What We’ve Seen So Far: Han Solo Film

What We’ve Seen So Far: Han Solo Film

Release Date: 25 May 2018 (USA)

Phil Lord,  Christopher Miller
Jon Kasdan,  Lawrence Kasdan
Donald Glover,  Alden Ehrenreich

The film is centered on a young Han Solo, portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich, as he becomes the smuggler audiences first met in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It also features Chewbacca in what has been described as an “origin story” for the two characters.

February 6 2013: Announcement

Entertainment Weekly reported that Walt Disney is developing a stand-alone film featuring Han Solo which would take place between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope(1977).

July 7 2015: Directors and Release Date Revealed

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were hired as the film’s directors, and it will see a May 25, 2018, release.

"It's not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved 
icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we've found the perfect team 
to handle the task."

―Kathleen Kennedy

May 5 2016: Alden Ehrenreich cast as Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich Han Solo

"This was the hardest casting challenge of all time. It's the biggest 
boots to fill - trying to get someone who can capture all of those 
essences you think of as Han. We did a very, very, very exhaustive 
search. We saw over 3,000 people for the part, all across the world. We 
cast it through five or six different offices, acting schools across 
America and the UK, cowboy bars, everything you can imagine. We made 
sure we turned over every rock to find someone has the charisma and the 
maverick swagger and the sweetness. Turns out that was a total waste of 
money because the person who got the part was the first person to 
audition, literally the first person to walk in the door. I apologize 
to Kathleen Kennedy for wasting all that money, but it's nice to be 
sure though." 

- Phil Lord & Christopher Miller 
(July 17, 2016 at the Stars Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London)

October 21 2016: Donald Glover Cast As Lando Calrissian

Lucasfilm announced that Donald Glover will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars film, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two classic Star Wars characters back to the big screen.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us, these 
are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him 
perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to 
publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

- Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Donald Glover Lando Calrissian


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