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Disney rumored to be adding Ben Solo series to Star Wars spinoff plans

Published: 17/Aug/2020 3:56 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:17

by Isaac McIntyre

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Ben Solo will be the next flagship Star Wars hero to get his own spinoff series, according to new Disney insider rumors. The new show will reportedly be set before the young Jedi’s fall to the dark side as Kylo Ren.

The son of original trilogy heroes Princess Leia and Han Solo was a standout character in the new Disney era. His battle with the dark side and his growing obsession with Rey drove much of the 2015-2019 trilogy’s main storyline.

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Before there was the ominous and driven Sith warlord Kylo Ren, however, there was young padawan Ben Solo. He learned under Luke Skywalker, before being seduced to the dark side by the ‘teachings’ of his grandfather, Darth Vader.

This time before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is what Disney “wants to further develop” with the character, according to new insider rumors.

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Ben Solo, who fell to the dark side as Kylo Ren, will be getting a new prequel series in the near future.
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Ben Solo, who fell to the dark side as Kylo Ren, is set to get a new animated prequel series.

There hasn’t been much in the way of Disney confirmation so far, but Kessel Run Transmissions has certainly suggested its “being worked on.”

The ‘Ben Solo’ rumors also suggest the prequel series would likely be animated. That evokes immediate thoughts of The Clone Wars. That series told a similar early story about Solo’s idol and grandfather Anakin Skywalker before his fall.

Disney is apparently eager to do “anything they can to continue [Solo’s] story” in “some form,” KRT reported. Considering the fallen Jedi gave his life to resurrect Rey at the end of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, there’s not a lot of ways Disney can go timeline-wise.

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The Ben Solo series is now all but confirmed to be a prequel production. Cinelinx has reported it will be set “pre-Force Awakens,” before Solo becomes Kylo Ren.

The rumored Star Wars series likely won't see Ben Solo don the iconic Kylo Ren mask, or wield his unique red lightsaber.
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The rumored Star Wars series likely won’t see Ben Solo don the iconic Kylo Ren visage.

Unfortunately, there’s been no word on whether Adam Driver would be attached to the rumored animated series in any capacity. He starred as the new -era lead Star Wars character three times between 2015 and 2019.

If Disney follows the playbook laid out by Dave Filoni in Clone Wars and follow-up animated series Rebels, however, the show may cast career voice actors instead.

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The other question mark surrounding a potential Ben Solo/Kylo Ren spinoff series would be which storyline Disney chooses to tell. Ben’s fall to the dark side has already been explored in the comic series “The Rise of Kylo Ren.”

Dexerto believes the Ben Solo series would be set in a similar fashion to fan-favorite game series “Jedi Academy”. Those games told the story of Luke Skywalker founding a new Jedi Order as part of the New Republic following the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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Ben Solo would likely be the main character, with a cast of other young Jedi students under Luke’s guidance. After a series of adventures and teachings, the series could conclude with the destruction of Luke’s new Jedi temple.

The rumored Ben Solo series would likely end with the destruction of Luke Skywalker's new Jedi temple.
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The Ben Solo series will likely end with the destruction of Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi temple.

Disney is expected to confirm all this, and more, in the next few months. The Ben Solo series will join announced shows like The Bad Batch, the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi solo series, as well as the ‘Ahsoka’ show, and more.

Boba Fett has also become the latest iconic Star Wars hero to be handed his own spinoff show behind the scenes. Fett is expected to play “a smaller role” in The Mandalorian Season 2 as a backdoor pilot to test the waters.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.