Charlie Corwin Exits Imagine Entertainment as CEO

Less than a year after he was named CEO at Imagine Entertainment, Charlie Corwin has left the company, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
The former co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America left Imagine in December…

Less than a year after he was named CEO at Imagine Entertainment, Charlie Corwin has left the company, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

The former co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America left Imagine in December to explore a new venture, which Imagine invested in.

Corwin was brought in as CEO of the production company in January 2017, and served under Imagine founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. His hiring came after the company secured a $100 million investment from the Raine Group.

Imagine recently did production work on “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which Howard was brought in to direct. The film is set to be released in theaters May 25.

In the pipeline Imagine has the second season of National Geographic’s “Genius,” coming up April 24, as well as the Mila Kunis-led comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” for Lionsgate, slated for Aug. 3.

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‘Genius’: Mary Shelley, ‘Frankenstein’ Author, Will Be Nat Geo Show’s First Female Genius (Video)

Brilliant: Nat Geo just unveiled the subject for its third season of “Genius,” Mary Shelley.

The first woman genius to be chronicled by the cable channel’s scripted anthology series basically invented the science fiction and horror genres when she created Frankenstein (yes, and his monster). Shelley’s season will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, MWM Studios and EUE/Sokolow.

The series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios.

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Showrunner, executive producer and writer Ken Biller will continue his role overseeing the new season, per Nat Geo. In addition to he, Grazer and Howard, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney are also executive producers. Anna Culp is producer.

Filming on “Genius 3” is expected to begin later this year.

“Genius: Picasso” premieres on Tuesday, by the way. The first season followed Albert Einstein’s exploits, and brought a whole bunch of awards and eyeballs to National Geographic.

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“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles. I can’t wait for our talented team to bring her remarkable, relevant and timely story to life for season three of ‘Genius’ and do justice to her literary legacy.”

“Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” added Howard. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large. Showcasing someone like Mary Shelley and her amazing intellect, compassion and fortitude is exactly what this series is for, and we are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership with National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios.”

“Our experience with Courteney, Carolyn and the Nat Geo team has been phenomenal, and our award-winning first season exceeded even our own high expectations,” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “Audiences are in for a treat with our follow-up, featuring a transformative performance by Antonio Banderas as our Picasso, and a compelling story created by Ken Biller. The choice of Mary Shelley as the subject of our third season speaks to the incredible depth of the franchise. How fitting at this moment in time to pivot to one of the many female geniuses in human history, and Mary’s story is both stranger than fiction and incredibly dramatic. We can’t wait to get started.”

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Here is Nat Geo’s kickass bio on Shelley:

A brilliant thinker, radical intellectual and proto-feminist, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) brought to life one of the most enduring stories of the modern age while still a teenager. “Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus” is a cautionary tale of unchecked scientific ambition and a sophisticated meditation on social institutions, personal freedom and compassion that has captured imaginations and continues to be relevant since it was first published 200 years ago. Shelley masterfully invented the Science Fiction/Horror genre with her tale of a creature brought to life, subsequently going on to create the Post-Apocalyptic genre with her later novel, “The Last Man.”

An intellectual prodigy who was inspired from an early age by the writing of her unconventional mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley was determined to prove that women were the intellectual and creative equals of men. One of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, Shelley wrote short stories, reviews, travelogues, and made prolific contributions to the world’s first encyclopedia, she also wrote six novels.  Shelley’s inner circle included countless literary and scientific luminaries of the day, including Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary and Charles Lamb, Humphry Davy and Leigh Hunt.

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Shelley met the love of her life, Romantic poet, amateur scientist and still-married Percy Bysshe Shelley, at the age of 16. After losing her virginity to Shelley at her mother’s gravesite, the pair eloped and were cast out by her father, the radical intellectual William Godwin. Shelley was to endure a lifetime of tragic misfortune, watching three of her four children die, losing multiple friends and family members to suicide, and outliving her husband, who drowned at sea. In true gothic style, Shelley elected to keep her late husband’s heart after his death

Shelley’s writing was heavily influenced by the great scientific innovation and experimentation of the early 19th century. Scientists like Luigi Galvani, Giovanni Aldini and Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, figured prominently in her life. The story of Frankenstein was inspired in part by one of the most important scientific theories of the time, Galvanism, the study of the effect of electricity on the dead bodies of animals and humans.

