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Star Wars news: new look at Snoke and more

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The Force is strong with your weekly Star Wars news roundup – here's what's hot in the world of the Jedi.

New image of Supreme Leader Snoke

Forget Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) seeming abandonment of the Jedi code. There's one figure whose origins we really want answered.

Introduced in The Force Awakens as a spectral hologram, Snoke (Andy Serkis) was a cadaverous threat and the architect of Ren's (Adam Driver) conversion to the Dark Side. We didn't see much of him but he gave off serious bad vibes.

The Last Jedi is poised to answer some of our pressing Snoke questions. And in the absence of a clear look at Serkis' villain, a new Australian stamp collection has provided a fresh, chilling glimpse at this pivotal Star Wars figure. Revealed on the newsfromjakku Instagram channel, check him out below.

Attractive, isn't he? Click here to check out more Last Jedi stamps.


New story to "bridge the gap" between Rogue One and A New Hope

Say again? Didn't the end of Rogue One mesh seamlessly with the start of the fourth Star Wars movie, with Leia (Carrie Fisher) possessing the Death Star plans?

You'd be forgiven for the confusion, but apparently Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta thinks there's more story to be told within that gap. So much so, he's included it as a short story within upcoming anthology novel From a Certain Point of View. Here's what Whitta tweeted.

The official synopsis states that the story will bridge "the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles".

If you needed reminding, Wedge Antilles is a famed Corellian X-Wing pilot who appeared in the original trilogy as played by actor Denis Lawson. He didn't show up in Rogue One but this literary offshoot looks to make amends.


The Han Solo movie loses a castmember

The spin-off Solo movie has had a rough time of it, losing original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller over alleged creative differences with key creatives Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan.

New helmer Ron Howard has since got things back on track, seeing the movie through to the end of principal photography as well as guiding it through several weeks of reshoots. He's been regularly Instagramming from the set, including the below image.

The rapidly adjusting nature of the production has however meant problems behind the scenes, with the revelation that The Wire actor Michael Kenneth Williams will no longer be appearing in the movie. The reason? Scheduling around the reshoots.

"When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in," Williams tells Deadline.

"And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots. But I’m here, on location in Africa... It’s scheduling. I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November, and for them to wait that long for me, that would have pushed back the release date, which I believe is in May 2018. They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip."



Sad as it is to see Michael go, we can't complain about the quality of the remaining cast. Hail, Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich plays Solo opposite Atlanta's Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian.

Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Jonas Suotamo and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star in the Han Solo movie, scheduled for release on 25th May 2018.