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Star Wars: Episode 9 is getting a rewrite, and other news from across the galaxy


We don't need to enlist the old Jedi mind tricks in order to bring you the latest Star Wars news. Instead, we've got it all right here. Scroll down for all the breaking updates from the Star-verse.

Jack Thorne rewriting Star Wars: Episode IX

The writer of Skins and The Fades received international recognition last year with his acclaimed stage adaptation, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And now Thorne is headed to a galaxy far, far away, reworking the script for the ninth Star Wars movie.

It's being directed by Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, whose appointment to the project has been subject to controversy after his 2017 movie The Book of Henry suffered poor reviews and box office.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Thorne will be rewriting an earlier script written by Trevorrow and regular writing partner Derek Connolly. The movie is pencilled in for a 21st June 2019 release date.

Thorne has also written the script for powerful drama Wonder, released here on 1st December.

Ron Howard says Han Solo movie is on track

Talking of Star Wars movies that have hit a bumpy patch, the Han Solo, erm, solo project was thrown into disarray earlier in the summer when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired over alleged creative differences with Lucasfilm.

Nevertheless everything is now seemingly righted with veteran Apollo 13 director Ron Howard at the helm. He's been drip-feeding us social media images over the last month or so – including shots of Chewie and Lando – and wants fans to know the movie is on course.

"It's a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it", he tells Entertainment Weekly's Heat Vision, adding, "It's coming along great".

Warwick Davis reunites with Ron Howard

They first worked together way back in 1988 on the filmmaker's enduringly popular fantasy adventure Willow. And now the Howard/Davis dream team gets going again, 30 years after their initial collaboration. The director confirmed it himself on Twitter.

Glad you are asking for one! I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017

How's that for nostalgia?

Emilia Clarke shares Chewie video

If you can possibly tear yourselves away from the latest Game of Thrones developments, star Emilia has a little treat for you.

She recently captioned the following wookie-centered video with this sweet message: 

"In a Instagram far far away....... Or in pinewood backlot filming #untitledhansolomovie ). One CHEWBACCA (and one @emilia_clarke) wanted to THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU 10 MILLION WONDERSTAR-INCREDIBLE DREAM MAKERS for following me!!! Yup. Those dreamboats at @starwars said yes, this furry ball of joy could help me thank you personally... @joonassuotamo you are more than just a cute nose and lotta hair to me."

Woody Harrelson praises Alden Ehrenreich

It's not easy stepping into Harrison Ford's shoes but that's the almighty challenge facing the Hail, Caesar! actor, tasked with presenting a whole new side to cinema's most famous space cowboy. Nevertheless co-star Woody Harrelson says we can expect great things.

"He's a great actor and a great guy, [with a] great sense of humour," Harrelson recently told Entertainment Tonight. "I think a lot of humour comes through what he's doing. I think it could be one of the funnier Star Wars movies."

Spencer Wilding won't be playing Darth Vader in the Han Solo movie

Rumours were circulating that Darth Vader was in fact going to making an appearance. Earlier this week US convention FandomFest announced that Wilding had to cancel his appearance because "he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe".

However the actor (who played Vader in Rogue One, albeit not in the final sensational scene) has since shot down the rumours on his Facebook page.

That's pretty gutting. Nevertheless we are getting a brand new Star Wars anthology movie to savour so mustn't grumble.

John Powell to score the Han Solo movie

The theatrically-released Star Wars movies were previously the stronghold of the mighty John Williams. However that all started to change last year when Michael Giacchino gave us the rip-roaring and emotional score to Rogue One.

Now Bourne and How to Train Your Dragon composer John Powell will become the latest musical genius to take on the Star Wars mantle. Why is this good news? Find out here.

John Boyega says The Last Jedi honours Carrie Fisher's memory

We felt an enormous disturbance in the Force last December when series icon Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60.

It immediately led to massive speculation about the nature of her role in this year's The Last Jedi (not to mention the next instalment, Episode IX). However actor John Boyega, currently promoting powerful race-relations drama Detroit, is on hand to assure fans that Carrie's remarkable legacy is in good hands.

"This movie, it sends her off in a very amazing, amazing way," he tells ABC News. "She's still kept alive in this franchise. You know, that's the beauty of it, she lives forever in a sense."

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