The next in a line of three Star Wars stand-alone films, the untitled Han Solo movie is possibly the most anticipated. The film will follow the young Solo, who will be played by Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Ceaser!), and his long-time friend Lando Calrissian, played by the Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover. Game of Throne‘s Emilia Clarke has also been cast in an unannounced role.
The latest casting news comes by way of an unnamed source who told Variety that two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson is in talks to join the cast, potentially as Solo’s mentor. Looking at the roles that Harrelson is best known for, this would explain a lot about the man Solo would become.
By far the best news about the upcoming spin-off is the fact that the film was written by Jon Kasdan with his father, Force Awakens/Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan. The movie will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, most recently of The Lego Movie fame.
Harrison Ford, who first brought the role to life, has been pretty outspoken in his desire to be left out of it when it comes to the new film, but a recent photo snapped of him and Ehrenreich seems to suggest he is at least willing to spend time with the younger actor. When a younger actor takes over a role, studying the mannerisms of their predecessors can lead to a much fuller performance, so the fact that the two have at least met is a good sign.
Two Han Solos grabbing lunch. 🥂 pic.twitter.com/6utZicjcaZ
— Nico Sotomayor (@nicosotomayor00) January 4, 2017
The latest news to hit the rumor mill is in regards to the movie’s release date. The fan site Making Star Wars reported that they received a tip from a source in the theater industry (very official sounding) that they had been given December 13th, 2018 in place of the previously announced May release date. This new date would make more sense considering the success of the previous two December releases.
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