This morning at Star Wars Celebration brought about the Future Filmmaking Panel, in which the directors of upcoming Star Wars films took the stage to speak briefly about some of the upcoming films, like Episode VIII and the Han Solo standalone film. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are directing Han Solo, were on hand to discuss the progress on the movie, and confirm something we’d all heard a while back: Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo.
The actor himself came out on stage, while Lord and Miller talked a bit about the arduous casting process. Funny enough, even though they tested more than 3,000 actors for the role, Alden was the VERY FIRST PERSON they auditioned. They joked about apologizing to Kathleen Kenedy for wasting money when they cast the first person who tried out.
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The screen test apparently included Alden playing against Chewie inside the Falcon. While the directors didn’t talk much more about the film’s story or anything, they confirmed they have both moved to London in order to get production going. They’re still working on the script and moved in order to get everything finalized so they can start shooting this January.
Today at Star Wars Celebration Europe, Alden Ehrenreich was introduced to fans for the first time as Han Solo, the new star of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story at the Future Filmmaker Panel. The panel featured Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) and Kiri Hart (Senior Vice President of Development), who were joined by director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord (the untitled Han Solo Star Wars story). Hosted by Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, the filmmakers were joined by surprise guests John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa) from Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is still slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.