HOLLYWOOD – The Star Wars stand alone movie dealing with the young Han Solo has its star in Taylor Lautner, fresh from his success a few years ago in the Twilight series.
The news broke following the excitement of the new Force Awakens trailer and the internet went crazy. Taylor said that he is keen to hear his first fans talk about Team Han, rather than Team Jacob: ‘It’ll make a nice change.’
We asked Taylor, how he felt about the original Star Wars films:
Well, I thought the first three weren’t very good, but as soon as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker turned up they really improved.
What have you done to prepare for the role?
I’ve worn a waistcoat and it feels quite comfortable, but I’m going to insist that at some point I take my shirt off. Otherwise, I can’t really, you know, act. Properly.
Have you spoken to Harrison Ford and what was his reaction to the news?
Harrison’s great. He’s been real supportive. I remember my first conversation with him. He said ‘I’m just glad it ain’t that goddamn Shia LaBeouf!’ I don’t think an actor can hear more encouraging words than those.
Han Begins will be released in 2016.
HOLLYWOOD – Disney confirmed this morning that one of the proposed spin-off’s of the Stars Wars franchise will be based on the popular 50’s musicalGrease.
Jim Jacobs who wrote the original script has been working with Guillermo Del Toro on the project and he exclusively told The Studio Exec that they have a 1st draft and are currently working on a 2nd.
“It’s going to be a pretty faithful remake of the original Grease” said a chatty Jacobs.
Apprentice Sith Lord Danny Zucko lives on the Death Star. He falls for uptight Jedi in training Sandy Olsen during summer vacation but when he returns and finds Sandy has joined his school. He’s torn between his love for a rebel spy and his loyalty to the empire. To cut a long story short at the end Sandy puts on a pair of black hot pants and decides to join the dark side.
Jacobs went on to say that the hardest part of the process has been adapting the songs.
The music is what makes Grease and the lyrics are so well known we didn’t want to mess with them; but we have made a few subtle changes so there’s tracks like Jedi School Drop-out, Blue Moons, Tears on my Tie-Fighter, Hopelessly Devoted to the Emperor and You’re the Darth that I want.
The cast has yet to be confirmed but both John Travolta and Olivia Newton John are said to be interested in making a cameo appearance.
“It beats them doing another f*cking Christmas Album,” said their irate agent.
Star Wars: Grease is due to be released in 2015