News about the heavily anticipated ‘Star Wars’ film is starting to trickle in.
The as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie is the second Star Wars anthology film, following the standalone prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place between Episode III and IV, it introduces us to a younger version of Han Solo, before he met Luke and Leia.
Han Solo cast
Alden Ehrenreich will star as Han Solo, following an extensive search for the ideal actor. He’s joined by Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han’s mentor, and Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke in an unnamed lead role. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on March 22, Harrelson referred to his character as “Beckett,” quashing rumors that he’s playing Garris Shrike, a character from the old Star Wars canon.”
Joonas Suotama will take over as Chewbacca, after splitting the role with Peter Mayhew in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Stoma wrote a personal note to Star Wars fans after his casting was confirmed, acknowledging how much the role meant to him.
On Feb. 21, the cast piled into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon for the first official photo from Han Solo.
Westworld’s Thandie Newton, whose exact role has not yet been revealed, is the only member of the main cast missing from the photo, a fact she poked fun at on Twitter.
English actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge has also signed on to play a CGI character—possibly the franchise’s first female droid in a lead role.
On March 6, Lucasfilm confirmed that The Wire star Michael Kenneth Williams would join the cast in a yet-to-be announced role.
Han Solo‘s place in the Star Wars franchise
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed on March 23 that the Han Solo film would follow Han from ages 18 to 24, during which time he’ll meet Chewie and find his beloved Millennium Falcon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
At 27, Alden Ehrenreich is seven years younger than Harrison Ford was when he filmed A New Hope, although canonically, Han Solo was meant to be 29 at the time.
The script was co-written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence Kasdan is a familiar name to Star Wars fans, with writing credits on beloved Star Wars films including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Rogue One. His son, Jon, is also a writer and director, most recently on the Showtime series Roadies.
Han Solo news
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) began filming on Jan. 30, but they left the project in June due to creative differences. LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced the news on June 20, quickly followed by reports that the directors were fired. It’s basically unheard-of for directors to leave this late in the process, a worrying sign for such an anticipated movie.
On June 22, Lucasfilm announced award-winning director Ron Howard would complete the project.
Han Solo release date
It’s slated for release on May 25, 2018. LucasFilm has not yet released a Hans Solo movie trailer, but we’ll keep you posted.
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