Release Date: 25 May 2018 (USA)
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
"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