Mary Shelley spent the last few years of her life being looked after by her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley, before dying of a brain tumor at the age of 53.

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Brilliant: Nat Geo just unveiled the subject for its third season of “Genius,” Mary Shelley.

The first woman genius to be chronicled by the cable channel’s scripted anthology series basically invented the science fiction and horror genres when she created Frankenstein (yes, and his monster). Shelley’s season will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, MWM Studios and EUE/Sokolow.

The series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios.

Showrunner, executive producer and writer Ken Biller will continue his role overseeing the new season, per Nat Geo. In addition to he, Grazer and Howard, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney are also executive producers. Anna Culp is producer.

Filming on “Genius 3” is expected to begin later this year.

“Genius: Picasso” premieres on Tuesday, by the way. The first season followed Albert Einstein’s exploits, and brought a whole bunch of awards and eyeballs to National Geographic.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles. I can’t wait for our talented team to bring her remarkable, relevant and timely story to life for season three of ‘Genius’ and do justice to her literary legacy.”

“Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” added Howard. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large. Showcasing someone like Mary Shelley and her amazing intellect, compassion and fortitude is exactly what this series is for, and we are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership with National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios.”

“Our experience with Courteney, Carolyn and the Nat Geo team has been phenomenal, and our award-winning first season exceeded even our own high expectations,” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “Audiences are in for a treat with our follow-up, featuring a transformative performance by Antonio Banderas as our Picasso, and a compelling story created by Ken Biller. The choice of Mary Shelley as the subject of our third season speaks to the incredible depth of the franchise. How fitting at this moment in time to pivot to one of the many female geniuses in human history, and Mary’s story is both stranger than fiction and incredibly dramatic. We can’t wait to get started.”

Here is Nat Geo’s kickass bio on Shelley:

A brilliant thinker, radical intellectual and proto-feminist, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) brought to life one of the most enduring stories of the modern age while still a teenager. “Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus” is a cautionary tale of unchecked scientific ambition and a sophisticated meditation on social institutions, personal freedom and compassion that has captured imaginations and continues to be relevant since it was first published 200 years ago. Shelley masterfully invented the Science Fiction/Horror genre with her tale of a creature brought to life, subsequently going on to create the Post-Apocalyptic genre with her later novel, “The Last Man.”

An intellectual prodigy who was inspired from an early age by the writing of her unconventional mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley was determined to prove that women were the intellectual and creative equals of men. One of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, Shelley wrote short stories, reviews, travelogues, and made prolific contributions to the world’s first encyclopedia, she also wrote six novels.  Shelley’s inner circle included countless literary and scientific luminaries of the day, including Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary and Charles Lamb, Humphry Davy and Leigh Hunt.

Shelley met the love of her life, Romantic poet, amateur scientist and still-married Percy Bysshe Shelley, at the age of 16. After losing her virginity to Shelley at her mother’s gravesite, the pair eloped and were cast out by her father, the radical intellectual William Godwin. Shelley was to endure a lifetime of tragic misfortune, watching three of her four children die, losing multiple friends and family members to suicide, and outliving her husband, who drowned at sea. In true gothic style, Shelley elected to keep her late husband’s heart after his death

Shelley’s writing was heavily influenced by the great scientific innovation and experimentation of the early 19th century. Scientists like Luigi Galvani, Giovanni Aldini and Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, figured prominently in her life. The story of Frankenstein was inspired in part by one of the most important scientific theories of the time, Galvanism, the study of the effect of electricity on the dead bodies of animals and humans.

Mary Shelley spent the last few years of her life being looked after by her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley, before dying of a brain tumor at the age of 53.

