The Star Wars Franchise Is Alive and Well

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in 2015, it was immensely popular and gave life to The Star Wars Franchise that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. There are now two more in the franchise that will happen as well as one that has had development issues but should hit the big screen in the not too distant future.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Release Date May 25, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the 2nd movie in the Star Wars franchise that is not of the original order after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This movie focuses on a young Han Solo that will be played by Alden Ehrenreich as well as a great cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Donald Glover playing Lando Calrissian, who was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back. The production for the Solo movie was not a smooth one in the beginning with the directors of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who helmed the Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, being fired after only a few months. Ron Howard was brought on to bring his expertise behind the lens, and the film has created a ton of buzz, especially since the trailers have been released.

Star Wars: Episode IX Release Date December 20, 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX has also had some problems behind the scenes in early pre-production, and that was mainly due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Colin Trevorrow was first slated to be the director, but he dropped out after Fisher passed away and Lucasfilm brought back J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The main stars of the last two original Star Wars films, not the spinoffs, in John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac will all be back for what will be the 9th of Star Wars original series, which may be the last one. Or will it? With the popularity of all the movies and the spinoffs created because of it, the 9th and “final” saga will likely not be the finale.

Boba Fett – Rumored to be released in 2020

If they have a move about Han Solo why not have one about his nemesis, who is the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. The movie about Boba Fett began development back in 2014, but also had some issues when Josh Trank would be directing. However, when his Fantastic Four remake was a big-time bomb and not even a year later, Trank was fired, and no director has been named as of yet. There is no casting information and the Star Wars faithful have been looking forward to any information about the Boba Fett movie. Will Han Solo be in it? Just one of the many questions about the highly anticipated movie that may never even come to be.

The Star Wars franchise is alive and well and Solo: A S

tar Wars Story is next in line. Both of the last two of the series and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been HUGE at the box office, so don’t expect a falloff in the franchise that has spawned a legion of fans and some of the most popular movies of all time.

Biggest Museum Heists of All Time

Art has been stolen for as long as it has been created. For the last couple hundred years, some of the best pieces of art have been held in museums that has seen some of the biggest museum heists of all Time. Here are some of the biggest and most brazen museum heists of all time.

The Louvre, France 1911

It goes without saying that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world. However, it was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911 by three handymen that worked there. The three his overnight in a supply closet at the museum and one of them in Vincenzo Perugia was the one that put up the protective glass around the famous painting. The thing is the painting was so famous that it was impossible to sell and Perugia hid it in a trunk for over two years. He was caught trying to finally sell it. This theft is not the biggest one in terms of the money of the art stolen, but with the most iconic painting the world-over it has to be on the top of the list.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, USA 1990

This heist was not only relatively recent but also the biggest in terms of the art that was stolen. There were two thieves in this heist, as they were disguised as Boston Police officers. They came to the museum under the guise that there was a disturbance at the museum telling the guard on duty at the time to go get his partner and when he did both were handcuffed by the thieves and hid them in the basement duct-taping them to the pipes there. They stole nearly $500 million worth of paintings with some of the more famous ones being Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Manet’s Chez Tortoni, and Vermeer’s The Concert. The thieves were never caught, and these days there are empty frames that hang where the famous stolen paintings used to hang.

The Stockholm Museum, Sweden 2000

In late December of 2000 armed thieves stole nearly $30 million worth of paintings from famous artists such as Renoir and Rembrandt. They set up a diversion in the form of an explosion of two cars to throw the police off their trail and keep them busy while they then used semiautomatic weapons to overtake the museum security and steal the precious art. The thieves then used a small boat as a getaway and were never heard from again.

The Kunstahl Museum, Holland 2012

Gang members from Romania took part in this heist where seven valuable paintings by the artists of Monet, Picasso, Matisse, and Gaugin. The total value of the stolen art was $24 million and, surprisingly, they were not caught right away, as they were making their getaway they tripped the alarm of the museum. However, the Kunstahl Museum is a rather small museum, which, at the time, only used electronic security and no guards were on duty to protect the art.