News about the heavily anticipated ‘Star Wars’ film is starting to trickle in.
The 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.
Ron Howard announced on Oct. 17 that he has (finally) finished filming, and unveiled the film’s official title: Solo: A Star Wars Story.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
While fans had mixed reactions to the name, we guarantee pretty much everyone will continue to call it “The Han Solo Movie,” regardless of whatever Disney or Ron Howard has to say.
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.
On Sept. 20, Howard’s set photo teased a momentous scene in the Millennium Falcon‘s history. Fans are speculating the “spicey” caption refers to the Kessel Run, the hyperspace route that Han and Chewie famously completed in “less than 12 parsecs,” proving their impressive navigating skills. They were smuggling spice at the time, harvested from mines on the planet Kessel. Could this photo show a mineshaft in a Kessel spice facility?
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 20, 2017
A Russian licensing site has revealed our first look at Solo’s synopsis. A rough translation courtesy of Slashfilm doesn’t reveal much as the synopsis suggests that we’ll be looking at the origins of the smuggler turned Rebel hero.
The film “Han Solo” is the second film in a series of pictures about various heroes and events of the universe Star Wars after “Rogue One A Star Wars Story”, not directly related to the action of the legendary space Sagas.
Han Solo is an exciting story about intergalactic adventures, in which tells about the adventures of young Han Solo, about how he got into difficult situations and found an outlet from them, as he became the same a smuggler, a rebel, a bully, a hero, whom we all know and love.
A photo of that appears to come from an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly has leaked online. The photo features a hand playing a game of cards, which some believe belongs to Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. If that’s Lando, could it be the fateful Sabacc game in which Lando lost the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo?
On Jan. 16, Lucasfilm released the official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story on StarWars.com, which revealed that the movie will show how Han Solo met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian in the midst of “a series of daring escapades within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld.”
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Two international posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story have apparently leaked online, which give us our first glimpse at a younger Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the mysterious character played by Clarke, alongside a newer and sleek Millennium Falcon. There aren’t any capes to be seen, but collars feature prominently in the costumes of all three human characters; Clarke’s collar looks like it’s lined with fur. However, Disney and LucasFilm have both denied creating the art.
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.”
Howard announced in an Instagram post on Sept. 24 that Clarke had finished principal photography for the Han Solo movie and that she’s “off on her next adventure.” Clarke will soon film the eighth and final seasonof Game of Thrones, and she already dyed her hair platinum blonde for it, so Howard’s photo was probably taken while Clarke was still filming the movie.
Joonas Suotama will take over as Chewbacca, after splitting the role with Peter Mayhew in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Suotama 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.
In late August, The Wire star Michael K. Williams revealed that he been cut from the movie, removing a character that he described as “half-human, half-animal.” Speaking to Deadline, Williams said he was unable to return for reshoots due to scheduling clashes with another project filming in Africa. He said he enjoyed working on the Han Solo movie with the previous two directors, but if Ron Howard wanted him back for more scenes, he would have had to wait until November. On Sept. 1, Howard revealed that Williams would be replaced by Paul Bettany, a very late addition to the cast. Since Howard has already been filming for two months—about half the time it takes to shoot an entire film of this size—this confirms that the reshoots are unusually extensive.
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Bettany finished filming his role on Sept. 16, and Ron Howard posted a set photo to celebrate. It confirms that Bettany’s character will not be CGI, since he’s wearing a costume instead of a motion-capture suit, and looks like a regular old human. You can also see some cool Star Wars props in the background, including some Mandalorian armor (which could belong to Boba Fett, but probably just means there’s another Mandalorian in the movie).
In an interview with Total Film (via Gamesradar), Bettany described the film as a “caper” and a “gangster movie,” noting that his character is an intergalactic gangster. But he also revealed little more about how much work Howard did on the film, suggesting that he shot more of the movie than planned.
“[Howard’s] staging ability is so fucking brilliant,” Bettany said. “I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended.”
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.
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Han Solo release date
It’s slated for release on May 25, 2018. LucasFilm has not yet released a Han Solo movie trailer, but we’ll keep you posted.
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