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‘Genius’: Antonio Banderas Finally Plays His Idol, Pablo Picasso

“They offered me this character in my 20s and in my 30s but I always said, ‘No, I don’t want to play him yet,'” says the actor of taking on the role of the painter in the Nat Geo anthology series.read more


"They offered me this character in my 20s and in my 30s but I always said, 'No, I don't want to play him yet,'" says the actor of taking on the role of the painter in the Nat Geo anthology series.

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Antonio Banderas Says He Had To “Metaphorically” Kill Himself To Play Pablo Picasso In ‘Genius’ – The Contenders Emmys

Antonio Banderas has played Zorro, a trapped Chilean coal miner and other iconic characters. But the actor says his latest role as iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s Genius forced him to go to lengths he’d never gone to before.
“What I knew I had to do from the beginning is just to metaphorically kill myself,” he told the packed house at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I had to kill Antonio Banderas in order to start constructing…

Antonio Banderas has played Zorro, a trapped Chilean coal miner and other iconic characters. But the actor says his latest role as iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic's Genius forced him to go to lengths he’d never gone to before. "What I knew I had to do from the beginning is just to metaphorically kill myself,” he told the packed house at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I had to kill Antonio Banderas in order to start constructing…

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ TV Spot: New Crew Look At Cannes’ Hottest Ticket

The only major studio tentpole in official selection at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, Solo: A Star Wars Story is also bound to be the Riviera event’s hottest ticket. Disney today dropped another look at the Ron Howard-directed origins story that traces the beginnings of smuggler, ace pilot and charming scoundrel, Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich plays Han, who in the “Crew” clip above meets Wookie Chewbacca for the first time.
Deadline broke the news earlier this month…

The only major studio tentpole in official selection at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, Solo: A Star Wars Story is also bound to be the Riviera event’s hottest ticket. Disney today dropped another look at the Ron Howard-directed origins story that traces the beginnings of smuggler, ace pilot and charming scoundrel, Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich plays Han, who in the “Crew” clip above meets Wookie Chewbacca for the first time. Deadline broke the news earlier this month…

Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will include new films from directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, David Robert Mitchell and Jean-Luc Godard, as part of a lineup light on American films and long on international auteurs both young and old.

Lee’s “BlacKKKlansman” and Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake” are the only American movies in the 18-film main competition, although Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will screen out of competition.

Celebrated international directors in the competition include Pawlikowski, Matteo Garrone, Jia Zhang-Ke and Godard, who is bringing the new “Le Livre d’Image” to the festival more than five decades after he made the 1965 film “Pierrot le Fou,” which graces this year’s Cannes poster (above).

Two of the directors in competition, Iranian Jafar Panahi and Ukrainian Kirill Serebrennikov, are under house arrest in their home countries. Cannes General Delegate Thierry Frémaux said the festival would appeal to those countries to allow the filmmakers to travel to France to present their films.

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Overall, the selection is missing many of the Cannes regulars whose films were rumored to be in the running: Naomi Kawase, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Mike Leigh, Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard and Xavier Dolan, among others. Their films may not have been ready in time, but the selection includes enough first-timers to suggest that the festival was consciously trying to bring fresh blood to the Croisette, and particularly to the main competition.

The selection was announced by Frémaux and festival president Pierre Lescure at a press conference in France on Thursday morning. The films were chosen from what Frémaux said were 1,906 submissions.

The main competition typically contains about 20 films, and Frémaux hinted that additional titles would be added in the coming weeks.

Three of the directors in the main competition are female: Eva Husson, Nadine Labacki and Alice Rohrwacher. Since the festival began in 1946, only about four percent of the directors in the main competition have been women. But since 2000, that percentage has inched up to about nine percent, with a high of four women landing films in the competition (which usually consists of about 20 films) in 2011 and three doing in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language “Everybody Knows,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, and will include an out-of-competition screening of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and a 50th-anniversary presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” hosted by Christopher Nolan.

The festival will not include any movies from Netflix, which opted not to submit any films in the wake of rules banning films from the main competition if they didn’t have a French theatrical release.

