The mystery behind the official title of the next Star Wars movie is no more. With just seven months prior to the movie’s release, we still don’t know what it’s actually called. All we knew for certain was that it would follow Disney’s mandatory guidelines and add A Star Wars Story due to it being a side story and not part of the current main trilogy.
Would the film simply be entitled “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story”? Perhaps Scoundrels: A Star Wars Story in reference to the iconic book about Solo by author Timothy Zahn. But no – neither. Disney decided to go with a much simpler and cleaner approach. In May, we’ll officially be watching Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The news was revealed thanks to the movie’s director Ron Howard announcing it via Twitter. It’s also during that same video that Howard revealed that filming on Solo: A Star Wars Story has concluded. The project is now officially in post-production.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
The movie, premiering on May 25, 2018, stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular Han Solo. Donald Glover was brought aboard to take on the role of Lando Calrissian and Finnish basketball player and actor Joonas Suotamo takes over the role of Chewbacca.
Solo also features Woody Harrelson playing the man who mentors the younger Han. And Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Westworld‘s Thadie Newton are involved with unnamed roles.
The movie, co-written by iconic Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan, has seen a bit of turmoil throughout its development. The film’s original directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, were removed from the project due to disagreements with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and the aforementioned Kasdan. With Ron Howard manning the ship now, everything appears back on track and ready to fly. We’ll see how it all came together this May.
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