An upcoming untitled American space Western film centered on the Star Wars character Han Solo is being directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a screenplay by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.
It is being produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The film will be the second installment of the Star Wars Anthology series: a standalone film following a young version of Han Solo that stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.
The film is set in the Star Wars universe before the original 1977 film Star Wars and explores Han Solo and Chewbacca's adventures, including meeting Lando Calrissian.
Filming began in January 2017, with principal photography starting the following month, at Pinewood Studios.
The film is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018.
- Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, a cynical smuggler.
- Woody Harrelson as Beckett, a criminal and Han's mentor.
- Emilia Clarke
- Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy's underworld.
- Thandie Newton
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge
- Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca
In February 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the development of two standalone films to the Star Wars saga, each individually written by Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.
Shortly after, it was reported that Disney was working on two films featuring Han Solo and Boba Fett.
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo described the standalone films as origin stories.
Kathleen Kennedy explained that the standalone films would not crossover with the films of the sequel trilogy, stating, "George [Lucas] was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode VII falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created. There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it's a roadmap that George made pretty clear."
In April 2015, Lucasfilm and Kennedy announced that the standalone films would be referred to as the Star Wars Anthology series.
In July 2015, Lucasfilm announced that an Anthology film, focusing "on how [a] young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley", would be released on May 25, 2018.
The project would be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a script by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Kennedy would serve as a producer on the film, with Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin executive producers;
Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel also produce.
The Han Solo project was separate from a film that was originally being developed by Josh Trank, which was pushed back to an unconfirmed date.
Solo's friend, the Wookiee, Chewbacca, would also appear in the film.
In May 2016, Lawrence Kasdan stated that filming would start in January 2017.