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Rather than submit films for the festival’s out-of-competition sections, Netflix opted to withdraw all its potential Cannes entries. This affected both possible competition titles like Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Jeremy Saulnier’s “Hold the Dark” as well as two likely entries in the out-of-competition Cannes Classics section: the newly completed version of Orson Welles’ final, unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” and Morgan Neville’s documentary about the completion of that film.

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will begin on Tuesday, May 8 and run through Saturday, May 19. Cate Blanchett will serve as president of the main competition jury, while Benicio del Toro will head the Un Certain Regard jury.

The official selection:

MAIN COMPETITION
“Everybody Knows,” Asghar Farhadi (opening night)
“En Guerre (At War),” Stephane Brize
“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone
“Le Livre d’Image,” Jean-Luc Godard
“Netemo Sametemo (Asako I & II), Ryusuke Hamaguchi
“Plaire Aimer et Courir Vite (Sorry Angel),” Christophe Honore
“Les Filles du Soleil (Girls of the Sun),” Eva Husson
“Ash Is Purest White,” Jia Zhang-Ke
“Shoplifters,” Kore-Eda Hirokazu
“Capharnaum,” Nadine Labaki
“Buh-Ning (Burning),” Lee Chang-Dong
“BlacKKKlansman,” Spike Lee
“Under the Silver Lake,” David Robert Mitchell
“Three Faces,” Jafar Panahi
“Zimna Wojna (Cold War),” Pawel Pawlikowski
“Lazzaro Felice,” Alice Rohrwacher
“Yomeddine,” A.B. Shawky
“Leto,” Kirill Serebrennikov

OUT OF COMPETITION
“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Ron Howard
“Le Grand Bain,” Gilles Lelouche

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
“Ten Years in Thailand,” Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol and Apichatpong Weerasthakul
“The State Against Mandela and the Others,” Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte
“A Touts Vents (To the Four Winds),” Michel Toesca
“La Traversee,” Romain Goupil
“O Grande Circ Mistico,” Carlo Diegues
“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” Wim Wenders
“Les Ames Mortes (Dead Souls),” Wang Bing
“Arctic,” Joe Penna
“Gongjak (The Spy Gone North),” Yoon Jong-Bing

UN CERTAIN REGARD
“Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Bi Gan
“Les Chatouilles (Little Tickles),” Andrea Bescond & Eric Metayer
“Sofia,” Meyem Benm’Barek
“Grans (Border),” Ali Abbasi
“Guele d’Ange (Angel Face),” Vanessa Filho
“Girl,” Lukas Dhont
“A Genoux les Gars (Sextape),” Antoine Desrosieres
“Manto,” Nandita Das
“Mon Tissu Prefere (My Favorite Fabric),” Gaya Jiji
“Euphoria,” Valeria Golino
“Rafiki (Friend),” Wanuri Kahiu
“Die Stropers (The Harvesters),” Etienne Kallos
“In My Room,” Ulrich Kohler
“El Angel,” Luis Ortega
“The Gentle Indifference of the World,” Adilkhan Yerzhanov

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The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will include new films from directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, David Robert Mitchell and Jean-Luc Godard, as part of a lineup light on American films and long on international auteurs both young and old.

Lee’s “BlacKKKlansman” and Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake” are the only American movies in the 18-film main competition, although Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will screen out of competition.

Celebrated international directors in the competition include Pawlikowski, Matteo Garrone, Jia Zhang-Ke and Godard, who is bringing the new “Le Livre d’Image” to the festival more than five decades after he made the 1965 film “Pierrot le Fou,” which graces this year’s Cannes poster (above).

Two of the directors in competition, Iranian Jafar Panahi and Ukrainian Kirill Serebrennikov, are under house arrest in their home countries. Cannes General Delegate Thierry Frémaux said the festival would appeal to those countries to allow the filmmakers to travel to France to present their films.

