In a shocking turn of events, the Han Solo spinoff film is officially titled… Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Ron Howard’s first really big reveal! For the purposes of our old-ass EU fan blog, anyway.
The pair originate in the 2001 Tag & Bink Are Dead comics which are, technically, part of Legends. (Though even there the comics were considered “Infinities,” which today makes them doubly non-canon.) How much makes it to screen (and canon..?) Well, probably not much. But that’s fitting.
Technicalities aside, the original Tag and Bink comics (by Star Wars Tales MVP Kevin Rubio) are among the highlights of Dark Horse’s run with the license. They’re totally worth a read, require nothing at all in knowledge of the vast Expanded Universe, and are really, really funny. I don’t think there’s been any physical reprints since the comics license changeover to Marvel, but the collection is available on Comixology.
Honestly, this is exactly the kind of EU appearance I expect in this film: Brief and irreverent.
More recent stuff from Howard under the cut. Continue reading “Tag and Bink are coming to an untitled Han Solo movie near you”
Looks like the Han Solo film will finally take us to Corellia. “Those #Corellian nights get a little chilly,” director Ron Howard tweets. “Screenwriter @JonKasdan and I try to keep warm.” We’ve seen the burning droid a few times in Howard’s shares from the set, but the confirmation that we’ll finally see Han’s home planet on screen? Priceless.
Han Solo director Ron Howard shared a photo of Thandie Newton back on set. “@thandienewton returned 2 #TheGalaxy to light up some key new #UntitledHanSolo scenes then back to #Westworld,” he wrote. “What a powerhouse talent!”
Hard to say if this is before she’s been through makeup and costume, but folks are sure interested in that logo on her shoulder… (And we don’t yet know anything about her role, either!)
The second season of Westworld is expected to debut in the spring of 2018 – just like the Han film.
But wait, there’s more…
Ron Howard keeps giving the goods. In his two most recent Han Solo set pics, we learn that Emilia Clarke is done filming. (Not a huge surprise, given that she herself posted about bleaching her hair for the last season of Game of Thrones.) Then there’s the mysterious, foggy “Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy.”
So, a mine shaft, the caption “Spicey?” What else could this be but the famed spice mines of Kessel, finally making their big-screen debut? (Yes, they were on Rebels, which showed that Wookiees were sent there… Hmm.) Presumably.
I wouldn’t put any bets on Han encountering a snot-nosed kid named Kyp there, though at least this time around there’s no Solo daughter (…hopefully) for him to creepily flirt with a few decades down the line…
Ron Howard has graced us with a few new set snaps of the Han Solo film. The first, “a dark and strange new corner of the Galaxy” appears to be our first (official) look at Alden Ehrenrich as Han (although: “Adam Driver” in Resistance pilot gear, never forget.) The second is an “intense & cool action scene” where we can’t make much out, but the locale does seem to be Mos Eisley-inspired.
Meanwhile, on the rumor front, seems like the Millennium Falcon may have a different look for this one. Though not too different.
Ron Howard dropped a casting surprise on Twitter Friday – Paul Bettany, in (what looks to be) costume. “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,” the director wrote.
Director Ron Howard tweeted that the “wildly impressive” Donald Glover, who’s playing Lando Calrissian, has wrapped on the Han Solo film.
Check out a few more of Howard’s recent tweets and Instagrams under the cut