Just before SDCC, Lucasfilm has decided to start the party early and announce the first details of the second Star Wars Anthology film that will be all about the young Han Solo! Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be directing, and it even has a release date! Come inside to check it all out.
Hot off the heels of some sweet Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One news, we some info on the NEXT spin-off. While we don't have a title for the new movie just yet, we now know a whole lot more about the second Star Wars Anthology film. Originally this was Josh Trank's film before he left the project, leaving many to wonder which director would take his place. Just a little bit ago, THR revealed that Chris Miller and Phil Lord (the geniuses behind The Lego Movie) would be helming the project. While that was interesting, Lucasfilm went ahead and made the news official!
More than just that, they gave us the first details on the film, along with a release date:
The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
So the rumors about a Han Solo movie weren't too far off base, and likely, this means Boba Fett will pop up at some point too. As far as Lord and Miller go, they couldn't be happier to work on the project, having this to say:
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
While I was hoping the next standalone film would branch out more from the already established Star Wars characters, I'm very excited to see what this film brings. Lord and Miller are a great directing duo, and Kasdan is an excellent writer. The team behind this film is amazing, so I'm going to put my trust in them.
The film is set to release on May 25, 2018, meaning Disney is serious about keeping the Star Wars films on the May timeslot after Star Wars Episode VIII moves back there in 2017. The biggest question now, is who on Earth are they going to get to play the young Han Solo? Those are some big shoes to fill. Who do you think should do it?