Overall, the selection is missing many of the Cannes regulars whose films were rumored to be in the running: Naomi Kawase, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Mike Leigh, Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard and Xavier Dolan, among others. Their films may not have been ready in time, but the selection includes enough first-timers to suggest that the festival was consciously trying to bring fresh blood to the Croisette, and particularly to the main competition.

The selection was announced by Frémaux and festival president Pierre Lescure at a press conference in France on Thursday morning. The films were chosen from what Frémaux said were 1,906 submissions.

The main competition typically contains about 20 films, and Frémaux hinted that additional titles would be added in the coming weeks.

Three of the directors in the main competition are female: Eva Husson, Nadine Labacki and Alice Rohrwacher. Since the festival began in 1946, only about four percent of the directors in the main competition have been women. But since 2000, that percentage has inched up to about nine percent, with a high of four women landing films in the competition (which usually consists of about 20 films) in 2011 and three doing in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language “Everybody Knows,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, and will include an out-of-competition screening of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and a 50th-anniversary presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” hosted by Christopher Nolan.

The festival will not include any movies from Netflix, which opted not to submit any films in the wake of rules banning films from the main competition if they didn’t have a French theatrical release.

Rather than submit films for the festival’s out-of-competition sections, Netflix opted to withdraw all its potential Cannes entries. This affected both possible competition titles like Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Jeremy Saulnier’s “Hold the Dark” as well as two likely entries in the out-of-competition Cannes Classics section: the newly completed version of Orson Welles’ final, unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” and Morgan Neville’s documentary about the completion of that film.

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will begin on Tuesday, May 8 and run through Saturday, May 19. Cate Blanchett will serve as president of the main competition jury, while Benicio del Toro will head the Un Certain Regard jury.

The official selection:

MAIN COMPETITION
“Everybody Knows,” Asghar Farhadi (opening night)
“En Guerre (At War),” Stephane Brize
“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone
“Le Livre d’Image,” Jean-Luc Godard
“Netemo Sametemo (Asako I & II), Ryusuke Hamaguchi
“Plaire Aimer et Courir Vite (Sorry Angel),” Christophe Honore
“Les Filles du Soleil (Girls of the Sun),” Eva Husson
“Ash Is Purest White,” Jia Zhang-Ke
“Shoplifters,” Kore-Eda Hirokazu
“Capharnaum,” Nadine Labaki
“Buh-Ning (Burning),” Lee Chang-Dong
“BlacKKKlansman,” Spike Lee
“Under the Silver Lake,” David Robert Mitchell
“Three Faces,” Jafar Panahi
“Zimna Wojna (Cold War),” Pawel Pawlikowski
“Lazzaro Felice,” Alice Rohrwacher
“Yomeddine,” A.B. Shawky
“Leto,” Kirill Serebrennikov

OUT OF COMPETITION
“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Ron Howard
“Le Grand Bain,” Gilles Lelouche

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
“Ten Years in Thailand,” Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol and Apichatpong Weerasthakul
“The State Against Mandela and the Others,” Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte
“A Touts Vents (To the Four Winds),” Michel Toesca
“La Traversee,” Romain Goupil
“O Grande Circ Mistico,” Carlo Diegues
“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” Wim Wenders
“Les Ames Mortes (Dead Souls),” Wang Bing
“Arctic,” Joe Penna
“Gongjak (The Spy Gone North),” Yoon Jong-Bing

UN CERTAIN REGARD
“Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Bi Gan
“Les Chatouilles (Little Tickles),” Andrea Bescond & Eric Metayer
“Sofia,” Meyem Benm’Barek
“Grans (Border),” Ali Abbasi
“Guele d’Ange (Angel Face),” Vanessa Filho
“Girl,” Lukas Dhont
“A Genoux les Gars (Sextape),” Antoine Desrosieres
“Manto,” Nandita Das
“Mon Tissu Prefere (My Favorite Fabric),” Gaya Jiji
“Euphoria,” Valeria Golino
“Rafiki (Friend),” Wanuri Kahiu
“Die Stropers (The Harvesters),” Etienne Kallos
“In My Room,” Ulrich Kohler
“El Angel,” Luis Ortega
“The Gentle Indifference of the World,” Adilkhan Yerzhanov

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9 Big Takeaways From That Slick New ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer

Because it’s the only one of the new “Star Wars” movies being released in May instead of December, the marketing campaign for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been kind of strangely compressed. Disney doesn’t start marketing the new “Star Wars” movie until the previous one has been released, and so we’re already on our third big “Solo” trailer of the year after the lengthy Super Bowl spot, the first proper trailer and now, just two months later, what one presumes is the final trailer before the movie hits on May 25.

