Andrew Hodgson, Senior Hard Surface Modeller at Industrial Light & Magic worked on Solo for 3 months while at ILM focusing mainly on the Corellia environment at the start of the film and the platform on Savareen. Hodgson worked very closely with the Gen team, especially the Gen Sup, Jeff De Guzman, creating modular environment sections for them that they would then place and add extra detail and coolness to.
Andrew modelled the modular foundations of all the Islands and created modified sections for the Favella, Starport and the Factory Island so they were all unique but fit in the same world. He also worked on background things like 2 vehicles, some background mech stuff and also blocked out some environments.
The Savareen platform was modelled by him with a damage pass done by Chris Dipaola. The Falcon was made by Masa Narita.
The Corellia environment was a ILM team effort and the work ended up looking fantastic. Andrew has said he was honored to have contributed to it and worked with such a great team.
The return of Ray Park’s Maul (no longer a “Darth,” per the animated series continuity) in a surprise cameo that may or may not set up future films. “I found out last June/July when we were in Guatemala,” he tells me, a time which, unbeknownst to him, coincided with Howard stepping into the director’s chair. “I got the phone call from Lynne Hale from Lucasfilm. And it was really nice of her, because she said to me ‘Ray, we’re just calling to see if you would like to do it.’ And I went [inhales slowly] ‘Yeah. Do you want me on the plane now?’” He ended up filming in October, towards the end of production.
In the Clone Wars and Rebels animated shows, Maul survived being cut in half at the end of The Phantom Menace, and made a comeback with robotic legs, though in Solo, you only see his upper body in a hologram. Now, in support of Solo‘s upcoming release on Movies Anywhere (Sept. 14th) and Blu-ray and 4K (Sept. 25th), Lucasfilm has released images of Ray Park in full Maul costume with the robot legs.
Park actually blatantly spoiled his own cameo well ahead of time, but because fans were so focused on the idea of him being in an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, nobody really guessed he meant Solo. “I may have deleted a bunch, but if you go back and check all my Instagram posts, I was secretly telling everyone, but no-one knew.”
And by “secretly” he means posts like this one, with the caption, “Now… I wonder why i shaved my hair a wee while ago? #sith #sithlife #secrets #baldy #cleanshaved #starwars #solo #maul #surprise #london #besttime #thankyou.”
Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant have now also joined the cast, and Variety previously reported that Keri Russell was in talks to join the cast for “Star Wars Episode IX.” with their sources confirming Keri Russell has just closed her deal to join the film just before the announcement.
Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.
Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).