Solo: A Star Wars Story will star Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of a certain scruffy-looking nerf herder.
Han Solo is the star of the next Star Wars Story film. This origin story will tell the story of how the most famous smuggler in the galaxy met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the scoundrel and Donald Glover is Lando. Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge have also been cast in undisclosed roles.
The movie is called, wait for it, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Former directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) announced their exit on June 20. It came as a shock since the film was well underway. Filming officially began in February 2017.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” said Lord and Miller in a statement. “We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”
It was reported by THR that Lord and Miller clashed with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan over the tone of the film as well as its portrayal of Solo, prompting a conflict that ultimately ended with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy firing the directors.
The film is written by Kasdan and his son, Jon. It’s Kasdan’s final Star Wars script.
Star Wars Han Solo Movie Story
Here’s the new 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.
Now, the only thing that annoys Star Wars fans more than prequels is the idea of re-casting the most iconic roles in the franchise. And when it’s a movie about a character that happened to launch the career of one of the single biggest stars of a generation, you can see why there’s some trepdiation about a new Han Solo movie
Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t think you should worry, though. “We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered,” she told Entertainment Weekly, promising instead that “we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love.”
She also told Variety that “[Han Solo] moves closer to a heist or Western type feel. We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film.”
Star Wars Han Solo Movie Release Date
It’s currently scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.
Star Wars Han Solo Score
THR reports that John Powell will compose the score for the untitled Han Solo movie. 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 Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon.
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Star Wars Han Solo Movie Cast
26-year-old actor 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. Here’s the official word from StarWars.com:
“This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.”
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke also has an undisclosed role in the movie. Variety is 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.
“He’s as much younger as I am in the film,” star Alden Ehrenreich joked to Variety. “So, I think he’s like 190 — or something — years old. I don’t think there’s a huge growth spurt for him from 190 to 210, so he’s probably about the same height.”
Woody Harrelson (True Detective) has been cast in the film. Harrelson opened up about his role in the upcoming Star Wars standalone film. He didn’t offer too much while speaking to Mashable, but he did confirm that he’s indeed playing Han’s mentor in the movie.
Harrelson – typically gun-shy in interviews about the topic – attributed an actual name to his mysterious character. Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Harrelson, lightly pressed by the host for Star Wars details, prefaced his rehearsed and repeated vague description of the character’s profesfsion with a potent disclosure:
“I play a guy named Beckett, who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han.”
Interestingly, Harrelson’s previous usage of the “criminal and mentor to Han” line in months past was taken by segments of the fandom as tacit confirmation that he would be playing the character Garris Shrike, a smuggler Svengali of a mentor to Han depicted in A.C. Crispin’s late-1990’s trilogy of Han Solo Expanded Universe novels.
Thandie Newton, who blew some minds while having her own mind blown as Maeve on HBO’s Westworld is rumored to be in the film as well. There are no details on who she might be playing at the moment.
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.
Paul Bettany (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War) has been cast in Han Solo in an undisclosed role. Bettany will be replacing Michael K. Williams, who was forced to leave the film due to scheduling conflicts.
This next bit is a rumor from Star Wars News Net, so take it with a grain of salt: Spencer Wilding, who portrayed Darth Vader in Rogue One, is expected 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.
Nothing more touching than some brotherly love, and we’re not talking about best buds Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. We’re talking about Ron and Clint Howard, who is set to make an appearance in the Han Solo movie now that his brother has stepped in to direct the movie.