10 Things We Know About the Han Solo Movie

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

We still have months of waiting before the arrival of the Han Solo spinoff movie, but here is everything we know so far.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

What's in a Name?

The spinoff movie will be titled Solo: A Star Wars Story. This follows the form of the saga’s first spinoff in 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We will also find out how the space scoundrel got his title, with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy stating: “There’s more to Han Solo’s name.”

Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Solo Origins

Little is known of the story, which takes place around 10 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. But screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan , who also worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, said of Solo: "He's younger in this movie and that's fun because you have to imagine him 10 years earlier in his early 20s. What was he like before he hardened up? Before he had some setbacks? Before he put on this cynical coat? What got him there?"

Alden Ehrenreich at an event for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Casting Han Solo

More than 3,000 actors were considered for the role made memorable by Harrison Ford. In July 2016, Alden Ehrenreich – previously best known for roles in fantasy drama Beautiful Creatures and Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! – was brought on stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe III in London to reveal his casting in front of thousands of fans.

Woody Harrelson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke, and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Supporting Cast

Other cast members include Woody Harrelson as Beckett, a criminal who has some influence on Solo; "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke as the mysterious Kira; "Westworld" star Thandie Newton, who may be playing a member of the evil Galactic Empire; Paul Bettany, whose role is also being kept under wraps; and "Fleabag" star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose as-yet-unknown character will be visualised through CGI.

Donald Glover

Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover, known for roles in TV series such as "Community" and "Atlanta," will play Lando Calrissian, a fellow smuggler and gambler first played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back. Han famously won the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a card game named sabacc. Will we see this event played out in the new movie?

Rian Johnson and Joonas Suotamo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

"Chewie, Is That You?"

Joonas Suotamo, a Finnish actor that stands at 6' 10", will play Solo’s loyal friend, Chewbacca. Suotamo donned the Wookiee costume for The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2015), sharing the role with original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew.

Harrison Ford and Paul Blake in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Western Feel

The movie is said to have a Western or heist feel, something that chimes with Solo’s image as a gunslinger and smuggler. Before production began, producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "[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."

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at an event for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Director Swap

The biggest news regarding the production to date has been the high-profile dismissal of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Four months in principal photography, the directing duo left the project citing "creative differences" and Oscar-winning veteran Ron Howard was brought on board. Howard’s connection to Star Wars creator George Lucas stretches back to American Graffiti (1973), in which Howard starred and Lucas directed.

How to Train Your Dragon Recording Session Abbey Road Studios, London

Raising the Baton

Star Wars has one of the most iconic scores in movie history, but John Williams, who wrote those memorable themes, will not score Solo. Instead, the baton will be lifted by composer John Powell, perhaps best known for his soundtracks to the Jason Bourne movies, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon.