Spalko, as played with gusto by Cate Blanchett, in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Saturday, 21 April 2018


The past and futures of our favourite smuggling heroes converge in Daniel Jose Order's tie-in novel to Solo: A Star Wars Story, out now in the UK from Century.

Character promo images for the release in the US.

Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are reunited on the Millennium Falcon in a galaxy-spanning novel inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story. But even the fastest ship in the universe can’t outrun the past. . . .

The hardcover edition includes a reversible jacket, with one side featuring Han and the other featuring Lando!

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge. . . .


It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated.
With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.

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Rey and Leia have the lion's share of attention these days when it comes to Star Wars female heroism, but let's not forget Padme Amidala of the Prequels- Senator, Queen, protector of Naboo and the Republic, and just as good with a blaster and blessed with a fiery spirit as her daughter will be.

Acclaimed artist Tsueno Sanda admirably captures the heroine's spirit and Natalie Portman's beauty across three innovative films in this great art.

Friday, 20 April 2018


Clearing snow and braving the worst weather conditions thrown at them, the Swedish built Snowcat Aktive vehicles used during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back would prove stalwartly efficient and persevering during March/April 1979. And, when not snowed over, their fronts would bear the brilliant Ralph McQuarrie 'Vader in Flames' logo. Very cool, indeed!

Ready for another challenging day on location.

Crew members escape the cold. Image: Prop Store.

Harrison Ford always drives to work!

Mark Hamill gets in some sun tanning quality time.

Visit the fan shrine to the original filming location in Finse, Norway, and a look at an ambitious celebratory event that was staged there:

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


New international cast poster.

Latest TV spot footage:

Character info:

On the press tour circuit. Ron Howard, the Kasdans and core cast. Image: Ron Howard/TWITTER

New UK EMPIRE magazine Solo special:

Lawrence Kadan and Jonathan Kasdan talk Solo:


Comes a wookiee! Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca on a planet that could be Kessel.

Capably and brilliantly taking over the mantle of wookiee-dom from the now retired Peter Mayhew, Joonas Suotamo will be showing us all-new facets to the legendary pilot/technician Chewbacca when Solo: A Star Wars Story comes to cinemas in May, 2018. We'll witness the origin of Chewie's friendship with Han Solo in unexpected ways, linked to an adventure on the brutal spice mines of Kessel, and their teaming up effectively on a surely spectacular heist on the planet Vandor. Plus much more, as their unique kinsmanship builds towards events seen by the time of EPISODE IV.

On to new adventures with the new Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich).
Saying goodbye to an old life and family?

Joonas interview:

Watching the playback footage.

October 19th, 2017. Joonas celebrates the end of filming with co-star Woody Harrelson. Image: Joonas Suotamo/Instagram.

Even Wookiees like bow ties, as Solo gets its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.