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?"
The official synopsis reads: "Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes."
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.
Joonas Suotamo, a Finnish actor that stands at 6' 10", will play Solo’s loyal friend and co-pilot, Chewbacca. Suotamo donned the Wookiee costume for The Force Awakens (2015), sharing the role with original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, and solely took on the role inThe Last Jedi (2017).
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 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."
The biggest news regarding the production to date has been the high-profile dismissal of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Four months into 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.
The movie wrapped filming on Oct. 17, 2017, and is set for release on May 25, 2018 – the 41st anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, in which the character of Han Solo was first introduced.