Kylo Ren: The Teenage Years

At this point, it shouldn’t be a spoiler anymore to mention that Kylo Ren is Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you probably don’t care about it anyway. For the rest of us who have seen it, we can be amused at these hilarious series of gifs that imagine the teenage life of Kylo Ren and a permanently cynical Han and a stressed out Princess– oops, General — Leia trying to raise a lanky kid who’s obsessed with Grandpa Anakin.

Mamalaz over on Tumblr has created a magnificent series of GIFs called “Modern Solo Adventures” which use footage of Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams from other movies to make a modern version of Kylo Ren: The Teenage Years. Some of these actually made me laugh out loud…and nearly made me Pirates of Penzance. 🙂

Episode 1: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The Pilot episode in which Han tries to order Ben a Cola.

Episode 2: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The episode where Kylo asked Han to tell the ashes of Darth Vader he loves him.

Episode 3: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The one where Kylo tries to (unsuccessfully) force-wave his father and Han tries to work out where his life went wrong.

Episode 4: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
In which Kylo tries to recruit his father to the cause. Han shows his interest the way he usually does.

Episode 5: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
It’s Leia’s birthday and Kylo sends his favourite parent a video message. He goes to some effort.

Episode 6: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Lando comes to visit. He ends up seeing more of Ben Kylo then he wanted to.

Episode 6: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
In which Kylo laughs at his own jokes and Han feels like he’ll never laugh again.

Episode 7: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Han finally admits he loves his knucklehead son. Unfortunately, said knucklehead son has to ruin the moment.

Episode 8: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The episode when Hux calls for Kylon to come out and play, but says he’s grounded.
Meanwhile, Kylo is upstairs in his room, live-streaming his time in captivity.

Episode 9: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Kylo needs some money to get started on his world domination. His dad isn’t complying.

Episode 10: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Kylo is grounded, Luke is concerned, Leia is a boss and Han, for once, is amused.

Episode 11: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Luke thinks it’s high time the family got over all their awkwardness and had a nice sit down dinner.

Episode 12: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Han doesn’t approve of Kylo’s attire during a sensitive day

Star Wars: Episode VIII Begins Filming

It’s official!! Director Rian Johnson (best known for Brick and Looper) has started rolling cameras on Star Wars: Episode VIII, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Iger provided updates on the studio’s ever-expanding Star Wars universe during The Walt Disney Co.’s quarterly earnings call, touting the gargantuan financial success of the The Force Awakens. It is only the third film in history to collect more than $2 billion at the global box office, and the only domestic release to collect more than $900 million. In addition, he said it earned more than $3 billion globally in consumer products.

Iger said the company had a simple strategy for the future of Star Wars: don’t lose sight of what sold all those tickets and merchandise.

“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” he said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

A rumour that has been doing the Geek Rounds relating to filming is that a mysterious film production company named Space Bear Industries, which is widely believed to have been set up as a working title name for filming of the next Star Wars: Episode VIII film.

Space Bear Industries have also announced filming dates in the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik next month, filming will take place from the 11th -16th of March 2016 and locations include the city’s famous stone walls, the main street that runs through the old town called Stradun, Banj beach and one of the city’s castles.

Daisy Ridley also got in on the Episode VIII act this week as well with this post on Instagram showing some flowers with a VIII tag at the bottom.

But what’s more interesting if you look closer, the flowers are from Kathleen Kennedy with a parts of note saying “Dear Daisy, As we begin this tremendous…appreciation of your d… Kathleen”

Even her latest post on Instagram taken by someone sounding remarkably like John Boyega showing her training at what looks like the backlot of Pinewood.

Going back to Bob Iger’s Disney Co.’s earnings report (which you can listen to his web-cast here) he said that production has also begun on  Star Wars: Episode IX which is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed).

“Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far,” he said, of the heist story about Rebel plans to steal the blueprints for the original Death Star. “This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.” That one will be the “young Han Solo” movie, which The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are making, based on a script by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan.

Finally, Iger confirmed that the company planned to break ground later this year on new Star Wars Land attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.