Cinematographer Bradford Young Teases Upcoming Han Solo Spin-off

Cinematographer Bradford Young has already made quite the name for himself with his masterful work on A Most Violent Year and Selma. He creates exceptionally wide cinematography with stunning color that strikes a delicate contrast between light and darkness. Collider recently sat down with Young to discuss his work on the upcoming Denis Villeneuve-directed drama, Arrival. Naturally, the conversation shifted to the highly anticipated ‘Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story’ which Young has been hired on to shoot with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Cinematographer Bradford Young has already made quite the name for himself with his masterful work on A Most Violent Year and Selma. He creates exceptionally wide cinematography with stunning color that strikes a delicate contrast between light and darkness. Collider recently sat down with Young to discuss his work on the upcoming Denis Villeneuve-directed drama, Arrival. Naturally, the conversation shifted to the highly anticipated ‘Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story’ which Young has been hired on to shoot with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Young came as a surprise when he was announced for the project considering his dramatic vision as the Han Solo spin-off is to be helmed by Lord and Miller who are best known for their humorous outings with The Lego Movie and both 21 Jumpstreet and 22 Jumpstreet. From what it sounds like, it seems like it would be best to take all of our assumptions for what the Han Solo film will be like and chuck them straight out the window. Young assured Collider that he is very much in sync Lord and Miller:

“It’s funny, here’s the thing about Phil Lord and Chris Miller: don’t let their track record fool you. Don’t put those guys in a box because they have a vision, they know exactly what they want. They have no hidden agenda, but they do have an agenda; they have a way of seeing that’s very special, and their collaboration is genuinely unique. So I have to say I had to get converted into that. I respect their work, I respect them as filmmakers, but I wasn’t quite sure if there would be a good marriage between what I’m trying to pursue and the work that I’m doing and what they’re doing, but they helped make that real clear to me early on by expressing some real interesting story [and] photographic ideas that really resonated with me. So once they started really pulling me into that world, I realized how much these cats have come from the same pedagogy of filmmaking—in the visual sense for sure, and definitely from an approach in terms of how we want to make movies, they come from the same school.”

While Han and Chewie are the biggest and best source of comic relief in the entire franchise, Young teased that the film is going to much more dramatic and tense than we think:

“These cats are subversive, don’t let it fool you (laughs). They are prepared to say exactly what they wanna say and it’s complex, it’s layered, it’s smart, it’s visual, it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s uneasy, it’s unexpected. These cats are—I’m honored to have them in the list of directors I’ve worked with, that’s for sure.”

It sounds like Young is going to be the perfect cinematographer that will allow Lord and Miller to find the right balance between humor and drama as we are introduced to a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) along with a young Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). While details on the plot have yet to be revealed, one can imagine if there was ever going to be an origin for Han Solo it would involve saving the life of Chewbacca which earns Han the life debt from Chewie. With the recently announced addition of Lando, it would be a perfect opportunity to see Lando lose the Millenium Falcon to Han. Last but not least, it would be a shame if the film didn’t include the infamous Kessel run, which Han completed in less than twelve parsecs.

With Young on board, there is no doubt the film will have some of the best cinematography seen in the franchise since The Empire Strikes Back. While it sounds like the picture will have a bold look and feel, they have to be careful so that it still feels like a Star Wars film. As Disney is expanding and fleshing out the universe of the franchise, it’s clear from the reports about the Rogue One reshoots that it is still very important to them to remain close to the tone of the original trilogy while also standing out on its own as something fresh and different. It’s a tricky balance but it sounds like Lord, Miller, and Young are the perfect fit for the second spin-off in from the Skywalker saga in the franchise.

To read the full interview head on over to Collider.

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SOURCE: COLLIDER

‘The Flash’ Loses Another Director

It seems no director can keep up with DC’s film adaptation of the scarlet speedster, The Flash starring Ezra Miller. According to TheWrap, director Rick Famuyiwa has exited the Warner Bros. production, citing creative differences as the reason for his departure. A source close to the production told TheWrap that the film, originally slated for release on March 16, 2018, will most likely be delayed due to the loss of Famuyiwa.

It seems no director can keep up with DC’s film adaptation of the scarlet speedster, The Flash starring Ezra Miller. According to TheWrap, director Rick Famuyiwa has exited the Warner Bros. production, citing creative differences as the reason for his departure. A source close to the production told TheWrap that the film, originally slated for release on March 16, 2018, will most likely be delayed due to the loss of Famuyiwa.

Famuyiwa broke onto the scene with his indie hit Dope just last year. The director was hired to replace Seth Grahame-Smith who penned the script and also exited the project due to creative differences. Before that, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were attached to direct. Lord and Miller developed the story for the film, however. The pair left to direct the upcoming ‘Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story’.

Famuyiwa and the rest of the directors exiting the project doesn’t exactly bode well for the outcome of the film but it’s important to remember that films made within the studio system are a shared vision between the studio and the director. No doubt Warner is shifting course after the negative critical response to the grim Batman V. Superman, but all this really means is the studio has not yet found the right director for the project.

Plenty of directors have exited projects before and the films have still come out fantastic in the end. Just two years ago director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man for the same reasons given by Famuyiwa and was replaced by Peyton Reed. We all know how that turned out so don’t lose hope yet. Plus if the movie doesn’t turn out well, we still have an incredible version of The Flash over on The CW.

Fans got a peek at Miller as The Flash in BvS but he will get his official debut in the DCEU in next year’s Justice League. That should be plenty to hold us over until the solo Flash film finally hits theaters.

 

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Ezra Miller as The Flash in Justice League. (Warner Bros./DC Entertainment)

 

SOURCE: THEWRAP

Donald Glover Talks Landing Lando

Yesterday the writer, actor, director, rapper and performer stopped by The Ellen Show to talk the honor of landing the part of Lando as well as his hit series Atlanta which is currently in its first season airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

Just last Friday it was announced via the Star Wars Instagram account that the tremendously talented Donald Glover had officially been cast in the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming ‘Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story’.

Yesterday the writer, actor, director, rapper and performer stopped by The Ellen Show to talk the honor of landing the part of Lando as well as his hit series Atlanta which is currently in its first season airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. Glover reveals — in what seems all too perfect — exactly what his first-ever toy was and mentions his mother’s hilarious reaction to learning her son would be portraying a younger Billy Dee Williams than we were introduced to in The Empire Strikes Back.

While I am extremely excited to see in what seems like destiny with Glover in the role of the smooth-talking smuggler, I’m most looking forward to the original layers Glover will no doubt add to the character. Getting to see a younger, possibly less smooth Lando is going to be a treat as he will most likely lose the Millenium Falcon to Han Solo, but to have Glover playing the part feels too good to be true. Filming is set to begin sometime this January at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in the film written by Lawrence Kasdan and son, Jon Kasdan and directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie).

The Untitled Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25, 2018.

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