Making Star Wars has heard two names – both female – for the Han Solo standalone. One seems to be a puppet/voiced character (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, maybe?), while the other seems to be a major character with “top billing” – so likely Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton. That said, the names could be set pseudonyms.
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StarWars.com has annouced that principal photography has begin on the Han Solo standalone, along with confirming rumored cast members Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It’s also the first time they’ve mentioned the release date in quite a while – and surprisingly, it’s still May 25, 2018.
If it does indeed remain May, this would be our first non-December release since Disney bought the franchise, and could signal a permanent move back to spring for Episode IX and beyond. The May release date will put Han just on the heels of Episode VII, The Last Jedi, which is out December 15, 2017.
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca along with Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.
It’s not yet clear if this is the same role we’ve heard that Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz and Naomi Scott tested for. But Variety says that Clarke tested with a different group of actresses that also included Kiersey Clemons (The Flash movie,) and Jessica Henwick (who played X-wing pilot Jessika Pava in The Force Awakens, so, uh… Okay.) Hopefully, the two different groups mean there’s another role yet to be officially cast, but at the moment everyone but Clarke is just a rumor.
Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover have previously been announced for the film as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. We also expect Peter Mayhew and/or Joonas Suotamo to return as Chewbacca.
Interestingly, StarWars.com only gives ‘2018’ for the film’s release in this latest dispatch. It was originally announced for May 25, 2018, despite The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Episode VIII all being moved to December releases. Han seems likely to follow suit. Filming is expected to begin early next year.