The shortened marketing calendar also means we’re still getting some big new things in this new trailer (watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet) just six weeks from its launch. So let’s dive into this thing and see what we can glean about the fifth “Star Wars” prequel.

It’s Paul Bettany!

One of the biggest straight-up film production stories of 2017 was the exit of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from “Solo” after they’d already filmed most of the movie, sparking months of reshoots under Ron Howard’s watch. One of the casualties of that whole ordeal was that Michael K. Williams didn’t return for the reshoots and was replaced with Paul Bettany.

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And there Bettany is, playing a crime lord named Dryden Vos. We technically don’t know for sure that Vos is the villain of “Solo,” but since Vos is a crime boss who hires Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and friends to do a job, and there’s otherwise no villain presented in any of the ads so far, and given that Woody Harrelson’s character tells Han in this trailer to “assume everyone will betray you” — it feels like a fairly safe guess that the big crime guy will be doing some betraying.

Also, look at that face. That’s not a good guy face.

Also, this is not a good guy weapon

Late in the trailer, we see ole Dryden Vos wielding that nasty looking energy blade thing while looking extremely angry. So, yeah, he’s gotta be the bad guy.

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Is Chewbacca’s wife making her first on-screen appearance since the “Star Wars Christmas Special”?

It certainly looks like a solid possibility that Malla will appear, what with this brief shot of Chewbacca and another Wookiee sharing a tender moment.

Kessel? Kessel.

If there’s one thing that’s a safe bet for any new “Star Wars” movie in the Disney era, it’s callbacks. They love, love, love to reference things from previous “Star Wars” movies, and given how closely both of these standalone spinoffs are tied to the original film, it’s often felt like they exist for the sole purpose of making references.

Anyway, we all remember the very famous line from “Star Wars” in which Han claims to have “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” Given Disney’s nostalgia-driven creative focus on these things, we’ve all long assumed that said Kessel Run will happen in this movie. The old Expanded Universe described Kessel as a dirty and barely livable wasteland of a mining planet — and that image certainly fits the bill.

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Judging by that color scheme, if my guess is correct then that grimy location at the beginning of the trailer could also be Kessel.

The mystery of this cloudy space battle grows

We’ve seen lots of random shots from this strange environment — including ones with giant tentacles — and I still have no idea what to make of it. Is this in a planet’s atmosphere? That’s not really how space works I don’t think. Not that “Star Wars” has ever been overly concerned with how space works. And not that I actually know much about how space works.

The point being: what in the world is this?

“Everything you heard about me is true.”

Given all the weird turmoil on this project, it’s tough to have a ton of confidence in it overall. But it certainly feels like, if nothing else, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian will be worth the price of admission.

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Oh hey it’s another wacky droid

The droids in the new “Star Wars” movies have been very hit or miss. That Alan Tudyk droid from “Rogue One” was the highlight of the movie, but BB-8 was basically Jar Jar in “The Last Jedi.” That this one, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is named L3-37 does not exactly inspire confidence because that’s an extremely dopey real-world reference to make.

That said, I actually laughed when L3 sarcastically says “So glad we took this job!” near the end of the trailer. It also looks like it’s going to have some antics with Lando — I guess it’s basically his Chewbacca? I don’t know. Anyway, L3 seems promising based on the trailer but its name is troubling.

Yay, weird locations!

I may not exactly be a fan of these new “Star Wars” movies, but I will definitely always be on board with the cool sets Disney keeps spending outrageous amounts of money to build. And this snowy mountain outpost is super cool.

