January 12, 2017 – With one Star Wars anthology movie done (Rogue One), and two more to come, fans are starting to ask a lot of questions:
● What role will Woody Harrelson be playing in the next anthology movie?
He will serve as a mentor to the young Han Solo, according to the trade publication, Variety.
● Who else is in the cast?
Alden Ehrenreich (young Han Solo), Donald Glover (young Lando Calrissian), Emilia Clarke (role unknown, but how about Hera Syndulla or another strong heroine?), and more to come.
● Where in the timeline does the new movie fit in?
Before the events of Rogue One and A New Hope
● Plot? Don’t know. The screenplay writers are Jon Kasdan and his father, Lawrence Kasdan. The elder Kasdan co-wrote the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. He told the German tabloid Bild, “I have now made four Star Wars movies (including Han Solo). That’s more than enough.” So this movie will be his last.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said the film “moves closer to a heist or Western type feel”.
In an interview with EmpireOnline.com, Lawrence Kasdan gave some vague clues: “I think what it will be is what was he like ten years earlier, you know maybe a little earlier you’ll get a glimpse but… what formed the person we meet in the cantina? It is not so much about his specific history. It is about what makes a person like that? He’s not full formed in the cantina!”
So perhaps we will learn how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian and witness him enter into some unscrupulous deals with Jabba the Hutt? Perhaps.
● So basically, the movie is about how Han Solo steals the Falcon?
No, fasten your seatbelts. There is a strong rumor that Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-movie deal. In other words, the movie may be part one of a new trilogy focused on Han’s exploits.
● Will there be any Skywalkers or Jedi in the movie?
Don’t know, but best guess is probably not, or incidental at most. One of the reasons for the anthology series is to explore other parts of the Star Wars galaxy, including characters and storylines that do not necessarily involve the Skywalker family.
● Release date? 25 May 2018. However, because Han Solo would be released only five months after Episode VIII (Dec. 2017), the smuggler’s movie may be pushed back to Dec. 13, 2018. Thus Disney may be establishing a new tradition, which began with the December 2015 release of The Force Awakens, to use the Christmas/Holiday period as the new Star Wars season.
● Title? No official title yet, though “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story” is as good as any. The fake working title is Red Cup.
● Whatever happened to Anthony Ingruber, our favorite Han Solo impersonator?
We were wondering that, too. Anthony Ingruber was 16 years old when he filmed the YouTube clip below in 2008. Today he would be about 24 or 25 years old, still an appropriate age to play the young Han.
● So when does filming begin?
Right now. January, 2017. The directors are Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie).
● When can we see a trailer?
Not for quite a while as filming has just begun. Below, however, is a special treat for all you impatient padawans. Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade is a short fan film, not associated with Disney or Lucasfilm, with some great production values and a convincing Han Solo lookalike. See if you don’t agree.