As the sun sets on Celebration Europe 2016 in London, the eagerly-anticipated event for today was the Future Filmmaker Discussion panel that was held right before the Closing Ceremony. Unfortunately for those of us who could not attend in person, this panel was not part of Sunday’s live stream schedule. There was some very interesting news revealed during the panel including a few Episode VIII behind-the-scenes photos and the official confirmation of the earlier reports that Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as young Han Solo.
The official announcement of Aldenreich being cast as young Han Solo has been posted a few moments ago on StarWars.com.
We’ve collected quite a few tweets from those who were in attendance and of course StarWars.com provided their liveblog from the event, so check them out beneath the break!
The conversation online showed them they wouldnt have to give a lengthy explanation of what stand alone films are compared to saga films‘ Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) July 17, 2016
Kennedy says she was a big fan of Rian Johnson before she took role at LFL. Rian was always near the top of list of directors they wanted‘ Star Wars Underworld (@TheSWU) July 17, 2016
“I think Rian (Johnson) moves the camera as well as Steven Spielberg so you guys are in for a real treat.”-Kathleen Kennedy on EP 8 director‘ Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) July 17, 2016
Bridge on the River Kwai, Twelve O’Clock High, Gunga Din, Sahara, 3 Outlaw Samurai: films Johnson watched w/ Lucasfilm for Ep VIII influence‘ Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) July 17, 2016
Ep VIII set photo: pic.twitter.com/qiI0GCJ5BI‘ Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016
Another: pic.twitter.com/xO5XtfX4im‘ Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016
And another: pic.twitter.com/wrypMqDNsB‘ Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016
Rian’s assistant, Leo, as a TIE Fighter pilot: pic.twitter.com/zgjELkNQtz‘ Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016
They have confirmed Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. They saw 3000 people for the role and he was literally the first person to audition.‘ Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) July 17, 2016
Surprise guest! pic.twitter.com/8ikX61jeQt‘ Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016