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“I got a really good feeling about this”

Okay, that was funny.

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Because it’s the only one of the new “Star Wars” movies being released in May instead of December, the marketing campaign for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been kind of strangely compressed. Disney doesn’t start marketing the new “Star Wars” movie until the previous one has been released, and so we’re already on our third big “Solo” trailer of the year after the lengthy Super Bowl spot, the first proper trailer and now, just two months later, what one presumes is the final trailer before the movie hits on May 25.

The shortened marketing calendar also means we’re still getting some big new things in this new trailer (watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet) just six weeks from its launch. So let’s dive into this thing and see what we can glean about the fifth “Star Wars” prequel.

It’s Paul Bettany!

One of the biggest straight-up film production stories of 2017 was the exit of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from “Solo” after they’d already filmed most of the movie, sparking months of reshoots under Ron Howard’s watch. One of the casualties of that whole ordeal was that Michael K. Williams didn’t return for the reshoots and was replaced with Paul Bettany.

And there Bettany is, playing a crime lord named Dryden Vos. We technically don’t know for sure that Vos is the villain of “Solo,” but since Vos is a crime boss who hires Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and friends to do a job, and there’s otherwise no villain presented in any of the ads so far, and given that Woody Harrelson’s character tells Han in this trailer to “assume everyone will betray you” — it feels like a fairly safe guess that the big crime guy will be doing some betraying.

Also, look at that face. That’s not a good guy face.

Also, this is not a good guy weapon

Late in the trailer, we see ole Dryden Vos wielding that nasty looking energy blade thing while looking extremely angry. So, yeah, he’s gotta be the bad guy.

Is Chewbacca’s wife making her first on-screen appearance since the “Star Wars Christmas Special”?

It certainly looks like a solid possibility that Malla will appear, what with this brief shot of Chewbacca and another Wookiee sharing a tender moment.

Kessel? Kessel.

If there’s one thing that’s a safe bet for any new “Star Wars” movie in the Disney era, it’s callbacks. They love, love, love to reference things from previous “Star Wars” movies, and given how closely both of these standalone spinoffs are tied to the original film, it’s often felt like they exist for the sole purpose of making references.

Anyway, we all remember the very famous line from “Star Wars” in which Han claims to have “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” Given Disney’s nostalgia-driven creative focus on these things, we’ve all long assumed that said Kessel Run will happen in this movie. The old Expanded Universe described Kessel as a dirty and barely livable wasteland of a mining planet — and that image certainly fits the bill.

Judging by that color scheme, if my guess is correct then that grimy location at the beginning of the trailer could also be Kessel.

The mystery of this cloudy space battle grows

We’ve seen lots of random shots from this strange environment — including ones with giant tentacles — and I still have no idea what to make of it. Is this in a planet’s atmosphere? That’s not really how space works I don’t think. Not that “Star Wars” has ever been overly concerned with how space works. And not that I actually know much about how space works.

The point being: what in the world is this?

“Everything you heard about me is true.”

Given all the weird turmoil on this project, it’s tough to have a ton of confidence in it overall. But it certainly feels like, if nothing else, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian will be worth the price of admission.

Oh hey it’s another wacky droid

The droids in the new “Star Wars” movies have been very hit or miss. That Alan Tudyk droid from “Rogue One” was the highlight of the movie, but BB-8 was basically Jar Jar in “The Last Jedi.” That this one, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is named L3-37 does not exactly inspire confidence because that’s an extremely dopey real-world reference to make.

That said, I actually laughed when L3 sarcastically says “So glad we took this job!” near the end of the trailer. It also looks like it’s going to have some antics with Lando — I guess it’s basically his Chewbacca? I don’t know. Anyway, L3 seems promising based on the trailer but its name is troubling.

Yay, weird locations!

I may not exactly be a fan of these new “Star Wars” movies, but I will definitely always be on board with the cool sets Disney keeps spending outrageous amounts of money to build. And this snowy mountain outpost is super cool.

“I got a really good feeling about this”

Okay, that was funny.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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