Everything we know about Solo: A Star Wars Story, including latest news, release date, trailer, cast, and much more!

News Den Of Geek Staff

Feb 15, 2018

Solo is the next standalone Star Wars Story. This origin story will tell the story of how Han Solo met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian as well as his early years in the criminal underworld and his brief stint at the Imperial Academy. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the scoundrel and Donald Glover is Lando.

Academy Award-winner Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director in summer 2017. Lord and Miller (The Lego Movie) announced their exit on June 20, and Howard was named the new director only a few days later. The news came as a shock since filming, which began in Feb. 2017, was well underway at that point. It’s rumored that Howard reshot much of Lord and Miller’s work.

It was reported by THR that Lord and Miller clashed with Solo co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy over the tone of the film as well as its portrayal of the smuggler, prompting a conflict that ultimately ended with Kennedy firing the directors.

The film is written by Kasdan and his son, Jon. It’s Kasdan’s final Star Wars script. 

Here’s everything else we know about the movie:

Star Wars Han Solo Movie Trailer

The first trailer premiered on Good Morning America. Check it out below:

A TV spot also dropped during the Super Bowl, and it has a few seconds of exclusive footage that you’ll want to see:

You can check out a breakdown and analysis of both of these trailers right here.

Star Wars Han Solo Movie Release Date

It’s currently scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. 

We have details on all the other upcoming Star Wars movies right here.

Star Wars Han Solo Movie Cast & Characters

Alden Ehrenreich won the role of a young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spinoff/prequel, becoming just the second actor to play the smuggler-turned-rebel-leader after the iconic Harrison Ford.

Donald Glover (Community) is playing Lando Calrissian and he looks absolutely awesome as the smuggler.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will also appear as femme fatale Qi’ra, who is described as “shadowy.” Variety reports that Clarke beat out fierce competition from Tessa Thompson (Selma, Westworld), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent), and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers). 

And to absolutely nobody’s surprise, Chewbacca will also be in this movie. A “younger” Chewbacca, played by Joonas Suotamo, who has largely taken over the role from the legendary Peter Mayhew in the Disney era. But considering how Wookies age slower than Corellians, well, you won’t see much of a difference.

Woody Harrelson (True Detective) has been cast in the film as criminal Tobias Beckett. Harrelson has previously described himself as “a mentor” to Han. 

Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays a key part in the film as a CG character named L3-37, Lando’s protocol droid and co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon.

Paul Bettany (Avengers: Age of UltronCaptain America: Civil War) is crime boss Dryden Vos. Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams, who was forced to leave the film due to scheduling conflicts during reshoots.

Thandie Newton, who blew some minds while having her own mind blown as Maeve on HBO’s Westworld, plays a character named Val.

It’s been confirmed that Warwick Davis will appear in the film. It was revealed on Twitter by director Ron Howard, who mentioned that he’d already filmed some scenes with Davis.

This is a bit of a shocker: the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, Tag and Bink, are set to appear in Solo, according to a pair of tweets by Howard and co-writer Jon Kasdan. Kasdan confirmed the news and revealed that he will play one of the characters himself.

This is a surprising addition to the movie to say the least. Tag and Bink weren’t even part of the old continuity back when it was canon. Instead, they existed in the Elseworlds-style Infinities timeline that altered the history of the Star Wars films. These dopes cross paths with all of the major characters in the saga, usually mucking things up for the main heroes. They’re quite funny. 

We would assume that this will probably be a short cameo, perhaps just a brief glimpse of two bumbling undercover Rebels in Imperial uniforms.

Spencer Wilding, who portrayed Darth Vader in Rogue One, is rumored to appear in the movie in an undisclosed role. It’s apparently unlikely that he’ll appear as the iconic villain, but time will tell. 

Clint Howard, director Ron Howard’s borther, will make an appearance in the movie now, as well.

Star Wars Han Solo Movie Story

Here’s the official synopsis:

“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 co-pilot 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.

Star Wars Han Solo Score

THR reports that John Powell will compose the score. Powell will only be the third composer to work on a Star Wars film, following John Williams and Michael Giacchino. Powell is mostly known for his scoring work on animated films such as ShrekKung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon

Discussing Solo trailer theories on the Star Wars Blaster Canon podcast:

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Star Wars Han Solo Movie Poster

After the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer made its debut, a set of spectacularly stylized character posters arrived, showcasing the primary quartet, Han, Qui’Ra, Lando and Chewbacca, in the form of painted portraits. The posters’ worn quasi-vintage theme drives home a (space-set) spaghetti western feel for the film.