I don’t know about you, but some of us are getting pretty tired of typing “Untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff,” or several variations of same.
How about “Tag & Bink Strike Back?”
Director Ron Howard on Saturday tweeted a picture of himself with Han Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan (son and writing partner of Lawrence Kasdan, who penned scripts for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens), and Han Solo and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story assistant director Toby Hefferman.
Howard’s colleagues appeared in black Imperial officer garb and the photo carried the caption “#tagandbink.”
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 14, 2017
Tag and Bink are (or were) non-canonical characters from Dark Horse Comics’ time with the Star Wars license, who were modeled a bit after Hamlet’s background everymen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. They are the creation of filmmaker Kevin Rubio, who became famous for his COPS-style Star Wars parody Troops.
The duo’s misadventures improbably place them at one Star Wars flashpoint after another — and that’s part of the fun.
Rubio was quick to notice, of course, and offer thanks for the shout-out, which earned reciprocation and a bit of elaboration from the younger Kasdan:
Thank You, Kevin. I’m a huge fan and I had to get ’em in there, and then had to play it myself (with Toby Hefferman) to do it justice
— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) October 14, 2017
The Han Solo movie stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo and more. It is supposed to go before cinema audiences May 25, 2018.
The movie seems to be taking a more comical approach than other Star Wars films, and LEGO Movie directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were originally tapped to direct it until their style apparently conflicted with Lucasfilm’s head, super-producer Kathleen Kennedy, and she brought in Howard to take over the project. Shortly after that happened, Colin Trevorrow lost his berth as director of the as-yet-untitled Episode IX; Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has been brought back to complete the trilogy he began.