It is with great displeasure that I announce that the great Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. Best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher was a beloved figure in pop culture as well as in geek culture for the past several decades. While Leia was likely her most well known role, Fisher was always active in the film world, even up until her death.
Four days ago the public learned that on a flight from London to Los Angeles Fisher suffered from cardiac arrest. While she was announced to be stable in condition just two days later, it seems that did not last for long. Earlier this morning a family spokesman announced the following on behalf of Fisher’s daughter:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly.”
Carrie Fisher was born into the entertainment world. The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was destined for a world in the spotlight. Though Fisher was quite the bookworm in her early days, she never finished high school due to the demanding requirements of the stage. She starred in the Broadway revival Irene alongside her mother and not long after she got the gig as Princess Leia in A New Hope.
Along with her immense fame from the Star Wars franchise there was also hardship. Fisher struggled with addiction in her youth as well as her parents divorce when she was a young child. These struggles were in time revealed in full in her many books and her memoir Wishful Drinking. In her later years, Fisher became a well known advocate for mental health awareness.
Carrie Fisher was an icon and a treasure. The fact that I and many other newfound Star Wars fans will never meet this wonderous woman is a point of great sorrow. I give my deepest condolences to the Fisher family and to all those who loved Carrie Fisher. She will be missed.
[Danger: Contains one big spoiler I probably could exclude but I don’t want to. But you should’ve seen The Force Awakens by now anyway]
Almost a year ago Star Wars came back with a vengeance with the record smashing Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. Revitalizing the Star Wars brand, The Force Awakens helped a new generation fall in love with the classic film franchise and because of that Lucasfilm is doing all it can to milk us of our hard earned cash create a variety of quality programming for us to enjoy for years to come. So along with the main movies with Rey and Finn and the whole gang, there are to be a set of anthology movies that come out in between the main movies. The first of these anthology films (which are technically called Star Wars Stories but that sounds weird and less intense) is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (See what I mean?) which comes out this December 16th.It will definitely be something interesting, but right now most people are paying attention to what’s to come after.
That’s right, the next anthology film to come out will be a young Han Solo movie. I say this as if it is news, but if you know Star Wars you know this. But let us recap some important details. First off, the movie is to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Those are the guys behind successes like The Lego Movie and the Jump Street franchise, so this will surely be awesome. Secondly, Chewie will be in this film, so that’s bomb. And lastly, Alden Ehrenreich is to play the iconic role of Han Solo. While no one will ever replace Harrison Ford in the role, I think this could maybe be a good choice. I barely remember Beautiful Creatures but he was probably good in it.
Now for the actual news (drum roll please) … Donald Glover has been cast as young Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo movie!!!! This is awesome news. In August it was rumored that Glover was at the top of the list to play Lando but now it’s been made official. Unlike Ehrenreich, I am very familiar with the works of Donald Glover. I knew him for his comedy and his rap career before I knew him as an actor, but after seeing him in things like The Martian and his new show on FX, Atlanta, I know that when he’s in something it’s worth watching. He’s a great comedic actor but the man can be serious when he needs to be. Just look at him and look at Lando and tell me you can’t see him playing the man. It really is casting as its finest.
So are you as excited as I am? What do you think Lando’s role will be in the movie? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the young Han Solo movie and other things in the world of movie news.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out December 16th and will be followed by Star Wars Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017. The young Han Solo movie will hit theaters sometime in 2018.