ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From The Force Awakens to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we take a look at Marvel’s new Lando comic, discuss what other villains are supposedly showing up in Star Wars: Rogue One, and delve into the latest The Force Awakens spoilers.

Marvel’s New Lando Comic is Really Good

Like the comics that preceded it, Marvel’s new Lando miniseries is another shining example of how great a Star Wars comic can be when everyone involved actually gives a damn. Fans may complain about the new canon and the countless stories that were jettisoned into space, but it’s hard to be bitter when the new stories are this captivating and fun. This five-issue miniseries could fall apart, but its first issue is the strongest debut of any Marvel Star Wars comic yet.

Written by Charles Soule and pencilled by Alex Maleev, the series catches up with Lando Calrissian sometime before the events of the original trilogy. He’s broke, down on his luck, and in major debt to a crime boss. But the smooth-talking con-man and crook is given a job that will fix all of that — steal a shuttle loaded with valuables from a space dock. The heist goes smoothly and by the end of the issue, Lando and his allies have pulled off the heist. Then, in the last panel, we learn exactly who that shuttle belonged to and the series promises to unleash all hell in the coming issues.

Soule perfectly captures Lando and it’s impossible to not read his dialogue in the dulcet tone of Billy Dee Williams. It would have been easy to reduce Lando to a Han Solo riff, just another scoundrel, but he’s very much his own character. A smooth-talking, seductive, savvy guy who thinks through every option before he goes for his weapon. He’s like a sci-fi Danny Ocean and the comic around him is very much like Ocean’s 11: intoxicating, bubbly, and so much fun. Soule even gives side characters like Lobot (you know, Lando’s buddy with the robotic implants from The Empire Strikes Back) a lot of personality.

Maleev’s art is also exceptional, perfectly capturing the likenesses of familiar faces and creating memorable new ones as well. His detailed, realistic art gels well with the Star Wars universe, perfectly capturing the grit and grandeur of this world. Even scenes that could have been thankless, like extended conversations, are made thrilling thanks to how good of an “actor” Maleev is, capturing subtle facial expressions and tics.

This is another home run for the Marvel and Star Wars partnership. They’re going to have a stinker sooner rather than later, but so far so good.

Just Who’s Going to Show Up in the Anthology Movies, Anyway?

Everyone heard the rumor that Darth Vader himself was going to play a supporting role in Star Wars: Rogue One as the villain who menaces the heroes from afar. But what if his role was mostly about hiring a team of bounty hunters to take everyone down and retrieve the stolen Death Star plans? That’s the rumor floating around right now and it makes all kinds of sense. After all, Rogue One was rumored to be a “bounty hunter movie” long before we knew what it was about, and this would explain how that story got started in the first place.

Anyway, Blood Disgusting claims that a team of classic Star Wars anti-heroes, including Boba Fett and Cad Bane from the Clone Wars animated series, will show up in the film to pursue Felicity Jones and her allies. Oh, and Ben Mendelsohn’s villain is apparently a Moff, aka a high-ranking Imperial officer. Here are the details:

Ben Mendelsohn’s new Moff character is indeed the big baddie of Rogue One. The other main villains of the piece are bounty hunters hired by the Moff to quietly retrieve the stolen Death Star plans at all costs. Vader factors in once he realizes that the plans have been stolen, so he joins the hunt in a supporting role and is none too pleased.

These bounty hunters include Boba Fett, Bossk, Dengar, Zuckuss & 4LOM, IG-88, and Cad Bane, who is from The Clone Wars and is making his live action debut.

There might some new ones as well, but that’s the core group. So Fett will absolutely appear on screen again in a semi-main role before his solo film.

Take that all as a rumor for now, but man, what a cool rumor.

You also surely heard the official announcement that Chris Miller and Phil Lord were working on a young Han Solo movie, news that should fill anyone with an equal amount of excitement and dread. A new Miller / Lord joint is always a cause for celebration, but a young Han Solo movie? Um...

Anyway, this official news dredged up an old rumor — that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul was going to play a role in a Han Solo movie. It’s highly unlikely that Paul would play a young Han Solo. He doesn’t have the right swagger and he’s a little too old to play a young version of a character that was 35 when he was first introduced. However, we could totally buy him as a scheming rogue of some kind, maybe an Artful Dodger to Han’s Oliver.

Anyway, this all came to light again because Paul revealed that the official Star Wars Twitter feed has officially begun following him. Was his reaction just that of an excited fan or confirmation that something is going on behind-the-scenes? You tell us.

The Force Awakens News Round-Up

Of course the week leading up to Comic-Con would have its fair share of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens details and spoilers. As usual, we’ll start with the least spoilery and work our way up. Feel free to tap out at any time.

First up, it looks like someone got their hands on the LEGO minifig of Rey, the mysterious character played by Daisy Ridley in the film. There’s nothing too big here, especially since the LEGO version of the character looks just like the film version. But don’t worry. She’ll eventually get a second outfit. That’s how you move more action figures.

Speaking of action figures, it seems that The Force Awakens will introduce a new female X-Wing pilot. What we don’t know is whether or not she’s a character of substance or a minor background character who has her own name because everyone in Star Wars has a name so they can make action figures out of them. Here are the details:

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens we’re going to meet a new hotshot pilot named Jessika Pava. Her call sign is “Blue Three.” She pilots an X-wing, which is to be expected.  She is a young, female human with darker hair. She wears her hair in a ponytail reaching down to her shoulder blades.

Did you know that Princess Leia is no longer Princess Leia? Apparently, she’s General Organa now, which is going to take some getting used to. Another report has details on her relationship with Oscar Isaac’s ace pilot Poe Dameron and they seem to have a mentor / mentee thing going on:

After years facing off against the Empire, General Organa learned to treat commitments to causes and allies in balance with one another. General Organa sees this same lesson being grappled with by Poe Dameron. However, Poe is in a liminal stage of his life where he understands General Organa’s words but rarely heeds them. Leia believes in Poe and understands–as does Major Ematt–that Poe is their best pilot and only hope. Poe is someone the General can rely on and believes in against the First Order.

Leia has a droid named Peazy (PZ-4CO). When the droid and Ematt learn about happenings on Jakku, Leia can feel, through the Force, that events which are going to change the galaxy forever are at play.

General Leia Organa feels a special attachment to Poe as she mentors him. Their relationship appears to be very deep and special. Which is why when Jakku needs special attention, she sends Poe Dameron to handle the mission.

And finally, someone has seen concept art for Supreme Leader Snoke, the major villain played by Andy Serkis. And yes, there is definitely a reason this was a motion capture character. While this may not be the final design, it does give us a basic idea of what to expect from the character. Serkis isn’t just playing an alien...he’s playing a really alien alien:

Snoke wears a black kimono with an outer robe and an off-white robe underneath it. The robe is very Japanese in style. You can see the white or light tan-colored under robe sticking out of the sleeves. His waist “dress” is made of wrappings like a mummy but they aren’t tight around legs but rather flow out like a skirt and reach completely to the floor. The collar or the garment is quite high and reaches from the collarbone all the way up to the chin area.

Snoke is not human. His head is shaped like a snake, a cobra but perhaps slightly flatter and wider. His eyes are pitch black and reptilian. His mouth is closed but sort of bulbous. You cannot see teeth. He has an angry sneer about him.

That’s all for this week‘s Star Wars news round-up, but stay tuned here for more updates from Comic-Con on your favorite galaxy from far, far away.

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