What to know for your week of geek Jan. 13, 2017

In this week’s What to Know for your Week of Geek:

Woody Harrelson will be in the new Han Solo movie, Nerd Nite Denver has a fun announcement, and check out the latest Denver Comic Con guest

Woody Harrelson has been cast in the Star Wars Han Solo movie in the works. Fans are still anxiously waiting on a title, but Disney has at least announced some of the actors. According to a press release on Starwars.com the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller stated “We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody. His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique.” They also mentioned that he happened to be very good at ping pong. Rumor has it that he will be playing a sort of mentor to Han Solo. One can only imagine what the young pilot and smuggler was like in his youth.

Like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this movie will take place between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars: A New Hope. It will tell the story we’re all waiting to hear to learn about the young Han Solo and his adventures. As the cast stands so far, it includes Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) in no doubt a female lead role, Donald Glover (Atlanta and Community) will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Alden Ehrenreich has the honor of playing Han Solo. Ehrenreich started out playing the character of Ben in the season one episode “Windigo.” He’s also known for his roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s film Tetro and as Ethan Wate in Beautiful Creatures. Han Solo will start filming this February, and it’s only official release date is sometime in 2018.

Denver Comic Con 2017 latest guest announcements

Garrett Wang, Allen Bellman, and Amy Chu have been added to Denver Comic Con’s already shiny guest list.

Best known as Harry Kim from Star Trek: Voyager, Garrett Wang is returning to Denver Comic Con as the fantastic celemoderator that he is.

Fans of Bellman always have such nicest things to say about him. He loves to chat about his art and his experiences. Being that he was a staff artist at Timely Comics (before it become Marvel), he has so many cool stories to tell. He worked on comics such as The Human Torch, The Partiot, The Destroyer, Marvel Mystery, and so many more. It’s always a treat to see him and his wife, who usually can be found next to him at his booth. Amy Chu currently writes Red Ronja and the KISS series for Dynamite Entertainment. She’s also known for writing Poison Ivy’s first solo mini-series for DC, and Ant-Man and Deadpool stories for Marvel. Her work has been in Wonder Woman ’77, Vertigo Strange Sports Stories and the Vertigo Quarterly CMYK.

Joining them will be guests such as Colorado comic enthusiasts welcome Erica to this year’s Other celebs headed Denver’s way are Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager), James Marsters and Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Christopher Sabat (Dragonball Z) the very popular Neal Adams, Erica Henderson, and more. Denver Comic Con that will take place June 30-July 2, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Nerd Nite Denver 

Nerd Nite Denver is back to teach us everything we had no idea we wanted to know about Neural Networks and Natural Resources. On Wed. Jan. 18, 2017 head on down to The Oriental Theater for a fun night of learning, drinking, and meeting new friends. Those who have been to these events know they are a great way to break up the work week and get those creative neurons blasting. According to Nerd Nite, here’s what’s on tap:

THE MAGIC OF NEURAL NETWORKS

“Chirag Patil is a Chip Validation Engineer at a semiconductor company in Fort Collins. He models array functions using neural networks and, with the rapid advancement of machine learning in software, he may be one of the few people between us and the robot uprising.”

NATURAL RESOURCES AND YOU

“Adam DeRito works for Noble Energy, is the Co-Founder for a Green Energy Start Up known as Thousand Oaks Energy, and in his spare time enjoys jumping out of airplanes with his fellow members of the 19th Special Forces Group. Adam Will take you through the lifecycle of an oil and gas well and dispel the myths and maybe shed some light on just how down and dirty we get in the energy industry!”

The Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are just $6 online or $9 at the door, and remember it’s 18 and up.

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