‘Star Wars’ News Round Up: New Stormtroopers, Lindelof’s Quirky Spin-Off Idea & Lando Calrissian Could Return

New Stormtroopers, Lindelof's Quirky Spin-Off Idea & Lando Calrissian Could Return

Welcome to our first ‘Star Wars’ news round up. Hopefully it will be the first of many. Today we have three little bits of news about the ‘Star Wars’ universe for your reading pleasure. And there is much to be excited about.



First up it has been revealed by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan that we could see Lando Calrissian again in the new movie series. Lando was of course played to perfection in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return Of The Jedi’ by Billy Dee Williams. During a recent interview for Vanity Fair Kasdan revealed that we may not have seen the last of Lando.

“Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie,” Kasdan told Vanity Fair. “But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.”

Interest in the character has been piqued once again this year thanks to a new Marvel Comics series based around Lando’s adventures.

The Empire Strikes Back scribe Kasdan also discussed the joy of writing for original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill again after 35 years.

“That’s just fun because they’re around my age. Carrie is a little younger, Mark is my age, and Harrison is a little older,” Kasdan said. “So since we’ve treated it as 30 years passing in the film, there’s no artificiality about that.

“You get to infuse them to the extent that you can with your experience of 30 years on.”


It has been revealed that the new Stormtroopers that will be a feature of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ are inspired by Apple.

While also speaking to Vanity Fair costume designer Michael Kaplan said that when designing the new look for the Empires army of Stormtroopers. He asked himself what Apple would do.

He explained: “With the stormtroopers it was more of a simplification, almost like, ‘What would Apple do?’ JJ [Abrams] wanted them to look like stormtroopers at a glance but also be different enough to kind of wow people and get them excited about the new design.”

Kaplan also revealed that the Empire’s uniforms are influenced by the Nazis with a “slicked back and very hard-lined” look.


Finally ‘Lost’ co-creator and one of the writers behind the first two J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek’ movies has revealed a quirky idea for a ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie. In a new video interview Damon Lindelof spoke to Digital Spy about this idea and much more beside, but the basic premise is to have a series of spin-off anthology movies set in different parts of the ‘Star Wars’ universe.

You can watch the video below:


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